Thursday 19 April 2018

How I wooed Armstrong, by Miller

Ben Miller described his 'comedy affair' with Alexander Armstrong
Ben Miller described his 'comedy affair' with Alexander Armstrong

Ben Miller has revealed that his Bafta- winning double act, Armstrong and Miller, began as an "affair" when he stole Alexander Armstrong from another comic.

Ben, who is premiering his debut feature film Huge at the Edinburgh International Film Festival tonight, said Xander was already part of another duo when they met.

Ben said: "It was kind of love at first sight. This is a terrible thing to admit, but I went to see him in a double act that he was actually already in and I just thought he was the funniest person I'd ever seen in my life."

He continued: "So I was trying to encourage him to have an affair really, I suppose. Meeting in bars and showing him a sketch and him saying 'I can't look at it, I'm in a double act already'.

"So we did start having a comedy affair and at one point we decided we should make a go of it maybe, but he still hadn't told his double act partner.

"And we were walking down the street with comedy props we'd bought for our show and bumped into his partner on the street. It's like being caught in bed with somebody, by their husband.

"And sometimes the mistress doesn't get to stay with the unfaithful partner, but in this case it worked out."

Huge, starring Adulthood's Noel Clarke and London To Brighton's Johnny Harris, is a buddy movie about two aspiring comedians who meet by chance at an open mic night and team up in a bid to become Huge.

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