Nowadays, Bill Bailey is a famous stand up comedian trough Britain, U.S.A and all over the world. But his fame did not come so easy and with no struggle. At some point on his early stand up comedy career, Bill Bailey almost gave up comedy to take a telesales job, after a failed show on BBC Radio 1, the Mark Radcliffe show.
Bill Bailey’s start in stand up comedy was pretty impressive. He performed Rock at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Sean Lock, a show about an ageing rockstar and his roadie, script-edited by comedy writer Jim Miller, in 1994. This particular stand up comedy show was later serialized for the Mark Radcliffe show on BBC Radio 1, but it did not received much attention. Moreover, on one occasion the only person in the audience was comedian Dominic Holland. It was at that time stand up comedian Bill Bailey almost gave up comedy to take up a telesales job.
But the comedian got back on his feet quickly and went solo the next year with the one man show Bill Bailey's Cosmic Jam. The stand up comedy show was very well received and led to a recording at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London which was broadcast in 1997 on Channel 4 as a one-hour special called Bill Bailey Live.