Actually, that’s not entirely true. We find out about up and coming comics the same as everybody – a guest appearance on Have I Got News, a slot on Mock The Week, or the holy grail that leads to a sell-out 98 date tour but simultaneous loss of credibility – top billing on Michael McIntyre.
Except this year even we have heard of James Acaster, who far from playing down his Kettering roots as any sensible person would, has instead made them a core element of his act. Google him and you’ll see references to his reworking of a “syllabically challenged” KTFC chant. We’ve been called many things ending in challenged – financially, intellectually, genetically – but syllabically is a new one. Which chant could he mean? Surely not anything referring to “Ket’rin”.
So here’s to the next big thing, whoever you are.
Already being described as the funniest thing to come out of Geddington since Cyril Gingell’s last tax declaration.