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Success Stories

If you have a passion and talent for making people laugh and are prepared to slog your guts out then it can happen. Meet some former winners and finalists from our previous comedy schemes and find out their secrets to success.


Nina ContiNina Conti

Since winning the 2002 New Comedy Awards, Nina Conti and her sidekick 'Monkey' have been performing to sell out crowds across the UK.

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Danny PeakDaniel Peak

Since winning 2002's Sitcom Writer Award Daniel Peak hasn't looked back. After piloting his own sitcom on BBC Three, Daniel joined the scriptwriting team on 'Two Pints of Lager..', and co-created 'I'm With Stupid'.

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Rhod GilbertRhod Gilbert

He won 2003's New Comedy Award after his girlfriend nagged him to enter it and now Rhod Gilbert is one of the hottest stand-ups on the circuit with his show taking him everywhere from Australia to Iraq.

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Robin TaylorRobin Taylor

BBC New Talent's winning sitcom script in 2004 was 'Marigold' by Robin Taylor. His script was developed into a pilot for BBC Three with the help of Micheál Jacob.

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Andrew LawrenceAndrew Lawrence

Ex-librarian, Andrew Lawrence, was crowned New Talent's Stand Up Comedian of 2004 thanks to his gruff voice, dark thoughts and soaring songs.

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Alan CarrAll previous winners

You may be surprised to find out which stand-ups started out their comedy careers by entering a New Talent scheme. Here's the full list of winners and finalists.

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