Who wins? You decide...

Our annual talent hunt is back. Two heats jam-packed with the freshest comedic talent, but who will be crowned 2016’s Comedian of the Year? You will laugh, you may cry, but ultimately – YOU DECIDE WHO WINS.

The winner will receive a £350 cash prize plus a slot on our main stage at the coveted Hyena Lounge Comedy Club Closing Gala (Sat 15 October).



The line-up for Heat 1 is:

Jake Donadson - @Edantes2

Jake is a stand up comic from Newcastle Upon Tyne who has recently returned from his second show in as many years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He’s an anecdotal comedian who combines the intellectual with the downright silly. 

"Refreshingly different" - Notts Comedy Review 

"When will you get a real job" - His mum

Tom Short

Tom has been performing on the stand up circuit in a serious manner since January 2013.  His style includes anecdotes, including stories from his time growing up in working class Salford. He likes to mix the mundaneness of television, pop culture icons of the 80s, 90s & present along with wicked one liners whilst weaving in and out of skits seamlessly. He is also adept at improvising and can break in and out of set easily to address the room; making each and every performance unique.

Caitlin Powell - @caitlinrpowell

A flamboyantly furious comic with plenty on her mind to share, Caitlin brings an electric energy and fiery passion, from the biggest issues in the world down to the pettiest minutia. A tour de force of righteous anger.

Lulu Reubens - @lulureubens

Behind the sweet and innocent disposition hides a cheeky darkness, drawing audiences in with the softly spoken delivery of self depreciating anecdotes, childlike thoughts and random experiences, the odd naughty joke adds to the enigmatic charm.

Lulu has been helping people be paranoid about text messages since 2013; performing up and down the country, not just at comedy clubs but at venues as diverse as Yorkshire theatre's, Download Music Festival and London bars.   

A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, having performed on split bill shows since 2014 she is hoping to take her debut solo hour there for 2017, she is also both the creator and host of "Bad Girls" - an all female line up with a token boy! Having just finished it's 3rd succesful full run in Edinburgh; it will now be heading to Dave's Leicester festival in February.  

Steff Todd - @SteffTodd

Steff Todd is a new name, a comedian and presenter who over a short space of time has already made her mark, with her unique blend of celebrity impressions and topical one liners. Steff is well known on the comedy circuit for her dynamic range of on-the-money celebrity impressions and one liners that always catch the audience off guard. Steff has been picked out as the "upcoming talent one to watch" after entering the Funny Women awards 2016.

Ed de Cantor

Ed de Cantor is a fast-rising character act who has recently moved to the Yorkshire area. He took up comedy again two years ago having originally gigged it for three years in the late 90s when he performed alongside many comedians who went on to become household names.

Also on the line-up for heat 1 is Pete Selwood, John McDonald, and President Obonjo.

Book tickets for heat 1 here.



The line-up for Heat 2 is:

Amy Vreeke - @amyvreeke

Candid tales about Amy's relationship with her dysfunctional family, with cheap wine and, with her vagina.

Phil Smith - @smitherscomedy

Born and bred in Harrogate, Philip started stand up after doing Silky's Laugh at Leeds Comedy course. Since then he has been on the same bill as Andrew Ryan, Simon Munnary, Mick Ferry and Dave Johns and was a semi finalist at the 2016 Great Yorkshire Fringe New Act competition.

"Philip Smith was one of the strongest segments of the night, and won over the audience completely with his take on parenthood and boy bands. His confidence made up for the tentative atmosphere the first edition of any comedy night is bound to have."- Louise Jones- York Press

Being in a room full of people with Philip Smith on stage is like a tightly choreographed pun run, this man belongs on stage”- Wozzon Comedy Club.

Simon Beckwith - @si_beckwith

"hints of surrealism thrown in with pop culture led commentary" - The Yorker

absurdly charming and funny - NARC Magazine

"silliness and nose for pop culture" - York Press

Ryan Brown - @Humangagmachine

A one liner gagsmith with short snappy jokes.

Tom Burgess (Peter Fleming) - @peterflemingtv

Retired children's TV pioneer Peter Fleming gives a dusty presentation of his legendary BBC programmes, occasionally trying to remember who he is and what he's doing here. He is friends with character comedian Tom Burgess.

"Extraordinary comic" - Manchester Evening News

"A delightfully unusual character" - The Skinny

Moses Ali Khan - @mosesalikhan

Birmingham-born Moses resides in Moseley. Only making his official stand-up debut in December 2015 at Stirchley’s Roadhouse, he’s been a finalist and winner in numerous gong shows and recently won Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club New Comedian competition. “Inspired by everyone - comedians, actors, musicians, athletes,” Moses says he’s “a linear one liner style comic incorporating some of my heritage.”

Also on the line-up for heat 2 is AJ Hill, Mark Grimshaw, and Colin Havey.

Book tickets for heat 2 here.

The final will take place on Monday 10 October at Harrogate Theatre.

Good luck to all our 2016 comedians!