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Drama student through to Student Comedy Awards semi-finals

Sam Gardner, a University of Kent student, has made it through to the semi-finals of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2010, after winning the Canterbury heat.

A record number of students entered this year's Comedy Awards, inspired by the success of previous winners. Finalists Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal are to star in Friday Night Dinner, on Channel 4, while previous winner Tom Deacon will soon be hosting his own Radio 1 show.

22-year-old Sam is currently studying Drama at the University's School of Arts. His course includes a module in stand-up, which is taught by stand-up comedian and academic Oliver Double.

Sam has performed over 50 gigs during his time at university and has set up a monthly comedy club night in the Parrot, Canterbury, which attracts established acts from London. The enterprising student is also establishing comedy clubs in both Chislehurst and Brighton.

Oliver Double, Senior Lecturer at the University's Drama and Theatre Studies Department, said: 'Sam is a very, very talented comedian. He's a strong performer, writes great material and, crucially, takes artistic risks. I'm delighted he won the heat. We've had students from the course get through to the Chortle final pretty much every year since it started, but none of them has actually won it - yet. I think Sam might just have what it takes to buck that trend and take the big prizes. Fingers crossed!'


Story published at 8:00am 19 March 2010

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