Stephen Trumble (Amused Moose National New Comic award 2018 finalist)

Stephen Trumble found himself in a hole and dug himself into a career in stand up comedy. He originally studied as a filmmaker in Bournemouth, later finding work as a storyboard artist in London. In 2015, after a breakup, Stephen found himself suffering from depression. It was during the following two years nosing-up on CBT and antidepressants that he finally found the nerve to get up on stage and try stand up, a dream he'd secretly harboured since university. He spent a whole year writing and haunting the back of comedy rooms before he was brave enough to jump on an open-mic.

Stephen's third ever gig was an open-mic in Greenwich Village whilst celebrating his 30th birthday in New York. Performing in a basement in the early evening to merely a handful of other comics, this solidified his love for stand up in the city that birthed so many of his comedy heroes. His fifth gig was at the London Comedy Store King Gong show where we went on first and miraculously lasted three minutes before losing the crowd with a John Stuart Mill joke. Since then Stephen has become a well-known face on the London open-mic circuit.

In 2017 he became a semi-finalist at the Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year, then in 2018 he has beaten 160 hopefuls to become the winner of the Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize, and is a finalist in the Amused Moose National New Comic Award. 

Channelling the cathartic, high-energy, confessional style of his favourite comics, Stephen has found his groove in speaking in an open, positive, demystifying way about his own depression. Self-deprecating without being miserablist, shouty but always with a smile, in his words; "not clean, but not mean". He has performed comedy in London, Brighton, Oxford, Edinburgh and New York. He performed in his first Edinburgh Fringe show last year, as part of split-show 'On The Edge'. The show regularly performed to large or packed-out audiences and glowing response. This year he returns to the Fringe with a half-hour split show 'Hoo-Ha!' with Max Turner and Funny Women finalist Lily Phillips.