‘I have a kind of horror of red carpets events – all that having to dress up!’

The worst…

…factor in my home

Tech. Printers that don’t work. Sky bins that change off. And you simply go, “Oh, God! Why can’t everything just work?” The printer’s flashing a gentle at you and also you go, “I don’t know what any of these buttons mean.” I simply need it to print – print in black and white. I don’t care concerning the colors. Oh god, I hate it.


Procrastination – placing issues off, urgent snooze endlessly on the alarm, leaving mail unopened. It’s virtually like your physique is daring itself not to do something. This is why I like having a writing associate – it makes you get on and do it. On my very own, I’m my very own worst enemy.

…childhood reminiscence

I went to a lot of colleges – about 9, I suppose [Saunders’s father served in the Royal Air Force]. There was that terrible sick feeling if you go into a new faculty and sometimes it wasn’t the primary day of time period. I’m fairly a good “fitter-inner” however I used to be fairly shy and I don’t assume I knew how to be social. I don’t know after I learnt – in my 30s, most likely. Even now you continue to study a lot. If you’re sitting subsequent to somebody, you need to simply ask them questions. Once I realised that was the best way to go – to strategy every thing with curiosity relatively than dread – life grew to become a lot simpler.

…current development

Can I simply say… what is occurring with eyebrows? Perfectly lovely-looking women need to paint these large black eyebrows on and I simply don’t perceive. It doesn’t appear, to me, to be engaging. I discover them extraordinary. I can’t cease them.

…absolutely the worst…

Cookies. “Will you accept these ­cookies?” I spend my life now going, “no, I won’t accept them” after which six bloody home windows later I’m given one thing the place I discover there’s nowhere to click on to say I don’t need cookies, so I simply go, “Oh, accept cookies then!” Also you purchase one thing on-line and you then get 12 emails saying, “How is it? How was your delivery?” and also you go, “f— off!” It’s simply junk. Constant junk.

Interview by Katie Russell

Jennifer Saunders stars in Noël Coward’s basic comedy Blithe Spirit on the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, from Sept 16.

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