In answer to your question Jay, I wasn't nervous about doing standup but I am a bit more now. I did one of Robin Ince's shows at the Bloomsbury theatre the other night. It wasn't as easy as the thing I did with Stewart Lee in the summer and it showed I'll have to work harder on the material, I can't just use the stuff from book readings without altering my delivery and linking the bits better. I suppose it was foolish to think it would be easy, standup is not something that can be done in a casual manner
Yes Ben did pretty much write me out of 80s comedy history there, apart from a couple of brief clips at the start. This morning I was railing against this when Linda pointed out that I had made him cry on several occasions so it was unlikely that he'd invite me onto his show.
This morning I got an email entitled: Stephen Fry sent you a friend request on Flip :)
And the email itself said: Stephen Fry has added you as a friend. Is Stephen Fry your friend?
Then three hours later I got another email entitled: Please ignore the friend request on Flip sent earlier.
This email said: An erronerous Flip Friend request was sent earlier on behalf of Stephen Fry. Please ignore the earlier email with the friend request. Apologies for the inconvenience.
So for three hours I was Stephen's friend. It was lovely while it lasted.