Hartlepool Britain's Got Talent comedian pens new book on being an entertainer in lockdown
What does a comedian do when there are no gigs?
For Hartlepool funnyman Danny Posthill the answer has been to write a book.
Danny, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, has used his time in lockdown to pen The Non-Essential Worker – charting his rise through the comedy ranks to the effects of the pandemic.
It features stories from sleeping in a sauna to a confrontation with Simon Cowell not screened during his run to the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015.
Danny, 34, said: “It is a about my experiences as an entertainer in lockdown including how difficult it is to become a comedian in the first place and then all of a sudden gigs disappearing due to Covid.
"I talk about Britain’s Got Talent and what happened in my first audition. Quite a lot of my exchange with Simon Cowell was cut out of what went on TV.”
During lockdown, he has managed to perform online with top entertainers and record podcasts bringing joy to people’s lives.
But in the book Danny also talks about the impact lockdown had on his mental wellbeing and how at one stage he considered getting a normal job.
He added: "When you’re a comedian you are so used to getting that buzz and fox of being on stage and getting laughs.
"All of a sudden you don’t get it anymore.
“I was thinking ‘should I get a day job?’ but all the previous jobs I have had I’ve been useless.”
Danny previously worked as a window cleaner and fitter, glass collector in a workingmen’s club and decorator with his step-dad.
The book includes a testimonial by friend and fellow comedian Bobby Davro who Danny performed his last show with before last year’s first lockdown.
Bobby first contacted Danny after seeing him on Britain’s Got Talent. He said of Danny: “He was so original and contemporary with his voices and material, and to me it was a revelation.
"Since then we have become close friends and his dedication along with his enthusiasm for his craft has never diminished.
"I believe given the right opportunities he could become one of the finest comedy talents of our generation.”
The Non-Essential Worker: A Comedian in Lockdown published by Steel City Press is out now priced £11.99.