Danny Garnell wins 'So You Think You're Funny?' 2018

Thursday 23rd August 2018, 11:40pm

Danny Garnell has won So You Think You’re Funny?, the long-running new act competition at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Danny was presented with the £2500 cash prize by Rhod Gilbert.

So You Think You're Funny? 2018. Image shows from L to R: Rhod Gilbert, Danny Garnell. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.

Garnell also wins a trip to perform at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival 2019, a run as part of Gilded Balloon’s 2019 Fringe programme, a complimentary professional headshot photoshoot by Steve Ullathorne, complimentary filmed copy and professional photographs of the winner’s spot from the Grand Final to use in his showreel, alongside mentorship and support from venue boss Karen Koren and the So You Think You’re Funny? team.

Liam Farrelly was runner-up with Bec Melrose and Joe Hobbs coming in as joint second runners-up.

The final, which took place at the Gilded Balloon venue in Edinburgh, was hosted by 2004 finalist Zoe Lyons.

So You Think You're Funny? 2018. Image shows from L to R: Liam Farrelly, Rhod Gilbert, Danny Garnell, Joe Hobbs, Zoe Lyons, Bec Melrose. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.

The show also featured the acts Chelsea Birkby, Natalie Loh, Martin Durchov, Patrick Healy and Shane Clifford, who also made it through to the last round following heats around the country.

This was the 31st year of the So You Think You’re Funny? competition. Ivo Graham, Tom Allen, Miles Jupp, Rob Rouse, Peter Kay, Dylan Moran and Rhona Cameron are amongst the previous winners. Maisie Adam, who won a couple of years ago, is now nominated in this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

The 2018 judging panel comprised of Artistic Directors of the Gilded Balloon, Karen & Katy Koren; Director of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Susan Provan; Beyond the Joke’s Bruce Dessau; Sunday Times Culture Editor Helen Hawkins; and former SYTYF? finalist Rhod Gilbert.

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