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Sketch for Sammy Returns

Four budding comedy sketch writers are about to get the chance to have their work performed by a leading North East comedy group with the funniest being shown in a very special show in February in front of around 10,000 people.

For the third year running, Sunday for Sammy and the Laffalang Gang are proud to present the final of A Sketch for Sammy, a competition for new comedy writers.  

Organiser, Ed Waugh, one of the Sunday for Sammy comedy writers and writer of Dirty Dusting, Hadaway Harry and Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, will host the comedy finals at The Stand Comedy Club on Sunday 1st October at 1pm.

The four short-listed writers, Mike Nicholson, Stephen Blakeney, Thomas McDonald and last year’s winner Kevin Wilkinson have all benefited from mentoring sessions with Ed Waugh to help them polish the scripts.  The final will see their sketches performed by a professional cast to an enthusiastic and supportive audience.    

A panel of celebrity judges will choose the winning sketch and the successful writer will then be presented with the 2017 Phil Richardson Comedy Award by Phil’s mother Pat.  Tickets for the final are free and can be obtained by contacting  

The winning sketch will be considered for inclusion in the forthcoming Sunday for Sammy show at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on 18th Feb 2018.

As well as the four finalists work, an abundance of comedy talent will be evident with the Laffalang Gang, classic entertainment from Maxie and Mitch and Peter Peverley will perform his famous Bobby Thompson routine. Compere for the afternoon will be Steffen Peddie.

Sunday for Sammy Trustee Jason Cook said, “One of the most difficult challenges for a novice comedy writer is getting your work performed.  A Sketch for Sammy gives the opportunity for new writers to see their work brought to life by an experienced cast in front of an enthusiastic audience.  This can be truly inspirational and also a right laugh.”

Sunday for Sammy Show producer Ray Laidlaw said, ‘A Sketch for Sammy is another innovative creative project supported by the Sunday for Sammy Trust.  This is only made possible by the fantastic support of the people of the North East who pack out our shows and buy our DVD’s.’

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