BBC New Comedy Awards 2022 open for entries

Monday 23rd May 2022, 10:06am

  • The entry form is now available for the 2022 BBC New Comedy Awards
  • Heats, to be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, will be recorded in September with Fern Brady as head judge
  • The BBC Digital Comedy Award is also open for entries. The deadline to apply for the awards is 3rd July
BBC New Comedy Awards

The BBC New Comedy Awards 2022 is now open for entries.

As was the case last year, the stage-based award will see finalists perform on television, with the winner receiving a paid commission to write and perform in a 30-minute audio pilot under the mentorship of a BBC Comedy Commissioner, plus a trophy and £1,000 cash.

Meanwhile the BBC Digital Comedy Award competition - focused on online content creators - will see the winner receive a paid commission for a BBC Comedy digital short, plus a trophy.

The BBC says: "Keen to kickstart a career in comedy? Unsure where to get started? Look no further... The BBC's biggest comedy talent search is back! In our quest to unearth the comedy stars of the future across stand-up and digital we're looking for entries for the 2022 BBC New Comedy Awards, returning in Autumn 2022. This year's winner could be you!"

Entries are now open via, with the deadline to apply set as 3rd July.

BBC Digital Comedy Award competition is judged solely on the video submissions, however those selected from the entry process for the main award will compete in six regional heats to be televised on BBC Three and iPlayer this autumn, followed by the Grand Final which will be screened on BBC One and iPlayer.

There will be six heats in September, covering Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and West of England, North of England, Midlands and South of England.

Fern Brady will be the head judge this time, and she will be joined on the judging panel by comics including Rosie Jones, Lauren Pattison, Jonny Pelham, Thanyia Moore, Suzi Ruffell, Babatunde Aleshe, Kai Samra, Jayde Adams, Catherine Bohart, Shane Todd and Alison Spittle.

Last year's series is still available to watch via BBC iPlayer

BBC New Comedy Awards. Anna Thomas. Credit: Phil McIntyre Entertainment

2021 winner Anna Thomas says: "Winning the BBC New Comedian of the Year last year has already changed my life - I've been signed to a cracking agent, I've been lucky enough to sell out at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, appeared on radio and TV panel and stand-up shows, and have supported Russell Howard and Joe Lycett. I've just performed at the BBC Comedy Festival in Newcastle, and I'm proper looking forward to performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. I'm telling you now, if you're umming and ahhing about applying to this year's awards, just blooming go for it."

Jon Petrie, BBC Director of Comedy, comments: "BBC Comedy is the unrivalled home of new comedy talent and we are very proud of the role that the BBC New Comedy Awards plays in unearthing the British comedy stars of tomorrow."

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