Top 10 Up and Coming Black Comedians to look out for in 2014
1. Trevor Noah
South Africa’s biggest comedy star Trevor Noah, first came to prominence in Britain in 2012 with sell out appearances at The Edinburgh Fringe for his controversially titled show – ‘Trevor Noah – The Racist’. He later went on to perform a record breaking number of nights at London’s Soho Theatre. This saw him sell more tickets than any other comedian ever to perform there. Trevor finished 2013 as a nominee for ‘Best International Comedian’ at The Black Comedy Awards 2013 and performing a sell out gig at the huge capacity, famous Eventim Hammersmith Apollo.
Trevor appeared on the hit BBC comedy show ‘Live at the Apollo’ and QI. He was back touring in England during January – February 2014.
2. London Brown
Born and raised in Los Angeles, London Brown is one of LA’s hottest up and coming comedians. In his first two years as a comedian, London Brown hit some of the most legendary stages. Those stages include the Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and Gotham Comedy Club.
London Brown – Winner Best International Comedian 2013
He was also the winner of the first ever Robin Harris Rising Star award as well as Best International Comedian for 2013 at the Black Comedy awards. He has shared stages with Kat Williams, Tony Rock and Kevin Hart.
London is not only known for his stand-up comedy, but he’s also known for playing the leading role of “D” on FUSE Network’s first ever scripted show, The Hustle.
He came to our attention in England as a result of opening for Chris Tucker during his 2012 World Tour. He performed at three sold out shows in Manchester, the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Review
3. Dane Baptiste
Dane Baptiste is a stand up comedian from South East London. He first won acclaim on the urban circuit performing alongside some of its biggest stars. Since moving over to the mainstream circuit he has risen up the ranks quickly achieving notable success in numerous comedy competitions and is now a regular at some of the country’s most famous venues including Up the Creek, Comedy Café, Frog & Bucket and Jongleurs.
He is known for his distinctive stage persona, his brilliant take on all of life’s irritations and his phenomenal gift to tame some of the most difficult of crowds. He was a double nominee for ‘Best Male Comedian’ and ‘Best Male Newcomer’ at The Black Comedy Awards 2013.
Review: About to Blow – Bloomsbury Theatre, April 2013
4. Ola the comedian
Just in his early twenties, Ola has already appeared on ITV4 and MTV Base and writes for BBCR4′s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Nathan Caton’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing. He performs all over the UK and as far afield as the US and Dubai. Young, driven and hugely talented, Ola is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor with natural originality and enviable stage presence.
Finalist in the FHM Search for a Stand up Hero, broadcast on ITV4, Ola is renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour. As an anchor member of The Jason Lewis Experience team, as both writer and actor,
Ola’s first solo 1-man special, “21”, was a huge hit with audiences and his stage work includes The Lion and the Jewel by Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka.
5. Njambi McGrath
Njambi McGrath has been described as “the hottest thing to come out of Africa since the Sahara”. She performs regularly on the London circuit including the Comedy Store, Comedy Café, Leicester Square Theatre, Drayton Arms, Top Secret Comedy, Downstairs at the Kings Head, Up the Creek, Mirth Control, Soho Comedy Club, Monkey Business Kentish Town and Charing Cross Comedy.
Born and educated in Kenya she attended university in London and State University of New York. She holds an IT degree. Fluent in 3 languages: English, Swahili and Kikuyu. Her unique voice makes her an interesting choice for voice over work.
Njambi was a short-listed nominee for ‘Best Female Newcomer’ and performed at the 10th anniversary Black Comedy Awards 2013 in Wembley.
She is the promoter and resident MC for The Big N Comedy Nights and Heavenly comedy nights which take place every Wednesday night 7.30p.m. at the Green Pub, 172-174 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12.
Dizzle was winner of the ‘Best Male Newcomer’ award at The Black Comedy Awards 2013. He is a relatively new comedian from north London and burst onto the comedy scene with his energetic and bad boy style comedy.
