BBC New Comedy Award

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Richard Wilson presents this year's awards from Edinburgh, with a mission to find the funniest new comedian in the British Isles.

200401Newcastle Semi-final 12004112220041123
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Six of the best new UK stand up comics compete in the Newcastle semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards.

Hosted by Perrier nominee Alun Cochrane

200402London Semi-final 12004112920041130
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Six of the best new stand up comics from across the UK compete in the LONDON semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards.

200403Manchester Semi-final2004120620051021 (BBC7)
20051022 (BBC7)

Six of the best new stand-up comics from across the UK compete in the Manchester semi-final.

Hosted by Alfie Joey.

200404Newcastle Semi-final 22004121320041214 BT=0430 (BBC7)
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Six of the best new UK stand-up comics compete in the Newcastle semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards.

Hosted by Alun Cochrane.

200405London Semi-final 22004122020041221 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20041221 (BBC7)
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Six of the best new stand up comics from across the UK compete in the LONDON semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards.

200406Manchester Semi-final 22004122720041228
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20051112 (BBC7)

Six of the best new stand-up comics from across the UK compete in the Manchester semi-final.

Hosted by Alfie Joey.

200407 LASTThe Final2005010320050104
20051118 (BBC7)
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20071215 (BBC7)

Robin Ince hosts the final of the BBC's contest to discover the best new comic talent in the UK.

The 550 entrants are down to six.

The finalists of the Comedy Contest from 2004 slug it out in a Tolkienesque battle.

Robin Ince is your Gandalf.

The 550 entrants are down to 6.

200501Sheffield Semi-final2005112520051126 (BBC7)

Toby Foster hosts a semi-final from the Sheffield Comedy Festival, featuring six of the best new comedians in the UK.

200502Cardiff Semi-final2005120220051203 (BBC7)

Rhod Gilbert hosts the Cardiff semi-final, featuring six of the best new comedians in the UK.

Producer Ed Morrish.

200503London Semi Final 12005120920051210 (BBC7)

Robin Ince hosts a semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards 2005, featuring six of the best new comics in the UK.

200504Sheffield Semi-final 22005121620051217 (BBC7)

Toby Foster hosts a semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards 2005, featuring six of the best new comics in the UK.

200505Cardiff Semi-final 220051224

Rhod Gilbert hosts a semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards 2005, featuring six of the best new comics in the UK.

200506London Semi-final 220051231

Robin Ince hosts a semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Awards 2005, featuring six of the best new comics in the UK.

200507 LASTFinal20060107

Dara O'briain hosts the grand final of the BBC New Comedy Awards 2005, featuring the six best new acts on the UK comedy circuit.

20110120110604

Tonight the first six acts go head to head at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh.

Patrick Kielty presents the first of two semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011, Radio 2's nationwide search to find the best of new stand up comedy talent in the UK.

From ten regional heats held across the country, twelve acts have been selected by both a judging panel and an audience vote and will be whittled down to just six for the grand final broadcast live on Saturday 18 June. Tonight the first six acts go head to head at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh. Next week's semi takes place at The Komedia in Bath.

Previous finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Lee Mack and Peter Kay - join us as we discover the next comedy stars of the future.

Patrick Kielty presents the first of two semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011.

20110220110611

Tonight the second six acts go head to head at The Komedia in Bath.

Patrick Kielty presents the second semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011, Radio 2's nationwide search to find the best of new stand up comedy talent in the UK.

From ten regional heats held across the country, twelve acts have been selected by both a judging panel and an audience vote and will be whittled down to just six for the grand final broadcast live on Saturday 18 June. Tonight the second six acts go head to head at The Komedia in Bath.

Previous finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Lee Mack and Peter Kay - join us as we discover the next comedy stars of the future.

Patrick Kielty presents the second semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011.

201103 LAST20110618

Patrick Kielty reveals the results of the audience vote for the BBC New Comedy Award 2011, Radio 2's nationwide search to find the best of new stand-up comedy talent in the UK.

Join us live from The Tabernacle, London, as we find out who has made it through from the 600 acts that applied to be crowned winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011.

Patrick Kielty reveals the results of the audience vote for the BBC New Comedy Award 2011.

Patrick Kielty presents the live final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011, Radio 2's nationwide search to find the best of new stand-up comedy talent in the UK.

600 acts applied to take part.

100 acts performed in ten regional heats across the country.

12 acts made it through to the semi-finals in Edinburgh and Bath, six of which were chosen by a panel of judges to go through to the last stage.

Tonight, live from the Tabernacle in London, our final six acts will battle it out to be crowned winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011 - and its up to you to decide as we ask listeners to vote for their favourite.

600 acts applied to take part. 100 acts performed in ten regional heats across the country. 12 acts made it through to the semi-finals in Edinburgh and Bath, six of which were chosen by a panel of judges to go through to the last stage.

