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Sketch Club in association with Gilded Balloon Productions present

Best New Sketch Act 2013

What has long been known as one of London’s most popular Sketch Comedy showcases, Sketch Club is back! And this time they are bringing with them a new type of comedy competition focused entirely on the precise art of Sketch and Character Comedy. With the support of Gilded Balloon, one of the top venues on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Best New Sketch Act of 2013 is set to change the way sketch and character comedy is perceived in the industry.

Participants in Best New Sketch Act of 2013 are going to be presented with some of the most valuable opportunities available to emerging talent in the United Kingdom. The competition has already garnered a lot of attention from industry big hitters, including the BBC, Zeppotron and a host of some of the biggest independent comedy producers in the UK. The final of the competition will be hosted at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, home of the original stand-up comedy competition for new-comers Foster’s So You Think You’re Funny, with the incredible prize being a full run at the Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014. Previous performers in Sketch Club include Cardinal Burns, Pappy’s, award-winning BBC double act Colin and Fergus, and Joe Wilkinson.

There are still a very limited number of places left for those interested in taking part, with heats running once a month at Downstairs at the Kings Head. To register your interest in participation, send examples of work to

‘This show is mesmerising… Flashes of true brilliance’  Time Out

‘We want to support the best up and coming Sketch and Character comedians in the UK. Sketch Club is the best place to find them.’
Karen Koren, Artistic Director of the Gilded Balloon


Venue: Downstairs at the Kings Head, 2 Crouch Hill, London N8 8AA Dates: 26th February, 26th March, 30th April, 28th May, 25th June, 30th July. Tickets: £8
Times: 20:00  Web:


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