THE list of past finalists is impressive, indeed.
Peter Kay, Alan Carr, John Bishop, Lee Mack, Rhod Gilbert, a couple of the Russell’s...
“It goes on,” says Glenn Moore. “It’s basically the holy grail of comedy. Almost everyone who has ever got to this final now has their own Wikipedia page.”
He thinks for a second.
“That’s pretty much the sign you’ve made it these days, isn’t it?”
Expect to see a Wikipedia page dedicated to Glenn Moore one day soon.
The comedian, of Harcourt Road, Crookesmoor, has been making something of a name for himself since first taking up the mic barely a year ago – and he’s now reached the final of Edinburgh Festival’s super-prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition.
Previous finalists read like a who’s who of the best of British comedy – and Jason Manford too.
The annual contest – held since 1988 and once won by the Peak District’s Rob Rouse – pits hundreds of new comics against each other in dozens of heats across the country.
The winners then perform at a series of semi-finals held at the Edinburgh Festival. From there, nine are picked for the final.
This year it will be held at the 400-capacity Gilded Balloon on Thursday.
“I can’t really take it in yet,” says Glenn, who is originally from Croydon but moved here to study at Sheffield University. “I know great comedians who have on their CV that they got to the semi-final. Just doing that is an achievement so I’m delighted.”
Anyone who’s seen him at his Sheffield shows will perhaps not be altogether surprised.
Appearing both affable and slightly perplexed, he mixes stinging wit and one-liners with old-fashioned charm.
“I’m never offensive,” says the 23-year-old. “That’s not me. I wouldn’t be like that in person so I’m not on stage. Cheeky is as far as I go.”
He got into comedy by accident.
His friend was organising a show for Sheffield University’s annual comedy festival and a performer dropped out at the last minute.
Glenn was asked to stand in and, after spending a couple of hours putting some lines together, he reluctantly climbed on stage.
“It was terrifying but it was intriguing too,” he says.
Some time later, on the spur of the moment, he performed at an open mic, and decided he might pursue it seriously.
“People say comedians have this incessant need to be the centre of attention,” he says. “I think, with me, in a subconscious way, that’s true.”
The only slight issue now?
Fitting the growing demands around his day job as a journalist with Radio Hallam.
“Getting time off is difficult,” he says.
“For this final, I’ll have to travel to Edinburgh on the day and then get a train back at 5am the next morning. It’s a bit annoying – especially because there’s a free bar at the after party.”
Still, as problems go, it’s a nice one to have.
That’s Glenn Moore. You read about him here first – you’ll read about him on Wikipedia soon.