Comedy Bloomers LGBTQ+ Comedian of the year is set for The Clapham Grand on June the 14th 2022. Fresh comedy talents on the circuit have the chance to compete for the title of LGBTQ+ Comedian of the year and they can win prizes that include a trophy and their own solo show which will be professionally streamed on the leading comedy platform Next Up Comedy, home of the best stand-up. Next Up Comedy will also be streaming the final competition.

This year’s finalists include; Dick Denham, Ben Pollard, Lachlan Werner, Umby Winters, Alison Zrada, Dee Allum, Dane Buckley, Victoria Olsina, and Dan Tiernan. These acts will be competing in the finals at The Clapham Grand on June the 14th 2022, where the audience vote on their favourites of the night.

Celebrity judges on the night include Zoe Lyons, Vinegar Strokes, Sikisa and Stephen Bailey will be critiquing their performance, making this an exceptional night of comedy entertainment.

Chris Smith founded Comedy Bloomers in 2017 having concluded that the LGBTQ+ comedy scene was underrepresented within both the LGBTQ+ scene and mainstream comedy. Comedy Bloomers is home of the LBGTQ+ New Comedian of the Year, a competition primarily aimed at acts on the open spot circuit no more than 5 years who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Chris is ecstatic to finally announce that the competition is now open again, bringing the final show to The Clapham Grand on June the 14th 2022 for the final of ‘LBGTQ+ New Comedian of the Year’. Chris said “The support we have had in the LGBTQ community from the judges, performers and audiences has been incredible over the last two months. The judging panels so far including Ella Vaday, Rachel Parris, Jordan Gray and Scott Capurro added so much joy to the semi-finals and with our celebrity panel at the finals voting along with the audience this is an important night for the LGBTQ+ Comedy community and a unique celebration of all the individual voices that the finalists will bring”

This year’s competitions have featured RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season three finalist Ella Vaday, who hopes her appearance at the ‘Comedy Bloomers LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year’ will “shape the future of LGBTQ+ comedy” after judging the semi-finals back in early May, with the competition about to host the final round.

Ella Vaday was not the only celebrity judge for the competition heats this year, Scott Capurro, Rachel Parris and Jordan Gray were also part of the celebrity judging panels. They all offered feedback for the contestants and have loved supporting such a wonderful and important celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in comedy.

After the second semi-finals celebrity judge Rachel Parris said “It’s been an absolute pleasure to see such amazing talent and such a variety of acts with so much positive energy. It was really hard to decide who should go through, everyone we saw tonight I think we’ll see in bigger places, on TV but we found an outstanding 4 comedians to go through and I can’t wait to see what they do next”

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