NATYS: New Acts of the Year Show

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The NATYS (New ActS of The Year), previously known as The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year is a long-running annual national competition for comedy and variety acts (not just stand-up comedy) that ran at the Hackney Empire theatre in London until 2010. Its aim is to discover and promote new stand-up comedy and variety talent. It left the Hackney Empire in 2010, with the first post-empire show at the Barbican in 2011, Stratford Circus in 2012, and since 2013 has found a new home at The Bloomsbury Theatre

History[edit]

Roland and Claire Muldoon, of underground theatre group CAST, pioneered "new variety", auditioning many of the acts that became the new wave of comedy and performance in the UK. The process evolved into the New Act of the Year Show produced by Claire and compered by Roland from 1982.[citation needed] In 1986 they took over the Hackney Empire and ran the NATY from 1987, with Linda Smith winning that year's award. It is currently produced by their organisation, New Variety Lives. The 2011 final was held at the Barbican Theatre, the 2012 final at Stratford Circus and both 2013 and 2014 finals were held at The Bloomsbury Theatreand returning there for the 2015 NATYS Showcase final.

Previous winners include Stewart Lee, Ardal O'Hanlon and Linda Smith. Eddie Izzard only came third. Harry Hill was a finalist. The final has been compered for many years by alternative comedian Arthur Smith.

In 2004, William Cook of The Guardian wrote that it "may not be the best known comedy award, but it might well be our most important".[1]

The 2006 final was considered to be "the best since 1994" according to William Cook of The Guardian. After the 2011 final, held at the Barbican Centre, Bruce Dessau of the London Evening Standard said the line-up confirmed ‘that there is more to the current comedy boom than Michael McIntyre wannabes exploring their man-drawers’,[2] Arthur Smith said of the night ‘I cannot recall another line up with a more eclectic range of styles and delivery’Arthur Smith (comedian)[this quote needs a citation]

In 2012, The Stage described it as a "display of endurance, sweat, and probable performance enhancing drugs", and "the most important show of the year for new comedy and variety talent"[3]

Other quotes: ‘This award has become a comedy institution. Past finalists have gone on to become household names, Presenting the pick of the crop’ Chortle[this quote needs a citation] comedy website.

Rules and eligibility[edit]

Entrants are acts seeking to become established on the live comedy circuit that are not as yet full-time paid professional acts, must have performed for at least one year and have recommendations from two established promoters/agents/venues. Previous finalists do not qualify.[citation needed]

Winners & finalists[edit]

2014 - The Bloomsbury Theatre

Top of The Bill - Alasdair Beckett-King Runners Up:

Garrett Millerick

Joint third - Twayna Mayne and Kelly Kingham

Finalists:

  • [4]Archie Maddocks
  • Candy Gigi Marham
  • Jo Coffey
  • Nick Hodder
  • Pete Dobbing
  • Thomas Ward
  • Thünderbards
  • Tina T'urner Tea Lady (Tracey Collins)
  • Vinegar
  • Wilson

'2013 - The Bloomsbury Theatre'

Top of the Bill - Paul F Taylor

Runners Up:

Sam Savage

Darren Walsh

Finalists

'2012 - Stratford Circus' [3]

* Patrick Cahill - winner

  • Mark Stephenson - second place
  • Adams and Rea - third place
  • Bobby Mair
  • Mark Simmons
  • Electro Future Beard Club
  • Luke Meredith
  • Under Dogs
  • Mae Martin
  • Russella
  • Tony Cowards
  • George Rowe
  • Stuart Mitchell
  • Myra Dubois
2011 - The Barbican
  • David Mills - winner
    • Prince Abdi - joint second place
    • Julian Deane - joint second place
    • Darius Davies - third place
    • Jav Jarquin - fourth place
    • Nat Tapley
    • Steve Aruni & Henry The Hoover
    • Asian Provocateurs
    • Joe Wells
    • Rachel Parris
    • David Trent
    • Tania Edwards
    • McNeil & Pamphilon
    • How do I get up there?

2010 - The Hackney Empire (final show at this venue) [5]

  • Abandoman - winner
  • Inel Tomlinson - second place
  • Frisky & Mannish - third place
  • Andrew Ryan - fourth place
    • Luke Benson
    • Jo Selby as Tatiana Ostrakova
    • Luke Graves
    • Giacinto Palmieri
    • Val Lee
    • Nathaniel Metcalfe
    • Alan Hudson
    • Dave Gibson
    • Alyssa Kyria as Ariadne the Greek WAG
    • Richard Rycroft
    • Sir Harold Hackney, Alternative Mayor of London


2009 [6]

  • Fergus Craig - winner
  • Seann Walsh - second place
  • David James - third place
    • Ross Ashcroft
    • Ro Campbell
    • Gary Colman
    • Jon Kudlick
    • Lady Garden
    • Grainne Maguire
    • Moonfish Rhumba
    • Craig Murray
    • Colin Owens
    • Jim Park
    • Jason Patterson
    • Piff the Magic Dragon
    • Ahir Shah
2008
2007
  • Luke Toulson - winner
  • Liz Carr - second place
  • Gareth Richards - third place
    • Crispin Flintoff - runner up
    • Christian Lee -runner up
    • Isma Almas
    • Evie Anderson
    • Tamika Campbell
    • Matt Grantham
    • Dan Hoy
    • Joe Kay
    • Teak Show
    • Holly Walsh
    • David Whitney
    • Maureen Younger
2006
2005
2004
  • Peter Aterman – winner
  • Kerry Godliman - second
  • Ava Vidal – third equal
    • Jaik Campbell – finalist
    • Roisin Conaty – finalist
    • Nelson David – finalist
    • James Goldbury – finalist
    • Pablo – finalist
    • Del Strain – finalist
    • Reverend Dick Tate – finalist
    • Vinell, Camel, Kiernan – finalist
2003
2002
  • Graham Anthony – winner
  • Nina Conti – second
    • Steve Day – finalist
    • Henrik Elmer - finalist
    • Vicky Frango – finalist
    • Patrick Monahan – finalist
    • Dave Palmer aka Dave Dynamite – finalist
    • Verity Welch - finalist
    • Graeme Casey - finalist
2001
2000
1999
  • Paul Sinha – runner-up
    • Mary Bourke – finalist
    • Shirley Goorwich - finalist
1998
1997
  • Jon Reed – winner
  • The Fluffy Brothers
  • Natalie Haynes
  • R David
1996
  • Noel Britten – winner
  • Kevin Precious - Finalist
  • Noel Kelly - Finalist
  • Jimbo - Finalist
1995
1994
1993
1991
  • Paul Tonkinson - winner
    • Nick Wilty - finalist
    • Neville Raven - finalist
    • Martin Davies - finalist
1990
1989
  • Keith Dover – winner
    • Niall MacAnna - second
1987

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Cook (3 March 2004) "Stand and deliver", The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  2. ^ Bruce Dessau (21 March 2011) "David Mills crowned New Comedy Act of the Year ", London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  3. ^ a b Tony Cooke (1 February 2012) "New Act of the Year Final 2012", The Stage
  4. ^ New Variety Lives
  5. ^ Tony Cooke (1 February 2010) "Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Final 2010", The Stage
  6. ^ Tony Cooke (19 January 2009) "Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Grand Final 2009", The Stage

7. http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/39515/new-act-of-the-year-final-2014 8. http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/review-new-acts-year-final-bloomsbury-theatre#sthash.t7BU5aMy.uxfs 9. http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jan/27/new-act-of-the-year-show-review 10. http://www.chortle.co.uk/gigreview/2014/01/27/19472/natys_2014_final

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