Malcolm Hardee Awards 2016 shortlist

Malcolm Hardee Awards

The nomineesfor the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards 2016 have been announced. The awards, which were set up in 2005 in honour of the late comedian, aim to recognise originality at the Edinburgh Fringe.

In recent years the organisers also attempt to name the comedian most likely to make a million pounds. In 2012, the winner of this category was a then relatively unknown Trevor Noah, the comic who is now the host of The Daily Show.

Comic Originality

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel. Paul Vickers


A character comedy act created by Paul Vickers.

Arthur Smith

The Arturart Museum of Socks

Arthur Smith has created "a unique exhibition telling the little known but inspirational story of socks." It can be found in the Pleasance Dome.

Foxdog Studios. Image shows from L to R: Lloyd Henning, Peter Sutton

Foxdog Studios

The Foxdog Studios late night show blends comedy and technology together in ways that are hard to describe. Audience members can create avatars on their phone and then play along in an interactive adventure game.

Come Look At The Baby

Come Look at The Baby

As the title suggests this show is just a baby, which people can look at. The brochure description says "An actual baby, just... doing what a baby does."

Cunning Stunt

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

For his socks-based exhibition.

Molotov Cocktail Party. Becky Fury. Copyright: Open Mike Productions

Becky Fury

Becky Fury has put her flyer on Tinder. Additionally, it features the phrase "Last Minute Comedy finalist"... which may look like a reference to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and their new sponsors, but is more likely linked to the small comedy club in Hertfordshire.

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do. Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd had one of the most talked about shows last year, resulting in long queues. This year he has booked himself into an even smaller room, leading to even longer queues.

Most Likely To Make A Million Quid

Foxdog Studios. Image shows from L to R: Lloyd Henning, Peter Sutton

Foxdog Studios

Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton, the stars of this show, certainly know how to program computers.

Al Porter: At Large. Al Porter

Al Porter

Irish comedian Al Porter looks set to be a slick TV star.

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith's socks

Could Arthur's socks be snapped up by Saatchi and become a modern art masterpiece valued in millions?

The winners will be announced as part of a Malcolm Hardee Awards show at Gillie Dhu on Friday 26th at 11.55pm. Entry is free.

The judges are John Fleming, Claire Smith, Kate Copstick, Marissa Burgess, Jay Richardson and Bruce Dessau.

To find out more about the history of the awards visit

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