BBC New Comedy Awards 2024

Wednesday 18 September

The BBC’s biggest comedy talent search is back and they’re heading to Y Theatre, Leicester for the Midlands Regional Final on 18th September.


This televised event will be hosted by Birmingham’s very own, Darren Harriott. Head Judge Babatunde Aleshe (Googlebox, I’m a Celeb, Taskmaster) will be joined by local judge Sukh Ojla (The End of the F**king World, GameFace, Hospital People, Victoria & Abdul, Black Mirror) to make up the panel and deciding which fresh new comic will make it through to the BBC One Grand Final.

Babatunde Aléshé, Head Judge, says: “I’m over the moon to be asked by the BBC to be their Head Judge for the New Comedy Awards and to be judging alongside Sukh Ojla.  This prestigious competition has seen a raft of amazing comics taking part over the years.I can’t wait to see what brand-new talent the UK has to offer in the Midlands this year, we will be in good hands with Darren Harriott.”

Now in its 29th year, the New Comedy Awards have helped launch the careers of so many comedy greats, including Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Russell Howard, Alan Carr, Sarah Millican, Josie Long, Tom Allen and Joe Lycett.

For those budding comedy superstars, the prize for the New Comedian 2024 has just got even bigger!The winner will receive a paid commission to write and perform their own 30-minute audio pilot under the mentorship of a BBC Comedy Commissioner, a glittering trophy and £1,000 cash.Plus, the winner will perform live on the BBC as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day night of TV in March 2025 on its 40th Anniversary!

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next big thing in comedy, then enter now! Find out more about the awards at Here, you will also find the full terms and conditions – and privacy notice. Entry period closes on Sunday 30th June 2024 at 11.59pm.

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