'Not as funny as lard' | Fred MacAulay on his TV humiliation

'Not as funny as lard'

Fred MacAulay on his TV humiliation

comedyFred MacAulay has been reminiscing about a big break he didn't quite get at the start of his career.

In 1993, the Scottish comic was doing the audience warm-up for Have I Got News For You.

'You always kind of hope [one of the guests] might not turn up' he told BBC Radio Scotland's Afternoon Show. 'You're the warm-up guy, you've proven that you're funny.'

And infamously that year, Roy Hattersley MP pulled out of an episode at the last moment.

'So I was there like a wee boy standing behind the goals with his football boots, hoping that I'd get called on' he recalled. 'But they put a tub of lard on, instead of me.

'I was deemed to be not quite as funny as a tub of lard.'

Published: 13 May 2018

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