BBC New Comedy Award. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Final on 9th December

BBC New Comedy Award

Radio 2's revival of the nationwide search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent. Patrick Kielty presents coverage from the final rounds

BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011; BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2012
2011 - 2013  (BBC Radio 2 / BBC Radio 4 Extra)
17 (3 series)
Patrick Kielty, Pat Cahill, Chris Turner, Joe Lycett, Mark Restuccia, Angela Barnes, Tez Ilyas, Matt Rees, Matthew Winning, Lucy Beaumont, Tommy Rowson
British Broadcasting Corporation

The BBC New Comedy Awards ran from 1995-2005, and as arguably the most prestigious new talent competition in the UK, a large array of top new stand-up comedians were discovered in the process.

The Award returned in 2011, with over 600 comedians entering into the process.

The prize for the winner is a slot in Radio 2's Comedy Zone, plus development advice and guidance from BBC Radio Comedy and the possibility of appearing on other slots on BBC Radio, including an interview on Steve Wright in the Afternoon, one of the most listened to radio shows in the UK.

Angela Barnes won the 2011 contest, and Lucy Beaumont won in 2012. As part of her prize, Beaumont made the pilot Lucy Beaumont: To Hull And Back.

The 2013 awards will be bigger than ever, with the eight regional heats broadcast on Radio 4 Extra for the first time, and clips played on Steve Wright's show on Radio 2 each Friday too.

Tickets to the heats

Radio 4 Extra's Caroline Raphael says: "It is with huge pleasure that BBC Radio 4 Extra is co-hosting the 2013 BBC New Comedy Awards with BBC Radio 2. BBC Radio 4 Extra's involvement means the regional heats will now be broadcast as part of 4 Extra's The Comedy Club. They will become the archive of the future, for some of these new voices will become the stars of tomorrow and we will be able to say, you heard them here first."

The heats start towards the end of August and run until September. The semi-finals will then take place in Birmingham and London and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November. The final then takes place on December 9 at The Comedy Store in London hosted by Patrick Kielty. This will be an hour long show followed by a results show.