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I went on Celebrity Masterchef and I'm a Celebrity for the money

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I’m often taken aback at how comfortable some people are to talk about money and ask directly how much you earn.

I’m more likely to ask someone what kind of porn they like to watch then stick my nose into their financial affairs. (Type that into Pornhub’s search engine, I bet you’ll find it’s somebody’s kink.)

It’s happened to me though, many times at social occasions.

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“So, how much do you make from your ‘comedy’?”

I have been asked from the very start of my career, 20 years ago. Three Live At The Apollo’s 10 tours and two books later, there will still be a slightly baffled friend of a friend asking me this at a party after a few drinks. (Incidentally, the quotation marks around “comedian” are indicative of their tone of voice. I don’t mean they write the question down on a piece of paper and pass it to me over the potato salad, though I wish they would.)

Many people seem slightly baffled that you can make a living from jokes and other creative endeavours, especially if they have never heard of you, which, tragically, happens a lot in my case.

Over the years I have lost count of the number of times someone I barely know........

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