Matt Lucas interview “New comedy series will be diverse”

The former ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge and his 51-year-old writing partner understand the criticisms levelled at the BBC 00s hit ‘Little Britain’, and they will take some feedback onboard ahead of to their new project. The 48-year-old comedian said: “We know how ‘Little Britain’ is perceived. I totally accept that there are all different opinions on this.

“I accept that some people feel very differently to other people and I respect everyone’s opinion from wherever they come from on this subject.

Matt Lucas says his new comedy series with David Walliams will be ‘diverse’, adding “I see things differently now to how we did and things have changed and I respect that. I feel my job is to listen now about how people feel about that stuff, it’s not about talking, for me it’s about listening.

“The show that me and David are trying to develop will be different in many ways, it will be similar in some ways but at the very beginning of the creation of the show we have talked about how we can diverse talent on screen and in the writers room and conceive it as something that isn’t just about me and David playing absolutely everyone.

“This will be built into the show from the beginning, which is something we should have done but didn’t do back then. But we were making those shows at the same time as many other people who were doing what we doing and had that approach.

“I’m not going to say that we should be making shows now the way we made them then, because I don’t think we should, things are different.

“I can’t say that LGTBQ people should have a voice, that Jewish people should have a voice, but not think that it’s important that other people don’t have a voice.” Matt revealed he and David will use a US-style “writers room” to knock up their skits.

“Traditionally it has just been the two of us, 10-5, just writing. I think now that I have ‘Fantasy Football League’ and other things, while David writes four books a year, we’re going to open this up and involve some other people in a way that we haven’t done before, possibly have a writers room like they do in America.

“I think it’ll be good because it will get other voices in there and they will come up with stuff that we haven’t come up with.

“I think that probably the first episode of the show – and we haven’t sold the show yet, we haven’t pitched it, it might be that nobody wants to make it – we will write the first episode, just the two of us like old times, just the two of us making each other laugh and after that we will try and involve other people like we didn’t do with our previous shows.”

ON Bake off, Matt Lucas has revealed he had never watched The Great British Bake Off before being brought on as a presenter, a job he’s also said he didn’t want.

The comedian, 48, joined the reality baking series in 2020, presenting three seasons of the show alongside Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

However late last year Matt quit the show, explaining that he was finding it difficult to balance filming with the other projects he was working on, including Fantasy Football League.

Now he’s spoken more about his decision to walk away, labelling it a ‘pandemic job’ that he just ‘went along with’.

‘I’d never seen the show beforehand and I was not a baker,’ he said. ‘They were just looking for a new host and it came at a time where I had been living in LA for seven years and I had just sold my house there and I was thinking about coming back and spending more time with my family and friends.

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Who is Matt Lucas?

Matt Lucas is an English comedian, actor, writer, and singer, born on March 5, 1974, in Paddington, London, England.

Lucas began his career in comedy as a teenager, performing in various comedy clubs and venues. He gained recognition as one half of the comedy duo, Little Britain, alongside David Walliams. Little Britain first aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2000 and went on to become a hit TV series, running for three seasons from 2003 to 2005.

Apart from Little Britain, Lucas has appeared in several other TV shows, including Doctor Who, Come Fly with Me, and Shooting Stars. He has also acted in movies such as Bridesmaids, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Paddington.

Lucas has also written several TV shows, including the animated series, Pompidou, and the sitcom, Come Fly with Me, both of which he co-wrote with Walliams. In addition to his work in comedy, Lucas has also released several music albums, including his debut album, “Little Me,” in 2019.

In 2020, Lucas joined the judging panel of the TV show, The Great British Bake Off. He has also been involved in several charitable causes, including Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that raises money for disadvantaged people.

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