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The long wait is over! After twice being postponed due to the pandemic we are actually going to have our 2020 WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards Final! Who will win the 12th 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 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 10th, to win the musical comedy crown of this prestigious competition. A sell-out event every year since 2009.
FIRST EVER MCA LIVE STREAM!
Teaming up with the powerful reach of the hugely successful comedy subscription service NextUp, who have developed an incredible way to amplify the joy, laughter and power of live comedy to an unlimited global audience online, the MCA final will be streamed for the first time. We are so thrilled to be working with NextUp, who will help us to bring the MCA final to a huge online audience of dedicated comedy fans and break down the physical and geographical barriers for musical comedy fans around the world.
Purchasing a streaming ticket for the final will also provide you with discounted access to their phenomenal catalogue of comedy specials from rising stars and household names. Check out their A-Z of shows on their website – quite simply the world’s best comedians all in one place online. Online ticket-holders will also be able to vote online for their audience favourite (cash prize of £250). Industry judges will decide on the winner of the MCA (cash prize of £750) and our 2020 Best Newcomer will also be announced (cash prize of £200). In 2021, NextUp members also get access to all of their live-streamed shows (50+) throughout the year, from all over the country and beyond. Check them out at Nextupcomedy.com. 10% discount off the first year with code MCA2021.
Our confirmed finalists so far include:
Stepdads is a funk-comedy double act that wish they were your dad (but who are glad he went to prison). Luke Rollason and Tom Penn are guaranteed to erase your memories of childhood and replace them with better ones.
Sketch Off 2019 – 2nd Place
Musical Comedy Awards 2019 – 2nd Place
Sketch Off 2020 – Finalists
“It might be funny to perform in your pants and fall over but it’s hardly pushing the comedy envelope.” (Bruce Dessau)
Alex is not only a gifted musical comedian, but also a critically acclaimed playwright (School Play), was nominated for Most Promising New Playwright at the Off West End Awards 2018 and is one third of sketch trio Princes of Main (“consistently funny… able to get laughter from all sorts of angles” — Chortle).
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.
THE SKINNY”…cool and relevant”EdFringe Review”a winning hybrid of sketch show and standup.”
Amy accidentally fell into comedy in 2019 when she was commissioned to write a song about a ‘show-off’ singer and realised she could combine her two favourite things – singing and trying to make people laugh. As well as being a 2019 ‘Beat the Frog’ finalist in Manchester, Amy has performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and has a weekly feature on BBC Radio Manchester’s Friday afternoon show.
“Phenomenal and versatile singer” Chortle
“Funny and impressive” BBC Radio Manchester
2 MOUTHED MEN
Beatboxing. Sketch Comedy. At the same time. 2 Mouthed Men is a brand-new musical comedy act taking the UK by storm. Utilising beatboxing, rap, poetry, guitar, bass and looping, Daniel Stanger-Corwell and James Hawley are a double act for the modern age and bring their insane energy to the stage every time, putting the audience in stitches.
★★★★★ “Simply fantastic” – BingeFringe
“A ★★★★★ box of comedy beats!” – The Review Chap
‘Fun. Fresh. And fantastically funky!’ London Theatre Reviews
Jamie has been performing musical comedy for two years. He writes songs about his mundane and deeply awkward love life. Jamie draws upon his real life experiences and makes them rhyme. What larks! This is the second year in a row Jamie has made it to the final of the MCA’s and over the moon that he gets to perform at the lovely Bloomsbury in October!’
Bennet started writing and performing sketch comedy at university in Leeds, where he also began performing his surreal brand of musical comedy. In the last 3 years he has been a finalist in several national comedy competitions and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy Writing Initiative in 2019 for the sitcom he co-wrote.
“a very good set” – NottsComedyReview
“witty musical comedy” – GetReading.co.uk
“assured set” – British Comedy Guide
Chris Rio is a fresh-faced comic based in Cardiff and has stormed his way into the finals of the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards (much to his own surprise). He adopts a joyful and introspective style and, with the help of his trusty ukulele, has a knack of finding the awkwardness in almost any situation. When he’s not on stage he’s a playworker; gleefully getting paid to play Monopoly with 7 year olds.
CANADIANS IN SPACE
Do you remember the good old days, when a song with a dance routine was all the rage? Canadians In Space are from Barnsley, South Yorkshire and have never been to Canada. They are a songwriting duo (trio when live) and perform mildly hilarious pop songs so colloquial or irrelevant that the comedic interjections are often unintentional but necessary. They journey through space and time (mostly time) rediscovering their imagined shared past in a village neither grew up in. They are considered pioneers in the Soap Popera genre, based on the fact they coined the phrase and, in turn, the genre. If you love music and comedy then you are guaranteed 50% satisfaction.
A favourite of live bookers across the UK, Tom Taylor has previously supported Simon Munnery, John Kearns and Abandoman on tour, reached the final of English Comedian of the Year 2018 and performed on Radio 2 and Radio 4 as part of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award.
“Wave after wave of funny … a genuine joy” – The Scotsman
Plus a set from our 2020 Best Newcomers, BEST FRIENDS CABARET!
Best Friends Alice and Livvy met at university in 2018 and have been codependent ever since. They first performed Best Friends Cabaret in the 2019 Camden Fringe Festival, and also appeared in Shook: The Art of Being a Millennial, before taking part in the MCAs. Contrary to appearances, by day they have surprisingly serious jobs: Livvy manages a theatre and Alice manages actors.
Featuring a headline performance from the Amused Moose People’s Champion of 2019 and the winner of our competition ‘Crooners Against Corona,’ ARCHIE HENDERSON!
We first saw Archie as part of sketch act Two Plus Ones in the 2017 WeGotTickets MCA, where he and the group won the Best Newcomer Act for that year. The next year Archie came joint 2nd as a solo artist in the 2018 WeGotTickets MCA. He has since released an album of comedy funk songs as Jazz Emu (over 400k listeners across all platforms) and co-created a Twitter thread with Adrian Gray titled ‘Best Song of Every Decade’, which has racked up over 3 million views and featured as an official ‘Twitter moment’. His videos are downright hilarious and breathtakingly original.
“A very funny man” Greg James, BBC Radio 1
“A phenomenal level of production” ★★★★ The Wee Review
“This is a talent that’s on the rise” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Highly entertaining, and deserving of attention as a breakthrough act.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
Hosted by MCA resident MC and MCA legend, the one and only NICK HORSEMAN!