Nine acts vie for ti­tle of best 2017 co­me­dian

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THE fi­nal­ists for the Nando’s New Co­me­dian of the Year 2017 have been an­nounced.

The com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

The com­pe­ti­tion held two heats last month at Bar 45 in South­port, and saw 30 co­me­di­ans com­pete for a place in the fi­nal.

Al­though usu­ally only eight acts are se­lected, or­gan­is­ers claim they had to se­lect nine this year “as the stan­dard was so high.”

The fi­nal­ists have come from as far afield as Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham and Manchester.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Bren­dan Ri­ley said: “Now es­tab­lished within the com­edy in­dus­try, the com­pe­ti­tion has gained a great rep­u­ta­tion and is now recog­nised as a great launch­pad for new co­me­di­ans.

“Past win­ners have gone on to be­come pro­fes­sional co­me­di­ans. For ex­am­ple, Ge­orge Lewis now plays the top clubs on the UK cir­cuit and last year’s win­ner Si­mon Lo­mas is cur­rently mak­ing waves on the cir­cuit.”

The fi­nal is at The Vin­cent Ho­tel, on Lord Street, to­mor­row at 8pm (Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13).

Tick­ets are £5 and can be pur­chased there with­out book­ing fee, or on the fes­ti­val web­site at www.south­port com­edy fes­ti­val.com.

Meet the 2017 fi­nal­ists: SIAN DAVIES

Sian, from Liver­pool, works in re­tail and has been do­ing stand-up com­edy for just a year. TAYO COUSINS From Manchester, Tayo has pur­sued com­edy for a while. He briefly lived in New York and par­tic­i­pated in mul­ti­ple open mic nights.

Now back in the UK, he works for a restau­rant chain. JOHN MCCREADIE

John, from Liver­pool, has been do­ing standup com­edy for two years. He is a nurse. SARAH LOUISE KEE­GAN

Sarah is from Wi­gan and has been do­ing stand-up for just over one year. She is an

op­tometrist. Rachel Fitzsim­mons AJ ROBERTS

AJ, from Lon­don, has been do­ing stand-up for al­most two years. He is cur­rently a DJ. MICHAEL HARTLESS

Michael is from Liver­pool and has been do­ing stand-up for just six months. He cur­rently works in ad­min. RACHEL FITZSIM­MONS

Rachel is from Wrex­ham but lives in Formby, and is as a youth worker.

She did stand-up for the first time in in the Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion Com­edy Work­shop as part of South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val last year. JAMES ALLEN

James, 20, is a stu­dent from Wir­ral. He has been do­ing stand-up for two years. JAMES HARKNESS

James, from Cheshire, has been do­ing stand-up com­edy for just one year, and has al­ready been a fi­nal­ist in the York fringe new co­me­dian com­pe­ti­tion this year.

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