BBC choice

New act semi-finalists announced

The BBC has announced the semi-finalists in its hunt for new stand-up talent.

Thirty-two aspiring comics will now perform at showcase gigs in London, to be filmed for BBC Choice.

Winners from these heats will go on to the final, to be held at the Edinburgh festival and screened on BBC1.

The ultimate winner receives £1,500 and the chance to have a programme developed by the BBC.

Semi-finals will be held at Madame JoJo's in London from June 30 to July 3, two shows a night.

Hosts on the night will be Chris Addison, Ross Noble, Toby Foster and Marcus Brigstocke and the TV shows will be presented by Jenny Eclair.

Call 020 8870 0111 for free tickets.

Those taking part are:

 

Sunday June 30: Dominic Woodward, Greg Davies, Jerome Holland, Stan Stanley, Karl Spain, Wayne Dawber, Caroline Jones, Adam Montgomery, Ninia Benjamin, Bill Holland, MC Chris Addison

Monday July 1: Stefano Paolini, Alex Horne, Karen Cockfield, Bill Woolland, Nina Conti, Neil Delamere, Eddie Fisher, Graham Antony, Matt Read, Ben Schofield, MC Ross Noble

Tuesday July 2: Gary Delaney, PJ Gallagher, Sean Hard, Boe, Paul Kerensa, Bernard O'Shea, Laurence Inman, Dan Nightingale, Vicky Frango, Sally-Anne Hayward, MC Toby Foster

Wednesday July 3: Hils Barker, Dylan, Caimh McDonnell, David Wilkie, Bob Kobe, Clare Campbell, Michael Anderson, Steven Mould, Seymour Mace, Nick Page, MC Marcus Brigstocke.

Published: 20 Jun 2002

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