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Ex-undertaker in comedy show final

A former undertaker will battle it out with two other hopefuls as the trio of finalists for ITV1's Show Me The Funny has been decided.

Dan Mitchell - who gave up work in the funeral business to pursue a comic career - will take on warm-up man Patrick Monahan and comedienne Tiffany Stevenson in the show which aims to propel one up-and-coming stand-up to fame and fortune.

They will battle it out in a live final later this week in the hope of winning £100,000, a DVD deal and a headline nationwide tour, starting next month.

They secured their places as former model Ellie Taylor and ex-circus performer Stuart Goldsmith both bowed out from Monday night's semi-final.

Thursday's live final, hosted by Jason Manford, will see each comedian deliver a set of new stand-up material at London's Hammersmith Apollo to an audience of 3,000 punters and judges Alan Davies and comedy critic Kate Copstick.

They will also be joined by guest judges and mentors from previous episodes Bob Mortimer, Ross Noble and Johnny Vegas - but the winner will be selected by the viewers at home in the first public vote of the series.

Show Me The Funny on ITV1 started six weeks ago with the hope of discovering the next big thing in comedy. The reality series started out with 10 hopeful stand-ups fighting to stay in the game, with one unlucky stand-up leaving each week.

Jason said: "The live final is upon us, and playing to a crowd of 3,000 people is hard work, for any comedian. But I know these finalists will rise to the challenge and all the weeks of gigging will have finally paid off. They're here because they deserve to be here, so they need to just go out and enjoy themselves."

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