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  • You can catch the eighth heat of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 on Friday 31st October at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    Gareth Brand

    Gareth Brand is from the small village of Colwinston in South Wales. He is the finest stand-up comedian they have ever produced. He is also better than most of the comedians in neighbouring Corntown.

    Twitter: @garethbrand

    Luke Capasso

    33 year old American, 5’6” with semi athletic build; he likes going out as well as a quiet night cuddling under a duvet. Luke also enjoys doing stand-up comedy. Previous jobs include six years in the US military, being a badass handy man and has raised two kids (that’s more of a hobby though).

    Twitter: @lukecapasso

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  • You can catch the seventh heat of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 on Friday 24th October at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    Daniel Cook

    "I used to be in a sketch group but now I'm on my own and have been doing stand-up since May. It's been absolutely fine. I'm not really sure why I entered the competition. Seems like a nice night out."

    Twitter: @dancook100

    Nick Elleray

    "I've performed comedy since 2012. I've entered the NCA in order to share the 'gift of laughter' or - in the event of my not being funny - the 'gift vouchers of laughter' (which the audience can redeem at any other comedian participating in the scheme. Check voucher for details)."

    Twitter: @nickelleray

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  • You can catch the sixth heat of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 on Friday 17th October at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The show was recorded at the iconic Comedy Store in Manchester.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    Adam Benjamin

    I'm not great at connecting with people so decided to do something that required me to connect with dozens simultaneously, which in retrospect doesn't make much sense but I feel like I'm committed at this stage. Be committed now or be committed later was essentially the choice.

    Twitter: @adambenjiman

    Jason Arthur

    Jason took the decision to take up Stand up comedy a couple of years ago when his wife was pregnant with their second child - as it seemed like the sensible thing to do! In entering the competition he hopes he can do well and his wife may eventually forgive him!

    Twitter: @mejasonarthur

    George Lewis

    George Lewis is a comedian from Stockport who has been trying to impress his grandma for the past 27 years. If there's one thing Marian loves, it's BBC radio. So this is his best chance yet.

    Twitter: @Georgebot5000

    Edmund Colley

    Edmund Colley is a stand-up comedian and writer who has performed in venues…

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  • You can catch the fifth heat of the New Comedy Award 2014 on Friday 10th October at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The show was recorded at the iconic Comedy Store in Manchester.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    Vicky Arlidge

    Vicky Arlidge fell into comedy in 2011 after writing a song about motherhood that went viral on YouTube. Since then she has…

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  • This week's New Comedy Award heat was recorded in Cardiff and hosted by Pete Otway. You can catch it on Radio 4 Extra at 10.30pm on Friday 3rd October 2014.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    David Stanier

    David is a silly and polite young man. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent and his favourite colour is "I can't decide". He entered for the BBC NCA 2014…

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  • This week's New Comedy Award heat was recorded in Cardiff and hosted by John Robins. You can catch it on Radio 4 Extra at 10.30pm on Friday 26th September 2014.

    Here's some more information about the comedians performing in this heat:

    Jack Campbell

    “I started stand-up comedy at De Montfort University in early 2010 and started performing regularly in 2012. I've always listened and watched…

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  • You can listen to the second heat of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 at 10.30pm on Friday 19th September 2014 on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    Here's some extra information about competitors in our second heat:

    Danny Clives

    "I am 24 years old and I have been doing stand up for just over a year and a half. I entered the competition as a lot of the previous winners and finalists have been a huge inspiration…

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  • The New Comedy Award 2014 kicks off on BBC Radio 4 Extra every Friday night at 10.30pm from 12th September - here's producer Adnan Ahmed on the awards so far:

    The heats as broadcast on Radio 4 Extra are the next stage of a nationwide search for the best new stand up talent.

    Previous winners and finalists of the prestigious award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Julian Barratt, Marcus Brigstocke, Russell Howard, Rhod Gilbert, David O’Doherty and Shappi Khorsandi.

    The process started in May when the call was placed on the air for comedians to send in five mins clips of their best…

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  • And we're off! You can listen to the first heat of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 at 10pm on Friday 12th September 2014 on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

    Here’s some extra information about our first competitors:

    Jack Barry

    Jack started performing sketch comedy as a student. He wanted to go to Cambridge and be in the Footlights but wasn't clever enough so went to Leeds and was in the Tealights. After…

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  • Nearly 800 budding stand-ups applied, and the NCA team have been busy whittling the entries down to just 80 to take part in the first heats of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014.

    The competition kicks off at the Edinburgh Fringe this month – if you don't have tickets, don't despair. Come along to the BBC@Potterrow site anyway for a drink and maybe some table tennis.

    You can catch the first heats on BBC Radio 4 Extra on these dates:

    Edinburgh Heat 1 -10.30pm on 12th September 2014

    Edinburgh Heat 2 - 10.30pm on 19th September 2014

    Cardiff Heat 1 - 10.30pm on 26th September 2014

    Cardiff…

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