Amused Moose Comedy’s NATIONAL NEW COMIC AWARD 2019

Entering Amused Moose Comedy’s NATIONAL NEW COMIC AWARD 2019

Qualifying rounds take place online, followed by quarter- and semi-finals on stage in London and final at the Edinburgh Fringe

ENTRIES OPEN ON 1 DECEMBER AND CLOSE BY 14 JANUARY.  THE SOONER YOU ENTER THE BETTER - to get the maximum exposure with online industry panellists, plus also avoiding the last-minute rush with the risk of the quarterfinal dates you want being full.

Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic awards is extremely well respected in the comedy industry; indeed it has been referred to as prestigious, and for many it is the preferred competition for discovering new talent. 

The objective of Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic awards is to discover the comedy stars of tomorrow; our mission is to seek out "star quality" amongst emerging talent and provide opportunities for newish comedy performers (stand-ups, musical comedy, character comedians, humorous spoken word & poetry, sketch, and speciality comic acts) to develop their comedy careers by gaining exposure and quality stage time.  So a large number of entrants are helped to take their first step up the ladder to fame and fortune, following Jimmy Carr, Greg Davies, Nina Conti, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican, Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan, Andi Osho, Simon Amstell, Rhod Gilbert, Alex Zane, Mark Watson, Matthew Horne (in Matt & Mackinnon), Alex Horne, Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan and many more.

All the Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic awards shows and showcases are produced by Amused Moose Comedy, who believe that it is important to provide a platform for new comedians every year to be talentspotted.  We also believe it is much better that we invest in providing opportunities for hundreds of entrants to be seen by talentscouts, and around 100 comedy performers to be 'discovered' and showcased, resulting in more paid work and moving up the comedy ladder, rather than one person simply getting a chunky cheque.  Finalists and semi-finalists form the pool of talent from which performers may be invited to be showcased in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards showcases in October, possibly at Soho Theatre.

All of the entries will be watched online by up to 60 people working in the comedy industry, in the UK and around the world, as part of their role as talentscouts while selecting about 100 entrants to go into the quarterfinals. 

From the quarterfinals onwards the audience cast votes, alongside the industry panels who include producers, casting directors, managers/agents, promoters/bookers, reviewers and journalists, television and radio commissioners, comedy festival programmers etc.

The finalists get significant highlevel exposure, because dozens in the audience at the Final are movers and shakers in various areas of the comedy industry from around the world as well as the UK, in addition to the industry panel who ratify the votes. 
Entries officially open on 1 December, closing on 14 January.

  • Enter by submitting a link to a 5 minute clip from your comedy set, uploaded onto YouTube or Vimeo; it is recommended that you edit the beginning so that the upload starts with your opening gag.
    It must have been filmed in a comedy venue, and it is essential that you can be clearly heard and seen, although the quality of the image is not crucial. 

  • Quarterfinals (5 minutes) will be live, taking place in comedy venues in central London on 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24 February and 2 & 3 March. 
    The audience will include friends and supporters, comedygoers, plus comedy industry talentscouts, who all vote.

  • Semifinals (10 minutes) will be live, taking place in comedy venues in central London on 16, 23, 24 and 30 March. 
    The audience will include friends and supporters, comedygoers, plus comedy industry talentscouts, who all vote.

  • The Final will happen during the Edinburgh Fringe, probably in the evening of Monday 19 August (in which case the finalists have to be in Edinburgh by early afternoon of Sunday 18 August for briefing/venue familiarisation/photoshoot etc, until the early hours of Tuesday 20 August), and the audience will include friends and supporters, Fringe comedygoers, plus a large contingent of comedy industry guests, who all vote.


  1. Entrants should be resident in the British Isles including Ireland, be 18 or over by 1 August 2019.

  2. Entrants must not have been a finalist in a previous year, nor have entered three times previously.

  3. Professional comedians, or anyone gigging for more than 4 years, do not meet our entry criteria.
         NB: Entries will not be accepted from agents etc on behalf of clients, because entrants should be
    relatively new so are expected to be booking their own gigs etc and looking after their own diaries,
         so there should no agent involvement in any way.

  4. The same material can be included in each round.

  5. A DI box and ipod/mp3/CD player, power and projector are usually available (but performers with these are expected to have an alternative to using these if need be).

