This article is from our archive. It was published in 2012.

Quick interview with Blake Harrison

Published August 2012

The Inbetweeners. Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison). Image credit: Bwark Productions.Here's a quick one minute interview with Blake Harrison, who was in The Function Room at the weekend, and stars in new sketch show Them From That Thing this week.

Hi Blake. You're in two of the Channel 4's Funny Fortnight shows. Are you obliged to be in them as you're one of the network's stars, or is that just a coincidence?

They were obliged because I held a gun to their heads.

Ha ha. You played Steve in The Function Room at the weekend. It must have been great working with all the other actors in that?

Actually all characters were created using CGI.

It's the first sitcom you've done with a live studio audience. What was that like?

Terrifying.

You can be seen in Them From That Thing this week (pictured below). Isn't the title a bit rude, suggesting people might not know who you are?

No, I think it's fair.

All your previous TV work is sitcom. What tempted you to have a go at doing some sketches?

I leaped at the chance to work with Ben Palmer. He's a brilliant director and has a large head. My mother always told me to trust men with large heads.

Channel 4 Comedy Presents: Them From That Thing. Image credit: Zeppotron.Do you have a favourite character from the show?

Eric Santiago... because I got to wear a goatee... and looked well buff.

You've probably seen the pictures for The Inbetweeners USA. What are your thoughts on their version of Neil?

I think it's good. I think they are going down the air head/stoner type route, which is a good take on it.

People are criticising the MTV trailer (64k+ dislikes on YouTube), saying it's got no hope of succeeding. Can it?

I don't see why not? Contrary to what a lot of people are saying on the Internet, Americans do comedy exceptionally well.

What's next up for you Blake?

A sitcom called Big Bad World. No idea when they will air it, but hopefully it'll be before 2063.


Them From That Thing is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 4.

Guide to 'The Function Room'

Guide to 'Them From That Thing'

 
Bad Education Movie is go

Bad Education Movie is go

Jack Whitehall has confirmed that his hit BBC Three sitcom Bad Education is heading to the big screen. Read

Funz And Gamez on TV

Funz And Gamez on TV

Funz And Gamez, the award-winning live comedy show hosted by Phil Ellis, is to be piloted as a TV show by the BBC. Read

BBC Scotland's 2015 shows

BBC Scotland's 2015 shows

BBC Scotland has unveiled its comedy plans for 2015. They include a full series for Two Doors Down. Read

RTS Awards nominations

RTS Awards nominations

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse lead the comedy-based nominations in the Royal Television Society Awards. Read

Top Coppers filming now

Top Coppers filming now

Production is underway on Top Coppers, a new BBC comedy series starring John Kearns and Steen Raskopoulos. Read

Matt Lucas interview

Matt Lucas interview

Matt Lucas talks about filming Pompidou, the visual comedy series for the BBC in which he plays an aristocrat. Read

Would I Lie To You? - S9

Would I Lie To You? - S9

Following strong ratings, the BBC has ordered 10 more episodes of its panel show Would I Lie To You?. Read

Do you run a funny blog?

Do you run a funny blog?

Do you write a funny blog, curate an amusing website or joke a lot on Twitter? If so, here's a competition: Read

Rare 1980s photo exhibition

Rare 1980s photo exhibition

Rare images of iconic 1980s British comedy stars are to be displayed at the Museum Of Comedy. Read

Russell Brand's podcast

Russell Brand's podcast

Russell Brand has announced he is to launch a new podcast. The Russell Brand Podcast will be a 24-part series. Read