Canterbury Festival’s Comedy Competition
10 contestants, three judges and whole lot of laughs
On Monday 24 October, budding comedians took to the stage at Lanfranc Theatre at Canterbury College for Canterbury Festival’s first ever Comedy Competition.
The competition ran for the first time this year as part of Canterbury Festival’s Made in Kent framework, which aims to support Kent-based performers at the start of their creative careers.
10 contestants performed their original material throughout the evening to a packed-out and enthusiastic audience. The contestants ranged from those who had already tasted the comedy circuit to first-timers, and the evening was a great laugh.
After everyone had performed it was up to the judges to pick three finalists and ultimately a winner to receive the prize of a paid gig at the Festival, free tickets to a comedy gig at the Festival and expert advice from industry professionals. It was clear that the judges - Flo Collins from Off the Kerb Productions, Amanda McKean, the comedy booker and Spiegeltent programmer at Canterbury Festival, and Dr Olly Double who lectures in Stand Up at University of Kent – had a tough decision on their hands.
After a lot of deliberating, Ravi Holy, a 47-year-old vicar from the village of Wye, was decided as the winner. His material playfully focused on his past as a member of a punk rock band, and had audiences laughing from start to finish. He will now go on to receive a paid gig with the Festival.
As the standard was so high, the decision was made to award prizes for runners up as well. Second and third place went to Adam Morrison and Peter Aswell, who both had unique approaches to their performance and were well deserving of recognition. All three winners have also been offered a spot at the prestigious Laughing Boy Comedy Club.
Congratulations to Ravi and all the contestants involved in this year’s competition. If you think you have what it takes to be the next Comedy Competition winner, make sure you keep an eye out on the Canterbury Festival website from the New Year for application information.
If you would like to get involved in the 2017 competition click here.