Chortle Awards

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The Chortle awards were set up in 2002 by the comedy website Chortle to honour the best of established stand-up comics currently working in the UK. As of 2002, the Chortle Awards are the only UK-based awards that solely honour the live work of stand-up comedians at a professional level.[citation needed] The judging is done through a panel of judges and the votes of regular visitors at the chortle website.

2002[edit]

Best touring comedian

Best male circuit comedian

Best female circuit comedian

Best open mic

Best compère

Best sketch or character act

Best contribution by a non-performer

People's choice

Comedians' comedian

Outstanding contribution to comedy:

Best venues: London (large):

London (small):

Scotland:

North of England:

Midlands:

West/Wales:

South:

2003[edit]

Best newcomer

Best compère

Breakthrough act

Best headliner

Best sketch, variety or character act

Best full-length solo show

Best contribution by a non-performer Karen Koren of Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon (Winner) People's choice:

Comedians' comedian

Outstanding contribution to comedy

Best venues:

2004[edit]

Best newcomer:

Best compère

Breakthrough act:

Best headliner:

Best sketch, variety or character act:

Award for innovation:

Best full-length solo show:

Best contribution by a non-performer:

People's choice

Comedians' comedian

Student Comic Of The Year:

Best venues:

2005[edit]

Best newcomer

Best compère

Breakthrough act

Best headliner

People's Choice

Comics' Comic

Best sketch, variety or character act

Award for innovation

Best full-length solo show

Best off-stage contribution

Lifetime achievement award

Venue Awards:

2006[edit]

Best newcomer

Best breakthrough act

Best compère

Best headliner

Best sketch, variety or character act Justin Edwards as Jeremy Lion(Winner)

Best full-length solo show:

Award For Innovation

Best Off-Stage Contribution

Outstanding Contribution to Comedy:

People's Choice

Comics' Comic

Venue Awards

2007[edit]

Best Newcomer

Best Breakthrough

Best Compère

Best Headliner

Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act

Best Full Length Feature Show

Award for innovation

Best Off-stage contribution

  • Free Fringe (Winner)
    • BAC (Battersea Arts Centre (nominee)
    • Brett Vincent, Alex Rochford and Paul Byrne for Maxwell’s Full Mooners (nominee)
    • Toby Hadoke (XS Malarkey, Manchester) (nominee)

Outstanding contribution to comedy

Venue Awards

  • Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh
  • The North: Long Live Comedy, Newcastle
  • Midlands and East: Spa-Tickes, Leamington Spa
  • Wales and the West: Glee Club, Cardiff
  • South: Comedy Cottage, Redhill
  • London small: The Funny Side Of Covent Garden
  • London large: The Comedy Store

2008[edit]

Best Newcomer

Breakthrough act

Best compère

Best headliner

Sketch, variety or character act

Best full show

Award for innovation

  • Laughter In Odd Places (Winner)
    • Arthur Smith for ArthurArt (nominee)
    • Gently Progressive Behemoth (Edinburgh show) (nominee)
    • We Need Answers (Edinburgh show) (nominee)

Best theatre tour

Offstage contribution

Award for artistic integrity

Outstanding contribution to comedy

Venue Awards

  • London (large): Comedy Store
  • London (small) : Falling Down With Laughter
  • South: Komedia
  • Midlands/East: Derby Funhouse
  • Wales and the West: The Glee Club, Cardiff
  • North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
  • Scotland: Edinburgh Stand

2009[edit]

  • PIAS Comedy Award for best newcomer: Seann Walsh
    • Nominees: Mike Wozniak, Pippa Evans, Daniel Simonsen
  • Breakthrough act: Sarah Millican
    • Nominees: Andrew O'Neill, Bridget Christie, Carl Donnelly
  • Award for innovation: Robin Ince for Nine Lessons And Carols For Godless People
  • Sketch, variety or character act: Tim Minchin
    • Nominees: Count Arthur Strong, Pippa Evans, Wilson Dixon
  • Award for artistic integrity: John Hegley
  • Best off-stage contribution: Michael Legge for his blog
  • Student Comedy Award: Joe Lycett
  • FremantleMedia Enterprises award for best headliner: Rhod Gilbert
    • Nominees: Andrew Maxwell, Paul Sinha, Milton Jones
  • Best compere: Rufus Hound
    • Nominees: Dan Nightingale, Alun Cochrane, Stephen Grant
  • Best full show: Tim Minchin: Ready For This
    • Nominees: Rhod Gilbert And The Award-Winning Mince Pie, Richard Herring: The Headmaster's Son, David O'Doherty: Let's Comedy
  • Best theatre show: Russell Howard: Dingledodies
    • Nominees: Dylan Moran: This Is It, Dara O Briain, Frankie Boyle
  • Best use of stand-up on TV or radio: Live At The Apollo
    • Nominees: Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, 4 Stands Up, Another Case Of Milton Jones
  • Best DVD: Dara O Briain Talks Funny
    • Nominees: Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-up, Tim Minchin: So Fucking Rock, Frank Skinner Stand-Up
  • Outstanding contribution to comedy: The Just A Minute team
  • Venue awards
    • Scotland: Stand, Edinburgh
    • The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
    • Midlands and The East: Glee, Birmingham
    • Wales and The West: Glee, Cardiff
    • The South: Komedia, Brighton
    • London large venue: Soho Theatre
    • London small venue: Porthole Comedy Club, Kilburn

