Entries open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016

Entries are now open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016.

You know the drill by now, we have a series of heats, then semi finals, then a final and then one lucky eegit wins £1500, a trip to Australia, sells out an Edinburgh Fringe run and gets a pounding from the rest of the Scottish comedy circuit.

This year’s final will be held in Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Friday 25th November with Des Clarke hosting.

In Australia you’ll have the fun of gigging with the reigning English and the soon to be crowned Irish comedians of the year. Fuck the Welsh.

So to enter simply fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/nDA4kNt92Ue7yKKb2

Scottish Comedy Award Nominations 2016

Earlier this week the Scottish Comedy Awards nominations committee 2016 met and whittled down the peer nominated long list into the shortlist from which those working within the Scottish Comedy Awards may vote.

Daniel Sloss leads the nominations for this year’s Scottish Comedy Awards.

The Fife born funnyman is up for four gongs at the award ceremony held at the Blythswood Square hotel next month, including best TV comic, best solo tour.

25 year old Sloss recently returned from the States after making his fifth appearance on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show.

Right behind Sloss is Des Clarke, up for three awards, including two in the best radio show category. The Glasgow comedy stalwart will be taking on Radio 2’s Ken Bruce.

It’s the first time Bruce has been nominated. Judges say they backed the mid-morning fixture as “a nod to the fact that every week day over five million people listen to his punchline ridden banter with Lynn Bowles and those terribly funny reader emails”.

Others nominated include circuit stalwarts Janey Godley, Gary Little and Mark Nelson for best headliner.

Daisy Earl who won last year’s Scottish Comedian of the Year and is currently enjoying the prize of performing at the Adelaide fringe is up for best newcomer.

There’s a strong presence for Scot Squad, BBC Scotland’s semi-improvised hit comedy show featuring a slew of stand-ups, with Grado, Darren Connell and Chris Forbes all up for best actor.

Kevin Bridges gets a nod for his phenomenal sell-out tour which saw tens of thousand of Scots flock to theatres and conference centre to catch his show.

Frankie Boyle also finds himself on the list for his caustic Election Autopsy filmed for the BBC iplayer just a week after last May’s vote.

Summit Funny, where a bunch of comedians climbed a mountain and performed jokes to an audience at the top is up for best event.

As is ICW’s Fear and Loathing VIII at the SECC. It was the latest event from the Scottish wrestling promoters who’ve made the sport, the drama and the laughs more popular than they’ve been in years.

Organiser Alan Anderson said: “it’s been an odd year for Scottish Comedy and I think these nominations represent that.

“Kevin Bridges sells out massive venues by standing behind a microphone and telling jokes, yet it’s been years since anyone in Scottish TV made a show of other comics doing just that. There is an obvious desire for it as hundreds of thousands of Scots flock to the Edinburgh Fringe to watch stand up comedians from all over the world.

“It’s been difficult for a number of Scottish clubs,  we lost our largest comedy club Jongleurs and there doesn’t seem to be anywhere ready to replace it. However there is growing number of fantastic small comedy clubs in pubs and social clubs across the country.”


  • Best Headliner

    Gary Little, Janey Godley, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns

    Best Newcomer

    Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Daisy Earl, Rosco Mclelland Stuart McPherson

    Best Compere

    Gus Lymburn, Joe Heenan, Ray Bradshaw, Scott Gibson

    Best Sketch / Improv / Variety

    Colin Cloud, Enterteasement, Jellybean Martinez, Stu & Gary

    Best Actor/Actress

    Brian Cox, Chris Forbes, Darren Connell, Grado

    Best TV / Radio Comedian

    Daniel Sloss, Des Clarke, Iain Stirling, Keir McAllister

    Best Solo tour / festival show

    Daniel Sloss, Gary Little, Kevin Bridges, Larry Dean, Richard Gadd, Scott Gibson, So That’s What We Voted For?

