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Evangelist comedy is essentially about family, its stars tell Aine O'Connor

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Edi Patterson and Danny McBride star in ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ on Sky Comedy

Edi Patterson and Danny McBride star in ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ on Sky Comedy

Edi Patterson and Danny McBride star in ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ on Sky Comedy

I overheard a woman describing how she could talk to animals, dead or alive. If they were dead it was easier if she had a photo, so someone was scrolling through their Facebook to find a picture of a deceased cat.

Edi Patterson and Danny McBride were ready to see me before this exchange reached its surely glorious conclusion, so I could only greet them with an apology for my distraction. But they were way ahead of me: they had already met the lady and Patterson was only sorry that time did not allow her to avail of the talents.

The afterlife of animals seems somehow appropriate for an interview about a family of evangelists. McBride and Patterson are discussing their hit HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones which, after a very successful US run last autumn, is finally available to view this side of the Atlantic.