BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award

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

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201601Heat 1 - London20160617Ten new comedians perform in the first heat from Up The Creek in London.

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

201602Heat 2 - London20160624Ten new comedians perform in the second heat from Up The Creek in London.

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

201603Heat 3 - Manchester20160701Ten new comedians perform in the third heat from Manchester's Comedy Store.

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

201604Heat 4 - Manchester20160708Ten new comedians perform in the fourth heat from Manchester's Comedy Store.

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

201605Heat 5 - Cardiff20160715Ten new comedians perform in the fifth heat from The Glee Club, Cardiff.

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

201606Heat 6 - Cardiff20160722Ten new comedians perform from The Glee Club, Cardiff with host Mae Martin.

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

201607Semi-final 120160812Mark Watson hosts the first semi-final from the Edinburgh Festival.

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

201608Semi-final 220160813Mark Watson hosts the second semi-final from the Edinburgh Festival.

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

201701Heat 1 - London20170630The first heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 will be recorded at Up The Creek in London and it will be hosted by Nish Kumar. The judges will be the comedian Mae Martin, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle. Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

Ten new comedians perform in Up The Creek in London with host Nish Kumar.

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

201702Heat 2 - London20170707The second heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 is to be recorded at Up The Creek in London and it will be hosted by Kerry Godliman.

The judges are the comedian Holly Walsh, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle.

Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

Kerry Godliman is your host from Up The Creek Comedy Club in London.

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

201703Heat 3 - Manchester20170714The third heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 will be recorded at Manchester's Comedy Store with host Barbara Nice.

The judges will be the comedian Phil Ellis, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle.

Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

The third heat is from Manchester's Comedy Store with host Barbara Nice.

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

201704Heat 4 - Manchester20170721The fourth heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 will be recorded at Manchester's Comedy Store with host Tez Ilyas.

The judges will be the comedian Zoe Lyons, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle.

Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

The fourth heat is from Manchester's Comedy Store with host Tez Ilyas.

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

201705Heat 5 - Cardiff20170728The fifth heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 will be recorded at the Glee Club in Cardiff with host Kiri Pritchard-McClean.

The judges will be the comedian Lloyd Langford, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle.

Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

The fifth heat is from the Glee Club in Cardiff, with host Kiri Pritchard-McClean.

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

201706Heat 6 - Cardiff20170804The sixth heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 will be recorded at the Glee Club in Cardiff with host Lloyd Langford.

The judges will be the comedian Tiff Stevenson, BBC Radio Comedy Editor Simon Nicholls, and Steve Bennett from Chortle.

Ten new comedians will perform in the hope of making it through to the semi-final at the Edinburgh Festival.

The fifth heat is from the Glee Club in Cardiff, with host Lloyd Langford.

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

201707Semi-final 1 - Edinburgh20170808The first semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 is hosted by Mark Watson at the Edinburgh Festival.

The judges are comedians Dane Baptiste and Angela Barnes, and BBC Radio Comedy's Julia Mackenzie.

The best new acts compete for a place in the final being broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 at 6.15pm on Sunday 13th August.

Mark Watson hosts the first semi-final from the Edinburgh Festival.

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

201708Semi-final 2 - Edinburgh20170809The second semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 is hosted by Mark Watson at the Edinburgh Festival.

The judges are comedy writer and presenter Clive Anderson, comedian Tom Allen, and BBC Radio Comedy's Julia Mackenzie.

The best new acts compete for a place in the final being broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 at 6.15pm on Sunday 13th August.

Mark Watson hosts the second semi-final from the Edinburgh Festival.

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

201801Heat 1 - London20180706The first heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, recorded at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London and hosted by Dane Baptiste. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

Acts are: Amy Matthews, Archie Henderson, Ben Lawrence, Benji Waterstones, Dan Offen, Jake Baker, Jess Bray, Mo Saffaf, Rachel Wheeley and Thanyia Moore.

The judges are: Steve Bennett (editor of chortle.co.uk), BBC Executive Producer Victoria Lloyd and comedian and writer Holly Walsh.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner. A BBC Studios production.

The first heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Dane Baptiste.

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

201802Heat 2 - London20180713The second heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, recorded at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London and hosted by Mae Martin. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

Acts are: Ada Campe, Cansu Karabiyik, Esther Manito, Harry Carr, Isa Bonachera, Joe Hobbs, Kat Sadler, Matt Hutchinson, Riordan DJ and Rosie Holt.

The judges are: Steve Bennett (editor of chortle.co.uk), BBC Executive Producer Victoria Lloyd and comedian Jocelyn Jee Esien.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner. A BBC Studios production.

The second heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mae Martin.

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

201803Heat 3 - London20180720The third heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, recorded at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London and hosted by Tez Ilyas. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

Acts are: Adam Beardsmore, Adele Cliff, Ali Woods, Birds, Darran Griffiths, David McIver, Jenan Younis, Lulu Popplewell, Maddie Campion and William Stone.

The judges are: Steve Bennett (editor of chortle.co.uk), BBC Executive Producer Victoria Lloyd and comedian Dane Baptiste.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner. A BBC Studios production.

The third heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Tez Ilyas.

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

201804Heat 4 - Manchester20180727The fourth heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Kiri Pritchard-Maclean.

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

201805Heat 5 - Cardiff20180803The fifth and final heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, recorded at the Glee Club in Cardiff, hosted by Mike Bubbins. Ten new acts compete for a place in the Edinburgh semi-final of this prestigious new act competition.

Acts are: Andrew White, Ben Peel, Chloe Green, Cam Davies, Helen Bauer, Jeremy Flynn, Jodie Mitchell, Josh Baulf, Leo Gallagher and Pauline Eyre.

The judges are: Steve Bennett (editor of chortle.co.uk), BBC Executive Producer Victoria Lloyd and comedian Kiri Pritchard-Maclean.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner. A BBC Studios production.

The fifth heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mike Bobbins.

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

201806Semi-final 1 - Edinburgh20180807The first semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mark Watson and recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Acts are: Helen Bauer, Matt Hutchinson, Sarah Mann, Stephen Buchanan and William Stone.

The judges are comedians Angela Barnes, Marcus Brigstocke and Julia McKenzie (Executive Editor, BBC Studios Radio Comedy).

The first semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mark Watson.

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

201807Semi-final 2 - Edinburgh20180808The second semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mark Watson and recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Acts are: Chloe Green, Isa Bonachera, Mamoun Elagab, Thanyia Moore and Tom Mayhew.

The judges are comedians Angela Barnes, Marcus Brigstocke and Julia McKenzie (Executive Editor, BBC Studios Radio Comedy).

The second semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, hosted by Mark Watson.

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

201901Heat 120190705The 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

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.

Photo: Idil Sukan

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

201902Heat 220190712The 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

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.

Photo: Matt Crockett

Produced by Adnan Ahmed. A BBC Studios production.

201903Heat 320190719A 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.

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.

201904Heat 420190726The 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.

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.

201905Heat 520190802The 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

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

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.

201906Semi-final 120190807The 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

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

201907Semi-final 220190808The 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.

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

Producer: Adnan Ahmed for BBC Studios

201908Final2019081520190822 (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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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