A WIGAN comedian has landed a professional contract after just months plying his trade as an amateur.
Funnyman Carl Lawrence has accepted a deal from top comedy club chain Jongleurs, known for helping propel the careers of acts such as Catherine Tate, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop, Michael McIntyre and Jack Whitehall.
Carl, 28, was a finalist in the comedy firm’s Comic Idol contest earlier this year but wasn’t picked by the judges as the overall winner.
However, Jongleurs were determined to get him on their books and have now offered him a deal which will see them represent him.
It means he will have the chance to support some of the country’s top acts as well as be the star attraction at his own shows across the country. Not bad for someone who picked up the mic for the first time less than six months ago!
Carl, a milkman by trade, has revealed his delight at being given the opportunity to pursue stand-up comedy as a career.
He said: “It’s amazing, I’m absolutely over the moon.
“When I entered Comic Idol, it went really well so to now have the opportunity to work with the Jongleurs team is absolutely huge.
“I love stand-up comedy and I’ve been working really hard since I started.
“The Jongleurs reputation speaks for itself so to have the chance to progress with them is something that doesn’t come along very often.
“They work with some amazing stars; the likes of Jimmy and Alan Carr, Eddie Izzard – the list of names which is on their website is incredible.
“So to see my name now up there alongside them, it really is something special to me.”
Carl lives with his family in Sinclair Place, Worsley Hall, and was given his break earlier this year when he starred at the Laughs on the Lane comedy night at the Bellingham Hotel on Wigan Lane.
He’s gone on to perform many gigs across the UK and with him now working with Jongleurs, it will give him the opportunity to do so much more often.
Wiganers will have the chance to see Carl perform in his home town next month when he takes to the stage at Newtown Working Mens club. And before he starts with Jongleurs, he has offered a few words of thanks to all who have given him a chance.
He added: “I’ve had a great six months or so, so I really want to thank people who have helped me and asked me to do my routine.
“Particularly Jimmy O’Neill who gave me my first gig at the Bellingham.
“I can’t wait for the gig in Newtown in August – it’s going to be top drawer.
“We have some first class acts on with Nina Smith, Chris McIlroy, Dan Jolley and Craig Bennett.”
Tickets for the event are priced at £5 and are available from Newtown Working Men’s club or by calling Carl on 07956320148.