List of Edinburgh Comedy Award winners

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The Edinburgh Comedy Awards, formerly known as the Perrier Comedy Awards, the if.comedy awards and briefly as the if.comeddies, are a group of prizes awarded annually since 1981 to comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Perrier Comedy Awards
Year Main Prize winner Main Prize nominees Best Newcomer winner Panel Prize winner
1981 Cambridge Footlights - Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, Emma Thompson, Penny Dwyer and Paul Shearer. Instituted 1992 Instituted 2006
1982 Writers Inc - Gary Adams, Steve Brown, Vicki Pile, Trevor McCallum, Helen Murry, Jamie Rix, and Nick Wilton (additional material by Kim Fuller)
1983 Los Trios Ringbarkus
1984 The Brass Band Fascinating Aïda; Hank Wangford Band; Frank Chickens; The Bodgers; The Brass Band; Paul B Davies & Dave Cohen
1985 Theatre De Complicité The Bodgers; Merry Mac Fun Show; John Dowie; Sue Ingleton
1986 Ben Keaton Ben Keaton; Paul B. Davies; Roy Hutchins; Jenny Lecoat; Merry Mac Fun Show
1987 Brown Blues... Arnold Brown with Barb Jungr and Michael Parker Nick Revell; Jeremy Hardy; Simon Fanshawe; John Sparkes
1988 Jeremy Hardy Doug Anthony Allstars; Roy Hutchins; Robert Llewellyn's Mammon; The Wow Show
1989 Simon Fanshawe John Hegley; Al and George; Will Durst; Live Bed Show; The World of Les and Robert
1990 Sean Hughes Dillie Keane - Single Again; Pete McCarthy - The Hangover Show; Jimmy Tingle
1991 Frank Skinner

