A stand-up who's intelligence and breadth of subject-matter is only matched by Eddie Izzard.

A musician who's satires of the aural arts recall Billy Connolly's Country-comedy-rewrites, only spanning Classical, electro, stadium-rock, TV themes...

And now an actor in Black Books, and the whale in The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

The man who coined the phrase "The Laminated Book of Dreams"

All of which would make him the all-time Rennaisance Man of British Comedy, were he not still inexplicably faffing around on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Which may seem harsh, but I love him, and would be similarly disappointed were Paul Scholes to turn up as a team captain on A Question Of Sport...

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