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Annual awards celebrating the best in live comedy, awarded by a panel of judges and by a vote of comedy fans visiting Chortle.co.uk. Previous winners:


2012

BEST NEWCOMER: Patrick Cahill
Nominees: Mark Cooper-Jones, Mark Stephenson, Matt Rees

BREAKTHROUGH ACT: Tony Law
Nominees: Adam Riches, Humphrey Ker, Sam Simmons

STUDENT AWARD: Kwame Asante; runner-up Johnny Pelham
Finalists: Adam Mitchell, Dalia Malek, David Elms, Hari Sriskanth,Sebastian Bloomfield as Johnny F Monotone, Pierre Novellie

CLUB COMIC: Alun Cochrane
Nominees: Adam Bloom, Dana Alexander, Hal Cruttenden, Michael Fabbri

COMPERE: Susan Calman
Nominees: Jimmy McGhie, Ray Peacock, Toby Hadoke

CHARACTER OR SKETCH ACT: Idiots of Ants
Nominees: Adam Riches, Beta Males, Humphrey Ker

VARIETY AND MUSIC AWARD: The Rubberbandits
Nominees: Kunt & The Gang, La Soiree, New Art Club

BEST SHOW: Tim Key: Masterslut
Nominees: Bring Me The Head Of Adam Riches, Doug Stanhope, Sam Simmons: Meanwhile

BEST TOUR: Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah
Nominees: Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation, Jerry Seinfeld European tour, Mark Thomas: Walking The Wall, Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies

TV AWARD: Charlie Brooker
Nominees: Fresh Meat, Sorry I've Got No Head, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

RADIO AWARD: Infinite Monkey Cage
Nominees: Danny Baker, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, Party

INTERNET AWARD:Richard Herring
Nominees: Business Mouse, Do The Right Thing podcast, Fast Show (Fosters revival)


BEST STAND-UP DVD: Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Series 2
Nominees: Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah, Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog, Tim Minchin And The Heritage Orchestra Live At The Albert Hall

VENUE AWARDS:
Comedy Store (London, purpose-built); 99 Club Leicester Square (London club); Komedia Brighton (The South); Komedia Bath (Wales and the West); Glee Birmingham (Midlands and the East); XS Malarkey (The North); The Pleasance (Scotland)

AWARD FOR INNOVATION: Simon Munnery for La Concepta
Nominees: Sanderson Jones for comedysale.com, Set List, The Wrestling

OFFSTAGE CONTRIBUTION: Mick Perrin

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMEDY: John Lloyd

2011

Best newcomer: Diane Spencer
Nominees: Henry Ginsberg, Iain Stirling, Tim Shishodia

Breakthrough act: The Boy With Tape On His Face
Nominees: Josh Widdicombe, Nick Helm, Stuart Goldsmith

Best headliner: Milton Jones
Nominees: Andrew Lawrence, Craig Campbell, Tom Stade

Best compere: Stephen Grant
Nominees: Jason Cook, Seann Walsh, Susan Calman

Character or sketch act: Late Night Gimp Fight
Nominees: Adam Riches, Jonny Sweet, Tom Binns as Ian D Montford

Music or variety act: Tim Minchin
Nominees: The Boy With Tape On His Face, Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Best show:Kevin Eldon Is Titting About
Nominees: Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words, Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog, Russell Kane: Smokescreens and Castles

Best tour:Tim Minchin and His Orchestra
Nominees: Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind, Dara O Briain, Lee Mack

Best DVD: Stewart Lee: If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One
Nominees: Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind, Simon Amstell: Do Nothing, Tim Minchin: Ready For This

TV and radio award: Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow
Nominees: Getting On, News Quiz, The Trip

Internet award: Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me podcast
Nominees: Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters, Gary Delaney’s Twitter feed, The Peacock & Gamble Podcast

Offstage contribution: Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon

Award For Innovation: Invisible Dot

Venue Awards:
Best purpose-built venue in London: Comedy Store
Best London Club: 99 Club Leicester Square
Best venue in the South: Brighton Komedia
Best venue in the Midlands and East: Birmingham Glee Club
Best venue in Wales and the West: Cardiff Glee Club
Best venue in the North: Manchester Comedy Store
Best venue in Scotland: The Stand Edinburgh

Judges' Award: Chris Sievey for Frank Sidebottom

Outstanding Contribution To Comedy: Victoria Wood

Student Comedy Award: Adam Hess
2010

Best newcomer, sponsored by Impressive PR: Joe Lycett
Nominees: Ivo Graham, Naz Osmanaglu, Gareth Richards

