KERRANG - MARCH 10, 2001
Pemberton isn't far wrong
when he claims the League are "the slipknot of comedy". But even
though the video's shifted 100,000 copies and the live show is selling
out theatres nationwide, the very nature of this darkly brilliant comedy
is such that you will only know what they are talking about if you've
It says a lot about the Leagues down to earth nature that Shearsmith is
more than happy to do a Papa Lazarou message for me, much to the delight
of Gatiss and Pemberton. Imagine the reaction you'd get if you asked
John Cleese to do his silly walk or for Richard Wilson to do 'I don't
believe it'. The novelty of and love of these characters has clearly not
worn off. There is also an endearing self-effacing quality about the
gents and they spend a lot of time plugging the live show, apparently
unaware that tickets are like gold dust.
"Someone was trying to psychoanalyse us the other day about why we
do this," chirps Shearsmith cheerfully," but if anything was
unusual about our childhood's it was that they were all the same. Just
quiet, shy, staying in watching telly, no trauma's or anything we can
think of". It turns out Gatiss grew up next door to a psychiatric
hospital and Pemberton had a heart attack at 25 in Germany, leading to
the invention of Herr Lipp.
Alles klar, children, alles klar.