The 3 heats for last year’s Best New Sketch Act took place in London on Friday 5 June, Friday 12 June and Friday 10 July. Venue: Downstairs at the Kings Head. Two acts from each heat qualified for the final. Here are the line-ups from the heats.
Heat 1 (Friday 5 June 2015):
Kitten Killers, The United Colours of Comedy, Marshall & Hart, Croft & Pearce, Steve Palace. Qualifyers: Marshall & Hart, Croft & Pearce. Runners-Up: Kitten Killers.
Compere: Doug Faulkner. Judges: Penelope Solomon (BBC London 94.9), Tom Barrie (Artistic Director, The Arthouse), Brian West (Producer, Sketch Club)
Heat 2 (Friday 12 June 2015):
Minor Delays, Laughing Stock, Loren O’Brien, Legion of Doom, Omar & Amir, Mid-Brow. Compere: Brian Luff. Judges: Penelope Solomon, (Critic, BBC Radio London) Tom Barrie (Comedy Promoter Boom Tish, Artistic Director, The Art House), Rosie Wilby (Comedian). Qualifiers: Laughing Stock & Mid-Brow. Runners-Up: Minor Delays.
Heat 3 (Friday 10 July 2015):
Shelf, Chinfinger, Shirley & Shirley, Flip & Maggie: Women of an Uncertain Age, Guilt & Shame, Best Boy. Compere: Brian Luff. Judges: Penelope Solomon, (Critic, BBC Radio London), Alex Rochford (Comedy Agent, booker at Comedy Store, Assembly and Brighton Comedy Festival, Ivor Baddiel (Comedy writer/Script Associate ITV). Qualifiers: Shirley & Shirley, Best Boy. Runners-Up: Shelf.
Heats and Winners 2014
Heat 1: Competing Acts: Croft and Pearce, Zazu, UnderDogs, Burgis and Mann, Sketchy Theatre, The Dead Secrets, Massive Dad.
Comperes: Revan & Fennell. Judges: Ben Caudell (Zeppotron Productions), Dave Cohen (Comedy Writer). Qualifyers: Massive Dad (pictured), UnderDogs . Runners-Up: Croft & Pearce.
Heat 2: Competing Acts: Hennessy & Friends, Rat, Dead Pony Society, Cook and Davies, Legion Of Doom, Fun Bags, Chinfinger. Comperes: Revan & Fennell. Judges: Ivor Baddiel (Comedy writer/Script Associate ITV) Doug Faulkner (Producer, Sketchy Collective), Brian West (Channel 4 comedy writer, producer Sketch Club & Think Funny). Qualifyers: Fun Bags, Hennessy & Friends. Runners up: Legion Of Doom
Heat 3: Competing Acts: This Glorious Monster, Masters of None, The Jest, Muju, Lead Pencil, Mugging Chickens, Discount Comedy Checkout. Judges: Simon Lipson (Comedy writer/performer, BBC Radio), Tom Barrie, (Comedy Promoter/Venue Director The Art House), Jack Cheshire (BBC comedy development producer). Compere: Brian Luff. Qualifyers: This Glorious Monster, Lead Pencil. Runners Up: Mugging Chickens
Go here to view Heats & Winners 2013