On Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 10 brave members of the Leicester & Leicestershire business community took to the stage and performed their first ever 5 minutes of stand-up comedy to a sell-out crowd at Leicester Racecourse – all in aid of charity. The event was sponsored by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University and was in association with Leicester Mercury.
The show was hosted by Jarred Christmas (“one of the funniest men to pick up a mic” Time Out) and all proceeds from the night went towards supporting local charity Big Difference Company (registered charity 1135167).
The overall winner on the night was Professor Kevin Schurer and the runners up were Carl Mifflin and Jeanne Rae.
Here is the full line up of contestants who took part in the Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2016 were:
"When Geoff suggested that I volunteer for the Challenge, frankly I was incredibly nervous. But then I thought "what the heck (or some other unprintable word), let's go for it". And so I am. I must be mad. I have no idea how I'm going to get through this, but I'm sure I will. And it's all in an excellent cause."
“I always like a challenge, particularly when it is for a good cause, and I am not sure that there are many more challenging things than stand-up, particularly in front of an audience of demanding Leicester business professionals! I attended the event last year and all the contestants were amazing, so there should be no shortage of people to go to for advice for this year.”
“Surely this can’t really be too different from lecturing – both share about equal probability of being incomprehensible, enlightening and entertaining”
“Doing stand up has always interested me, but I've been far to scared to do anything about it. Sometimes in life you have to step outside your comfort zone and my goodness, will this be outside my comfort zone!! Of course; there is also the potential novelty of people laughing *with* me rather than just *at* me to look forward too... maybe!”
“Due to being far too unfit to run a marathon (or even a half-marathon), afraid of heights (which rules out bungee jumping and abseiling) and going too grey to spend November growing a poor excuse for a moustache, I have succumbed to peer pressure following last year's Stand Up Challenge and agreed to subject myself to potential ridicule by attempting to be funny for 5 minutes. Terrifying!”
“I've always fancied myself as a bit of a funnyman and, once in a while, I even make people laugh! I've spent enough time watching comedians at shows and on the TV and there's never going to be a better opportunity than this to give it a go for myself. I mean, how hard can it really be?!!”
“It's payback time. I'd like to do something to really embarrass my children and prove those friends right who said I would never amount to anything. And I'd like to do it all whilst I still have my own teeth and can (sometimes) remember what I went downstairs for. Oh, and Big Difference does make a difference so they can keep the cash!!”
"Firstly it is for charity so that’s self explanatory! I’ve always fancied having a go at standup. As I do think I’m very funny and some comedians make a living currently and are rubbish, it cant be that hard?"
"I decided to sign up as I fancied the challenge, and pretty much dared my husband to join me: I expect he'll wipe the floor with me! It will be fun to learn how to add some good clean humour into my lectures too. I'm extremely nervous, naturally, but I'm also really excited by the prospect of....well....tumbleweed rolling across the stage behind me...."
"Well I turned 40 this year and wanted to celebrate with a string of challenges... It seems like a good idea so let's do this. Mirth almost certainly guaranteed, but fear and trepidation are the flavours of the month right now. The mic beckons..."
If you would like to enter the Stand Up Challenge or would like any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org