Last year, we announced that 2019 would see us break new ground, supporting an event which is taking place as part of Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 – the inaugural Sussex Comedian of the Year competition. Whilst comedy and funeral directors may not seem an obvious link, we were immediately keen to support this event, as our role is as much about celebrating life – and laughter – as it is marking the end of it.
The competition is comprised of four heats before the grand final takes place in October. Of those selected to perform at each heat, only one on each night is guaranteed a place in the final, with two “wild card” slots also being available. Seven acts took to the stage in front of a packed audience at Horsham Sports and Social Club. The lively audience took no prisoners, and made their opinions of the acts known, however this isn’t X-Factor or Strictly, this is serious business, and no audience votes are given! The competition is high-stakes and therefore judged by professionals from the comedy and entertainment industry.
Freeman Brothers’s Community Co-Ordinator, Becky, was in the audience throughout the evening and enjoyed the variety of acts displaying their talents. “Local comedy isn’t something I’d usually choose to attend, though it is increasingly on the radar for many people, thanks to shows such as Live at the Apollo and an increasing number of comedy specials on platforms such as Netflix. I was most in admiration of the bravery of these people – standing up in front of a room full of strangers and trying to make them laugh is not easy! I’m looking forward to seeing what happens at the next heat – these early rounds feel like a sneak preview of what’s to come at the final.”
Tickets for the upcoming heats are available in advance online for a reduced price, with the next one taking place on Thursday 14 March at The Shelley Arms, Broadbridge Heath. We can’t wait!