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BBC New Comedy Award. Copyright: BBC.

BBC New Comedy Award

BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 stand-up awards. 59 episodes (7 series), 2011 - 2017. Stars Mark Watson and Patrick Kielty.

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

Genre
Stand-Up
Broadcast
2011 - 2017
Channels
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4
Episodes
59   (7 series), plus 1 documentary
Starring
Mark Watson and Patrick Kielty
Producers
Lianne Coop, Tilusha Ghelani, Luke Doran, Adnan Ahmed and Suzy Grant

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.

Between 2011 and 2015, Radio 2 broadcast the semi finals and final with Patrick Kielty as the host, but now the final is broadcast on Radio 4 with Mark Watson as the presenter.

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, Yuriko Kotani was the winner in 2015, and Jethro Bradley was 2016's winner.

The 2017 semi-finalists include: Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes, Louis Burgess, Jacob Hawley, Jamie MacDonald, Yumna Mohamed, Pav Rao and Heidi Regan.

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