Thursday 5 December 2013, 11:46
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 I’ve been doing since winning it in 2011.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 saying “There’s been a terrible mistake Angela, turns out you’re not a comedian after all, our bad”. But, my insecurities aside, it’s been a pretty bloomin’ amazing couple of years.
Thanks to BBC Radio New Comedy Award, I am a comedian. It’s what I do. It’s my sole income. It’s my job. And, I still can’t quite bring myself to believe that that is true. I think I’ll always feel a fraud saying it.
Before I entered the competition, I was a hopeful performer of open spots who had been doing the open mics for about 18 months. I had a proper day job, and stand-up was a bit...
Friday 29 November 2013, 15:37
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.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 Luckhurst's mum had for dinner and why Dean Sekhon started out in stand-up...
Our second semi-final, recorded at Birmingham's Glee Club, airs on Radio 2 at 10pm on Tuesday December 3rd. For this semi-final, our six acts were judged by Miles Jupp and Gary Delaney and impressed a packed out audience (our biggest at any of the shows so far - thanks Birmingham!). We, on the other hand, were so impressed by Patrick Kielty's seasonal facial hair, that we had to take a snap for you...BBC New Comedy Award host Patrick Kielty sports a Movember...
Friday 8 November 2013, 16:37
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!
Jake will be joining the following line-up at our first semi-final at London's Arts Theatre:
Dave will be performing alongside this line-up at our second semi-final at Birmingham's Glee Club:
For tickets to the final at London's Comedy Store on the 9th December, please see our tickets page.
The semi-finals will be hosted by Patrick Kielty and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on the...
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 11:59
Here at the BBC Radio New Comedy Award we decided it was high time we handed the power over to you - after all, you do get to vote for the winner in December.
So, to ease you into the judges' seats, we're asking you to send two runners-ups from the heats into the semi-finals.
The eight runners-up were chosen by regular heat judges Steve Bennett (Chortle) and Alison Vernon-Smith (Executive Producer, BBC Radio Comedy). If you missed any of the heats on Radio 4 Extra, or want a reminder of your favourite performances...
Friday 25 October 2013, 12:42
With the end of the heats in sight (heat eight hits Radio 4 Extra’s digital airwaves on Friday at 22:30), we’re getting ready to relinquish our power and hand it all over to you!
On Tuesday 29th October at 11am, you’ll be able to watch videos of eight runners-up performing at their heats before casting your vote for our favourite. The two comedians with the most votes will earn themselves a place in the semi-finals, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on the 2nd and 3rd of December.
We’ll also be revealing the two runners-up who have impressed our judges so much that they’ve been given a free pass straight into the semi-finals.
Before then, if you’ve missed any of the heats or simply fancy some fast laughs, you can feast your eyes on our videos from the 2013 heats.
There’s also still a chance for you to join us at the two semi-finals and the finals! Head to our ticket page for all the details and links to the venue box offices.
Friday 6 September 2013, 16:14
August. It's pretty much the only month of the year where London isn't teeming with fresh comedy talent. Why? Because a large majority of them are showcasing their sense of humour up in Scotland, at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Naturally, we wanted in on the action, so we took our first two heats of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2013 up to the BBC Potterrow tent, right in the middle of the city - and what a place to kickstart this year's search.
The BBC have had their Fringe base at Potterrow for a...
Monday 5 August 2013, 10:18
Well, well, well! After sorting through all your amazing entries, multiple listens to each and a satisfying number of laughs, we’ve finally completed the painstaking task of putting together the 80 entrants who’ll be performing in heats across the country in August and September.
This year we had over 600 entries from new comedians across the UK, featuring music, witty observations and surreal sets we’ve still not quite got our heads around yet.
Our first ten comedians will perform at our Potterrow site at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on the 21st August, with another ten performing the...
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 17:34
As the week draws to a close, so too does our entry period for the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2013.
It's important not to forget that you have nothing to lose by entering. We want to hear from as many people as possible. We don’t care where you come from, we just want to know who you are and if you can make us laugh. Last year’s winner, Lucy Beaumont, recorded her entry on her laptop in her bedroom – you may be in the same situation or you might have an entry recorded in front of a paying audience. As long as the material is strong, you are in with ashot at this.
If you’re one of those people...
Friday 21 June 2013, 12:52
As we're over halfway through the entry period, we thought we'd give you another push to get your entries in by catching up with some of our previous entrants.
From those who performed in the heats to the finalists who performed live on BBC Radio 2 last November, even getting through to the heats stage can have an impact on your comedy career - particularly if you're only just starting out on the gigs circuit.
If you're a comedy newcomer, you've got nothing to lose by entering - don't forget that you can enter each year of your first three years in comedy, so it geniunely could be a case of 'third...
Thursday 30 May 2013, 14:39
We've noticed a few common questions popping up in our inbox and on our Twitter feed (no, 'what's your favourite biscuit' sadly has not been asked) so we decided to answer them for everyone's benefit in a blog post. This blog post, to be precise.
"Can my audio entry be longer than five minutes?"
In a word; no. You can submit shorter audio than five minutes, but we won't accept seven minutes and 'just listen to five minutes of it'. See our terms and conditions, which state; 'recordings of routines longer than five minutes will be disqualified'.
"Does it have to be on SoundCloud? I have this great...