She's Osho funny...

Funny Women winner crowned

Andi Osho, an actress who has been performing stand-up for less than five months, won the Funny Women new talent competition last night.

The 24-year-old Londoner has appeared in Casualty, Doctors and Footballers' Wives: Extra Time and is also a playwright.

On becoming the fifth winner of the award, Osho said: ‘Wow! I only started doing comedy in February, so this is nuts.’

Her winning set at the London Comedy Store revolved around her Nigerian background, with contrasting impersonations of what she called ‘bush women’ and ‘princesses’.

'I was stunned by the standard of the acts,' Oshi added: 'After the first half I texted my boyfriend telling him I wouldn’t stand a chance. When it was my turn it just all came together – and the response from the audience was amazing. I’m so excited.'

Runner-up was Chinese comic Joanne Lau, and third place went to Irishwoman Sharon Mannigan.

Producer Lynne Parker added: 'Andi can seriously consider comedy as a career option. Her timing is spot-on. Her material was excellent. And moreover, the judges were amazed by her stagecraft. She is a perfect winner for our fifth anniversary of the awards.

Ann-Louise Holland from sponsors Nivea added: 'We were so pleased that the standard was so high at the final.'

Click here for full review of the night.

Published: 3 Jul 2007

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