Scottish Comedian of the Year 2019 Entries now open

This year’s final of the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition will take place at Glasgow’s Barrowland on Friday 8th November. The event will be hosted by ICW and West FM loud mouth… who was also voted Best Radio Comedian at 2019 Scottish Comedy Awards… Billy Kirkwood.

The heats will take place midweeks in August during the Edinburgh Fringe at 9.30pm in Just The Tonic La Belle Angel.

Semi finals will take place late September early October at Glasgow’s Rotunda Comedy Club.

The prize… £1000 and up to 8 weeks of gigs in Australia at the Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.

Entry is open to all Scottish and Scotland based comedy performers no matter how experienced or lacking of experience they are.

Previous winners include Mock The Week’s Larry Dean, BBC Scotland stalwart Mark Nelson and last year SCOTY was won by Stephen Buchanan who also won the BBC Comedy Award.

To enter fill out the form below or click here

Scottish Comedy Award winners 2019

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:

Best Headliner

Susie McCabe

Shortlist: Eddy Brimson, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns.

Best Newcomer

Amy Matthews

Shortlist: Conor Burns, Krystal Evans, Liam Farrelly, Taryam Boyd.

Best Compere

Jay Lafferty

Shortlist: Billy Kirkwood, Liam Withnail, Ray Bradshaw.

Breakthrough Act

Christopher MacArthur-Boyd

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

Frankie Boyle

Shortlist: Daniel Sloss, Fern Brady, Iain Stirling, Larry Dean.

Best Radio Comedian

Billy Kirkwood

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

Still Game

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

Janey Godley

Shortlist: Bros Bagel, Gary Meikle, Jim Smith, Joe Heenan

Best Writer

Elaine Malcolmson

Shortlist: Keir McAllister, Neil Bratchpiece, Steven Dick

Best Event

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.

Outstanding Contribution

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. 

Scottish Comedy Awards 2019 nominations announced and voting begins

Voting is now open for the Scottish Comedy Awards 2019.

The Scottish comedy Award panel met earlier this week and had some very heated discussions over the various shortlists, proving that Scottish Comedy is currently in a very healthy state, both in terms of quality of acts, venues and productions, as well as the sheer number of performers, live comedy shows, TV & radio shows and of course purpose built live comedy venues – which with the opening of Glee in Glasgow means Scotland now has 6 major comedy clubs.

Thanks to the likes of Kevin Bridges month long residency and Still Game, Kevin Hart, Bill Bailey etc. performing to massive crowds at The SSE Hydro, Scotland also now has what is the World’s busiest comedy venue. With the Edinburgh Fringe still miles ahead as being the World’s largest gathering of comedians and comedy audiences it is fair to say the Scotland is the funniest country on Earth.


BBC Scotland’s Breaking The News leads the list with nominations in both the Best TV Show and Best Radio show categories, as well as a nomination for host Des Clarke for Best Radio Comedian, and regular guest panellist Elaine Malcolmson and lead writer Neil Bratchpiece both up for Best Writer.


Arabella Weir is nominated for Best Actress in Two Doors Down, which is also nominated for Best TV Show.

Joining her are Bill Patterson for Fleabag, Gavin Mitchell for Still Game, Karen Bartke for Scot Squad and Dave Anderson‘s performance as Chic Murray for Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie & A Pint – the only theatre performance in the acting category.

The awards are dominated by the live stand up categories.

Susie McCabe, Jay Lafferty and Larry Dean lead the live categories with two nominations each. All 3 are nominated for Best Solo Show, McCabe also for Best Headliner, Lafferty (who’s Breaking the News performance was recently featured on front page of New York Times) for Best Compere, and Dean for Best TV Comedian.

In the TV Comedian category Dean is up against ITV 2 Love Island’s Iain Stirling, Daniel Sloss and his multiple appearances on US late night TV, stalwart Frankie Boyle and Live At The Apollo debutant Fern Brady… the first ever Scottish female comedian to perform on the show.

This year the panel decided to add a category for Best Breakthrough Act. This is to reflect the amazing growth of the Scottish circuit and acknowledge that of those progressing within it.

In the past couple of years Christopher MacArthur Boyd has made the leap from young open spot to being one of the most reliable headline comedians on the circuit, has been nominated in the Best Solo show category and has been signed by the UK’s largest comedy agency.

This year former Best Newcomer winner Gary Meikle achieved global fame with his online video about eyebrows. He is now selling out theatres all over the UK and is soon to embark on a major US tour.

Jim Smith is probably better known as Farmer Jim. Regular cameo appearances on Scot Squad, BBC Short Stuff and a BBC Sitcom written about and filmed on his Perthshire farm have cemented his fame in Scotland where he now sells out large provincial theatres in minutes, but it is his Breaking The News spots that have got him global fame online.

Last year Stephen Buchanan became the first Scottish Comedian to win the BBC Comedy Award. The made it a brace by also winning Scottish Comedian of the Year title.

Voting is only open to those who work within the Scottish Comedy Industry either as performers, writers, or production staff.

Voting will close on Monday 3rd June.

The Awards ceremony takes place in Glasgow on the evening of Tuesday 11th June.

Click this link to vote

Or complete the form below

Nominations open for Scottish Comedy Awards 2019

Every year we say that Scottish Comedy is stronger, more varied and of a higher calibre  than it has ever been… every year it just gets better.

pictures of scotish comedian of the year awards at blythswood hotel (114)

There are more professional big weekend clubs than ever before, they are selling out. There are more professional and semi professional comedians than ever before. There are more open spots than ever before. There are bigger audiences than ever before. At Edinburgh Fringe Scotland still has the biggest comedy festival in the world, and in 2018 thanks to the likes of Mssrs Bridges, Keirnan, Hemphill etal;  it can be said that Scotland now has the most attended comedy venue in the world – The SSE Hydro.


