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While some women might have tried therapy, settled for Mr Right Now or kept moaning, I have tried something completely different: stand-up comedy.

I've realised that there's nothing better than turning a night getting rejected on a dating website into a room full of giggles and applause.

When I did meet someone I liked I never wanted to tell friends and family because inevitably there would come a time when I had to sadly say it wasn't going anywhere.

I'd always turn up for drinks with friends to the chorus of "tell us about your latest horrendous date". I stoked the fire with my stories of disastrous nights out with men who lived with their mum. Initially the comedy course was a way to take my mind off being single, an eight-week Wednesday evening hobby.

So how did I go from sad singleton to comedy wannabe? I had wanted to do a comedy course for a long time and it dawned on me that my perennial search for love could provide perfect material for my routine.

Being a single woman in your 30s can become a bit of a chore.

Watching friends settle down while you battle through endless rounds of dating events and online profiles can all add up to a rather depressing feeling of "why me?

But while I'd reel off the tales, inside I would be cringing and judging myself. We were asked to do different tasks leading up to writing a five-minute set that we would perform on stage.

I stuck to what I knew: the trials and tribulations of being a single girl in her 30s.

"And at the beginning of this year that's exactly where I was at - fed up with being single and completely sick of dating.But now nine months later I've found the perfect channel for my single woes.

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