Ever gone to a comedy club and been less than impressed with the acts? Thought you could do better? Well now there's a chance to prove yourself (or not) with the So You Think You're Funny? competition at this year's Edinburgh Festival, sponsored by Channel 4 and the Gilded Balloon. Established comedians are among the judges who decide if you're a dead- beat or next year's hot ticket. With cash prizes and past winners including Bruce Morton, Phil Kay and Rhona Cameron (above right), can you resist the challenge?

Heats begin in Edinburgh on 14 August, with the final on 27 August. For an application form ring 0131-226 6550.