- 6th April: BBC New Comedy Award 2017 open for entries
- 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.
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