Kirsty Newton is a multi-instrumentalist ‘human jukebox’, musical director, arranger, singer, songwriter, MC and comedy performer. She has been working with top comedians for over a decade, combining her musical talent and wit for a multitude of award-winning acts including Arthur Smith, Rich Hall, Phil Nichol, Mitch Benn and Charlie Baker amongst many others and is also a regular guest with legendary improvisors The Comedy Store Players.
Kirsty co-hosts and runs London’s premier musical comedy night The Distraction Club and her cult, interactive show Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong is hugely popular in various locations around the country. She is also in great demand as a solo performer for music and comedy shows, festivals and private events and is a member of the sensational crowd-singalong Massaoke band. A few years ago, she released an album of original songs with her band Siskin.
Last year, she was the sole musical performer in the triumphant sold out return of Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring the original TV cast at the Edinburgh Fringe, fulfilling a childhood dream. This year she has been touring with brilliant musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists and has devised a brand new show of Scott Walker songs with Andy Davies with a plan to tour in the autumn.
Her debut solo show Kirsty Newton: Life Begins At Party! premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim and she performed edited highlights at Glastonbury Festival in 2017.
In 2015, she and rising impressionist and singing star Jess Robinson were nominated for a Chortle Award and won the Amused Moose People’s Champion award and the Mervyn Stutter Pick Of The Fringe award for the show Jess Robinson: The Return Of Mighty Voice.
She is very excited to be joining Paul Merton’s Impro Chums for a national tour next year.
TV and radio credits include The Graham Norton Show, The World Stands Up, Blue Peter, A Song For Europe, Comedy Shuffle, Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and Loose Ends.
“Multi-talented rock babe… She should be employed by the NHS to raise the spirits, the heart rate and help everyone rediscover their will to live” ★ ★ ★ ★ (Chortle.co.uk)”
“BRILLIANT…quick wit & sharp tongue… EXTREMELY talented” ★ ★ ★ ★ (Funny Women)
“A one-woman party. Huge musical talent with wit & warmth to match” – Shappi Khorsandi
“Unbeatably fabulous” – Arthur Smith