BBC Radio launches annual New Comedy Award 2013

Lucy Beaumont
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The BBC's annual New Radio Comedy Award for 2013 has been launched this afternoon by Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright.

The award, which sees the best new talent in the country compete for the title, will this year see both Radio 2 and Radio 4 airing the semi-finals and final.

The competition has served as a platform for aspiring comics to showcase their talent. With previous finalists including comedy royalty Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard, entrants get the chance to follow in footsteps in some of comedy’s giants. 
 
2012 winner Lucy Beaumont has gone on to appear on Live At The Electric, been a panellist on David Mitchell's The Unbelieveable Truth, and is currently working with the BBC Radio on developing a new show.
 
Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra said: “For anyone who enjoys comedy Radio 4 Extra broadcasts a huge number of programmes from across the decades and indeed centuries.  A cavalcade of the very best, some remembered well, some dusted off and heard for the first time in many years.  It is too easy to forget that all this glorious talent was once unknown and unheard.
 
“So it is with huge pleasure that BBC Radio 4 Extra is co-hosting the 2013 BBC New Comedy Awards with BBC Radio 2.  BBC Radio 4 Extra’s involvement means the regional heats will now be broadcast as part of 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club. They will become the archive of the future, for some of these new voices will become the stars of tomorrow and we will be able to say, you heard them here first.”
 
The semi-finals will then take place in Birmingham and London and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November.  The final then takes place on December 9 at The Comedy Store in London hosted by Patrick Kielty. This will be an hour long show followed by a results show.
 
The winner of the 2013 BBC Radio New Comedy Award will receive £1,000, development advice and guidance from the BBC Comedy Department and the chance for a commission from BBC Radio Comedy.
 
Entrants need to apply through the BBC New Comedy Awards website, fill in the web form and upload or email an mp3 of their work. Anyone who has special requirements and is unable to apply through the website should call 03700 100 200.
 
The closing date for entries is the 28th June 2013. More information and application forms are available at bbc.co.uk/newcomedyaward
 

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