With Summer upon us, it is that time of the year when one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the UK Bingo Calendar rears its beautiful bingo-calling head again. It is the Dabbers Social Bingo's Next Top Bingo Caller final, and what a final it promises to be!
Dabber’s Social Bingo, London’s best-loved alternative bingo hall, supported by Malibu, has been on the hunt for its 2023 ‘Next Top Bingo Caller’. After a highly entertaining journey through a bingo-based battle, four fearless contestants won the heart of their audiences, and jury alike.
Now the contestants have been whittled down from 20 to a final four, with the final taking place on the 2nd of July at Dabbers Bingo, Houndsditch (5 mins walk from Aldgate station). The winner, as well as enjoying the kudos of being Dabbers Social Bingo's Next Top Bingo Caller of the Year 2023,
will win £1000 courtesy of sponsors: Malibu, Plus a 12-month contract with Dabbers Social Bingo and luxurious hotel stay, as he/she/they will get the opportunity to reinvent, transform and revamp the sought-after and glorious position of Bingo Caller.
The runner-up will also be treated to a year-long supply of Malibu!
Hosted by BBC New Comedy Award finalist, Sikisa Bostwick, the exciting finalist judging panel will be made up of entertainment industry professionals, including:
Kate Daughton, Ex-Head of Comedy at the BBC and Co-Founder of Boffola Pictures; Miles Baron, Chief Executive of Bingo Association; and Hannah Bitch-Cough-Ski Rhiannon Wilkins, Comedian and winner of BBC's The Traitors 2023.
Meet The Finalists
Top left to right: Amy Webber & Mathew Ali
Bottom left to right: Ric O’Brac & Siobhan
Award-winning triple threat comedian as heard on BBC Radio 4. Singer, songwriter, and performer all rolled into one. Equipped with her mini electric piano and an opera degree that’s never been helpful, she’s been entertaining crowds since being a kid in Japan. Whether she's teaching singing or writing educational songs, she's always pushing the boundaries of what's possible.
A stand-up comedian from Archway, North London, known for his sassy storytelling and killer dance moves (yes, even a split). He’s ready to bring his pearly whites, infectious energy and oversharing tendencies to the final.
Ric O’ Brac
Otherwise known as Richard Woolford, the funny mind behind BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and BBC's Have I Got News For You. With a knack for comedy writing and a talent for stand-up, Woolford has won awards like Chortles Best Sketch and Leicester Comedy Festival Best Sketch. He's got so many comedy strings to his bow; you won't know what’s hit you at the final.
South East Londoner Siobhan is a musical force to be reckoned with, thanks to her childhood surrounded by art. Her creative flair has led to some epic collaborations with incredible artists. She’s bringing her character comedy act as a rapper with garage swag and a pop heart to the bingo hall! When she's not slaying the music scene, she's busy being a superhero for children, helping them expand and strengthen their development.
Audiences are invited to come down to enjoy the final and get a chance to cheer along as the lucky winner is announced on July 2nd. With some raucous laughter guaranteed, Dabbers continues its long-held relationship with comedy. There have been comic bingo callers at the centre of the Dabbers bingo experience. Their regular nights have a plethora of comedy names, including Aurie Styla, Marcel Lucont, Olaf Falafel, Tony Law, Tom Houghton, Eleanor Conway, and more.
Date: Sunday 2nd July
Location: 18-22 Houndsditch, London EC3 7DB
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