Leicester Square Theatre and Get Happy Comedy to host the fifth year of the NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR competition

 and Get Happy Comedy present

Autumn 2013

Fancy being the next Rob Beckett?

Leicester Square Theatre and Get Happy Comedy host the fifth year of the New Comedian of the Year new act competition.

Based at Leicester Square Theatre, the competition runs throughout the Autumn season in the Lounge, culminating in a final in the Main House on 24 November.

Previous year’s winners have included Rob Beckett himself, Tim Shishodia and Matt Rees. 

Places are assigned on a first come first served basis to 300 entrants, and with no experience necessary you have absolutely no excuse not to enter!

The rules bit:

·         You have 5 years or less experience of performing on the comedy circuit internationally.
·         You are not a professional comic (i.e. you don’t make your living solely from live gigs or TV appearances as a paid comic). Supplementing income through paid gigs is fine.
·         All types of comedy acts can apply: stand-up, sketch, character, variety, musical acts etc. all welcome.
·         Slots are strictly 5 minutes long and you must have at least 5 minutes of original material. You may vary material from one round to the next; equally you may perform the same 5 minutes of material in every round of the competition.
·         You cannot have been in a past final of this competition (finalists from alternative competitions are allowed).
·         Acts who did not make the final in previous years and who are still eligible are encouraged to reapply.


Please include the following information in the format below:

Full Name

Act Name (if different)



Number of years doing comedy

Availability (please include all dates you are unavailable for all of the rounds of the competition, and keep us updated, as you cannot swap places once assigned)

Supporting material: video/quotes/recommendations/press/other competitions/gigs booked or past gigs. This is not compulsory if you are very new.

Alternatively, more information at:


Leicester Square Theatre
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