Chortle Awards

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. 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: Sofie Hagen (nominees: Jonny Pelham, Pierre Novellie, Tim Renkow)
  • Best Compere: Ed Gamble (nominees: Barry Ferns, Joe Henan, Ray Peacock)
  • Breakthrough act, sponsored by Time Out: Sara Pascoe (nominees: John Kearns, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan
  • Club comic: Paul Sinha (nominees: Ed Gamble, Elis James, Felicity Ward)
  • Character, improv or sketch act: Austentatious (nominees: Brian Gittins, John Kearns, Marcel Lucont)
  • Music and variety award: The Horne Section (nominees: Bo Burnham, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris)
  • Internet Award: Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (nominees: Alex Horne Breaks The News, Stuart Goldsmith for The Comedians’ Comedian podcast, Netflix)
  • Best DVD: Simon Amstell: Live At The BBC (nominees: The Alternative Comedy Experience, Bo Burnham: What, Russell Brand: Messiah Complex)
  • Best show: Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her (nominees: John Kearns: Sight Gags For Perverts, Louis CK, Mark Thomas: 100 Acts Of Minor Dissent)
  • Industry Award: Chris Evans from Go Faster Stripe
  • Best tour: Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game (nominees: Barry Humphries: Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour; Bo Burnham: What; Harry Hill: Sausage Time)
  • Radio Award: Bridget Christie Minds The Gap (nominees: Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro; Mark Steel's In Town; Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies)
  • TV Award: Fresh Meat (nominees: The Alternative Comedy Experience, Badults, Toast Of London)
  • Venue awards: Scotland: Edinburgh Stand, The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester, Wales and the West: Cardiff Glee Club, Midlands and the East: Birmingham Glee Club, The South: Brighton Komedia, London large venue: Soho Theatre, London club: 99 Club Leicester Square


  • Best newcomer: Gein’s Family Gift Shop (Nominees: Alex Edelman, Dane Baptiste, Phil Jerrod and Steen Raskopoulos)
  • Breakthrough act: James Acaster, Nominees: Luisa Omielan, Nish Kumar and Phil Ellis)
  • Club comic: Katherine Ryan (Nominees: Carl Donnelly, Jeff Innocent and Martin Mor)
  • Best compere: John Robins (Nominees: Ed Gamble, Mark Olver, Nish Kumar and Zoe Lyons)
  • Music and Variety award: Nick Helm (Nominees: Jess Robinson and Kirsty Newton for Jess Robinson: Mighty Voice, Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho, and Nick Mohammed for Dracula! (Mr Swallow: The Musical) )
  • Character, improv or sketch act: Marcel Lucont (Nominees: Funz And Gamez, Gein’s Family Gift Shop, and Steen Raskopoulos)
  • Best show: James Acaster: Recognise (Nominees: Funz And Gamez, Kim Noble: You Are Not Alone, Luisa Omeilan: Am I Right Ladies? and Simon Amstell: To Be Free)
  • Best tour: Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her/An Ungrateful Woman double bill (Nominees: Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes; Mark Thomas:Cuckooed and Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model)
  • Internet Award: QI’s No Such Thing As A Fish (Nominees: Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, and The Political Party with Matt Forde)
  • Radio Award: Bridget Christie Minds The Gap (Nominees: Elis James & John Robins on XFM; Susan Calman is Convicted and Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe)
  • TV Award, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices: Inside No 9 (Nominees: Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos, Toast Of London and Uncle)
  • Award For Innovation: Alex Horne for Monsieur Butterfly (Nominees: Funz And Gamez; Kim Noble for You’re Not Alone)
  • Best DVD: Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle Series 3 (Nominees: Harry Hill for Sausage Time; Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five To Go; and The Trip to Italy)
  • Book Award: Ayoade on Ayoade (Nominees: Hopeful by Omid Djalili, My Prefect Cousin: A Biography of Paul Hamilton by Kevin Eldon and Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal)
  • Venue Awards: Best large club:99 Club Leicester Square; Best small club: Angel Comedy Club; Best club night: Bent Double, Brighton
  • Event of the year: The Monty Python reunion gigs at the O2 Arena


  • 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


  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.
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