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08/08/01
Comedians Pledge Support for Coogan
- Harry Enfield and chums attend The Parole Officer premiere

BRITAIN'S best-loved funnymen turned out in force last night for the premiere of Steve Coogan's debut feature film, The Parole Officer. Harry Enfield, David Baddiel and The Fast Show's John 'Jazz Club' Thompson were among those in attendance at the screening, which took place at the Empire, Leicester Square.

"I'm a massive fan of Steve," said Enfield. "I gave him a little advice after Kevin and Perry Go Large. I told him not to worry if the critics attack it because they always do. What matters is bums on seats."

Coogan, who co-wrote the screenplay with long-time script-writing pal Henry Normal, makes his big screen debut as Simon Garden, an inept Parole Officer forced into a life of crime after being framed for murder. Speaking on his new comic creation, Coogan said: "It was nice to be able to do other things. The character of Simon has a lot of me in him and there are also elements of Alan Partridge in there too."

But rest assured, Radio Norwich's most famous presenter is not dead. "I have not killed him off, he is in cryogenics. I have frozen him but he will return."




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