Comedian Patrick Kielty will host the final of the BBC New Comedy award.
She said: ‘It is no way an exaggeration to say that winning the BBC New Comedy Award has changed my life. A year ago, stand-up comedy was my hobby. Now it's my job!.
‘In the year since I've won I have written on my favourite radio show, played Latitude Festival and Laughs in The Park, and I've met Terry Wogan AND Gary Barlow! If you had told me a year ago any of those things would have happened, I would have laughed in your face.’
And she told would-be comedians: ‘If you're umming and aahing about entering, just do it. There is really nothing to lose and everything to gain.'
The winner will receive £1,000 and the chance for a commission from BBC Radio Comedy, as well as receiving development advice and guidance from the BBC comedy department.
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