Breakthrough act, sponsored by [PIAS]: Kevin Bridges
Nominees: Angelos Epithamou, Pete Johansson, Seann Walsh

Best headliner: Sarah Millican:
Nominees: Milton Jones, Andrew Lawrence, Phil Nichol

Best compere: Jarred Christmas
Nominees: Dan Atkinson, Jason Cook, Stephen Grant

Sketch or character act: Idiots Of Ants
Nominees: Angelos Epithemiou, Colin Hoult, Pajama Men

Music or variety act: Tim Minchin
Nominees: Wilson Dixon, Frisky & Mannish, Hans Teeuwen

Offstage contribution: Nica Burns

Venue Awards: Scotland - Edinburgh Stand; The North - XS Malarkey; Midlands and the East - Glee Birmingham; Wales and the West - Komedia Bath; The South - Upstairs At The Three And Ten; London large - Tabernacle; London small - Knock 2 Bag at Bar FM

Best show Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter To Richard Branson
Nominees: The Hotel, Kim Noble Will Die, Louis CK, Pajama Men: Last Stand To Reason

Award for innovation: Kim Noble

Best tour: Michael McIntyre

Nominees: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing, Russell Brand: Scandalous, Dylan Moran: What It Is

TV and radio award : Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
Nominees: The News Quiz, Russell Howard's Good News, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Best DVD: Rhod Gilbert's Award-Winning Mince Pie
Nominees: Ed Byrne: Different Class, Louis CK: Chewed Up, Dylan Moran: What It Is

Outstanding Contribution to comedy: Amando Iannucci


2009

Watch highlights of the ceremony here >>

PIAS Comedy Award for best newcomer: Seann Walsh
Nominees: Mike Wozniak, Pippa Evans, Daniel Simonsen

Breakthrough act: Sarah Millican
Nominees: Andrew O'Neill, Bridget Christie, Carl Donnelly

Award for innovation: Robin Ince for Nine Lessons And Carols For Godless People

Sketch, variety or character act: Tim Minchin
Nominees: Count Arthur Strong, Pippa Evans, Wilson Dixon

Award for artistic integrity: John Hegley

Best off-stage contribution: Michael Legge for his blog

Student Comedy Award: Joe Lycett

FremantleMedia Enterprises award for best headliner: Rhod Gilbert
Nominees: Andrew Maxwell, Paul Sinha, Milton Jones

Best compere: Rufus Hound
Nominees: Dan Nightingale, Alun Cochrane, Stephen Grant

Best full show: Tim Minchin: Ready For This
Nominees: Rhod Gilbert And The Award-Winning Mince Pie, Richard Herring: The Headmaster's Son, David O'Doherty: Let's Comedy

Best theatre show: Russell Howard: Dingledodies
Nominees: Dylan Moran: This Is It, Dara O Briain, Frankie Boyle

Best use of stand-up on TV or radio: Live At The Apollo
Nominees: Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, 4 Stands Up, Another Case Of Milton Jones

Best DVD: Dara O Briain Talks Funny
Nominees: Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-up, Tim Minchin: So Fucking Rock, Frank Skinner Stand-Up

Outstanding contribution to comedy: The Just A Minute team

Venue awards
Scotland: Stand, Edinburgh
The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
Midlands and The East: Glee, Birmingham
Wales and The West: Glee, Cardiff
The South: Komedia, Brighton
London large venue: Soho Theatre
London small venue: Porthole Comedy Club, Kilburn

2008

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Best newcomer: Holly Walsh
Nominees: Nat Luurtsema, Greg McHugh, Jack Whitehall

Breakthrough act: Jon Richardson
Nominees: Tom Basden, Lloyd Langford, Terry Saunders

Best compere: Stephen Grant
Nominees: Stephen K Amos, Jarred Christmas, Greg Davies

Best headliner: Michael McIntyre
Nominees: Rhod Gilbert, Jim Jeffries, Glenn Wool

Sketch, variety or character act: Pappy's Fun Club
Nominees: Fat Tongue, Lee Fenwick as Mick Sergeant, Ugly Kid

Best full show: Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up
Nominees: Tom Basden Won't Say Anything, Psister Psycho, Terry Saunders: Missed Connection

Award for innovation: Laughter In Odd Places
Nominees: Arthur Smith for ArthurArt, Gently Progressive Behemoth (Edinburgh show), We Need Answers (Edinburgh show)

