Midlands Comedy Awards 2019 results

Monday 30th December 2019, 2:33pm

Scott Bennett.

The winners of the Midlands Comedy Awards 2019 have been announced.

In a repeat of last year's result, Nottingham-based Scott Bennett was named Best Act, with Josh Pugh once again taking the runner-up spot. However, Pugh did win the Best Live Show award this year for Maybe The Real Comedy Awards Are The Friends We Make Along The Way.

All finalists and winners were chosen by promoters and performers from the Midlands comedy community.

The organisers say: "This year's biggest surprise came in the Best MC category, where relative newcomers Tommy Tomski and Chris Oxenbury were joint winners, pushing Barry Dodds and James Cook into the runners-up spot. Dodds had comfortably taken the prize for top compere in the previous four years.

The Alternative Act category also had joint winners. Sketch duo Good Kids (Kieran Ahern and Tom Dowling) shared the honours with character comedian Donald Mackerel (perhaps best known for his Mr Badger and Mr Penguin onstage personas).

Other winners included Lovell Smith, Douglas Carter and Jack Kirwan.

In the venues section, for the third year in a row Birmingham's Glee Club won Best Comedy Club, while the Best Small Club gong went to Ofton Funny in Alfreton.

The awards were once again organised by Birmingham-based comic Jay Shareef - who previously performed under the stage name of Jay Islaam. He says: "I'd like to congratulate all of the finalists and the winners. This is the sixth time we've run these awards, and it's great to see that the regional comedy community continues to recognise brand new talent every year. In addition to our skilled veterans, a lot of rising stars of the local scene are also starting to make their mark and that's reflected in the list of nominees."

The full results are below...

Best Act

Scott Bennett.

Scott Bennett

Second place: Josh Pugh
Third place: Good Kids

Best MC

Chris Oxenbury.

Chris Oxenbury


Tommy Wager.

Tommy Tomski

Third place: Barry Dodds and James Cook

Rising Star

Douglas Carter.

Douglas Carter

Second place: Celya AB
Third place: Mary Flanigan

Best New Act

Lovell Smith.

Lovell Smith

Second place: Tal Davies
Third place: Hannah Weetman

Alternative Act

Good Kids. Image shows from L to R: Tom Dowling, Kieran Ahern.

Good Kids


Donald Mackerel.

Donald Mackerel

Third place: Roger Swift

Live Show

Josh Pugh.

Josh Pugh

Second place: The Parapod Live and Thomas Green

Online Comedy

Jack Kirwan.

Jack Kirwan

Second place: Katy Trev
Third place: Josh Pugh

Best Comedy Club

The Glee Club (Birmingham)

Second place: NCF comedy
Third place: Funhouse Comedy

Best Small Club

Ofton Funny

Second place: Cherrybomb Comedy, The Kamikaze Club and The Holly Bush

Best Open Mic Show

Useful Idiot

Second place: The Holly Bush
Third place: NCF £1 Night

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