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Stewart Lee and Fleabag lead Chortle Awards

Stewart Lee and Fleabag lead Chortle Awards

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Stewart Lee and Fleabag lead this year's Chortle Award shortlists, with three nominations apiece.

Fleabag has been nominated for best TV comedy, while its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and co-star Olivia Colman are both shortlisted in the best TV actor category.

Lee's stand-up show Comedy Vehicle, which has now been dropped by BBC Two, was nominated for best TV comedy entertainment programme, and Lee himself for best TV comic. Meanwhile his stage show, Content Provider, is up for best live show.

In that category he is up against his wife, Bridget Christie, and her anti-Brexit show Because You Demanded It.

Nominated in two categories are:
• Alan Partridge (best TV comedy for Sky Atlantic's Scissored Isle and the book award for Nomad)
Romesh Ranganathan (best TV comedian and best tour);
• BBC Two's Mum (best TV comedy and best actor for star Leslie Manville);
Greg Davies (best TV comedian and best TV comedy entertainment show for Taskmaster);
• Deborah Francis White (best radio show and internet award)

Now in their 17th year, the Chortle Awards are the UK's leading comedy accolades, since the British Comedy Awards left TV screens.

The shortlists are chosen by a panel of industry comedy experts, and are now voted on by fans here by February 24. Winners will be announced next month.

Best newcomer

Jayde Adams
Tom Ward
Sophie Willan
Bilal Zafar

Best compere

Laura Lexx
Justin Moorhouse
David Morgan
Kiri Pritchard McLean

Breakthrough act

Joel Dommett
Scott Gibson
Tez Ilyas
Suzi Ruffell

Club comedian

Carl Donnelly
Carey Marx
Phil Nichol
Pierre Novellie

Variety and character award

Lolly Adefope
Spencer Jones
Nick Mohammed for Mr Swallow
Emma Sidi

Best show

David Baddiel: My Family Not The Sitcom
Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It
Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
Kieran Hodgson: Maesto
Stewart Lee: Content Provider

Best tour

Billy Connolly: High Horse
Mark Thomas: The Red Shed
Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational
Reeves & Mortimer: Poignant Moments

Best TV comedy

Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle
Fleabag
Mum
People Just Do Nothing

Best TV comedy entertainment

Alan Davies As Yet Untitled
Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
Taskmaster

Best TV actor

Olivia Colman (Flowers and Fleabag)
Leslie Manville (Mum)
Diane Morgan (Motherland and Cunk On...)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Best TV comedian

Richard Ayoade
Greg Davies
Stewart Lee
Romesh Ranganathan
Katherine Ryan

Radio award

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar
Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice
Elis James and John Robins (Radio X)
Mark Steel's In Town

Book award

The Actual One by Isy Suttie
Animal by Sara Pascoe
Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
Nomad by Alan Partridge

Internet Award

Adam Buxton Podcast
The Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen
NextUp
The Parapod with Barry Dodds and Ian Boldswoth

Posted: 16 Feb 2017

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