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Birds shortlisted for BBC Radio New Comedy Award

Hot on the heels of the sketch group's successful shows at Brighton Fringe Festival and Prague Fringe Festival this May, we're delighted to announce that Birds have been shortlisted for the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award.

From a pool of more than 600 UK-wide entries, Birds were selected to take part in the heats of the competition.

Birds performing live at the Prague Fringe Festival.

Birds performing live at the Prague Fringe Festival.

The event takes place at London's Up the Creek comedy club on 26th June 2018, with each act performing a five minute set. The winners of each individual heat will then progress through to the semi-finals, which will take place in Edinburgh during the festival in August. Highlights from all of the heats will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

The BBC New Comedy Award was first held in 1995, and previous winners and finalists include stand-ups Peter Kay, Josie Long, Lee Mack, Nina Conti, Rhod Gilbert and Lost Voice Guy. The award is also open to sketch and music acts, though until now it has only been won by stand-ups. Let's see if 2018 will be the year of the sketch...

Birds set to debut at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May

Official Brighton Fringe poster for Birds.

Official Brighton Fringe poster for Birds.

Following the sketch group's run to the final of the Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off!, Birds are now preparing to spread their wings and perform their debut hour-long show at this year's Brighton Fringe.

With a six-night run booked between 5th and 10th May 2018 at Junkyard Dogs (Fringe 'Best Venue' Award Winner 2017), audiences should expect a shower of sharp, snappy and surreal sketches... and quite a bit of childish on-stage bickering in between.

The full list of Brighton Fringe dates are as follows:

  • 5 May 2018 (6.30pm)
  • 6 May 2018 (2pm)
  • 7 May 2018 (8.15pm)
  • 8 May 2018 (6.45pm)
  • 9 May 2018 (9.30pm)
  • 10 May 2018 (6.45pm)

Birds is performed by Amy Spinks and Leila Nashef and is written and directed by Will Noble and Joe Reaney. You can find out more about Birds here.

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