So You Think You're Funny

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So You Think You're Funny? (SYTYF) is an annual stand-up comedy competition for new acts. The competition began in 1988 and has become the longest-running best comedy newcomer award in the UK.[citation needed] The finals are held every August at The Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Past winners include Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Peter Kay, and David O'Doherty.

History[edit]

Bill Bailey in 2008

So You Think You’re Funny was the idea of Karen Koren, Artistic Director of the The Gilded Balloon, in order to discover new comic talent. During the years it has developed into the most influential competition of its kind in the UK, helping start the careers of many of the country’s leading comedians including Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Graham Norton,David O’Doherty and Tommy Tiernan. Other competitors have included Ardal O'Hanlon, Johnny Vegas, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Alex Zane, Reginald D Hunter, Craig Hill, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Lawrence and Russell Howard.

Sponsorship from Channel 4 began in 1993 and ran until 2004, since when Channel 5 and The Paramount Comedy Channel have been sponsors. Now sponsored by Foster’s, the first prize is £5000 and a place in the Best of British Show at the Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival.

Past judges have included Steve Coogan, Owen O’Neill, Avid Merrion (Leigh Francis), Bob Mortimer and former So You Think You're Funny winners Dylan Moran and Rhona Cameron.

Comperes for the evening have included Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Graham Norton and Jo Brand.[1]

Rules and eligibility[edit]

As of 2014, the rules and eligibility are as follows:

"1. The performer cannot have performed stand up REGULARLY either paid or unpaid before 1st June 2013. * 2. The performer should not have appeared in So You Think You’re Funny? before. 3. The performer’s material must be completely original. 4. The performer must have at least 8 minutes of original material. 5. The organisers reserve the right to select all entrants and decisions taken by the organisers and judges are final. 6. All entrants must be aged 18 and over.

  • This means you can have performed, either paid or unpaid before June 2013, but not regularly. So a handful of gigs well spaced out, once or twice, every couple of months is fine, but performing two times a week is too many. The exception to this is those who have

performed as part of a recognised comedy course in this period."[citation needed]

Process of elimination[edit]

The competition starts in the spring of each year with showcases in Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, York, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Inverness, Dublin, Brighton and Nottingham as well as ten comedy clubs in London. In 2013, there were over 500 applicants for only 55 places in the Edinburgh heats.[citation needed]

Each showcase is not a direct competition, with judges instead selecting the best acts they have seen over the entire run to take part in one of seven heats at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Winners of each of these heats go forward to the final.[citation needed]

Winners and finalists[edit]

2013[edit]

Results:[2]

  • Edward Hedges (Joint Winner)
  • Demi Lardner (Joint Winner)
  • Laura Mclenaghan (2nd Place)
    • Andrew McBurney
    • Nicky Wilkinson
    • Tom Taylor
    • Alasdair Beckett King
    • Russ Peers
    • Jenny Collier

MC: Zoe Lyons [2]

Comedy Guest Judge: Sarah Millican[2]

Sponsor: Foster's[2]

2012[edit]

Results:[2]

  • Aisling Bea (Winner)
  • Jonathon Pelham (2nd Place)
  • Murdo Haggs (Joint 3rd Place)
  • Wayne Mazadza (Joint 3rd Place)
    • Ingrid Dahle
    • Nick Dixon
    • Amir Khoshsokhan
    • Glenn Moore
    • Conor Neville

MC: Jason Cook[2]

Comedy Guest Judge: Ruby Wax[2]

Sponsor: Foster's[2]

2011[edit]

Results:[2]

  • Tommy Rowson (Winner)
  • Dayne Rathbone (2nd Place)
  • Lucy Beaumont (Joint 3rd Place)
  • Fern Brady (Joint 3rd Place)
    • Andy Clarke
    • Darren Connell
    • Stuart Hossack
    • Alex Kealy
    • Nicola Mantalios-Lovett

MC: Jarred Christmas[2]

Comedy Guest Judge: Lee Mack[2]

Sponsor: The Sims 3[3]

2010[edit]

Results:[2]

MC: Rufus Hound[2]

Comedy Guest Judge: Tim Minchin[2]

2009[edit]

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MC: Lee Mack[2]

Comedy Guest Judge: Tim Vine[2]

2008[edit]

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2007[edit]

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2006[edit]

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2005[edit]

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MC: Bill Bailey[2]

2004[edit]

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2003[edit]

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2002[edit]

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2001[edit]

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2000[edit]

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1999[edit]

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1998[edit]

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1997[edit]

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1996[edit]

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1995[edit]

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1994[edit]

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1993[edit]

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1992[edit]

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1991[edit]

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1990[edit]

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1989[edit]

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1988[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "So You Think You’re Funny?". Gilded Balloon. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am "Finalists & Runners up", So You Think You're Funny?. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  3. ^ "The Sims 3 Searches For New Stars Of Comedy With So You Think You Are Funny", EA News, 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  4. ^ "So You Think You're Funny? 2007 final". Chortle - The UK comedy guide. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  5. ^ "So You Think You're Funny (2006)". Chortle - the UK comedy guide. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Awards | Jason Manford", jasonmanford.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.

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