Last orders to bid for comedy champ’s crown

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You have until the end of this week to make your bid to be north Derbyshires king or queen or comedy.

The annual Crooked Smile comedy competition will be taking place at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on Thursday, August 18, when nine performers will be competing for the trophy, £100 cash prize and a contract of paid gigs.

Last year’s winner was Dominic Elliot-Spencer, who took the title from the inaugural champion, former Ripley schoolteacher Matt Turner.

The judges were so impressed with local lads Micky Burns and Wayne Boston that a special prize was created espcially for them as ‘Best Local Talent’, not bad for beginners.

If you fancy trying your luck this year, send a cd/dvd/cassette with five minutes of material marked “Crooked Spire” and drop it into the Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield....but hurry, because the closing date is Friday, August 5.

This year’s event will include a headlining set from John Warburton whose set bursts with clever wordplay and smart-Alec asides.JOHN WARBURTON Warburton is much in demand at the moment. His set bursts with clever wordplay and smart-Alec asides” - Time Out. Erstwhile tabloid journalist and a former winner of the coveted City Life Comedian of the Year, John combines one-liners, acute observational comedy and cleaver-sharp songs.