Interview: Angelos Epithemiou
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There are a lot of people who struggle to get onto TV these days. So it was an odd moment when burger man Angelos Epithemiou got pestered by Bob Mortimer to be on Shooting Stars, the show that would make him a household name. TNS talks to the 2011 British Comedy Award Breakthrough Act about life in the limelight.... So Angelos, you used to be a burger man. When do you realise you wanted to be on television? I didn’t realise I ever wanted to be on television thank you very much! I was told I had to go on it by Mortimer, cos I won an award did you know that? Well I did! I won an award. Not an award for comedy that come later, but I won an award for 'Caterer of the Year'...which is my much better award that is propping open the toilet door now. That was given to me by Bob Mortimer - you know him? Well he gave me the award and then he says to me “Will you come on my show cos you are the real deal of the business”... And I said no I’m not going on that show I’ve seen it’s stupid! And says “please come on it?” and I said “No I’m not going on it! OK I don’t care how much you pay me I’m not going on it!” And says “PLEASE” and then I said alright because he kept twisting my arm and he kept at me persisting so I ended up going on his blinking show! What was it like working with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer? You’ve seen their shows haven’t you? It’s ridiculous, you know the pair of them are like members of the lucky club and I’m the best shot of them really. You’ve met loads of celebrities during your career- who have been your favourite? Oh yeah I’ve met loads now, oh rather that they’ve met me. But the one I get on best with as in go down to the pub with and just muck around in the bins and stuff is (Sir) Ranulph Fiennes. We are like that! He keeps talking about wanting me to climb up a mountain with him but I’m like get stuffed, I’m not doing that! I mean I’m not gonna do that unless you’re gonna pay me and he won’t pay me so we won’t be climbing the mountain. But we are buddies, we are well close. And since Shooting Stars, how is your relationship with Ulrika Jonsson? We have been chatting...through lawyers mainly since the show ended. And we’re gonna come to some sort of settlement in which I leave her alone or else she has me arrested. So that’s progressing very nicely yes... But didn’t you do Let’s Dance for Sport Relief together...?
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