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.

Currently three awards are given – Best Comedy Show, Best Newcomer and the Panel Prize.

Main Prize[edit]

Perrier Comedy Awards
Year Main Prize Winner Main Prize Nominees
1981 Cambridge Footlights
(Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, Emma Thompson, Penny Dwyer and Paul Shearer)
1982 Writer's Inc
(Gary Adams, Steve Brown, Vicki Pile, Trevor McCallum, Helen Murry, Jamie Rix, and Nick Wilton, with additional material by Kim Fuller)
1983 Los Trios Ringbarkus
1984 The Brass Band Fascinating Aïda
Hank Wangford Band
Frank Chickens
The Bodgers
Paul B Davies & Dave Cohen
1985 Theatre de Complicité The Bodgers
Merry Mac Fun Show
John Dowie
Sue Ingleton
1986 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 - Whale Nation
Robert Llewellyn's Mammon Robot Born of Woman
The Wow Show
1989 Simon Fanshawe John Hegley - Can I Come Down Now Dad?
Al and George - Unscheduled Stop
Will Durst
Live Bed Show
The World of Les and Robert
1990 Sean Hughes - A One Night Stand Dillie KeaneSingle Again
Pete McCarthyThe Hangover Show
Jimmy Tingle
1991 Frank Skinner Avner the Eccentric
Jack Dee
Eddie Izzard - Just the Words
Lily Savage - The Live Experience
1992 Steve CooganIn Character with John Thomson Jo Brand
Bruce Morton - Sin
John Shuttleworth's Guide to Stardom
Mark Thomas
1993 Lee Evans Corky and the Juice Pigs
Phil Kay
Johnny Meres - My Booze Hell by Little Johnny Cartilage
Donna McPhail
Parrot - Sick as a Parrot
Greg Proops
1994 Lano and Woodley Alan Davies
Jeff Green
Harry Hill's Pub Internationale with Al Murray
Owen O'Neill - It’s a bit like this...
Robert Schimmel
1995 Jenny EclairProzac & Tantrums Simon Bligh – Banzai
Scott CapurroThe Love and Affection Tour
Boothby Graffoe - The Love and Affection Tour
The Umbilical BrothersHeaven by Storm
1996 Dylan Moran - Dylan Moran Is Indisposed Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller - Armstrong and Miller: The Quality Shag
Bill Bailey
Rich Hall - Freewheelin
Dominic Holland - Holland-Days Sauce
Al Murray
1997 The League of Gentlemen Milton Jones - Joyrider
Al Murray - King of Beers
Graham Norton - Charlie’s Angels go to Hell
The Johnny Vegas Show
1998 Tommy Tiernan - Undivine Comedy Ed Byrne - A Night at the Opera
Seán Cullen - Wood, Cheese & Children
Peter Kay
Al Murray - Pub Landlord's Keeper of the Pint Cosmic
1999 Al Murray as The Pub Landlord - And a Glass of White Wine for the Lady Terry Alderton
The Arctic Boosh
Simon Munnery as The League Against Tedium - Ubertechnocomedie
Ross Noble - Laser Boy
2000 Rich HallOtis Lee Crenshaw Dave GormanAre 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 - No Flatley, I am the Lord of the Dance
2001 Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, with Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade, and Alice Lowe Dan AntopolskiAntopolski 2000
Jason Byrne
Adam HillsGo You Big Red Fire Engine
Daniel KitsonLove, Innocence and the Word Cock
2002 Daniel KitsonSomething Noel FieldingVoodoo Hedgehog
Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr's Bare Faced Ambition
Omid DjaliliBehind Enemy Lines
Phil NicholThings I Like, I Lick
Adam HillsHappy Feet
2003 Demetri MartinIf I... Reginald D. HunterWhite Woman
Adam HillsCut Loose
Flight of the ConchordsHigh on Folk
Howard Read and Little HowardThe Big Howard and Little Howard Show
2004 Will Adamsdale - Jackson's Way Chris Addison - Civilisation
Epitaph with Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner
Reginald D Hunter - A Mystery Wrapped in a N***a
Sarah Kendall
2005 Laura Solon - Kopfraper's Syndrome Chris Addison - Atomicity
Jason Manford - Urban Legend
Jeremy Lion (AKA Justin Edwards) with George Cockerill - What’s the Time Mr Lion?
Dutch Elm Conservatoire - Conspiracy
if.comedy awards (styled as if.comeddie for 2006)
Year Main Prize Winner Main Prize Nominees
2006 Phil NicholThe Naked Racist David O'DohertyDavid O'Doherty Is My Name
Russell HowardWandering
Paul SinhaSaint or Sinha?
We Are KlangKlangbang
2007 Brendon BurnsSo I Suppose THIS Is Offensive Now Andrew LawrenceSocial Leprosy for Beginners and Improvers
Andrew MaxwellWaxin'
Tom BinnsIvan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow
Pappy's Fun ClubPappy's Fun Club
2008 David O'DohertyLet's Comedy Rhod GilbertRhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie
Russell KaneGaping Flaws
Kristen Schaal and Kurt BraunohlerDouble Down Hearts
Edinburgh Comedy Awards (known as the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards since 2010)
Year Main Prize Winner Main Prize Nominees
2009 Tim KeyThe Slutcracker Idiots of AntsThis Is War
John BishopElvis Has Left the Building
Jon RichardsonThis Guy at Night
Russell KaneHuman Dressage
Tom WrigglesworthTom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter to Richard Branson [1]
2010 Russell KaneSmokescreens and Castles Bo BurnhamWords, Words, Words
Greg DaviesFiring Cheeseballs at a Dog
Josie LongBe Honourable
Sarah Millican: Chatterbox[1]
2011 Adam RichesBring Me the Head of Adam Riches Andrew MaxwellThe Lights Are On
Chris RamseyOffermation
Josie LongThe Future Is Another Place
Nick HelmDare to Dream
Sam SimmonsMeanwhile
2012 Doctor BrownBefrdfgth Claudia O'DohertyThe Telescope
James AcasterPrompt
Josie LongRomance and Adventure
Pappy'sLast Show Ever!
Tony LawMaximum Nonsense
2013 Bridget ChristieA Bic for Her Carl DonnellyNow That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V
James AcasterLawnmower
Max & IvanThe Reunion
Mike WozniakTake The Hit
Nick HelmOne Man Mega Myth
Seann WalshThe Lie-in King
2014 John KearnsShtick Alex HorneMonsieur Butterfly
James AcasterRecognise
Liam WilliamsCapitalism
Romesh RanganathanRom Wasn't Built in a Day
Sam SimmonsDeath of a Sails-Man
Sara PascoeSara Pascoe vs History
2015 Sam SimmonsSpaghetti for Breakfast James AcasterRepresent
Joseph MorpurgoSoothing Sounds for Baby
Kieran HodgsonLance
Nish KumarLong Word. Long Word.. Blah Blah Blah.. I'm So Clever
Sarah KendallA Day in October
Seymour MaceSeymour Mace Is Niche as F**k!
Trygve WakenshawNautilus
Edinburgh Comedy Awards (known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards since 2016)
Year Main Prize Winner Main Prize Nominees
2016 Richard GaddMonkey See Monkey Do Al PorterAt Large
James AcasterReset
Kieran HodgsonMaestro
Nish KumarActions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud
Randy Writes A Novel
Tom BallardThe World Keeps Happening
Zoe Coombs MarrTrigger Warning
2017 Hannah Gadsby - Nanette

