'For Laughs' by Will Barrington
Barbara produces a radio show, a topical comedy revue that's been popular ever since she took the reins. When they try out a new performer - typically an Oxbridge grad, cocky but eager - she videos the audience during taping. Then she sits all night, smokes through the open window and replays the video, watching the audience respond to her shiny new boy. If he doesn't fluff his lines, gets the audience onside, and Barbara's gut says yes, the last test is a drink in a secluded bar and the question: how far will you go for laughs?