Hi Stephen! What’s the craziest idea for a show you’ve had and known nobody would ever give you the money to make?
I wanted to make a sitcom called Merchant’s Navy, in which I am the captain of an entire navy and I sail around and have adventures. Hasn’t happened yet
What is your best pick-up line? What is your worst pick-up line?
Best : Do you want to meet Karl Pilkington? Worst : Do you want to meet Karl Pilkington?
hey steve… two questions.
-what became of the nudie pen from extras?
-how much practice did you put into “boom boom shake the room” and “single ladies” before you schooled jimmy and jordan gavin lewitt?
I still have the nudie pen
I have known the words to Boom Shake The Room since college. I learned Single Ladies on the plane on the way to New York
Can I borrow 50p?
How do you battle writers’ block? (big fan, by the way)
Work with other people
Due to your height, When filming have you ever had to employ any sort of camera trickery to keep both yourself and another actor properly framed in the shot?
I employ tall cameramen who can be on the same eye-level as me so they are not pointing the camera up my nose. I have other actors sometimes stand on things. And often i just stay sat down in the scene
Hi Steve!! Two quick questions, when can we have Hello Ladies in England? and is there any chance of any more podcasts/radio shows in the near future?
Hello Ladies airs on Sky Atlantic in UK, October 16th. No radio or podcasts planned at the moment
Given that your new show is (sort of) about picking up women, what’s the worst way you’ve ever tried to pick up a woman?
Reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in the hope she would pass by and think I was spiritual
The interplay between you and Ricky Gervais on “Extras” is matchless. How much of your scenes together were improvised?
We improvised on occasion but most of the writing came from improvisation so we didn’t really need to improvise on the set
Hello Stephen! What is the most awkward interview that you ever had to be apart of? I can’t wait to see your genius in Hello Ladies!
I once interviewed porn stars for a long-forgotten TV show – that was pretty awkward
Can you recommend a song for the ladies?
Northern Sky by Nick Drake
Hey Stephen – Loved your stand up and looking forward to “Hello Ladies” on HBO!
Any future plans on working with Karl or Ricky ?
Ricky stopped by for an AmA but didn’t answer any questions regarding you or Karl. Just wondering if my favorite trio is on the outs?
Are you a part of Ricky and his new David Brent movie (coming in 2015?)
Thanks for stopping by! Also, would love to see another stand up special.
No current plans to work with Ricky or Karl as I am focused on my new HBo show, which I am still editing. I’d also like to do another stand up special but I haven’t had time to write a new act
slaps wrists with ruler for being late
I am a big fan of Portal, so bear with my multiple questions about the game…
Were you excited when you found out you were going to be Wheatley?
Have you actually played through both Portal games?
How do you feel about Wheatley’s character? Do you like or dislike him?
What was the best part about working on The Office?
Thank you so, so much!
I haven’t played Portal 2 but people tell me it is very good and I have had a great response from fans. Without giving any spoilers, Wheatley was fun as he has a few different sides to his character. The creators of the game let me improvise a lot, which I hope kept the game sounding spontaneous and fresh. The best part about working on The Office was bringing a world to life that people cared about.
What was your favourite moment whilst you were part of The Office?
Shooting the moment when Tim unhooks his mic and tells Dawn how he feels and we never hear what is said. I thought it was a perfect way of using the fake documentary style and telling our story
Mr. Merchant, I know you most for your role in the video game Portal 2. Your character, Wheatley, really made the game as great as it is. What are some of your notable experiences while working with Valve while making the game?
I spent a lot of time in a recording studio shouting down imaginary corridors, trying to picture what the hell was going on
Hey Stephen! From your distant memories of the XFM days, what was your most memorable moment of Karl’s bullshit?
When he said “What were those things in the film Gremlins called?”
Answer : Gremlins
Have you ever been legitimately offended by something Karl or Ricky said to you? I remember Karl called you an invalid once…
Stephen, I totally thought that you won the lip synch battle on Jimmy Fallon the other night. Your rendition of Single Ladies was the most hilarious thing I’ve seen. I am a tall lady, and have sometimes felt a bit awkward because of it and have gotten the question every tall person has been asked: “do you play basketball?” I want to know, as a tall person, what is the funniest or weirdest or most awkward situation that happened because of your height? Thanks for the AMA and making me laugh. Good night!
There are many awkward things that happen when you’re 6’7″ tall. As I said on Fallon, I remember being in Trafalgar Square for New Year’s Eve and a woman used me as a meeting point for her and her friends.
do have a mirror really high in your bathroom so you can see in it but if someone shorter was to come round they wouldn’t be able to see in it?
No, it’s big enough for both
Can’t wait to see Hello ladies Steven.
Is there going to be a new season of The Ricky Gervais Show
Also, could you please talk Karl into doing an AMA? My face would probably hurt so much from laughing at his responses
I don’t think Karl can read or write fast enough to do an AMA. There wont be another season of the RG Show unless we record more podcasts, which aren’t planned at the moment.
How long did you spend on the writing process of Hello Ladies?
Six months or more. I was also writing while on my stand-up tour
Aren’t you a bit too famous/successful to be doing AMA’s?
What is your favourite cheese?
Is it hard finding clothes that fit you?
Do you plan to do a stand up special in the near future?
Also, I saw a YouTube video once where you talked about your favorite movie scene and it was from the Billy Wilder masterpiece The Apartment. That was what inspired me to watch the film and it became an all-time favorite. Thanks for that, sir.
The Apartment is a constant source of inspiration for me. It’s a beautiful film for those who haven’t seen it. No stand-up special planned at the moment but watch this space. I want to do one about the nature of ‘cool’. How we grow up wanting to be cool and what that means.
I’m really excited about your show Hello Ladies! How much of your dating experience goes into the show?
Some stories are real, others are just inspired by how real events could have turned out if I’d handled them differently
Why aren’t you partying? it’s friday night for pete’s sake!
Damn good point. Might have to wrap this up
I believe that your stand up was unconventional when I watched it and derived that it was more of a writing method to make yourself laugh but also guide the audience along to new ways of laughing at a situation. So when you write, do you try to make it comedic for the audience or are you trying to make it comedic for yourself?
I try to make myself laugh first and foremost, and any like-minded people who share my sense of humor. Trying to second-guess the audience is dangerous, as it’s impossible to know what they want as you don’t know them personally
Whats your favorite book?
Pale Fire by Vlad Nabokov
What was the first record you bought and where did you buy it? What did you learn from making Cemetery Junction?
It was The Best of The Stranglers and I got it in Woolworth’s, which no longer exists.
I learned a lot from making our film Cemetery Junction : the chief thing being that it’s actually far harder to tell a story in 90 mins than 30 mins.
what’s your favourite song?
Thunder Road by B Springsteen
Is everything in your body tall and lean? Hubba hubba!
Hi Stephen! Been a big fan since The Office.
-What advice would you give to an aspiring tv writer?
-What David Bowie album would you recommend to someone who wants to get into Bowie but doesn’t know where to start?
Thanks in advance!
Write… and keep on writing. And try and get actors to read it out loud for you, so you can hear how it sounds.
I started with Hunky Dory and it got me hooked
How come you don’t you follow Ricky on Twitter?
Because I can talk to him for real
Who are some of your favorite underrated / not well-known yet comedians?
A British comedian/poet called Tim Key is hilarious. Many will know his work but a lot of you probably don’t yet
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