DJ Mark Dennison pleased after Comic Relief boot camp

Mark Dennison
Image caption Mark Dennison will be Rufus Hound's warm-up act on Friday 18 March

BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Mark Dennison says he "feels better" about doing a one-off stand-up gig after a Comic Relief boot camp.

Mark performed one minute of his routine in front of a panel including Jo Brand, Jon Culshaw, Emma Freud and Hugh Dennis.

He will now do a four-minute set at Just The Tonic Comedy Club in Nottingham on 18 March for Comic Relief.

Mark said: "It was probably the most terrifying thing I've done in years."

Mark's one-minute stand-up act included a mix of topical news and puns.

Emma Freud thought he got the technique of resting the microphone on his chin "down to a fine art" and said Mark was "really appealing."

However, the broadcaster criticised his "groany puns."

Support for Mark

Hugh Dennis on the other hand said he was "a very big fan of the pun" and said Mark "looked comfortable [on stage]."

The best praise came from the impressionist Jon Culshaw.

He told Mark that he "looked like a comedian" the way he ran on stage.

The comedian also said Mark had a "nice edgy way about him."

Since the boot camp Mark has been reflecting on the day.

"Having done it I feel a little bit better," said the DJ.

"I feel if Hugh Dennis says it's OK, it's OK. I feel as though I've got a bit of thumbs up from them.

"Fingers crossed, if they were happy, people on the night will be happy."

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Mark Dennison will be appearing at Just the Tonic Comedy Club at The Forum on 18 March 2011.

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