Paramount Comedy and 4DVD
So You Think You’re Funny?
The best stand-up comedy competition for newcomers.
Sponsored by Five,
Paramount Comedy and 4DVD.
Established since 1988 'So You Think You’re Funny?'
is the most prestigious of all the Edinburgh Festival Fringe stand-up
The Gilded Balloon with a strong allegiance to comedy, devised
'So You Think You're Funny?' in order to discover new comic talent.
During the years it developed into the most influential competition
of its kind in the UK.
The competition starts in March with showcases countrywide, the
search for the best comedy newcomers goes to Bath, Liverpool, Birmingham,
Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Brighton and there are ten
comedy clubs in London used. Last year there were over 600 applicants
for only 70 places.
Each heat is one and a half hours long with each stand-up allowed
eight minutes in which to win over the judges and the audience.
A winner is announced who then goes forward to the finals. The final
is always popular and with two and a half hours of top comedy, tickets
are sold out within a couple of hours.
The competition is going into its 19th year and has continued to
thrive from year to year. The pedigree of the competition is reflected
in the list of past winners (see image gallery): Bruce Morton, Phil
Kay, Rhona Cameron, Lee Mack, Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Peter
Kay, all of which are now established comedians and television performers.
Other competitors in the past have been Ardal O'Hanlon, Johnny
Vegas, Steve Furst, Michael Smiley, Ed Byrne, Dan Antapolski, Jason
Byrne, Alex Zane, Dominic Holland, Nick Wilty, Lucy Porter, Reginald
D Hunter, Paul Foot, Andy Zaultman, Nina Conti, Des Clarke, Francesca
Martinez, Craig Hill, Alan Carr, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe
III, Rhod gilbert, Matt Kirshen, Andrew Lawrence, Stefano Paolini,
Russell Howard and many, many more.
The Final Compares have included Chris Evans, Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard,
Mark Lamarr, Julian Clary, Arthur Smith, Graham Norton, Sean Lock
and Bill Bailey.
Celebrity Judges have included Steve Coogan, Vic Reeves and Bob
Mortimer, Avid Merrion, Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair, Emma Freud, Gail
Porter, Fred MacAulay, Dylan Moran, Rhona Cameron and Owen O'Neill.
As well as attracting the glitterati of the Comedy world to the
competition we also present the best party at the Fringe. Annually
there is the Perrier Award Party, the Paramount Party, the BBC Comedy
Awards Party, the Guardian Party and numerous others, however the
So You Think You're Funny? Party has become a must to all festival
and media players.
The Gilded Balloon are delighted with their continued relationship with Five,
Paramount Comedy and 4DVD; the official sponsors of So You Think You're
Funny? - together we show our commitment to supporting new comedy.