Chortle Awards | Winners and nominees

Chortle Awards

Winners and nominees

Awards handed out by this very website, usually in February or March, celebrating the best comedy of the previous 12 months, with the emphasis on live comedy. Shortlists for most categories are drawn up by a panel of reviewers,then the winners decided by a public vote.


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Alex Horne and Taskmaster

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Viggo Venn wins Britain’s Got Talent

OFFSTAGE CONTRIBUTION: Adam Brace, posthumously


Other nominees: Joe Kent-Walters, John Tothill, Kate Cheka, Kyrah Gray


Other nominees: Ahir Shah, Amy Gledhill, Ania Magliano, Julia Masili


Other nominees: Foxdog Studios, Julia Masli, Lachlan Werner,  Simon David

BEST CLUB COMEDIAN: Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Other nominees: Christopher MacArthur-Boyd, Dan Tiernan, Slim , Susie McCabe

BEST COMPERE: Kiri Pritchard-McLean 

Other nominees: Ian Smith, Sam Nicoresti, Sikisa

BEST SHOW: John Kearns: The Varnishing Days

Other nominees:  Ahir Shah: Ends; Ian Smith: Crushing; Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha; Paul Foot: Dissolve

BEST TOUR: James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome

Other nominees: Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time; Peter Serafinowicz: Brian Butterfield Placeholder Name; Nick Mohammed: The Very Best and Worst of Mr. Swallow; Sara Pascoe: Success Story

BEST TV SHOW: Taskmaster

Other nominees: A Whole Lifetime With Jamie Demetriou, Ghosts, Such Brave Girls. The Change


Other nominees: Lucy Beaumont, Rosie Jones, Sam Campbell

RADIO SHOW: Elis James & John Robins

Other nominees: Crybabies Present… Bagbeard, Jessica Fostekew: Sturdy Girl Club, Olga Koch: OK Computer, Sarah Keyworth: Are You a Boy or a Girl?

BEST PODCAST: Three Bean Salad with Mike Wozniak, Ben Partridge and Henry Paker

Other nominees: Born Yesterday with Alexander Bennett and Andy Barr; Liam Withnail & Christopher MacArthur Boyd Enjoy An Album; Northern News with Amy Gledhill & Ian Smith; Where There's A Will There's A Wake with Kathy Burke 


Other nominees: Ed Night & Paddy Young, Jazz Emu Rosie Holt, Troy Hawke

BOOK AWARD: Strong Female Character by Fern Brady

Other nominees: My Lady Part  by Doon Mackichan; Scatter Brain by Shaparak Khorsandi; What's That Lady Doing? by Lou Sanders


Best newcomer: Lorna Rose Treen
Nominees: Joshua Bethania, Pravanya Pillay, Firuz Ozari

Breakthrough act: Alasdair Beckett-King
Nominees:  Chloe Petts, Jordan Gray, Leo Reich, Lara Ricote, Vittorio Angelone

Variety or character act: Jazz Emu
Nominees:  Crybabies, Delightful Sausage, Flat & The Curves, Frankie Thompson

Offstage contribution: Peter Grahame of Downstairs At The Kings Head in Crouch End, North London

Club comedian: Nina Gilligan
Nominees:  Emmanuel Sonubi, Ian Stone, Jeff Innocent, Markus Birdman

Best compere: Zoe Lyons
Nominees:  Mark Olver, Rich Wilsonm Thanyia Moore

 Comedian’s Comedian: Janey Godley

Best show: Seann Walsh: Is Dead. Happy Now?
Nominees:  Crybabies: Bagbeard; Frankie Thompson: Catts; Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me…; Jordan Gray: Is It A Bird

Best tour: Dara O Briain: So... Where Were We?
Nominees:  Fascinating Aida, Jack Dee: Off The Telly, Kevin Bridges: The Overdue Catch-Up

 Best podcast: From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast
Nominees:  Birthday Girls House Party, Pappy’s Flatshare; Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat; Seancecast with Charlie Dinkin and Zoë Tomalin