  6. The exact nature of prizes varies from year to year dependent on sponsor/media partnerships, and management deals and performance/tour opportunities are naturally also dependent on circumstances beyond our control, but as a minimum the winner receives a shiny Moose trophy and loads of exposure.

  7. Votes for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and Final are cast by all the audience as well as by a distinguished comedy industry* panel, but our decision is always final and we have the casting vote in the case of a tie.

  8. The venues are usually wheelchair accessible but the stages may not be, so please check with us if this could be an issue for you.

  9. Participants are expected at all times to be supportive of each other and the compere, perform material that is ‘original’ and not deemed offensive, to behave professionally, arrive on time and stay until the end, and cover their own costs and expenses.

  10. By entering, entrants agree to take part in PR/promotion etc as reasonably required, and that photography and filming may be used for websites, archive, broadcast and various platforms, etc, and are vested in Amused Moose Comedy as rights worldwide in perpetuity.

In recent years the comedy industry who have been involved as panellists includes talentscouts from BBC, ITV, Channel4, Avalon, Assembly Festival, Babycow, Bath Comedy Festival, BSkyB, Andrew Roach Talent, Babycow, Beyond Compere, Big Pond (Australia), Big Talk, Brighton Fringe, Brown Eyed Boy, Canal Cafe, Candid Casting, Catface, Cat Laughs (Ireland), Chambers Management, Cheryl Hayes, CKP, Comedy Central, Comedy Day (USA), Comedy International Conference, Comedy Unit, Comedy Store, Comedy Zoo, Cosmic Comedy, Cracker Comedy (Australia), Curtis Brown, Dawn Sedgwick, Debi Allen, Ebdon Management, Ents24, Festival Republic, Fruitcake Casting, Fudgepark, Funny Women, Gag Reflex, Galton Agency, Get Comedy, Glorious Talent, Hat Trick, Hannah Layton, HD Management, Hubbard Casting, Independent Talent, IWMP, John Noel, Just For Laughs (Montreal), JLA, Just The Tonic, Kennedy Casting, Kilimanjaro, Kingbert, Laughing Stock, Lisa Richards, Lisa Thomas, Live Nation, Mary Tobin Presents (Australia), McIntyre Entertainments, Mick Perrin Worldwide, Melbourne Festival, Mirth Control, Momentum Talent, MTV, MW Artists, NBC, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Noel Gay, Objective, Off The Kerb, PBJ, Performing Artistes, Pleasance, RBM, Real Talent, Red Comedy, Retort TV, Roar, Rough Cut, Rush Of Laughter, Soho Theatre, Sony, So Television, Sue Terry Voices, Talented Artists, Talk Back, Tiger Aspect, Token (Australia), Troika, UKTV, Underbelly, United Agents, United Talent, UTC, Vivienne Smith, Working Title, plus journalists/reviewers from The Times, Scotsman, List, Metro, Standard, Huffington Post, Mirror, Press Association, Guardian, Time Out, Mail On Sunday, Chortle, Telegraph, Edinburgh Guide, One 4 Review, Londonist, Broadway Baby, Broadway World, British Comedy Guide and Observer.

VERY IMPORTANT, after you have entered: So we can easily contact you after all entries have been viewed online by the international panel of comedy talentscouts, go to the SUBSCRIBE page on, then

  • Key in your email address (please do not give a hotmail, outlook or aol address which seem increasingly unreliable, making it impossible to guarantee that emails about your entry will reach you).
    If our Subscribe page says you're already registered, continue anyway, ensuring your email address, stagename and mobile number are correct.
  • Add your stage name
  • Add your mobile number, plus any other information you wish
  • In the PERFORMER section tick the 'AmusedMoose competition/Open Spot' box.  (NB: do not tick ‘Professional Stand-Up’ – if you are, you do not meet the entry criteria)
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(If that link won't work for you, please try and then if there is still a problem do report it by email to
        NB: Confirmation that your entry has been accepted is within the automated final stage of the entry process.

Thank you for your interest, and we're very much looking forward to seeing you in what already looks like being another great year for brilliant emerging comedy talent.  Meanwhile please don't email us unless it is really important, while we are very busy processing hundreds of entries.

Hils Jago
Producer/Director of Amused Moose Comedy Awards