BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK.

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201901Heat 120190705

The first heat of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Award 2019, recorded at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London and hosted by Jen Brister. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

Acts are:
Tom Elwes, Luke Chilton, Kemah Bob, Jamie D Souza, Gbemi Oladipo, Simone Belshaw, Anna Savoury, Sotonye Ogan, David Regan and Danielle Grufferty.

The judges are: Becky Singh (Director of Funny Women Award), BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Dane Baptiste.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

Photo: Idil Sukan

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

201902Heat 220190712

The second heat of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Award 2019, recorded at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London and hosted by Sarah Keyworth. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

The acts featured are:

Alex Franklin
Chloe Petts
Esther Manito
Hubert Mayr
Joe Hobbs
Luke Craig
Ophelie Hocquard
Rajiv Karia
Sian Docksey
Sid Singh

The judges are: Steve Bennett (from Comedy Website Chortle), BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Holly Walsh.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

Photo: Matt Crockett

201903Heat 320190719

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK.

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

The third heat of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Award 2019, recorded at The Y in Leicester and hosted by Lloyd Griffith. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

The acts featured are:

Abbie Edwards
Adam Beardsmore
David Eagle
Donald Alexander
Eleanor Colville
Stuart McPherson
Helena Langdon
Liz Guterbock
Nathan Roberts
Vlad Ilich

The judges are: Geoff Rowe (Director of Leicester Comedy Festival), BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Angela Barnes.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

The judges are: Geoff Rowe (Director of Leicester Comedy Festival), BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Angela Barnes.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

201904Heat 420190726

The fourth heat of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Award 2019, recorded at The Comedy Store in Manchester and hosted by Chris Washington. The best new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

The acts featured are:

Bryan Ghosh
Aideen McQueen
Craig Kinloch
Hannah Platt
Josh Jones
Sham Zaman
Alfie Packham
Kate Cheka
Eleanor Ruth
Adrian Lancini

The judges are: Mark Boosey from British Comedy Guide,, BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Janice Connolly.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

The judges are: Mark Boosey from British Comedy Guide,, BBC Executive Producer Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Janice Connolly.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

201905Heat 520190802

The final heat of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Award 2019, recorded at The Glee Club in Cardiff and hosted by Robin Morgan.

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK.

PLUS we reveal the final contenders, who'll be progressing through to this year's semi finals in Edinburgh.

The acts featured are:

Adam Flood
Arielle Souma
Tom Lawrinson
Andy Bucks
Mo Omar
Robin Allender
Freya Mallard
Hannah Fairweather
Janine Harouni

The judges are: Mark Boosey from British Comedy Guide, from BBC Studios Alexandra Smith and comedian and writer Lloyd Langford.

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

201906Semi-final 120190807

The first semi-final of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award 2019, hosted by Mark Watson and recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Listen as acts progress to this years live final, taking place on Thursday 15th August.

Semi Finalists: Hannah Platt, Mo Omar, Luke Chilton, Janine Harouni and Helena Langdon.

The judges are comedians Shappi Korshandi, Tom Rosenthal and Julia McKenzie (Executive Editor, BBC Studios Radio Comedy).

Producer: Adnan Ahmed for BBC Studios

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

201907Semi-final 220190808

The second semi-final of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award 2019, hosted by Mark Watson and recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Listen as acts progress to this years live final, taking place on Thursday 15th August.

Semi Finalists: Donald Alexander, Joe Hobbs, Hannah Fairweather Kemah Bob and Josh Jones.

The judges include comedians Kiri Pritchard McLean, Stephen K. Amos and Julia McKenzie (Executive Editor, BBC Studios, Radio Comedy).

Producer: Adnan Ahmed for BBC Studios

The nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

Semi Finalists: Donald Alexander, Joe Hobbs, Hannah Fairweather, Kemah Bob and Josh Jones.

The judges include comedian Stephen K. Amos with Julia McKenzie and Alex Smith from BBC Studios, Radio Comedy.

201908Final2019081520190822 (BBC7)

Host Mark Watson will be joined by an expert panel of judges comprised of stalwarts of the comedy world, including Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4, as five of the UK's most exciting new comedy acts compete for the coveted title.

The winner of this year's competition will take home £1000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios. Past winners and finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, Josie Long and Nina Conti.

Producer: Adnan Ahmed
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.

The live final in the search for the next comedy superstar.

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

Host Mark Watson will be joined by an expert panel of judges comprised of stalwarts of the comedy world, including Zoe Lyons, Nina Conti, Simon Evans and Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4, as five of the UK's most exciting new comedy acts compete for the coveted title.

The winner of this year's competition will take home £1000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios. Past winners and finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, Josie Long, and Lost Voice Guy.

This year's finalists: Mo Omar, Janine Harouni, Josh Jones, Donald Alexander and Hannah Platt.

201909 LASTFinal - Results2019081520190822 (BBC7)

The results of the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award 2019 final, live from Edinburgh.

Host Mark Watson will be joined by an expert panel of judges comprised of stalwarts of the comedy world, including Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4, who will announce the winner of the coveted title.

Who will follow in the footsteps of recent winners Angela Barnes, Lost Voice Guy and Stephen Buchanan?

Featuring guest sets from musical duo Flo and Joan and last year's winner Stephen Buchanan.

Producer: Adnan Ahmed

A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.

Who will be crowned winner in 2019 in Edinburgh?

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK

The winner of this year's competition will take home £1000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios. Past winners and finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, Josie Long and Nina Conti.

Producer: Adnan Ahmed
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.

The live final in the search for the next comedy superstar.

A nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK