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But then, Michael, 32, has been living with laughter ever since he was a small boy.
The son of TV scriptwriter Ray Cameron, he was just five when his father co-wrote the hit Kenny Everett Television Show, bringing us such characters as punk Sid Snot and underwear-flashing actress Cupid Stunt.
'It was as if a huge part of my future had just been wiped out.
My day-to-day life didn't change: I still went to the same school and had the same home, but I really missed our weekly phone call, and all my plans to get to know him had suddenly imploded.
He kept saying, "Isn't it amazing that we are all here together, I'm just so lucky I've got my family," but he seemed so stressed and unsettled.
'I remember that I had just learned how to drive, and he was really upset that he couldn't afford to buy me my first car.
Ray moved to the US, and his children flew out to join him once a year.
'He came to London three weeks before Christmas and he seemed so frail.
He says, 'I've heard that my father was a really funny man in company, but I never got to see that side of him.
I was just 17 when he died, and he didn't know that I was funny. I was really excited about our future together, getting to know each other.
On Christmas Day, my sister and I crept downstairs to open his presents to us, alone.
It wasn't that we didn't want to be with our stepfather or our mother, but we just wanted to feel close to Dad, and think about him as we opened his gifts.