Pictured above: some of the great female acts who have performed with us over the years
Bursary for Female and Non-Binary Comedians
The 99 Club is London’s biggest employer of stand-up comics and has been awarded London’s Best Comedy Club at the Chortle Awards for ten years running.
Previous bursary finalists have gone on to perform on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Taskmaster and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle among other shows, as well as winning the prestigious Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
We’re thrilled to announce that we will now be running our fourth showcase this year for female or non-binary performers taking their first full length solo show to the Edinburgh Festival. Shortlisted performers will appear in a showcase at one of our great central London venues in June 2023 where two comics will each receive an award of £500.
Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to host performances by amazing, highly talented female comics like Sara Pascoe, Ellie Taylor, Josie Long, Sarah Millican and Sarah Silverman, to name just a few!
We know that there will be many more talented female/non-binary comics out there who we look forward to working with in future. We also know that it’s important to take concrete steps to support female and non-binary performers.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please complete the form below, providing us with a link to a Youtube clip of yourself performing stand-up. This does not have to be material from the show you will be taking to Edinburgh this year. Clips should be around five minutes in length. Please also tell us about your show in 300 words or less. Applicants should not have previously performed a solo show at the Edinburgh Festival longer than 48 minutes in duration.
Please note that due to high volume of applications we will not be able to provide individual feedback.
Application deadline: 1st June 2023
99 Club Comedy Bursary 2019 Finalists Yuriko Kotani, Helen Bauer, Sophie Duker, Emily Wood and Janine Harouni
99 Club Comedy Bursary 2018 Finalists Adele Cliff, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Olga Koch and Jenan Younis
99 Club Comedy Bursary 2017 Finalists Arna Spek, Maria Shehata, Lauren Pattison, Evelyn Mok and Athena Kugblenu