Hull's Lucy Beaumont joins Alan Carr and Rhod Gilbert in top rank of comedians after winning prestigious BBC stand-up award
HULL funny girl Lucy Beaumont is following in the footsteps of comedy royalty by winning a national stand-up competition.
The 28-year-old, who only launched her comic career 18 months ago, has triumphed in the BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Awards 2012.
Lucy was one of six finalists who performed at Blackpool's Grand Theatre on Monday in a show broadcast live on Radio 2 and on the BBC's interactive red button channel.
Winning the public text vote at the end of the show, the Spring Bank-raised comedienne has now joined the likes of Alan Carr and Rhod Gilbert as previous winners of the award.
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Accepting the trophy from host Patrick Kielty live on stage, Lucy seemed shocked to have been chosen as the champion, after beating 800 other comic hopefuls who originally entered the contest.
"I was absolutely stunned. I didn't know what to say," said Lucy, whose act is based around her experiences growing up in Hull.
"To be honest I think I'm still dreaming. The alarm clock's going to go off in a minute and I'm going to wake up at home in bed.
"I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everybody who voted for me.
"I know a lot of people in Hull did and I'm just hugely grateful.
"When he called my name out I just can't explain how I felt. I was dumbfounded.
"It's just been a whirlwind since, I was up playing bowls in the hotel corridors with a bowl of apples until the early hours.
"Did I have a celebratory glass of wine? No, but I've had a few tequilas. I think I've had about three hours sleep, but I'm still buzzing."
As well as taking home a cheque for £1,000, the main prize for the competition is a BBC commission for her own radio show.
And the woman who wowed the audience by telling stories of being chased home by dogs after working on the cooked chicken counter at Asda, admits the win could be a massive boost for her career.
"Well, Peter Kay did well in the final a few years ago and I think he's doing all right isn't he?" she said.
"It's just a great opportunity to give my profile a boost.
"I can see it's working already, my number of Twitter followers has gone up from 80 to 500 overnight and the amount of support I've had on Facebook has been incredible."
Lucy said she now needs to sit down with BBC bosses to discuss what format her show will take.
"I'm not sure yet," she said. "I've got a few ideas but we'll have to wait and see. I'm busy writing my next Edinburgh show at the moment.
"The main thing is I want to get out and do my comedy in front of as many people as possible. And this is a great platform to do that from."
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