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Shalaka Kurup crowned best Roast Battle competitor in the UK!

Comedy in Your Eye pupil, Shalaka Kurup was judged as the best roaster as she wins the Roast Battle UK 2023 tournament!

Shalaka Kurup took home the title at the yearly Roast Battle UK tournament at the home of Roast Battles, The Bill Murray in Angel, London.

Best Roast Battle Tournament UK Logo

A comedy roast battle is a type of comedy show in which two comedians take turns insulting or "roasting" each other in front of an audience.

Anything goes and the goal is to both destroy your competitor and make the audience laugh in equal measure, as you try and impress the Roast Battle judges.

Roast battles are incredibly funny but certainly not for the faint hearted as they can be incredibly offensive!

This unique form of comedy has been around for centuries, but it became popular in the United States in the 1950s.

The first major roast was held in 1952, and it was hosted by comedian Dean Martin. Since then, there have been many famous roasts, including roasts of celebrities such as Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, and Joan Rivers.

Roast battles hit prominence in the UK with a series on Comedy Central, judged by Jimmy Carr, Kathryn Ryan, Russell Brand, Jonathan Ross as well as host of guest judges.

See above Ed Night, who you may have seen a few times down the Eye, battling against his pal Huge Davies.

As well as the TV show, every Friday sees Angel Comedy host up to five cut-throat but incredibly entertaining roast battles and around this time, every year, we'll see the best of the best compete to be crowned the champion in the annual Roast Battle tournament.

Roast Battle Tournament UK Best Final Draw

This year it was Shalaka's turn to win as she saw off 11 other competitors including Comedy in Your Eye pupils, Lee Hudson, Sam Picone, Steph Aritone, Hugh Peacocke and Charlie Joyce.

The final saw her up against Steph Aritone and Duffy Connors in a blistering final that saw Shalaka add to a successful 12 months where she has also been crowned West End New Act of the Year, selected as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve, finished second and third place in the Komedia New Comedy Award and the Leicester Mercury Comedian New Year. respectively.

Best Roast Battle Tournament UK Trophy

Catch these stars Roast battling performers every Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Best Comedy Night in London - Comedy in Your Eye!

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