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Behind the joke: Hal Cruttenden, Kurt Braunohler and Kerry Godliman take apart their comedy routines

29 January 2014 8:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Where do jokes come from? And how do they change in the telling? Three standups dissect their acts...

Hal Cruttenden: "We are Ferraris on a waterslide"

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One of the hardest things about being a standup is that you soon find out which parts of you don't fit "the norm". The audience will latch on to whatever that might be immediately and, unless you mention it first, they will attack. So it's wise to mention it first.

From the beginning of my career I was made aware of my effeminacy – often being interrupted during early gigs with "Are you gay?" As I grew older, audiences also started to mention my weight. Years on the circuit eating pasties at motorway services or having too many postshow beers rapidly widens the waistline.

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