Breaking Down The British Comedy Awards

Jonathan Ross British Comedy Awards

The nominations for this year’s British Comedy Awards have been announced and, as is traditional, if you look hard enough you can find a twinkling gem of talent amidst the grey sludge of interchangeable panel games, banterrific sketch shows and sitcoms about being middle class in socially awkward scenarios.

There are two new categories this year, Best Internet Comedy Short and Best Comedy Moment, although as to what the latter entails and what ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ could possibly have to do with it remains unclear.

This year appears to be the year of Matt Berry, who appears in almost every category he could be shoehorned into. His sitcom ‘Toast of London’, with its small but devoted following, has garnered four nominations with a further nomination in the new Best Internet Comedy Short category for ‘Lone Wolf’ and, as if that wasn’t enough, he’s also been nominated a la Emo Phillips in the Best Breakthrough Comedy Artist for ‘House of Fools’, despite having been on British television screens for the better part of 15 years.

Speaking of small, devoted followings, Stewart Lee has made two, presumably begrudging, appearances; for ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’. Perhaps more excitingly, two of his Alternative Comedy Experience co-stars have joined him in the nominations with Isy Suttie and Bridget Christie joining Aisling Bea and the fantastically weird Nina Conti in the Best Television Female Comic category. With such a wealth of original talent this is the category that’s likely to cause the judges the most trouble when it comes to picking a winner.

You’ll be glad to hear that the public nominations for the people’s choice King or Queen of Comedy are still open. This is the only category open to voting by the general public and therefore the most dramatic by default. Will someone come along to take Jack Whitehall’s crown? Or has he appeared enough times in Room 101 to scoop the prize for the third year running? The tension is killing us all.

Here’s the list of nominations in full.

Best Comedy Panel Show
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Have I Got News For You
Would I Lie To You

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg

Best Sketch Show
Cardinal Burns
Harry & Paul’s Story of the Twos
Horrible Histories
Monty Python Live (Mostly) – One Down Five to Go

Best Sitcom
House of Fools
Moone Boy
The Trip to Italy
Toast Of London

Best Comedy Drama
Inside No. 9
The Wrong Mans

Best New Comedy Programme
Inside No. 9
Man Down
The Wrong Mans
Toast Of London

Best International Comedy Programme
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Modern Family

Best Comedy Film
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Inbetweeners 2
The Lego Movie

Best Internet Comedy Short
Brand New Morph
How To Make A Hit Pop Song
Matt Berry: Lone Wolf

Best Comedy Moment 2014
8 Out 10 Cats Does Countdown
Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos
Monty Python Live (mostly)
Toast of London
Would I Lie To You

Best Male TV Comic
David Mitchell
Lee Mack
Sean Lock
Stewart Lee

Best Female TV Comic
Aisling Bea
Bridget Christie
Isy Suttie
Nina Conti

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality
Adam Hills
Alan Carr
Ant & Dec
Graham Norton

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist
Harry Peacock
Joe Wilkinson
Matt Berry
Nick Helm

Best TV Comedy Actor
Harry Enfield
Matt Berry
Mathew Baynton
Paul Whitehouse

Best TV Comedy Actress
Doon Mackichan
Jessica Hynes
Katherine Parkinson
Zawe Ashton