Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

COMIC MATT LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF CANCER ; Stand-Up Routine Helps Dad-of-Three Battle Brain Tumour - and Leaves Nurses in Stitches

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

COMIC MATT LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF CANCER ; Stand-Up Routine Helps Dad-of-Three Battle Brain Tumour - and Leaves Nurses in Stitches

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ADAD fighting a lifethreatening brain tumour has seen the funny side of his illness... and has now honed a career as a stand-up comedian which has nurses and fellow cancer patients roaring with laughter.

Matt McCarthy's sense of humour is helping him and fellow sufferers through their treatment at The Christie.

Doctors discovered the large cancerous growth inside the 30-year- old's brain in June last year after he collapsed following excruciating headaches.

The dad-of-three from Stockport was immediately operated on and underwent weeks of intense radiotherapy. But Matt was told last year the tumour had advanced to a more serious Grade 3. Rather than sink into a depression, he has started to tell jokes about his situation and found that his deadpan observations immediately lightened the mood for staff and other patients at Withington Hospital.

Matt has even taken his own brand of humour to Manchester's Frog and Bucket Comedy Club - and has even tried out for Britain's Got Talent during their recent auditions in Manchester, although didn't make it through to the show. Matt, who has a seven-year-old daughter, said: "It's about taking the mickey out of cancer. …

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