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Birmingham Comedy Festival, 5-14 October 2018

Update: And the winner is ... Laura Monmoth. Congratulations Laura! Well done too to Good Kids who were Commended by judges. Read the news via What's On Birmingham ...

Friday 5 October 2018

Birmingham Comedy Festival and The Glee Club present:
Edinburgh Gin Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2018

A hand-picked selection of the very best emerging acts from across the West Midlands compete for the prestigious annual title.

Featuring Adam Beardsmore, Phil Carr, Good Kids, Laura Monmoth and Sham Zaman.

Each act has been nominated by a team of leading comedy professionals, chosen for their crack gag writing skills, observational chops, deft delivery, and their potential to break out.

Your chance to catch West Mids' comedy stars of tomorrow as they kick-start their glittering careers.

Compered by James Cook and featuring a closing set from rising Irish comic Andrew Ryan.

Sponsored by Edinburgh Gin. Supported by The Arcadian.

The Glee Club, The Arcadian, Birmingham B5 4TD T: 0871 472 0400
Tickets £11, £8 (NUS) - BUY TICKETS
Doors 8pm
Last Entry 8:15pm
Show 8:30pm

About the shortlisted acts ...

Originally hailing from Staffordshire, Adam Beardsmore now lives and works in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. An animation editor by day, he made his stand-up debut in 2017 after a friend signed him up for an open mic night, and recently took part in the BBC New Comedy Award 2018. Among his inspirations are Ross Noble, Bill Burr, “as well as endless Billy Connolly videos that I watched from far too young an age.”

Self-employed marketing consultant Phil Carr also made his stand-up debut in 2017. Stoke born and bred, he describes his comedy style as simply “short dark jokes.”

Kieran Ahern and Tom Dowling, aka Good Kids, met in the playground at the age of four. They started writing at university and have performed their songs and sketches across the country. Both teachers, and both based in the south Birmingham suburb of Hall Green, Tom says: “The stories we tell and characters we play are always full of life, and based on the real humour of people we’ve known growing up.”

Born in Birmingham and now living in West Bromwich, Sandwell, Laura Monmoth has been performing for nearly five years. Though initially “influenced by the storytelling of Jasper Carrott and energy of Rowan Atkinson,” she’s since taken a new direction and her debut show, LGBTQZX, has garnered high praise from several other arts festivals.

NHS worker Sham Zaman lives in Alum Rock, Birmingham. Two years on from his debut at The Roadhouse, Stirchley, he’s gone on to perform at many leading comedy nights and recently participated in the Muslim Kings Of Comedy tour. He describes his stand-up as a “mixture of observational comedy with witty one liners and audience interaction.”

Judging Panel


Lovdev Barpaga, Free Radio breakfast show co-host and award-winning stand-up comedian.

Alistair Cunningham, The Glee Club's Operations Director and “founding mother”.

Richard Wilford, BBCWM presenter and live comedy fan.

Dave Freak, Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Nomination Panel

Josh Pugh

2018's participating acts have been nominated by:

Josh Pugh, comedian, English Comedian of the Year and Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award Winner 2015.

Adam Jaremko, The Glee Clubs' Comedy Promoter, Comedy Carousel.

James Cook, comedian, comedy course tutor.

Maureen Younger, comedian, MY Comedy.

Previous Winners

Kai Samra

2017: Kai Samra
Also nominated: Alex Black; Rob Kemp; Gemma Layton (as Beverly Vegas); Eric Rushton.

2016: Harv Hawkins
Also nominated: Tom Christian (Commended); Ali Warwood; Moses Ali Khan; Richard Quarmby.

2015: Josh Pugh
Also nominated: Michael Dryburgh; Lucy Thompson; Thomas Rackham; Jo D'Arcy; Jack Kirwan (Gary Pownland).

2014: Andrew McBurney
Also nominated: Danny James Clives; Hannah Silvester; Lindsey Santoro; Christopher John Hall; Wayne Beese.

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