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Eddie French
Eddie French
Nigel Needham
Nigel Needham
President Obonjo
President Obonjo
Dalia Malek
Dalia Malek

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Comedian of the Year: The Final

Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2013

It all comes down to this, the big one: who will walk away with this year’s title of Harrogate Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year 2013?

Heat One Winners

Eddie French
"Eddie French has been doing stand up for just shy of 4 years. These days he sometimes does it with a guitar. He has gigged all over the country and has spent the last three Augusts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival doing stand up and performing with The Discount Comedy Checkout Improv group. He is still uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person."

Nigel Needham
Nigel is an idiosyncratic act who mixes dark and surreal deadpan humour.  In 2013 Nigel has won Rawhide Raw Liverpool, Beat the Frog in Manchester and Preston, and Chunky's Comedy Clap Off in Bolton.

Heat Two Winners

President Obonjo

The name is  President Obonjo of Lafta Republic   and I have been performing stand-up comedy since late 2010 . My set combines story lines , with humour drawing on my African and British influences and the  impact they have had on my life ,  I also talk about the stereotypes of being  a Nigerian , the impact of Social media on my life. Also included in my acts are political, topical and observational comedy . President Obonjo is a creative thinker.

Recent Awards - Luton Comedian of the Year 2013 , Beat the Frog in Manchester 2013 , Bath Comedy Gladiators 2013 and Hastings Comedian of the Month 2013

Dan Logan

Heat Three Winners

Staple/face are a sketch comedy trio from Sheffield, composed of Mike Bentley, Tom Burgess and Sam Nicoresti. They recently returned from a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe, during which they also won the Gilded Balloon's 'So You Think That's Funny?' Best New Sketch Act 2013 competition. They hear Harrogate is very nice.

Dalia Malek
Dalia Malek's dark and irreverent humour has helped her progress in comedy quickly. She had never performed before entering the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2012, but after only three months of doing comedy, she became a finalist. She has since appeared at Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as Chortle's Fast Fringe at the Pleasance. She won the open mic competition at the Comedy Store in La Jolla, and as a result opened at the Best of San Diego. She also won the Beat the Frog gong show in Manchester, and has provided tour support for Ava Vidal's solo show, and supported acts like Tony Law and Hannibal Buress. 
"Made an instant impact...distinctive, knowing content" – Steve Bennett (Chortle)
"Funny, funny fucker" – Toby Morton (South Park) 
"One to Watch" – Dangermouth Comedy
"Confident, with a unique voice...See her before she's on telly and we can't afford her" – Paul Kerensa (You Must Be Stoking Comedy) 

Judges Wildcard Choices

Tommy Barnes
Tommy is a rising star of the UK comedy circuit with a love of the absurd and a Hawaiian shirt that he likes to think is a subtle nod to Milton Jones but most people think is a shameless rip off.

“Tommy is a fantastic gag writer and is no doubt going to be huge. A star in the ascendancy.” John Moloney

Chris McIlroy
Originally from Northern Ireland, Chris has lived in England for over seven years, the past two of which have seen him perform across the country with his affable, gag heavy and at times downright silly stand up routines. He has been described as "almost impossible to dislike" (Ten Feet Tall Comedy) and "a very funny comedian with a very promising future ahead of him" (Smacked Arse Comedy).

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