Olga Koch

Olga Koch

Russian-born stand-up who trained at the UCB Theatre in New York. She was a finalist in the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016 and the Amused Moose National New Comic Award the following year before being nominated for best newcomer at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
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Writers' Guild award for Mae Martin

Armando Iannucci and Olga Koch also among the winners

Mae Martin and her Feel Good co-writer Joe Hampson have won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for best TV situation comedy.

They were presented with their gong  for the Netflix relationship comedy – in which Martin stars alongside Charlotte Ritchie –at a ceremony in London today by Helen Lederer.

Online winners

The Ab Fab star also presented Hannah George, Taylor Glenn and Catie Wilkins – all above – with the best online comedy accolade for their sketch, Remember Getting the Period Talk at School #Menopause, starring Jenny Eclair.

Meanwhile,  best radio comedy award went to Olga Koch and Charlie Dinkin, below. for Radio 4’s Olga Koch: Fight

Olga and Charlie

Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci won best screenplay for The Personal History of David Copperfield, which starred Dev Patel,

Other winners included Russell T Davies for Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Jack Thorne, who took the outstanding contribution award for a career that has included Shameless,  National Treasure and the This Is England series.

He said: ‘I think all writers would say that being given something from other writers is the greatest honour.

‘I'm very proud to be a member of the Writers’ Guild, and I’m delighted that they have decided to give me this. I don't think I've really contributed anything much in this strange career, and writing is a really strange job, but I'm grateful, and slightly anxious, to now have this award to live up to."

Writers Guild  president Sandi Toksvig added: ‘We couldn’t hold the awards last year, so it has been even more special to be able to celebrate these wonderful people tonight. They have kept us entertained and allowed us to escape into the marvellous stories and worlds they have created for us, which we have needed more than ever after another challenging year.’

The full list of winners is:

Outstanding Contribution to Writing: Jack Thorne

Best Online Comedy: Remember Getting the Period Talk at School #Menopause by Hannah George, Taylor Glenn and Catie Wilkins

Best Long Running TV Series: River City, Series 21, Episode 28 by Jillian Mannion

Best Writing in a Video Game: Overboard!,  by Jon Ingold

Best Children’s TV Episode: My Mum Tracy Beaker: I want my Mum back by Emma Reeves

Best Radio Comedy: Olga Koch: Fight by Olga Koch and Charlie Dinkin

Best Long Form TV Drama: It’s A Sin by Russell T Davies

Best First Novel: A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee

Best First Screenplay: Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell

Best Radio Drama: The Half Widow by Avin Shah

Best Play for Young Audiences: Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? by Martin Travers

Best Play: The Syrian Baker by Kevin Dyer

Best Screenplay: The Personal History of David Copperfield by Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci

Best TV Situation Comedy: Feel Good by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson

Best Short Form TV Drama: Elizabeth is Missing by Andrea Gibb

Best Musical Theatre Bookwriting: Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba

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Published: 14 Feb 2022


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Olga Koch: Fight

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Olga Koch: If/Then

Edinburgh Fringe 2021

Olga Koch: Homecoming (Preview)

Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Olga Koch: Just Friends


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