    Best TV Show

    Insane Fight Club (BBC Scotland), Radges (BBC 3), Scot Squad (BBC Scotland), STV Nightshift (STV)

    Best Radio Show

    Breaking The News (BBC Radio Scotland), Capital Breakfast with Des and Jenny, (Capital FM), Des Clarke Exposed (BBC Radio Scotland), Off The Ball (BBC Radio Scotland), Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)

    Best Online

    Darren Connell’s Twitter, Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, Joe Heenan’s Twitter M.U.F.F. ‘ Rab Florence’s Supernatural Square Go

    Best Writer

    Keir McAllister, Ross “Teddy” Craig, Sloss & Humphries, Steven Dick

    Best Event

    Christmas Lectures ,CHUNKS, ICW Fear & Loathing VIII, Rhona McKenzie Wheelchair Fundraiser, Summit Funny

    Best Club over 100 capacity

    Admiral, Glasgow Blue Lamp, Aberdeen The Stand, Edinburgh The Stand, Glasgow

    Best Club under 100 capacity

    48 Below, Edinburgh Beehive, Edinburgh Dram, Glasgow Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin Ship Inn, Irvine

Voting will open on Monday . Only those actively working within Scottish Comedy either as performers, producers, writers, promoters, venue staff, or within TV and Radio broadcasting will be eligible to vote.

The Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 25th April at Glasgow’s Blythswood Hotel.

Scottish Comedy Awards 2016 Nominations now open

Nominations for the 3rd Annual Scottish Comedy Awards are now being taken.

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Nominations are only open to Scottish Comedians, comedy promoters / bookers, journalists, comedy club staff and staff of Scottish TV/ Radio production companies.

Please only nominate Scottish comedians / venues.

Only ONE nomination per category.

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Nominations CLOSE ON SUNDAY 10th January 2015 @ 23:59 GMT.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.

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The winners will be announced on either Monday 18th or 25th April 2016 at Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow.

This year we have been promised the bar downstairs will remain open until 2am.

Award ceremony date will be confirmed in January once we have the host & attendance of lifetime achievement recipient confirmed.

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 entries now open

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 entries now open.

To celebrate a decade of SCOTY, this year’s final will, for the first time, take place in Edinburgh.

Saturday 28th November 2015. 

Underbelly Speigletent, Edinburgh’s Christmas, St Andrew’s Square. Edinburgh 9.30pm – 11.30pm

The winner gets £1000 & trip to Adelaide Fringe & EdFringe show next year.

Enter if you’re Scottish & can be arsed. Don’t bother if you’re not or can’t. Heats will take place across Scotland in October and early November. This year a maximum of only 8 acts will make it to the final.

To enter please fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XRF5plsflbCJgVzKMjbV46ii_uVjrnpGXwm1caUdM6k/viewform

Limited numbers this year because I don’t have the time to travel everywhere so be quick and enter and be funnier than these English counts.

Scottish Comedy Award Winners 2015

The Scottish Comedy Awards 2015 took place last night at Glasgow’s Blythswood Hotel.

Hosted by Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli it was a riotous night of stupidness.

Still Game Live at The Hydro was the big winner, taking home the quaichs for Best TV Show and Best Event.

Kevin Bridges won Best TV Comedian and Frankie Boyle Best Online Comedy for his BBC iPlayer programme Frankie’s Referendum Autopsy.

BBC Scot Squad’s Darren Connell collect Best Actor and Capital FM’s Breakfast with Des and Jenni too Best Radio show ahead of Fred MacAulay.

Here is the full list of winners and some photos from last night. We all have sore heids now this morning.

The full list of winners:
Best Event – Still Game Live @ The Hydro

Best TV show – Still Game Live

Best TV comedian – Kevin Bridges

Best radio show – Capital FM: Breakfast with Des and Jenni

Best online/podcast – Frankie Boyle’s Referendum Autopsy

Best comedy actor/actress – Darren Connell

Best compere – Joe Heenan

Best headline r – Mark Nelson

Best festival/tour show – Aye Right, How No!

