The BCG Pro Talent Award for Performance runs from August to October each year.
We want to find and encourage the best new and upcoming stand-ups, sketch groups, live character acts and other comic performers operating in the United Kingdom. For the first stage of this contest we'd like you to submit a video (or audio) clip of you performing, for the consideration of our judging panel.
The judges will invite six acts to battle it out in our live final (details TBC) where the winner will be decided. BCG Pro Starter members can also enter this contest - the winner in this case will be determined via the video entries, and they will be invited to perform a set at the final.
Aside from bragging rights, shortlisted finalists will be showcased here at British Comedy Guide and to the industry in BCG Pro. Prizes for the main winner will include expert coaching and a gig slot at a top club. The BCG Pro Starter member with the best entry will also receive mentoring and advice.
This competition is open to BCG Pro members who live in the UK. As we're looking to shine a light on up-and-coming talent, this competition is not open to those who perform regularly on TV and/or radio, or who already have a big enough audience to tour large (500+ seat) rooms as the only act. Essentially, sorry, but if your name is Tom Allen you're too established to enter!
You just need to submit a video or audio submission: ideally a recording made at a live gig, but if you don't have a tape of you in action, a recording in your bedroom is fine. Video is preferred if available.
Each BCG Pro member may submit one entry to the contest, either by themselves as an individual or on behalf of a partnership or group. Entries can be in audio or video form, as long as the performance/material is legible. We recommend a run-time of circa 5-minutes for your clip.
Simply fill in our entry form with the requisite details.
The deadline to enter is 23:59 on Saturday 31st October 2020.
When we planned this contest we had intended that entrants would be able to record and submit from their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as club spots and tour performances in the autumn. Whilst this is clearly no longer possible, we hope that enough comics have recent recordings of their material to enter, and so are opening the contest on the intended timetable in support of the industry.
We were also set on hosting a live final in the weeks running up to Christmas. However, we will not run an event until it is sensible and safe to do so. This means we may be forced to delay or cancel the live final aspect of the contest entirely. We will keep entrants informed of developments and entries may be withdrawn at any time. Similarly, prizes available are subject to change but we will do our best to deliver a comparable opportunity as soon as possible.
What are you waiting for? Submit your material now - and good luck!
If you have any questions, do get in touch.
You must be a BCG Pro subscriber to enter the Talent Awards. If you are already a subscriber, please sign in now to access the entry form. If you're not yet a member, why not sign up now? BCG Pro offers tools, insights and more to help you create comedy.
This competition is open for entries from 1st August 2020 until 23:59 on 31st October 2020. Do not leave it until the day of deadline to submit your entry as you will leave yourself no time for troubleshooting. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.
Our judges will pick six BCG Pro members to take part in the live final, based on digesting up to 5 minutes of their material as submitted. 10 minutes' stage time will be available for each act, with a judging panel picking an overall winner based on the performances at the live final.
The judges viewing the submitted entries will also pick a BCG Pro Starter winner, who will be invited to perform at the live final.
Arrangements for the live final cannot be made at present due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. BCG Pro will decide how to proceed as soon as possible, notifying shortlisted finalists of arrangements. Travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered. If a live final event has not been arranged by 1st February 2021, we will explore other judging protocols, potentially referring back to original submission material.
The BCG Pro Starter member who wins will be offered mentoring and advice, achieved by pairing them up with an industry expert or experienced comedian. The BCG Pro member who wins will also be offered mentoring, advice and coaching from experienced professionals. Should their act be suitable, we will also endeavour to secure them a paid spot at a leading comedy club in their area.
Each BCG Pro subscriber can submit one recording for consideration. You may use your entry opportunity to submit individually or on behalf of a team/collective.
Any material can be submitted, provided there is a web link to it. However, judges will not have time to view sets longer than 5 minutes in length. You may wish to edit and submit highlights accordingly.
All entries must be the original material of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
This award is for up-and-coming talent, and thus performers who regularly work on television and/or radio, or who can run a tour of large venues (500+ seats) as the sole act, cannot be considered. Do get in contact if you'd like to check your eligibility.
You must reside in the UK to enter this competition. Whilst you may enter this competition if you are under 18 years old, please be aware there may be venue age restrictions in place.