John Robins - The Darkness of Robins

Ahir Shah - Control
Elf Lyons - Swan
Jordan Brookes - Body of Work
Mae Martin - Dope
Mat Ewins - Presents Adventureman 7: The Return of Adventureman
Sophie Willan - Branded
Spencer Jones - The Audition

Best Newcomer Award[edit]

Best Newcomer Award
Year Winner Nominees
1992 Harry Hill - Flies!
1993 Dominic Holland - Red Hot Dutch with Dominic
1994 Scott Capurro - Risk Gay
1995 Tim VineThe Tim Vine Fiasco
1996 Milton Jones - The Head
1997 Arj Barker - Arj Barker's Letter to America
1998 The Mighty Boosh, with Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Rich Fulcher Chris Addison
Jason Byrne
Jon Reed
Paul Foot
1999 Ben'n'Arn's Big Top, with Ben Willbond, Arnold Widdowson and Bernard Hughes Infinite Number of Monkeys, with Tim FitzHigham and James Cary - Sketch Comedy of Hypotheticals
The Arthur Dung Show, with Dave Lamb and Jim North
Wil Anderson - Wilennium
2000 Noble & Silver Andrew Clover - A Man of Substance in a World of Filth
Dan Antopolski - Second Coming
David O'Doherty - David O'Doherty's The Boy Who Saved Comedy
2001 Garth Cruickshank & Eddie McCabe Let's Have a Right Royal Shambles Andy Zaltzman - Andy Zaltzman versus the Dog of Doom, with John Oliver
Cambridge Footlights - Far too Happy, with Edward Jaspers, Tim Key, Day Macaskill, James Morris, Mark Watson and Sophie Winkleman
Danny Bhoy
2002 The Consultants - Finger in the Wind Hal Cruttenden
Natalie Haynes
Reginald D. Hunter
2003 Gary Le StrangePolaroid Suitcase Alex Horne - Making Fish Laugh with Tim Key
Michael McIntyre
Miles Jupp - Gentlemen Prefer Brogues
2004 Wil Hodgson - The Passion Of The Hodgson Alun Cochrane - My Favourite Words in My Favourite Stories
Joanna Neary - Joanna Neary is not feeling herself

