Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 nominations
The nominees for the 2012 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award have been announced. Below is the list, with a guide to each show - including the programme description written by the comedian. The nominees for the main award are first, followed by the Best Newcomer nominations.
Nica Burns, the organiser of the awards, says: "The nominees sum up an extraordinarily inventive year for comedy at this year's Fringe. The shows demonstrate all the comedic art forms: stand-up, mime, sketch and multi-media experimentation. The performers are all immensely charismatic and often thought-provoking whilst being extremely funny. Two excellent nomination lists."
Click on any listing to see all the reviews for that show.
Best Comedy Show
Doctor Brown - Befrdfgth
"Rapidly becoming an international comedy sensation, 2011 Total Theatre Award nominee Doctor Brown returns with a brand new hour of absurd visual humour."
Tony Law - Maximum Nonsense
"A kind of comedy show about the meaning of life. Or not. Bloody award-winning! This year featuring cliché. Mrtonylaw is a way of doing comedy but is it proper? No. Award winning! Loads of stars!"
Josie Long - Romance and Adventure
"Josie Long returns to the Pleasance following last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show. The Guardian said 'strikes an adroit balance between fun, moral outrage and indignant mockery of our hideous powers-that be'. What will this year bring?"
Claudia O'Doherty - The Telescope
"No more jokes. No more laughter. Everyone is changed once they look into The Telescope. Please join Claudia O'Doherty for her first foray into confronting, upsetting theatre. This show will not be funny."
Pappy's - Last Show Ever!
"Pappy's return with a brand new show full of sketches, songs and silliness! But is this really the end for 'the funniest sketch troupe on the fringe'? (Scotsman). After appearances on Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC3, five hit Edinburgh shows, three national tours and two award-winning podcasts, are they finally throwing in the towel?"
Sam Fletcher - Good On Paper
"Right - so here's my first proper thing on the Fringe. I will be delivering a handsome collection of uplifting, charming drivel involving jokes, drawings, conjuring, a song about shoes, etc."
Joe Lycett - Some Lycett Hot
"Multi-award-winning comedian Joe Lycett brings his highly anticipated debut to the Fringe. Charmingly funny, Joe is 'One of the strongest emerging comedy talents we've seen in a long time' (TimeOut)."
Daniel Simonsen - Champions
"So You Think You're Funny? winner Daniel Simonsen brings his debut show, Champions, to the Edinburgh Fringe and with it the tales of awkwardness that litters his life."
Ben Target - Discover Ben Target
"The words 'genius', 'unique' and 'the best' are often misused. Ben Target is a comedian. He will be with you for 53 minutes. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2011."
David Trent - Spontaneous Comedian
"David Trent has a computer and a projector, which he uses to make phenomenal comedy. He was in the 2011 Barbican New Act of the Year final. He did not win it. This is his Edinburgh debut. It will blow your mind. He wrote this himself."
The judging panel this year is Lindsay Hughes (Baby Cow Productions), Ben Boyer (Sky), Oscar Cainer (competition winner), Bruce Dessau (Evening Standard), Lyndsay Fenner (BBC Radio), Paul MacInnes (The Guardian), Dominic Maxwell (The Times), Sophie Stubbs (competition winner), Emma Watkins (competition winner) and Ben Williams (Time Out).
The winners will be announced at 2pm on Saturday 25th August.
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Anna Lowman gives her thoughts on the nominees for the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012: Read
To celebrate the Edinburgh Festival, Mark Steel visits the city's infamous suburb - Leith. See the show: Watch
Podcast in which Mat Ricardo talks to three Edinburgh Fringe acts who started as street performers. Listen
Tim FitzHigham discusses 'gonzo journalism comedy' and how story-led shows risk having no ending. Read
The organisers of late night gig Spank! has been recording some of the shows. See the videos here. Watch
An interview with comedy blues band Jonny and the Baptists. They talk about the 'song a day' project. Read
In his latest Fringe podcast, Richard Herring talks to Michael Legge. With stand-up from Jarlath Regan. Listen
Big Cook, Little Cook star Dan Wright talks about how he used to be obsessed with Michael Jackson. Read
The shortlist for the Malcolm Hardee Awards 2012. Read how 'Heart attacks' almost got nominated. Read
The funniest jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe have been announced. This year's winner is Stewart Francis. Read
Nine up-and-coming comedians are preparing for the So You Think You're Funny? 2012 grand final. Read
Interview with Sam Fletcher, who has a very unique way of getting audiences to come to his Fringe show. Read
A special episode of the political panel show podcast, recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Listen
Alexis Dubus, who performs as Marcel Lucont, has won the Amused Moose Laughter Award 2012. Read
Some video clips from the BBC's eight hour live red button broadcast from the Edinburgh Fringe. Watch
We sent Michael Park to sit down with three sixths of the purveyors of sketch tragedy Casual Violence. Read
Felicity Ward starts off writing an article about her Fringe experience, but ends up writing about writing. Read
Interview with songwriter and comedian Lara A King who brings her show and a 1976 VW to Edinburgh. Read
An in-depth interview with Nick Helm. He talks about his Edinburgh show, his recent TV work and more. Read
Mat Ricardo interviews comedy reviewer Kate Copstick, then talks to professor Richard Wiseman. Listen
It's official:this year's Edinburgh Fringe is suffering from lower ticket sales compared to last year. Read
Promoter Harry Deansway argues that the BBC's presence at the Edinburgh Fringe is a negative thing. Read
Joel Dommett talks us through the importance of having a nap whilst you're at the Fringe festival. Read
Sketch duo Totally Tom suggest 10 things you should consider doing at the Edinburgh Festival. Read
Comedy group The Noise Next Door are completing a 24 hour improv challenge around Edinburgh. Read
Alex Horne is back at the Edinburgh Fringe presenting The Horne Section. He answers a few questions. Read
A chat with double-act Bob & Jim. They talk about their Edinburgh show, their double-act dynamic, and more. Read
Richard Herring offers his thoughts on the subject of smaller audiences at this year's Fringe festival. Read
Australian comics Michael Workman and Tommy Little blog about their time at the Edinburgh Festival. Read
A video in which some of the comedy acts at the Fringe reveal their pre-show rituals and superstitions. Watch
In Edinburgh? Play our game by locating the rare posters with the faces of Nick Doody and Ben Target. Read