Crawling to Deadline

Crawling to Deadline
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It’s 3:15 p.m. U.K. time on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. My deadline for this column is actually 3 p.m. Gone are the days of blaming the dog for eating my homework; it’s only in the last few minutes that I’ve actually been able to move a bit.

From 8:30 a.m. to just about now, I’ve been clinging onto my bedside commode, well aware that if I dropped anything on the floor, it would be lost to me. The lava game of youth is made real in my old age with MS. Even when feeling moderately together, my hands will drop anything, so this was a major effort!

The jeopardy is real, as I’m alone in the house because my wife’s mother is very ill in hospital. My wife, Jane, is on the morning hospital shift. She helped me out of bed and I sat comatose while waiting for my body to recover. Too much work!

My live topical show had its second yearly outing on Sunday, at a mini-comedy festival in the countryside 40 miles from London. I also had my regular weekly show in London last night. I went and directed them both. And now I’m paying for it. I’ve never been one who got into fights, but you do have to be tenacious to survive in show business. I will lose against MS but I’m going down swinging.

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‘In 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics’ Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2017 John Connor still produces/directs his own live 27 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Cutting Edge’. He was also a leading UK Casting Director specialising in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Luckily his satirical show was a built in part time job & with the election of Trump is now in the zeitgeist. John now writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS.
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‘In 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics’ Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2017 John Connor still produces/directs his own live 27 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Cutting Edge’. He was also a leading UK Casting Director specialising in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Luckily his satirical show was a built in part time job & with the election of Trump is now in the zeitgeist. John now writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS.

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3 comments

  1. Christopher Paris says:

    Now we’re talkin, friend. The mindset is “fight,” always fight, no matter what the opponent or the opposition is. This is the old neighborhood all over again. I’m glad I earned my stripes there, even frequently up against opposition bigger and more numerous than I. Takin my lumps cured me of fear. So, today, I accept or resign myself to nothing; and, fight the opposition even when I sense fighting the odds may even prove futile; because fighting the opposition in any way I can is always still better in spirit than falling to just acceptance or resignation. I accept nothing especially fear and trepidation, for they incarcerate us, don’t they. The goal is fight and persist for as long as we can, for our longevity will prove us victorious against the odds. Fly on, brother.

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