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Danny Baker: ‘What did cancer teach me? Nothing’

Danny Baker
Danny Baker

Danny Baker knows what he will be doing for the first minute of his new stand-up show on Wednesday. That first minute is sorted. Locked in. For the remaining 89 minutes, however, he has no idea what he is going to say.

“It is kind of unnerving the promoters,” says Baker, delightedly. “I come on to a recording of a Max Miller performance and I lip-sync to it for 60 seconds but after that, I don’t know. There is no script. I’m just going to go hither and yon and tell stories.

I’ve got a storehouse of 41 years’ worth of stories so if I can’t fashion 90 minutes on the hoof, with the help of questions from the audience in the second half, then I haven’t been paying attention.” Baker’s seat-of-your-pants approach to theatre might be unusual but the broadcaster has always had a cheerful disregard for the conventions of whichever trade he happens to be plying at the time. 

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