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Lesson 25: Endings & Deaths

Twenty-five years ago I got myself an open-spot at the venerable Bearcat comedy club in Twickenham, greater London. I was at university as a mature-ish student (doing Theatre Studies and English) and I’d done 5 minutes of stand-up at the ‘drama social’ event which had gone down well. What I’d overlooked was that I’d performed to a group of my peers and friends who were supportive, got my sense of humour and wanted me to do well. Thinking I was a comedy genius, I got myself a gig at the Bearcat, a tough (but fair) room. Reader, I didn’t have a clue. I’d written a very strange set that I felt was pushing the boundaries of comedy but looking back was rather self-indulgent and confusing. Perform

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