Union JACK Radio's Ones to Watch 2022

Ones To Watch in 2022

Radio station Union JACK has created a 'Comedians to Watch in 2022' list.

The comedians have been selected by promoters from The Frog & Bucket, Chuckle Busters, The Big Difference, Giggles Live, Funny Women and Comic Boom Comedy Club.

Below is the list, with the biographies as written by Union JACK:

Sam Williams

Sam Williams

Runner-up for the main prize at the Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2020 receiving rave reviews as a result of his performance, Williams describes himself as "your Mum's favourite bleach-haired, bisexual comedian" who "takes everyday subject matters and twists them in inventive and vivid ways". @scamwilliams

Fiona Ridgewell

Fiona Ridgewell

An upbeat, conversational comedian, Ridgewell's show Contender was nominated for Best Debut Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 - the same year that she also became a Funny Women Awards finalist. Along with her role as Resident MC at a gig in Titchfield, where she returns to her loyal and fun audience every month, she is otherwise busy making waves across the UK comedy circuit. @fiona_ridgewell

Jessie Nixon

BBC New Comedy Awards. Jessie Nixon. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment

With a wealth of plaudits already including BBC New Comedy Awards semi-finalist 2021, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist 2021 and Funny Women Stage Award's "One to Watch", it's no surprise that the panel selected Nixon for big things in 2022. Described as "delivering dynamic and erudite jokes with the confidence and sincerity of a drunk girl in a Wetherspoon's toilet", catch her while you can. @jessiestandsup

Sian Davies

Sian Davies

An award-winning, queer, working-class comedian from Liverpool, Davies was the winner of Best Debut Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2020, and runner-up in the Funny Women Stage Awards 2019. Described by respected comedy outlet Beyond The Joke as "a cross between Peter Kay and Zoe Lyons", she cites her own inspiration as being "all the women in my family and everyone I've met in the pub." siandaviescomedian.co.uk

Christian Jegard

Christian Jegard

A comedian, writer and actor, Jegard emerged on the stand-up scene in 2019, quickly earning recognition as a finalist in the Komedia New Comedy Awards in 2020 and being touted as someone to watch in comedy outlets including Chortle and British Comedy Guide. A runner-up for Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2021 and already gaining much acclaim for his online sketches and musical comedy videos, he is autistic and begins every day with hot chocolate (the drink, not the band). @JegardUK

Omar Badawy

So You Think You're Funny? 2021. Omar Badawy. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne

The winner of the coveted So You Think You're Funny? award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021, Badawy reveals a "mature comedic and storytelling prowess", providing unique insight gained from a childhood moving from Egypt to Wales to Cambridge. Previous winners read like a who's who of the comedy world, and include the likes of Peter Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Russell Howard, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, Romesh Ranganathan, Jack Whitehall and Aisling Bea. Big things are inevitably expected. @_omarbadawy_

Lauren Douglin

Lauren Douglin

A vibrant stand-up comedian, as well as a successful actor and writer, Douglin takes her honest and uplifting tales of being a big, brown girl from the seaside around the UK's stand-up comedy circuit. Her talents have clearly been noticed, with multiple accolades including reaching the quarter finals for New Comedian of the Year 2021 and the semi-finals of the Funny Women Stage Awards One to Watch list. laurendouglin.com

Marjolein Robertson

The Social Presents... Comedy. Marjolein Robertson. Copyright: BBC

Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson, Funny Women Stage Award's One to Watch 2021, has been gigging full-time since January 2019, explaining what life is like on a small island through surreal observations and true tales. Having established Shetland's improv troupe The Imposters, who perform regularly in the Isles, she cites the likes of Michelle Wolf, Daniel Sloss, Rose Matafeo and Bill Bailey as being among those who inspire her. marjoleinrobertson.com

Liz Guterbock

Liz Guterbock

A native Californian based in London, Guterbock excels in wry, story-driven stand-up, often giving a good picture of what happens with a Type-A personality moves to Britain, and things don't exactly go to plan. Nominated for Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2021 and a finalist in the 2019 Funny Women Awards, she is undoubtedly one to watch. @lizguterbock

Seeta Wrightson

BBC New Comedy Awards. Seeta Wrightson. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment

Head of Content for an advertising agency in Leeds, Seeta has also been taking the comedy circuit by storm, using her own life experiences to talk about her dual heritage and finding the funny in navigating the world as a brown, mixed-race woman, who grew up with no money and lots of attitude. A huge fan of Sara Pascoe and Lauren Pattison, as well as Rob Rouse and Tony Law, she notably became a semi-finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards 2021. @thebookish1


The comedians are the focus of a podcast series produced by Union JACK Radio, hosted by the station's drivetime presenter, Adam English. In each episode, the comedians talk about their career so far, some of their best (and worst) gigs, and what's in store for 2022. The podcasts are available to listen to in the JACK Radio Player.

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