New Acts of the Year 2020

15 Feb 8pm
New Acts of the Year 2020 15 Feb 8pm

The NATYS 2020

Jo Brand hosts the 38th annual New Acts of the Year Showcase, and NATYS 2019 winner, Njambi McGrath, tops the New Variety Bill featuring the next wave of comedy acts.

The line-up has been confirmed for the final of the NATYS 2020 event hosted by Jo Brand.

Trevor Bickles : A born & bred East Londoner. Steadily rising in the comedy ranks Trevors style of a classic club comic with a modern twist ensures all jokes pack a punch.
“Trevor Bickles is a joke machine of the highest order. V funny man – go see” Mark Dolan

Katherine Kenway : Resolutely deadpan but with tongue firmly in cheek, Katherine Kenway offers up sardonic and acerbic views on life, including parenting for lazy people, pets and annoying neighbours. She’s like your slightly scary straight talking best friend, but with punchlines.

Sue Gives a Fuck : Sue is an established drag queen turned fledgling comedian, once immortalised by unexpected drag judge Katie Price with the words, ‘Can I have a Porn Star Martini? No? Fine, my favourite’s Sue.’ So you know she’s good.

Blake AJ : Stand-up comedy that unpacks the funnies. With afro hair, a zest for jest, a thirst for mirth, and a brand new subscription to a thesaurus app.

Rob Copland : A high energy, clowning based stand up comedian. His physical and playful approach to observational comedy has given him a reputation as one of the more exciting and original new acts on the circuit.

Sheba Montserrat :The perfect blend of stand-up and physical comedy. As a dancer she can mesmerise an audience with her movement on stage, as well as her lyrical delivery of words. But be warned, her comedic social commentary pulls no punches!

Charlie Partridge (DI box, power socket)  A sonic clown, blending character work, stream of consciousness surrealism, vocal looping and smut. Dirty smut. As seen at Tesco. As heard on the bus.

Adam Coumas : Adam’s ‘’muscular delivery’ (Chortle) is probably the most ‘robust’ this side of the Atlantic. His delightfully dark manner, twisted charm and derisive punchlines have brought him recognition among some of the UK’s biggest comedy clubs.

Angelica : Angelica wants to be in the latest fashions and find love. Easy enough you might imagine, but for this black “Bridget Jones” of comedy, even the simplest of things can become a little more complicated than one might imagine. Told in an energetic and upbeat fashion you are in for a bumpy yet enjoyable ride

Ali Woods : ‘Half-English, half-Scottish Londoner, Woods is trying and sometimes failing to be one of the good guys. With wry observations, he describes his own insecurities and where they come from. “Fittest ginger on the circuit” – Woods.’

Iona Fortune : An unscrupulous ‘self made billionaire’ who’s not afraid to tell it like it isn’t. She’s here to give the audience an unconventional ‘get rich quick’ presentation packed with saucy wordplay and satirical observations. She’s the creation of Anna Dominey, who doesn’t even own a hoover.

Jerry Bakewell : Tipping the scales at 18 stone, Jerry Bakewell is Britain’s most unsuccessful Mexican wrestler and Europe’s heaviest light entertainer. Since swapping the ring for the stage, Jerry has built a strong reputation in the comedy circuit for being punctual and always leaving the dressing room as he found it.


From stand up to speciality, sketch to musical comedy and poetry to magic, 12 comedy acts, selected from 100 auditions, perform five minutes of their circuit routines. Treading Hackney Empire’s boards on their quest into the world of live popular entertainment, they follow in the footsteps of a Wikipedia of previous NATYS generations.

Previous Finalists include:Linda Smith, Nina Conti, Russell Brand, Micky Flanagan, Stewart Lee, Gina Yashere, Men in Coats, Francesca Martinez, President Obonjo, Imran Yusuf and Spencer Jones

‘… the most important new talent showcase in the country’ The Guardian

“…most important show of the year for new comedy & variety talent” – The Stage

‘Always one of the most fun (and often most bizarre)…’ Time Out

‘…a reputation for providing the most eclectic final…’ Chortle


Hackney Empire

£17.50 – £10  (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)


No photography or filming during the show

Approximate Running Time : 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.


Auditions are on  January 14, 15 and 21 and 4 February at 6pm

For more information on New acts of the year application & audition. Click Here 


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