Kearns joins Roald Dahl Funny Prize judging panel

Shelley Marsden

Fresh from his win at this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards as Best Newcomer, South London’s John Kearns joins a stellar panel of judges for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

John said: “A funny book did all sorts to me when I was little. They made me shriek with laughter, collapse into giggles or silently rattle on a library bean bag. I’d cling on to my favourites, showing friends as though they were maps studded with all sorts of treasure.

“When you discover something funny it’s incredibly intimate and personal. Your immediate reaction is to share it, to tell someone, anyone, quick! I’m extremely excited to get stuck in to this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize nominees, and the true test will be if I’m made to wobble and snort when reading on a train.”

The panel includes as ever children’s author Michael Rosen as Chair, joined this year by Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre and last year’s winner of the older age category, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years author Jamie Thompson.

Previous comedians to feature on the judging panel include Bill Bailey, Shappi Khorsandi and Dara O’Briain.

Together the panel will unite in their quest to find two splendiferous winners: for children aged 6 years and under, and children aged 7–14 years.

The announcement comes as the country celebrates Roald Dahl Day on Friday 13 September, as part of a month of Dahl celebrations.

Created by Michael Rosen in 2008 as part of his work as Children’s Laureate, The Roald Dahl Funny Prize honours those books that make young people, and all of us, laugh in stories, poetry and fiction.

See www.roalddahlday.com for further information.

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