Female stand ups Ellie Taylor and Tiffany Stevenson win over the crowds in Liverpool on tonight's Show Me The Funny premiere show. Meanwhile Ignacio Lopez's macho man act fails to convince the audience as the 10 stand ups face their first gig of the series.
The contestants, who are competing for a £100,000 cash prize, their own headlining tour and DVD, tonight perform to a rowdy group of local Liverpudlian ladies.
New comic Ellie, who has been performing for only a year, is nervous as she sits backstage waiting for her name ot be called onto the stage. She tells the camera: “I’m feeling really nervous to be honest. I don’t know if I’m going to cry or vomit!”
But with the inside track on what women want to hear, both Ellie and Tiffany storm the stage and wow their audience with host Jason Manford observing from the sidelines: “They really like the lady comics here!”
Also gearing up to face a tough crowd on the first show is self-styled lothario, Ignacio Lopez. He confidently tells viewers before going on stage: “I’m Ignacio Lopez; I am the only half-Spanish, half-Welsh comedian on the UK circuit at the moment.
"When I do comedy I’m in character as this extremely confident and attractive Spanish man. It gets the laughs and I get the women after.”
But on stage, his charm offensive proves to be more offensive than charming: “Buenos Tardes ladies… most of you have already seen me naked I know. Some of you I haven’t slept with and I apologise, but we can rectify this, just turn to the woman on your left and ask her for my telephone number. Statistically speaking she will have it.”
As his gags are met with an awkward silence, the mood is set for the next act, Londoner Prince Abdi who will have to deliver if he is to lift the tone. But will his incessant attempts at a Scouse accent prove to be great or grating?
Tune into Show Me The Funny tonight at 9PM on ITV1 to see which comic becomes the first to get the boot from the show.