Get-Up Stand-Up! £1000 New Act Competition Announced!

We are delighted to announce our brand new competition, “GET-UP, STAND-UP”, aimed at finding the next stars of the live comedy circuit. The Stand-Up Club already curate the “£10,001 Petfringe Comedian Of The Year” competition, which attracts some of the top acts in the country, so this competition is a chance for newer acts to get in on the action and make a name for themselves.

Our main aim is to champion acts who are simply the funniest, and who arguably have the best chance of succeeding on the live circuit. The competition is judged primarily by professional comedians who are out there making people laugh at clubs around the UK and beyond, making them the most qualified people to judge a comedy competition in our opinion. There are a lot of competitions that where laughter, and ‘funny’, are less valued compared to a ‘message’ of some sorts. We just want to see our audiences laughing loads, whether the comedy be silly, political, topical, musical, observational, or any other type. The first prize is worth at least £1000 to the winner, and of course the whole competition will give us a chance to see new acts and progress them to The Stand-Up Club professional shows.

  • Acts must have been gigging for 5 years or less.
  • All material must be original and written by the act performing it
  • Ten heats, each with 12 acts, the top 3 in each heat go through to the semi-final.
  • Each act will perform a 5 minute set, the order of which will be drawn out of a hat at the start of the night.
  • Judging categories will concentrate on writing prowess, performance/delivery of material, and general enjoyability. Random members of the audience will be given voting slips which will account for 25% of the marks.
  • All heats, the semi-finals and the Final will take place at The Stand-Up Club in the Comedy Pub, Piccadilly.
  • To enter, please fill out the entry form HERE
  • Deadline for entry Friday 6 July, 5pm

Heats: Tuesdays, 8pm
Sept 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6
Semi-Finals: Tuesdays, 8pm
Nov 13, 20, 27


1st Place: £500 cash + paid professional gigs (worth minimum £500)
2nd Place: Paid pro gigs at The Stand-Up Club (worth minimum £500)
3rd Place: Paid pro gigs at The Stand-Up Club (worth minimum £250)
(paid gigs will be offered in 2019)

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