The Best Open Mic Comedy Night in the North West
History of Beat the Frog
Beat the Frog is our legendary amateur comedy night, taking place each and every Monday. There have been a few name changes over the years including ‘Raw’ and ‘Best of British’. We introduced the current format of the Beat the Frog as we know it back in 2003. Over the years some of comedy’s biggest names Peter Kay, John Bishop. Johnny Vegas to name a few, all tried their luck and never looked back.
How does it work?
The audience decides who stays and who goes. An established compere introduces up to 10 acts who are competing to last 5 minutes on stage without being carded off by the 3 chosen card holders in the audience. If they last the full 5 minutes – they have “BEAT THE FROG”. At the end of the show we invite all the acts who are successful back on stage for a clap off to award the night’s winner. Then, we put one winner from each week forward to heats in October. This results in an annual final known as the ‘World Series’, where we crown one overall winner for the year.
As of 2015 we now have 3 prizes up for grabs. The Main Prize (made up from audience votes), A Panel Prize (made up from respected industry voters) & Runner Up. Each with its own unique trophy.
The World Series finalist wins a paid position on one of our lineups, plus a cash prize and substantial press coverage. Furthermore, we give other acts who beat the frog the opportunity to return to open another show with an 8 minute spot. We monitor these 8 spots closely for progression to a Thursday middle spot of 10 minutes. We also send feedback to national comedy talent agencies and bookers for other clubs.