Previous finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Lee Mack and Peter Kay - join us as we discover the next comedy stars of the future.

Patrick Kielty presents the live final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011.

201201Bbc New Comedy Award20121101

Patrick Kielty hosts the first of two semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012 - Radio 2's nationwide search to find the UK's comedy stars of the future - from London's Leicester Square Theatre.

The BBC New Comedy Award 2012 is searching the country to find the next big comedy stars to join the likes of previous finalists Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Marcus Brigstocke, Russell Howard and Rhod Gilbert.

800 acts entered. 80 acts competed in eight regional heats held across the country; twelve have been selected - by our judging panel and an audience vote - to perform in our semi-finals, where six acts will be chosen to go through to our grand final which broadcasts live on Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from The Blackpool Grand Theatre on Monday 12 November.

Tonight in our first semi-final from The Leicester Square Theatre, London, six acts go head to head in the battle for those precious slots in the final, competing for the chance to be crowned winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012 with a prize of £1,000 and a commission with BBC Radio Comedy.

The dazzlingly charming Irish funnyman Patrick Kielty is our host for the evening, with a panel of esteemed comedy judges - including multi award-winning comic superstar Mark Watson and last year's winner, the brilliantly funny Angela Barnes - to cast judgement before they hand over to the public who will cast the final vote.

Next week's semi-final takes place at The Sage Theatre, Newcastle.

201201London Semi-final 120121101

Patrick Kielty hosts the first of two semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012 - Radio 2's nationwide search to find the UK's comedy stars of the future - from London's Leicester Square Theatre.

The BBC New Comedy Award 2012 is searching the country to find the next big comedy stars to join the likes of previous finalists Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Marcus Brigstocke, Russell Howard and Rhod Gilbert.

800 acts entered. 80 acts competed in eight regional heats held across the country; twelve have been selected - by our judging panel and an audience vote - to perform in our semi-finals, where six acts will be chosen to go through to our grand final which broadcasts live on Radio 2 and the BBC Red Button from The Blackpool Grand Theatre on Monday 12 November.

Tonight in our first semi-final from The Leicester Square Theatre, London, six acts go head to head in the battle for those precious slots in the final, competing for the chance to be crowned winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2012 with a prize of £1,000 and a commission with BBC Radio Comedy.

The dazzlingly charming Irish funnyman Patrick Kielty is our host for the evening, with a panel of esteemed comedy judges - including multi award-winning comic superstar Mark Watson and last year's winner, the brilliantly funny Angela Barnes - to cast judgement before they hand over to the public who will cast the final vote.

Next week's semi-final takes place at The Sage Theatre, Newcastle.

201701Heat 1 - London20170630

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

The 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.

201702Heat 2 - London20170707

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

The 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.

201703Heat 3 - Manchester20170714

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

The 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.

201704Heat 4 - Manchester20170721

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

The 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.

201705Heat 5 - Cardiff20170728

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

The 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.

201706Heat 6 - Cardiff20170804

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

The 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.

201707Semi-final 1 - Edinburgh20170808

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

The 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.

201708Semi-final 2 - Edinburgh20170809

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

The 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.

201709Final 1 - Edinburgh20170813

Mark Watson hosts the final of the New Comedy Award 2017, live from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Mark Watson hosts the final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 - Radio 4's nationwide search to find the UK's comedy stars of the future - live from the Edinburgh Fringe. Past finalists include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Sarah Millican, Joe Lycett, Russell Howard and Rhod Gilbert.

Sixty acts competed in six regional heats, and two semi-finals, held across the country to make it through to the live final in Edinburgh. The final six acts will now go head to head in the hope of being crowned winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2017, with a prize of £1,000 and a script commission with BBC Studios Radio Comedy. Deciding upon the winner is an esteemed comedy panel of judges, Hugh Dennis, Sioned Wiliam and Jenny Eclair, with a special performance from Tez Ilyas.

201710 LASTFinal 2 - Edinburgh20170813

Mark Watson hosts the final of the New Comedy Award 2017, live from the Edinburgh Fringe.

201801Heat 1 - London2018070620170630 (BBC7)

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

The 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.

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

The 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.

The first heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018, recorded at Up the Creek.

201802Heat 2 - London2018071320170707 (BBC7)

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

The 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.

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

The 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.

201803Heat 3 - London20180720

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

The 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.

201804Heat 4 - Manchester20180727

The 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 - Cardiff20180803

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 - Edinburgh20180807

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

The 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).

201807Semi-final 2 - Edinburgh20180808

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

The 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).

201808Final20180812

The final of the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award, live from Edinburgh.

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

The final of the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award, 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, as six 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: Lyndsay Fenner
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.

201809Final - Results Show20180812

The results of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018 final, live from Edinburgh.

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

The results of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018 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.

Featuring a set from 2014 BBC New Comedy Award winner and current Britain's Got Talent champion Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley).

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: Lyndsay Fenner
A BBC Studios production for BBC Radio 4.