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2Northdown New Act Competition 2021 open for entries

2Northdown has launched its third New Act Competition, with heats set to kick off in January 2021.

The 2020 contest was won by Leo Reich (pictured), who went on to appear on shows including Comedy Central At The Edinburgh Fringe and Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club.

The competition is open to all types of comedy, with sketch, character and alternative acts encouraged to apply.

They say: "Following Leo Reich's victory last year, we can't wait to see what round three brings!"

Due to Covid -19 restrictions, the heats this time will be held at 2Northdown's new sister venue, 21Soho.

Heats will run from 18th January to 15th March 2021, with semi-finals on the 5th & 12th April, leading up to the Grand Final on the 19th April.

Acts will be scored on their writing, performance, originality, innovation and star quality. The comics ranked highest by both the audience and the industry judges will progress to the next stage.

The winner's prize includes £500, a paid spot on one of 2Northdown's monthly nights, a free hour long preview at 2Northdown in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe, "plus other exciting prizes." The runner up will also win a paid spot on a 2Northdown mixed bill and a free hour-long preview at 2Northdown.

Applicants must be 18+, must not have been performing regularly for more than 5 years, must not yet have made their Edinburgh Fringe debut and must have at least 10 minutes of original material.

The deadline to apply is 31st December 2020.

To enter, fill in the form on

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