Get ready for a fabulous night of gay comedy

BY MOLLY SMITH

On 14 June 2022, this year’s final of Comedy Bloomers’ LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year will take place at The Clapham Grand, London. After a series of heats, the finalists will come face to face in front of a panel of judges and an eager audience. This year’s celebrity judging panel will be made up of Vinegar Strokes, Zoe Lyons, Stephen Bailey and Sikisa. The winner will win a headline slot at Comedy Bloomers and have their solo show filmed and streamed on Next Up Comedy. 

Comedy Bloomers is an event billed as a “night of Gay Comedy”, founded by Chris Smith in 2017. He initiated the night when he realised that queer comedy was still underrepresented in the LBGTQ+ community and mainstream comedy circuits. 

The 2022 final boasts a plethora of talent across nine contestants, excited to take to the stage for their chance to be crowned the LBGTQ+ New Comedian of the Year. Without further ado, it’s time to meet the finalists! 

Umby Winters is “the Goth Princess of Comedy. Nonbinary, pansexual, and Polyamorous, they come with the sort of adjectives that would make Piers Morgan break out in a cold sweat… Manic and mentally unstable, but never mean, Umby Winters brings their unique perspective of love and life from outside the gender binary.”

Ben Pollard is “a new comic fresh on the London scene, his signature blend of off-kilter comedy, poor dancing and irritatingly catchy tunes is sure to leave you thinking ‘So that’s why he had to leave the South West.'”

Lachlan Werner “is comedy’s poof prince of puppets. With a fast-growing following, ‘frenetic energy’ and small squishy witch always screaming over him – expect surprising physical comedy and voice throwing like never before. His solo show, Voices Of Evil was a recent sell out at London Horror Festival.”

Victoria Olsina “is the lesbian daughter of an Argentinian loanshark who came to the UK to steal jobs and steal women. So far she has only stolen the title of Semifinalist in the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020 and 2Northdown New Act Competition 2020.”

Dan Tiernan was “seen on Rosie Jones’ Disability Comedy Extravaganza (Dave), Tour Support for Jamali Maddix and Best Newcomer Nominee (Chortle).”

Alison Zrada is a “London-based comedian and nerd who did Classics at university and is determined to make it everyone else’s problem. Purveyor of dressing like an art teacher and history lessons thinly disguised as comedy.”

Dane Buckley is “the world’s only left-handed, Irish, Indian, gay comedian. Probably. Dane has won King Gong at the Comedy store, won The Blackout at Up The Creek and came second out of 200 for the Max Turner Prize 2022. He has played The Comedy Store, Top Secret Comedy, Vauxhall Comedy Club and has been on the same billing as Russell Howard. For a day job Dane manages a support service for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.”

Dee Allum is “the most interesting person to come out of Watford since Elton John. A comedian who came out as transgender just over a year ago, and started talking about it on stage within weeks because standup is cheaper than therapy. 2Northdown New Act winner 2021. Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian runner-up 2021. Pleasance Reserve 2022.”

Dick Denham is “non-binary, thirty-something, up-and-coming comedian and writer based in London, originally from the Isle of Wight. A hit with queer and straight crowds alike, Dick has audiences in stitches with their surreal observations on being genderqueer in a heteronormative world, and the aspects of British culture that we all love to be indifferent about usually.”

This exceptional line up is the making of a guaranteed good night out, and with a special performance from previous winner (2019), Charlie George, it’s one not to be missed.

You can get your tickets here.

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