Chortle Student Comedy Award 2022: Final finalists named | Wildcards through to Edinburgh Fringe showcase

Chortle Student Comedy Award 2022: Final finalists named

Wildcards through to Edinburgh Fringe showcase

The last five Chortle Student Award finalists can be revealed today.

Going through as wildcards from across the five semi-finals across the country are:

  • Sascha LO, 21, who is studying politics, philosophy and economics at Durham University and who took part in the Edinburgh semi-final
  • Hasan Al-Habib, 28, who is studying a PhD in clinical medicine at Cambridge and who took part in our second London semi-final
  • Ethan Willmer-Anderson, 21, who is studying electronic engineering with artificial intelligence at Southampton and who took part in our first London semi-final
  • Henry Shannon, 23, originally from Henan, China, who is now studying mathematics and Warwick university and who competed in London
  • Alex Mason, 21, who is studying maths at Cardiff and took part in the semi-final in the Welsh capital

They join the winners of the individual semi-finals:

  • Jin Hao Li, a 23-year-old from Singapore, now studying English and film studies at the University of St Andrews
  • Jack Dearnley, a 21-year-old studying comedy writing and performance degree at  Salford University
  • Charlie Humphrey, also 21, studying for a masters in Biomedical Sciences at Warwick University
  • Stepan Mysko von Schultze, 22, studying for a masters in English literature at Oxford
  • Caitriona Dowden, a 22-year-old studying for a masters in medieval studies, also at Oxford
  • Henry Whaley, a 21-year-old studying for a masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art

They all now go on to the final at the Edinburgh Fringe in August – full details yet to be announced - and will also play the comedy arena at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk on July 21-24.

As finalists, they will be following in the footsteps of Joe Lycett, Jamali MaddixEd Gamble, Chris Ramsey, Laura LexxIain StirlingSimon Bird and Tom Rosenthal.

The ultimate winner will receive a trip to Australia to perform stand-up there, thanks to the generous support of the Comedy Lounge in Perth.

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Below are extracts from all the finalists’ sets – while all the semi-finalists can be seen here.

Jin Hao Li

Sascha LO

Henry Whaley

Caitriona Dowden

Hasan Al-Habib

Henry Shannon

Stepan Mysko von Schultze

Ethan Willmer-Anderson

Charlie Humphrey

Alex Mason

Jack Dearnley

Published: 4 Apr 2022

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