‘Amused Moose Laugh Off’ Competition 2012

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‘AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH OFF’ STARTS THE HUNT FOR 2012’S MOST AMOOSING NEW COMIC

in association with 2ENTERTAIN

 If you want to be the next Jack Whitehall or Sarah Millican, this is the competition for you!

Entries just opened for the prestigious, nationwide Amused Moose LaughOff 2012 Competition to search out and discover the next big comedy star – with rounds in London, the north of England (Harrogate), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Ireland (Dublin) from the end of January so there’s no time to waste!  The semifinals will be in London, with the Final (won by Jack Whitehall in 2007 amongst an array of brilliant finalists including Andi Osho) as a highpoint of the Edinburgh Fringe in August. In association with leading UK DVD company 2entertain, this exciting countrywide talent search for comedy’s brand new comic gems is famed for discovering the comedy stars of the future.

Interview with Paul Cook

Image of Paul CookComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Paul Cook: I started on 25th July 2011 so about 5 months. At Scruffys, Newton Street Birmingham.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Paul Cook: Observational, I’m lucky enough to come from the Forest of Dean, which has a lot heritage and myths which helps. And I talk with a funny accent so that helps.

Interview with James Rankin

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?



James Rankin: I started gigging around 14 months ago. I had the thought of gigging a lot earlier but never thought I’d muster the nerve to get up. So I just started writing and writing and told myself if I got a solid 5 minutes I’d do it.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

James Rankin: I think it’s dry. Observational, very sarcastic with a twist off frustrated ranting.

Funny: A Personal Appraisal from Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher

Hi there. Matt Fisher, idiot savant, here. Sorry it’s taken me a little while to sit down and write this post, if I’m honest I’ve been mostly a-wooing (those who saw the show will know who – the one I ran off to see at the end. I say ran. I like to think I left, actually, with rather a large volume of dignity). A gentleman never tells, of course, so I will strip this piece of reportage of sexual detail, while still being able to effectively communicate what I like to call gist.  Essentially, it culminated in three nights of passion, followed by an unsavoury comment (which, yes, I now regret), several tears, and a long tube journey home listening to Bon Iver (which was a mistake). The crux of all this (and, yes, I can say crux, it’s nowhere near as rude as it sounds), is that I’m now single again, so ladies, tweet me. I’m currently trying to limit myself to only refreshing her Facebook page seven times per half-day, and in fact, am due one now. Excuse me.

Interview with Tez Ilyas

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging as a stand-up?

Tez Ilyas: I started stand-up in June 2010, so just over 18 months.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Tez Ilyas: Totes funny! I take things that I am passionate about, be it religion, race or trivial things and try and subvert them, I deliver things in a very dead-pan way, as I like to keep the audience guessing as to whether I actually mean what I say.

Interview with Chris Marco K

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Chris Marco K: About a year, off and on… Very off and on at the moment.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Chris Marco K: I was once told “a young Chris” (me).

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Chris Marco K: Everyone from good to bad. I’ve learned a lot from everyone.

Interview with Andy Onions

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Andy Onions: Since April 28th 2011, the day before the royal wedding. I made many rookie mistakes, confusing crude half-arsed digs at the Royals with cutting edge satire. If that video was to find the light of day then I can kiss goodbye to my knighthood. And my comedy career.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Andy Onions: High-energy tales and japes of my life, some true, some embellished, smattered with some thinly disguised puns and poorly written jokes. Occasionally funny.

Interview with Sahar Mirhadi

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Sahar Mirhadi: I having been gigging solidly since May with an average 3-4 gigs a week and getting myself out there!

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Sahar Mirhadi: It has lots of energy and I attempt to de-mystify things with the bluntness of a hippo in a pink tutu. I look and discuss issues surrounding my life and body, random observations and dispelling myths about my Iranian heritage. I keep it a little crude with references to breasts, hair and orgasms! That way you can cater to all tastes!

Interview with Elena Kombou

Elena Kombou

Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Elena Kombou: I started stand up at the end of October 2010, so about one year and two months. It’s something I wanted to do for ages and I started writing material when I was in my teens but was too nervous and too worried that I wouldn’t get any laughs and then that would ruin comedy for me forever so I kept putting it off.  It was going to the Edinburgh Festival last year that gave me the kick I needed to do it.  I enjoyed the festival but wanted to be more than just a member of audience and promised myself that the next year I’d be there as a performer.