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2018 BBC New Comedy Award winner Stephen Buchanan — the sketches that helped set him on his way to stand-up stardom

13 August 2018

Glasgow’s Stephen Buchanan won the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and, in doing so, followed in the footsteps of some of the British comedy scene’s star names.

Previous winners include Lost Voice Guy, Josie Long, Nina Conti, and Alan Carr.

Acts such as Peter Kay, Joe Lycett, Romesh Ranganathan, and Sarah Millican also made names for themselves after featuring in the awards.

Stephen’s batch of sketches – many for BBC Scotland’s comedy ventures – showcased the undoubted talent that helped him scoop the coveted title.

Stephen Buchanan’s winning set.

Some of Stephen’s best bits

Could this be Scotland’s WORST driving instructor?

How much is acceptable to share about your affliction in a doctor’s waiting room?

Stephen’s road to the title

Having made his way through the hotly contested Manchester heats, Stephen performed his winning set at the BBC Tent in Edinburgh, wowing the judges and audience alike.

BBC New Comedy Award

Josie Long’s winning set from 1999

David O’Doherty’s set from 1999

Peter Kay’s set from 1997

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