Scottish Comedy Awards 2019 nominations announced and voting begins

Voting is now open for the Scottish Comedy Awards 2019.

The Scottish comedy Award panel met earlier this week and had some very heated discussions over the various shortlists, proving that Scottish Comedy is currently in a very healthy state, both in terms of quality of acts, venues and productions, as well as the sheer number of performers, live comedy shows, TV & radio shows and of course purpose built live comedy venues – which with the opening of Glee in Glasgow means Scotland now has 6 major comedy clubs.

Thanks to the likes of Kevin Bridges month long residency and Still Game, Kevin Hart, Bill Bailey etc. performing to massive crowds at The SSE Hydro, Scotland also now has what is the World’s busiest comedy venue. With the Edinburgh Fringe still miles ahead as being the World’s largest gathering of comedians and comedy audiences it is fair to say the Scotland is the funniest country on Earth.

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BBC Scotland’s Breaking The News leads the list with nominations in both the Best TV Show and Best Radio show categories, as well as a nomination for host Des Clarke for Best Radio Comedian, and regular guest panellist Elaine Malcolmson and lead writer Neil Bratchpiece both up for Best Writer.

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Arabella Weir is nominated for Best Actress in Two Doors Down, which is also nominated for Best TV Show.

Joining her are Bill Patterson for Fleabag, Gavin Mitchell for Still Game, Karen Bartke for Scot Squad and Dave Anderson‘s performance as Chic Murray for Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie & A Pint – the only theatre performance in the acting category.

The awards are dominated by the live stand up categories.

Susie McCabe, Jay Lafferty and Larry Dean lead the live categories with two nominations each. All 3 are nominated for Best Solo Show, McCabe also for Best Headliner, Lafferty (who’s Breaking the News performance was recently featured on front page of New York Times) for Best Compere, and Dean for Best TV Comedian.

In the TV Comedian category Dean is up against ITV 2 Love Island’s Iain Stirling, Daniel Sloss and his multiple appearances on US late night TV, stalwart Frankie Boyle and Live At The Apollo debutant Fern Brady… the first ever Scottish female comedian to perform on the show.

This year the panel decided to add a category for Best Breakthrough Act. This is to reflect the amazing growth of the Scottish circuit and acknowledge that of those progressing within it.

In the past couple of years Christopher MacArthur Boyd has made the leap from young open spot to being one of the most reliable headline comedians on the circuit, has been nominated in the Best Solo show category and has been signed by the UK’s largest comedy agency.

This year former Best Newcomer winner Gary Meikle achieved global fame with his online video about eyebrows. He is now selling out theatres all over the UK and is soon to embark on a major US tour.

Jim Smith is probably better known as Farmer Jim. Regular cameo appearances on Scot Squad, BBC Short Stuff and a BBC Sitcom written about and filmed on his Perthshire farm have cemented his fame in Scotland where he now sells out large provincial theatres in minutes, but it is his Breaking The News spots that have got him global fame online.

Last year Stephen Buchanan became the first Scottish Comedian to win the BBC Comedy Award. The made it a brace by also winning Scottish Comedian of the Year title.

Voting is only open to those who work within the Scottish Comedy Industry either as performers, writers, or production staff.

Voting will close on Monday 3rd June.

The Awards ceremony takes place in Glasgow on the evening of Tuesday 11th June.

Click this link to vote

Or complete the form below

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Nominations open for Scottish Comedy Awards 2019

Every year we say that Scottish Comedy is stronger, more varied and of a higher calibre  than it has ever been… every year it just gets better.

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There are more professional big weekend clubs than ever before, they are selling out. There are more professional and semi professional comedians than ever before. There are more open spots than ever before. There are bigger audiences than ever before. At Edinburgh Fringe Scotland still has the biggest comedy festival in the world, and in 2018 thanks to the likes of Mssrs Bridges, Keirnan, Hemphill etal;  it can be said that Scotland now has the most attended comedy venue in the world – The SSE Hydro.

