Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson

Starting as a musician - with a Nineties band named The Carpetsweepers - Andy Robinson moved into comedy when, like others before him, the patter between the songs become more entertaining than the music.

At the Glastonbury Festival in 1993, Andy won a competition for aspiring young comedians, then started his own fortnightly club in Dudley to learn his trade before moving into the circuit proper.

He was briefly a local radio DJ in Birmingham - but was sacked over comments about a boy band – and has supported Jo Brand on four UK tours.

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Comic's double victory at Midland Comedy Awards

Birmingham stand-up Andy Robinson has scooped two awards at the first Midlands Comedy Awards.

Robinson – a regular support act for Jo Brand – was named best act and best compere, while The Glee – which operates in Birmingham and Nottingham – was named best club. The venue’s founder Mark Tughan said it was ‘a delight and an honour’ to get the award in the club’s 20th year.

‘2014 was a huge year for us with Lee Evans, John Bishop, Ross Noble, Sarah Millican and Russell Kane all nipping in to road test their latest material,’ he said.

Nottingham’s Fowl Humour was given the prize for best open-mic night, while best new act was shared by Tom Christian and Josh Pugh. The breakthrough act award was given to Hannah Silvester.

Telford-based comedian and promoter Roger Swift, was given the outstanding contribution award for ‘the support he has shown to newer acts, as well as the opportunities for development he’s offered to more experienced comedians through his Teknicolour Smoof comedy clubs’.

The Midlands Comedy Awards were set up by Midlands-based comedian Jay Islaam, and attracted 1,000 online votes for nominees put forward by comedy clubs in the region.

Runners-up in the various categories were: Best Act: Masai Graham; Best New Act: Lucy Thompson; Breakthrough Act: Daniel Nicholas; Best Compere: A Dave Dinsdale; Best Comedy Club: CAN Comedy; Best Open Mic Show: The Holly Bush

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Published: 16 Jan 2015

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