Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has announced the winner of their first Comedy Shorts competition to find Britain’s best new digital funnies.
The festival, which kicks off today (until Feb 24), teamed up with The Poke to encourage UK comedy talent to submit original films to be screened at the event and across both the festival’s and Dave’s social media channels
A judging panel which included comedian Richard Herring; Inbetweeners co-creator Iain Morris; Dave’s GM Steve North, Chortle editor Steve Bennett and festival CEO Geoff Rowe reached a unanimous decision.
Richard Woolford picked up the £5000 prize for his animation The Grave.
Richard Herring said, “It was surprising, especially the idea of having a man buried with his hat. The internet gives us our own TV channel with billions of potential viewers. It’s a fantastic medium to get your comedy out there.”
The entries were an eclectic mix of comedy styles from stand-up to digital and animation to sketch; from character to physical comedy.
Steve North added: “We had some wonderfully crafted entries and some of them had clearly spent a lot of time and effort over their submissions. It’s great to see so much passion about comedy. Modern technology makes it easy for anyone to get involved.”
This isn’t the first time Richard Woolford has entered a competition, having previously won Electric Mouse Angel Best New Act, and he was a finalist in Jongleurs Comedy Live Tour, Comedy Store Fame 4U and a BBC New Talent Comedy Animation. After only a few months in comedy Richard found himself performing at Jongleurs and the Comedy Store in competition finals. Shortly after these finals he was diagnosed with cancer and quit comedy but now after five years he is back on the comedy circuit.
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