Crooked Smile comedy contest final at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel

Jared Shooter, candidate in Crooked Smile comedy award.
Jared Shooter, candidate in Crooked Smile comedy award.

Nine contenders will battle it out to be crowned the monarch of mirth.

The Crooked Smile contest hits the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on Thursday, September 17 where the town will be well represented by a third of the finalists.

The youngest hometown hopeful is Jared Shooter, who works in car insurance and lives in Wingerworth.

He was voted comedian of the year in Bradford, has supported some of the best acts on the circuit and is trying to focus on going professional over the next few years.

Of his act, Jared, 20, said: “It’s a mixture of short stories and jokes, mainly about growing up and how times have changed and awkward situations I find myself in.”

Barrie Fox was inspired to enter after performing at the White Swan in Chesterfield. He said: “I got some positive feedback from the other acts which made me decide to do the Crooked Smile award.”

He attended a comedy course run by competition founder Anthony J. Brown and thought the contest would be a good opportunity to focus those ideas and perform in a great venue.

John Seels,44, described his act is “silly, surreal and understated.”

He runs the comedy night at the White Swan.

The information analyst found out he could make people laugh during a selection week for Derbyshire Boys when he was 16.

As well as the chance to see nine acts battling it out for the honours, there will also be a set from headliner Andy Watson.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets Entry £12.50, £10.50 and £7.50 (student). Contact 01246 345222 or