The television presenter who made a name for being hilariously snarky to popstars on Popworld and Never Mind the Buzzcocks? He doesn't like sentences that end with an exclamation mark or a full stop, he says, and so he analyses his rambling answers to death, occasionally pinning them down to the table with splayed fingers. The audience isn't sure whether to laugh or to give him a hug. It's always about me being an idiot and struggling with other human beings in the world. "Sometimes." People he meets often worry that they are going to end up in his act. "I can be in a moment with another person and not panic about hosting the conversation. "I used to think like a presenter in real life: ok, we've got five minutes, this has to be a great five minutes... And yet here he is, sipping on hot water and lemon in his local café in Belsize Park, curly hair still damp from the shower, dressed neatly in a rose-coloured jumper and almost, almost, radiating wellbeing."I'm in a much more peaceful place. I'm still meditating and doing yoga, but I'm doing it because there's enjoyment in doing it, in maintaining this strength."Can this really be Simon Amstell? He recorded it at the BBC, rather than releasing it as a stocking filler, because "there's something a bit disgusting about DVDs now. I don't know what you think I'd do with this...'" It can make parties a bit awkward, though he's better at those too, these days.He is writing something new which may turn out to be a film and would like to do more acting, possibly in the new film from the directors of Black Pond, in which he played a creepy therapist opposite Chris Langham.
And this ego person who needs to do certain things, and be in a certain place. I understand now that that's not really me – it's just this irritant who is getting in the way of my brilliant life." In other words, more Amstell angst to come."There will always be suffering", he says chirpily. In an interview last week with the Daily Mail's David Wigg, he reveals that the surgery had some unexpected results: 'If there’s a bonus, it is that the operations have opened up my nasal cavity and cleared my sinuses, which has had a beneficial effect on my voice.’He has also defended his relationship with 21-year-old Louise Harris. The singer, who has sold seven million records, says of the 22-year age gap: ‘It feels right. God, after two brain ops, the radiotherapy and all the medication I still take . "I used to think that I really had to hang on to my pain otherwise I won't be able to be funny.
But actually if I hang on to the same pain that I was feeling a year ago, I'll end up writing the same jokes.I'll become a parody of myself."So, he's planning to skewer his new-found happiness instead."It feels like a constant fight between this very peaceful place where everything's fine, and then you die.Sacked for being too sarcastic, he went straight to Channel 4's Popworld, where he made it his selling point.Having transformed the fan worship of teen music programming into something far ruder and more compelling he did the same for adults on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, dragging the quiz out of its smug, MOR ditch and winning several British Comedy awards in the process. And an ill-judged remark by Simon Amstell, best known for his stint hosting Never Mind the Buzzcocks, stunned BBC Breakfast presenters and viewers yesterday morning. 'His remark was met with an uncomfortable giggle from both hosts, who quickly reprimanded him.'Now you do have to stop talking,' Turnbull said seriously, as Williams pointed out Watson, who was side of stage waiting for his interview.'He's right there,' she exclaimed, gesturing apologetically to the off-camera Watson, adding: 'He'll hit you on the way out.'Williams attempted to lighten the awkward moment, saying: 'That was a Buzzcocks moment there.' Awkward: Williams gestured apologetically to Watson, who was waiting side of stage The comment about the singer, who has suffered two devastating brain tumours in recent years, came after Amstell admitted he has been kept awake at night by some of his more insensitive remarks.'I could have been more sensitive about people's emotions,' he said earlier in the interview about past jokes. 'Watson appeared next on the programme, to talk about overcoming the brain tumours.