Beat The Frog World Series 2022 line-up

Tuesday 1st November 2022, 10:00am


Manchester's Frog and Bucket comedy club has revealed the line-up for its 2022 stand-up final.

The 10 acts to make it through the five heat stages are as follows, accompanied by biographies supplied by the club:

Dane Buckley

Dane Buckley

The world's only left-handed, Irish, Indian, gay comedian who grew up on a council estate in Harrow.

James Ellis

James Ellis

A veteran of the comedy final all the way from Crawley who has worries about his weight.

Katie Gill-Williams

Katie Gill-Williams

Tales from her journey from her upbringing in Widnes to living the dream on the north Wales coast.

Bennet Kavanagh

Bennet Kavanagh

Comedian, writer and musician with an impressive keyboard.

Molly McGuinness

Molly McGuinness

Manchester's own, sharply sardonic and a BBC New Comedy Award finalist.

Sergi Polo

Sergi Polo

All the way from Barcelona and as far away from his family as he can get.

Faizan Shah

Faizan Shah

Also a Manchester local, his is a cerebral take on the world and of growing up in an immigrant household.

Rich Spalding

Rich Spalding

Describes himself as 'a polite man with glasses from the Midlands... unremarkable in just about every unconceivable way' aside from being bloody funny that is.

Viggo Venn

Viggo Venn
Norwegian clown with an impressive line in party tricks and silly noises.

Amy Webber

Amy Webber

A versatile musical comedian employing irony and sarcasm as well as her phenomenal singing voice.


The final will take place on Monday 7th November at the club.

Beat the Frog, which takes place on Monday nights at the club, sees the audience given the choice whether the acts stay on stage to deliver their full five minutes of material or are 'croaked' off before their time. Three audience members are given cards and a line up of nervous, new acts take to the stage to try and impress. A winner is chosen via a clap off from all those that survive the full five minutes. The winners throughout the year make up the acts going on to the World Series heats.

Last year's competition saw skilled "Glaswegian gagster" Liam Farrelly win, with Jenny Hart named runner-up and a special panel prize going to Indian comic Ashish Suri.

Previous winners of the World Series competition include Brennan Reece, Rob Mulholland, Carl Hutchinson and Dan Tiernan.

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