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Stand up Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins in the Breakfast studio
Sue: going solo
If Sue Perkins hadn't taken up a bet by a flat-mate, she might now be working as a teacher.

While she was at college, Sue's flatmate bet her that she couldn't do a turn as a stand-up comedian.

Never one to duck a challenge, Sue booked herself a stand-up slot - and began her comedy career.

That was nearly two decades ago - and for most of that time, Sue's been best known for her work with her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc.

Now, she's going it alone, with a new solo comedy act, called Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2006, which she'll be performing at this year's Edinburgh festival.

We talked live to Sue Perkins, just after 9am this morning - and found out that she began her stage career even earlier than we'd realised - playing the mother of our presenter Susanna Reid, in a school production of The Crucible



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