BBC New Comedy Award - In The Press

The entry form for the BBC New Comedy Award 2014 stand-up contest is now online.

British Comedy Guide, 12th June 2014

Winning the BBC New Comedy Award was brilliant. Quite simply it was the best thing that has happened to me in my career so far.

Written by Steve Bugeja. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 28th May 2014

Who knows best, critics or the public? This is a question that usually comes up with big stars.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 11th December 2013

Proof, were ever it needed, that the geeks have inherited the world of comedy came at the final of the BBC New Comedy Award last night, thanks to an almost uninterrupted parade of the terminally uncool

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 10th December 2013

Perhaps this is what all comedy talent competitions should be like. Short, with a small line-up and, most importantly, of a very high standard.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 9th December 2013

In 2011, Brighton's Angela Barnes won the BBC New Comedy Award by a public vote. Here, she shares what she's been up to since taking the title.

Written by Angela Barnes. BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award Blog, 5th December 2013

We've backed our bags, bid a fond farewell to our lovely heat hosts BBC Radio 4 Extra and have now set up home over at BBC Radio 2 for the semi-finals, which will air on the station next week.

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award Blog, 29th November 2013

So, without further ado, our two wildcards going through to the semi-finals in Birmingham and London are Dave Green and Jake Lambert!

Written by Felicity Ward. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 8th November 2013

Here at the BBC Radio New Comedy Award we decided it was high time we handed the power over to you - after all, you do get to vote for the winner in December.

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award Blog, 29th October 2013

The BBC have had their Fringe base at Potterrow for a few years now (last year saw dramatic scenes of festival goers sinking to their knees before the site's big screen shouting 'GO MO, GO!' as Mo Farrah secured his second Olympic gold medal... including me) and, as this was our third year on site, it's become a home-from-home for us.

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 6th September 2013

Jonathan Pelham has won the second Manchester heat in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 5th September 2013

There are lots of New Comedy Awards about these days, but only one of them has the coveted 'BBC' prefix to it.

Written by Tim Clark. Such Small Portions, 24th June 2013

The UK's best new stand-up comedian will be crowned live on air on Monday when the audience chooses the winner of the Radio 2 New Comedy Award.

BBC Ariel, 12th November 2012

The New Comedy Award 2012 final at the Blackpool Grand Theatre kicks off at 8pm on BBC Radio 2 and the Red Button - and it's live!

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 11th November 2012

You may want to tune into Radio 2 on Thursday at 9.30pm to hear their New Comedy Awards 2012, the first of two semi-finals in a nationwide talent search. At London's Leicester Square Theatre, Patrick Kielty hosts six acts (from over 800 entries) competing for the prize of £1,000 and a commission from radio comedy. Six more semi-finalists next week, from The Sage Gateshead.

Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2012

So, without further ado, our winning wildcards are Harriet Kemsley and Tommy Rowson!

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 19th October 2012

Time is running out for you to make your mark on this year's wildcard vote.

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC New Comedy Award Blog, 12th October 2012

Watch the videos of each runner-up performing and then place your vote on the BBC New Comedy Award homepage.

BBC New Comedy Award, 9th October 2012

Producer Lianne Coop is one exhausted lady. She's spent a whopping 67 hours listening to 800 entries, whittling down the swift competition into eight heats with ten performers each.

Written by Frankie Ward. BBC Radio 2 Blog, 6th August 2012

Last year's winner, Angela Barnes, talks about how entering the BBC New Comedy Award 2011 transformed her life and career.

Written by Angela Barnes. BBC Blog, 12th June 2012

YES! We are BACK - bigger, better and totally over-excited. The BBC New Comedy Award 2012 launched today on Steve Wright's show on Radio 2 - we are now up and running and open for submissions.

Written by Lianne Coop. BBC Radio 2 Blog, 25th May 2012

Last Saturday night Angela Barnes won this year's Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011, fending off strong competition from fellow finalists Joe Lycett, Tez Ilyas, Chris Turner, Mark Restuccia and Pat Cahill.

Written by Steve Saul. BBC Comedy Blog, 24th June 2011

On Saturday, the network took a tip from The X Factor with the live final of its New Comedy Award, presented by Patrick Kielty. Six hundred acts were boiled down to six, voted on by the audience. This being Radio 2, the audience sounded about as edgy as a Parent Teacher Association drinking Merlot, but that came as a relief to one comedian who said, "There's nothing worse than looking at the crowd and thinking I've got things in my medicine cabinet older than you." There was lots of encouraging applause and no one heckled. My favourite was the acerbic Joe Lycett, with his mordantly Frankie Howerd-esque story of a driving lesson in Manchester, but Pat Cahills ingenious rap about having your dog put down was also very good. The winner was Angela Barnes from Maidstone whose weapon was the one-liner ("It's no mistake that the anagram of Maidstone is I am Stoned - that's all there is to do!") and who should fit seamlessly into the throng of talented female comedians on radio and TV.

Jane Thynne, The Independent, 23rd June 2011

Angela Barnes, the winner of BBC Radio 2's New Comedy Award, has said she feels "vindicated" by her success, claiming some critics complained she had only made the final because the Corporation needed a female in the line-up.

Written by Matthew Hemley. The Stage, 20th June 2011

The New Comedy Awards threw up the strange situation of a semi-finalist from Glasgow having to travel to Bath for his competition, while a crowd of Englishmen were flown north for theirs. Patrick joked: "That's how the BBC spend your licence fee."

Written by Paul English. The Scotsman, 18th June 2011

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