New Act Of The Year Showcase finalists unveiled
Tim Clark18 December 2012
The finalists for the New Act Of The Year Showcase have been unveiled ahead of the final next January.
Among the names on the list are Jonny and The Baptists, Darren Walsh, Lindsay Sharman, Fern Brady, Alex Perry and Paul F Taylor.
Over 175 budding entertainers entered the competition this year, which acts as a celebration of New Variety Comedy.
Arthur Smith hosts the top sixteen as they perform their best five minute routines and present a range of styles which go across the comedy spectrum: musical, sketch, poetry, novelty and stand-up. An industry judging panel that includes programmers, reviewers and bookers will declare one act to be ‘Top of the Bill’ for 2013.
The NATYS: New Acts of the Year Showcase, is an independent, not- for-profit project, committed to encouraging new talent to enter the professional LIVE Comedy world. The NATYS is produced by New Variety Lives in association with Rich Mix Arts Centre and The Bloomsbury Theatre, and supported by Roberson Wines
The full list of finalsts are as follows:
Jonny and The Baptists - Three Piece, subversive, comedy Blues Band
Lindsay Sharman - Comedy beat poetry
Darren Walsh - Novel, cartoonistic, audio hilarity
Mark Niel - Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes
Stuart Hossack - Whimsical, surreal and quirky
Fern Brady - Engaging satirical insight
Anna Devitt - A live wire. Surprisingly revealing gutsy comedienne
Alex Perry - Nonstop delivery of well honed gags
Quint Fontana - Larger than life character act, Eighties heart throb turned Jazz singer on the comeback trail
Jay Cowle - Playfully acceptable, illogical observations
Nicky Wilkinson - Engaging, outgoing, all embracing humour
Tony Marrese - Original use of comic archetypes from a funny Hackney Italian
Sam Savage - A large helping of wacky working class Wit
Paul F Taylor - Skilled, carefully timed, offbeat comedy
Four Screws Loose - Choreographed, physical comedy ensemble
Nabil Abdulrashid – Nigerian-Muslim-Londoner’s comic take on street culture