FAQs (Frequently asked questions)

How much time do I need to commit to this?

There will be a one-to-one training session available to each participant (approx. 2 hours per session), then a try out show with the other contestants (but no public) which will be for approx. 3-4 hours (dependent on the size of the group). Then approximately 5-6 hours on the day (afternoon and evening) of the final show, with approx. 2-3 hours for prep pre-show and approx 3 hours for the show.

The one-to-one training sessions will be between you and a comedian, to develop your 5 minute comedy routine; this can be arranged at a time/place to suit you.

Do I already need to be funny?

It helps but we will provide training to help bring this side of you out!

When is the closing date for entry?


I’ve performed stand-up comedy before, is it okay for me to enter?

The Stand-up Challenge is exclusively for people with no or very minimal stand-up experience. We aim to keep the challenge fair and for it to be for participants who are new to experiencing preparing their own 5 minute stand-up comedy routine and performing it live on stage to a large audience (approx. 260 capacity audience). If you have already performed at a stand up comedy club you would not be able to enter the Stand Up Challenge. (If this is the case, you may find one of our other competitions or projects to be suitable, please visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk and see the details for Circuit Breakers, UK Pun Championships and Silver Stand Up).

How much is the participation fee and what is it for?

Please speak with Associate Events for further information.

When will tickets be available?

Tickets are available already and can be purchased here.

What is the date of the show?

The show will take place on Thursday 26th April 2018.

Why am I being asked to raise sponsorship money and what will that money be used for?

This event is in aid of Big Difference Company (registered charity 1135167), the charity behind Leicester Comedy Festival. We can provide you with more information about the work we do which supports the annual festival.

Big Difference Company uses comedy & humour to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and older people. The money will be used to support community projects targeted at improving their lives.

What support will I receive?

There will be a one-to-one training and mentoring session to help you write and rehearse your material, followed by a “try out” show/group workshop. On the afternoon/evening of the performance there will be support from your comedian mentor.


How long does my stand-up comedy routine need to be?

A maximum of 5 minutes.

What are the benefits of doing this?

To do something different, to take you out of your comfort zone, away from your daily job, and to raise money for a great cause!

How will I benefit from this?

It will help you with your presentation skills and how to deal with nerves.

What will happen on the show day?

You will arrive at the venue 2-3 hours before the doors open, to meet with your fellow participants. Your comedy mentor will be available for you to talk to and run through your act. You will have access to the stage to rehearse and experience what it will feel like. There will be a compere for the show who will introduce each act. There will be at least one interval and then after the final act the judges will decide upon a winner.

Is this a competition?

Yes; but a friendly one!

What will I win?

A physical award and an amazing buzz!

Who are the judges?

Yet to be confirmed.

What publicity will there be on the Stand Up Challenge website?

We will profile each contestant on our website, in the Wolverhampton 2018 tab.

Will the audience be over 18?

Not necessarily.

Do I need to write original material?

Absolutely, yes! We will help you with that when you meet with your comedian trainer/mentor.

Can I use props?

Yes, you can but you will need to provide them yourself. You should avoid using too much technical support (such as showing films or PowerPoint presentations).

Can I perform with a colleague/friend?

We would rather you perform on your own but if you want to perform as a double act, yes you can but you will be judged together.