Chortle Awards 2020 winners

Wednesday 18th March 2020, 4:13pm


The results of the awards run by comedy website Chortle have been revealed, with Jessica Fostekew winning two of the main prizes.

More than 6,000 comedy fans took part in a poll to determine the winners, based on a shortlist drawn up by an industry panel.

The winners are as follows.

Best Show

Jessica Fostekew. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Other nominees: Catherine Cohen (The Twist...? She's Gorgeous), Jonny Pelham (Off Limits), Jordan Brookes (I've Got Nothing) and Max & Ivan (Commitment).

Club Comedian

Zoe Lyons.

Zoe Lyons

Other nominees: Adam Rowe, Larry Dean, Tanyalee Davis and Tez Ilyas.

TV Comedian

Crackanory. Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Bob Mortimer

Other nominees: Greg Davies, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Tom Allen.

Best Newcomer

Brodi Snook.

Brodi Snook

Other nominees: Charlie George, David Eagle, Patrick Spicer and Toussaint Douglass.

Breakthrough Act

Jessica Fostekew.

Jessica Fostekew

Other nominees: Janine Harouni, Jonny Pelham and London Hughes.

Character, Improv and Sketch Award

The Delightful Sausage. Image shows from L to R: Chris Cantrill, Amy Gledhill.

The Delightful Sausage

Other nominees: Colin Hoult (as Anna Mann), Goodbear, Jack Tucker and Tarot.

Music And Variety Act

Image shows from L to R: Nicola Dempsey, Rosie Dempsey.

Flo & Joan

Other nominees: Catherine Cohen, Jonny & The Baptists, Joz Norris and Spencer Jones (for 50 Minute Disco Experiment).

Best Compere

Comedy Central Live. Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean

Other nominees: Dan Nightingale, Ian Smith, Mick Ferry and Rich Wilson.

Best Theatre/Arena Tour

Rhod Gilbert.

Rhod Gilbert: Book Of John

Other nominees: Ben Elton, Frank Skinner (Showbiz), Hannah Gadsby (Douglas) and Stewart Lee (Snowflake/Tornado).

TV Award

Fleabag. Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Copyright: Two Brothers Pictures.

Fleabag

Other nominees: Cunk & Other Humans On 2019, Derry Girls, Harry Hill's ClubNite and A Year In The Life Of A Year.

Radio Award

Dead Ringers. Image shows from L to R: Lewis Macleod, Debra Stephenson, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey. Copyright: BBC. Mark Steel's In Town. Mark Steel. Copyright: BBC.

Dead Ringers and Mark Steel's In Town

Chortle explains: "Dead Ringers and Mark Steel's In Town both win after receiving exactly the same number of votes from the more than 6,000 people who had their say."

Other nominees: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, Kevin Eldon Will See You Now and The Skewer.

Book Award

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy. Lenny Henry. Copyright: Douglas Road.

Who Am I Again? by Lenny Henry

Other nominees: Happiness And Tears: The Ken Dodd Story by Louis Barfe and Son Of A Silverback by Russell Kane.

Internet Award

Michael Spicer for The Room Next Door

Other nominees: Do The Right Thing, Inside the Comedian, Off Menu podcast with James Acaster and Ed Gamble and 100 Reasons To Hate... with Ian Smith.

Comedians' Comedian

Zach Zucker. Copyright: Dylan Woodley.

Zach Zucker as Jack Tucker

Offstage Contribution

Bríd Kirby

Bríd Kirby runs Fight In The Dog productions and is head of comedy for the Vault festival, which Chortle explains "has become an increasingly important part of the capital's arts scene."

Venue Awards

Best venue

LONDON: The Bill Murray
THE NORTH: Hot Water, Liverpool
THE SOUTH: Brighton Komedia
MIDLANDS & EAST: Birmingham Glee
SCOTLAND: Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh
WALES: Cardiff Glee

Best comedy night

LONDON: 99 Club at Ku Bar
THE NORTH: XS Malarkey, Manchester
THE SOUTH: Goat Comedy, Hove
MIDLANDS & EAST: The Jericho, Oxford
SCOTLAND: Red Raw, Glasgow Stand
WALES: Not awarded (too few votes)

Best themed comedy night

LONDON: Stamptown, an anarchic alternative night at the Moth Club
THE NORTH: Barking Tales at the Zombie Shack, Manchester, which has a focus on mental health
THE SOUTH: Bent Double, an LGBT night at Brighton Komedia
MIDLANDS & EAST: Comedy Carousel at Birmingham Glee
SCOTLAND: Insufficient votes
WALES: Insufficient votes

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