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.”
Gary Little, Janey Godley, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns
Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Daisy Earl, Rosco Mclelland Stuart McPherson
Gus Lymburn, Joe Heenan, Ray Bradshaw, Scott Gibson
Best Sketch / Improv / Variety
Colin Cloud, Enterteasement, Jellybean Martinez, Stu & Gary
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)
Darren Connell’s Twitter, Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, Joe Heenan’s Twitter M.U.F.F. ‘ Rab Florence’s Supernatural Square Go
Keir McAllister, Ross “Teddy” Craig, Sloss & Humphries, Steven Dick
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.