Matt Berry never wanted to be a comedian. He was working in the London Dungeonsending tourists to the gallows every five minutes for being German, when he got the call to be in the Channel 4 comedy, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.
It was an easy decision to make. Had it not worked out, Berry might have gone back to the dungeon. I used to say, 'you wait, I'm going to take care of business at some point'.
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A decade after Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Berry appears to be doing just that. Toast of London, which he co-created with Father Ted's Arthur Mathews, has been recommissioned for a second series and is up for Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild awards in the next few weeks.
More introverted in person than on screen — no-one could possibly be as bombastic as Toast or Douglas Reynholm, his manic boss in Graham Linehan's sitcom The IT Crowd — Berry describes himself as a "site-specific extrovert".
His booming voice, described as "part bounty hunter, part 70s porn star", has made him a king of the voiceovers, most notably on Absolute Radio. It was his voiceover work that fed into the character of Steven Toast, the jobbing and largely jobless ham actor whose surreal misadventures built a small but devoted audience on Channel 4.
Everything you see basically happened in one way or another. Snuff Box, like Darkplace, never made it beyond a first series.
Snuffbox, I thought they would pull halfway through, so the fact any episodes went out was a massive bonus. I kind of thought Toast would be the same.
Saddled with a late-night Sunday slot, Toast became a word of mouth hit on Twitter, embraced by celebrity fans such as the Shaun of the Dead director, Edgar Wright. It's rich pickings, all that scene. I did one voiceover where the creative had his back to me the whole time. I thought it was hilarious, so that's going in.
When Berry is not making television, he's making music, and will tour the latest of his four albums, Kill the Wolf, next month. His band includes the former Bluetones singer, Mark Morriss.