This shot goes back a fair while… to November 1987 to be exact, and the days of FP4 bulk negative film, having to wait to see what your photos look like, and a darkroom in a cupboard under the stairs.

The comedian was performing at the annual NUPE (National Union of Public Employees) Xmas dance in the Huyton Suite, Liverpool. I was there as I was an active member of the local union branch and also I was hired (well, sort of…) to take the ‘official’ photos on the night. I also took the opportunity of going around the tables and offering to take people’s photos for money – these were the days before camera phones and selfies remember!

In the end I felt sorry for the poor guy as he died an absolute death… I think he even cut his set short as it became obvious that he’d lost the audience as soon as he walked out on stage.

But he remained smiling, right to the end…. you’ve got to give him credit for that.


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