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

https://goo.gl/forms/Di343M62FjfDZvqz2

 

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.

Nominations must reflect performances between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016.pictures of scotish comedian of the year awards at blythswood hotel (73)

Nominations CLOSE ON TUESDAY 31st January 2017 @ 23:59 GMT.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.

Entries open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016

Entries are now open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016.

You know the drill by now, we have a series of heats, then semi finals, then a final and then one lucky eegit wins £1000, a trip to Australia, sells out an Edinburgh Fringe run and gets a pounding from the rest of the Scottish comedy circuit.

This year’s final will be held in Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Friday 25th November with Des Clarke hosting.

In Australia you’ll have the fun of gigging with the reigning English and the soon to be crowned Irish comedians of the year. Fuck the Welsh.

So to enter simply fill out this form https://goo.gl/forms/nDA4kNt92Ue7yKKb2

Scottish Comedy Award Nominations 2016

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.”

 

  • Best Headliner

    Gary Little, Janey Godley, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns

    Best Newcomer

    Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Daisy Earl, Rosco Mclelland Stuart McPherson

    Best Compere

    Gus Lymburn, Joe Heenan, Ray Bradshaw, Scott Gibson

    Best Sketch / Improv / Variety

    Colin Cloud, Enterteasement, Jellybean Martinez, Stu & Gary

    Best Actor/Actress

    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)

    Best Online

    Darren Connell’s Twitter, Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy, Joe Heenan’s Twitter M.U.F.F. ‘ Rab Florence’s Supernatural Square Go

    Best Writer

    Keir McAllister, Ross “Teddy” Craig, Sloss & Humphries, Steven Dick

    Best Event

    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.

Scottish Comedy Awards 2016 Nominations now open

Nominations for the 3rd 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.

Nominations must reflect performances between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015.pictures of scotish comedian of the year awards at blythswood hotel (73)

Nominations CLOSE ON SUNDAY 10th January 2015 @ 23:59 GMT.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.

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The winners will be announced on either Monday 18th or 25th April 2016 at Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow.

This year we have been promised the bar downstairs will remain open until 2am.

Award ceremony date will be confirmed in January once we have the host & attendance of lifetime achievement recipient confirmed.

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 entries now open

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 entries now open.

To celebrate a decade of SCOTY, this year’s final will, for the first time, take place in Edinburgh.

Saturday 28th November 2015. 

Underbelly Speigletent, Edinburgh’s Christmas, St Andrew’s Square. Edinburgh 9.30pm – 11.30pm

The winner gets £1000 & trip to Adelaide Fringe & EdFringe show next year.

Enter if you’re Scottish & can be arsed. Don’t bother if you’re not or can’t. Heats will take place across Scotland in October and early November. This year a maximum of only 8 acts will make it to the final.

To enter please fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XRF5plsflbCJgVzKMjbV46ii_uVjrnpGXwm1caUdM6k/viewform

Limited numbers this year because I don’t have the time to travel everywhere so be quick and enter and be funnier than these English counts.

Scottish Comedy Award Winners 2015

The Scottish Comedy Awards 2015 took place last night at Glasgow’s Blythswood Hotel.

Hosted by Still Game’s Sanjeev Kohli it was a riotous night of stupidness.

Still Game Live at The Hydro was the big winner, taking home the quaichs for Best TV Show and Best Event.

Kevin Bridges won Best TV Comedian and Frankie Boyle Best Online Comedy for his BBC iPlayer programme Frankie’s Referendum Autopsy.

BBC Scot Squad’s Darren Connell collect Best Actor and Capital FM’s Breakfast with Des and Jenni too Best Radio show ahead of Fred MacAulay.

Here is the full list of winners and some photos from last night. We all have sore heids now this morning.

The full list of winners:
Best Event – Still Game Live @ The Hydro

Best TV show – Still Game Live

Best TV comedian – Kevin Bridges

Best radio show – Capital FM: Breakfast with Des and Jenni

Best online/podcast – Frankie Boyle’s Referendum Autopsy

Best comedy actor/actress – Darren Connell

Best compere – Joe Heenan

Best headline r – Mark Nelson

Best festival/tour show – Aye Right, How No!

Best newcomer – Gary Meikle

Best comedy writer – Keir McAllister

Best sketch/improv/variety ac t – Stu & Gary

Best club under 100 capacity – Yesbar, Glasgow

Best club over 100 capacity -The Stand, Glasgow

Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Comedy Award – Ben Verth of Scottish Comedy Festival

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Gavin Mitchell, Jane McCarry and Sanjeev Kohli collect one of two quaichs won by Still Game Live at The Hydro.

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Glasgow radio’s breakfast crew old and new. Des Clarke, Suzy McGuire, Jenni and Des Mclean

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Host Sanjeev Kohli with unregonised compere Scott Agnew

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Jay Lafferty accepting Best Comedy Writer quaich from Christopher Brookmyre on behalf of husband Keir McAllister.

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Taking the floor ain’t good enough for him anymore. Same pose as last year, different award for Darren Connell.

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Not sure if this is Gary Little, Kevin Bridges or Daniel Sloss collecting the award for Best TV Comedian.

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River City’s lovely Libby MacArthur

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Gary Little and Britain’s Got Talent star Edward Reid.

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Outstanding Contribution to Comedy winner Ben Verth with Sanjeev, Jojo & Andrew Learmonth

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Karen Dunbar, Suzy McGuire and Tom Urie

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Scottish Comedy Award Nominations and Voting

2014 was an amazing year for Scotland and for Scottish Comedy. Since the inaugural Scottish Comedy Awards took place last March, Scotland’s comedians have had a once in a generation opportunity to cast their cheeky eyes on some of the most interesting events our nation has experienced. They did us proud. Now it is time to celebrate their banter.

Voting for the 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards is now open. Voting is only for those who actively work within the Scottish Comedy Industry – e.g.  Comedians, promoters, journalist, Radio & TV production staff, comedy venue staff.

Voting will close on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at noon.

 

 

Nominations open for 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards

Following the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Scottish Comedy Awards, nominations are now open for the 2015 awards.

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A couple of Fannies aka Susie McCabe and Gary Little

Nominations are only open to Scottish Comedians or those in the Scottish Comedy Industry.

Nominations close on Sunday 1st March at 23:59 GMT

Once nominations close, the panel then meet up next Monday and sift through the nominations to select 4 per category.

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Andrew Maxwell presenting Daniel Sloss and Fred MacAulay with their awards in Mayrhofen Austria.

So far the panel consists of Scottish Comedy types at the Adelaide Fringe:

Paul Sneddon, Bruce Fummey, Ray Bradshaw, Martin Mor, Rik Carranza, Ro Campbell, Sharon Burgess, Larry Dean, Alan Anderson & 2 others tbc

After the panel have narrowed down the nominations to four per category, voting will begin. Voting will only be open to those in the Scottish Comedy Industry.

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Darren Connell

As with last year the panel reserve the right to slightly tweak the categories.

Then the winners announced at a big piss up on Wednesday 1st April at Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow.