WITH well over seven hundred entries for the AmusedMoose LaughOff Awards, stand-up comedy has never been so popular.
With the nine London heats already completed the search for the next comedy star is well underway; and having ignited the careers of Jimmy Carr, Simon Amstell, Rhod Gilbert, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican, Greg Davis, Mark Watson, Andi Osho and many more, the LaughOff Awards have an impressive track record.
rehab bar in Harrogate, in association with sitting room comedy club, is one of just four venues chosen to host the competition; the other locations being London, Dublin and Edinburgh.
Following an intensive auditioning process, some of the best new acts in the country will perform five minutes of original material in the North of England heats this Sunday.
Hosted by sitting room founder and resident MC, Tom Taylor, this event starts at 4pm and is free entry. The heats should be completed by 5.30pm.
The seven best performers from the afternoon heat will then be invited back to the Northern Quarter Final, commencing at 8pm, where they will perform ten minute sets.
The evening session will be hosted by musical comedian Carly Smallman who delighted Harrogate when she supported Paul Foot at sitting room’s September show. Carly has also appeared on The Rob Brydon Show. Entry for the Quarter Final is just £6 with tickets available on the door or from www.sittingroomcomedy.com.
l Meanwhile, sitting room comedy club returns with its mixed bill night on Wednesday, April 11 at the St George Hotel, Harrogate (tickets priced at £10).
Joining Tom Taylor (“Really good young stand-up!” - Patrick Monahan) will be Harrogate favourite, Rob Rouse.
With appearances on Celebrity Juice, 8 Out of Ten Cats, Dave’s One Night Stand, Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High, Rob is an immensely talented comedian and one of the best on the circuit.
Also on the bill, Irish comedian, Keith Farnan who impressed television viewers on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and actor-come-stand-up James Redmond who has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks alongside lead roles as John Denham in Casualty and Rory Finnigan in Hollyoaks.
l For tickets and info, visit www.sittingroomcomedy.com