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Tuesday, 20 March 2012


It was a joke,
a one-liner,
a joke he had told
many times before
to audiences
shouting for more.

"A cat will always blink
when you hit it's head
with a hammer."

On this night,
no laughs, no applause,
only gasps, tuts and then
a rising tide of boos
for a much-loved comedian
who thought he could never lose.

From that one show,
came animal lovers' hatred,
negative stories, online abuse,
and a long career slowly expired.
He couldn't get a gig as a bingo caller
from the night his joke backfired.

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