Cougar pounces to win joke contest

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Gloriously, uproariously, shockingly hilarious, the Funny Business comedians brought the house down at City Hall in Sheffield.

But only one stripped to a leopard print leotard and sang an absolutely fabulous celebration of being 50.

Jaqui Copley, managing director of Elite Swimwear, played a defiant and slightly deranged wannabe cougar in a 10-minute skit which climaxed in her hi-jacking a Miley Cirus anthem and turn it into a menopausal protest song.

That - and a little twerking - were enough to clinch her victory among seven highly professional businesspeople-turned-comedians in a charity stand-up show in Sheffield City Hall’s Memorial Hall.

Jaqui Copley said: “I still can’t believe I won! This is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done but I’m so glad I did it. My act aimed to make fun of what some women may go through in their 50s and I think it went down quite well!”

Arif Munir, Jill White, David Grey, Professor Graham Honeyman, Steve Coulson and Chf Supt Rachel Barber and Chf Insp Caroline Rollitt were all impressively funny.

The more so since they were all rookies 10 weeks ago who turned themselves into near expert performers with the help of professional funny man Alfie Moore, in addition to raising more than £1,000 each in sponsorship.

With tickets on top, Tina Harrison from the charity announced the night, organised with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, was well on target to raise £13,000.

n Tickets are now on sale for the Sheffield Business Awards, organised by The Star and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit: sheffieldbusinessawards.org.uk