Saturday, April 19, 2008

Toothy, bespectacled™...

...Morrissey favourite Alan Carr on why he doesn't read other comedians' autobiographies:

"I'm steering clear because I'm one of those people who starts absorbing other people's experiences and thinking they're mine. I'd be saying something to my mother: 'Oh, do you remember when that happened?' And she'd say, 'No Alan, that was Poirot.'"

PS: And a variant thereon from Ricky Gervais (although I don't know whether Morrissey likes him):

"I don't read books. I'm sorry. I can't. I can't read books, other people's books. After the first sentence, the first paragraph, I'm off on my own scenario. It's no longer their book. I'm not reading it any more, I've put it down before turning the first page, I'm writing my own chapters, fitting in my own characters, trying to make it take off my way. So this would happen, then that would happen, of course that character would ... no, it's hopeless, so now I just don't."

6 comments:

La Bête said...

I think that says an awful lot about two horrible self-obsessed swine who think far too much of themselves.

patroclus said...

I expect Ricky Gervais also thinks the world would be a much better place if there were only him in it.

I wouldn't object too much if he carted himself off to some parallel world, either.

amyonymous said...

since i - perhaps fortunately - know next to nothing about Ricky Gervais, i can say that i sometimes have the same experience with novels. especially if i read the cover flap. i start inventing how the story will go and get quite annoyed when it goes some other way. so i have sympathy for him, but since he belongs to you Brits, i'll acquiesce to your expertise and loathing.

Tim Footman said...

Crikey, I didn't know this would stir up such execration and spleen. Amy, I'm not sure whether La Bête and Patroclus loathe Gervais's work or just him. Perhaps they could clarify?

patroclus said...

Mainly him. Of his work I've only seen The Office and I loved it, but not just because of him, contrary to what he likes to believe.

dh said...

I like reading novels and I find Ricky Gervais quite amusing. Should I seek help?