Who will win the 12th 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 2020 WeGotTickets MCA will see ten finalists who have progressed through a series of heats at the Phoenix in London, battle it out at the Bloomsbury Theatre on April 4th, to win the musical comedy crown of this prestigious competition. A sell-out event every year since 2009.
Our confirmed finalists so far include:
Richard Lindesay is a musical comedian whose act is a surprising and surreal mixture of the flute and other woodwind instruments.
He started performing comedy in Australia in 2013 and quickly made an impact by reaching the finals of Sydney comedy competitions. Since then Richard has performed professionally in comedy clubs and festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and mainland Europe.
‘Richard is a comedy wunderkind!’
Tim Ferguson, from Australian musical comedy troupe, Doug Anthony All Stars
Alex is a musical comedian who is the resident musical guest at comedy night Fresh Chestnuts. He is also a playwright (School Play, **** The Guardian, the Independent, the Stage, Evening Standard, TimeOut), and was nominated for Most Promising New Playwright at the Off West End Awards 2018. He is one third of sketch trio Princes of Main (“consistently funny… able to get laughter from all sorts of angles” — Chortle). He has performed at Latitude Festival and London Wonderground on the South Bank. He’ll probably be up for a pint after the show.
“proper laughs and sparky writing… the future of sketch comedy is in safe hands” — The Telegraph
“hilarious” — The List
“ridiculously hilarious” — the Skinny
Shelf are a comedy double act from South London.
Shelf is made up of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde. Already lifelong friends, they started performing as Shelf in 2015. Shelf started out at open mic nights, honing a style that is “a winning hybrid of sketch show and standup” (Edfringe Review).
Since their formation, Shelf have performed at Bestival, London Pride, and been nominated for Sketchfest’s Best New Act award. Their work has appeared on BBC3 and LADBible. They are founding members of sell out monthly night The LOL Word, which showcases queer women and non binary comedians from across the London comedy circuit. They are board members of the cult hit Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, with whom they regularly perform in London and Edinburgh.
“…cool and relevant”
EdFringe Review ****
“a winning hybrid of sketch show and standup”
A classically trained singer, Amy accidentally started comedy in 2019 when she was commissioned to write a 2 minute long song showcasing her voice and realised she could combine her favourite things – singing and trying to make people laugh.
After winning her first ‘Beat The Frog’ in May 2019 at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket, Amy sang at the World Series finals in October. She also went on a 10-date summer tour of open spots stopping at Edinburgh Fringe, London and Manchester. Since then, Amy has performed live on air on BBC Radio Manchester and is excited to be a finalist in the Musical Comedy Awards.
As well as her ‘2 minute song’ which is accompanied by ukulele, the other songs in her set are accompanied by music software, Ableton. Amy uses Ableton and a midi keyboard to create backing tracks, samples and sounds live on stage.
“Phenomenal and versatile singer” Chortle
“I wish I could be that funny and impressive” BBC Radio Manchester
Featuring a headline performance from the acclaimed musical comedian and prolific writer, TOM BASDEN!
As seen in After Life, Plebs, Quacks, W1A, The Wrong Mans, BBC4 sketch show Cowards and feature film David Brent – Life on the Road; creator of hit plays Party, Holes, The Crocodile and Joseph K; co-writer of Plebs, Gap Year, Peep Show, Fresh Meat and The Wrong Mans; Radio 4 regular in his sitcom Party and ‘Lord’ in Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme.
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer winner in 2007, British Comedy Award Best Breakthough Act nominee in 2013, nominated for three Chortle Awards and three BAFTAs.
Hosted by MCA resident MC, Nick Horseman!