King of comedy

Crooked Smile winner Jay Hampson
Crooked Smile winner Jay Hampson

New dad Jay Hampson’s labour of love has seen him crowned joking champion of Chesterfield.

Beating off 11 contenders, he won the annual Crooked Smile comedy award in front of a sell-out audience at the Winding Wheel last night.

Jay said: “I am buzzing. Winning makes all the effort worthwhile.”

The 28-year-old employment advisor won over six judges with his intelligent material and pacy delivery. He said: “The whole point of my act is that it is language driven with lots of elongated sentences - it is all about tempo.”

Victory earned him his first trophy, as well as a contract of paid gigs and £100.

Overjoyed Jay, who lives in Manchester, was hoping to grab a couple of hours’ sleep this morning before getting up to feed his eight-week-old daughter Poppy May at 3.30am.

*Chesterfield College tutor Marshall Anderson was the highest placed local contestant, winning tickets for future shows staged by the Spotlight Comedy Club at the Winding Wheel.