Social media award: Jazz Emu
Nominees:  Alasdair Beckett-King; Alistair Green; The Northern Boys

Book award: The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
Nominees:  I’ll Die After Bingo by Pope Lornegan; Nailing It by Rich Hall; Terrortome by Garth Marenghi

Radio award: The News Quiz
Nominees:  Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar, Mark Steel's In Town, Robin Ince’s Reality Tunnel

TV award: Taskmaster  
Nominees:  Big Boys, Derry Girls, Detectorists, Inside No. 9, The Lovebox In Your Living Room

TV comedian: Joe Lycett
Nominees:  Bob Mortimer, Greg Davies, Judi Love

Venue Awards

Best Comedy Venue

London: The Bill Murray, Islington
Scotland: Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh
North: Hot Water, Liverpool
South: Komedia, Brighton
Midlands, West and Wales: Glee, Birmingham

Best Pro Comedy Night

London: Always Be Comedy at the Tommyfield, Kennington
North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
South: Forge Comedy Club, Brighton
Midlands, West and Wales: Comedy Cow, Milton Keynes
Not enough votes were cast for a decisive winner in Scotland

Best Open Mic Comedy Night

London: Comedy Bandits, Clapham
Scotland: Open Comedy, Leith
North: Beat The Frog, Manchester
South: Little Smash Comedy, Southend
Midlands, West and Wales: Comedy Loft, Bristol

Best Themed Comedy Night

London: Quantum Leopard
Outside London: The People’s Comedy, Bristol


Best newcomer: Celya AB
Nominees: Dan Tiernan, Dee Allum, Liam Farrelly,Omar Badawy

Breakthrough act: Maisie Adam​
Nominees: Amy Gledhill. Helen Bauer, Liz Kingsman, Ria Lina

Variety act: Flo & Joan​
Nominees: Jazz Emu, Just These Please, Paul Currie

Club comedian: Adam Rowe​
Nominees: Jeff Innocent,Scott Bennett, Daliso Chaponda

Best compere: Zoe Lyons
Nominees: Jay Lafferty, Jen Brister, Mick Ferry, Thanyia Moore

Best show: Alfie Brown: Sensitive Man
Nominees:  Kiri Pritchard-McLean Home Truths, Liz Kingsman: One Woman Show, Mark Watson: This Can't Be It, Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love

Best tour: Bill Bailey: Summer Larks
Nominees:  Alan Carr: Regional Trinket. Jonathan Pie: Fake News, Simon Amstell: Spirit Hole

Best podcast: Have A Word
Nominees:  Nobody Panic, Off Menu, Adam Buxton, RHLSTP with Richard Herring

Social media award: Rosie Holt
Nominees:  Alistair Beckett-King, Alistair Green, Parody Boris Johnson Twitter account

Book award: And Away by Bob Mortimer
Nominees:  Cack-Handed, by Gina Yashere, He Used Thought As A Wife by Tim Key, Sidesplitter by Phil Wang

Radio award: The News Quiz​

Nominees:  Jordan Brookes On, Mark Steel's In Town, It’s A Fair Cop with Alfie Moore, Olga Koch: OK Computer

TV award: Ghosts
Nominees:  Alma’s Not Normal, Bo Burnham: Inside, Inside No 9, Motherland

TV comedian: Bob Mortimer
Nominees:  Daisy May Cooper, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak, Mo Gilligan

Best comedy venueHot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
Runner-up: 99 Club Leicester Square, London

Best pro comedy night:  99 Club at Browns, Central London
Runner-up: Always Be Comedy, Kennington, South London

Best open spot comedy night: Beat The Frog, Frog & Bucket, Manchester
Runner-up: Little Smash Comedy at The Alex in Southend, Essex

Best live comedy format  Quantum Leopard, a ‘no-kicking down, gender-balanced’ night at 2Northdown in Central London.
Runner-up: Bent Double, LGBTQ+ friendly night in Brighton


