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Stand-up and be counted! Vote in the 2014 Chortle Comedy Awards

Posted at 5:30 pm, March 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Harry Hill

Yes yes, the British Comedy Awards highlight stuff that’s been on telly, and the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards pick the best shows from the Edinburgh Fringe. But with hundreds of stand-up nights getting you laughing each week, where are the awards for live comedy? Oh, they’re called the Chortle Awards? Our mistake.

Run by internet comedy bible Chortle, these gongs are practically the Oscars for jobbing circuit comedians. This year’s nominees are an impressive bunch, with YouTube whizzkid-turned-brilliant stand-up Bo Burnham and extreme absurdist comic John Kearns leading the nominations. Plus there are household name stand-ups – like Harry Hill, Micky Flanagan, Louis CK and Russell Brand – all up for awards too. Ben Williams

‘But who decides the winners?’ we hear you shout (quite aggressively, too – please don’t do that). You do! So take a look at the full list of nominees below, and get your vote in here before March 4:

Best newcomer
Jonny Pelham
Pierre Novellie
Sofie Hagen
Tim Renkow

Breakthrough Act, sponsored by Time Out
John Kearns
Katherine Ryan
Romesh Ranganathan
Sara Pascoe

Club comic
Ed Gamble
Elis James
Felicity Ward
Paul Sinha

Best Compere
Barry Ferns
Ed Gamble
Joe Heenan
Ray Peacock

Character, improv or sketch act
Brian Gittins
John Kearns
Marcel Lucont

Music and variety award
Bo Burnham
The Horne Section
Noise Next Door
Rachel Parris

Best show
Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her
John Kearns: Sight Gags For Perverts
Louis CK
Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent

Best tour
Barry Humphries: Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour
Bo Burnham: What
Harry Hill: Sausage Time
Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game

Best DVD
The Alternative Comedy Experience
Bo Burnham: What
Russell Brand: Messiah Complex
Simon Amstell: Live At The BBC

TV Award
Alternative Comedy Experience
Fresh Meat
Toast Of London

Radio Award
Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro
Bridget Christie Minds The Gap
Mark Steel’s In Town
Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies

Internet Award
Alex Horne Breaks The News
Comedians’ Comedian podcast
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

For more info and to book tickets, see chortle.co.uk

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