BBC New Comedy finalist pulls out | Family emergency takes Yumna Mohamed from Edinburgh

BBC New Comedy finalist pulls out

Family emergency takes Yumna Mohamed from Edinburgh

One of the finalists in Sunday’s BBC New Comedy Award final has had to drop out because of a family emergency.

Yumna Mohamed who is originally from Johannesburg,  has had to fly back to South Africa – saying it was a ‘difficult decision’ to pull out.

She will be replaced by Morgan Rees, who was chosen from the other semi-finalists by BBC Studios’ executive editor for radio comedy, Julia McKenzie.

Mohamed said: ‘This really was the best comedy competition experience I have had, and I was very proud to get into the final. However, I have to make this difficult decision and wish my fellow finalists the best of luck.'

Rees is from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, but currently lives in Bristol and works as a data consultant. He was a finalist last year’s Chortle Student Awards 2016 and describes himself as a ‘rambling  Welshman who tries to weave one-liners into a narrative’.

The other finalists are Aaron Simmonds, Sikisa, Andy Field, Heidi Regan and Jacob Hawley. Read their profiles here.

The final will be broadcast live on Radio 4 from the Edinburgh Fringe on Sunday at 6.15pm. It will be hosted by Mark Watson and feature a performance previous finalist, Tez Ilyas.

Published: 11 Aug 2017

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