ITV comedy hunt returns

Take The Mike seeks contestants

ITV1 has commissioned a third series of stand-up talent hunt Take The Mike.

Former Big Breakfast presenter Paul Tonkinson will again host the shows, which also give aspiring comedians tips from the professionals.

On Friday night, viewers saw Paul Kerensa win this season's contest, with a prize including a contract with a leading agent and a trip to the Montreal comedy festival.

Recording starts on the new series starts in London next month, and producers are on the look-out for comic hopefuls willing to take part.

The only rule is that contestants must be over 18 and don't regularly get paid for comedy gigs.

To apply, call 020 7326 7408. Lines close on November 11.

Published: 22 Oct 2002

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