2019 Musical Comedy Awards Review

2019 Musical Comedy Awards Review

To Do List – in the form of Editor Rupert – returned for a second stint judging the annual Musical Comedy Awards last weekend.

We review the winners, and our other favourite acts!

WINNER: Katie Pritchard

A triple threat – actress, musician, and comedian – Katie Pritchard brings an Elf Lyons-esque surreality to proceedings, mining unlikely topics such as Joan of Arc for rich comic material.

It can be hard going fairly early in an 11-act line-up, but Pritchard left a lasting impression – her energy levels were unsurpassed, and her vocals – so often a weakness in musical comedy acts – were perhaps the most impressive of the night!

Runners-Up: Stepdads

Sat firmly at the extreme far end of the BIZARRO spectrum, this kooky-doesn’t-cover-it double act weirded their way into second place.

Stepdads are funny in an almost inexplicable way – if you tried to copy them, you’d fail miserably. No doubt there’s thousands of hours of hard work behind the seemingly slapdash amateurishness – or perhaps this all just comes naturally too the, It’s tightrope-walking stuff, always on the edge of disaster, but determinedly staying upright. Somehow.

Third Place & Audience Favourite Winners: Maris Piper

Perhaps smooth and polished doesn’t win the race, but Maris Piper were the silkiest, lump-free mashed potato topping on the MCA pie this year. What felt like a home-crowd atmosphere swept them to the audience prize, and they deserved it.

Sure, changing the lyrics to well-known songs might not be the work of genius, but actually it’s surprisingly hard to do well – and to string a number of recognisable tunes together, with witty, cleverly penned re-wording, is not to be sniffed at.

There were some laser-guided jokes about millennials, and a neat section about the MCA’s themselves – and the inch-perfect, rollicking ride brought the house down. All spud, no dud!

Honourable Mentions

Charlie Partridge

Overcoming some tech difficulties with such infectious determination, Charlie Partridge won our vote for refusing to give in – and maintaining his hilarious character throughout.

Silly voices, loop samples and that dodgy (or is it?) German accent – what’s not to love?

The Dragprov Revue

Combining drag and improv sounds like a winner – and though it’s a risky game pitching up to a competition with nothing planned, it sure shows confidence!

A five minute slot is hardly the best showcase for this kind of comedy, so we expect The Dragrpov Revue to flourish outside the confines of a strict time limit – it’s easy to imagine this going down a storm in a late-night Edinburgh Fringe slot. Keep an eye out for these musical japesters – you heard it here first!

Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.