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Saturday 18 February 2023

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer - Winners

On February 17th, during a star-studded ceremony presented by Tom Allen and televised live on Channel 4, The National Comedy Awards winners were announced.

Comedy and entertainment luminaries including Grayson Perry, Fiona Allen and Doon Mackichan from Smack the Pony, Katherine Ryan and Munya Chawawa, Bill Bailey, Jack Dee and Amelia Dimoldenberg, and Self Esteem presented the awards.

The public cast votes for major prizes in a range of categories that honor the world of comedy in all its manifestations, honoring both new and veteran British comic talent. Recent comedies, panel shows, written and unscripted comedies, as well as the funniest podcasters, were all competing for votes.

After Life took home a hattrick of awards, winning Best Scripted Comedy, Outstanding Comedy Actor for Ricky Gervais and Outstanding Supporting Role for Diane Morgan.

Chris and Rosie Ramsay's Shagged Married Annoyed won Best Comedy Podcast for the second consecutive year. Also for the second time, Katherine Ryan received the Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance and Taskmaster won Best Comedy Entertainment Show.

In the wake of the final series of Derry Girls, Saoirse Monica Jackson received the award for Best Comedy Actress and elsewhere Lee Mack was named Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performer.

Following a live fan vote during the ceremony, Joe Lycett won the Best Stand-Up Show Award for his show, Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Joe Lycett? How Do You Joe Lycett?

Joe Lycett was also awarded the Comedy Game Changer Award, receiving a standing ovation as he took to the stage to accept the gong from Sir Grayson Perry. In his tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech, Joe paid tribute to Liz Truss, Nadine Dorries and Hugo Boss, amongst others.

He said: "I've written some names of people I should thank… Liz Truss, couldn't do it without you, girl. Hugo Boss, I'd like to thank Hugo Boss for designing those lovely Nazi uniforms and then to the company Hugo Boss for their unending appetite to protect their intellectual copyright. To everyone on Twitter with a football logo as their profile picture for keeping me grounded. To Nadine Dorries for everything she's done for culture. To the BBC chairman Richard Sharp for that loan you gave me, thank you Richard. I was struggling when I started out and he kept me afloat. I'd like to dedicate this award to the Channel 4 lawyers who protected me throughout my career from myself. And with that in mind, I'd like to say Richard Sharp should stand down as the BBC chairman and that's not my opinion but the opinion of Channel 4 television. Thank you so much."

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer also saw video messages from Sir Eric Idle and Rhod Gilbert, who both spoke about their experiences of cancer.

The National Comedy Awards winners and nominees in full:

Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performer
Fern Brady (Taskmaster)
Sandi Toksvig (QI)
Judi Love (Taskmaster)
Katherine Ryan (Backstage with Katherine Ryan) - WINNER
Sarah Millican (Taskmaster)

Best Comedy Podcast
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell
Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey - WINNER
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Have A Word

Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performer
Greg Davies (Taskmaster)
Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett's Big Pride Party)
Munya Chawawa (Taskmaster)
Lee Mack (Would I Lie to You?) - WINNER
Alex Horne (Taskmaster)

Outstanding Comedy Actress
Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)
Saoirse Monica Jackson (Derry Girls) - WINNER
Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters)
Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)
Daisy May Cooper (Am I Being Unreasonable?)

Best Comedy Entertainment Show
The Graham Norton Show
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
Taskmaster - WINNER
The Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show

Outstanding Comedy Actor
Dylan Llewellyn (Big Boys)
Ricky Gervais (After Life) - WINNER
Joseph Gilgun (Brassic)
Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts)
Stephen Merchant (Outlaws)

Best Comedy Panel Show
Mock the Week
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - WINNER
Would I Lie to You?

Best Stand-Up Show
Sam Campbell: Comedy Show
Tim Key: Mulberry
Amy Gledhill: The Girl Before The Girl You Marry
Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Joe Lycett? How Do You Joe Lycett? - WINNER
Jordan Gray: Is It A Bird?

Outstanding Supporting Role
Jamie Lee O'Donnell (Derry Girls)
David Earl (After Life)
Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)
Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls)
Diane Morgan (After Life) - WINNER

Best Scripted Comedy
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
Derry Girls
After Life - WINNER

Comedy Game Changer Award
Joe Lycett

Impact in Comedy Award
Mo Gilligan

Comedy Breakthrough Star Awards
Susan Wokoma
Jordan Gray
Lenny Rush

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