Simon Amstell opens up

With my project to teach Simon Amstell about Twitter well under way, I thought the time was right to interview him. Little did I realise this would open up a deep childhood wound

Project Amstell has ensured that I am quite familiar with Simon's new standup material, so I thought it was the right time to ask some questions about the formation of Numb and about his life as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor and now (thanks to me), reticent Twitter person.

I tried to create a formal interview setting, in a bid to emulate the times when Simon reluctantly opened up to two of my favourite show business personalities, Alan Yentob and Tim Key. I did extensive research, I went location scouting, I prepared up to 80 questions.

Unfortunately, the majority of my questions were eclipsed by the sound of some nearby trains and I managed to open up a deep wound from Simon's childhood.

The next instalments will see us speaking to Philippa Perry and Dan Swimer, Simon's psychologist friend and Grandma's House co-writer respectively. Hopefully my location scouting skills will have improved by then.

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