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  1. Heat Six - Manchester, 2014

    Friday 17 October 2014, 16:01

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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...

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  2. Heat Five - Manchester, 2014

    Friday 10 October 2014, 10:04

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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

    Vicky Arlidge fell into comedy in 2011 after writing a song about motherhood that went viral on YouTube. Since then she has made two trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, (nominated for the ‘Best Show Award’ by Funny Women 2013), performed at Glastonbury and clocked up over 35,000 YouTube hits.

    Twitter: @VickyArlidge

      Dalia Malek Dalia Malek

    Dalia Malek is a PhD candidate based in London and entered the competition because she is looking to take the next step in comedy.

    Twitter: @daliamalek

     

    Russell Hicks Russell Hicks

    "Hi....I'm originally from California. 4 1/2 years in has lead me to London, then it took me to Manchester....if these trends continue, I should be in Chester by 2016."

     

    Adam Hastings Adam Hastings

    Adam Hastings is a Geordie. Adam Hastings is a comedian.

    "Elegant and Stunning!" - Barry.

    "I pictured him as being tall but he's just kind of like, you know, normal height." - An onlooker/audient.

    "A geordie comedian!" - Adam...

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  3. Heat Four - Cardiff, 2014

    Thursday 2 October 2014, 16:50

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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 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 after hearing the Lighthouse Family for the very first time in July and after having a really great time before in this very brilliant competition.

    Twitter: @DavidStanier

     

    Ian Lane Ian Lane

    "I am a 5’10” customer services lackey from Aldershot, who does comedy because he doesn’t have the interpersonal skills to direct theatre. I’ve entered the competition because all my best jokes are visual, and, as a masochist, I prefer to only enter competitions where I feel at a massive disadvantage."

    Twitter: @IanAvenueLane

     

      Scott Bennet Scott Bennett

    "I have always been passionate about comedy and the BBC has been at the forefront of some of the most important and influential comedy programmes over the years. I entered the competition to take my comedy career to the next level. My style is simple observational...

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  4. Heat Three - Cardiff, 2014

    Friday 26 September 2014, 13:06

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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 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 stand-up comedy, from old VHS tapes of Alan Davies and Robin Williams to downloading Dane Cook and Jim Carey stand-up specials and listening to them constantly. “

    Twitter: @yourboyjc

     

    Jenny Collier Jenny Collier

    ...

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  5. Heat Two - Edinburgh, 2014

    Friday 19 September 2014, 09:57

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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 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 to me" 

    Follow: @sbjavelinthrow 

    Rio Bauer Rio Bauer “I began gigging in Dublin shortly before moving to Manchester and winning the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2013. I decided to enter BBC New Comedy...

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  6. Words from the producer

    Friday 12 September 2014, 16:52

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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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  7. Heat One - Edinburgh, 2014

    Friday 12 September 2014, 11:27

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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 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 university he started to do stand-up because he likes to be lonely. He still performs sketch comedy as Twins with his twin sister Annie McGrath. He's entered this competition in the hope that it will...

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  8. The Heats are Coming!

    Wednesday 6 August 2014, 15:49

     NCA Team NCA Team

    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 Heat 2 - 10.30pm on 3rd October 2014

    Manchester Heat 1 - 10.30pm on 10th October 2014

    Manchester Heat 2 - 10.30pm on 17th October 2014                  

    London Heat 1 - 10.30pm on 24th October 2014               

    London Heat 2 - 10.30pm on 31st October 2014 

     

    Make sure you follow the BBC Radio New Comedy Award on Twitter to get updates from the heats!

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  9. FAQ - All you need to know about applying for the NCA 2014

    Monday 23 June 2014, 09:58

     NCA Team NCA Team

    We've noticed a few common questions popping up in our inbox and on our Twitter feed about how to apply for the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014. Here’s all you need to know!

    "Can my audio entry be longer than five minutes?"

    No. Please submit five minute tracks only. As per our terms and conditions, 'recordings of routines longer than five minutes will be disqualified'.

    "Does it have to be on SoundCloud? Can I not just upload to YouTube?”

    Yes. Your audio must be uploaded to SoundCloud and set as ‘downloadable’ to allow us to assess your submission, without it your application could be disqualified...

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  10. How to upload audio to SoundCloud

    Tuesday 10 June 2014, 11:08

     NCA Team NCA Team

    Applications open for the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 on Thursday 12th June.

    Just like last year, we will be asking you to submit five minutes of your own material using SoundCloud. You will need to upload your audio and paste the SoundCloud link into your application form.

    Sound scary? NO! It’s really easy! Here's a step-by-step guide to uploading and sharing your audio with us:

    Step one: Record your audio

    Before you get going on SoundCloud you should record five minutes of your own, unaired on TV or Radio material. This doesn’t need to be recorded with an audience; it just needs to be five...

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