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Over and above all that more Scottish comedians are appearing on Scottish and UK wide TV shows than ever before.

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So it’s time to celebrate it again with the 2019 Scottish Comedy Awards.

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

Fill out the form below. Nominations close Monday 6th May

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE FORM or use embedded form below.

Scottish Comedy Award 2018 Voting now open

Happy St George’s Day

Happy Shakespeare’s Birthday.

Happy Nazi Pug guy getting fined £800 day.

Edit: And Happy posh burd going into early stages of birth day.

To celebrate all 3 of these things which are so important for Scottish Comedy we have opened the voting for the 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards.

The 5th annual Scottish Comedy Awards will take place 7pm Tuesday 31st July, the night before the Edinburgh Fringe begins, at Le Monde, George St, Edinburgh.
Voting is open to those who WORK in the Scottish Comedy Industry, either as performers, writers, producers, promoters, venue staff, TV & Radio production staff or similar. 

IF YOU ARE A COMEDY FAN / AUDIENCE MEMBER but do not actively work in Scottish Comedy you CANNOT vote. Any votes by people we cannot verify as working in the Scottish Comedy industry will not be counted. Sorry.

Tickets to the awards ceremony will be free to all those in the industry. Details closer to the time. If you have any questions / media requests about the event please contact Jojo Sutherland or Alan Anderson.

Please complete the google form below.

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Scottish Comedy Award Nominations 2018

BBC Scotland Sitcoms Two Doors Down and ScotSquad lead the nominations for the 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards. Both are nominated for Best TV Show, Two Doors Down has 2 nominations in the Best Actor category; Elaine C Smith & Doon Mackichan, whilst ScotSquad has 3 nominations;  Jack Doherty, Jim Smith and last year’s winner Scotsquad’s Chris Forbes who is aiming for a hat trick of wins.

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The writers of Two Doors Down; Gregor Sharp and Simon Carlyle also receive a nomination.

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America’s Got Talent finalist Colin Cloud receives 2 nominations for Best Tour Show and Best Variety act, a category that includes Donald Trump impersonator Lewis Macleod and The Dolls aka Gayle Telfer Stevens and Louise McCarthy.

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BBC News at 3’s Isla Nelson was the big winner last year. this year her dad Mark Nelson is again nominated in the Best Headliner category alongside Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe and Scott Agnew.

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Love Island’s Iain Stirling is nominated for Best TV / Radio comedian alongside Des Clarke, Fern Brady, Frankie Boyle and Larry Dean, proving what an exceptionally high quality pool of comedy talent Scotland is producing

In a slight change of format the two venue categories are now split between Best Comedy Club and Best Comedy Night.

The full list of nominees is:

