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Matthew Norman Column: Angus Deayton.

Byline: Matthew Norman

SPARE a kindly thought today, if you can dredge it up from beneath the howls of laughter, for Angus Deayton. This evening, when Ian Hislop and Paul Merton trot out the gags on Have I Got News About Cocaine-Fuelled Whore-Humping For You, Angus will be in a hideous situation.

If he doesn't laugh along, he looks like a pompous hypocrite who can dish it out but not take it (as of course he is). And if he affects the sheepish smile that says, "hey, I'm embarrassed, but I am big enough to take it" he looks like a smug, callous git who doesn't regret putting his long-term girrlfriend through such humiliation (as of course he is). The best he can hope for is to strike an ambiguous pose designed to tell her: "I'm really sorry but I have to play along with this to earn the money."

If only the call-girl had said those very words to him before he celebrated his triumphant speech to that plastics convention in such Bohemian style.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 24, 2002
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