So you think you re funny episode 4 17 aug sabc 1 7pm
So You Think You're Funny? (SYTYF) is an annual stand-up comedy competition for new acts. The competition began in 1988 and has become the longest-running best comedy newcomer award in the UK. The finals are held every August at The Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Past winners include Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Peter Kay and David O'Doherty.
- So you think you re funny episode 4 17 aug sabc 1 7pm
- So you think you re funny episode 2
- Rules and eligibility
- Process of elimination
So you think you re funny episode 2
So You Think You’re Funny was the idea of Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon, in order to discover new comic talent. During the years it has developed into the most influential competition of its kind in the UK, helping start the careers of many of the country’s leading comedians including Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Graham Norton,David O’Doherty and Tommy Tiernan. Other competitors have included Ardal O'Hanlon, Johnny Vegas, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Alex Zane, Reginald D Hunter, Craig Hill, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Andrew Lawrence and Russell Howard.
Sponsorship from Channel 4 began in 1993 and ran until 2004, since when Channel 5 and The Paramount Comedy Channel have been sponsors. Now sponsored by Foster’s, the first prize is £5000 and a place in the Best of British Show at the Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival.
Past judges have included Steve Coogan, Owen O’Neill, Avid Merrion (Leigh Francis), Bob Mortimer and former So You Think You're Funny winners Dylan Moran and Rhona Cameron.
Comperes for the evening have included Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey, Graham Norton and Jo Brand.
The competition spun a teenagers version entitled "Class Clowns", derived from an Australian format of the same name, which was staged at the Gilded Balloon for the first time in 2015. Judged by Jo Brand, Kevin Day and Karen Koren, the first Fringe winner was Joe Gardner.
Rules and eligibility
As of 2014, the rules and eligibility are as follows:
"1. The performer cannot have performed stand up REGULARLY either paid or unpaid before 1st June 2013. * 2. The performer should not have appeared in So You Think You’re Funny? before. 3. The performer’s material must be completely original. 4. The performer must have at least 8 minutes of original material. 5. The organisers reserve the right to select all entrants and decisions taken by the organisers and judges are final. 6. All entrants must be aged 18 and over.
Process of elimination
The competition starts in the spring of each year with showcases in Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, York, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Inverness, Dublin, Brighton and Nottingham as well as ten comedy clubs in London. In 2013, there were over 500 applicants for only 55 places in the Edinburgh heats.
Each showcase is not a direct competition, with judges instead selecting the best acts they have seen over the entire run to take part in one of seven heats at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Winners of each of these heats go forward to the final.
MC: Zoe Lyons
Comedy Guest Judge: Jason Manford
MC: Zoe Lyons
Comedy Guest Judge: Sarah Millican
MC: Jason Cook
Comedy Guest Judge: Ruby Wax
MC: Jarred Christmas
Comedy Guest Judge: Lee Mack
Sponsor: The Sims 3
MC: Rufus Hound
Comedy Guest Judge: Tim Minchin
MC: Lee Mack
Comedy Guest Judge: Tim Vine
MC: Bill Bailey