BBC New Comedy Award 2012: Manchester heat

On September 4 we laughed away the end of Summer with the help of ten new comics, guest judge Sarah Millican and host Chris Ramsey at Manchester's legendary Comedy Store.

Watch the video to see how our budding stand-ups got on and then follow us @bbcnewcomaward on Twitter for all the latest updates from the competition.

The judges were Steve Bennett from top comedy website Chortle, Executive Producer Alison Vernon-Smith, Producer Lianne Coop and guest judge Sarah Millican.

As always, we've picked two top local acts to accompany the film and this week we've featured Doves and the ever-brilliant Buzzcocks.

At the end of the heats, two runners-up will be selected by the judges to go straight through one of our two semi-finals. Eight more runners-up will be chosen to compete online in a wildcard vote, where you'll be able to watch more footage of each performer and vote for who you think deserves a place in the semi-final. Voting will open once all the heats have taken place on the BBC Radio 2 website.

Acts: Mike Shepherd, Steve Bugjea, James Bran, Will Setchell, Adam Hess, Hayley Elis, Richard Stainbank, Liam Pickford, Danny Sutcliffe, Alex Smith
Compere: Chris Ramsey
Guest judge: Sarah Millican

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