Because of the Covid pandemic all awards this year were for being 'legends of lockdown'. Read more and watch the the acceptance videos here. The winners were: 

Alex Horne
Alistair Green
Archie Henderson, aka Jazz Emu
Catherine Bohart for Gigless
The Covid Arms
Fergus Craig
The Isolation Song Contest
Janey Godley
John Robertson
Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris
Mark Olver
Mark Watson
Munya Chawawa
Richard Herring
Rob Sedgebeer
Robin Ince and Cosmic Shambles Network
Stevie Martin
Tim Key
Toussaint Douglass
The Warren, Brighton


Best newcomer
WINNER:  Brodi Snook
Nominees: Charlie George, David Eagle, Patrick Spicer, Toussaint Douglass

Breakthrough act
WINNER: Jessica Fostekew 
Nominees:  Jonny Pelham, London Hughes, Janine Harouni

Character, improv and sketch award
The Delightful Sausage
Nominees: Colin Hoult as Anna Mann, Goodbear, Jack Tucker, Tarot

Music and variety act
  Flo & Joan 

Nominees:  Catherine Cohen, Jonny & The Baptists
Joz Norris, Spencer Jones’s 50-Minute Disco Experiment 

Club comedian
Zoe Lyons
Nominees: Adam Rowe, Larry Dean, TanyaLee Davis, Tez Ilyas

Best compere
WINNER:  Kiri Pritchard-McLean 

Nominees:  Dan Nightingale, Ian Smith, Mick Ferry, Rich Wilson 

Best show
WINNER: Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Nominees:  Jordan Brookes: I’ve Got Nothing, Catherine Cohen: The Twist...? She's Gorgeous, Max & Ivan: Commitment, Jonny Pelham: Off Limits 

Best theatre/arena tour

WINNER:  Rhod Gilbert: The Book Of John
Nominees:  Ben Elton, Frank Skinner: Showbiz, Hannah Gadsby: Douglas, Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado 

Book award

WINNER: Who Am I Again? by Lenny Henry
Nominees:  Happiness and Tears:  The Ken Dodd Story by Louis Barfe
Son Of A Silverback by Russell Kane

Internet Award
Michael Spicer: The Room Next Door
Nominees:  Do The Right Thing, Inside the Comedian , Off Menu podcast with James Acaster and Ed Gamble , 100 Reasons To Hate.. with Ian Smith

Radio Award
WINNERS: Dead Ringers, Mark Steel’s In Town
Nominees:  Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, Kevin Eldon Will See You Now, The Skewer

TV Award
Nominees:  Cunk & Other Humans On 2019, Derry Girls, Harry Hill’s Clubnite, A Year In The Life Of A Year

TV Comedian
  Bob Mortimer

Nominees:  Greg Davies, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen 

Comedians’ comedian

Zach Zucker as Jack Tucker

Offstage contribution

Brid Kirby, who runs Fight In The Dog productions and is head of comedy for the Vault festival

Venue awards

Best venue

LONDON: The Bill Murray
THE NORTH: Hot Water, Liverpool
THE SOUTH: Brighton Komedia
MIDLANDS & EAST: Birmingham Glee
SCOTLAND: Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh
WALES: Cardiff Glee

Best comedy night

LONDON: 99 Club at Ku Bar 
THE NORTH: XS Malarkey, Manchester
THE SOUTH: Goat Comedy, Hove
MIDLANDS & EAST: The Jericho, Oxford
SCOTLAND:  Red Raw, Glasgow Stand
WALES:  Not awarded (too few votes)

Best themed comedy night

LONDON: Stamptown, an anarchic alternative night at the Moth Club
THE NORTH: Barking Tales at the Zombie Shack, Manchester, which has a focus on mental health
THE SOUTH: Bent Double, an LGBT night at Brighton Komedia
MIDLANDS & EAST: Comedy Carousel at Birmingham Glee
SCOTLAND:  Insufficient votes
WALES: Insufficient votes


