One half of infamous sketch duo Harry and Paul, Harry Enfield has been satirising popular culture for decades. His cheeky charm and uncanny impersonations have made him a firm family favourite, and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon. Enfield, along with fellow comic Paul Whitehouse, recently announced his first ever tour for Autumn 2015, off the back of their successes with Harry and Paul’s Story of the 2s last year, which won multiple awards including two Royal Television Society awards.
To learn more about this comedy legend, I asked him these seven questions…
1) What is your favourite thing about being in a double act?
My favourite part of being in a double act is making Paul Whitehouse laugh. He has the most infectious laugh I have ever heard. Usually I make him laugh about things that are so bad we could never dream of doing them on telly. They are just for us. Sometimes I think we are truly evil people.
2) Are you a healthy eater?
I am not a particularly healthy eater. I tried to eat lettuce and crap but I don’t really like it. So I have to go to the gym a lot to try and get rid of all the pies and chips and pizzas and chocolates and rats.
3) Are you any good with technology?
Technology is great in terms of computers that correct your spelling and stuff. Email is annoying Twitter is bollocks Facebook is a recipe for time wasting. Ditto Instagram. My kids do all this but I do not have it except the email which I hate.
4) Are you a cool dad?
I am about the least cool dad there is. I am obsessed by things being tidy and as I have three teenage children this is a source of enormous irritation for them. They hate me.
5) How did you begin your comedy career?
I began in comedy when I was at university over 33 years ago. There were not many comedians around then, so I was lucky to get a television break purely by being a comedian. It’s much harder these days as there are loads more, and they are much funnier than we were.
6) If you were an animal, what would you be?
I think I’d be a duck. They’re pretty chilled out, and it’s easy to get away from predators simply by sitting on a lake. As long as the lake doesn’t have some weird Jurassic monster in it with a taste for ducks.
7) Are you religious?
Yes. I believe in Tarvuism.
Look it up on the Internet and you will see it is the one true religion. My daughter is actually a High Priestmunty of Tarvuism. To all Tarvuists out there I say “Hebbo”.