OFFICE joker Stephen Malley has admitted his seemingly spontaneous workplace quips are rigorously workshopped.
The 32-year-old solutions strategist is known throughout the business for his sideways perspectives on office life, but what he makes appear effortless actually places huge demands on him.
He said: “When I get home from work that’s when my real job begins.
“Nobody sees me sweating for hours over one-liners about the HR department, but comedy gold like this doesn’t just come from thin air.
“That joke I made yesterday about how Julie always hogs the printers? That started its life back in 2005 about Karen and the fax machine. Taken literally years.”
Malley admitted employing a team of writers to work with him on wisecracks about colleagues for a brief period, but it became hard to justify paying their salaries.
Instead he has taken an evening entry-level position at a small business where he can roadtest an observational routine about Conference Room B on an audience with low expectations.