A new show called Lancashire Out Loud has started on BBC Radio Lancashire looking for amateur comedy scriptwriters and stand-up comedians.
The station is looking to uncover local hidden comic talent – over the past few months the station has been on the lookout for the next ‘Morecambe and Wise’ scriptwriter Eddie Braben, ‘Dinner Ladies’ sitcom writer Victoria Wood or Lancashire comic Les Dawson.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the station’s new discoveries tested their material on air via a half-hour show and those selected from comedy workshops run by local comedian and radio presenter Steve Royle performed at a live comedy night put on at The Continental Pub in Preston. It forms the first of six part series, with stand-up comics taking to the stage at BBC Radio Lancashire’s Radio Theatre in later shows.
BBC Radio Lancashire’s managing Editor, John Clayton told RadioToday: “The aim has been to encourage and nurture raw talent. We’ve got people of all ages and backgrounds including a housewife, a pensioner, a student, a stand-up comedian – the one trait they all have in common is a style of comedy writing which is typically Lancashire in origin.
“One uses the idea of a book club for superheroes, while another imagines the problems of a world of driverless cars.”
Comedian Steve Royle who also presents on Saturday mornings from 9am on BBC Radio Lancashire, was particularly impressed by those who had taken part in the talent trawl: “To go from sketching out an idea to performing it in front of an audience and being recorded for radio is amazing and they’ve done it with such enthusiasm. I hope they all carry on and enjoy more success.”
BBC Radio Bristol, Newcastle and Norfolk are also taking part in a similar feature, looking for new local comedy talent.