Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award

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The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award was a competition for comedians that ran from 1994 to 2002 when it was discontinued due to sponsorship ceased. Despite its short lifespan, its winners and finalists include some of the UK's most notable comedy talent, including Noel Fielding, Jimmy Carr, Stephen Merchant, Frankie Boyle and Alex Zane. It attracted over 1,000 entrants each year.

Winners' prizes

The competition rewarded each year's winner with a lucrative reward that enabled most of them to emarge as professional stand-up comedians. The prize consisted of:

Competition rules

The competition was open to any performer over the age of 16, who had not performed a paid gig.

Heats and finals

The heats and semi-finals were held at comedy clubs located in universities across the UK. The finals were held in Edinburgh during the festival in August.

Winners and finalists

1996

  • Frankie Boyle (winner)
    • Noel Fielding (finalist)
    • Zeron Gibson (finalist)
    • Kat Nilson (finalist)
    • Kim Binstead (finalist)
    • Jimmy Frinton (finalist)
    • Phil Williams (semi-finalist)

1997

1998

  • Marc Haynes (winner)
    • Stephen Merchant (finalist)
    • Dan Antopolski (finalist)
    • Geoff Whiting (finalist)
    • Lee Canterbury (finalist)
    • Dougie Dunlop (finalist)
    • Hal Cruttenden (finalist)
    • Stephen Grant
    • Stephen Morrison (finalist)

1999

2000

2001

2002

  • Mark Watson (winner)
    • Hils Barker (finalist)
    • James-Bench Capon (finalist)
    • Gary Delaney (finalist)
    • Steve Hall (finalist)
    • Paul Kerensa (finalist)
    • Ria Lina (finalist)
    • Matthew Reed (finalist)
    • Stan Stanley (finalist)
    • Katie Walsh (finalist)

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