Radio 2’s search for the country’s best new comedy talent has concluded, with Angela Barnes crowned the winner in a public vote.
She’ll get the chance to perform a slot that will air as part of the station’s Comedy Zone as well as being interviewed as part of 2DAY later this week.
Six finalists were critiqued by a panel including Radio 2 Head of Programmes Lewis Carnie as well as established comedians Sarah Millican and Stephen K Amos.
As part of her prize, Angela – who’s from Maidstone in Kent but now lives in Brighton – will also receive development advice and guidance from BBC Radio Comedy and the possibility of appearing on other slots on BBC Radio.
She said: “This is a massive privilege and the fact it was a public vote makes it all the more special. It’s been an amazing journey with brilliant people and I hope this will open some doors and I look forward to gigging with my fellow finalists on the comedy circuit.”
The competition was open to any act over 18 years of age who has been performing on the comedy circuit as a stand-up for less than three years. From over 600 entries, the six finalists had beaten their way through hotly contested regional heats and the semi-finals.
Radio 2 has revived the old ‘BBC New Comedy Award’, which originally ran from 1995 to 2001. Previous winners include Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Marcus Brigstocke.