Since his first performance on 1st April 2012, he has worked with numerous comedians, including Richard Blackwood, Rudi Lickwood, Kojo, Eddie Kadi and Kane Brown.
Dizzle can be heard every morning, 7-10a.m. GMT on Flames FM
7. Limz Ali
Comedian and Actor who has been performing Stand up Comedy since 2008. Limz Ali has performed at venues across England & Internationally, including The Comedy Store, Comedy Cafe (Won Best Newcomer) 2010, Comedy Cabaret (Won Best Newcomer) 2010, LAUGH Comedy Club (Won Best Newcomer) 2009, Cavendish Arms(Won Comedy Virgins Newcomer Trophy) 2011 and BBC New Comedy Award (Brighton) 2012.
Limz was a nominee for ‘Best Male Newcomer’ at The Black Comedy Awards 2013.
Acting productions include production for NLPAC, Archway Theatre 2006, Advertising Campaign For UMBRO 2008, SKINS/BSM Advert (Channel 4) 2008, Anti Knife Crime and Gun Crime Advert (MTV) 2009. Short Films: BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS (BEN TV) 2009. Kings of London (Channel 4 Movie) 2009, Music Video/Documentary (DIDO – Teenage Bedrooms) 2009, TV Presenter For No Bling TV (BEN TV) 2010, BBC Radio 4 Documentary (Young, Black & Muslim) 2010,Charity Fundraising Campaign For Families Relief (Ramadan Tv) 2011, The Prince’s Trust Community Award 2012, Skype Advert (The You Generation) 2013, (Login NTV Uganda) 2013, Mic Check (NBS Uganda) Meet The Guvnors(Cameo) 2013 and Quincy’s Comedy Lounge Christmas Play ‘Scrooge – The Comic’s Edition’ (Nephew) 2013. See review in Thanyia Moore’s profile.
In late 2009 Limz Made His Internet TV Show (LIMZMANIA).
8. Thanyia Moore
London born Thanyia Moore is new to the comedy scene. With her laid back approach, she commands the stage and catches the audience off guard with her smart quips and ‘to the bone’ punch lines. Thanyia won the ‘Best Female Newcomer’ award at the 10th anniversary Black Comedy Awards 2013.
Within the short time she has been on the scene, she has displayed a confidence rarely seen in new comers. Her on stage presence captures the audience whilst she takes them on a journey, telling stories of her life.
Review: Comedy Untapped and Mek Mi Laugh Mother’s Day Show, Harrow Arts Centre – March 2013.
Thanyia performed a main role in ‘Scrooge – The Comic’s Edition’ at Stratford Circus, December 2013.
9. Linda Hargreaves
Wolverhampton’s unexploded comedy time bomb, Linda Hargreaves, detonated during the 2013 Birmingham Comedy Festival, to critical acclaim and sell out audiences, for her debut one-woman show, ‘Rice n Peas n Caviar!’, October 2013.
Her comedy characters are as full of affection as they are of satire and paint a cheeky, irreverent, hilarious look at the larger than life characters she meets on her travels.
The comic actress delivers top notch character comedy and cites the likes of Felix Dexter, Paul Whitehouse and Sacha Baron Cohen as influences.
Linda performed at the 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony for The Black Comedy Awards 2013. She was also a nominee for the ’Best Female Newcomer’ award at these awards.
10. Natalie Roberts
Natalie Roberts has been charming audiences with her bubbly outlook and her wry, observational comedy on subjects as diverse as relationships, work and life as a Black Essex girl. Natalie was short-listed for the ’Best Female Newcomer’ award at The Black Comedy Awards 2013.
What are your views?
What do you think of the list? Who would be on your Top 10 newcomers to look out for?
Many of the above were nominees for Best Newcomer or Best International Comedian at The Black Comedy Awards 2013. Will 2014 be the year they break through and really take off? Aside from Trevor Noah who is already achieving great things with sold out international and UK tours, plus TV appearances on shows such as David Letterman, Live at the Apollo and QI, only time will tell.
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