Moses Ali Khan wins Harrogate Theatre's Comedian of the Year contest

Moses Ali Khan pictured off-duty in his civilian guise.
Moses Ali Khan pictured off-duty in his civilian guise.

Moses Ali Khan has come out tops at the fifth Comedian of the Year competition at Harrogate Theatre - and its not his first success in 2016.

The Birmingham-based stand-up comedian and blogger impressed the judges to such an extent he beat two Harrogate-based comics last night with a deadpan offbeat set which lampooned Muslim life and a whole lot more.

Held as part of the current Harrogate Comedy Festival, last night's contest took place in a soldout Harrogate Theatre Studio and included eight contestants.

Khan, who deliberately slows his delivery to a deadpan drawl, has won a string of comedy awards in competitions round the country this year, including the Hot Water Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year competition in Liverpool.

He narrowly defeated austistic comic Mark Grimshaw whose sharp, very dark sense of humour involved his own wickedly subversive posts on TripAdvisor.

Judges included Comedy Festival programmer Emma McDowell, Vincent Staunton, business development manager at sponsors Daleside Brewery, the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers and radio presenter Alex B Cann.

Other highlights of the Comedian of the Year competition included:

Harrogate's bluntly honest Amy Vreeke who had a likably down-to-earth personality and a professional approach that would work anywhere .

Waist-coated, bespectacled, bald-headed Harrogate dad Philip Smith whose set was devoted to the perils of being a family man.

Wisecracking king of the one liners Ryan Brown who actually had the funniest material - especially his brown, Jarvis Cocker-like 1970s suit.

Benjamin Bankole Bello, AKA President Obonjo, whose off-the-wall portrayal in army uniform of a big-mouthed meglomanical dictator from the fictitious African nation of the Lafta Republic kept your attention even when the quality of the set wavered.

Posh art student Caitlin Powell who mocked the poshness of her own peers with an engaging delivery but a script that was way too lightweight and soft in its satire.

Tattoted Geordie Simon Beckwith who looked a bit scary but turned out to be a lovable pussycat in search of better lines.