SCOTTISH COMEDY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2018

BEST HEADLINER

Mark Nelson

Raymond Mearns

Scott Agnew

Susie McCabe

BEST COMPERE

Jay Lafferty

Joe Heenan

Liam Withnail

Ray Bradshaw

BEST NEWCOMER

Christopher KC

Chris Scott

Susan Riddell

Will Nameeh

BEST VARIETY ACT

Balloonatics 

Colin Cloud

Lewis MacLeod

Spontaneous Players

The Dolls

BEST ACTOR / ACTRESS

Elaine C Smith

Chris Forbes

Doon Mackichan

Jack Doherty

Jim Smith

BEST TV / RADIO COMEDIAN

Des Clarke

Iain Stirling

Fern Brady

Frankie Boyle

Larry Dean

BEST TOUR SHOW

Colin Cloud

Fern Brady

Larry Dean

Phil Nichol

Ray Bradshaw

BEST TV SHOW

2 Doors Down

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Scot Squad

BEST RADIO SHOW

Radio 4 Fred at The Stand

Absolutely radio series

Breaking The News

Fags Mags Bags

Julia’s Funny Kind

BEST ONLINE COMEDY

Ashley Storrie Twitter

Limmy’s Twitter

News At 3

Sloss & Humphries Podcast

The Glasgow Trip

BEST COMEDY WRITER

Armando Ianucci

Gregor Sharp / Simon Carlye

Frankie Boyle

Steven Dick

BEST COMEDY CLUB

Breakneck, Aberdeen

Gilded Balloon Rose St Theatre, Edinburgh

Monkey Barrell, Edinburgh

Rotunda, Glasgow

Stand, Edinburgh

Stand, Glasgow

Yesbar, Glasgow

BEST COMEDY NIGHT

Chunks, Glasgow

Crossmylaff, Glasgow

Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin

Enterteasement, Glasgow

Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling

Stand Out @ Strathaven Theatre

Viva La Shambles

BEST COMEDY EVENT

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SCOTY Final

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The Scottish Comedy Awards will take place at the start of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Voting will open soon. Only those working in the Scottish Comedy Industry are eligible to vote.

 

Scottish Comedy Awards 2018 Nominations now open

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2016 was a great year for Scottish Comedy… that meant 2017 saw a great night at Scottish Comedy Awards.  Was 2017 a more worthy year for Scottish Comedy… you tell us.

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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.

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Please only nominate Scottish Comedians / Performers / Venues / Productions.

Only ONE nomination per category.

Nominations must reflect performances between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.

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Entries open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017 with Iain Stirling hosting the Final

Well it is that time of year again. Entries for the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017 are now being accepted.

This year’s SCOTY final will take place on Sunday 26th November at Glasgow’s new Rotunda Comedy Club. The final will be hosted by the voice of ITV2’s Love Island, Former SCOTY finalist Iain Stirling.

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Previous SCOTY winners like Larry Dean (who has just recorded Live at the Apollo) and Rosco Mclelland (who has just signed for Gag Reflex) have won a trip to Australia to perform to sell out audiences there. As have their English & Irish counterparts Brennan Reece (EdComAward nominee) and Steve Bennett.

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Alan with this year’s SCOTY Final host & former SCOTY finalist Iain Stirling, alongside SCOTY semi finalist Richard Gadd, SCOTY Winner Larry Dean and SCOTY Conscientious Objector Stuart Mitchell in Australia

It’s where all the cool kids and award winners end up. Will you be doing similar?

Thanks to Brexit this year’s cash prize will only be £1000.

If you want to enter and possibly win you need to complete the form below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe34oYDuBudEXUx9fvUqIazvxIllEshKv3rfhlkK-fwrSPlYQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Scottish Comedy Awards Winners at Edfringe 2017

3 year old Isla Nelson scoops 2 gongs at Scottish Comedy Awards

The ceremony may have been past her bedtime but that didn’t stop three-year-old Isla Nelson scooping the best actress prize at the Scottish Comedy Awards in Edinburgh.

The Glaswegian youngster and her father Mark, a former Scottish Comedian of the Year, have racked up almost 100 million views with their videos on BBC Scotland’s website.

Nelson’s News at 3 series was also awarded the best online comedy prize at the fourth annual ceremony, which has been moved in the calendar to coincide with the start of the festival season in Edinburgh.

The awards were collected by her father, comedian Mark Nelson, who makes the internet shorts with her.

He told the late-night audience of comedians and industry figures: ‘Isla can’t be here tonight. She’s been made Trump’s new communications director.’

And on collecting her second award, he said:’ Frankly, it’s about time. It’s ridiculous it’s taken this long. Let this be a lesson to other three-year-olds to stick with it, and you can break the glass ceiling.’

There were also a number of panel prizes, with Richard Gadd receiving the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy for becoming the first Scottish winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 29 years

The Funny Farm collective, which established the alternative comedy scene in Scotland from 1988 won the lifetime achievement award.

The team included Fred MacAulay, Bruce Morton. Parrot, David Cosgrove, Libby MacArthur, Stu Who? and Kevin Kopstien. They are being honoured with the award by the organising panel, who called them ‘the founding fathers and mother of how we all make a living now’.

Another special accolade, for outstanding contribution to Scottish comedy, went to comedian, magician, writer and director Steven Dick.