Best theatre tour: Dara O Briain
Nominees: Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy, Al Murray at the London Palladium, Frank Skinner

Offstage contribution: Toby Hadoke of XS Malarkey, Manchester

Award for artistic integrity: Hans Teeuwen

Outstanding contribution to comedy: The I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team

VENUES:

London (large): Comedy Store
London (small) : Falling Down With Laughter
South: Komedia
Midlands/East: Derby Funhouse
Wales and the West: Cardiff Glee
North: Manchester XS Malarkey
Scotland: Edinburgh Stand

2007

Watch highlights of the ceremony here >>

Best newcomer: Carl Donnelly
Nominees: Arnab Chanda, Ginger and Black, Pappy’s Fun Club

Best breakthrough act: Josie Long
Nominees: Greg Davies, Paul Sinha, Shappi Khorsandi

Best compere: Robin Ince
Nominees: Jarred Christmas, Mark Watson, Stephen K Amos

Best headliner: Jason Byrne
Nominees: Michael McIntrye, Phil Nichol, Reginald D Hunter

Best sketch, variety or character act: We Are Klang (Greg Davies, Steve Hall, Marek Larwood)
Nominees: Count Arthur Strong, Jeremy Lion, Joanna Neary

Best full-length solo show: Mighty Boosh tour
Nominees: Doug Stanhope, Mark Thomas: As Used On The Famous Nelson Mandela, We Are Klang: Klang Bang

Award For Innovation: Free Fringe
Nominees: James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids, Maxwell’s Full Mooners, Tim Fitzhigham

Best Off-Stage Contribution: Free Fringe
Nominees: BAC (Battersea Arts Centre; Brett Vincent, Alex Rochford and Paul Byrne for Maxwell’s Full Mooners; Toby Hadoke (XS Malarkey, Manchester)

Outstanding Contribution to Comedy: Linda Smith

Student Comedian Of The Year: Tom Deacon

Venue Awards

Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh
The North: Long Live Comedy, Newcastle
Midlands and East: Spa-Tickes, Leamington Spa
Wales and the West: Glee Club, Cardiff
South: Comedy At The Cottage Redhill
London small: The Funny Side Of Covent Garden
London large: The Comedy Store

2006

Best newcomer: James Branch
Nominees: Lee Bannard, Sarah Millican

Best breakthrough act: Jason Manford
Nominees: Hal Cruttenden, Josie Long

Best compere: Russell Howard
Nominees: Alfie Joey, Andrew Maxwell

Best headliner: Daniel Kitson
Nominees: Alan Carr, Stewart Lee

Best sketch, variety or character act: Justin Edwards as Jeremy Lion
Nominees: Tim Minchin, We Are Klang (Greg Davies, Steve Hall, Marek Larwood)

Best full-length solo show: Daniel Kitson’s Edinburgh stand-up show
Nominees: Stewart Lee: 90s Comedian, Tim Minchin: Dark Side

Award For Innovation: Robin Ince's Book Club

Best Off-Stage Contribution: Malcolm Hay, comedy editor of Time Out

Outstanding Contribution to Comedy: Stewart Lee

People's Choice: Daniel Kitson

Comics' Comic: Daniel Kitson

Venue Awards

Scotland: The Pleasance
The North: Funny Magnet, Middlesbrough
Midlands and East: The Funhouse, Derby
Wales and the West: Glee Club, Cardiff
South: Komedia, Brighton
London small: Outside The Box, Kingston
London large: The Comedy Store

2005

Best newcomer: Josie Long
Nominees: Russell Kane, Isy Suttie

Best compere: Daniel Kitson
Nominees: Alun Cochrane, Adam Hills

Breakthrough act: Rhod Gilbert
Nominees: Alun Cochrane, Mark Watson

Best headliner: Will Smith
Nominees: Chris Addison, Andrew Maxwell

People's Choice: Daniel Kitson

Comics' Comic: Andrew Maxwell

Best sketch, variety or character act: Flight Of The Conchords
Nominees: Jeremy Lion, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Award for innovation: Mark Watson for his Overambitous 24-Hour Show
Nominees: Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wil Hodgson

Best full-length solo show: Daniel Kitson’s Edinburgh show
Nominees: Will Smith: 10 Arguments I Should Have Won, Bill Bailey: Part Troll

Best off-stage contribution: Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, of The Underbelly, Edinburgh

Lifetime achievement award: Malcolm Hardee

Venue Awards:

