The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is back for 2015 and will be promoted across both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Extra this year.
The winner of the award will get £1000 and development support from the BBC Radio Comedy department; with advice, guidance and the chance to appear in slots across the BBC.
The 80 best entries will be selected for eight regional heats in August and September. Each night Radio 4 Extra will offer listeners the chance to hear these heats as well as some of the key moments of the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards. Clips of the winning heats will also be played on Steve Wright’s show on Radio 2 each Friday in the build-up to the live final which is aired on Radio 2 in November.
Executive Producer for BBC Comedy, Sam Bryant, and Steve Bennett, Editor of Chortle, will be the regular judges for the competition and at each heat they will be joined by an expert judge from within the comedy industry. At the final, a panel of judges will be present on the night but it’s the Radio 2 listeners who will be in charge of picking the winner by voting online or via SMS.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programming for Radio 2, says: “Radio 2 has long championed new talent on the network and this award is a great way of us finding new comedy across the UK. Not many competitions end up with a performance on the most-listened to radio station in the UK!”
Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra says: “It is very exciting to once more throw open our doors for anyone to show us their comedy routines. This competition has such a fantastic track-record of finding future comedy stars and we will be proud to say that you heard them first on the BBC.”
Host of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award, Patrick Kielty, says: “I look forward to hosting the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards for the fifth time. The talent remains consistently excellent and it is great to watch so many past winners go on to make such a successful career for themselves.”