Stand-up comedy website Chortle has revealed the nominees for its annual awards.
The nomination shortlist for the Chortle Awards, which focus on the stand-up comedy market, is arrived at by a panel of journalists. Voting is now open for the publicly decided categories. The results will be revealed on Tuesday 20th March.
Comedian Adam Riches (pictured), who picked up the prestigious Best Show title at the 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, leads the shortlist with nominations in three categories: Breathrough Act, Character or Sketch Act, and Best Show.
For the first time, the website is awarding separate prizes for radio and television comedies. Nominees in the TV category are Charlie Brooker, Channel 4's Fresh Meat, kids' sketch show Sorry, I've Got No Head and stand-up series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.
In 2011, winners included The Boy With Tape On His Face as best Breakthrough Act, Stewart Lee: If You Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One for best Stand-Up DVD, and British Comedy Guide's Richard Herring podcast As It Occurs To Me in the 'Internet' category.
The full list of nominees in the main body of this year's awards is as follows:
Character or Sketch Act
Variety and Music
Kunt & The Gang
New Art Club
Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation
Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah
Jerry Seinfeld's European tour
Mark Thomas: Walking The Wall
Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies
The website also awards prizes for the best comedy venue in various regions across the UK, voting for which is available here