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The New Comedian of the Year Competition — (Leicester Square Theatre, London)

Tonight I’m off to watch the New Comedian of the year Competition at the Leicester Square Theatre.

New Comedian of the Year 2014

New Comedian of the Year 2014

It’s a big line up of hungry fresh comics, well, I say fresh, they all seem to have quite a few gigs under their belts and some have even gone pro…

Turns out the competition is open to anyone who hasn’t won or been in the final. This does make things slightly more tricky for someone like myself (a new comedian) who has only 24 gigs under my belt.

Right, it’s time to see who is involved.

New Comedian of the Year 2014 Finalists

New Comedian of the Year 2014 Finalists (photo by Steve Ullathorne)

Chris Betts
Jenny Collier
Dimitri 
Nick Elleray
Andy Field
Francis Foster
Gatis Kandis
Ian Lane
Twayna Mayne
Evelyn Mok
Joshua Ross
Joe Sutherland
Don Tran
Benji Waterstones

There was some brilliant one-liners, crazy stories, random situations and misunderstandings. The standard was really high and I have already contacted at least half of them for spots at the Underground Comedy Club in Notting Hill and our second venue in Liverpool St. I especially loved Jenny Collier, Joshua Ross (Winner), Don Tran (Second) and Gatis Kandis, who were all very very funny.

 Jenny Collier performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final

Jenny Collier performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final (photo by Steve Ullathorne)

Don Tran performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final

Don Tran performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final (Photo by Steve Ullathorne)

Joshua Ross performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final

Joshua Ross performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final (photo by Steve Ullathorne)

Gatis Kandis performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final

Gatis Kandis performing at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2014 Final (photo by Steve Ullathorne)

It’s just amazing how many different ways people can make others laugh. I am definitely getting involved with this competition next year.


Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.


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