I've heard that our greatest cross to carry is ourselves - how gravely we fall short.
If you start to disrespect the character you're playing, or play it too much for laughs, that can work for a sketch, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique. It's like watching a juggler - you can be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in any way.
I was christened Edward. My sister gave me the name Bear when I was a week old and it has stuck.
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