Kitson and Lee, pictured, go head-to-head in categories for best headliner and best show for their Edinburgh offerings.
Minchin, the breakthrough star of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival who played runs at Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon and London’s Soho Theatre, completes the nominees for best show. He is also up for best character, sketch or variety act against Justin Edwards’ creation Jeremy Lion and We Are Klang.
New Friday Night Project star Alan Carr joins Kitson and Lee on the best headliner shortlist.
Kitson has won more Chortle awards than any other performer, eight so far, including best shows in 2005 and 2003.
Best breakthrough act
Best sketch, variety or character act
Best full-length solo show
Prizes for innovation and for best off-stage contribution will also be handed out as well as People’s Choice and Comics’ Comic.
Readers of Chortle have also voted for the winner of the outstanding contribution award, as well as venue accolades across the country.
Next week, in the run-up to the awards, we’ll be releasing the results of surveys conducted at the same time as the voting.The Chortle awards will be presented at London’s Storm Nightclub, the former home of the Comedy Store, on Monday March 20.