UK Stand-up Comedy Competitions

Entering stand-up competitions is a great way to build more experience as a performer, and winning even a low profile competition can add some weight to your comedy CV.

There are a lot of stand-up comedy competitions in the UK, ranging from high profile events run by broadcasters and large promoters, to smaller contests organised by clubs and local comedy festivals.

As of January 2022 the state of stand-up comedy competitions in the UK is a little chaotic thanks to the ongoing pandemic. Many of the regular events are on hiatus, with little information about whether they will even run this year, while some of the smaller events seem to have disappeared entirely.

On this page I’ve listed all the competitions that still look as though they might be running, even if they haven’t updated their websites recently. I’ll try to add more detail as soon as the organisers clarify the situation.

If any competitions or details are missing, contact me via my Facebook page and I’ll update.

Chortle Student Comedy & Student Comedy Awards
BBC New Comedy Award
Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards
So You Think You’re Funny
Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year
Leicester Comedy Festival – Silver Stand Up Competition
Amused Moose Comedy Awards
Laughing Horse – New Act of the Year
Comedy Virgins – Max Turner Prize
Funny Women Awards
Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off
Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year
South Coast Comedian Of The Year
Southport New Comedian of the Year
Musical Comedy Awards