BEST NEWCOMER: Sarah Keyworth 
Nominees: Maisie Adam , Sara Barron , Jack Gleadow

BEST CLUB COMIC: Suzi Ruffell 
Nominees: Fin Taylor, Larry Dean, Scott Capurro 

BREAKTHROUGH ACT: Kiri Pritchard-McLean 
Nominees:  Ciaran Dowd, Guz Khan, Garrett Millerick

BEST COMPERE: Kiri Pritchard-McLean 
Nominees:  Dan Nightingale, Zoe Lyons, Laura Lexx 

Nominees: Ciaran Dowd, Short & Curly, Myra Dubois

Nominees:  Ada Campe, Amusical, The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

BEST SHOW: James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999
Nominees:  Alex Edelman: Just For Us, Natalie Palamides: Nate, Lazy Susan

BEST TOUR: The League Of Gentlemen 
Nominees:  Kevin Bridges: Brand New Tour, Early Doors, Dara O Briain: Voice of Reason , Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

BEST TV COMEDIAN: Katherine Ryan 
Nominees:  Bob Mortimer, Romesh Ranganathan, Greg Davies 

BEST TV SHOW: Inside No 9
Nominees:  Cunk On Britain, Derry Girls, The Good Place 

RADIO AWARD: The News Quiz
Nominees:  John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, Mark Steel’s In Town, Incredible Women

BOOK AWARD: Made In Scotland by Billy Connolly

Nominees:  I’m A Joke And So Are You by Robin Ince, A Normal Family by Henry Normal and Angela Pell, Soupy Twists: Fry & Laurie biography by Jem Roberts

INTERNET AWARD: Adam Buxton’s podcast
Nominees: All Killa No Filla, Cariad Lloyd's Griefcast, The Guilty Feminist

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette arriving on Netflix

OFFSTAGE CONTRIBUTION: Kenny O’Brien, outgoing general manager of The Stand comedy clubs


London: Best venue: 99 Club Leicester Square; Best club night:  Quantum Leopard at 2Northdown
The South: Best venue: Brighton Komedia; Best club night: Goat Comedy Club, Brighton
The North: Best venue:  Frog and Bucket,Manchester; Best club night: XS Malarkey, Manchester 
Midlands: Best venue: Birmingham Glee; Best club: Jericho Comedy, Oxford
Wales at The West: Best venue: Glee Cardiff; Best club night: Buffalo Comedy Club, Cardiff
Scotland: Best venue: The Stand, Edinburgh; Best club night: Red Raw


Best Newcomer: Rob Kemp
Nominees: Mo Omar, Simon Lomas, The Death Hilarious, Micky Overman

Best Compere: Kiri Pritchard-McLean
Nominees: Dan Nightingale, Mick Ferry, Laura Lexx 

Breakthrough Act: Mae Martin
Nominees: Desiree Burch, Lauren Pattison, Jordan Brookes

Club comedian: Kiri Pritchard-McLean
Nominees: Glenn Wool, Carl Donnelly, Mike Wilmot

Character, Improv & Sketch: Natalie Palamides
Nominees: Adam Riches, Colin Hoult/Anna Mann, Joseph Morpurgo  

Music & Variety: Flo & Joan
Nominees: Rob Kemp, Jinkx Monsoon

Best Show: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Nominees: John Kearns: Don't Worry They're Here; Mat Ewins Presents Adventureman 7: The Return of Adventureman; Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Best Tour: Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast
Nominees: Joel Dommett: Live; Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room; Ricky Gervais: Humanity 

Comedian’s Comedian: Jordan Brookes

Event Of The Year : Tony Law and Friends in the Battle for Icetopia

Offstage Contribution: Hot Water Comedy Club

TV Comedian: Joe Lycett
Nominees: Reeves and Mortimer, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan

Book Award: How Not To Be A Boy By Robert Webb
Nominees: Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt, James Acaster's Classic Scrapes, Emergency Questions by Richard Herring