His citation said: ‘Just like all magicians, with Steven the important stuff is not what see, it’s what you don’t see. Over the years he has written prolifically for many many high-profile comedians, TV and radio shows, but also he has helped shape the routines and festival shows for many Scottish acts Without him, lots of us would be less funny.’

The awards were handed out in Edinburgh, on the eve of the first shows of the Fringe.

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Richard Gadd

Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Comedy

Steven Dick

Lifetime Achievement

The Funny Farm Collective

Best Headliner

Susie McCabe

Best Compere

Billy Kirkwood

Best Newcomer

Donald Alexander

Best Solo Festival / Tour Show

Scott Agnew – I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk

Best Improv / Variety / Sketch

Colin Cloud

Best Actress

Isla Nelson

Best Actor

Chris Forbes

Best TV Comedian

Frankie Boyle

Best Radio Comedian

Des Clarke

Best TV Show

Still Game

Best Radio Show

Breaking The News

Best Online Comedy

News at Two

Best Writer

Neil Bratchpiece

Best Event

Vladimir McTavish Birthday Roast

Best Comedy Club (large)

Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh

Best Comedy Club (small)

Yesbar!, Glasgow

Scottish Comedy Award 2017 Voting Now Open.

The 4th annual Scottish Comedy Awards will take place 7pm Tuesday 1st August, the night before the Edinburgh Fringe begins, at Le Monde, George St, Edinburgh.
Voting is open to those who WORK in the Scottish Comedy Industry, either as performers, writers, producers, promoters, venue staff, TV & Radio production staff or similar.

IF YOU ARE A COMEDY FAN / AUDIENCE MEMBER but do not actively work in Scottish Comedy you CANNOT vote. Sorry.

Tickets to the awards ceremony will be free to all those in the industry – Scottish or otherwise. Details closer to the time. If you have any questions / media requests about the event please contact Jojo Sutherland or Alan Anderson.

The awards celebrate live and broadcast Scottish comedy produced or performed in 2016.

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Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd – Nominated for Best Show

2016 was obviously a momentous year for Scottish Comedy with Richard Gadd winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award main prize and subsequently being nominated for a prestigious Barry Award at Melbourne Comedy Festival. Alongside him, Best Newcomer Scott Gibson has also been making a big name for himself beyond Scottish Comedy circles. Destined to become a household name, Gibson leads this year’s Scottish Comedy Awards with nominations in three categories (Best Headliner, Compere & Show).

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BBC Two’s cast of Two Doors Down

BBC Two’s series Two Doors Down and BBC Scotland’s Scot Squad battle it out with 4 nominations each across the categories of Best Actress (Doon Mackichan vs Karen Bartke) , Best Actor (Alex Norton vs Chris Forbes & Darren Connell), Best Show and Best Writer (Gregor Sharp & Simon Carlyle).

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BBC One’s cast of Scot Squad

BBC One’s Still Game is not far behind with 3 nominations in similar categories Best Show, Jane McCarry & Ford Kiernan). Best TV Show category also features Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy for BBC.

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Neil “The Wee Man” Bratchpiece in World’s Worst Peado

BBC Radio Scotland Breaking The News is again nominated for Best Radio Show, panelist Neil “The Wee Man” Bratchpiece has an additional two nominations for his writing and online videos. In the online category he is up against Gaelic speaker and wildswimmer Calum Maclean whose BBC Social videos are viewed by millions across the globe.

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Gaelic speaker BBC ALBA Wild Swimmer Calum Maclean

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The GB Xperience

The Best Radio Show category also include regular Radio 4 Stands Up by Edinburgh based Dabstar Productions, Radio Scotland’s Off The Ball and Jailmates feat Gary Little and Julia Sutherland and Clyde 1’s GB Xperience which kicks off every Glaswegian’s Friday night with a hearty dose of crazily remixed banging tunes, alongside George Bowie’s banter and audience shout outs.

