Acaster and Christie do the double
Bridget Christie and James Acaster have won two accolades apiece at the Chortle Awards tonight.
Clive Anderson hosted the event, which also saw prizes for Monty Python, Inside No 9, Richard Ayoade and the researchers behind QI.
It is the second year running that Christie has won two awards; scooping the radio award for her show Bridget Christie Minds The Gap and best tour for her feminist-inspired double bill of A Bic For Her and An Ungrateful Woman.
Meanwhile Acaster won awards for best show for Recognise, and the breakthrough award.
Monty Python star Terry Jones collected the award for event of the year for the troupe’s O2 reunion gigs last year; Inside No 9 won TV award; Ayoade the book award for his parody film tome Ayoade On Ayoade; and the QI team the internet award for their podcast No Such Thing As Fish.
Celebrities attending the event, at Jongleurs in Camden, included Nancy Dell’Olio, Matt Berry and Christopher Biggins.
Cult Edinburgh hit Funz And Gamez was the most-nominated show, with four, but went away empty-handed on the night.
The awards were chosen by Chortle readers, with 13,500 votes cast from a shortlist chosen by independent industry experts.
The full list of winners is:
Music and Variety award: Nick Helm
Nominees: Jess Robinson and Kirsty Newton for Jess Robinson: Mighty Voice, Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho, and Nick Mohammed for Dracula! (Mr Swallow: The Musical).
Character, improv or sketch act: Marcel Lucont
Nominees: Funz And Gamez, Gein’s Family Gift Shop, and Steen Raskopoulos.
TV Award, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices: Inside No 9
Nominees: Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos, Toast Of London and Uncle
Venue Awards: Best large club:99 Club Leicester Square; Best small club: Angel Comedy Club; Best club night: Bent Double, Brighton
Event of the year: The Monty Python reunion gigs at the O2 Arena
Regional venue winners
Best large club or venue: 99 Club Leicester Square
Best small club: Angel Comedy Club
Best club night: Joke Thieves, Kings Head, Crouch End
Best large club or venue: Blyth Punch Drunk
Best small club: Manchester XS Malarkey
Best club night: Beat The Frog, Frog & Bucket, Manchester
Best large club or venue: Brighton Komedia
Best small club: Redhill Comedy Cottage
Best club night: Bent Double, Brighton
MIDLANDS & THE EAST
Best large club or venue: Birmingham Glee
Best small club: Comedy Cow, Milton Keynes
Best club night: Comedy Carousel at the Birmingham Glee Club
WALES & WEST
Best large club or venue: Bath Komedia
Best small club: Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Best club night: There were insufficient votes to declare a winner in this category
Best large club or venue: Edinburgh Stand
Best small club: Dead Sheep, Glasgow
Best club night: Red Raw, Glasgow Stand
Published: 16 Mar 2015