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Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries perform stand-up - video

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After much nerve-jangling and limited training, Digital Spy's plucky friends Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries have finally taken to the stage for their first-ever stand-up comedy gig.

The former Hollyoaks duo have been in training to perform on the behalf of DS at the Leicester Comedy Festival and their final performance is here for you to enjoy and judge.

Watch Matt and Darren's final performance at the Leicester Comedy Festival:


Digital Spy Diary: Darren Jeffries

Did it! We went on stage at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival with the main aim of making people laugh, and we actually managed to raise a few giggles! And one actual cackle from my girlfriend, but I guess that can't count. Biased, you see.

And it seemed to go smoothly! An attack of dry mouth at the start which I guess is the norm, and a few of our main sections got swapped around during, but I doubt anyone noticed as Matt was pretending to be a giant spider at the time (you had to be there).

And I can see why people do it. There's something strangely addictive about performing stand-up. It's like getting a tattoo. You're not sure you want to do it. You might even regret it afterwards, but you take the plunge anyway. It's pretty painful during, but the finished product is all very satisfying and you immediately want to do it again. Or it's horrendous, there's blood everywhere and you end up fainting. One or the other.

Big thanks to everyone at Dave, and of course our mentors Marc Blake and Charlie Baker, who guided us carefully through the perils of stand-up comedy. We're even thinking of giving it another shot at some point! Although saying that I did receive a tweet afterwards, stating that the barman told better jokes that night, dentistry was less painful, and we should leave Leicester sharpish before we curse the whole bleeding festival. Job done!

Matt Littler, Darren Jeffries

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Digital Spy Diary: Matt Littler

As Darren has already said, we did it. We went on stage at Dave's Leicester comedy festival and 'did' stand up. It was an interesting night. Marc Blake, our 'comedy dad', turned up to offer some support, although I realised then that Marc was everyone's comedy dad... and so I felt a little bit cheated.

The other baby stand-ups were all nice, and very funny. They all did more of a straight stand-up routine, calling on thoughts and things from the past, one guy talked about having to ring up Snoop Dogg, who couldn't come to the phone because he was mid-way through filming a porno! Very funny people all; one lady told Darren that what made her laugh the most was his silly head, and silly face - that made my night.

Ours was the only sort of 'sketch' of the night, being the only double act on the bill, though that's to be expected. I don't really remember much about our actual time on stage, it's a bit of a blur, and save nearly having a heart attack waiting backstage, it all just seemed to go quite well... What I do remember is that the compère for the night Ian Stone mentioned that a rather important comedy critic Kate Copstick was in the room, and from that point my arse went.

As I wandered onto stage I scanned the room for a lady with a notebook, or simply shaking her head... That's the thing with comedy (I sound like an old pro now...) it's an instant review. Not like in theatre when you wait until the next day and check out what the critic thought of you, in comedy the whole audience is your critic. Even the best intentioned, friendly bunch, it's real-time, if they don't laugh, you're not funny. End of.

But, they laughed, and we enjoyed it... So thanks Marc, and Charlie and Dave - the channel, not a man called Dave - and thanks to everyone who came and laughed on the night. As for me and Darren, we've tasted comedy blood now, let's see where it takes us.

Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival runs until February 24. For tickets and more info visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk

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