Enter the 2022 WeGotTickets MCA!

Our 2021 finalists

Less than 2 weeks to enter the 2022 WeGotTickets MCA! Do you combine music and comedy? Enjoy meeting other musical comedy acts? Fancy performing at the Phoenix in central London for the heats and a paid gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre in front of industry audience? Then you should enter the 2022 MCA! You can either send an email with a video link to ed@musicalcomedy.co.uk, or also enter via FB or Twitter. Read more about entering here: https://musicalcomedyawards.com/2022-awards/.

Also, check out our headliners for the 2022 competition:

Jan 15th – Christy Coysh
Jan 22nd – Flat & the Curves
Jan 29th – Matt Hutson
Feb 5th – Tracey Collins as Shell Suit Cher
Feb 19th – Tony Law
Feb 26th – Tom Basden
March 12th – Jay Foreman
March 19th – ABANDOMAN
April 9th – Isy Suttie

See all 8 Phoenix shows for £15! Tickets at www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards

Results are in….

Thank you so much to all of you who either came along to the Bloomsbury or tuned into the live-stream! Barring technical difficulties with the live-stream (any customers who experienced streaming difficulties can receive a recording of the show plus a month’s free streaming – please email tom@nextupcomedy.com), it was a truly outstanding event and a wonderful celebration of musical comedy. Thanks to our host Josh Weller, headliner Mawaan Rizwan, best newcomers Plastic Jeezus and all of our finalists for their fantastic performances. We will soon be opening entries for the 2022 competition!

The Audience Favourite was David Hoare, in 3rd place was Orlando Gibbs, 2nd place went to Flat and The Curves and the winner of the 2021 WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards was Christy Coysh! Photos below from the brilliant Elina Kansikas! Book yourself in for the 2022 final on April 9th with Isy Suttie (Dobby from Peep Show) here: www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards

Winner Christy Coysh
Christy Coysh with MCA Founder Ed Chappel
Winning Moment!
All of our finalists
Headliner Mawaan Rizwan
Host Josh Weller
Ed MacArthur
Flat & The Curves
David Hoare
Hel MacCormack
Simon David
Orlando Gibbs
Rhiannon Hopkins
Christy Coysh
Edy Hurst
Plastic Jeezus

Last tickets for MCA final!!!

Headliner Mawaan Rizwan

The 13th WeGotTickets MCA Final is happening this Saturday! Book the last few tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards or via the Bloomsbury Theatre at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/bloomsbury-theatre-studio-events – if you happen to be far away from London you can stream it for just £5 (available for 1 week on demand) by booking via the Bloomsbury website and entering the code MCA5 at the checkout.

Who will win the 2021 WeGotTickets MCAs? Join us for a riotous celebration of the UK’s best up and coming musical comedians to find out!

Since 2009, the MCA have helped to launch the likes of Abandoman, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin, Jay Foreman and Frisky and Mannish. If you enjoy acts that combine comedy with music such as Bill Bailey, Tim Minchin and Flight of the Conchords, you will love this show!

The final of the 2021 WeGotTickets MCA will see ten finalists who have progressed through heats at the Phoenix in London, battle it out at the Bloomsbury Theatre on October 23rd, to win the musical comedy crown of this prestigious competition. A sell-out event every year since 2009.

Featuring the following brilliant finalists:

Rhiannon ‘Ray Ray’ Hopkins
Ed MacArthur
David Hoare
Christy Coysh
Hel MacCormack
Flat & The Curves
Simon David
Orlando Gibbs
Edy Hurst

Plus a performance from our Best Newcomers, Plastic Jeezus!

Headlined by Mawaan Rizwan!

Mawaan has appeared on BBC2’s Live at the Apollo and Channel 4’s Harry Hill’s Clubnite, captivating audiences with his joyful yet deeply honest stand-up. His live performances of his songs ‘Mango’ and ‘Never Been Skiing’ both went viral last year.
His Edinburgh 2018 show ‘Juice’ was a critical and commercial success, performing to sell-out audiences and receiving a plethora of 4 and 5 star reviews for his ‘thirst-quenching joy-ride of a stand up set’. Mawaan also supported ‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness on his tour ‘The Road to Beijing’, in UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Mawaan featured on the inaugural series of Taskmaster for C4, and also served as co-host on Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club on ITV.

As an actor he stars in ‘Two Weeks to Live’ alongside Maisie Williams, a new 6 part comedy series for Sky One and HBO Max. He has also starred in the ITV Drama ‘Next of Kin’ as well as the BAFTA winning ‘Murdered By My Father’.

Mawaan’s writing credit on Netflix’ ‘Sex Education’ (series 2 and 3) earned him a spot on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

Hosted by JOSH WELLER!

