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Magners New Act 2015 Winner
Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 Finalist
‘A bright emerging star’ | BBC Comedy
‘… echoes of Sarah Millican and Jason Manford’ | Beyond the Joke
‘The one thing that made her stand out was the authenticity of the material’ | Chortle
Having only started performing stand up in 2015, powerhouse Sophie Willan is already drawing comparisons to Peter Kay and Sarah Millican. Her refreshing comic style has taken her to numerous competition finals including the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off and The Magners New Act, where she was crowned Winner.
Both brutally honest and darkly optimistic, Sophie’s stand up takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, which makes for a razor sharp and totally authentic comic voice. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.
Before stand-up Sophie built a reputation as an accomplished and fearless performer in theatre and cabaret. In 2014 she toured her one-woman play (The Novice Detective) to over 60 venues across the UK- including a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.
To top off a whirlwind 12 months, Sophie has also recently provided tour support for Luisa Omielan and headlined BBC Presents Stage at the Edinburgh Festival. She is now developing her own scripted project with BBC Comedy and was recently commissioned for funded development by The Lowry Theatre, Salford.