Britain's Oldest Stand Up

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Britain's Oldest Stand Up

Ninety-year-old Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward has a dream: to revive his career as a stand-up comic and perform on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo.

This First Cut film follows Jack on a heart-warming journey as he attempts to make it in the modern world of stand-up comedy.

His comedy CV is already impressive. He cut his comedy teeth in working men's clubs in the north, performed on troop ships during World War II and was a BBC warm-up comic in the 1960s.

He complains that comedians today swear too much, but can they teach him a thing or two about modern comedy and help him update his act so he can compete with the best of them?

For an old dog learning new tricks, the road to the Apollo will be littered with obstacles, both practical and emotional.

But the reward will be the opportunity for Jack to feel the buzz of a live audience once again, and to finally achieve a life-long ambition.

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Britain's Oldest Stand Up synopsis

First Cut follows Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward as he sets out to perform stand-up comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo

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