News: Entries Open for NATYS 2020

Entries are invited for the 2020 New Acts of the Year Competition. For the second year running the final will be back at its original venue, the Hackney Empire, where it started out over thirty years ago.

The annual showcase, hosted by Jo Brand, will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020 following a series of heats.


News: Line Up Revealed For New Act Of The Year 2019

The line-up has been confirmed for the New Act Of The Year 2019, which takes place on February 2. 

This year's competition returns to the Hackney Empire, its spiritual home where the competition started out in the 1980s.

Previous finalists are pictured in the image here - they include Russell Brand, Catherine Tate and Stewart Lee. Daniel Kitson is also a past finalist.


News: Entry Now Open For New Acts of the Year Competition

Update 9/11:  Entry is now open for auditions in the bar next to the Hackney Empire on Jan 7/8, 19/20, 21/22 with up to 16 acts chosen, compered by Otiz Cannelloni. Register at the link below.


Entries are invited for the 2019 New Acts of the Year Competition. This is a big year for the show as it will be returning to its original venue, the Hackney Empire, where it started out over thirty years ago.


Review: New Acts Of The Year Final 2018, Rich Mix, E1

The organisers of this long-running competition have the motto "New Variety Lives" but this year's show seemed to specialise in old variety. While this final has previously thrown up stand-up greats such as Stewart Lee, Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand, 2018's laugh-off had a distinct whiff of vaudeville about it. It was even hosted by a speciality act, magician Otiz Cannelloni, rather than usual MC Arthur Smith.


News: New Act Of The Year 2018 - Results

Spoof mentalist Ada Campe has won the NATY top of the bill prize at Rich Mix in London.

By day Campe is theatre historian Naomi Paxton.

Polish stand-up Maggie Kowalski was runner up and musical act Huge Davis and mock bluesman Bunny Hopkyns were joint third. 

The compere was Otiz Cannelloni.

Full review here.


News: Entries Open For New Act of the Year

Entries are now open for the New Act of the Year 2017 competition. Previous finalists include Russell Brand, Daniel Kitson, Eddie izzard and Harry Hill.

Last year's winner was Bilal Zafar, who is now managed by top agency Avalon and is taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.


News: New Acts of the Year 2016 Results

East Londoner Bilal Zafar has been chosen as 'Top of the Bill' at this year's New Acts of the Year final at the Leicester Square Theatre. The competition, which used to be held at the Hackney Empire, no longer chooses winners, but Zafar was chosen as the best act by the judges today. 

Zafar's set tells the story of how a joke about him running a cake shop that would only serve Muslims escalated and he ended up getting abuse from the English Defence League.


News: NATYS Final Line-Up Confirmed

The line-up for the final of the annual New Acts of the Year has been confirmed.


News: Daniel Duffy Wins NATYS – Full Results

Irish comedian Daniel Duffy (alias Michael Stranney) has won "top-of-the-bill" at this year's NATYS competition at the Bloomsbury Theatre this evening. Joint second were Jenny Collier and The Herbert (alias Spencer Jones). 3rd place went to Francis Foster. 

Read full review here


News: New Act of the Year Final – Line-Up Announced

The line-up of this year's New Act of the Year Top-of-the-Bill showcase has been confirmed. The 15 acts below will appear at the Bloomsbury Theatre on January 25, 2015.

The show will be hosted by Arthur Smith and 2014’s Top-of-the-Bill Act, Alasdair Beckett-King will headline the gig. 


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