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The actor stars in Being Tommy Cooper at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

Set in Las Vegas in 1954 in a small hotel room where the up and coming comic faces the prospect of his first big failure with three companions, his Scottish manager Miff Ferrie, with whom he has a fractious relationship, one time vaudeville act turned joke seller Billy Glason and his indispensable assistant Mary Kay.

He said: "People laugh at different things. What's weird, and what you learn when you do a lot of comedy is that people laugh at different things in different parts of the country. But also people laugh at different things depending on where you're standing on stage. If you're downstage, you'll get a bigger laugh there than if Air Max 90 All White

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"So I have this one sentence to work out what he's like when he's not being Tommy Cooper. Because whenever he was on telly, in interviews or performing, he was always being Tommy the magician and entertainer."

"I grew up watching him on TV along with Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson and Laurel and Hardy and many other 'old school' comedians and I was so influenced by them that I decided from an early age that that was what I wanted to do, to be a performer, to make people laugh.

"Goosebumps, hairs standing on the back of my neck, shivers. I experienced them all standing there. A member of the crew appeared and said, 'That's where he died', pointing to the prop store stage left. 'They dragged him into there, and that's where he died'. I followed the crew member into the tiny room and just stood there trying to look for signs of Tommy.

"I became an actor at the age of 15, joined a rep theatre company and learned my craft.

He said: "It was a weird feeling walking in the same stage door he walked in that night, entering from stage left, the same side he entered and standing in the middle of the stage where he stood for the last time.

seven years later, I'm playing my hero, a genius and a true comedy legend.

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For Damian, trying to find who Tommy was without his fez and away from the spotlight was almost impossible.

Tommy famously collapsed from a heart attack on live television in front of millions of viewers on variety show Live From Her Majesty's in 1984. In preparation for the role, Damian visited Her Majesty's Theatre on the anniversary of his death this year.

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He said: "Because I've always been a fan of his anyway, I do know a lot of his routines, but the difficulty in being Tommy Cooper is mastering the scenes when he isn't performing, when he's being himself.

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must be exhausting', and there is one line where he says, 'Yes, it is', where he is not being Tommy Cooper.

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"It's funny, all my life I've been a comedy actor, I've done a lot of farces and comedies, and so many of the reviews have said that I'm like Tommy. I always get Tommy Cooper references in reviews whatever I do, so I suppose at some point it was inevitable I was going to play him."

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"There are no Nike Air Max 90 Sd recordings of him when he isn't being Tommy Cooper. He was always on, playing up to the camera and never gave anything of himself away. There is one documentary called The Untold Tommy Cooper, where they are talking to him and you can see he is tired.

Damian has found the true essence of Tommy, however. It comes from the most appropriate place of all, standing on stage, performing, making the audience laugh.

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Tom Green's play explores the pressures and loneliness of fame and celebrates the brilliance of one of Britain's favourite comics.

Damian Williams on being Tommy Cooper

you were standing in the middle of the stage.

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