Who won the 2019 Chortle Awards | James Acaster and Kiri Pritchard-McLean lead the field

Who won the 2019 Chortle Awards

James Acaster and Kiri Pritchard-McLean lead the field

James Acaster and Kiri Pritchard-McLean were both double winners at the Chortle Awards tonight.

Acaster scooped the coveted best show accolade for his latest stand-up offering, Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, while he also won the acclaim of his peers by scooping the Comedians’ Comedian award.

Meanwhile, Pritchard-Mclean won the award for breakthrough act, as well as being named best compere for the second year running.

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith were also double winners, taking home the TV award for Inside No 9 and the best tour award for the League Of Gentlemen comeback show they performed with Mark Gatiss, that was also written by Jeremy Dyson.

Other winners including The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris for best music and variety act, Billy Connolly for his book Made In Scotland, Katherine Ryan for best TV comedian Sarah Keyworth for best newcomer.

Shortlists are drawn up by a panel of industry experts, then put to a vote of Chortle readers – with 5,000 taking part this year.

Hannah Gadsby’s  stand-up special Nanette arriving on Netflix was named event of the year, with Chortle editor Steve Bennett saying: ‘’This astounding live show has also become a game-changer in what a TV stand-up special can be, and has rightly made her a major player in international comedy.’

Here is the full list of winners.

Best newcomer

Sarah Keyworth

Breakthrough act

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Best show

James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

Best tour

League Of Gentlemen Live Again

Character, improv and sketch award

Lazy Susan

Music and variety act

Rachel Parris

Club comedian

Suzi Ruffell

Best compere

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Best TV comedian

Katherine Ryan


Made In Scotland by Billy Connolly

Internet Award

Adam Buxton’s podcast

Radio Award

The News Quiz

TV Award

Inside No 9

Comedians’ Comedian

James Acaster

Event of the year

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette arriving on Netflix

Offstage Contribution

Kenny O’Brien, outgoing general manager of The Stand comedy clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Yesterday the winners of the venue awards were also announced. They are: 


Best venue: 99 Club Leicester Square
Best club night:  Quantum Leopard at 2Northdown


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


Best venue:  Frog and Bucket,Manchester 
Best club night: XS Malarkey, Manchester 


Best venue: Birmingham Glee
Best club: Jericho Comedy, Oxford


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


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

Published: 18 Mar 2019

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