The capital of comedy

London produces most award-winners

Londoners make the best comics, according to the British Comedy Awards.

Analysis of winners from the past decade has revealed that more than a quarter are from London.

Paul Merton (pictured), Martin Clunes and Kathy Burke are among the 26 per cent picking up the coveted gongs.

The North-West was also well-represented, especially given that it has a smaller population than London, accounting for 12 per cent of winners.

But the Midlands fared badly, mustering only 3 per cent of winners.

Publicists for the awards, to be handed out on Wednesday, also analysed the star signs of the winners.

Cancerians such as Ricky Gervais were the funnies, accounting for 13 per cent of winners. Statistically, you would expect each sign to represent just over eight per cent of winners.

British Comedy Awards 2003 nominees
British Comedy Awards previous winners

Published: 7 Dec 2003

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