Comedian Amanda gets ready to stand up and be counted

Morpeth author, performer, poet and comedian Amanda Baker
Morpeth author, performer, poet and comedian Amanda Baker

A MORPETH comedian and performance poet is making her mark on the industry.

Amanda Baker, pictured left, is through to the quarter finals of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year (NATY) stand up comedy competition.

The news was her second pleasant surprise in a couple of months, as in November she found out that she was on the Bridport International Poetry Prize shortlist with her first poetry entry.

After being successful at a regional heat, she is now preparing to take part in the NATY quarter finals event at Green Park in London on February 24.

The comedy extravaganza will conclude with a big event in the capital in June.

The Kirkhill resident said: “This is all a bit weird for me as I only exist in the increasingly vacant real world.

“I don’t’ tweet, blog, go on Facebook or any of that stuff so I’m pretty much off radar, though a poetry pal did put a piece of mine on YouTube.

“On top of that I’ve been out of circulation trying to complete my third children’s book so everything that’s happening now has come as a surprise – but it’s great.”

As well as not owning a car or having internet access in her house, Ms Baker has not had a television for 11 years, despite being a finalist in the 2005 BBC National Talent sitcom writing competition.

She believes that her slightly eccentric lifestyle may explain why her performances are a bit different to the usual offerings.

She took her Random Ramblings comedy poetry show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and she also performed at the festival last year.

Ms Baker is currently promoting her full theatre show Snail Love, which will preview at the Everyman Theatre in Spennymoor, County Durham, on Saturday, April 28.