Best newcomer – Gary Meikle

Best comedy writer – Keir McAllister

Best sketch/improv/variety ac t – Stu & Gary

Best club under 100 capacity – Yesbar, Glasgow

Best club over 100 capacity -The Stand, Glasgow

Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Comedy Award – Ben Verth of Scottish Comedy Festival

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Gavin Mitchell, Jane McCarry and Sanjeev Kohli collect one of two quaichs won by Still Game Live at The Hydro.

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Glasgow radio’s breakfast crew old and new. Des Clarke, Suzy McGuire, Jenni and Des Mclean

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Host Sanjeev Kohli with unregonised compere Scott Agnew

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Jay Lafferty accepting Best Comedy Writer quaich from Christopher Brookmyre on behalf of husband Keir McAllister.

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Taking the floor ain’t good enough for him anymore. Same pose as last year, different award for Darren Connell.

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Not sure if this is Gary Little, Kevin Bridges or Daniel Sloss collecting the award for Best TV Comedian.

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River City’s lovely Libby MacArthur

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Gary Little and Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid.

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Outstanding Contribution to Comedy winner Ben Verth with Sanjeev, Jojo & Andrew Learmonth

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Karen Dunbar, Suzy McGuire and Tom Urie

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Scottish Comedy Award Nominations and Voting

2014 was an amazing year for Scotland and for Scottish Comedy. Since the inaugural Scottish Comedy Awards took place last March, Scotland’s comedians have had a once in a generation opportunity to cast their cheeky eyes on some of the most interesting events our nation has experienced. They did us proud. Now it is time to celebrate their banter.

Voting for the 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards is now open. Voting is only for those who actively work within the Scottish Comedy Industry – e.g.  Comedians, promoters, journalist, Radio & TV production staff, comedy venue staff.

Voting will close on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at noon.



Nominations open for 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards

Following the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Scottish Comedy Awards, nominations are now open for the 2015 awards.

A couple of Fannies aka Susie McCabe and Gary Little

A couple of Fannies aka Susie McCabe and Gary Little

Nominations are only open to Scottish Comedians or those in the Scottish Comedy Industry.

Nominations close on Sunday 1st March at 23:59 GMT

Once nominations close, the panel then meet up next Monday and sift through the nominations to select 4 per category.


Andrew Maxwell presenting Daniel Sloss and Fred MacAulay with their awards in Mayrhofen Austria.

So far the panel consists of Scottish Comedy types at the Adelaide Fringe:

Paul Sneddon, Bruce Fummey, Ray Bradshaw, Martin Mor, Rik Carranza, Ro Campbell, Sharon Burgess, Larry Dean, Alan Anderson & 2 others tbc

After the panel have narrowed down the nominations to four per category, voting will begin. Voting will only be open to those in the Scottish Comedy Industry.

Darren Connell

Darren Connell

As with last year the panel reserve the right to slightly tweak the categories.

Then the winners announced at a big piss up on Wednesday 1st April at Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow.

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2014

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2014 entries now open. Final at O2 Academy Glasgow on Sunday 28th September.

Winner gets £1500 & trip to Adelaide Fringe & EdFringe show next year like loveable Larry Dean who keeps selling out.

Enter if you’re Scottish & can be arsed. Don’t bother if you’re not or can’t. First heats immediately after EdFringe so fill the form out ASAP.

Limited numbers this year because I don’t have the time to travel everywhere so be quick and enter and be funnier than these English counts.




Double page spread for double Scottish Comedy Awards winner Gary Little

Double page spread for double Scottish Comedy Awards winner Gary Little

AFTER his triumph at this week’s Scottish Comedy Awards, Gary Little joked that his last great win was a table tennis tournament in prison.

He was speaking only partly in jest, since he has served two jail terms and is actually a dab hand at ping pong.

In the audience at a recent gig there were two prison officers and four former inmates.

“It was cons reunited,” said Gary.

Sipping green tea in a Glasgow cafe and enthusing about hill climbing, if Gary now seems far removed from a criminal life, it’s because he is.

