I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?— Paul Merton
The most helpful Paul Merton quotes that will activate your inner potential
It seems like a contradiction, but the shy person who is a performer actually does make sense, because in a way, when you're young and shy, making people laugh is a good way to make friends. It's an instant connection.
I was trying to organise my DVDs into a sort of chronological order, and I am afraid that it all trailed off after the Sixties.
In 1987, I was in Edinburgh doing my first one-man show.
I took part in a kickabout with some fellow comedians and tripped over my trousers and heard this cracking sound in my leg. A couple of days later I went into a coma and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.
My school days were the happiest days of my life;
which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years.
All disc jockeys are without talent. Noel Edmonds - I can't stand Noel Edmonds.
I'll never forget my first experience of swede.
It was at school and I thought I was getting mashed potato. I've never got over it.
I don't always vote in general elections, but I think I've always voted Labour.
If you stay in a house and you go to the bathroom and there is no toilet paper, you can always slide down the banisters. Don't tell me you haven't done it.
It was a bizarre existence I led in my early twenties - that cliche of the comedian who goes out and entertains a roomful of people and then goes home to a lonely bedsit was unbelievably poignant for me because that was exactly what I was doing. I had periods of real loneliness.
Have you ever had sex with a horse?
When I was nine I spent a lot of my time reading books about the history of comedy, or listening to the Goons or Hancock, humour from previous generations.
I remember being fascinated by the very nature of comedy from the age of 10;
why is this funny, and that isn't?
And like the old stereotype, I overcame my shyness by making my friends laugh.
Am I allowed to call myself working-class now? Because obviously I'm now very rich.
I looked at longevity in show business when I was about 13, and the people who seemed to have longevity were the ones who'd spent quite a bit of time learning about what they were doing before they made it.
Well, sanity, I suppose, is getting people to see the world your way.
I think having an outsider's viewpoint is interesting and good, especially for a comedian.
I have never sold my story, done Hello! magazine, any of that stuff.
I'm not guilty of exploiting my private life for cash and then saying, 'Oh, I don't want to talk about my private life.' I've never crossed that line.
I don't consider myself a fashion victim. I consider fashion a victim of me.
In fact, I don't watch a lot of contemporary comedy for fear of being influenced by it.
When I used to do the Edinburgh Festival, there was a bunch of guys selling fresh oysters and I'd eat ten daily - marvellous.
I've never been disappointed by politicians.
I've never invested that much in them in the first place.
My favourite riposte to a heckle is to say, 'Excuse me, I'm trying to work here.
How would you like it if I stood yelling down the alley while you're giving blow jobs to transsexuals?'
On my first day in New York a guy asked me if I knew where Central Park was.
When I told him I didn't he said, 'Do you mind if I mug you here?'.