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AS part of this year’s Tringe Festival comedy club Get Stuffed has sponsored 16 locals on an eight week comedian’s course which will culminate in their performance at the festival’s roving comedy night on Sunday, July 3.

Legend in comedy circles Logan Murray is taking the classes, ably assisted by local ex-comedian and creative writing specialist, Dave Smith.

Logan is the man responsible for coaching many of the greats - including Rhod Gilbert, Dominic Holland, Andi Osho and Greg Davies.

The course is covering numerous aspects of comedy craft, including delivery, performance, selection and writing of material, as well as helping the students develop a five minute set.

On July 3 a small judging panel will pick out the best new roving comics and they’ll also be asked to appear on the main Tringe stage at Arthur Smith’s Evening of Curios!

So just who are the wannabee stand-ups prepared to subject themselves to weekly sessions of ritual humiliation?

There’s Jack Dee fan Eddie Stopford from Leighton Buzzard, Aylesbury-based Steph Peart who loves Bill Bailey and Eddie Izzard, Dunstable’s Dan McGinty, a site engineer who’s also an Izzard fan, David Clements who lives in Aston Clinton and whose close family are hoping he doesn’t attract further media attention, Children’s nurse Jo Scott from Tring, Elliott Quince who lives in Luton and is a fan of Tim Vine and Micky Flanagan, Brian Murray who likes Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and Eddie Mair, Peter Purvis who’s only told his wife ... until now, Hemel’s Monty Onanuga who works in a bank, Anthony Palmer from Tring, Lee Cotton from Stoke Mandeville, Peter Walter, teacher Matt Hake from Hemel, Lee Bryant, Shaun McHugh and Matt Rogers from Chesham who’s started a blog on his training - read it at http://mattsimonrogers.blogspot.com.

With session one over what have they learnt so far?

They’ve listed as many funny names as possible - a challenge that’s harder than it sounds, received tips on showing enthusiasm, and completed exercises designed to make the participant more aware of the power in stage presence, body language and posture. And there have been some improvised games.

So far so good. But July 3 isn’t that far away. Will they all survive the night? Is a new award-winning comic about to be discovered?

The Tringe 2011, Tring’s second comedy festival, starts on Friday, July 1 and runs until Saturday, July 23.

This year’s line-up is even more fabulous than 2010 and also includes a host of children’s shows.

For further information and to book tickets go to www.get-stuffed.biz.

Tickets are also available from Fancy That by Prezzo on Tring High Street.