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 few years now (last year saw dramatic scenes of festival goers sinking to their knees before the site's big screen shouting 'GO MO, GO!' as Mo Farrah secured his second Olympic gold medal... including me) and, as this was our third year on site, it's become a home-from-home for us.
Our compere for the first night was the award-winning Susan Calman, who showed a Mo Farrah-esque capacity for running around the stage, getting the audience ready to greet our first ten stand-ups of the award. We were also thrilled to be joined by guest judge Dan Antopolski, himself a former winner!
Now, we're under strict instructions from our friends at BBC Radio 4 Extra to not reveal the result before the show is broadcast at 22:30 tonight, but we'd love you to share your reactions with us on Twitter, using the hashtag #BBCNCA. You can also http://www.twitter.com/bbcnewcomaward.