HAVING fun made of you, your job, your family and your life in general won’t always create a smile - but for Keith Stephenson having the mick taken out of him was the name of the game.
Keith, 57, of South Parade, was a guest on top comedian Jack Dee’s new show, Don’t Sit in the Front Row, which aired on Sky Atlantic last month - and walked away with the winning trophy, thanks to the quick wit of funny man Phill Jupitus.
The idea is for ‘contestants’ to sit in the front row and tell their selected comedian about their lives. Then it is up to the stand-ups to get as much material, and as many laughs, as possible.
It was Keith’s wife Linda who saw the format for the show and thought of Keith, filling in the application form and sending it off.
Keith was partnered with Phill Jupitus, who has appeared on several comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, and the material from Keith’s life flowed.
Keith said: “Phil sold me good and proper!”
It could have been stories such as moving house 19 times in 30 years, living in everything from a caravan to a wooden cabin, ruining his wife’s crisp white jeans on their first date or the fact that he lists one of his greatest achievements as staying married for 30 years to the same woman, that gave Phill all the comedy he needed.