I am starting to learn my five minutes of standup material. Learning material is extremely dull. How people learn hours of it I have no idea. I have settled on a ‘miserable bastard’ persona which suits me well. The material consists of one-liners mixed with some fairly personal stuff, which I think is the best way to go. It’s a bit weird because all the other comedy I have done has been surreal and escapist – this is rooted in reality, something I‘ve never been very keen on. However, that is what seems to come out when writing for standup so what will be will be will be (will be). Everything is stacked against you when starting out in standup and I recall Harry Hill saying ‘those first gigs are the most difficult you will ever do.’ Who knows how it will go? Soon enough, I will know.