I’ll be honest, I’m quite looking forward to making my debut at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in March. I’ll be performing my latest show Laughter Is The Worst Medicine at the Tron Theatre on Saturday 21 March, and poking fun at the time I ended up in hospital with pneumonia. Because nothing says comedy more than nearly dying!
It’s basically the story of what happened to me a few years ago at the Edinburgh Fringe after getting pneumonia. I’ve done that typical comic thing of seeing how much material I can get out of personal misery. It turns out to be quite a lot!
So, it starts with me trying to ring the ambulance and getting mistaken for an automated machine, being rushed into hospital, being seen by a doctor worse than Harold Shipman, having that many x-rays that I develop a massive glowing cock, trying to chat up the nurses, that sort of thing. Seriously, nearly dying is comedy gold!
I’m really looking forward to living the nightmare all over again in the name of entertainment! It went down really well in Edinburgh, and the room was almost full most days, so I’m hoping that Glasgow will appreciate it as well. Hopefully I can give some NHS staff a break from their hectic work schedules and put a smile on their faces as well. It’s the least I can do really. Last August ended in such a nightmare situation. I was miles away from home, away from most of my friends and family, and I didn’t really know what was wrong with me. I’ve never been more scared. I honestly don’t think I would have coped without the fantastic NHS and the staff in Scotland.
Besides, when you consider all the cuts they’re having to endure at the moment, they could probably do with a laugh or two!
I can’t wait to be back in Scotland as well. All the steps... and the hills... the big massive hills... it can’t be beaten for inaccessibility. My other favourite thing about Scotland is obviously The Stand. It’s such a lovely comedy club to play and I’m lucky that I have such a good relationship with them. It’s the best comedy club I’ve played so far. I might try to pop in after I’ve done my show... if I don’t get pneumonia first, of course!