David Nobbs Memorial Trust Comedy Writing Competition Announces judges

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The David Nobbs Memorial Trust, established in 2017 after the death of the beloved Reggie Perrin author, has announced the final round judges for the fifth annual new comedy writing competition.

This year three women from the comedy industry will be casting their eye over the scripts that make it to the top. Lucy Lumsden, owner of Yellow Door Productions and formerly head of comedy commissioning at both Sky and the BBC, Welsh actor, comedian, and author Katy Wix (Ghosts, Stath Lets Flats), and actor, writer and producer Barunka O’Shaughnessy (The Mighty Boosh) will choose the winner.

Lucy Lumsden says: “The David Nobbs Memorial Trust competition is a great stepping stone for the industry”.

Katy Wix said: “I can’t wait to pass judgement on the future of comedy!”

The competition offers a cash prize of £1000 and a runner up prize of £250 for up-and-coming comedy writers in order to help them to ‘buy time’ for writing. The winner will also get a valuable one-to-one consultation with an established comedy producer or commissioner from the Trust board.

The deadline for submitting entries has passed and readers from across the UK comedy industry are preparing the longlist ready to be announced this month. 

Full details of the competition can be found at the Trust website: www.DavidNobbsMemorialTrust.org.uk

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