The Berlin New Stand Up Award

Berlin's best new comedians battle for laughs and a 500 euro prize.

Words By Caroline Clifford
Photos By Daniel-Ryan Spaulding by Justine Warrington Photography

Date: 23.03.19 – 30.03.19
Venues: Comedy Cafe Berlin, Bar 1820, and Prachwerk

The Berlin New Stand Up Award (BNSA) is the first of it’s kind in Berlin. The competition attracted nearly 50 applicants, which considering the narrow parameters of entry was quite impressive. To enter you must be an English-Language stand-up comedian who is a resident of Germany with less than 18 months experience. There’s a whopping 500 Euros at stake, so that might have something to do with it…

The first five heats were held at five of Berlin’s most prominent open mics who kindly gave over one of their shows to the competition. Each heat was packed to the brim and surprisingly good natured. Only 16 competitors remain and will now fight their way though the two semi-finals. Only six will make it to the Grand-Final, hosted by Daniel-Ryan Spaulding!

Semi-final 1 @ Comedy Cafe Berlin, 23 March – hosted by Paul Salamone
(Buy your tickets here.)

Semi-final 2 @ bar 1820, 24 March – hosted by Carmen Chraim
(Buy your tickets here.)

Grand Final @ Prachwerk, 30 March – hosted by Daniel-Ryan Spaulding
(Buy your tickets here.)

Comedy In English, Berlin