No joke! Funny girl Amanda aims for top

Morpeth comic, poet and writer Amanda Baker.
Morpeth comic, poet and writer Amanda Baker.

A MORPETH comedian has won through to the finals of a top national stand-up competition.

Amanda Baker has been selected for the Funny’s Funny Stand-Up Comedy Finals following months of heats across the country.

The big event to find the funniest, most original female comedian takes place tomorrow, but judges only chose the line-up last week after they had seen all the entrants.

Ms Baker has been performing at various venues since November 2009, taking in variety nights, performance poetry evenings, charity gigs, music nights and festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and 2011.

She did her first official comedy club gig in February at the Laughing Lasses club in Newcastle and has since performed at more comedy venues, including the Theatre Royal in Stratford, London.

After the Newcastle competition heat, she said: “I was nervous and a bit rusty, having been off-circuit for a few months finishing some other writing, but it’s great to be back doing this. I’m really looking forward to the finals in London. It’s going to be fun whatever happens.”

Ms Baker also writes serious poetry, novels and children’s books, and she was a finalist in a national BBC sitcom writing competition, which boasted 4,500 entries. She had to spend five days in London with seven other writers focusing on TV comedy, despite having not owned a television since 1999.

The award finals will take place at The Empire Casino in Leicester Square, London.