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February 21st, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Steve Carell on politics, comedy, and Tina Fey

On Monday, actor and comedian Steve Carell joined Piers Morgan in studio alongside director David Steinberg. Partners on an upcoming Showtime project, both men remarked at the relationship between politics and comedy.

Referencing the current race for the GOP nomination, Steinberg described it as a "gift from God to comedians, the likes of which we have never seen." Carell meanwhile, recalled his days on the "Daily Show," where they were always "so thankful when anything that we perceived of as ridiculous would happen."

As "Piers Morgan Tonight" progressed, the topic turned to Carell as a comedian. Deferring praise, the star of "The Office" insisted: "I don't light up a room. I'm not the type of person who can hold court."

But when asked to compare his humor to that of his "Date Night" co-star Tina Fey, a small degree of Carell's humility vanished. "Tina Fey? Tina Fey? Yeah, she can write a book," joked Carell. "Yeah she can executive produce her own show. But not so good."

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