Headliners announced for 2020 MCA! Secret Phoenix Pass on sale – all 8 shows for £15!

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Secret Phoenix Passes are now on sale here:  http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/ZJMMU339KS

Don’t miss a moment of the 2020 WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards, live at the Phoenix! Instead of booking individual tickets for £8 each (in total £64), save £49 and buy a Phoenix Pass for £15!!!

Now in its 12th year, the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards is an annual competition to support, promote, expose and celebrate the best emerging musical comedians in the UK. If you are a fan of musical comedy acts such as Tim Minchin, Flight of the Conchords and Bill Bailey, you’ll love this show!

Over the years, the MCAs have provided a launch pad to superstar acts like Frisky and Mannish (2009 Finalists), Abandoman (2010 winners) and Rachel Parris (Runner Up 2012 and Breakthrough Talent of the Year at Edinburgh TV Festival) and created a thriving independent platform to celebrate the artform that is musical comedy. Other acts that have featured as headliners in our shows include DAVID O’ DOHERTY, BO BURNHAM, RUBBERBANDITS, MITCH BENN, JAY FOREMAN, PIPPA EVANS, TOM BASDEN, ISY SUTTIE, GINGER & BLACK, EARL OKIN, WILSON DIXON, JO NEARY, MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER, SARAH-LOUISE YOUNG, ADAMS & REA and many more.

So the twelfth MCA begins! The top 40 musical comedy acts will be selected from online entries to the Musical Comedy Awards facebook page and will then battle it out in the heats at the Phoenix through to the Final at the Bloomsbury on April 4th. Come along for amazing Saturday afternoons of musical comedy entertainment and vote for your favourite acts to progress through to the next round!

Headliners include:

Jan 11th – Katie Pritchard
Jan 18th – Sarah-Louise Young
Jan 25th – Huge Davies
Feb 1st – Jay Foreman
Feb 22nd – Mitch Ben
Feb 29th – Tina T’urner Tea Lady
March 14th – Tony Law
March 29th – Spencer Jones

Full line-ups for Best of MCA!

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Best of MCA

Join us for a riotous celebration of the Fringe’s best musical comedians! Since 2009, the MCAs have helped to launch the likes of Abandoman, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin, Jay Foreman and Frisky & 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. Sell-out shows from 2009-19. Tickets selling fast at http://www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards and https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/best-of-musical-comedy-awards.

Saturday Aug 24th

Headliner: Phil Nichol – ‘Fabulous, life-affirming’ **** (Evening Standard). ‘Mind-blowing’ ***** (Scotland on Sunday)

Micky P Kerr – ‘So funny, so different, so original’ (Simon Cowell). WeGotTickets MCA Finalist 2016, Britain’s Got Talent Finalist 2018

Harriet Braine – ‘Her lyrics were truly inspired’ (Bruce Dessau). WeGotTickets MCA Best Newcomer 2016, Funny Women Award winner 2016

Stepdads – ‘Hugely entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘They could have easily won’ (Bruce Dessau). WeGotTickets MCA Runners-Up 2019, Leicester Square Sketch Off Runners-Up 2019

Jamie Finn – ‘Expert sense of timing with a confident and controlled delivery that had the audience in stitches! (Ed Chappel). Jamie recently starred in the BBC 1 documentary ‘One Day That Changed My Life’.

Hadfield & Swan – ‘Hilarious observational comedy songs and great stage chemistry’ – (Ed Chappel). WeGotTickets MCA Best Newcomers 2019.

Host TBC

Sunday Aug 25th

Headliner: Stiff & Kitsch – ‘Perfectly executed…left the audience in stitches’ (Comedy.co.uk). WeGotTickets MCA winners 2018.

Joe Jacobs – ‘Comedy gold’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Rising star’ (Time Out). WeGotTickets MCA Finalist 2018 + 2019

Huge Davies – ‘Priceless’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Dark’ (Independent). ‘Scene-stealing’ (Telegraph). WeGotTickets MCA Finalist 2019

Charlie Partridge – ‘A smorgasbord of dance routines, art-house weirdness and hysterical heightened homo-eroticism’ (Metro). WeGotTickets MCA Finalist 2019

Nick Horseman – press for Horse & Louis:  ‘An excellent hour of comedy’ (Comedy.co.uk). ‘Very funny’ **** (ThreeWeeks). WeGotTickets MCA Runners-Up 2010 as Horse & Louis. Not So New Comedian of the Year Finalist 2019.

Jamie Finn – ‘Expert sense of timing with a confident and controlled delivery that had the audience in stitches! (Ed Chappel). Jamie starred in the BBC 1 documentary ‘One Day That Changed My Life’.

Hadfield & Swan – ‘Hilarious observational comedy songs and great stage chemistry’ – (Ed Chappel). WeGotTickets MCA Best Newcomers 2019.

Host TBC

‘As the Musical Comedy Awards demonstrate, the genre is currently bursting with talent’ – Time Out

2019 Ed Fringe – Best of MCA!

 

 

Photos copyright Elina Kansikas.

We are excited to be returning for our 11th Edinburgh Fringe show this summer! Our show ‘Best of MCA’ will be taking place on Aug 24-25 at the Underbelly’s Belly Dancer on Cowgate from 22.10. Here is some info about the show!

Join us for a riotous celebration of the Fringe’s best musical comedians! Since 2009, the MCAs have helped to launch the likes of Abandoman, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin, Jay Foreman and Frisky & 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. Sell-out shows from 2009-19.

‘As the Musical Comedy Awards demonstrate, the genre is currently bursting with talent’ – Time Out

Line-ups so far!

