Student Comedy Award: London winner named – Chortle

And vote for your favourite from Reading

Alex Franklin, a 20-year-old Cambridge natural sciences undergraduate, won last night’s Chortle Student Comedy award heat in London.

He describes his stand-up as ‘Incredibly surreal monologues, combining the deadpan comedy with heavy escalation and chaos. Heavily influenced by modern figures such as Richard Ayoade, James Acaster, and Ken Cheng, but also older comedians like Lenny Bruce.’

He now goes through to the semi-finals in May.

Meanwhile, voting has opened for the People’s Choice from the Reading heat held last week, see below.

The other confirmed semi-finalists so far are  Jason Guest, from Cardiff University, Cambridge English undergraduate Ania Magliano, Ally Orr from Lincoln, and Horatio Gould, from Warwick.

The next heat is in Newcastle tonight, followed by York tomorrow.

Here is the current state of play:

Heat 1: Warwick

Winner: Horatio Gould:

People’s Choice: Izzy Bromfield, who goes through to a second round of online voting once all the heats are over.

Heat 2: Lincoln

Winner: Ally Orr

People’s Choice: Thomas Day

February 27: Reading

Winner: Ania Magliano

Here are the other contestants:

Andrew Stevens

Ewan Bassinet

Frankie Brickman

Jimmy Butts

Leo Reich

Lewis King

Matt Winterbotham

Philipp Carl Kostelecky

Rob Thomas

William Lewis

Sameer Katz

Now vote for your favourite. Polls close at 5pm this Friday, March 9.

February 28: Cardiff

Winner: Jason Guest

Videos and voting coming soon

March 6: London

Winner: Alex Franklin

March 7: Newcastle

The Trent House
1-2 Leazes Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne

MC: Rahul Kholi

March 8: York

The Courtyard
Derwent College
University of York
Innovation Way
York YO10 5DD

MC: Matt Stellingworth

March 12: Southampton

The Bridge
University of Southampton Students’ Union
University Road
Hampshire SO17 1BJ


March 13: Salford

Adelphi Studio Theatre
New Adelphi Building
University of Salford
University Road
Salford M5 4WT

MC: Katie Mulgrew


March 15: Bristol

AR2 Anson Rooms Bar
University of Bristol Students’ Union,
The Richmond Building
105 Queens Road,
Bristol BS8 1LN

MC Rich Wilson

March 20: Glasgow

Jim’s Bar
Queen Margaret Union
University of Glasgow
22 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QN

MC Scott Agnew


Published: 7 Mar 2018

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