Kit Loyd wins BCG Pro Performance Awards 2023

Friday 15th December 2023, 10:17am

Kit Loyd

Kit Loyd has won the BCG Pro Talent Awards: Performance 2023.

Loyd uses audio visuals to perform one person sketch comedy. His split bill Nightwatchman show was included on The Scotsman's 'Best Edinburgh Fringe Comedy' list in the summer, and his biography explains: "His strength lies in his physical comedy. He is tall, lanky and can contort his body and twist his face into the most absurd shapes."

Loyd says: "Thank you British Comedy Guide, I'm over the moon. I loved meeting and watching all the other acts. My mum came and said my dancing has improved, so that's a bonus!"

Here is the video of Loyd's set:

Hosted by Shaparak Khorsandi, the other finalists appearing in the live show were Omar Ibrahim, Jane Postlethwaite and Maxine Wade. Low Effort Sketches had also been shortlisted but couldn't make the live final due to illness.

BCG Pro Performance Awards 2023. Image shows left to right: Kit Loyd, Maxine Wade, Jane Postlethwaite, Omar Ibrahim, Ollie Fox

Ollie Fox, previously announced as the winner in the competition's Starter category, also performed during the live final held at London's Museum Of Comedy and was presented with a trophy.

Ollie is a London-based comedian. As a student he was a Chortle Student Comedy Award semi finalist, and has made waves on the comedy circuit since, winning gong shows around the country, including the infamous Top Secret Comedy Club gong show as a 22 year-old. He was described in the Notts Comedy Review as "Impressive ... he'll be quite formidable".

On receiving the news of his win, he said: "Really pleased to be chosen as the winner, this award has been won by some great and lovely comedians the last few years which is always nice. Pretty sick."

This was the fourth BCG Pro Talent Awards for Performance competition. To enter, comedians submitted videos through BCG Pro, British Comedy Guide's platform for comedy creatives, with judges selecting the best five acts to compete in the live final. This year's judges were critic Bruce Dessau, agent Frances Greenfield and promoters Becky Webster and David Hardcastle.

The 2024 competition will open for entries in August. Find out more

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