Comic Mary O’Connell named winner of OnlyFans Creative Fund
Mary O’Connell is the winner of the OnlyFans Creative Fund: Comedy Edition prize.
'BBC Presents: Stand Up for Live Comedy' star Mary - who is from Manor House, north London - beat nine other contestants and wowed judges Mae Martin, London Hughes and Jamali Maddix with a final stand-up set to take the accolade.
On being announced the winner, Mary - whose jokes offer a left field view of life - said: “It feels amazing. I don’t even have the words. I wanted it so bad. I’m so grateful.
“It really means a lot because I was distinguishing my voice. I was finding my voice. It’s something I’ve been working really hard on and have struggled with.
“For the judges to pick me – the fact that they said I had the most distinctive voice – is priceless. It means the absolute world. This whole thing has been mad."
On the show, comics Dom McGovern, of Twickenham, and Zoe Brownstone, a London based Canadian, were named runners-up and each received £25,000.
Over four serialised weekly shows, host Jack Guinness and comedian Sofie Hagen have guided 10 contestants in a number of knockout tasks on their journey to the grand finale.
Viewers have seen first-hand the highs and lows of trying to make it as a comedian, as the finalists were asked to create a viral comedy video, write for another contestant, and write a five-minute set on sex and relationships (which they later discover is for a group of pensioners enjoying a buffet lunch).
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In its third iteration since launching in 2021, OnlyFans’ Creative Fund has become a launchpad for up-and-coming talent in different creator categories.
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