No comedian wants to die.
The worst possible prospect is to stand up there, mic-in-hand and watch as the thought you conceived as worthy of a cackle is met with a stony, ice-cold response.
But it happens. And when it does, there are fewer things more excruciating.
I can point to a few experiences, including one or two here at Rhodes. I’m no veteran of the game, but I’ll admit to being a lot less freaked out at the prospect than I would have been a year ago.
Here are some of South Africa’s top comics with their thoughts and reflections on the unavoidable phenomenon that is dying a comic’s death (video produced by On Air Comedy):