Easy laughs? The serious work of comedy
26 February 2014 Last updated at 00:05 GMT
For the likes of Michael McIntyre, Russell Brand and Micky Flanagan a stand-up tour can be lucrative business, but what's it like for those just starting out in comedy?
Jack Stratten is one of the many new comedians gigging up to seven nights a week, clocking up hundreds of miles travelling across the country as he struggles to make a living and a name for himself.
BBC News asked Jack to keep a video diary as he travelled from club to club, and joined him for some of the many nights on the road.
Video Journalist: Tom Beal
Additional camera work: Billy Hill
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