The 5th annual Happier Beauty Scottish Comedy Awards took place last night in Glasgow’s Webster’s Theatre.
Comedians Mark Nelson (BBC One Show News at 3) and Scott Agnew hosted the event which was attended by over 100 comedians, TV and Radio producers, writersand comedy club staff. The evening featured stars from many Scottish TV comedies such as Arabella Weir and Grado of Two Doors Down, Chris Forbes and Karen Bartke of Scot Squad and Gavin Mitchell of Still Game, as well as viral internet sensations such as Gary Meikle (eyebrows guy) and Gary Faulds videoing live from a cruise ship in the Med.
The big winners were women, with 6 of the 10 performance awards going female performers.
Susie McCabe was the biggest winner with two quaichs winning Best Headliner and Best Solo Show
Elaine Malcolmson of BBC Breaking the News won Best Writer
Jay Lafferty whose comedy recently featured on the front page of New York Times won Best Compere
Janey Godley (Trump’s biggest fan) won Best Online Comedian
Amy Matthews won Best Newcomer
For the men Gavin Mitchell won Best Actor / Actress for his role as Bobby the Barman in Still Game
Frankie Boyle won Best TV Comedian
Billy Kirkwood of West FM Breakfast and ICW fame won Best Radio Comedian
Christopher MacArthur-Boyd won Best Breakthrough Act.
The new BBC Scotland Channel was the big winner of the night in the broadcast categories with Breaking the News won best Radio Show, It was also nominated for Best TV show but was pipped to the Quaich by channel stablemate Still Game.
In the events categories Comedy / Magic and Burlesque show Enterteasement won best Comedy Night, Kevin Bridges Hydro residency won Best Event and The Stand, Glasgow won Best Comedy Club.
Retiring Stand Comedy Club Director Kenny O’Brien was given an award for Outstanding Contribution and Paul Sneddon aka Vladimir McTavish got Lifetime Achievement.
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Full List of winners
Happier Beauty Scottish Comedy Awards 2019
Here are the winners in full:
Shortlist: Eddy Brimson, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns.
Shortlist: Conor Burns, Krystal Evans, Liam Farrelly, Taryam Boyd.
Shortlist: Billy Kirkwood, Liam Withnail, Ray Bradshaw.
Shortlist: Gary Meikle, Jim Smith, Stephen Buchanan.
Best Variety / Improv
Stu and Garry (Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson)
Shortlist: Kevin Quantum, MC Hammersmith, Spontaneous Players.
Best TV Comedian
Shortlist: Daniel Sloss, Fern Brady, Iain Stirling, Larry Dean.
Best Radio Comedian
Shortlist: Ashley Storrie, Des Clarke, Fred MacAulay.
Best Festival Solo Show
Susie McCabe (Domestic Disaster)
Shortlist: Chris Forbes (Prophecy), Christopher MacArthur-Boyd (Home Sweet Home), Jay Lafferty (Wheesht), Larry Dean(Bampot), Liam Withnail (Homecoming), Limmy (Limmy’s Vines), Tom Stade (I Swear To…)
Best Actor / Actress
Gavin Mitchell (Still Game)
Shortlist: Arabella Weir (Two Doors Down), Bill Paterson (Fleabag), Dave Anderson (Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window), Karen Bartke (Scot Squad).
Best TV Show
Shortlist: Breaking The News, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Scot Squad, Two Doors Down.
Best Radio Show
Breaking The News
Shortlist: The Good, The Bad And The Unexpected, Fred At The Stand, Stop The Press.
Best Online Comedy
Shortlist: Bros Bagel, Gary Meikle, Jim Smith, Joe Heenan
Shortlist: Keir McAllister, Neil Bratchpiece, Steven Dick
Kevin Bridges residency at The Hydro
Shortlist: BBC Scotland Channel Launch, Glee Club Launch, Still Game Final Episode.
Best Comedy Club
The Stand, Glasgow
Shortlist: Gilded Balloon Theatre, Edinburgh; Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh; Rotunda, Glasgow; The Stand, Edinburgh.
Best Comedy Night
Shortlist: Bona Fide; Chunks; Project X.
Kenny O’Brien from The Stand
The Scottish Comedy Awards were started 6 years ago in response to no Scottish nominees at the now defunct British Comedy Awards.