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  • Class UK Class (Year 5) from Balfour Primary School in Brighton has been shortlisted in a nationwide search to crown Britain’s Funniest Class of 2024
  • A record-breaking number of entries were submitted by schools across the country
  • This year, the children who have penned original jokes have the chance to be immortalised in a Bash Street Kids comic strip
  • For the first time ever, Beano will also be crowning Britain’s Funniest Teacher
  • Beano’s panel of jokers selected the Top 10 jokes and the winning class will be decided by the public with an online vote at Beano.com/vote

Balfour Primary School in Brighton have been revealed as one of the funniest schools in the country. Class UK Class (Year 5) has been shortlisted as one of the ten finalists in Beano’s hunt for Britain’s Funniest Class 2024.

 With a record-breaking number of schools entering, since the competition launched five years ago, this year is shaping up to be the biggest Britain’s Funniest Class’s contest to date.

“What does Calamity James say when a large musical instrument falls on him? Pia-NO!!!” was specially chosen by Beano’s best gagmakers and is now being put to a public vote on 18th March to decide the ultimate winner.

The competition aims to champion the comedians of the future and encourage confidence and wellbeing in the classroom and will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Bash Street Kids who have led the charge on classroom comedy for the last seven decades.

Primary schools across Britain submitted their best gags, which have been whittled down by Beano’s top gag makers.

Finalists now progress to a public vote on 18th March to decide the winning class, who will win the ultimate prize of being immortalised in a Bash Street Kids Comic strip. It will be the first time in the comic strip’s history that a class have been brought to life in the world of The Bash Street Kids.

Mike Stirling, Director of Mischief at Beano Studios said: “The kids from Year Five and their talented teacher at Balfour Primary School are perfectly in tune with this great gag.  It would be a ‘Calamity’ if they don’t get the votes they deserve!”

The competition will also be crowning the teacher of the winning class with the first ever Britain’s Funniest Teacher title, showcasing the ability that teachers have in inspiring humour in the classroom.

This year’s funniest class will also receive golden Gnasher medals, a Beano trophy, Beano comic subscriptions for the whole class and their school library, and a trip to Gulliver’s Theme Park.

Britain’s Funniest Class was launched in 2019, when Foxes Class from Castlewood Primary in Horsham, West Sussex took the crown with their joke, “At the bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over”.

The current reigning champions are Class Indigo 1 (Year 5) from Greasley Beauvale Primary School in Eastwood with their joke ““What happened to the math teachers garden? It grew square roots”.

Voting for Britain’s Funniest Class closes on 28th March 2024. To place your vote visit Beano.com/vote

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