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
Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Comedy
The Funny Farm Collective
Best Solo Festival / Tour Show
Scott Agnew – I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk
Best Improv / Variety / Sketch
Best TV Comedian
Best Radio Comedian
Best TV Show
Best Radio Show
Breaking The News
Best Online Comedy
News at Two
Vladimir McTavish Birthday Roast
Best Comedy Club (large)
Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh
Best Comedy Club (small)