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Sun 27th Jan at 7:30pm - 11:00pm
The Natys: New Acts Of The Year 2013 Comedy Showcase & Awards
@ Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Featuring: Jonny And The Baptists, Lindsay Sharman, Darren Walsh, Mark Niel, Stuart Hossack, Fern Brady, Anna Devitt, Alex Perry, Jay Cowle, Nicky Wilkinson, Tony Marrese, Sam Savage, Paul F Taylor, Four Screws Loose, Nabil Abdul Rashid, Quint Fontana, Arthur Smith
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The Natys: New Acts Of The Year 2013 Comedy Showcase & Awards: Jonny And The Baptists, Lindsay Sharman, Darren Walsh, Mark Niel, Stuart Hossack, Fern Brady, Anna Devitt, Alex Perry, Jay Cowle, Nicky Wilkinson, Tony Marrese, Sam Savage, Paul F Taylor, Four Screws Loose, Nabil Abdul Rashid, Quint Fontana, Arthur Smith
"Now in our 30th year, the final 16 acts, selected from over 175 entrants, will perform on the Bill of the legendary new Comedy talent showcase.
Arthur Smith hosts the Show, which will present a diverse range of styles which take us across the comedy spectrum: musical, sketch, poetry, novelty and stand-up, Celebrating New Variety Comedy."
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The world's first comedy blues band. Satirical, political, edgy and sexy comedy songs. They've played everywhere from Croatia to Norwich, and feature regularly on Marcus Brigstocke's Early Edition and Robin Ince's Late Night Revolution. As heard on Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage and Best Of The Fest.
'A triumph' (Chortle)
'The enthusiasm, avidity and passion of the band radiate well after the gig has
finished' (The List)
'... musical comedy's rising stars' (The Times).
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Funny Women finalist Lindsey Sharman has been performing on the stand up comedy circuit since 2009 at venues such as Komedia's Krater Klub, The Comedy Store, Banana Cabaret and Mirth Control.
As well as performing as Madame Magenta on the London cabaret and comedy circuits, Lindsay comperes Pull The Other One and performs as The Poet.
'Utterly delightful and funny. Very funny' (The List)
'Rubber-faced... funny boned' (Bruce Dessau, Eveni ng Standard)
'Super sharp' (Time Out).
Lindsay Sharman tour dates
Combining sound effects, one-liners and silly drawings, Darren Walsh's silly happy-go-lucky style has been compared to Harry Hill, with an act that combines surreal nonsense and snippets of daft songs.
Dave's Joke of the Fringe winner 2015
‘The most pun you can have with your clothes on’ (The Daily Mirror)
'One to watch' (Time Out)
'Multi Joke Of The Fringe award winner: A real crowd pleaser' (Chortle)
'He is a genial presence, not manic like Tim Vine, not wonderfully nerdy like Gary
Delaney and not deadpan like Jimmy Carr, but very much his own mirthmaker' (The Scotsman)
Darren Walsh tour dates
Poet laureate Mark Niel is an award-winning slam poet who regularly appears on BBC local radio. Mark is based in Milton Keynes and has performed all over the UK
Mark Niel tour dates
A multiple award-not-quite-winner, Stuart Hossack was a finalist in SYTYF? 2011, semi-finalist in Chortle and Loaded Laftas 2011, and runner-up in BBC New Comedy Awards 2011.
'Sheer genius' (Stage)
'Sweet and frequently funny' (Chortle.co.uk)
Stuart Hossack tour dates
Former comedy reviewer Fern Brady first tried stand-up after the magazine she worked for suggested she write an article where she 'faked it' as a comedian. She enjoyed it so much that one year on, she embarked on it as a career.
She quit her day job working with male ex convicts after Stewart Lee plucked her from obscurity and put her on The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central). Since then she has performed stand up on a number of TV shows including 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular (BBC3), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The One Show (BBC1).
Based in London, she has had two sold out critically acclaimed runs at the Fringe with her solo shows “People Are Idiots” (2015) and “Male Comedienne” (2016).
'A great comic sensibility, with moments of sparkling verve' (The Guardian)
'Crackles with fire, has beautiful timing, perfectly pitched delivery and great gags to boot... has the air about her of a woman going places' (The Scotsman).
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Anna Devitt is a professional Scottish comedian and actress performing all over the UK. She has a very direct, fun-loving style that wins over audiences and leaves them wanting more.
Anna appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and made it through to the last 200. She also won the Scottish Variety Awards for Best New Comedian and Fosters' Funny's Funny Best New Act.
