I’m always slightly terrified before a launch.
What if no one turns up?
What if the few people who are there boo when I start to read or show more interest in the cheese plate than in what I’m saying?
What if my fly’s down or there’s pasty, mushed-up cracker between my teeth?
After seven launches, I’ve learned my lessons. I wear a long sweater now, always hold off on the snacks until after I’ve done my schtick – and only invite people I know who will laugh at my jokes. Luckily, over the years, I’ve managed to collect quite a few of them.
How I did it, I don’t know but I’m very, very, very grateful.
Thank you to everyone who came to the launch of NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING – and especially to those who laughed at the appropriate moments.