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Global superstar Isla Nelson

Isla Nelson is is the youngest ever Scottish Comedy Award nominee. With millions of fans worldwide, Isla is the global star of BBC Scotland’s News at Two (now News at Three). Isla is nominated for Best Actress and Best Online Comedy.

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Julia Sutherland & best Headliner nominee Gary Little in BBC Radio Scotland’s Jail Mates

Incidentally, Isla’s supporting actor, her dad, is also nominated for Best Headliner. He’s a two time previous winner of Best Headliner and is again up against former winner Gary Little, as well as Gibson and former winner of Best Support Act, Susie McCabe. Despite being in Edinburgh at 8pm, it is hoped that Isla can attend the glittering ceremony with her mum, although it is expected her dad will be stuck at home babysitting her wee brother.

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Former The Colour Ham sketch group member Colin Cloud nominated in Best Variety

This week Colin Cloud appeared on America’s Got Talent. His performance has had over 60million views online. Colin is nominated in the Best Improv / Variety / Sketch category alongside Glasgow sketch combos Chunks & SCRAM and their Edinburgh counterparts Shambles.

Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize winner Iraq Out And Loud where 1444 comedians and other people read the Chilcott Report in full, uninterrupted for 284hrs45mins, in a hut, is nominated for Best Event; alongside the inaugural and massively successful Aberdeen Comedy Festival; the Scottish Comedian of the Year Final at Glasgow’s Barrowlands, where ticket prices were replaced by over 600 foodbank and christmas toy donations; and Vladimir McTavish’s 60th Birthday Roast at The Stand Edinburgh.

Over 170 nominations were received from across the Scottish Comedy industry in January and subsequently whittled down by a panel of 10 comedians.

Special awards for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution, decided by the nominations panel will be announced shortly.

Full Scottish Comedy Award Nominations

Best Headliner
Gary Little
Mark Nelson
Scott Gibson
Susie McCabe
Best Compere
Billy Kirkwood
Jay Lafferty
Ray Bradshaw
Scott Gibson
Best Newcomer
Christopher KC
Donald Alexander
Joseph Goss
Rachel Jackson
Best Improv / Variety / Sketch
Chunks
Colin Cloud
SCRAM
Shambles
Best Actress
Doon Mackichan
Isla Nelson
Karen Bartke
Best Actor
Alex Norton
Chris Forbes
Darren Connell
Ford Kiernan
Best TV Comedian
Daniel Sloss
Frankie Boyle
Iain Stirling
Larry Dean
Best Radio Comedian
Des Clarke
Gary Little
Miles Jupp
Raymond Mearns
Best Solo Festival / Tour Show
Chris Forbes – Tall Needy Mutant
Fern Brady – Male Comedienne
Richard Gadd – Monkey See Monkey Do
Scott Agnew – I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk
Scott Gibson – Life After Death
Susie McCabe – There is More to Life Than Happiness
Best TV Show
2 Doors Down
Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy
Scot Squad
Still Game
Best Radio Show
Breaking The News
The GB Xperience
Jailmates
Off The Ball
Radio 4 Stands Up
Best Online Comedy
Ashley Storrie’s Twitter / Facebook
BBC ALBA Wild Swimming with Calum Maclean
BBC Scotland News at Two
Joe Heenan’s Twitter
The Wee Man Videos
Best Writer
Chris Grady
Neil Bratchpiece
Phil Differ
Best Event
Aberdeen Comedy festival
Iraq Out And Loud
SCOTY Final
Vladimir McTavish Birthday Roast
Best Comedy Club (large)
Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh
The Stand, Edinburgh
The Stand, Glasgow
Best Comedy Club (small)
Comedy Creche @ Dram!, Glasgow
Dalriada, Portabello
Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin
Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling
Yesbar!, Glasgow

 

To vote in the Scottish Comedy Awards 2017 please complete the following form

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Nominations being received for Scottish Comedy Awards 2017

Nominations for the 4th 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 TUESDAY 31st January 2017 @ 23:59 GMT.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.