'The best part of the Fringe is seeing new raw talent, with the passion to make it work. DirectDevitt has this' (Skinny)
'Anna Devitt – A live wire. Surprisingly revealing gutsy comedienne' (Chortle Comedy)
'Compere was Anna Devitt, the most traditionally-styled but also the most wildly successful act of the three. Devitt surely has one hand on the title of female successor to Frankie Boyle. She worked the crowd with supreme confidence, unleashing frank banter' (David Pollock, The Scotsman).
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Alex brings will make you laugh so hard that you'll inevitably end up crying.
'An insightful comedian with top quality gags and stories and a winning, down to earth Northerness' (Central London Comedy Club).
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Jay Cowle is a stand-up comedian, writer, & actor and finalist of the Bath, Reading, Hobgoblin & New Act of The Year (NATY) competitions. Jay was shortlisted for the BBC New Act of The Year Award broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Book Jay for a cat's party.
Jay Cowle tour dates
Nicola (or Nicky, as she's known on the comedy circuit) Wilkinson is an actress and comedian.
A bright and quick-witted Hullonian, her comedy mixes charming, real-life anecdotes with just the right dose of self-deprecation and often brilliantly funny improvised riffs with the crowd.
Finalist New Act of the Year 2013, Finalist So You Think You're Funny 2013.
'A safe pair of hands... effortless likeability and an excellent comic timing' (Chortle)
'... the bright and confident Nicky Wilkinson, with her authentic tales and opinion on everyday life' (Funhouse Comedy).
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'... without a doubt one of the best live comedians I have seen at the Fringe and I even struggle to think of better live comedians I have seen elsewhere' (Broadway Baby).
Tony Marrese tour dates
Known as "the female Micky Flanagan" (Chortle), Sam is no stranger to comedy awards and competition finals. Funny's Funny winner 2012 and NATYS runner up 2013, now she sticks a wig on her head and calls herself Linda Larkin, a housewife who believes the world can be saved with love and gossip. She's had two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Princess Savage and Looking Out for Linda.
'Excellent, hilariously off-kilter' (ThreeWeeks).
'Upbeat and endearing ... a comedy natural' (Chortle.co.uk).
'She writes proper jokes' (Jenny Eclair).
Sam Savage tour dates
Paul F Taylor is a one of a kind comedian. An instantly watchable performer, whilst onstage he exhibits a lost playful vulnerability. This coupled with his hilarious and surreal observations never fails to leave audiences crying with laughter, gasping for air and wondering "What the F?... It's Paul F. Taylor!". Paul is a superb writer with a keen eye for the absurd in everyday life, he creates wickedly funny and astute observational comedy which is totally captivating and utterly hilarious. Certainly one for the future!
Paul was one half of the double act, Helm & Taylor with Nick Helm. He is also half of the double act Short & Curly (with Rebecca Shorrocks).
Paul has achieved notable success as a screen writer and actor. Milk! that he co-wrote and starred in, was the ShortCom Jury Select Winner 2015, and was in the official selection in LOCO, Nashville, LOL, Shortwaves, Glasgow and London Short Film festivals. It has also won the Dead Short Film Competition at Leeds International Film Festival 2015. Paul took home the title of the NATY New Act Of The Year in 2013. Battlecock! that he also co-wrote and starred in, made it into the official selection at the BFI London Film Festival 2013.
'Beautifully crafted one liners...astute observational comedy' (GQ Magazine)
Paul F Taylor tour dates
These guys deliver wildly exuberant, pop culture-obsessed silliness intercut with high-energy songs and musical mash-ups. The Power Rangers of all things funny, each screw comes in their own colour, combining their comedy superpowers to combat the evils of the world with laughter.
Four Screws Loose tour dates
'Born in London but raised in Northern Nigeria to a medical doctor father and a politician/businesswoman mother, Nabil Abdulrashid was privately schooled in the UK. His set covers being a middle-class educated man yet simultaneously a street smart urban youth and being a black Muslim in South London. He was a finalist in the NATY New Act Of The Year competition in 2013' (Chortle)
Nabil Abdulrashid tour dates
Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man per excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show 'Excess Baggage' and has written four plays including 'An Evening With Gary Lineker' and 'Live Bed Show'.
His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat.
He's also one of the many 'Grumpy Old Men' that appear on BBC 2's hit show.
'The funniest and most honest comic of his generation' (The List).
Arthur Smith tour dates
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Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
WC1H 0AH 51.525323, -0.132986
Phone: 020 3108 1000
Disabled Bookings: 020 3108 1000
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ Euston (London) 7 min walk
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