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BBC New Comedy Award. Copyright: BBC.

BBC New Comedy Award

BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 4 Extra stand-up. 50 episodes (6 series), 2011 - 2016. Stars Patrick Kielty.

Another series is in development.

BBC New Comedy Award. Copyright: BBC.

BBC New Comedy Award

The BBC's nationwide search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent. Patrick Kielty presents coverage from the final rounds

2011 - 2016
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 4 Extra
50   (6 series), plus 1 documentary
Patrick Kielty
Lianne Coop, Tilusha Ghelani, Luke Doran and Adnan Ahmed

The BBC New Comedy Awards first started in 1995 and ran to 2015, kickstarting the careers of many top UK comics. Past winners and finalists include Rhod Gilbert, Josie Long, Peter Kay, Angela Barnes, Alan Carr, Nina Conti, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard.

BBC Radio relaunched the awards in 2011, with over 600 aspiring comedians entering into the process.

Whoever wins takes home £1,000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Radio Comedy. Additionally, all finalists are mentored by the in-house comedy department across the year and receive advice, guidance and the chance to appear in slots across the BBC.

Highlights from the heats are broadcast on Radio 4 Extra, with different guest comedians acting as host. 10 comedians battle for a place in the semi-finals, with a panel of judges picking which comedians progress to the final rounds.

Patrick Kielty hosts the final rounds. Between 2011 and 2015, Radio 2 broadcast the semi finals and final, but now the final is broadcast on Radio 4.

Angela Barnes won the 2011 contest, Lucy Beaumont triumphed in 2012, Steve Bugeja was the winner in 2013, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) won in 2014, and Yuriko Kotani was the winner last year.

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