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Stand-up for Stoke - Pete Morgan learns the comedy art
Pete Morgan is standing up for Stoke in a comedy show at the New Vic

BBC Stoke presenter Pete Morgan performed live stand-up as an opening act for Richard Digance at the New Victoria Theatre in Newcastle. And he'd never done stand-up comedy before.

Why? Answer: just for the challenge!

Nick Hancock was Pete's mentor, with master-classes from other stars such as Lee Mack, Tim Vine, Mitch Benn, Fred MacAulay, Jim Bowen and Cannon & Ball.

Pete is hoping that his experience, and the advice he picked up, will help future aspiring comics.

Pete says: 'I love watching comedy. I'm a big fan of live comedy shows and I've been buying a lot of DVDs. But to be honest it's another thing again to stand on a stage and try to make people laugh.'

You can hear the results. We recorded clips from the show in which Pete was the warm-up man for Richard Digance (which took place on Monday, 15 February 2010), and they can be heard here on this page.
Judge for yourselves how successful Pete was in his efforts...

Learning to be funny

Over a four-week period, Pete spoke to comics who've been there and done it, picking their brains, and learning from their expertise.

Lee Mack

Across the interviews, which you can hear here on this page, he learned how to deal with hecklers, the art of timing, the what-not-to-do rules, and how to deal with stage fright. Not to mention - how to be funny!

There were plenty of laughs on the breakfast show leading up to the performance as some of the nation's favourite comedians gave Pete their top tips.

Lee Mack offered Pete some great advice. He explained what it takes to be a successful stand-up and talked about his own favourite performers. But we reckon he wasn't too serious when he talked about how popular BBC Stoke's breakfast show is in 'that London'.

In fact, Pete did get a chance to hone his talent with a five-minute spot two weeks before the main event. Pete appeared at the regular Stand-Up At The Swan comedy night at The Swan in Leek on Thursday, 4 Feb.
He supported Nick Revell and Tudur Owen - and he admitted to being "slightly terrified"


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