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Monday 17 July 2023

The Sean Lock Comedy Award - Announced by Channel 4

Channel 4 has announced The Sean Lock Comedy Award, a platform that will shine a spotlight on emerging writers and performers who embody the distinctive comedic spirit of Sean Lock and the channel itself.

The recipient of this prestigious award will be granted a remarkable opportunity to launch their career in TV comedy. They will receive £5,000 to support their live work, along with a script commission from Channel 4's esteemed comedy team. Additionally, they will have the privilege of shadowing writers on Channel 4's comedy entertainment shows and will be commissioned with £1,000 to write a script for Channel 4's digital strand. Furthermore, they will benefit from invaluable support and mentoring sessions with Channel 4's commissioning teams.

Sean Lock was an extraordinary talent who made an indelible mark on stand-up, entertainment, and scripted comedy. From his critically acclaimed sitcom "15 Storeys High" to his unforgettable appearances on "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown" and numerous sold-out stand-up tours, Sean always offered a fresh and singular perspective on life. He was respected by his peers and stood as a true individual in the comedy world. Sean embodied the essence of Channel 4—an alternative voice with meaningful and accessible insights, delivered in his own inimitable style.

As part of this award, Channel 4 has collaborated with several live comedy venues and promoters throughout the UK to nominate and shortlist a group of exceptional finalists. These talented individuals are rising stars in the comedy circuit, ready to take their next strides into the broader realm of writing and performing.

In celebration of the award, the following finalists have been invited to perform live at a special comedy event taking place this week:

Alex Bertulis-Fernandes
Mamoun Elagab
Kyrah Gray
Kuan-wen Huang
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd
Tadiwa Mahlunge
Mike Rice
Eric Rushton
Lorna Rose Treen
Anna Thomas
Lily Webb

The recipient of The Sean Lock Comedy Award will be announced in due course.

All the finalists will be given the opportunity to meet with a Channel 4 comedy commissioner for a mentoring session.

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