Comedians get their big chance

UP-AND-COMING North East comedians could hit the big time in a new competition.

Costa Coffee is inviting entries to its Costa Light Comedy Challenge to celebrate the launch of a new lighter tasting coffee.

Budding stand-ups can submit a one-minute film of their act to be voted on by the public and after regional heats, judged by Paul Tonkinson, a final will be held at The Comedy Store in London next month.

The winner will get a prime 10-minute slot at the venue and in Manchester.

Entries should be submitted online at by Monday.