Chortle Student Comedy Award 2012 launches

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A competition to find Britain’s funniest student has been launched today.

The Chortle Student Comedy Award returns for its ninth year with a new sponsorship deal with award-winning game, The Sims 3. As a result, the prize fund has more than doubled for 2012, with the winner receiving £2,500 and the runner-up receiving £500.

Twelve heats will take place across major cities in the country during February and March, followed by the semi-finals in May and the grand final at the Edinbrough Fringe Festival in August.

The competition, which began in 2004, has previously featured top comedians that have risen to fame including Lloyd Langford (from Ask Rhod Gilbert), Ed Gamble (from Gamble and Peacock), Tom Deacon (from BBC Radio One) and Simon Bird (from The Inbetweeners).

Speaking about the new partnership, Steve Bennett, the Chortle editor, said: “We’re delighted that this year’s Chortle Student Comedy Award will be powered by The Sims 3. It’s a great brand for students, and its sponsorship of So You Think You’re Funny? at the Edinburgh Fringe last year proved its commitment to helping find the best new comic talent.

“We’ve seen some great acts come through the competition over the past eight years – and admittedly a few shockers too – and we can’t wait to get on the road to see what this year might bring.”

Entrants must be in full time education and have five to seven minutes of original material. Further details on how to enter the competition can be viewed on the Chortle website.