The final heat of BNSA2015 was a close run battle and it was extremely tough for the three judges to pick two qualifiers on a night when the standard of both scriptwriting and performing was so high. After much deliberation, compere Brian Luff announced the winning acts as Best Boy and Shirley and Shirley (pictured).

Best Boy are Dan Smith and Charlie Mizon – a cheeky and energetic duo who mixed surreal ideas with observational wit and one of the weirdest card tricks you’ll ever see. Shirley & Shirley delivered a well-drilled, energetic mash-up of character, physical and sketch comedy – a cleverly acted set with some wonderfully dark ideas. Runners-up were cool and funny female comedy duo Shelf.

The qualifiers join Croft & Pearce, Marshall & Hart, Laughing Stock and Mid-Brow in the final at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh on 19th August.