Avner The Eccentric; Jack Dee; Eddie Izzard; Lily Savage

1992 Steve Coogan - In Character with John Thomson Jo Brand; Bruce Morton; John Shuttleworth's Guide to Stardom; Mark Thomas Harry Hill
1993 Lee Evans Corky and the Juice Pigs; Phil Kay; Johnny Meres; Donna McPhail; Parrot; Greg Proops Dominic Holland
1994 Lano and Woodley Alan Davies; Jeff Green; Harry Hill's Pub Internationale; Owen O'Neill; Robert Schimmel Scott Capurro
1995 Jenny Eclair - Prozac & Tantrums Simon Bligh Banzai[disambiguation needed]; Scott Capurro The Love and Affection Tour; Boothby Graffoe; The Umbilical Brothers - Heaven by Storm Tim Vine - The Tim Vine Fiasco
1996 Dylan Moran Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller; Bill Bailey; Rich Hall; Dominic Holland; Al Murray Milton Jones
1997 The League of Gentlemen Milton Jones; Al Murray; Graham Norton; The Johnny Vegas Show Arj Barker
1998 Tommy Tiernan Ed Byrne; Seán Cullen; Peter Kay; Al Murray The Mighty Boosh
1999 Al Murray - The Pub Landlord Terry Alderton; The Arctic Boosh; Simon Munnery The League Against Tedium; Ross Noble Ben Willbond & Arnold Widdowson - Ben'n'Arn's Big Top
2000 Rich Hall - Otis Lee Crenshaw Dave Gorman - Are You Dave Gorman?; Lee Mack's New Bits, with Lee Mack, Catherine Tate and Dan Antopolski; Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight, with Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, and Alice Lowe; Sean Lock Noble & Silver
2001 Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, with Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, and Alice Lowe Dan Antopolski - Antopolski 2000; Jason Byrne; Adam Hills - Go You Big Red Fire Engine; Daniel Kitson - Love, Innocence and the Word Cock Garth Cruickshank & Eddie McCabe Let's Have a Right Royal Shambles
2002 Daniel Kitson - Something Noel Fielding - Voodoo Hedgehog; Jimmy Carr - Jimmy Carr's Bare Faced Ambition; Omid Djalili - Behind Enemy Lines; Phil Nichol - Things I Like, I Lick; Adam Hills - Happy Feet The Consultants
2003 Demetri Martin - If I... Reginald D. Hunter - White Woman; Adam Hills - Cut Loose; Flight of the Conchords - High on Folk; Howard Read and Little Howard - The Big Howard and Little Howard Show Gary Le Strange - Polaroid Suitcase
2004 Will Adamsdale Jackson's Way Chris Addison; Epitaph; Reginald D Hunter; Sarah Kendall Wil Hodgson
2005 Laura Solon Chris Addison; Jason Manford; Jeremy Lion; Dutch Elm Conservatoire Tim Minchin
if.comedy awards (styled as if.comeddie for 2006)
Year Main Prize winner Main Prize nominees Best Newcomer winner Panel Prize winner
2006 Phil Nichol - The Naked Racist David O'Doherty - David O'Doherty Is My Name; Russell Howard - Wandering; Paul Sinha - Saint or Sinha? ; We Are Klang - Klangbang Josie Long Mark Watson
2007 Brendon Burns - So I Suppose THIS is Offensive Now Andrew Lawrence - Social Leprosy for Beginners and Improvers; Andrew Maxwell - Waxin'; Tom Binns - Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow; Pappy's Fun Club - Pappy's Fun Club Tom Basden Arthur Smith
2008 David O'Doherty - Let's Comedy Rhod Gilbert - Rhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie; Russell Kane - Gaping Flaws; Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler - Double Down Hearts Sarah Millican all the performers
Edinburgh Comedy Awards (known as the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards since 2010)
Year Main Prize winner Main Prize nominees Best Newcomer winner Panel Prize winner
2009 Tim Key - The Slutcracker Idiots of Ants - This Is War; John Bishop - Elvis Has Left the Building; Jon Richardson - This Guy at Night; Russell Kane - Human Dressage; Tom Wrigglesworth - Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter to Richard Branson [1] Jonny Sweet - Mostly About Arthur Peter Buckley Hill - Peter Buckley Hill Free Fringe
2010 Russell Kane - Smokescreens and Castles Bo Burnham - Words, Words, Words; Greg Davies - Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog; Josie Long - Be Honourable; Sarah Millican: Chatterbox[1] Winner: Roisin Conaty: Hero, Warrior, Fireman, Liar
An Audience with Imran Yusuf
Asher Treleaven: Secret Door
Gareth Richards: Stand Up Between Songs
Late Night Gimp Fight!
The Boy With Tape on His Face
Bo Burnham
2011 Adam Riches - Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches Andrew Maxwell - The Lights Are On; Chris Ramsey - Offermation; Josie Long - The Future Is Another Place; Nick Helm - Dare to Dream; Sam Simmons - Meanwhile;[2] Winner: Humphrey Ker - Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher
Cariad Lloyd: Lady Cariad's Characters
The Chris and Paul Show
Hannibal Buress: My Name is Hannibal - The Hannibal Montanabal Experience
Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Changes One Life
Holly Walsh: Hollycopter
Thom Tuck: Thom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD
Totally Tom
The Wrestling
2012 Doctor Brown - Befrdfgth Claudia O'Doherty: The Telescope; James Acaster: Prompt; Josie Long: Romance and Adventure; Pappy's: Last Show Ever!; Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense Winner: Daniel Simonsen: Champions
David Trent: Spontaneous Comedian
Discover Ben Target
Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot
Sam Fletcher[disambiguation needed]: Good on Paper
The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape
2013 Bridget Christie - A Bic for Her Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her; Carl Donnelly: Now That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V; James Acaster: Lawnmower; Max & Ivan: The Reunion; Mike Wozniak: Take The Hit; Nick Helm: One Man Mega Myth; Seann Walsh: The Lie-in King Winner: John Kearns: Sight Gags For Perverts
Aisling Bea: C'est La Bea; Liam Williams; Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t; Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Com
Adrienne Truscott
2014 John Kearns - Shtick Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly; James Acaster: Recognise; John Kearns: Shtick; Liam Williams: Capitalism; Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn't Built in a Day; Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man; Sara Pascoe: Sara Pascoe vs History Winner: Alex Edelman: Millenial
Dane Baptiste: Citizen Dane; Geins Family Giftshop: Geins Family Giftshop Volume 1; Lazy Susan: Extreme Humans; Lucy Beaumont: We Can Twerk it Out; Steen Raskopoulos: I'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business
Funz and Gamez

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  1. ^ "Two women make the shortlist". Chortle. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2011 - past winners". Fosters. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 

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