Patrick Kielty presents the first of two semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011, Radio 2's nationwide search to find the best of new stand up comedy talent in the UK.
From ten regional heats held across the country, twelve acts have been selected by both a judging panel and an audience vote and will be whittled down to just six for the grand final broadcast live on Saturday 18 June. Tonight the first six acts go head to head at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh. Next week's semi takes place at The Komedia in Bath.
Previous finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Lee Mack and Peter Kay - join us as we discover the next comedy stars of the future.