Independent interview: Kathy Burke, director of Horne & Corden

The Independent has an interview with Kathy Burke, the former actor and now director of Horne & Corden.

Aside from talking through her career to date, Burke shares insight into what got her involved with Mat and James. An excerpt:

But when it came to their sketch show, Horne and Corden would not be so easily dissuaded. Burke continues that, “Mat and Jim came round here one evening and convinced me. Did they threaten physical violence? No, but they wouldn’t leave it alone!”

Eventually, their persistence paid off, and Burke was won over by their strength as performers. “It wasn’t a question of wanting to direct TV – it was a question of wanting to work with the boys. I felt I could bring out their versatility. Sometimes they would suggest doing a sketch as themselves, and I’d say, ‘No! What’s the point of me being here? Let’s introduce some characterisation and play about.’

“It’s about trying to decide if one word is funnier than another and attempting to get some truth out of the performers. At the beginning, I reassured the producer, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not a strange, avant-garde director. It won’t all be filmed in total darkness, and there won’t be any flashy shots. It’s all about trying to capture the gag.’ The producer looked visibly relieved!”

Burke’s formidable track record as a performer in sketch-show comedy no doubt benefited her work as a director. “I did throw in the odd gag,” she acknowledges. “I suppose it helps that I’ve been in a lot of good sketches myself, and maybe Mat and Jim felt they were in safe hands. But what I liked is that they’re both fearless performers.”

Continue reading at www.independent.co.uk

SOURCE: The Independent; “Kathy Burke – From Waynetta to director;” Rampton, James; 2 Mar 2009

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