Erika wins Chortle's final student heat  | ...but there are more semi-finalists to be announced

Erika wins Chortle's final student heat

...but there are more semi-finalists to be announced

Erika Ehler – a Canadian student of comedy writing and performance at Salford University – has won the last heat of Chortle's student comedy award 2019.

The 21-year-old now goes on to one of two semi-finals to be held at the Bill Murray in London on May 13 and May 20.

She will be joined by the winners of all the heats, plus a dozen or so acts chosen by Chortle editor Steve Bennett, which will be announced next week.

Another place goes to the winner of the People's Choice competition.

Currently voting is still open for the People's Choice heat winners for Goldsmiths and Salford, and once these ballots close the 12 acts chosen will go on to a second round of voting for this last place.

Ben Hodge, another Salford student, today won the People's Choice poll for the Lincoln heat.

Over the past 15 years of the competition, finalists have included Joe Lycett, Iain Stirling, Simon Bird, Chris Ramsey, Adam Hess, Phil Wang, Tom Rosenthal, Lauren Pattison and  Ed Gamble. Up for grabs is a £1,000 first prize and the kudos that winning carries, while all the finalists appear at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk in July.

Here's the state of play so far

Heat 1: Southampton

Winner: Freya Mallard

People's Choice:Â Chirjeev Bajwa

Heat 2: Warwick

Winner:Â Calum Walker

People's Choice:Â Dan Gamble

Heat 3: Newcastle

Winner:Â Joey Abels

People's Choice:Robert Preston

Heat 4: St Andrews

Winner: Gabriel Robinson

People's Choice: Harrison Rice

Heat 5: Glasgow

Winner: Chrissie Ross

People's Choice:Niall Murray

Heat 6: Cardiff

Winner: Tim Thompson

People's Choce: Julius Lord

Heat 7: London QMUL

Winners: Jem Braithwaite and Mamoun Elagab

People's Choice: Finlay Christie

Heat 8:Â Bristol

Winner: Eddie FJ

People's Choice: Dan Allum-Gruselle

Heat 9: York

Winner: Grace Sanders

People's Choice: Matthew Wemyss

Heat 10: Lincoln

Winner: Adam Al-Janabi

People's Choice: Ben Hodge

Heat 11: London Goldsmiths

Winner: Alex Petropoulos

Other contestants:

Now vote for your favourite. Polls close at 5pm on Friday March 22.

Heat 12: Salford

Winner: Erika Ehler

Other contestants:

Now vote for your favourite. Polls close at 9am on Monday March 25.

Published: 20 Mar 2019

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