NEWS: The winner of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2016 is Harv Hawkins. Judges were impressed by Harv’s confidence and original material, which explored the appeal of certain childhood toys, traffic tailbacks, popular phrases, and the housing market. Tom Christian was also commended for his performance.
Friday 7 October 2016
Birmingham Comedy Festival and The Glee Club present:
Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2016
Featuring Ali Warwood, Harv Hawkins, Moses Ali Khan, Richard Quarmby and Tom Christian.
A hand-picked selection of emerging acts from across the West Midlands compete for the prestigious title.
Each has been especially chosen by the city's best comedians and clubs, selected for their crack gag writing skills, observational chops, deft delivery, and their potential to break out.
Your chance to catch the next generation of local comedy heroes as they start their careers.
Compered by James Cook and featuring a closing set by Andy Askins.
The Judging Panel consists of Brum comedy legend Jasper Carrott, The Glee's owner Mark Tughan, BBCWM's Daz Hale and Dave Freak, from Birmingham Comedy Festival.
Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2016: Shortlist
The participating acts have been nominated by James Cook (comedian, mac Birmingham Comedy Course tutor), Maureen Younger (comedian, MY Comedy), Adam Jaremko (Comedy Promoter, The Glee), and Jay Handley (comedian, The Fat Penguin comedy club).
About the nominated acts ...
Born and raised in Walsall, Ali moved to Cambridge “for love and the chance of acquiring a better accent.” A mental health nurse, she also runs her own monthly night, Commoners' Comedy Club, and describes her style as “normal stand-up which features autobiographical stories laden with gags and one liners.” Gigging since 2013, she’s been praised by TV comedian Russell Howard, though this is her first major comedy award nomination.
Harv mixes observational comedy with short stories and one liners. Doing stand-up for just over a year, including several gong shows, he cites US comics Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright as an inspiration. Born in Solihull and growing up in Balsall Common, by day 24-year-old Harv works for an estate agency - “something I don't often admit on stage when I'm trying to get the audience to like me.”
Moses Ali Khan
Currently working as a manager in the public sector, Birmingham-born Moses resides in Moseley. Only making his official stand-up debut in December 2015 at Stirchley’s Roadhouse, he’s been a finalist in numerous gong shows and recently won Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club New Comedian competition. “Inspired by everyone - comedians, actors, musicians, athletes,” Moses says he’s “a linear one liner style comic incorporating some of my heritage.”
Darlington born and Melton Mowbray raised, Richard currently lives in Harborne, Birmingham, where he moved after completing a chemistry degree in Newcastle. Doing stand-up on and off since 2012, he performs “anecdotal comedy” which draws on personal experiences to create a slightly neurotic on-stage persona with a “slightly skewed view of the world.”
Sutton Coldfield born and raised, Tom is currently working in customer service for a national overnight delivery company. Sarcastic and with a ‘trixy’ outlook on life, Tom has been inspired by his heroes Louis CK, Bill Burr and Dave Allen to take up arms (well a microphone) to tackle the mundane problems of modern life.
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