Sussex Comedian Of The Year

Let the contest commence to find the first ever Sussex Comedian of the Year

Horsham Sports Club is set to host the first heat of the brand new comedy competition ‘Sussex Comedian of the Year’ as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 on Thursday 28 February.

The competition, the first of its kind for the Horsham District, is open to up and coming comedians from all over the UK and will take place across four heats in four different local venues with the grand final hosted in the Horsham District and will be run biennially going forward.

The Judging Panel for the heats will be made up of Kevin Precious, co-founder of Barnstormers Comedy, Kaye Freeman of Andromeda Talent, an industry professional (experienced Comedian, Promoter or similar) and an additional judge from the local business or media.

The panel will decide the placing in the Heats on criteria including, but not limited to: performance, delivery & timing, audience reaction, quality of writing.

Sussex Comedian of the Year competition has been set up and is being run by Barnstormers Comedy (Promoter and Comedian Kevin Precious) and Andromeda Talent (Speakers’ & Hosts Agent & Booker Kaye Freeman).

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The winner receives the coveted title of Sussex Comedian of the Year and trophy, £500 prize money and the introduction spot at Big Sundae 2019 event in November at The Capitol Theatre alongside top profiled acts.

The Sussex Comedian of the Year, organised by comedy experts ‘Barnstormers’, and talent agency ‘Andromeda Talent’, will be making its debut, thanks to a grant from the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 fund, and sponsorship from district based business ‘Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors’.

Horsham District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:

“I am really pleased that the Year of Culture has enabled the creation of a completely new type of event and experience, especially as it looks set to become a regular biennial event.

“Bringing new local talent to light is what the Year of Culture is all about and we look forward to the first heat for the competitors and enjoying their performances. I would urge as many of you as possible to book your tickets and come along.”

Becky Hughes, Freeman Brothers’ Community Co-Ordinator, whose role involves identifying community partnership opportunities such as this, could see the potential in sponsoring the competition:

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Freeman Brothers, and something we’ve never done before.

“It’s great to support an event which will have a reach throughout the district, and we hope that this will be the beginning of a successful future for the competition.”

Kevin Precious, Barnstormers Comedy’s founder, promoter and compere in-chief, said: “It’s a great privilege to be providing a platform for the Sussex Comedian of the Year competition, and to be part of the Year of Culture.”

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