The BBC New Comedy Award first took place in 1995, and it is considered to be one of the top UK comedy newcomer awards.
It was axed in 2006, being replaced by a nationwide talent hunt that places its emphasis on sketch writing and filmed performance. However, in March 2011 the BBC Radio New Comedy Award was relaunched in conjunction with BBC Radio 2, and ran as a joint project between Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. The current arrangement is for 4 Extra to broadcast the heats and semi-finals of the contest, whilst Radio 4 broadcasts the live final.
The finals of this event have boasted many well known names that have continued to work in comedy to great acclaim - amongst the winners of the award are: Julian Barratt (1995), Marcus Brigstocke (1996), Paul Foot (1997), Josie Long (1999), Alan Carr (2001), Nina Conti (2002), and Rhod Gilbert (2003). Other notable finalists include Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Russell Howard, Daniel Kitson, Justin Lee Collins, David O'Doherty, Shappi Khorsandi, Chris Addison and Sarah Millican.
|1995||Julian Barratt||Daniel Kitson|
Addy Van Der Borgh
|1997||Paul Foot||Bennett Aaron|
Justin Lee Collins
|1998||Dan Antopolski||Mary Bourke|
|1999||Josie Long||David O'Doherty|
|2000||Jason John Whitehead||Anthony J Brown|
|2001||Alan Carr||Marcus Birdman|
Keith Carter (as "Nige")
|2003||Rhod Gilbert||Michael Anderson|
Greg Cook (runner-up)
Steve Hall (runner-up)
"Lloydy the illegal street trader"
|2004||Andrew Lawrence||Liam Mullone|
James Sherwood (runner-up)
Danielle Ward (runner-up)
|2005||Tom Allen||Edward Aczel (runner-up)|
Sarah Millican (runner-up)
|2011||Angela Barnes||Pat Cahill|
|2012||Lucy Beaumont||Pete Otway|
|2013||Steve Bugeja||Jonny Pelham|
|2014||Lost Voice Guy||Hari Sriskantha|
|2015||Yuriko Kotani||Russ Peers|
|2016||Jethro Bradley||Catherine Bohart|
|2017||Heidi Regan||Andy Field|
Morgan Rees[nb 1]