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


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’!


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:


Results are in!!!


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!


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 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

First two finalists announced!

Paul ‘Silky’ White and The Dragprov Revue go directly through to the MCA final!

Having received the most audience and judge votes at our first Quarter-Final at the Phoenix on Feb 23rd, The Dragprov Revue and Paul ‘Silky’ White are now confirmed as the first two finalists who will compete to win the musical comedy crown on April 13th at the Bloomsbury!

Tickets are already selling fast for the final on April 13th, which will be headlined by the Brett Domino Trio and hosted by Nick Horseman. Here is a link to reduced tickets, which will only be available for a limited time:http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/3EkyHCsT6Q.

QF2 is sold out for next week, but we still have tickets available for our semi-finals with Mitch Benn and Micky P Kerr! All tickets via www.wegottickets.com/musicalcomedyawards.

Best of Musical Comedy Awards with Abandoman


We are thrilled to announce a special show taking place on May 9th as part of the Underbelly Festival: Best of Musical Comedy Awards with Abandoman! We can’t wait to welcome back our 2010 winner as our headliner! The show will be hosted by Audrey Heartburn (from Tracey Collins, the creator of Tina T’urner Tea Lady) and also feature performances from Jay Foreman, Joanna Neary and a few more acts to be confirmed. Book tickets ASAP here: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/best-of-musical-comedy-awards-with-abandoman