Peter at Detectives Beyond Borders recently asked if we knew of any other crime authors out there who used to do stand-up comedy. (He cited Mark Billingham in his post.) I mentioned Jane Hill in the comments there, as someone who is actually doing it now. Indeed, she has just reached the final of thelondoncomic, a contest "to find the best budding stand-up star". The live final will take place on Sunday 30 November at the Soho Theatre in London. The winner's prize will be a 10 minute supporting slot for a top comedian and another slot at the same theatre on Friday 27 February (2009) supporting BBC Radio 2 host Russell Kane. You can see a clip of Jane in action here. (Tickets for the final are available after Monday 24 November.)
To date, Jane has three novels published and she is currently working on her fourth. Good luck to Jane!