Nominees announced

Shortlists for Edinburgh Comedy Awards

Nica Burns

The shortlists have been announced for the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

The nominations for Best Comedy Show are:

Al Porter: At Large

James Acaster: Reset

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

Randy Writes A Novel

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

Tom Ballard: The World Keeps Happening

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

The nominations for Best Newcomer are:

Bilal Zafar: Cakes

Brennan Reece: Everglow

Jayde Adams: 31

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Nica Burns (pictured), director of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards said: “Two great nomination lists! 2016 reflects the breadth and quality of comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe with eight nominations for Best Comedy Show for the second year running.

“Four outstanding stand-ups, a female comic performing in character as Dave, a novel-writing puppet, a wonderful story teller and a comic who is as moving as he is funny.  An international list with four UK artists, three Australians and a Dubliner.

“The six nominees for the Newcomer award are equally international with an Australian and an American, and the vibrancy of the Scottish stand up scene is reflected in the nomination of Glaswegian Scott Gibson and the Best Show nominee, Richard Gadd.

“Our hard-working judging team made over 1400 visits to shows. Congratulations to all the comics at the festival for a brilliant year of comedy.”

The winners will be announced on Saturday at Dovecot Studio, Infirmary Street. 

The Awards and prizes are:-

•Best Comedy Show with a cash prize of £10,000

•Best Newcomer with a cash prize of £5,000

•Panel Prize with a cash prize of £5,000

The winners and nominees can be seen at the Comedy Awards Show on Sunday at 15.30 at The Grand, Pleasance Courtyard.

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