Aisling Bea wins prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? comedy award

Aisling Bea after winning So You Think You’re Funny? 2012 at Edinburgh Fringe
Fringe attraction: Aisling Bea follows notable previous winners of coveted award

Aisling Bea last night beat off stiff competition from eight of Britain and Ireland’s strongest up-and-coming comic talents to be crowned the winner of Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s stand-up comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? 2012, which is backed by Foster’s.

The London-based stand-up was followed in second place by Jonathan Pelham (Yorkshire), with joint third place awarded to Murdo Haggs (Glasgow) and Wayne Mazadza (Edinburgh).

Each act had eight minutes to prove just how funny they were. They were rated by an all-female judging panel including Gilded Balloon’s inimitable artistic director Karen Koren and celebrity judge Ruby Wax.

Funny man and creator of new BBC sitcom Hebburn, Jason Cook, compered tonight’s final. This year’s winner took home the coveted title as well as a cash prize and a trip to perform at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.

Now in its 25th year and very much a Fringe institution, homed at the Gilded Balloon, past So You Think You’re Funny? winners include Lee Mack, Peter Kay, David O’Doherty, Rhona Cameron, Tommy Tiernan, Miles Jupp, Rob Rouse, Dylan Moran and last year’s winner Tommy Rowson.

This year the search for the best comedy newcomer took competition organisers from the Gilded Balloon to Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sutton Coldfield.

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