Q& A

STEPHEN FRY, QI

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It’s a lit­tle sur­pris­ing that you haven’t been snapped up for a guest role on House.

to mood, re­ally. I some­times think ‘ Well, if I con­cen­trated on one thing, if I de­cided to be just a writer or de­cided to be just a co­me­dian or just an ac­tor’, I might have had more con­spic­u­ous kind of suc­cess but I don’t re­gard suc­cess as mean­ing any­thing. Hap­pi­ness is the only suc­cess I’m in­ter­ested in, re­ally, and QI’s just some­thing that is fun. It gives plea­sure to peo­ple in a very par­tic­u­lar sort of way. I like the fact that taxi driv­ers talk about it – they say ‘ Oh, I thought it was go­ing to be too poncy for me …’ And, of course, peo­ple love telling me that I’m wrong.

Your for­mer com­edy part­ner Hugh Lau­rie has ap­peared on the show, and he was re­port­edly quite ner­vous.

Oh yes, in­deed he was. He’s al­ways ner­vous, Hugh, mind you.

Alan said he was wor­ried that Hugh wouldn’t be able to keep up with you.

That’s non­sense! He can keep up with me – I mean, he’s so bril­liant, Hugh. And also, of course, he has so much charm that he’s al­ways ab­so­lutely bril­liant any­way. Well, fun­nily enough, when I talked to him he said ‘ You’ve got to come and do an episode’. I said ‘ I’d like to be the vis­it­ing doc­tor from Lon­don who’s even nas­tier than you are. Who makes you look like a pussy­cat’.

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