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August Free Chapter - Man vs Child by Dominic Knight

August Free Chapter - Man vs Child by Dominic Knight

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A witty, insightful romantic comedy, which draws on the author's experience of the comedy world, working in radio, and being immature and childless! For fans of David Nicholls, Ben Elton and Nick Hornby.
Dan McIntyre isn't ready to settle down. As a stand-up comedian with a career that's taking off, it was easy to walk away from his girlfriend's ultimatum: comedy or kids.
But now he's starting to feel like he's the last man standing while all his friends are switching socialising for baby wipes. Sure, his mates are still wide awake at 3am with a bottle in their hand – but now it's for a very different reason.
Dan reckons he spends enough time with spoiled brats in his day job wrangling a breakfast radio duo known as Bry Dynamite and Silly Sally. He can't understand why everyone's giving up their social lives for creatures who express themselves through loud, irritating noises and bodily fluids. But at least it's giving him material for a new comedy show, Man Vs Child.
Then Penny, the woman who broke his heart in high school, walks back into his life. She's newly single, and wants to reconnect with her old pal from French class – except now she has a one-year-old son...
A witty, insightful romantic comedy, which draws on the author's experience of the comedy world, working in radio, and being immature and childless! For fans of David Nicholls, Ben Elton and Nick Hornby.
Dan McIntyre isn't ready to settle down. As a stand-up comedian with a career that's taking off, it was easy to walk away from his girlfriend's ultimatum: comedy or kids.
But now he's starting to feel like he's the last man standing while all his friends are switching socialising for baby wipes. Sure, his mates are still wide awake at 3am with a bottle in their hand – but now it's for a very different reason.
Dan reckons he spends enough time with spoiled brats in his day job wrangling a breakfast radio duo known as Bry Dynamite and Silly Sally. He can't understand why everyone's giving up their social lives for creatures who express themselves through loud, irritating noises and bodily fluids. But at least it's giving him material for a new comedy show, Man Vs Child.
Then Penny, the woman who broke his heart in high school, walks back into his life. She's newly single, and wants to reconnect with her old pal from French class – except now she has a one-year-old son...

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back earlier. They aren’t expecting me because my name, DanMcIntyre, isn’t on the bill. I’ll come as a pleasant surprise, Ihope. The plan is to try out ten minutes of fresh material beforeI head home and switch on cable so I can fantasise, for at leastthe ten thousandth time, about being Jon Stewart.And yet I’m sitting on the edge of my seat, my knees wob-bling like a Tokyo skyscraper.Sorry, that wasn’t a very nice joke. My ex-girlfriend Sophiewould say it’s a self-defence mechanism, that I come out withlines like that to distract from the underlying problem – mynerves – and instead try to shift people’s focus onto a natu-ral disaster gag. She’d remind me that whenever she tried todiscuss problems with our relationship, whenever we Had ToHave A Talk, I’d try to distract her with gags like ‘We defi-nitely don’t have a communication problem, but I don’t feelI can talk about why,’ and ‘I know you have trust issues, butwhat happens on tour stays on tour, except for my herpes.’So I’m proud to say that I didn’t make a single joke whenshe broke up with me. My approach to the situation was morealong the ‘crying’ lines. But I was devastatingly funny when Itold my mates about it afterwards.Enough self-indulgent navel-gazing – I can save that for when I’m on stage. Which will be right after the current act, acomedy juggler called Gravity-Defying Gary. I can only hear a smattering of muted laughter, so I get the impression he’sfalling to earth out there, the poor bastard.That might make life easier for me, though. If the puntershaven’t laughed much during his set, the tension’s built up,and they’ll be eager to release it. Or he might have alienatedthem completely, and they’ll be sitting sour-faced, with their arms folded, desperate to get home. I hope he hasn’t lost themfor me, or I’ll have a terrible time on stage. Even though I’lldefinitely blame Gary.
Copyright © Dominic Knight 2013. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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