291 Talent Quest is the brainchild of DJ Elayne Smith
DJ Elayne Smith’s Talent Search merged with Charlie Hanson’s Variety Show idea which then became 291 Club.
The official 291 Club TV Show Credits from BFI Screen Online
A range of diverse acts, including singers, dancers and musicians come on stage every week and try their luck in front of a merciless audience. Eschewing any notion of polite applause, any act which fails to entertain the crowd is soon booed off and given "early retirement." This involves the dreaded spectre of the Sandman, a six foot dread not averse to brandishing a mock-threatening foam baseball bat, coming on stage, stopping the contestants mid-song and dragging them off for a proverbial early bath.
The acts which do manage to finish their performances are then brought out at the end as the winner is chosen from whoever garners the loudest and longest applause from the audience. The hopefuls are bookended by two acts, the first often a seasoned stand up comic who helps get everyone in the mood, and the night's festivities end with a song from an established music act.
Ali Jaafar - BFI Screen Online
291 Club Judges
BBC Radio 3
Maria Kempinska MBE
Founder of Jongleurs Comedy Clubs
Drive Time Radio Presenter
Leroy Logan MBE
Chaaawaaa Radio Station
Kennedy President Mensah
Back To The Future Publishing
Joke Club Comedy Clubs
The Beat Radio Station
Chair Mary Seacole
Partner Moore Blatch Solicitors
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