Local student takes a step towards comedy stardom

Chortle Student Comedy AwardIt’s the comedy competition that has given a break to the likes of The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird, his Friday Night Dinner co-star Tom Rosenthal, Radio One’s Tom Deacon and Chris Ramsey, star of BBC Two comedy Hebburn.

Now 24-year-old Danny Hyde, originally from Glastonbury, is set to follow in their footsteps, after winning a place in the Chortle Student Comedy Award semi-final.

The aspiring stand-up, who has only performed a couple of dozen times before,

is studying comedy writing and performance at Southampton Solent University, and won the heat in the city on Monday night, He also won an ultra-thin ALCATEL ONE TOUCH phone from the award’s sponsors as part of his prize.

He now goes on to a semi-final in either London on Manchester in May and a shot at the final in the Edinburgh Fringe – where the top prize is £2,000.

But Chortle editor Steve Bennett said: ‘Probably more important is the kudos that goes with it. This competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and we’ve a proven record of giving talented comedians a vital leg-up in the fiercely competitive comedy circuit.’

Watch some of Danny’s routine here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ME2LVt2ylk


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