The finalists for Manchester's annual new act final at the Frog And Bucket comedy club have been revealed. 10 acts will perform on Monay 6th November.
The finalists are as follows, with the descriptions provided by the club.
Qasim Akhtar - British Pakistani from Bury, likes to follow rivers from mouth to source on Google Maps.
Alex Bertulis-Fernandes - from London, 'dropped out of the Uni with no degree. Or self awareness.'
Adam Evans - originally from Brighton, reviews crisps on the internet.
Kevin Finn - Irish mammy, British dad, born in Canada - accent mixed!
Peter Jones - all the way from Australia, now based in London. 'I think I'm the first to do that...'
Rheanon Lee - 'using comedy to navigate womanhood; has double Ds - a disability and delusional aspirations'.
Daniel McCreanor - Northern Irish comedian and big Doctor Who fan.
Blank Peng - in her own words '404 not found'.
Al Stevenson - 'Part time marine biologist, full time Geordie with ADHD; messy but fun!'
Beat the Frog is a weekly, gong-style new act night, which grew out of The Frog's original amateur night. At the top of the show three audience members are supplied with red cards, while acts try to impress for a full five minutes. But if all three of those cards are held aloft the act is croaked off the stage. At the end a winner is selected from those who 'beat the frog'. All of those winners throughout the year are then put forward to compete in the World Series every autumn, which has now been running for 20 years. The finalists above were plucked from five heats across October.
This year's final will be compered by Brennan Reece, a former winner himself. The show will be live streamed via Next Up for those who can't make it to the club in person.