Sabotage: In Fine Form, aka Shenoah Allen and Mark Shavez

2005 Tim Minchin - Dark Side Charlie Pickering - Betterman
Mark Watson - 50 years before I die
Rhod Gilbert - Rhod Gilbert's 1984
Toulson and Harvey, aka Stephen Harvey and Luke Toulson
2006 Josie Long - Kindness & Exuberance Fat Tongue with Sophie Black, Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri Burns
God's Pottery - Concert for Lavert
Russell Kane - Russell Kane's Theory of Pretension
2007 Tom Basden - Won't Say Anything Jon Richardson - Spatula Pad
Micky Flanagan - What Chance Change?
Zoe Lyons - Fight or Flight
2008 Sarah Millican - Sarah Millican's Not Nice Mike Wozniak
Pippa Evans
2009 Jonny SweetMostly About Arthur Carl Donnelly - Relax Everyone, It's Carl Donnelly!
Jack Whitehall - Nearly Rebellious
Kevin Bridges - An Hour to Sing for Your Soul
Pete Johansson - Naked Pictures of My Life
2010 Roisin ConatyHero, Warrior, Fireman, Liar An Audience with Imran Yusuf
Asher Treleaven – Secret Door
Gareth RichardsStand Up Between Songs
Late Night Gimp Fight!
The Boy With Tape on His Face
2011 Humphrey KerHumphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher Cariad LloydLady Cariad's Characters
The Chris and Paul Show
Hannibal BuressMy Name is Hannibal – The Hannibal Montanabal Experience
Josh WiddicombeIf This Show Changes One Life
Holly WalshHollycopter
Thom TuckThom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD
Totally Tom
2012 Daniel SimonsenChampions David TrentSpontaneous Comedian
Discover Ben Target
Joe LycettSome Lycett Hot
Sam Fletcher – Good on Paper
2013 John KearnsSight Gags For Perverts Aisling BeaC'est La Bea
Liam Williams
Matt OkineBeing Black & Chicken & S#%t
Romesh RanganathanRom Com
2014 Alex EdelmanMillennial Dane BaptisteCitizen Dane
Gein's Family GiftshopGein's Family Giftshop Volume 1
Lazy SusanExtreme Humans
Lucy BeaumontWe Can Twerk it Out
Steen RaskopoulosI'm Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business
2015 Sofie HagenBubblewrap Adam HessSalmon
Daphne – Daphne Do Edinburgh
Larry DeanOut Now!
John Henry FalleThe Story Beast
Tom BallardTaxis & Rainbows & Hatred
Tom ParryYellow T-Shirt
2016 Scott Gibson – Life After Death Bilal ZafarCakes
Brennan ReeceEverglow
Jayde Adams31
Michelle WolfSo Brave
Nath ValvoHappy Idiot
2017 Natalie Palamides - LAID Chris Washington - Dream Big (Within Reason)
Darren Harriott - Defiant
Ed Night - Anthem for Doomed Youth
Kwame Asante - Open Arms
Lauren Pattison - Lady Muck
Lucy Pearman - Maid of Cabbage
Rob Kemp - The Elvis Dead

Panel Prize[edit]

Panel Prize
Year Winner
2006 Mark Watson
2007 Arthur Smith
2008 All the performers
2009 Peter Buckley HillPeter Buckley Hill Free Fringe
2010 Bo Burnham
2011 The Wrestling - Max & Ivan
2012 The Boy With Tape On His FaceMore Tape
2013 Adrienne Truscott
2014 Funz and Gamez
2015 Karen Koren
2016 Iraq Out & Loud: Reading the Chilcot Report in Full
2017 N/A

See also[edit]


  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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