'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

Candy Markham

'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

'Wacky' comedian in national stand-up final

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A “wacky” local teaching assistant has made it to the final of a national comedy competition.

Candy Markham, 24, of High View Road, South Woodford, is in with the chance of winning the New Acts of the Year Showcase (NATYS) and will face 14 other hopefuls in a competition previously won by acts such as Julian Clary and Paul Merton.

After graduating from stage school, Miss Markham decided to pursue her dream of becoming a stand-up comedian alongside her day job as a teaching assistant in a special needs school. 

She said: “Comedy is what I want to do eventually - that would be the dream. At stage school I wanted to do musical theatre but after I graduated I realised comedy was what I enjoyed the most.”

Speaking of her style of comedy, Miss Markham describes her act as “wacky and completely out there.”

She said: “I start my act by coming onstage in a vintage wedding dress which used to belong to my mother and putting it over people’s heads.

“My act is really out there and completely mad.”

Miss Markham claims she still gets nervous before competitions and in front of larger audiences.

She said: “I’m looking forward to the competition and am really not concentrating on winning at all.

“I measure my success on how much I don’t mess it up.”

The final will take place at Bloomsbury Theatre, London, on January 26.

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2:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

saladina says...

I saw this lady in lion den and I personally did not like the style of her comedian because most of joke is about her and shouting too much but few people laugh who I was with and it is hard to be amatuer and go up before the audience and not many people laugh at jokes. But this day who know maybe she could win. Even I find all the old comic morcombe and wise and 2 ronnys not funny anymore as long passed the sell by dates.
I saw this lady in lion den and I personally did not like the style of her comedian because most of joke is about her and shouting too much but few people laugh who I was with and it is hard to be amatuer and go up before the audience and not many people laugh at jokes. But this day who know maybe she could win. Even I find all the old comic morcombe and wise and 2 ronnys not funny anymore as long passed the sell by dates. saladina
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3:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

T. Watts says...

saladina wrote:
I saw this lady in lion den and I personally did not like the style of her comedian because most of joke is about her and shouting too much but few people laugh who I was with and it is hard to be amatuer and go up before the audience and not many people laugh at jokes. But this day who know maybe she could win. Even I find all the old comic morcombe and wise and 2 ronnys not funny anymore as long passed the sell by dates.
Ah Cornbeefur, you're back. Sure she's not a green toothed leftie on the Orford Road or a child dressed as a darlek?
[quote][p][bold]saladina[/bold] wrote: I saw this lady in lion den and I personally did not like the style of her comedian because most of joke is about her and shouting too much but few people laugh who I was with and it is hard to be amatuer and go up before the audience and not many people laugh at jokes. But this day who know maybe she could win. Even I find all the old comic morcombe and wise and 2 ronnys not funny anymore as long passed the sell by dates.[/p][/quote]Ah Cornbeefur, you're back. Sure she's not a green toothed leftie on the Orford Road or a child dressed as a darlek? T. Watts
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5:28pm Tue 7 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Cornbeefur's so long past his sell by dates he reeks of not funny anymore
Cornbeefur's so long past his sell by dates he reeks of not funny anymore stickmanny
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Compton Akers says...

We need new talent like this young lady to be the Allo Allo and Keeping up Appearances and Jack Dee of the future as alternative comedy.
We need new talent like this young lady to be the Allo Allo and Keeping up Appearances and Jack Dee of the future as alternative comedy. Compton Akers
  • Score: -2

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