Terence Goodchild, author
THE JOKER is the story of Darren Bennett, a motor mechanic with aspirations of becoming a full-time stand up comedian. He has played before some dubious crowds in some less dubious theatres, he is married to Mavis who loves him deeply and dearly. While in a dressing room in another seedy theatre, after pouring a drink and toasting his all time heroes picture, he voices his desire to become a great comedian and offers to sell his soul to anyone who would make his dream of fame and glory come true. Much to his astonishment the ghost of his long time hero Parley Grainger appears and offers to help. There follows a fast-moving, hilarious tale of apparent success not only on stage but with a procession of women who have desires on his person. And his travel to some of the best venues and then to New York.Where things really take a turn.