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The semi-finals arrive on BBC Radio 2

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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.

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...

Video highlights from our first semi-final in London.

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 'tache in Birmingham.

As with our London, semi-finalists you can watch highlights from the Birmingham semi-final below. And why wouldn't you, when you could find out why Jonny Pelham "can't do material about trains" and which act hasn't even told his family about his sideline in stand-up!

Video highlights from our second semi-final at the Glee Club in Birmingham.

We've seen a wealth of talent from every corner of the nation over the past few months, so it's not suprising that getting to the final 12 has been a difficult process - or at least, it has been for our guest judges! (We've had a blast, obviously.)

However, for the final we'll be passing that oh so important task of choosing 'top comic' to you, as we ask you to cast your vote via SMS or online during a public vote on the evening of December 9th.

In the meantime, you can share what you think with us on Twitter, using the hashtag #BBCNCA.


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