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Comedian Blake Pavey pokes fun at his terminal illness during his stand-up comedy shows

A young Australian stand-up comedian has shared a series of videos online of him poking fun at his terminal respiratory condition while performing in front of live audiences.

Blake Pavey, who has more than 870,000 followers on TikTok, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was just six weeks old.

The 20-year-old from Melbourne has to manage by taking 30 to 50 tablets a day, is often out of breath after exercise and is unable to have children.

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Cystic fibrosis is a terminal condition that causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems, resulting in thick mucus clinging to the lungs — and patients typically live in their thirties or mid-40s.

Blake told FEMAIL that during his live shows, he deals with his condition through humor, while also raising awareness.

Melbourne comedian Blake Pavey (pictured) was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was just six weeks old. Cystic fibrosis is a terminal condition that causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems, causing thick mucus to stick to the lungs

The 20-year-old (pictured left on stage) turns to humor and pokes fun at himself during his comedy shows

The 20-year-old (pictured left on stage) turns to humor and pokes fun at himself during his comedy shows

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In a video shared to Instagram, Blake asks the audience, “Are there any other dying people in the room?” and woman raises her hand to explain that she has a ‘hereditary family disease’.

The pair jokingly back and forth before Blake jokingly calls the woman a “loser” for failing to get “Make A Wish” despite a terminal illness.

In another clip on a separate show, Blake explains what CF is and what life expectancy is – but then you hear someone cheering.

Blake laughs and appears shocked, then laughs at the woman.

‘He’s dying, let’s go! That was the most positive way of telling me to kill myself,” he joked.

In a video shared to Instagram, Blake asks the audience,

In a video shared to Instagram, Blake asks the audience, “Are there any other dying people in the room?” and woman raises hand and explains she has a ‘hereditary family disease’

Blake told FEMAIL that during his live shows he deals with his condition through humor while also raising awareness

Blake told FEMAIL that during his live shows he deals with his condition through humor while also raising awareness

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Blake said living with CF feels like 'daily breathing through a straw' because the mucus in the lungs thickens and becomes 'trapped'

Blake said living with CF feels like ‘daily breathing through a straw’ because the mucus in the lungs thickens and becomes ‘trapped’

Blake said living with CF feels like “daily breathing through a straw” because the mucus in the lungs thickens and becomes “trapped.”

This buildup increases the risk of bacteria and infections in the body, requiring close maintenance and medication.

Blake doesn’t remember the first time he was told he had CF, but remembers the “hardest moment” when his parents had to discuss life expectancy with him.

“It’s always been something I’ve dealt with all my life,” he said.

“Life expectancy is always in the back of my mind, but I try not to focus on it too much. I don’t want to be controlled by it.’

Blake doesn't remember the first time he was told he had CF, but remembers the

Blake doesn’t remember the first time he was told he had CF, but remembers the “hardest moment” when his parents had to discuss life expectancy with him. “It’s always been something I’ve dealt with all my life,” he said

'My mother and father didn't know that they both had the CF gene that was passed on to me.  It would have been pretty scary for them because at first they weren't sure what was wrong with me,

But he won't let the situation stop him from enjoying life

‘My mother and father didn’t know that they both had the CF gene that was passed on to me. It would have been pretty scary for them because at first they weren’t sure what was wrong with me,” he said.

‘My mother and father didn’t know that they both had the CF gene that was passed on to me. It would have been pretty scary for them because at first they weren’t sure what was wrong with me,” he said.

“The first six or seven weeks in which I struggled to sleep and was in a lot of pain would have been the hardest.”

Blake is not only struck by the reality that he will likely die young, he may also need a lung transplant in the future to survive.

“Many people with CF tend to need a lung transplant at some point, depending on how severe it gets, something that’s always on the agenda,” he said.

Blake is not only struck by the reality that he will likely die young, he may also need a lung transplant in the future to survive

Blake is not only struck by the reality that he will likely die young, he may also need a lung transplant in the future to survive

What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a serious genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems

This damage is often the result of a buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the organs

The most commonly affected organs are the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines

If you have CF, a genetic mutation increases the thickness of mucus and other body fluids.

When this happens, the thicker fluids can interrupt the function of organs, such as the movement of air through your lungs. This can trap bacteria and lead to infections

Source: Healthline

Blake has been able to manage the degenerate condition himself and says it can worsen over time.

He is diligent with health checks and usually visits the doctor every three months.

Blake moved to Melbourne last year to pursue comedy and is now planning a national tour.

On TikTok, he’s known for sharing comedic skits and relatable videos — including mimicking what “each” host sounds like on different radio stations and hilarious take on real-life events.

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