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Slinging Puns at the Wheeler Centre

Appearing in a comedy panel game show about puns at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on Wednesday 9 November, the night we all learned of Donald Trump’s election, felt a bit like that scene in The Simpsons where Homer makes his stand-up comedy debut immediately after the crowd has learned a cute puppy was run over in the car park. (“Quiet, you awful man!”) But I had a punderful time, and hopefully proved myself wordy of this oppuntunity.

Here’s a picture of us, taken by Elizabeth Flux on her magical phone. L-R: David Astle and me (aka the Groan Ups), who narrowly prevailed over our youthful opponents Puns’n’Roses (Xavier Michelides and Elizabeth Flux). Richard Higgins (far right) hosted, rattling off some truly paternal puns, and the Wheeler Centre allowed me to drink wine on stage from a coffee mug.