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Stephen Merchant

Stephen first did stand-up comedy in Bristol in a room above a pub in 1997. He did five minutes and it went brilliantly. He came back a month later with exactly the same act and left the stage in silence.

For years that was his regular experience of stand-up: raising the roof off one evening, only for the next show to fizzle out like a damp firework.

In 1998 he was finalist in the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards but didn’t win.

Stephen carried on performing intermittently over the next few years and in 2001 spent a few weeks at the Edinburgh Festival doing a stand-up show alongside Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince.

Recently Stephen has started doing stand-up again in little clubs around London.

 

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