That was last month. Tomorrow I begin my three-day training in stand-up comedy with Logan Murray and I am scared stiff. What have I got myself into? I don’t know the first thing about stand-up and I’m woefully unprepared for what is to come.
Bookaholic as I am, I purchased a copy of Logan Murray’s book, Get Started in Stand-Up Comedy, but I barely got past the introduction before my anxiety got so bad I had to put the book down to calm my nerves.
Friends have been keen to offer me some ‘good advice’ on how to prepare: ‘watch lots of Michael McIntyre on YouTube and you’ll see how it’s done.’
Unfortunately, watching famous comedians in action has only made me more frightened of getting up on stage on Sunday evening.
For there’s no way in the world I am capable of doing what they are doing!
What makes this terrifying challenge worthwhile, of course, is the amazing support I’ve received from family, friends, teachers and parents at my daughters’ school, acquaintances and even strangers, to my fundraising adventure.
Every penny I raise goes directly to Changing Faces, and at the time of writing, that means I’m giving £1,900.00 to this fantastic organisation, whose tireless work makes a real difference to thousands of adults and children with conditions or injuries that affect their appearance.
So as I make my stand-up comedy debut this weekend, I will remind myself of the extraordinary generosity of everyone who’s supported my campaign.
And if I survive Sunday night’s public humiliation, then I can honestly say I’ve faced my fears!