Entries are now open for the brand new Brighton Grin Comedy Award, which gives up-and-coming comics the chance to flex their funnybones before a panel of top UK comics.
While the recent revival of live events has given UK comedy a much-need boost, the mass closure of small venues has spelt disaster for inexperienced comics, who rely on open-mic nights and other such events to develop their work. The Brighton Grin Comedy Award will provide a stage for the unsupported and an enormous boost for the talented victor.
As well as a £500 cash prize, the winner will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of the best acts in British comedy at The Late Show in next year’s Brighton Fringe, known for providing many of today’s stars with their big break. This year's line-up included sets from Romesh Ranganathan, Reginald D Hunter, Laura Lexx, and Milton Jones.
The competition will be judged by industry professionals Zoe Lyons, David James, Maisie Adam and Esther Manito, alongside TVs favourite vet Marc Abraham OBE, Brighton Gin and BBC Radio Sussex’s Kathy Caton and Otherplace Artistic Director Nicola Haydn, with more guest judges to be announced.
So, who can enter? The competition is open to any non-professional performers from London, Hampshire, Kent, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire Surrey, and West Sussex. Hopefuls will also need to be fairly new to comedy, with less than four years of on-stage experience.
To enter, submit a strict 3-minute video or audio showcase to firstname.lastname@example.org via WeTransfer to be in with a chance of being selected for one of the initial heats. Applications are open 13th to 23rd September, successful candidates will be contacted by 29 September to invite them to their heat.
Tickets to the four heats and the final, which will be held on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 21st, and 27th respectively, will be on sale here on the 20th of September.