Sophie Willan

News: Sophie Willan Wins First Caroline Aherne Bursary

Bolton comedian Sophie Willan has been named as the first winner of the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary.

Willan beat hundreds of other comics to win the prize, which was launched last year in memory of Caroline Aherne, the popular comedy star and writer who died in 2016.


Edinburgh Fringe Review: Sophie Willan, Pleasance Courtyard

Sophie Willan has been out all night celebrating her nomination for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and her voice has become a husky squawk.
Branded is her follow up to last year’s On Record, based around the social worker reports written about her as a child in care.
This year Willan responds to the labels which are often placed on her, such as ‘northern’, ‘working class’ and ‘f

Review: Magners New Act Final, Greenwich Comedy Festival

Another week, another comedy competition. The Magners New Act 2015 was the last gig of this year’s Greenwich Comedy Festival and looks set to be another regular staging post for ambitious comedians. It also had the added of attraction of boasting a short line-up. There were only six finalists, chosen via both live heat and online poll, meaning that there was no chance for audience giggle fatigue to set in. 


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