"I went to the University of East Anglia in 1977 where I met Paul Whitehouse, Harry Enfield and Vic Reeves. At that time I was writing novels, but my main concern was pop music. I had a band for six years called, somewhat unimaginatively, The Higsons.
"I moved down to London in the mid-Eighties, and shared a flat with Harry who was launching his career as a stand-up at the time. Paul and I went on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme as comedy script writers, which took off when we did 'Loadsamoney'.
"After that, we did the Harry Enfield television programme for a couple of series and then Paul and I ended up doing The Fast Show, which we produced ourselves.
"I think it's good to do TV comedy late in life. Paul and I weren't coming in as 20- year-olds with no knowledge of the world. Everything I've done has basically been a series of lucky encounters because I've never had a proper career plan. I knew vaguely in the back of my mind that I would like to be a writer at some stage.
"I work very hard and when I'm writing I treat it as a job. I sit there every day and write, which is not difficult because I enjoy it so much. Paul and I work very well together - we both have the talent where the other doesn't.
"A good writing partnership is a rare thing. I attribute a lot of my success to being disciplined, focused, and of course working with Paul, who fortunately is much less anal than me!"Reuse content