Calling all budding comedians!

Fancy yourself as the next rising comic star?

We're inviting budding comedians from across the Midlands to step up to the microphone, and take part in a unique comedy showcase, with the opportunity to win a £100 cash prize!

#HashTagFunny which takes place on Friday 1 February 2013, will give ten lucky aspiring comics the opportunity to perform in front of a packed house as they battle it out to become comedy’s next big thing.

Alongside the cash prize, the comic who impresses the panel of judges most will be given a stepping stone on to the comedy circuit by being given support slots to touring comics at our venue.

Throughout the evening's entertainment audience members will be encouraged to interactively participate in the show using social media platform, twitter. A unique addition to the night of comedy, at set times the audience will be able to take to their mobile phones and join in the conversation using the show’s twitter tag.

#HashTagFunny launches The Public’s highly anticipated 2013 comedy season. Over the next few months we welcome some of the finest established and upcoming comics on the circuit. The star studded new programme will feature award winning comedians Robin Ince (18 May), Lucy Porter (17 April) and Shazia Mirza (15 February), with co-host of Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, Alun Cochrane, heading up a new monthly comedy club, ‘Sit Down, Stand Up’ in association with Avalon Promotions, on 1 March.

Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said,

“#HashTagFunny will help celebrate the outstanding talent the region has to offer. Not only will local comics have a chance to win a cash prize, the winner will be given the opportunity to share a stage with some of finest touring comedians.”

How to enter:

Comics wishing to enter the competition should email a promo video or links to online content to, together with an application form available below. Deadline for entries is Friday 11 January 2013.

Terms and conditions:

  • All comics must be over the age of 18
  • Material must be original
  • The competition is only open to comics who reside in the Midlands
  • If selected you must be available to perform at The Public on Friday 1 February 2013 at 8pm
  • Successful applicants selected for the showcase will be contacted by Friday 18 January 2013.
  • The judges decision is final
#HashTagFunny application form40 KB

The Public Opinion

Hello, I'm Sinead, I'm Irish, and love to laugh. I was born (and bred and buttered) in Dublin, and by Jesus I love to laugh. As my mother is fond of saying...if you didnt laugh, you'd be dull. Though she's also fond of saying "go and make us a cup of tea, you're neither use nor ornament sat there". She does wonders for my self-esteem. No she doesn't. She never believed in giving me self-esteem. I had to make my own and trust me its only pretty in its precariousness. I recently had a baby. Pre=op they take the Dads aside, or should I say Dad singular - plural would be just too Jeremy Kyle for words! and kit them out with a hat and a gown and special little bootie things. So they feel a bit special. Says I he felt special enough 9 months ago didnt he! She was born by C-section, none of that huffing and puffing for me. Some say she has my eyes. I say no, she has her own - I need mine to watch my other child as she runs rings round me and her Dad. Anyway. I love to make you laugh. Some say I like to make people cry, but they're just bitter. Speaking of bitter. I have an IQ of 143 but until a few years ago I thought driving ranges were something to do with go-karting and that limes were baby lemons. Says a lot for a university education. I really feel for Kate Middleton - her recent trip to hospital with morning sickness really estranged every single mother in the land. Not a drop of sympathy from me. But then I am Irish. I'm practically allergic to all things regal. Anyway I'm rabbiting on now. Give us a shot and I'll give you a giggle.
Speak soon

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