Ex-Harrogate Comedian of the Year’s BBC success

Peter Brush.

Peter Brush.

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By Graham Chalmers

As befits the comedy capital of the north, an up-coming comedian with links to Harrogate was featured in the grand final of this week’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2013.

Bespectacled, scruffy-haired Peter Brush, who won the first-ever Harrogate Comedian of the Year award at Harrogate Theatre last year, was one of six comics battling it out at The Comedy Store in London on Monday night.

In a contest hosted by Patrick Kielty, Brush narrowly lost out to Manchester -based comic Steve Bugeja.

Currently in demand by the big London management companies, Peter’s enigmatic, off-the-wall humour, has been described as being in the vein of Woody Allen.

In reaching the final, Brush follows in the footsteps of previous finalists who include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard and Rhod Gilbert.

Leeds-based Peter said: “Comedy is very difficult in terms of progressing, it is quite competitive and if you have any title or accolade it is something that may help you stick out.”

The head judges for the competition were executive producer for BBC Radio Comedy, Alison Vernon Smith, and Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle, though the grand final saw the decision rest in the hands of radio listeners of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra.

Follow Peter at twitter.com/peter_brush