When Ryan Moore met David Walliams: a new comedy duo
David Walliams is adamant Ryan Moore is far better at comedy than he would be at riding racehorses as Great British Racing released a film that launches the pair as an unlikely new double act.
Just as Ernie Wise was to Eric Morecambe, Oliver Hardy was to Stan Laurel and Paul Chuckle was to Barry Chuckle, Moore plays the straight man to Walliams' funny guy in the third instalment of GBR's Horsing Around series, aimed at hammering home the message those aged under 18 can go racing for free.
Although Moore says only ten words in the piece, which also features child star Billy Jenkins, he delivers them perfectly in a deadpan manner that may not have required weeks of rehearsal or character imagination.
Walliams, who recently appeared as a judge on Britain's Got Talent and previously formed half a comedy duo with Matt Lucas, said: "I didn't know who Ryan Moore was but I made sure I googled him before I met him, which is always a good idea as you then have all the facts. I learned he is a jockey and a successful one. He is also a very nice bloke.
"I'm not sure he has a huge future in comedy but he threw himself into it and he was very sweet. Physically, the two of us together are also funny because I'm literally about twice as tall as him and four times as heavy."
Walliams added: "I know what it was like for him as I've done Comic Relief and Sport Relief sketches with people who aren't actors. It's a different skill. I know I wouldn't want to get on one of those horses.
"We had a lot of fun together and he brought his kids along to say hello as well."
Moore said: “My kids love David Walliams so I knew there would be trouble if I didn’t get involved in the filming with him.
"I think this is a great initiative. It’s so important we get more children and families involved in the sport and coming racing.”
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