Mathew Horne and James Corden from Gavin & Stacey say their new BBC Three sketch show, Horne And Corden, is hard work but being directed by comedy legend Kathy Burke makes it worthwhile. They pair are also filming a Gavin & Stacey special.
How's it been doing the new show and working together again?
James Corden: "We're not strangers to working together. I think we've worked out that we're going to work together 278 days of this year. So, we were never worried about that. It's been hard but fun. I just hope it's funny."
Why did you want to do a sketch show next?
Mathew Horne: "I think it was because we were creating characters and sketches as we started our friendship and working relationship on Gavin & Stacey. It just felt like the most natural thing to try and do."
James Corden: "We would just do stuff, just messing around on the set. Invariably we would finish and go, 'That's a sketch actually or that would be a good character. Imagine him in this situation'. And then it got to a point where we thought, 'We should probably do something with this'.
Mathew Horne: "And also, it wasn't for a long time that we actually sat down and wrote it. This was just stuff we had in our heads that we would annoy people with."
Has there been anything that you've worked out between yourselves and come on set and everyone's gone, 'No. That's not funny'.
James Corden: "Every day. Every single day. Our producer has the sternest face. Doing a sketch show is very similar to being a child who's got one line in a school play and your parents come to see it, you do your one line and then afterwards you're wide-eyed going, 'Was it good enough? Was I good enough?'. And you're just met by our producer Ben and Kathy Burke going, 'Yeah. We haven't really got time to do another one'. The worst one is, 'It'll edit together really well. Once it's edited together it'll be fine'. They're the words we've heard the most.
What was it like working with Kathy Burke as a director?
Mathew Horne: "Amazing. It's so amazing to work with somebody who has such a calibre in comedy. She just knows what she's talking about and the stuff she's brought has been amazing."
James Corden: "I think she was quite daunted by doing this. She's directed a lot of plays and this was her first time directing on TV. But every now and then she'll just come up with a glimmer or a nugget of something which is brilliant and you think, 'Wow. That's great'. And it's great because she's got such an actor's mind on it as well."
The actors reckon they've worked together for 278 days this year
Mathew Horne: "I can't imagine anybody else doing it now, can you?
James Corden: "I would have liked Steven Spielberg. If he was free and available I would probably still bring him in now halfway through the last day."
Mathew Horne: "But he might make it look like the last 20 minutes of AI."
James Corden: "No-one wants that. But then likewise, he might make it look like the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan."
This is your last day filming at Pinewood Studios. But you've got more to come haven't you?
James Corden: "We wrap at 11 o'clock tonight and then we're being driven to Cardiff where we start recording a Gavin & Stacey special. Then we come back and we're doing three live studio nights. We'll film all the studio stuff with the audience. They're the first three Fridays in November. People can come along and watch. It's completely free and it'll be a good night of comedy. The best thing about it is that you get to be there first."
Is it hard work?
James Corden: "Yes. But it's not that hard work. We're not down the mines."
The two comedians are also filming a Gavin & Stacey special
Mathew Horne: "Those wigs hurt, don't they?"
James Corden: "And also the fact we've got to shoot Gavin & Stacey in the middle of it, which is brilliant, it's fantastic and we really hope it's good and we're really looking forward to doing it but there's a lot going on."
Mathew Horne and James Corden were talking to Newsbeat reporter, Jonathan Blake.
You can apply for tickets for their live studio recordings next month at skiddle.com.