New Act of the Year 2020

After the great success of the launch of the New Act of the Year Competition 2019, we will once again be searching the country for the next big star!

New comedians have been invited to apply to take part in the competition in regional heats across the country.

Southampton – The Stage Door: Friday 31st Jan

Manchester – Hope Mill Theatre: Sunday 1st March

Glasgow – Rotunda Comedy: Sunday 8th March

Nelson – The Ace Centre: Saturday 28th March

The Semi-Final will be held as part of the Manford’s Comedy Festival at The Winter Gardens – Blackpool on Sat 2nd May.

Jason Manford will be the host for the Grand Final and will be joined by some esteemed judges to help choose the best act along with an audience vote. The winner will receive a £1000 prize, progression spots with Manford’s comedy clubs, presented with an award trophy and will also be invited to appear as a guest on Jason Manford’s Absolute Radio show. The runner up will receive a prize of £250 and the chance to progress with Manford’s comedy clubs.

Jason Manford said “One of the best things about having a chain of comedy clubs is that I get to see the names of all the new exciting acts coming through the ranks. This competition will enable us to give these new acts a bigger leg up, and I’ll get to see them all perform on the night”

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – successful applicants will be notified by 24th January 2020

Full competition terms & conditions can be found here Terms and conditions.