Big­gest show yet for comic

Oldham Advertiser - - BEFORE THE BENCH - RUHU­BIA AK­BOR ruhu­bia.ak­bor@men­media.co.uk @ruhu­bi­aak­bor

IT’S been a bar­rel of laughs for Penella Mel­lor since she quit her job as a nurse for a life in the lime­light.

The 33-year-old is purs­ing her dream of be­com­ing a stand-up co­me­dian and is go­ing from strength to strength.

She is now pre­par­ing to per­form in front of her big­gest au­di­ence yet at Manch­ester’sDance­house on Oc­to­ber 17.

Penella, of Fit­ton Hill, said: “I’ve had gigs all over the place so it’s nice to be back per­form­ing lo­cally.

“I didn’t re­ally think about how it will all go. If you think too far ahead it can make your head fall off but I can’t com­plain at all.

“The Dance­house is my big­gest show to date and it’s go­ing to be filmed as well so I’m telling ev­ery­one to dress smart.

“It’s great that some of my lo­cal fans will be­come part of my show reel.”

Penella left her day job as a com­mu­nity men­tal health nurse back in April and went on to per­form at Ja­son Man­ford’s Com­edy Club. She also scooped Nando’s New Co­me­dian of the Year and the new act gong at Manch­ester’s Frog and Bucket.

She nar­rowly missed out on the Amused Moose Laugh Off com­pe­ti­tion at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe but did man­age to scoop a spon­sor­ship with Ruby Shoo who make her trade­mark red shoes.

She said: “I wasn’t wear­ing my sig­na­ture shoes at Ed­in­burgh and didn’t win the com­pe­ti­tion so I’m go­ing to go back to wear­ing them from now on.”

Visit penel­lamel­lor.co. uk for tick­ets.

Steve Ul­lathorne

●» Penella Mel­lor

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