Peter Aterman voted New Act of the Year 2004

Posted in Stand Up on March, 03 2004 7:38 PM

MicrophoneIn a gripping final on Saturday 28 February, character comedian Peter Aterman saw off competition to be named The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2004. The panel of judges, comprising comedy journalists, agents and producers, considered twelve acts ranging from traditional stand up, juggling, impressions, character material and sand dancers. The evening was compered by Arthur Smith, making an ever welcome return to the Hackney Empire stage.
 
Peter Aterman's act, praised by the judge's panel for its originality, was a comedic monologue in which an Italian tour guide leads a group of American tourists round St. Peter's in Rome. It delighted judges and audience alike and earned Peter the top prize which was presented by last year's winner, Matt Kirshen.
 
Kerry Godliman was placed second, impressing judges with her acutely observed stand up act. Third place was hotly contended and eventually held jointly by comedy impressionist Drew Cameron and observational stand up Ava Videl, with Roisin Conary just missing out.
 
Commenting on the night, Producer Claire Muldoon said, "It was a terrific to have New Act of the Year back in our newly restored theatre. It was a fantastic night and one of our most international yet with acts from Canada, Spain, Ireland and Scotland. Hackney still had a look in with the presence of the Homerton Harem dancers though!"

The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year has helped to launch the careers of numerous UK based comedians. Previous finalists include: Ronnie Ancona, Linda Smith, Rhod Gilbert, Ardal O'Hanlon, Jo Brand and Alistair McGowan. The competition, which  runs each year, returned this year tothe newly restored Matcham Auditorium which reopened in January 2004. 

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