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] A panel of reviewers draw up a shortlist, which is presented for public vote at the Chortle website.[1]












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.[2] 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."[3]





  • Best newcomer: Daisy Earl (Nominees: Jordan Brookes, Kae Kurd, Lolly Adefope, Michael Stranney aka Daniel Duffy)
  • Best compere: Jarred Christmas (Nominees: David Morgan, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Laura Lexx)
  • Breakthrough act: Joseph Morpurgo (Nominees: Al Porter, Daphne, Spencer Jones)
  • Club comic: Zoe Lyons (Nominees: Adam Hess, Felicity Ward, Gary Little, Pierre Novellie)
  • Music & variety award: Pippa Evans (Nominees: Comedians' Cinema Club, Spencer Jones, Weirdos)
  • Character, improv or sketch act: The Showstoppers (Nominees: Daphne, Lolly Adefope, Massive Dad)
  • Best show: Joe Lycett: That’s The Way A-ha, A-ha, Joe Lycett (Nominees: James Acaster: Represent, Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby, Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?, Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt)
  • Best tour: Katherine Ryan: Kathbum (Nominees: Bill Bailey: Limboland, Dara Ó Briain: Crowd Tickler, Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story)
  • Internet Award: No Such Thing As A Fish (Nominees: The Beef and Dairy Network podcast, The Parapod with Ray Peacock and Barry Dodds, Turtle Canyon Comedy)
  • Radio Award: Just A Minute (Nominees: News Quiz, Mark Steel's In Town, Simon Evans Goes To Market)
  • TV Award, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices: Peter Kay’s Car Share (Nominees: Catastrophe, Inside No 9, Sky Arts' Christmas comedy shorts)
  • Book and Publishing Award: Standard Issue (Nominees: Bridget Christie: A Book For Her, Limmy's Daft Wee Stories, Off The Mic, by Deborah Frances White and Marsha Shandur)
  • Award for innovation: Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds For Baby (Nominees: Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn for Fake It Til You Make It, Foxdog Studios Ltd, Richard Gadd for Waiting For Gaddot)
  • Comedians’ comedian: Joseph Morpurgo
  • Event Of The Year: Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Live (Nominees: Dave Chappelle in Hammersmith Apollo, Mel Brooks in the West End, Tom Basden's Crocodile at the Manchester International Festival, Weird Al Yankovic at Hammersmith Apollo)
  • Outstanding contribution to comedy: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
  • Best venues:
  • London: Soho Theatre
  • South: Komedia Brighton
  • North: Frog and Bucket
  • East and Midlands: Birmingham Glee
  • Wales and West: Komedia Bath
  • Scotland: Stand Edinburgh
  • Best club nights:
  • London: 99 Club Soho
  • South: Bent Double, Brighton Komedia
  • North: XS Malarkey
  • East and Midlands: The Comedy Cow Milton Keynes
  • Wales and West: Buffalo Bar Cardiff
  • Scotland: Red Raw at Glasgow Stand


  • London: 99 Club Leicester Square/The Bill Murray
  • South: Komedia Brighton
  • North: Frog and Bucket (Manchester)
  • East and Midlands: Birmingham Glee
  • Wales and West: The Glee (Cardiff)
  • Scotland: The Stand (Edinburgh)
  • Best club nights:
  • London: 99 Club Ku Bar
  • South: Bent Double (Brighton)
  • North: XS Malarkey (Manchester)
  • East and Midlands: No winner (insufficient votes cast) :*Wales and West: Buffalo Comedy Club (Cardiff)
  • Scotland: Red Raw (Edinburgh)


The winners were announced in March 2018, and marked the first time that women had won more than half of the award in the live comedy category.[4][5]

  • London: The Bill Murray
  • The North: Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
  • The South: Brighton Komedia
  • Midlands and the East: Norwich Playhouse
  • Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh
  • Best clubs
  • London: 99 Club Leicester Square
  • The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
  • Wales and West: Buffalo Comedy, Cardiff
  • Best club nights
  • London: Quantum Leopard
  • The North: Comedy Balloon, Manchester
  • The South: Goat Comedy, Brighton


The winners were announced in March 2019.[6]

  • Best club nights


The winners were announced in March 2020.[7]


Awards were made despite the COVID-19 lockdown recognising comedians who triumphed despite the problems.

Alex Horne, Alistair Green, Archie Henderson, aka Jazz Emu, Catherine Bohart for Gigless, The Covid Arms, Fergus Craig, The Isolation Song Contest, Janey Godley, John Robertson, Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris, Mark Olver, Mark Watson, Munya Chawawa, Petrichor, Richard Herring, Rob Sedgebeer, Robin Ince and Cosmic Shambles Network, Stevie Martin, Tim Key, Toussaint Douglass, The Warren, Brighton were all recognised as "legends of lockdown" with awards made by video.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Chortle Awards 2015". Chortle. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  2. ^ Needham, Alex (20 March 2012). "Chortle comedy awards: Brooker and Lee come up smiling". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. ^ Mann, Andrea (24 February 2012). "Chortle Responds To Sexism Accusations Over Awards Short List". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Chortle Awards 2018: The results : News 2018 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Revealed: Britain's best comedy venues of 2018 : News 2018 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  6. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Who won the 2019 Chortle Awards : News 2019 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Chortle Award winners revealed". Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Chortle Awards : Awards 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 31 July 2022.