Weller’s high energy brand of cleverly self-deprecating stand-up landed him on pro bills after just one year on the circuit. In addition to his live comedy work, Josh has developed a loyal fanbase for his online content, which includes sketches, live pub quizzes, professional trolling, animated stand-up comedy shorts, character work, and more. In 2020, he was included in Twitter’s Valentine’s Campaign, featured on billboards across the US and UK.

2021 WeGotTickets MCA contestants revealed!

We can now reveal our contestants for the 2021 WeGotTickets MCA! Firstly, we need to say that we were so impressed by the entries received by email, FB and Twitter that Tamara and I decided to raise the number of contestants from 20 up to 30. We have therefore added another show at the Phoenix on October 2nd. We can also reveal our headliners for the three shows will be Huge Davies, Sooz Kempner and Jess Robinson. Tickets for all the shows (including a Phoenix Pass for all 3 shows) are now available at http://www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards.

We would like to also say that for the 2022 competition we will return to 8 shows between the months of January and March, but our 2021 comp is slightly condensed due to Covid forcing us to push our 2020 final back numerous times. To those of you who have not been selected this time, thanks very much for entering and we will again be receiving entries after our final in late October, so if you would like to give it another shot then we would be happy to receive your entry! So, here are our top 30 in random order (we will be in touch soon about heat allocation, please ensure that you have completed an entry form if you haven’t yet done so). Congratulations!

Nikola McMurtrie
Christy Coysh
Ed MacArthur
Flat & The Curves
Chris Too
Plastic Jeezus
Emily Cairns
Hel MacCormack
Sweet Bunch
Viktor Hampson
Performing Animals
Thalia Leon
Tom Keenan
Ric Birthill
Abi Carter-Simpson
Ben Carter
Orlando Gibbs
Joseph Emslie
Jim Daly
The Real Cheesemakers
David Hoare
Rhiannon Ray Ray Hopkins
Masters of the Scene
Simon David
Brice Ledingham
Thomas Field
Edy Hurst
Edi Johnston

Have a great rest of the weekend!


Results are in!

After three cancellations due to Covid we finally had our final! Thanks so much to all of our acts, the Bloomsbury and all their brilliant staff, WeGotTickets, NextUp, our fantastic judges and especially to our audiences for supporting us in this difficult year. Here are our results:


1st place: Alex MacKeith

2nd place: Tom Taylor

3rd place: Bennet Kavanagh

Audience Favourite: Amy Webber

Best Newcomers: Best Friends Cabaret

If you missed the show you can book a ticket for the catch-up via www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards until Monday at 4pm. On Monday the link to the recording will be sent to you via email.

It’s finally the final!

Corona hit us for six just like everyone else and we ended up changing the date three times, but now tomorrow on June 12th we can proudly say that we have an incredible show lined up for you. Filmed from 4 different angles, the Netflix of comedy, NextUp Comedy will stream our final live from the Bloomsbury theatre. Who will win the 12th MCA?

Our judges will be:

Bruce Dessau – Editor of beyondthejoke.co.uk and Comedy Critic for Evening Standard

Mark Boosey – Editor of British Comedy Guide

Kathleen Price – Producer of Stage Award for Funny Women

Stuart Wilson – Editor of ToDoList London

Poppy Hillstead – Ebdon Management

Hils Jago – Founder of Amused Moose Comedy

If you have booked, NextUp will send you the link to the show at roughly 5.30/6pm GMT. Please check all inboxes. The link could land in the regular, promotions or spam folder depending on your email server. At 8.30/9pm you’ll also receive an email for voting where you can vote for your two favourite acts. On Monday afternoon you will receive an email with a link to the catch-up option, where you can watch a recording of the show at your own pace.

If you missed the final, from Saturday 10pm until Monday 4pm you can book a ticket for the catch-up option via http://www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards. You’ll then receive an email from NextUp on Monday afternoon with a link to the recording.

If you haven’t booked yet, we have space as it’s a live-stream! Potential audience of 7 billion, phew, I better keep working. We’d love to have you along if you have not booked yet! Enjoy the final! Photos, reviews and more to follow soon!

Introducing our postponed 2020 WeGotTickets MCA Finalists and Best Newcomers!

Behold the beauty and talent of our postponed 2020 WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards Final competitors and Best Newcomers! Having waited over a year we are a bit restless to say the least and just can’t wait to proudly celebrate and show off the finest acts of the 2020 competition! Book your tickets for the live-stream hosted by online comedy professionals NextUp Comedy (you can get 10% off a subscription at Nextupcomedy.com with the code MCA2021). Book tickets here this very instant at http://www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards

Canadians in Space
Tom Taylor
Chris Rio
Bennet Kavanagh
Amy Webber
Alex MacKeith
Jamie Finn
Best Newcomers – Best Friends Cabaret