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Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Some of last years contestants

Wimborne Laugh Out Loud Competition 2018

Comedy at Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Are you funny? Do you want a chance to prove it - on stage, in front of a warm, supportive audience? If your answer is "YES!" then our "Laugh Out Loud" New Act Competition is just right for you.

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).

Want to know more?

With cash prizes and an appearance at Wimborne Comedy Club on offer there's lots to aim for. Successful applicants will be invited to one of three heats to be held in Wimborne.

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.

  • Heat 1 will be held on Tuesday March 6th.
  • Heat 2 will be held on Tuesday April 10th.
  • Heat 3 will be held on Tuesday May 1st.
During the heats and the final each slot will be 8 minutes long.

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.

What can we win?

As well as the glory of taking part in the "Laugh Out Loud" New Act Comedy Competition, the winner of the final will receive £75 and paid spot alongside professional comedians at Wimborne Comedy Club.

Prizes of £50 and £25 will be awarded to the finalists placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Are you eligible?

The competition is open to valid entrants from any part of the UK and to all styles of comedy - stand-up, character, musical, magic, etc.

To be a valid entrant for our "Laugh Out Loud" New Act competition you must :

  • have started performing comedy on or after Jan 1st 2013 AND
  • have never been signed by an agent AND
  • be available for at least one of the heats and also available on the date of the final.
Please don't apply if you don't meet all of the criteria described above.

Application Form

Please send any queries or questions to Comedy@wimbornefolk.co.uk.

Gallery from 2017 Laugh Out Loud