Voting for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Chortle Student Comedy Awards closes tomorrow (Easter Monday 8th April) at 23.59! Which means you have mere hours to vote for the one runner up who gets a place in the semi-finals. Did you disagree with the judge’s decision to take Timothy Schneider to the next round? Or did one of the hopefuls really tickle your fancy? You can see all the sets and vote for your favourite here. Need influencing from an impartial but authoratitive local comedy online magazine? Here is the Editor’s Choice of this year’s comedy candidates.
Bristol Drama student Elf may have absconded to London for her heat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show some support for the host of local comedy night Secret Comedians. She somehow manages to mix boarding school sports and hip hop without forcing the audience to vomit in unison – an unusual skill – and I would certainly know more about Jay Z and Snopp Doggy Dogg if they rapped about my natural habitat, the library.
Martin’s delivery was a little rushed, probably because he gave up after his last gig six months ago when nobody laughed (as he revealed in our “exclusive interview” here). But I was impressed by the originality of his material, and his ability to take a topic not usually, in my opinion, fit for comedy – rape – and make it funny.
Sam Olof as Humero Uno
Bristol Revunions’ Sam was overlooked by the judges – character comedy does not fare well in a comedy competition whose previous winners are overwhelmingly traditional male stand-ups. Humero Uno stood out because, in a night of hastily-prepared cocky young men, this set was impeccably well-written and timed. Plus, as Fawlty Towers proved, how can you fail to find a Spanish accent hilarious?
Vote for Elf, Martin, Sam or any of the other worthy winners on the Chortle site. You can read Deputy Editor Clementine’s review of the Bristol heat here. For all of our extensive coverage of the Student Comedy Awards this year, check out our dedicated section.