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Billy Crystal’s ‘perfect gig’

Billy Crystal has spoken of his delight over starring in, producing and writing new TV show The Comedians.

The 66-year-old Hollywood appeared in plenty of classic features throughout his 40-year career, including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally…

Billy is returning to television in new FX series The Comedians, which also stars Josh Gad, and he couldn’t be happier.

“To be honest, this is a terrible thing to say,” Billy told. “I am so happy doing this show, if I never made another movie, I’d feel bad, but not terrible because at this point of my life and my career, I get everything I want in this show.

“I write a little bit, I produce a little bit, I have [co-star Josh]. I have an amazing cast. They’re so good. They’re so unbelievable. I just think that it’s just like the perfect kind of thing right now.”

The Comedians centres on a veteran funnyman who reluctantly partners with a young, edgy comedian for a late-night sketch show.

Billy feels excited by the programme, as it provides a scintillating professional challenge.

“I’ve been in front of people since 1974 or so,” he noted. “I think people have a certain assumption of me, they feel like they know me…but when we decided to play ourselves, it also came with the caveat [of making fun of themselves]. We draw a fine line. As an actor and a comedian, it’s fun to play with that, and it’s bold and I love the challenge.

“I had no thought about doing anything and then this show came. This is as smart as it gets.”

The first episode of The Comedians premieres in the US on April 9.

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