Steve Coogan — British Comedian born on October 14, 1965,

Stephen John "Steve" Coogan is an English actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, writer, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. In the early 1990s, he began creating original comic characters, leading him to win the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 1999, he co-founded the production company Baby Cow Productions... (wikipedia)

I want my work to be judged, not me.
I think it's always funny when you see kids do Shakespeare.
If you start to disrespect the character you're playing, or play it too much for laughs, that can work for a sketch, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique. It's like watching a juggler - you can be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in any way.
If you chase something too desperately, it eludes you.
Even great people are always slightly disappointing, which is generally what makes them interesting.