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" Baldness is visually enough of a stigma as it is without a big sweaty bloke on stage pointing it out. "
" Being behind the camera is where I feel comfortable. I've found something that I feel I, as 'Michael,' can be as confident in as 'Johnny' was on the stage. It's great being part of the creative process. You're right at the start of an idea, and you get to see it all the way through till the end. "
" Being 'Johnny' was almost like an out of body experience. I thought he was just a character that I'd created and could quite easily step away from, but it was much more difficult than that. "
" Class still matters in Britain today. "
" Comedy's so subjective, and if someone comes to watch, doesn't get it, doesn't find it funny, then fine. "
" For the greater good, I thought I should be a spiritual leader for people for some reason. "
" From a certain age, I sort of accepted myself for what I was. And although to other people it was like nothing ever goes right, I had a really nice attitude that I'd inherited from my parents, and especially from my dad. "
" Had I become a priest, the sermons would've been electric! "
" Health-wise, I couldn't have said what my life expectancy would've been if I'd just carried on doing solid blocks of stand-up. "
" I actually enjoy being heckled; it keeps it interesting, and I think it is a nice feeling for people once they have left the show. "
" I also want to return to doing stand-up. I've become frightened of live audiences. This is a really telling sign that I need to go back on the comedy circuit again. "
" I always feel like an interloper when I do serious drama. It's my own paranoia. "
" I always say that the stand-up world is the arena of the unwell, and it is. "
" I am a big fan of smelly cheeses but the rest of the family don't seem to be particularly keen on them. "
" I am very proud of what 'Johnny' achieved in stand-up comedy because he believed entirely in giving an audience the best kick he could. But he was someone who was quite detrimental to my health, both emotionally and physically. "
" I avoid any kind of organised trips as that's one of my bugbears. "
" I believe that Britain is becoming more class-conscious, and I quake at the very idea of Old Etonians ruling the world again. "
" I came back from university thinking I knew all about politics and racism, not knowing my dad had been one of the youngest-serving Labour councillors in the town and had refused to work in South Africa years ago because of the situation there. And he's never mentioned it - you just find out. That's a real man to me. A sleeping lion. "
" I came from a very loving home, had a happy life with no great aspirations, but going to the seminary changed me. There was a chunk of my childhood missing. Once I'd realised it wasn't for me, I still felt a tremendous pressure to continue for fear of letting everybody down. "
" I couldn't be 'Johnny' in front of a camera in acting jobs and behind the camera I like to be 'Michael.' With directing, you can't do it by halves. There's a lot of reflection, and I have found that I, as 'Michael,' thrive on it. It's lovely coming home and feeling that stuff from a day's work as myself. "
" I'd never experienced stress before I did stand-up, and it was a massive shock to my system, this thing of waking up, and the nerves of, 'You're on stage tonight.' "
" I do need to explore my faith, because it has got lost over the years and it has been kind of tainted through experience. But I also know it's enriched my life, my dad being a Catholic. "
" I don't want to demonise 'Johnny.' I was really proud of what he achieved. Especially within stand-up. He was quite a unique voice. I will always possibly be trading off 'Johnny's name, but there's a lot more things that I'm able to do now - the strengths that 'Michael' can bring to it. "
" If an original piece of wardrobe came up from Star Wars, I'd probably spend a lot of money on it. "
" I found popularity through self-destruction, and that can be quite addictive. "
" If you write, produce and direct, you own things and see them through to the end. "
" I get obsessed with decorations and decorating the house. I keep it tasteful outside, but when you get inside it is a bit like Blackpool illuminations, I go bonkers! "
" I had a massive amount of self-belief when I did stand-up. "
" I hate flying, airports and the whole rigmarole - queuing up, security and lost luggage. "
" I love the way my weight fluctuates in the newspapers. It was 18 stone and then people look at a bad picture of me and add a few more stone on. I think the highest was 22 stone. "
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