Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014

Have you ever had a moment where instead of thinking something over and then finding an excuse why you shouldn’t do it, you just thought, ‘COME ON, LET’S DO IT!’

Well after receiving an email in regards to entering the ‘Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014’ I did just that and signed up! Shit, was that a good idea?

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 16.26.38It asked for me to tick the days and times I could be at a certain place in London. At that point I realised that I would be having to get through the first round of this competition before I had even finished my beginners comedy course with Logan Murray!

“Run away Dan, run away, this is for the pros, this is not for me, I haven’t even done a single open mic gig and now I’m happily entering competitions!”

What if I win though? What if a scout sees some raw talent? What if I win and get a contract, a mega deal, a sell out crowd at the O2, even a medal? Or maybe, I need to stop dreaming and actually write some comedy?

The main aim of the Amused Moose Laugh Off is to:

Discover the comedy stars of tomorrow. To seek out “star quality” amongst emerging talent and provide opportunities for newish comedians to develop their comedy careers by gaining exposure and quality stage time. So a large number of entrants are helped to take their first step up the ladder to fame and fortune, following Jimmy Carr, Greg Davies, Nina Conti, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican, Josh Widdicombe, Andi Osho, Simon Amstell, Rhod Gilbert, Alex Zane, Mark Watson, Matthew Horne (in Matt & Mackinnon), Alex Horne, and many more, not necessarily primarily as stand-ups but also as presenters, hosts, comedy actors, and writers.

The winner receives £1500, Importantly all the finalists will be considered for a dvd option by 2entertain, BBCWorldwide’s dvd label. But principally the big benefit is having significant exposure early on and getting noticed. To that end, many talent scouts from the UK and around the world watch the heats and quarterfinals, semi-finals at Amused Moose Soho and Final at the Fringe, followed by showcases in Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre.

Conditions of entry include that you do not have a dvd-type deal or support of any kind, nor have reached an Amused Moose Final previously. 

Right, so my first aim is to get through the qualifying round. It’s just 60-90 sec of my most gag-packed, funniest material. Crumbs, I don’t actually have any material, let alone my best!

Once I’m through the qualifying rounds it’s onto the heats, then quarterfinals, semifinals (all in London) and the finals which will take place at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh on the 3rd Aug!

So see you on the 3rd Aug then!


Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.


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