Internet Award: Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Nominees: Capital, Inside the Comedian podcast, Heal Your Wounds with Sean McLoughlin podcast 

Radio Award: Mark Steel's In Town
Nominees: Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar; Liam Williams - Ladhood; Mae Martin's Guide To 21st Century Addiction/Sexuality; Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy   

TV Award: Inside No. 9
Nominees: Detectorists, Motherland, GameFace



Best venue: The Bill Murray
Best club: 99 Club Leicester Square
Best club night: Quantum Leopard


Best venue: Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
Best club: XS Malarkey, Manchester
Best club night: Comedy Balloon, Manchester


Best club: Buffalo Comedy, Cardiff


Best venue: Brighton Komedia
Best club night: Goat Comedy, Brighton


Best venue: Norwich Playhouse


Best venue: The Stand, Edinburgh

2017 Winners

Best newcomer: Tom Ward
Nominees: Jayde AdamsSophie Willan, Bilal Zafar
Best compere: Justin Moorhouse
Nominees: Laura LexxDavid Morgan, Kiri Pritchard McLean
Breakthrough act: Joel Dommett
Nominees:  Scott Gibson, Tez Ilyas, Suzi Ruffell
Club comedian: Carl Donnelly
Nominees: Carey Marx, Phil Nichol, Pierre Novellie
Variety and character award: Lolly Adefope
Nominees: Spencer Jones, Nick Mohammed for Mr Swallow, Emma Sidi
Best show: Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It
Nominees: David Baddiel: My Family Not The Sitcom, Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do, Kieran Hodgson: Maestro, Stewart Lee: Content Provider
Best tour: Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational
Nominees: Billy Connolly: High Horse, Mark Thomas: The Red Shed, Reeves & Mortimer: Poignant Moments
Best TV comedy: Fleabag
Nominees: Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle,  Mum, People Just Do Nothing
Best TV comedy entertainment: Taskmaster
Nominees: Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
Best TV actor: Olivia Colman for Fleabag and Flowers
Nominees:  Leslie Manville (Mum), Diane Morgan (Motherland and Cunk On...), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Best TV comedian: Richard Ayoade
Nominees:  Greg Davies, Stewart Lee, Romesh Ranganathan, Katherine Ryan
Radio award: Elis James and John Robins
Nominees: Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar, Deborah Frances-White Rolls The Dice, Mark Steel's In Town
Book award: Animal by Sara Pascoe
Nominees: 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
Nominees:  The Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen, NextUp, The Parapod with Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth

Comedians’ comedian: Richard Gadd

Offstage contribution: Noel Faulkner, Comedy Cafe

Event Of The Year: Comedians’ Boxing

Venue and club winners are:


Best large club/venue: 99 Club Leicester Square
Best small club/venue:The Bill Murray
Best club night:99 Club Ku Bar (new material night)


Best venue: Frog & Bucket, Manchester
Best club: XS Malarkey, Manchester


Best venue: The Glee, Cardiff
Best club:Buffalo Comedy Club, Cardiff


Best venue: Komedia Brighton
Best club:Bent Double, Brighton


Best venue: Birmingham Glee
Best club:No winner. Insufficient votes cast


Best venue: The Stand, Edinburgh
Best club: Red Raw, Edinburgh


Best newcomer : Daisy Earl
Nominees: Jordan Brookes, Kae Kurd, Lolly Adefope, Michael Stranney aka Daniel Duffy

Best compere : Jarred Christmas
Nominees: David Morgan, Jarred Christmas, Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Breakthrough act : Joseph Morpurgo
Nominees: Al Porter, Daphne, Spencer Jones

Club comic : Zoe Lyons
Nominees: Adam Hess, Felicity Ward, Gary Little, Pierre Novellie

Music & variety award : Pippa Evans
Nominees: Comedians' Cinema Club, Spencer Jones, Weirdos

