The mane event

Laughing Horse finalists named

The finalists in the annual new act competition run by the Laughing Horse chain of comedy clubs have been announced.

A total of 550 aspiring stand-ups entered this year’s event – 350 of them from London alone - demonstrating just how many hopefuls are trying to forge a career in comedy.

Over the past 14 weeks, 40 nationwide heats have taken place, whittling the entrants down to the final 11.

They are:   

  • Gary Bell, from Leicester, the final will be only his 5th gig.
  • Vince Atta, from Bolton
  • Papa CJ, who has recently moved to the UK from India
  • Tony Littler, from Manchester
  • Griff Griffiths
  • Joe Wilkinson
  • Nathan Caton
  • James Branch
  • Alan Stick
  • Rick Kiesewetter
  • Terry Sanders,
  • and Adam English, all from London.

The final takes place at The Watershed nightclub, in Wimbledon, South West London on April 8, and the winner receives £700 plus paid bookings at Laughing Horse venues.

 

Published: 28 Mar 2005

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