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  1. 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 material - from clips recorded professionally to acts in their bedrooms talking into their phones, comedians from right across the UK have entered.

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    Steve Bugeja shows us what life is like after the award and how everybody knows his name.

    Scouts from the New Comedy Award also scoured comedy clubs and festivals to spot the best new acts and encourage them to enter.

    We received over 750 entries which has now been whittled down to just 80 for the heats. All entries were catalogued andever single entry received two listens by a writer or performer who judged them on originality, writing...

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  2. Meet the contestants: 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 help his career, despite the fact that he always does terribly in competitions. He's written this in the third person.

    Follow: @JBazzler


    Ed Caruana Ed Caruana “I’m a stand up based in London. It’s not always easy to find packed gigs to play – one recent audience was literally a man and his dog. And the dog ran off the moment I started my set. I’m hoping this competition might secure me a few nicer gigs.”


    Matthew Courtnell Matthew Courtnell Humour in the purest form gathering the funny in the not so funny parts of his life with self-deprecating storytelling that unfolds personal revealing stories...

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  3. 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!

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Steve Bugeja: I no longer feel like a massive fraud

    Wednesday 28 May 2014, 10:09

    Steve Bugeja Steve Bugeja Stand-up Comedian

    Winning the BBC New Comedy Award was brilliant. Quite simply it was the best thing that has happened to me in my career so far. The immediate benefit of winning was that I got very drunk on free wine (3 white wines) after the final. This lead to me stumbling into the Burger King by Tottenham Court Road holding my trophy and demanding free chips. Undoubtedly a low point of what was otherwise a great evening. The award didn't catapult me to instant stardom as my mum presumed it would, but it has created a huge amount of opportunities for me. Opportunities that I am trying desperately to take advantage...

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  7. The grand final is here!

    Monday 9 December 2013, 12:37

    Frankie Ward Frankie Ward Interactive Producer

    After months of putting some of Britain's brightest new comedy prospects to the test, the live final of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award is here.

    We'll be on Radio 2 from 8pm with host Patrick Kielty and our six finalists, who'll each perform a seven minute set. You can meet them all here. Our SMS and online vote will be opened by Patrick at the end of the hour long show, and closed by him at the start of the results show, which broadcasts live from 10pm.

    To find out more about the voting terms and conditions, click here. The online vote is completely free, but you'll need to sign into your BBCiD to...

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  8. How 2011 winner Angela Barnes gave up the day job

    Thursday 5 December 2013, 11:46

    Angela Barnes Angela Barnes Comedian

    In 2011, Brighton's Angela Barnes won the BBC New Comedy Award by a public vote. Here, she shares what she's been up to since taking the title.

     So, the BBC New Comedy Award Final is coming around again, and I have been asked to write a little bit about what Ive been doing since winning it in 2011.

    Angela Barnes, Patrick Kielty and the 2011 finalists Angela with host Patrick Kielty and the BBC New Comedy Award class of 2011.


    Well, let me see now. Over the past two years, I have spent a disproportionate amount of time sitting on trains, staring at blank screens and pieces of paper and waiting for the tap on the shoulder from the comedy police...

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  9. The semi-finals arrive on BBC Radio 2

    Friday 29 November 2013, 15:37

    Frankie Ward Frankie Ward Interactive Producer

    We've backed our bags, bid a fond farewell to our lovely heat hosts BBC Radio 4 Extra and have now set up home over at BBC Radio 2 for the semi-finals, which will air on the station next week.

    The first heat, recorded at the Arts Theatre in London, airs on Monday 2nd December at 10pm on Radio 2 and features host Patrick Kielty and guest judges Mark Steel and Shappi Khorsandi.

    Shappi Khorsandi BBC New Comedy Award semi-final judge, stand-up Shappi Khorsandi.

    Naturally we were there to film it all so we could bring you a sneaky peek at all of the acts in action. Check out the video below to find out what Ean...

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  10. The wildcard vote 2013 results are in!

    Friday 8 November 2013, 16:37

    Frankie Ward Frankie Ward Interactive Producer

    After a week of voting, fingernail biting and hundreds of tweets from our wildcard vote comics and their supporters, we're finally able to reveal which two comedians you have voted into the semi-finals.

    Although we can't get all statistical on you (pie charts aren't our speciality here in Team NCA, although our baking skills are considerably well developed), we can reveal that this year's vote was very close indeed, so thanks to everyone for voting and spreading the word.

    So, without further ado, our two wildcards going through to the semi-finals in Birmingham and London are Dave Green and Jake Lambert...

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