I'd do exactly what I used to do at those dinner parties: I'd tell my tales of dating failure.
But this time the joke wouldn't be on me, it would be on the men who hadn't been up to the mark.
That friends came and saw me and told me I was good and that strangers laughed at my jokes was amazing.
And being a freelance journalist gave me a bit of an edge in the writing, though no guarantee I'd be funny.
After all I'd done the research, I reasoned with myself.
If I hadn't been on my dating journey all those years then I wouldn't have been the comic I was in that moment.
Being a dating failure had made me a comedy success.