The comedian, who won Best Headline and Best Show at the inaugural awards, is a mate of Kevin Bridges, who is also a fan.

Gary is so popular on the circuit that at Glasgow’s recent comedy festival he headlined four venues in a night.

He said: “I regret landing in jail but I can’t change it. I took my punishment and lost years of my life. But I hope I’m an example of how you can turn it around. It doesn’t matter what your past is, you can move on.”

At 6ft 2in, the man they call “Big Gary Little” is a boulder of a bloke, an animator’s impression of a typical Glasgow hardman.

He said: “I play up to that image and it stops the hecklers but I’m actually easy going and I was never a fighter.”

He is a natural raconteur and his act is gallus, but sharp. Glaswegian in flavour with universal themes.

It’s 20 years since he was sentenced to eight years for dealing in ecstasy, landing in Barlinnie but, with good behaviour, moving to an open prison and release after four years.

He said: “I didn’t set out to deal. I was clubbing a lot and I just started getting it for friends and it developed. It wasn’t something I planned and I haven’t touched them for years.

“Prison was daunting but it’s like a big school, you know people from your own area.

“You quickly get into a routine. I put my head down and got on with it. I read a lot and went to the gym and put on four stone.”

Prison – like the other dark theme in his life, depression – makes it into his act.

He said: “Everyone knows the scary stuff from prison but there is a lot of humour, winding each other up.

“There was a hard con who was terrified of wasps, so every September they spread jam on the outside of his window to attract them.

“He thought the wasps could sense he was scared of them.”

On his release, Gary, 50, found a job working the night shift for Harper Collins but was jailed in 2008 for selling £50,000 of books on eBay.

He said: “They pulped so many books. I thought it was a waste. So I thought, rather than throw them out, I’d take them. I started out with a couple but, before I knew it, I had
100 per cent positive feedback on eBay.

“I shouldn’t have done it but it won’t be in the annals of Scottish crime history.”

At his original hearing at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord McEwan told him it would be “unmerciful” to add to his troubles by jailing him.

The judge said: “My view is that the right thing to do would be to make no order and hopefully he’ll be able to appear at the festival in Edinburgh. I might even go and see him.”

His decision was overturned and Gary is yet to spot Lord McEwan at a gig.

He spent seven months in open prison, at Castle Huntly, and had a short story published in a book that was distributed, ironically, by Harper Collins.

On his release, he was placed on an electronic tag for six months. The governor timed the curfew to allow Gary to play night-time gigs.

The humour came from his mum “Big Vera” who was “wee with a huge personality”.

She was a school cleaner and his dad was a plumber, and Gary and his four sisters were raised in Maryhill, Glasgow, the first few years in a house with an outside toilet.

They moved to the east end scheme of Balornock and basked in the luxury of three bedrooms and a garden.

It was a happy childhood and he was always the funny man.

“I was the idiot at the party you either think of as funny or an a*******,” he said.

Gary took to the stage in a gig for a mate at the Halt bar in Glasgow and it was a success.

He was then short-listed in a competition at the Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow and gradually he has built a career, travelling the UK and performing in New York.

He has suffered from depression and has performed mental health gigs, hoping to reduce the stigma associated with the illness.

He said: “I was probably depressed for a long time but, like a lot of Scottish men, I thought I was just moody. I was in my 30s before I got treated for it.

“People find it hard to talk about. It isn’t a visible hurt, like a wound or a broken leg.”

There were nights he slept fully clothed and couldn’t be bothered getting out of bed.

He talked about suicide to his doctor and he laughs that she told him his plan to kill himself with exhaust fumes wouldn’t work, as his car had a catalytic converter.

“I didn’t ever seriously consider it but I had the thoughts,” he said.

Comedy has given him a platform to share his life on a grand scale and it has been cathartic.

“It is an amazing feeling when you come off the stage. My act is about storytelling and a lot of it is personal, so when people laugh at it, it’s fantastic. The last year I’ve definitely stepped up a gear, but that comes with experience.”