PR’s efforts to be taken seriously is no laughing matter. Unless,
that is, you are Terence Gibbons, head of the Millennium Dome’s national
and regional PR until July, now a Band and Brown account director.
In the intervening four months the semi-professional stand-up comedian
took a two-man show to the Edinburgh fringe in August with partner Tony
Hindle, the show consisting largely of improvised chatter based on
topics suggested by the audience.
As he was still doing some freelance PR work at the time he would spend
his nights fending off drunken hecklers in Edinburgh’s smoky Downstairs
Cellar Bar, and his days searching out power points for his laptop and
Gibbons has toured most of London’s 200 comedy venues in his six years
on the circuit, generating a mix of hilarity and distress. He once
stormed off stage at Deptford’s Up the Creek club when the entire
audience began humming in a bid to drown out his banter.
Undeterred, the e-commerce PR whiz will be heading back to Scotland next
summer with a new show co-starring ex-Jackie Cooper staff member, Mark