Bromley comedian’s all-girl act hold their heads high after finishing outside the top spots at the NATYS

PUBLISHED: 12:50 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:50 27 January 2014

Samantha Baines

Samantha Baines


A comedian who is part of an all-girl sketch act said she was just happy to be in the final after finishing outside the top three at a prestigious comedy awards on Sunday.

Samantha Baines, along with best friends Katie Burnetts and Harriet Fisher, make up Vinegar who performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in the New Act of the Year Award (NATYS).

Despite not being rated by the judges, Miss Baines said the experience was worthwhile.

She said: “It was a great night – it was fun. It was sold out and there were 600 people there.

“It was amazing to be on stage and seeing that many people having a laugh.”

Miss Baines felt Vinegar performed well considering the 14 other performers were mainly stand-up acts.

“Sometimes when a sketch is amongst stand-up acts it can be quite a slow build up but it went really well,” added the former Newstead Wood schoolgirl.

“We do a lot of small gigs and they’re quite intimate. We were just really happy to be finalists.

“My advice to young comedians to keep on writing - so we will keep on writing too. It seemed to go really well on stage.”

The eventual winner was Alasdair Beckett-King, who Miss Baines described as “brilliant”.

She added: “He is definitely one to watch.”

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