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Six classic stand up sets from the 1990s

The BBC New Comedy Award has kick started the careers of many of our greatest stand ups. What better time to look back at some of the best sets from when it started back in the 1990s?

A runner up on the night, Peter Kay's rise was meteoric - in 1999 he was back as a judge...

Peter Kay at 24!

Soon to be stand-up superstar Peter Kay is hilarious at the BBC New Comedy Award in 1997.

Josie Long was just 17 when she in won the competition in 1999...

Brilliant 17-year-old Josie Long!

The stand-up star started super young, and won the BBC New Comedy Award in 1999.

With a bit about Oasis at Knebworth, Chris Addison's set could only be from 1996...

Chris Addison performs stand up in 1996

The Mancunian comedian was a BBC New Comedy Award finalist in 1996.

David O'Doherty's childlike comic persona was fully developed back in 1999...

A 1999 set from David O'Doherty

The Irish comic made the BBC New Comedy Award final in 1999.

Surreal genius Paul Foot sidled his way to victory (beating Peter Kay) in 1997...

Paul Foot weirds his way to victory in 1997

Surreal star Paul Foot was a BBC New Comedy Award winner in 1997.

Marcus Brigstocke was still a student when he was winner in 1996...

Marcus Brigstocke's winning set from 1996

Before he became a Radio 4 staple, Marcus Brigstocke was a BBC New Comedy Award winner.

This article was last updated in August 2018