North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
South: The Komedia, Brighton
Midlands: Just The Tonic, Nottingham
Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh
West and Wales: Glee, Cardiff
London, large venue: The Comedy Store
London, small venue: Comedy Camp

 

 

2004

Best newcomer: Waen Shepherd as Gary Le Strange
Nominees: Stuart Hudson, Tom Wrigglesworth

Best compere: Adam Hills
Nominees: Stephen K Amos, Jo Caulfield

Breakthrough act: Alex Horne
Nominees: Lucy Porter, Will Smith

Best headliner: Dara O'Briain
Nominees: Adam Hills, Reginald D Hunter

Best sketch, variety or character act: Justin Edwards as Jeremy Lion
Nominees: Flight Of The Conchords, Oram and Meeten

Award for innovation: Dave Gorman
Nominees: Alfie Joey for his Mini Cabaret, Howard Read

Best full-length solo show: Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure
Nominees: Demetri Martin: If I..., Dara O'Briain: I Am Not An Animal

Best contribution by a non-performer: Hannah Chambers of Comedy Cafe Management.
Nominees: Agraman (The Buzz, Manchester), Simon Randall (Ha Bloody Ha/Headliners, London)

People's choice: Daniel Kitson

Comedians' comedian: Daniel Kitson

Student Comic Of The Year: Lloyd Langford

Best venues: London (large): Comedy Store; London (small): Amused Moose; North: XS Malarkey, Manchester; South: Komedia, Brighton; East/Midlands: The Glee Club, Birmingham; West/Wales: Comedy Cavern, Bath; Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh

 

 

2003

Best newcomer: Matthew Osborn
Nominees: Greg Davies Rhod Gilbert

Best compere: Chris Addison
Nominees: Adam Hills, Dara O'Briain

Breakthrough act: Rev Obadiah Steppenwolfe III
Nominees: Hal Cruttenden, Micky Flangagan

Best headliner: Dara O'Briain
Nominees: Jimmy Carr, Phil Nichol

Best sketch, variety or character act: Garth Marenghi
Nominees: Otis Lee Crenshaw, Rev Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Best full-length solo show: Daniel Kitson: Something
Nominees: Jimmy Carr: Bare-Faced Ambition, Dave Gorman's Better World

Best contribution by a non-performer: Karen Koren of Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon.

People's choice: Ross Noble

Comedians' comedian: Daniel Kitson

Outstanding contribution to comedy: Billy Connolly

Best venues: London (large): The Comedy Store; London (small): Amused Moose Soho; Scotland: Stand Glasgow.; North: XS Malarkey; Midlands: Just The Tonic; West/Wales: The Glee Club, Cardiff; South: Komedia, Brighton

 

 

2002

Best touring comedian: Ross Noble
Nominees:
Bill Bailey, Rich Hall as Otis Lee Crenshaw, Al Murray

Best male circuit comedian: Daniel Kitson
Nominees:
Boothby Graffoe, Lee Mack, Phil Nichol

Best female circuit comedian: Jo Enright
Nominees:
Gina Yashere, Jo Caulfield, Julia Morris

Best open mic: Des Clarke
Nominees:
Rohan Agalawatta, Steve Williams, Miles Jupp

Best compere: Lee Mack
Nominees:
Simon Bligh, Boothby Graffoe, Lee Hurst

Best sketch or character act: League of Gentlemen
Nominees: Graham Fellows for John Shuttleworth and Brian Appleton,
Garth Marenghi, Mackenzie Crook as Mr Bagshaw

Best contribution by a non-performer: Malcolm Hay, comedy editor, Time Out
Nominees: Tommy Shepherd, director of
The Stand comedy clubs, Scotland, Don Ward, founder of the Comedy Store, Agraman, of The Buzz Club, Manchester

People's choice: Ross Noble
Runner-up: Daniel Kitson

Comedians' comedian: Ross Noble
Runner-up:
Daniel Kitson

Outstanding contribution to comedy: Spike Milligan

Best venues:
London (large):
Up The Creek. Runner-up: The Comedy Store
London (small): Amused Moose Soho Runner-up: Loonatics at The Asylum
Scotland: Stand Glasgow. Runner-up: Stand Edinburgh
North: XS Malarkey. Runner-up: Last Laugh, Sheffield
Midlands: Just The Tonic. Runner-up: The Glee Club, Birmingham
West/Wales: The Glee Club, Cardiff. Runner-up: Comedy Cavern, Bath
South: Komedia, Brighton. Runner-up: Sanctum, Hove