2010[edit]

  • Best newcomer, sponsored by Impressive PR: Joe Lycett
    • Nominees: Ivo Graham, Naz Osmanaglu, Gareth Richards
  • Breakthrough act, sponsored by [PIAS]: Kevin Bridges
    • Nominees: Angelos Epithamou, Pete Johansson, Seann Walsh
  • Best headliner: Sarah Millican:
    • Nominees: Milton Jones, Andrew Lawrence, Phil Nichol
  • Best compere: Jarred Christmas
    • Nominees: Dan Atkinson, Jason Cook, Stephen Grant
  • Sketch or character act: Idiots Of Ants
    • Nominees: Angelos Epithemiou, Colin Hoult, Pajama Men
  • Music or variety act: Tim Minchin
    • Nominees: Wilson Dixon, Frisky & Mannish, Hans Teeuwen
  • Offstage contribution: Nica Burns
  • Venue Awards:
    • Scotland - Edinburgh Stand
    • The North - XS Malarkey
    • Midlands and the East - Glee Birmingham
    • Wales and the West - Komedia Bath
    • The South - Upstairs At The Three And Ten
    • London large - Tabernacle
    • London small - Knock 2 Bag at Bar FM
  • Best show Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter To Richard Branson
    • Nominees: The Hotel, Kim Noble Will Die, Louis CK, Pajama Men: Last Stand To Reason
  • Award for innovation: Kim Noble
  • Best tour: Michael McIntyre
    • Nominees: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing, Russell Brand: Scandalous, Dylan Moran: What It Is
  • TV and radio award : Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
    • Nominees: The News Quiz, Russell Howard's Good News, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
  • Best DVD: Rhod Gilbert's Award-Winning Mince Pie
    • Nominees: Ed Byrne: Different Class, Louis CK: Chewed Up, Dylan Moran: What It Is
  • Outstanding Contribution to comedy: Amando Iannucci

2011[edit]

  • Best newcomer: Diane Spencer
    • Nominees: Henry Ginsberg, Iain Stirling, Tim Shishodia
  • Breakthrough act: The Boy With Tape On His Face
    • Nominees: Josh Widdicombe, Nick Helm, Stuart Goldsmith
  • Best headliner: Milton Jones
    • Nominees: Andrew Lawrence, Craig Campbell, Tom Stade
  • Best compere: Stephen Grant
    • Nominees: Jason Cook, Seann Walsh, Susan Calman
  • Character or sketch act: Late Night Gimp Fight
    • Nominees: Adam Riches, Jonny Sweet, Tom Binns as Ian D Montford
  • Music or variety act: Tim Minchin
    • Nominees: The Boy With Tape On His Face, Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
  • Best show:Kevin Eldon Is Titting About
    • Nominees: Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words, Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog, Russell Kane: Smokescreens and Castles
  • Best tour:Tim Minchin and His Orchestra
    • Nominees: Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind, Dara O Briain, Lee Mack
  • Best DVD: Stewart Lee: If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One
    • Nominees: Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind, Simon Amstell: Do Nothing, Tim Minchin: Ready For This
  • TV and radio award: Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow
    • Nominees: Getting On, News Quiz, The Trip
  • Internet award: Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me podcast
    • Nominees: Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters, Gary Delaney’s Twitter feed, The Peacock & Gamble Podcast
  • Offstage contribution: Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon
  • Award For Innovation: Invisible Dot
  • Venue Awards:
    • Best purpose-built venue in London: Comedy Store
    • Best London Club: 99 Club Leicester Square
    • Best venue in the South: Brighton Komedia
    • Best venue in the Midlands and East: Birmingham Glee Club
    • Best venue in Wales and the West: Cardiff Glee Club
    • Best venue in the North: Manchester Comedy Store
    • Best venue in Scotland: The Stand Edinburgh
  • Judges' Award: Chris Sievey for Frank Sidebottom
  • Outstanding Contribution To Comedy: Victoria Wood
  • Student Comedy Award: Adam Hess

2012[edit]

In 2012, Charlie Brooker won the TV award for Black Mirror and his work on 10 O'Clock Live, while Stewart Lee was awarded "best standup DVD" for the second series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. Lee's former comic partner Richard Herring won the internet award. Dylan Moran won "best tour", Tim Key was awarded "best show", and Simon Munnery received the award for innovation.[1] Prior to the awards, Chortle responded to accusations of sexism (of 54 nominees, only two were women). Editor Steve Bennett described the controversy as "a storm we never saw coming."[2]

Results[3][edit]

External links[edit]

  • Chortle Awards Page[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Needham, Alex (20 March 2012). "Chortle comedy awards: Brooker and Lee come up smiling". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Mann, Andrea (24 February 2012). "Chortle Responds To Sexism Accusations Over Awards Short List". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Dessau, Bruce (21 March 2012). "What? No Michael McIntyre? The Chortle Awards 2012". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide