The tension mounts...

Chortle awards announced tonight

Britain’s best live comedians are to be honoured at the Chortle awards tonight.

Daniel Kitson, Will Smith, Alun Cochrane, Mark Watson all lead the UK comics shortlisted for the fourth annual awards, with two nominations apiece.

New York musical comedy act The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, which visited Britain for the Edinburgh festival and a run in London, is also shortlisted for two awards.

There are also a number of other categories, such as best offstage contribution, People’s Choice and Comedians’ Comedian which do not have shortlists.

The winners will be announced at a bash in central London tonight, hosted by Channel 4 star Jimmy Carr, and published on the site later this evening.

Kitso, pictured, has already won more Chortles than anyone else, with five to his name. Ross Noble is next with four – although he is not up for any tonight; the result, perhaps, of performing mainly in Australia now,

Click here for the full list of nominees


Published: 14 Mar 2005

Today's comedy-on demand picks


This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

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... including Al Murray headlining a Just For Tonic gig and the launch of Free Festival's virtual comedy programming.

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