The winners of The Comedians' Choice Awards 2022, the Edinburgh Fringe awards voted on by comedy performers, have been announced.
Copland, who has been performing his show at The Banshee Labyrinth at 6:05pm across the festival, was surprised on stage at the end of his performance with the trophy.
In a nod to how his show is not conventional, Copland supplied this simple statement when asked about how he felt to win: "\m/".
The following shows were also shortlisted, having gained a notable number of votes from the comedians taking part in the online poll:
Gray has been performing in Jordan Gray: Is It a Bird? at Assembly George Square Theatre at 10:25pm each night.
Sharing the news on social media, Gray said: "This means EVERYTHING to me."
Willis is the managing director of show production company Objectively Funny. The company also produces and distributes the Small Book on Mental Health at the festival, to support performers.
He says: "It is a massive honour to win an award like this, one that's voted for by people involved in shows here. It means the world to be recognised by a community that I care so dearly about, and I'm incredibly grateful. That being said, it cannot go unmentioned that in the history of this particular award the winner has always been a man. That fact speaks both of the demographics of the voters but also of what we actually see from behind the scenes. For an industry that is historically male-dominated onstage, there is a vast array of brilliant women that have made so much work possible in so many ways - technicians, producers, agents, venue programmers and people that do whatever job needs doing with care and gusto. I would like to accept this award on behalf of the Objectively Funny team that has worked so hard to make excellent things happen at this festival: Ellie Brayne-Wyatt, Maddy Bye, Kathryn Higgins, Olivia Phipps and Lois Walshe."
The venue has also helped fund the creation of the trophies, which were custom designed for the competition by John Ward. David Hardcastle from the Museum says: "As always, the Comedians' Choice Awards have produced not just worthy winners but a fantastically talented and varied shortlist. We're looking forward to having as many as possible of them here at the Museum of Comedy for our Comedians' Choice showcase season in October."
As an additional bonus, streaming platform NextUp Comedy will be on hand at a number of the nights at the Museum Of Comedy to record the shows for posterity, with the performer receiving a revenue share from the platform.