Ten Midlands comics battle it out for cash prize

After a recent call for comedians, ten aspiring comics from across the region have been selected to take part in a unique showcase with an opportunity to win £100.

Taking place at The Public in West Bromwich on Friday 1 February, #HashTagFunny will give ten lucky comics, ten minutes to perform in front a packed house, as they battle it out to become comedy’s next big thing.  The comic who impresses the panel of judges most will not only be given a cash prize, they’ll be given a stepping stone on to the circuit by being given the opportunity to support touring comedy artists at the Black Country venue.

For just £5 the audience will be treated to performances from Adam Chivers, Andrew McBurney, Daniel Nicholas, Dave Pollard, David Tandy, Jack Kirwan, Jay Handley, Joey Brannigan, Sinead Gibson and Rich “Jaffa” Jefferies, in an evening compered by Paul Savage.

The panel of judges will comprise of representatives from Free Radio and Brum Notes Magazine, and Altaf Sarwar from Desi Central.

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 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 the Black Country venue will 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.

Tickets for the event are £5 and are available from www.thepublic.com (with no booking fee) or by calling 0121 533 7161.  The performance begins at 8pm.