James Daly: 'Being a Palace fan is just like stand-up comedy'
James Daly's weekly column for the Croydon Advertiser
WE ARE currently experiencing those horrible few weeks of the year where there is no football. No European Championships – those ended last week.
No domestic football, or even pre-season matches to get excited about. Nope, it's just the plain old drudgery of normal life.
So, to keep myself entertained (and give the public yet another reason to ridicule me), I have taken up stand-up comedy. And I'm not doing that well.
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The only bit of being a stand-up comedian I have mustered so far is the ability to stand up. And even at times that's a struggle.
But what I have noticed, playing the various open mic nights at some venues in London, is that stand-up comedy is a lot like supporting Palace. And it's making me realise that perhaps I am perfectly built for it after all.
For example, you never know quite what you're going to get when you go to a comedy gig. You might be entertained thoroughly for 90 minutes, you might end up hating the comedians, yourself and everyone around you, or you might be bored to death.
That is exactly what going to a Palace match is like (except for the entertaining bit).
Being on stage harbours the very same emotions that I go through when watching the Eagles; first nerves, then excitement, then sheer fear when I step on stage and realise what is about to unfold, then a tiny smidgen of joy when ONE joke gets a good laugh, then self-hatred, then a feeling of emptiness as I trudge off stage and back to my seat in the crowd.
But sometimes, some gloriously rare times, there is complete elation. A joke goes down really well! Palace score a goal! A set totally smashes it! PALACE WIN!
Maybe that's why there are so many successful comedians who are Palace fans.
There's definitely hope for me yet.