A comedian from Preston is hoping his hometown fans will give him the boost he needs to win at a prestigious competition.
Lewis Whiteside, 25, from Ribbleton, Preston, is a regular on the local comedy scene and, after reaching the top spot in the semi finals of Manchester’s Frog and Bucket ‘Beat the Frog’ night, Lewis has secured a place at the series grand final on Monday. He said: “I’m excited for the final but I’m up against eight other acts and will need a lot of support as the audience votes for the winner.
“During the semi-finals the audience cheer to show who they want as the winner but for the finals, they’re given voting slips – there’s a bit more pressure with that one.
He added: “I have a bus going from Preston to Manchester so hopefully I can take a decent enough following.”
Lewis, who took up comedy around five years ago, is no stranger to the spotlight and regularly performs, and wins, at open mic nights in the city and across the North West.
Back in March he won ‘King Gong’ at Manchester comedy store and now performs there on a regular basis.
And Lewis won the first ever ‘Survive the 5’ night at the Blitz nightclub on Great Shaw Street, Preston, winning a paid gig at one of Jason Manford’s comedy nights.
Lewis said: “During the act I mix my own imagination with real issues but I mostly talk about nature, society, government, drugs and music.
“I try to give people a break from life for 10mins and take them on an adventure into a weird and wonderful realm of endless possibilities.”
Lewis compares his act to comedy greats like Bill Hicks and said being compared to the legend Richard Pryor was “the greatest compliment I have ever received.”
Lewis said: “I’m just honoured to be compared to someone like that.”
Tickets for the event, compered by fellow Preston comedian, Dan Nightingale, are still available to buy, priced £3.
l Visit www.frogandbucket.com/manchester for more details.