Some of last years contestants
This year Wimborne Minster Folk Festival includes comedy in its program with "Laugh Out Loud", its New Act Comedy Competition, culminating in the final on Friday June 8 th - at which the finalists will appear on the same bill as a top UK Comedy Circuit headliner (more on that soon).
There will be a maximum of 12 entrants in each heat - only 36 people will be accepted into the competition (we will run a reserve list in case of drop outs).
The top 2 from each heat will go forward into the final.
All heats will begin at 8pm in The Wimborne RBL Club, West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT.
If you make it to the final your material can be the same as used in your heat but that's not a rule - you're encouraged to give us your "best 8" at all times.
Audience entry to the heats will be free entry, pay what you want on exit - all money collected at the heat will be split between the acts remaining in the room at the end of the night.
Audience entry at the final will be by ticket (available in advance or on the door if available, advance ticket details TBC).
All money raised from tickets sales will go towards the running costs of the competition and of the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. There are no further fees or expenses payable to competition entrants, except for the cash prizes.
Judging of the heats will be done by a mixture of audience voting and judges scoring. Heat results will be announced on the night and those going through to the final will be emailed for confirmation.
Judging of the final will be done solely by a panel of judges, including local comedy promoter Richard Jay.
All material should be original and the creation of the entrant. Plagiarism will be penalised.
Prizes of £50 and £25 will be awarded to the finalists placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
To be a valid entrant for our "Laugh Out Loud" New Act competition you must :