'As a child I had a speech impediment and as such I used to stutter, when I was put in stressful situations. I’d dread English lessons at school, because when we were asked to read aloud in class, my heart would race, my knees would knock and a bead of sweat would run down my back as to the amusement to my teacher and class I would splutter out the passage in the book.
So much so that I would go red in the face and suffer the shame of being mimicked in the playground after and for me, it's been something I have to carry with me for the rest of my life. One day I decided to tackle it head on and duly signed up for a course in stand up comedy at the City Lit Institute in London, go on tour and find my voice. This is my first gig:'
I quote the late and great Bob Monkhouse: 'When I said I was going to become a comedian, they all laughed. Well, they're not laughing now, are they?'