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Tony is runner-up in funnyman show
7:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
RISING comedian Tony Cowards has succeeded in a national contest to find the country’s best new stand-up.
Tony, 40, of Blunsdon St Andrew, was runner up in the Stand Up and Get Heard competition, organised by AudioGO, a British publisher of audiobooks.
Tony impressed competition judges with a two-minute recording of his stand-up routine, packed with his trademark witty one-liners.
His prize is a visit to the AudioGO studios in Bath where he will follow in the footsteps of comedians such as Tim Vine, Al Murray and Lee Mack by getting the chance to record his set professionally.
Tony, a professional speech writer, who has been performing comedy regularly since 2008, said he entered the competition to test the quality of his stand-up material.
He said: “I entered the competition because I was interested in recording some of my material to see if it could be funny without a live audience.
“I have not won any other competitions before, although I did come second in a national joke competition run by the Highlight comedy club chain.
“I’m delighted to be a winner and can’t wait to do the recording at the studios.”
To enter the competition, Tony had to submit an audio recording of up to two minutes in length of his best original stand-up routine.
Tony, who is married, and counts funny men such as Milton Jones and Tim Vine among his inspirations, first tried his hand at stand-up in 2004 but only began seriously pursuing a comedy career five years ago.
He says that since then, his act – based heavily on wordplay and puns – has taken him around the world.
“I’m a one-liner comic – mostly puns and wordplay. Growing up I absolutely loved Tommy Cooper and more recently Milton Jones, Tim Vine, Gary Delaney and Mitch Hedberg.
“I gig all over the UK and have also done shows in Egypt and the Middle East. My diary is reasonably full although I could always do with more gigs.
“It’s hard work. It requires a lot of dedication and self-motivation, but there have already been lots of highlights – namely holding my own at gigs with top comics such as Omid Djalili, Hal Cruttenden, and Tim Vine.
“I would love to have a comfortable living making people laugh. Anything over and above that would be a bonus.”
The competition was held in July.AudioGO said Tony’s comedy talent “stood out from the crowd.”
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