Stephen Buchanan has been crowned the winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2018.
Comedian Stephen Buchanan competed against five other acts in the final at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the weekend. The final was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4.
On the announcemnet Buchanan said he was “really shocked”.
“I’m really shocked, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” he said.
“It’s been an incredible experience to take part in this competition – to get to the final and actually win it was amazing.
“Shout out to my mum, who was the one screaming all the way through.”
— BBC New Comedy Award (@bbcnewcomedy18) August 12, 2018
Buchanan made his debut this year at the Fringe festival and his set explored his darkest fears which range from commitment to children’s literature.
He was crowned by a panel of judges comprising Mark Steel, Rachel Parris and Radio 4’s commissioning editor for comedy Sioned Wiliam.
Wiliam said: “Stephen impressed us with his wonderfully original material and professional style. It was a faultless performance and he is absolutely a worthy winner.
“I’m really proud that Radio 4 is able to provide a platform for exciting new comedians to launch their careers, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from all six finalists in the near future.”
Along with bragging rights the comedian also received £1,000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios. Himself, as well as the other finalists will be mentored by the BBC Studios comedy team where they will receive advice and the chance to write for/ appear in BBC slots.
Previous winners and finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award include Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, Josie Long, and Nina Conti.