Ricky Ger­vais

The co­me­dian on sign­ing fans’ faces and death by fry-up. By Nick Bou­los

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Af­ter work­ing with Karl Pilk­ing­ton on An Id­iot Abroad, would you ever go on hol­i­day with him? Not the sort of hol­i­days I ar­range for him. We’re fi lm­ing a spe­cial at the mo­ment, with Karl trav­el­ling the Marco Polo route from Venice to China with War­wick [Davis]. Karl called me the other day from the floor by the toi­lets on an In­dian train. He was fu­ri­ous. But you still man­age to be close friends? He’s my best mate. I’ve spent the past five years work­ing more on his ca­reer than my own. His am­bi­tion is to work part-time at B&Q. He likes it there be­cause he knows where ev­ery­thing is. What’s been your strangest en­counter with a fan? Some­body asked me to sign their pass­port. I’m pretty sure it’s il­le­gal but I did it. I should have signed their face as well so it matched the pass­port. What do you sing in the shower? Happy songs like ‘Fri­day I’m in Love’ or ‘Top of the World’. When­ever I’m walk­ing fast I hum ‘Bil­lie Jean’ but that’s not such a good shower song. Would you ever quit com­edy? No, when­ever I have a day off I think of three new ideas I want to do. There’s a back­log. I want to work with an­i­mals. Sci­ence and na­ture are my fi rst loves. How do­mes­tic are you? Not very. I have to shout for my part­ner Jane [Fal­lon] if the re­mote doesn’t work. What about cook­ing? I can rus­tle up a fry-up but I’d prob­a­bly kill my­self if I at­tempted a roast din­ner. What would you serve on Celebrity MasterChef? Are you al­lowed to do beans on toast with grated cheddar on top? What would be your last meal? Pizza. I’m a big fan of Ital­ian food; my weak­ness is pasta sprin­kled with half a pound of Parme­san. That’s what got me fat. Has your weight al­ways been a strug­gle? I used to be fit. I did karate and played foot­ball, but then I got an of­fice job and didn’t feel like go­ing to the gym af­ter work – I just wanted to go to the pub and moan about the boss. A few years later I had a 38-inch waist. What’s your top di­et­ing tip? I don’t diet. I eat all the food I love but I pun­ish my­self by work­ing it off. So you’re a gym junkie? Well, I’ve got a gym and a swim­ming pool in my house so there’s no ex­cuse. I also have a per­sonal trainer but I ex­er­cise any­way – it’s a bit like tidy­ing up be­fore the cleaner comes. Se­ries two of The Ricky Ger­vais Show is out on DVD on Mon­day

‘I DON’T DIET. I EAT THE FOOD

I LOVE BUT I PUN­ISH MY­SELF WORK­ING IT OFF’

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