Marcus Brigstocke looks back at twenty years of the BBC New Comedy Awards, including highlights from the 2015 final, which took place earlier in the day at London's Comedy Store and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
He also talks to figures that put the awards into context - how long will it be before these bright young talents are part of the comedy firmament? Marcus himself knows that it's a long path to success - he won the awards back in 1996, but Giles Wemmbley-Hogg didn't arrive on Radio 4 until 2002...
Contributors include comedy industry insiders who gave seen new comedians come and go; comedians who have had success despite failing to reach any awards final; a comedian who did well in the competition but gave up nonetheless.
Producer: Ed Morrish
A BBC Radio Comedy Production.