Thank you for a great 2012

Photo credit: Caroline Briggs

Photo credit: Caroline Briggs

I’ll be honest, if you had told me what would happen to me in 2012 this time last year, I would have thought you were very, very mental! In fact, I still can’t really believe it. Never in a million years could I have predicted this. It’s still really weird when I think about what I’ve done. This time last year I hadn’t even considered doing stand up comedy, and now look at me. I have random people tweeting me because they’re on the same Metro as me. Please stop that by the way. It’s a bit freaky. I’m kidding. I’m an attention whore really…..

This isn’t a blog post to big myself up though. If you want to know what’s happened to me in 2012 you can read all my other posts throughout the year. Have I mentioned that I supported world famous comedian, Ross Noble, on his recent tour though? Yes? I’ve mentioned it a number of times? Oh.

This blog post is to thank everyone who has helped made 2012 one of my best years of my life. I’ll try not to make this too cheesy but it might be hard. This is because I know that without all of the help, advice and support I’ve received, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I’m not the most confident of people so I doubt I would have done this at all without the encouragement of all of you.

I suppose it makes sense to start at the beginning and thank Nathan for talking me into trying out stand up comedy in the first place. I really didn’t think it would work at all. In fact, I thought it was a stupid idea. Something in the back of my mind knew that I’d regret it if I didn’t try though. I’m glad I can say that you proved me wrong.

I’d also like to thank Mackem Laugh for letting me get up on stage for the very first time back in February. I could have been so shit so thank you for letting me have a go. It’s been an awesome year ever since and I know that you’re partly to thank for that. You started me on that road and I’ll always be grateful for that.

I absolutely couldn’t have done any of this without my comedy partner in crime and good friend, Emily. You’ve quite literally helped me on my comedy journey. I’m sorry for the number of delayed trains we’ve encountered on the way. If it wasn’t for your kindness and willingness to help me out, I wouldn’t have been able to travel all over the country to make people laugh. You’ve become more than a travel buddy though. You’re an amazing friend who has always been there to share the good times and to lift me up when I’ve felt down. I honestly don’t think I would have coped without you. Meeting you is the highlight of my year.

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Me, Emily and Ross

This leads me nicely onto my next point. The best thing about 2012 hasn’t been my venture into comedy, being on national TV, or even supporting Ross Noble. The best thing about this year has been getting to know everyone I’ve met along the way. There’s far too many of you to mention by name but I’m pleased that I can class most of you as good friends. Friendship is very important to me so it’s appreciated a great deal. The same goes for my old friends too, of course. If you hadn’t shown such great support at the start, I doubt I would have done as well as I have.

I have to thank Della, David and John as well for providing me advice and support along the way. You’ve helped make the learning curve so much easier. Even if you do keep booking me gigs in Aberdeen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely gig. It’s just a nightmare to get to!

The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle deserves a special mention too. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Newcastle is so lucky to have it on its doorstep. It’s such a friendly place and I adore playing there. I feel I’ve learnt a lot from being on that stage. The lovely staff are just the icing on the cake.

Of course, I have to mention people such as Ross Noble, Steve Day, Patrick Monahan, Jason Cook, Chris Ramsey, Jack Dee, Dave Gorman, Richard Herring, The League of Gentlemen and more. I grew up watching these people and they’ve had a massive influence on me. No wonder my sense of humour is a bit twisted! Some of them have supported me since I started doing stand up as well. This means a great deal to me.

I can’t forget my family either. They’ve always let me follow my dreams, even when they’ve been fucking crazy. Let’s face it, this one was one of those! I honestly believe I have the best family I could wish for. I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. I’ll always appreciate what they’ve done for me.

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Me and Pards

Thanks to the AAC community for being so supportive too. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realise it was so large until I started doing this but you’re all providing invaluable advice and support to myself and people in similar situations. The fact of the matter is that I wouldn’t even have an act without you! I hope I can give something back to the community one day.

I think that’s almost everyone. I’m sorry if I’ve missed anyone obvious out. And I’m sorry if this has sounded a bit cringeworthy. I just wanted to make sure people knew how grateful I was. Still, at least that’s my first award speech sorted!

I’d be lying if I said that 2012 had all been a bed of roses though. Life has a habit of shitting on you when you’re at your highest point as I’m sure you know. I’ve made some big mistakes this year which I honestly believe I’ll regret for the rest of my life. I’m sorry for these and I’d do anything to change things but life doesn’t work like that. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and hope they make me a better person.

Anyway, I do have one thank you to say and it goes to everyone who is reading this. Without your support and encouragement, everything I have done this year would have been pointless. Ever since I started doing stand up, the positive feedback I’ve received from everybody has blown me away. I never ever expected any of this. I’m so glad I’ve been able to make you laugh. Hopefully I can do it even more in 2013!

Cheers!

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  5 comments for “Thank you for a great 2012

  1. December 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Awww you big softy! <3

  2. Janet Ridley
    December 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

    You are such an inspiration Lee
    Mam x

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