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

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