So You Think You're Funny? comedy competition crowns its 2019 winner

This article is from 2019

So You Think You're Funny? comedy competition crowns its 2019 winner

From left to right: Shane Daniel Byrne, Charlie George, guest judge Jenny Éclair and Finlay Christie

Finlay Christie takes home the prestigious Gilded Balloon award

After a series of competitive nationwide heats, 19-year-old student Finlay Christie has come out on top and been named the winner of the 32nd edition of So You Think You're Funny?, the premier comedy talent search show in the UK.

Founded by Karen Koren in 1988, many household comedy names had their start through the competition, including Ivo Graham, Tom Allen, Miles Jupp and Peter Kay. Coors Light and The List supported this year's search, with the grand final compered by the 2004 finalist Zoe Lyons. The panel of judges was comprised of Karen and Katy Koren (Artistic Directors of the Gilded Balloon), Susan Provan (Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Bruce Dessau (Beyond the Joke), Helen Hawkins (The Sunday Times Culture Editor) and special guest Jenny Éclair.

Finlay Christie took home a grand prize of £2500 in cash, the opportunity to perform at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival 2020, a slot in Gilded Balloon's programme for the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe, a professional headshot photoshoot by Steve Ullathorne, professional footage of his grand final performance and mentorship and support from Karen Koren and the So You Think You're Funny? team.

First runner-up Shane Daniel Byrne was awarded a prize of £1500, with Charlie George pocketing £1000 as second runner-up. Claire Haus, Denis Len, Erika Ehler, Fady Kassab, Kate Bancroft and Kate McGann rounded up the talented group of grand finalists.