Saturday 24th

Phil Nichol (headliner)

Micky P Kerr

Harriet Braine

Stepdads

Jamie Finn

Hadfield & Swan

Sunday 25th

Stiff & Kitsch (headliner)

Joe Jacobs

Huge Davies

Charlie Partridge

Nick Horseman

Jamie Finn

Hadfield & Swan

More acts to be announced soon! Earlybird tickets available via www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards

 

 

MCA and Jamie Finn feature in BBC 1 documentary – ‘One Day That Changed My Life’!

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We are thrilled to announce that this year’s final was filmed by Flicker TV productions, who chose to focus on the MCA final for an episode in their series ‘One Day That Changed My Life’. Now in its second series, the show follows people at pivotal moments of their life and accompanies them on the emotional rollercoaster as they experience these potentially life-changing events. We are honoured that Flicker TV chose to follow the MCA final for this show! They chose the brilliant Jamie Finn and on Friday 28th June at 11am on BBC1 the show will be going out on air. Tune in and watch Jamie and some of our other finalists perform at the final! The show will be available on I-Player too!

Jamie will be performing at both of our Ed Fringe shows on Aug 24th and 25th! The show is titled ‘Best of MCA’ and will feature a selection of the very best acts to have graced the MCA stage! Tickets are selling fast here:

http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/best-of-musical-comedy-awards

Results are in!!!

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What a final!!! Audience Favourite and also 3rd place was Maris Piper, in 2nd was Stepdads with Luke Rollason Is A Clown and Tom Curzon and the winner of the 2019 WeGotTickets MCA is Katie Pritchard – thanks and congrats to all of our acts, you were all absolutely outstanding! Another amazing MCA comes to a close! Photos coming soon! We were 4 tickets off from a sell out! Xx

Judges announced for final!

We are delighted to announce our industry judges for the 2019 WeGotTickets MCA final:

  • Bruce Dessau – Comedy Critic at Evening Standard, Editor of beyondthejoke.co.uk
  • Mark Boosey – Editor of British Comedy Guide
  • Claire Cruickshank – Agent for Dawn Sedgwick Management (agent for Abandoman and Rob Madin of Brett Domino)
  • Lynne Parker – CEO of Funny Women
  • Rupert Dannreuther – Editor of To Do List
  • David Hardcastle – Head of Development at Leicester Square Theatre
  • Paul Weedon – Agent at Red 24 Management
These judges will decide which act will win the MCA and a cash prize of £750! But there is also the Audience Favourite prize of £250 judged by our sponsors WeGotTickets. Tickets are disappearing fast for the final now – a few last stalls at £17 and the circle seats are selling fast too at £15! Grab yours while you can at http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/18020.

Full line up announced!

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Tickets selling fast at http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/18020

Who will win the 11th WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards? 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 2019 MCA will see eleven finalists who have progressed through a series of heats at the Phoenix in London, battle it out at the Bloomsbury Theatre on April 13th, to win the musical comedy crown of this prestigious competition.

All eleven finalists are now confirmed:

Paul ‘Silky’ White:

‘massively engaging guitar-playing stand-up whose instinctive rapport with audiences makes him welcome wherever he goes.’ – Guardian Guide (Pick of the Week)

The Dragprov Revue:

★★★★★ – ‘I do not have enough superlatives to describe how incredible this inimitable act is… Filled me with so much joy.’ – The Pink Times

Katie Pritchard:

WINNER 2Northdown New Act of the Year 2019

★★★★ ‘Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining’ – Female Arts Magazine

‘Inventive and hilarious’ – Broadway Baby

Jamie Finn:

‘Expert sense of timing with a controlled and confident delivery that had the audience in stitches. Hugely entertaining!’

– Ed Chappel, Founder of the MCA

Huge Davies:

‘Jet black, funny and unsettling’ – Chortle

‘Clearly an act that will be going places’ – Bruce Dessau

Louis Burgess:

High energy musical comedian. Selection of choice song parodies mixed with innovative sample-based set implementing sound bites, raps, beatboxing, live voice-over and more. Online viral star with over 50 Million views worldwide. Seen & heard on Radio 4, ITV, UNILAD, Metro, Viralthread, LOADED and more.

Matt Hutson:

Matt Hutson is a delicate flower in a harsh world. When he feels, he feels, he really feels. Armed only with his guitar and a few poorly conceived coping strategies, Matt desperately tries to keep his shit together.

It’s proper songwriting, not a cheap lyric swap.’ – Chortle.

Joe Jacobs:

His live shows effortlessly flit between hip hop and comedy and he’s been seen/heard on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, Radio 1XTRA, plus gained millions of viral video views online.

‘Comedy Gold’ Broadway Baby ★★★★

Maris Piper:

“Brilliant mash-ups with great vocals – held the room in the palm of their hand.” Ed Chappel, MCA founder

Charlie Partridge:

“Utterly bonkers musical and character comedy from hilarious German electro-rap superstar. Very original and very funny!” – Ed Chappel, MCA founder

Stepdads:

Stepdads are a funk-comedy duo who wish they were your real dad (but who are glad he went to prison). A fever dream of a double act filled with surreal songs, stupidity and the sanctity of marriage. Guaranteed to erase your memories of childhood and replace them with better ones. Leicester Square Sketch Off Runners Up 2019

There will also be a performance from our 2019 Best Newcomers, Hadfield and Swan!

Featuring a special headline set from the Brett Domino Trio

‘This YouTubing Leeds duo perform wonderfully inventive covers of pop songs, largely using the world’s most underrated instrument: the keytar. Well worth catching.’ Time Out

Hosted by MCA legend Nick Horseman

(Press for H&L)

An excellent hour of comedy” **** (British Comedy Guide)

“Very funny” **** (ThreeWeeks)

As the Musical Comedy Awards demonstrate, the genre is currently bursting with talent.’ Time Out