Comedy is all about recognition. Michael McIntyre points out one of life's foibles. You recognise said foible, then chuckle lightly and die a little on the inside. But there is a thin, unfunny line between highlighting some hilarious, unearthed observation and lazily trotting out a creaky comedy cliché that was hackneyed when first used on Round the Horne.
If you're reading this, then there's a strong chance you're considering joining the ranks of new stand-ups. If so, great! The more the merrier. There are, however, some things you should know. The following is a list of things I wish someone had told me before my first gig.