Over and above all that more Scottish comedians are appearing on Scottish and UK wide TV shows than ever before.


So it’s time to celebrate it again with the 2019 Scottish Comedy Awards.

Nominations are only open to Scottish Comedians, comedy promoters / bookers, journalists, comedy club staff and staff of Scottish TV/ Radio production companies.

Fill out the form below. Nominations close Monday 6th May

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE FORM or use embedded form below.

Scottish Comedy Award 2018 Voting now open

Happy St George’s Day

Happy Shakespeare’s Birthday.

Happy Nazi Pug guy getting fined £800 day.

Edit: And Happy posh burd going into early stages of birth day.

To celebrate all 3 of these things which are so important for Scottish Comedy we have opened the voting for the 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards.

The 5th annual Scottish Comedy Awards will take place 7pm Tuesday 31st July, 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. Any votes by people we cannot verify as working in the Scottish Comedy industry will not be counted. Sorry.

Tickets to the awards ceremony will be free to all those in the industry. Details closer to the time. If you have any questions / media requests about the event please contact Jojo Sutherland or Alan Anderson.

Please complete the google form below.

Scottish Comedy Award Nominations 2018

BBC Scotland Sitcoms Two Doors Down and ScotSquad lead the nominations for the 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards. Both are nominated for Best TV Show, Two Doors Down has 2 nominations in the Best Actor category; Elaine C Smith & Doon Mackichan, whilst ScotSquad has 3 nominations;  Jack Doherty, Jim Smith and last year’s winner Scotsquad’s Chris Forbes who is aiming for a hat trick of wins.


The writers of Two Doors Down; Gregor Sharp and Simon Carlyle also receive a nomination.


America’s Got Talent finalist Colin Cloud receives 2 nominations for Best Tour Show and Best Variety act, a category that includes Donald Trump impersonator Lewis Macleod and The Dolls aka Gayle Telfer Stevens and Louise McCarthy.



BBC News at 3’s Isla Nelson was the big winner last year. this year her dad Mark Nelson is again nominated in the Best Headliner category alongside Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe and Scott Agnew.


Love Island’s Iain Stirling is nominated for Best TV / Radio comedian alongside Des Clarke, Fern Brady, Frankie Boyle and Larry Dean, proving what an exceptionally high quality pool of comedy talent Scotland is producing

In a slight change of format the two venue categories are now split between Best Comedy Club and Best Comedy Night.

The full list of nominees is:



Mark Nelson

Raymond Mearns

Scott Agnew

Susie McCabe


Jay Lafferty

Joe Heenan

Liam Withnail

Ray Bradshaw


Christopher KC

Chris Scott

Susan Riddell

Will Nameeh



Colin Cloud

Lewis MacLeod

Spontaneous Players

The Dolls


Elaine C Smith

Chris Forbes

Doon Mackichan

Jack Doherty

Jim Smith


Des Clarke

Iain Stirling

Fern Brady

Frankie Boyle

Larry Dean


Colin Cloud

Fern Brady

Larry Dean

Phil Nichol

Ray Bradshaw


2 Doors Down

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Scot Squad


Radio 4 Fred at The Stand

Absolutely radio series

Breaking The News

Fags Mags Bags

Julia’s Funny Kind


Ashley Storrie Twitter

Limmy’s Twitter

News At 3

Sloss & Humphries Podcast

The Glasgow Trip


Armando Ianucci

Gregor Sharp / Simon Carlye

Frankie Boyle

Steven Dick


Breakneck, Aberdeen

Gilded Balloon Rose St Theatre, Edinburgh

Monkey Barrell, Edinburgh

Rotunda, Glasgow

Stand, Edinburgh

Stand, Glasgow

Yesbar, Glasgow


Chunks, Glasgow

Crossmylaff, Glasgow

Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin

Enterteasement, Glasgow

Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling

Stand Out @ Strathaven Theatre

Viva La Shambles



Launch of Breakneck

Harper Comedy in Front Room



The Scottish Comedy Awards will take place at the start of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Voting will open soon. Only those working in the Scottish Comedy Industry are eligible to vote.


Scottish Comedy Awards 2018 Nominations now open


2016 was a great year for Scottish Comedy… that meant 2017 saw a great night at Scottish Comedy Awards.  Was 2017 a more worthy year for Scottish Comedy… you tell us.


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 / Performers / Venues / Productions.

Only ONE nomination per category.

Nominations must reflect performances between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.

Nominations committee will meet and voting will open soon after.


Entries open for Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017 with Iain Stirling hosting the Final

Well it is that time of year again. Entries for the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017 are now being accepted.

This year’s SCOTY final will take place on Sunday 26th November at Glasgow’s new Rotunda Comedy Club. The final will be hosted by the voice of ITV2’s Love Island, Former SCOTY finalist Iain Stirling.


Previous SCOTY winners like Larry Dean (who has just recorded Live at the Apollo) and Rosco Mclelland (who has just signed for Gag Reflex) have won a trip to Australia to perform to sell out audiences there. As have their English & Irish counterparts Brennan Reece (EdComAward nominee) and Steve Bennett.

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Alan with this year’s SCOTY Final host & former SCOTY finalist Iain Stirling, alongside SCOTY semi finalist Richard Gadd, SCOTY Winner Larry Dean and SCOTY Conscientious Objector Stuart Mitchell in Australia

It’s where all the cool kids and award winners end up. Will you be doing similar?

Thanks to Brexit this year’s cash prize will only be £1000.

If you want to enter and possibly win you need to complete the form below.

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