Character, improv or sketch act : The Showstoppers
Nominees: Daphne, Lolly Adefope, Massive Dad

Best show : Joe Lycett: That’s The Way A-ha, A-ha, Joe Lycett
Nominees: James Acaster: Represent, Joe Lycett, Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby, Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?, Tom Parry: Yellow T-Shirt

Best tour : Katherine Ryan: Kathbum
Nominees: Bill Bailey: Limboland, Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler, Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story

Internet Award : No Such Thing As A Fish
Nominees: The Beef and Dairy Network podcast, The Parapod with Ray Peacock and Barry Dodds, Turtle Canyon Comedy

Radio Award : Just A Minute
Nominees: News Quiz, Mark Steel's In Town, Simon Evans Goes To Market

TV Award, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices : Peter Kay’s Car Share
Nominees: Catastrophe, Inside No 9, Sky Arts' Christmas comedy shorts

Book and Publishing Award : Standard Issue
Nominees: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her, Limmy's Daft Wee Stories, Off The Mic, by Deborah Frances White and Marsha Shandur

Award for innovation : Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds For Baby
Nominees: Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn for Fake It Til You Make It, Foxdog Studios Ltd, Richard Gadd for Waiting For Gaddot

Comedians’ comedian : Joseph Morpurgo

Event Of The Year : Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Live
Nominees: Dave Chappelle in Hammersmith Apollo, Mel Brooks in the West End, Tom Basden's Crocodile at the Manchester International Festival, Weird Al Yankovic at Hammersmith Apollo

Outstanding contribution to comedy : Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best venues: London: Soho Theatre; South: Komedia Brighton; North: Frog and Bucket; East and Midlands: Birmingham Glee; Wales and West: Komedia Bath; Scotland: Stand Edinburgh

Best club nights: London: 99 Club Soho; South: Bent Double, Brighton Komedia; North: XS Malarkey; East and Midlands: The Comedy Cow Milton Keynes; Wales and West: Buffalo Bar Cardiff; Scotland: Red Raw at Glasgow Stand


Best newcomer: Gein’s Family Gift Shop
Nominees: Alex Edelman, Dane Baptiste, Phil Jerrod and Steen Raskopoulos

Breakthrough act: James Acaster
Nominees: Luisa Omielan, Nish Kumar and Phil Ellis

Club comic: Katherine Ryan
Nominees: Carl Donnelly, Jeff Innocent and Martin Mor

Best compere: John Robins
Nominees: Ed Gamble,Mark Olver, Nish Kumar and Zoe Lyons

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.

Best show: James Acaster: Recognise,
Nominees: Funz And Gamez, Kim Noble: You Are Not Alone, Luisa Omeilan: Am I Right Ladies? and Simon Amstell: To Be Free

Best tour: Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her/An Ungrateful Woman double bill
Nominees: Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes; Mark Thomas:Cuckooed and Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model

Internet Award: QI’s No Such Thing As A Fish
Nominees: Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, and The Political Party with Matt Forde

Radio Award: Bridget Christie Minds The Gap
Nominees: Elis James & John Robins on XFM; Susan Calman is Convicted and Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe

TV Award, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices: Inside No 9
Nominees: Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos, Toast Of London and Uncle

Award For Innovation: Alex Horne for Monsieur Butterfly
Nominees: Funz And Gamez; Kim Noble for You’re Not Alone.

Best DVD: Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle Series 3
Nominees: Harry Hill for Sausage Time; Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five To Go; and The Trip to Italy.

Book Award: Ayoade on Ayoade
Nominees: Hopeful by Omid Djalili, My Prefect Cousin: A Biography of Paul Hamilton by Kevin Eldon and Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal.

