While other actors might indulge in a bit of interview banter, telling about the time they corpsed
on stage or some mistake, Essex takes his craft too seriously to admit to those foibles.
To be honest there have been a couple of occasions where I've just corpsed
(dried up) because he's just so funny.
At lunchtime on a Sunday, with an audience including kids and a fair few pensioners, this is not the usual comedy crowd, and despite valiant attempts by compere Ian McDiarmid, this cocktail lacked spirits and guts and I left before I could see whether it corpsed
Julian Clary turned up to deliver his customary smut as Des corpsed
helplessly in all the wrong places.
I almost corpsed
laughing this year when I even overheard a Big Issue salesman say to one performer "Eh, I've already got one mate" and I'm sure I saw a couple of Jehovas Witnesses awkwardly edging away from another pleading, "No really, I'd love to stand and talk but must get going.