Winners Announced For Comedian’s Bursary

The winners have been announced for the Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary – an award set up by the physical comedian to support new comedy creatives from alternative backgrounds bringing unusual work to the Brighton Fringe.

The winners are:


The Short Com TV Sitcom Writing Competition 2022 Opens For Submissions

The BIFA qualifying film festival Short Com is pumped to announce that their TV Sitcom Writing Competition has returned for the third year in a row; with a brand new line-up of judges to assess the final shortlisted writers. The competition aims to discover new comedy writing talent and connect them to the industry. And they also have a new cash prize of £500 for the overall winner along with some goodies from BCG Pro. 


C4 To Air Zelenskyy Comedy

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become known around the world as a charismatic and defiant leader and key figure in determining the course of the current crisis in his country.


Comedy Festival For April Fools

The OSO Arts Centre in Barnes is launching a two-day celebration of the most creative new voices in comedy today. Coinciding with everyone’s favourite day to receive emails, the April Fool Festival will see TV names and rising stars of the alternative scene run riot in the Barnes theatre and comedy venue, besides the beautiful Barnes Green.


BBC Asian Network announce Tez Ilyas, Raul Kohli, Fathiya’s Comedy and Daman Bamrah for Asian Network Comedy 2022

Asian Network Comedy returns after three years. This revamped offering includes live music and a DJ – so get ready for a proper night out! I’m really pleased to be able to showcase brand new comedy talent from across the UK, alongside household names and I think we’ve all waited long enough to get out there and have a proper laugh.


West End Comedy Club Expands

London’s newest comedy club has announced they are doubling their number of shows - adding previews on a Monday as well as an early and late show on a Thursday from 24 March.
The West End Comedy Club has been running on a Tuesday and Wednesday night since August 2021.


Has Comedy Changed Forever?

Earlier this week I was checking my diary to see what comedy gigs were coming up later this month. Before Christmas a lot of shows had been cancelled or postponed but January still looked pretty busy so I was very excited about the prospect of seeing some top quality stand-up.


New Comedies from BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland is to launch a range of original and returning comedy content.

New to BBC One Northern Ireland will be the comedy sketch show Dry Your Eyes, on Monday 10 January on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

Produced by the Hole in the Wall Gang, Dry Your Eyes showcases an up-and-coming cast of actors and writers fresh to our screens.


Live Comedy Association Sends Letter to Government Asking For Support For Comedy Industry

The Live Comedy Association, the organisation set up to support the comedy industry, has sent an open letter to the Tory Government asking them to support the comedy industry during the latest Covid crisis. They are asking for immediate financial support for both individuals and organisations before Christmas to ensure that the UK’s world-leading live comedy industry is able to survive.

The full text of the letter is below.


Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year – Results

The final has taken place new of Leicester Square Theatre's annual New Comedian of the Year.

Over 300 acts entered Leicester Square Theatre‘s hunt for the best new acts in the country. Now in it’s 12th year previous winners and finalists include Rob Beckett, Rachel Parris, Dane Baptiste, Sofie Hagen, Tim Renkow, Bilal Zafar and Tez Ilyas.

Fifteen stand-ups competed in the final that was compered by Mick Ferry. The last winner - David Eagle, back in 2019 – did a set too before the results were announced.



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