The 99 Club Bursary returns

Tuesday 29th March 2022, 6:46pm

  • Female/non-binary comics taking their first solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe can apply for The 99 Club Bursary
  • Five acts will be selected to perform at a show in London in May, with £500 and £100 cash awards available
  • The deadline to apply via is 14th April
Image shows from L to R: Yuriko Kotani, Helen Bauer, Sophie Duker, Emily Woods, Janine Harouni

Comedy chain The 99 Club have reinstated their bursary scheme, which is focused on female and non-binary comedians who are taking their first full length solo comedy show to the Edinburgh Festival.

The scheme, which previously ran in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before being halted by the pandemic, will see cash prizes awarded to comics. Past bursary recipients include Sophie Duker, Sarah Keyworth, Helen Bauer, Catherine Bohart, Lauren Pattison and Janine Harouni.

The club explains: "Five shortlisted comedians will appear in a showcase at one of our West End venues in May, and will be judged by top industry professionals. Two comics will receive an award of £500, with the other 3 finalists receiving a £100 award."

The club says: "Previous bursary recipients have gone on from promising new acts to appearing on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Taskmaster and Comedy Central's Roast Battle.

"We value our ability to offer a platform for diverse voices, and know that there are many more talented female & non-binary comics out there. We look forward to working with emerging talents, and are honoured to provide a foundation for their artistic development."

Applications are open until 14th April. Full details can be found on

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