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About the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award

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BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award is a nationwide talent search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent.

BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award is a nationwide talent search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent.

Formerly known as the BBC New Comedy Award, it was first established in 1995 running on BBC One from 1995 - 2002 and on BBC Three in 2003, with the final held in Edinburgh every year. In 2004 - 2005 it ran as a radio event on BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC7) and was replaced in 2005 with two new talent schemes: Show Me The Funny, which placed emphasis on the search for sketch writers and; Witty & Twisted, searching for radio writer-performers.

In 2011, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Comedy revived the award, putting the spotlight back on seeking out the best new stand-up comedy talent. From 2016, the award is now comprised of heats and semi-finals on BBC Radio 4 Extra, with the live final broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Past Winners

2018 - Stephen Buchanan
2017 - Heidi Regan
2016 - Jethro Bradley
2015 - Yuriko Kotani
2014 - Lost Voice Guy
2013 - Steve Bugeja
2012 - Lucy Beaumont
2011 - Angela Barnes
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2005 - Tom Allen
2004 - Andrew Lawrence
2003 - Rhod Gilbert
2002 - Nina Conti
2001 - Alan Carr
2000 - Jason John Whitehead
1999 - Josie Long
1998 - Dan Antopolski
1997 - Paul Foot
1996 - Marcus Brigstocke
1995 - Julian Barratt

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