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'Making a bad film is always more enjoyable. You know it's crap, but you're having fun'

What first drew you to comedy?

Probably spending 12 years at boarding school – comedy became a survival gene. But I think some people are funny right off the bat, as soon as they can speak, or be naughty.

What was your big breakthrough?

Learning that there was such a thing as Footlights [the Cambridge University drama society]. When I auditioned, in March 1963, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie were members. I got in, and Footlights became my life. Mercifully, I've never had to get a proper job.

Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?

A number of virgins on the altar of Monty Python in the 1970s.

Do you get sick of people doing Monty Python impressions when they meet you?

Yes, but I don't get that a lot any more. Usually they just smile, which is nice. »

- Laura Barnett

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