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

Best large club or venue: Birmingham Glee

Best small club: Comedy Cow, Milton Keynes

Best club night: Comedy Carousel at the Birmingham Glee Club

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


Best newcomer: Sofie Hagen

Also nominated: Jonny Pelham, Pierre Novellie, Tim Renkow

Best Compere: Ed Gamble

Also nominated: Barry Ferns, Joe Henan, Ray Peacock

Breakthrough act, sponsored by Time Out: Sara Pascoe

Also nominated: John Kearns, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan

Club comic: Paul Sinha

Also nominated: Ed Gamble, Elis James, Felicity Ward

Character, improv or sketch act: Austentatious

Also nominated: Brian Gittins, John Kearns, Marcel Lucont

Music and variety award: The Horne Section

Also nominated: Bo Burnham, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris

Internet Award: Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Also nominated: Alex Horne Breaks The News, Stuart Goldsmith for The Comedians’ Comedian podcast, Netflix

Best DVD: Simon Amstell: Live At The BBC

Also nominated: The Alternative Comedy Experience, Bo Burnham: What, Russell Brand: Messiah Complex

Best show: Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her

Also nominated: John Kearns: Sight Gags For Perverts, Louis CK, Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent

Industry Award: Chris Evans from Go Faster Stripe

Best tour: Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game

Also nominated: Barry Humphries: Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour; Bo Burnham: What; Harry Hill: Sausage Time

Radio Award: Bridget Christie Minds The Gap

Also nominated: Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro; Mark Steel's In Town; Andrew Maxwell's Public Enemies

TV Award: Fresh Meat

Also nominated: The Alternative Comedy Experience, Badults, Toast Of London

Venue awards
Scotland: Edinburgh Stand
The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
Wales and the West: Cardiff Glee Club
Midlands and the East: Birmingham Glee Club
The South: Brighton Komedia
London large venue: Soho Theatre
London club: 99 Club Leicester Square


Best Newcomer: Lucy Beaumont
Nominees: Adam Hess, Sunil Patel, Tommy Rowson

Student Comedy Award: Rio Bauer
Runners-up Nathan Willcock and Adam Todd. Finalists: Conor Neville, Tim Renkow, Evelyn Mok, Matilda Wnek and Richard Perry.

Breakthrough Act: Doctor Brown
Nominees: Pat Cahill, Daniel Simonsen, David Trent

Club Comic: Tony Law
Nominees: Susan Calman, Phil Nichol, Paul Sinha

Best Compere: Susan Calman.
Nominees: Jarred Christmas, Joe Lycett, Jonathan Mayor

Character or Sketch Act: Pappy's
Nominees: Doctor Brown, Brian Gittins, Marcel Lucont

Music: And Variety Award: The Boy With Tape On His Face
Nominees: The Horne Section, Loretta Maine, The Rubberbandits

Best Show: Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense
Nominees: Susan Calman: This Lady's Not For Turning, Jim Jefferies: Fully Functionall, Pappy's: Last Show Ever

Best Tour: Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World
Nominees: Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape, Greg Davies: The Back Of My Mum's Head, Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro

Best DVD: Fist Of Fun. Series 2
Nominees: Louis CK: Live At The Beacon, Stewart Lee: Carpet Remnant World

TV Award: The Thick Of It.
Nominees: Alan Partridge: the Sky Atlantic specials, Fresh Meat, Peep Show

Radio Award: John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Nominees: Irish Micks And Legends, The Horne Section, The News Quiz

Internet Award: Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Nominees: Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown, Peacock & Gamble's Edinburgh podcast, Stuart Goldsmith: The Comedians' Comedian Podcast

Award For Innovation: Louis CK for cutting out the middle man
Nominees: Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, Weirdo's comedy club

Lifetime Acheivement: Galton & Simpson (Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe & Son)

Off-Stage Contribution: Tommy Sheppard, The Stand

Venues: The Comedy Store (London), The 99 Club (London), Komedia (Brighton), Glee (Birmingham), Komedia (Bath), XS Malarkey (Manchester) and The Pleasance (Scotland) were awarded.


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 amd 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, Set List, The Wrestling

Offstage contribution: Mick Perrin

Outstanding contribution to comedy: John Lloyd


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


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

Characteract: 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Published: 29 Mar 2021

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