Arts / Marjolein makes it through to final of BBC New Comedy Awards

Photo: John Carolan

SHETLAND comedian Marjolein Robertson is celebrating a major achievement after making it through to the final of the BBC’s New Comedy Awards.

She won the regional Scottish heat of the competition, which aired on BBC Three last night (Tuesday) and can be watched back on iPlayer.

Robertson will now compete in the national final in Cardiff on 1 November, watched on by a judging panel including Fern Brady and Rosie Jones – as well as host Kerry Godliman.

The final is also set to be shown on BBC One and played on BBC Radio 4.

Robertson was in tears after being announced as the winner of her heat, which was held in Kilmarnock.

“I’m crying, but would you believe it, I’m actually happy,” she told the audience.

Speaking to Shetland News after the show was aired, Robertson said she was “overwhelmed” and could not believe it when her name was called.


She had to submit videos earlier in the summer, and performed at a heat in August at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh.

More than 1,000 stand-ups entered this year’s awards, with 30 comedians performing at regional heats – with only six remaining.

The New Comedy Awards, first established in 1995, have helped launch and build the careers of acts like Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Nina Conti, Russell Howard and Alan Carr.

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