Flicking through the biographies of speakers at last weekend’s IPR
conference I stumbled on the unusual entry of Addition PR managing
director Hilary Sutcliffe whose hobbies include stand-up comedy.
It seems the outgoing 36- year-old took a course on comedy improvisation
last year and has done seven gigs in such glamour spots as The King’s
Head in Crouch End.
Sutcliffe claims that she went down a storm on the first night, but
after that her act failed to raise even a smirk from the punters and she
has abandoned comedy for a course in novel writing (look out Graham
‘It was so frightening,’ she explains. ‘It’s not just that the audience
is saying they don’t like the material but they don’t like you. It was
far too scary.’