"If you start to disrespect the character you're playing, or play it too much for laughs, that can work for a sketch, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique. It's like watching a juggler - you can be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in any way."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Steve Coogan on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Steve Coogan on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Steve Coogan on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Steve Coogan on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Steve Coogan on Maya Angelou
"I'm just attracted to playing people who are ostensible unlikable. That's not to say that there's something in there that makes you care. It might be that you just find them so awful that you just can't stop watching, like a car crash."
"I am of the very last generation who didn't have computers at school. As we grow old we'll become something of an aberration."
"I have never wanted to be famous, as such - fame is a by-product."
"Actually, bizarrely, in America, I get more appreciation from the odd, unusual stuff I've done, almost because I'm not, if you like, famous in America as I am in England."
"The trick is always to write in pairs because if at least two people find it funny, you've immediately halved the odds of it not being funny."