Interview: David Mitchell, Lauren Laverne & Jimmy Carr
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10 O’Clock Live will be back on our screens later this month. We talk to the presenters about gay marriage, ‘logic bombs’ and David Cameron. What’s been your favourite moment on the show so far? David: My favourite moment I took part in was the debate about gay marriage between Milo Yiannopoulos, quite a young, but very conservative, Catholic gay man, and Boy George. We set it up in the hope of a heated argument about gay rights and the traditions of society and the church but instead got something much better: a more measured discussion about coming to terms with being gay, and society coming to terms with the fact that some people are gay, in which both contributors came across as nice people and Boy George was remarkably kindly and wise. It didn't feel like the sort of debate that you see very often on TV. Jimmy: I like it when we're just sitting around talking and suddenly David Mitchell drops a 'logic bomb'. Lauren: It's hard to choose, but probably Charlie's amazing piece about phone hacking and The News of the World, which started out as a piece to camera but ended up almost a poem. He was so worried he was going to fluff it and he just ACED it. That will be pretty hard to top. Has being on 10 O’Clock Live changed the way you watch the news? Do you just watch it now looking for things to satirise? Lauren: I'm a lot more cynical. A combination of working on 10 O’Clock Live and an addiction to The West Wing has either ruined or revolutionised current affairs for me. I'm still deciding which... David: To be honest, that happened to me a long time before I started doing 10 O'Clock Live. Several years of appearing on panel shows and writing a column for The Observer has reduced me to seeing current affairs as no more than the loam from which comic material can grow. It mustn't be too serious or no one wants you to look for a funny side, or too trivial or it doesn't matter at all and there's nothing to satirise, but something juicy in between that doesn't involve too much killing. Somewhere between Syria and Jordan (aka Katie Price). Leveson and Huhne are right on the money.
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