Chortle Awards names Legends Of Lockdown

Sunday 28th March 2021, 5:18pm

Image shows from L to R: Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris.

The winners of the Chortle Awards 2021 have been announced. With almost no live comedy gigs in 2020, the website this year asked its readers to name their 'legends of lockdown' instead of voting in its usual award categories.

The winners are:

Fergus Craig

Readers selected Fergus Craig for his online content, including his videos as character Martin Fishback.

Live At The Covid Arms

Online comedy format Live At The Covid Arms has raised £137,000 for food bank charity The Trussell Trust. Host Kiri Pritchard-McLean accepted the trophy:

Mark Watson

Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne's online show No More Jockeys was picked out as a highlight by readers. Watson was also praised for his 24-hour online gigs, and spearheading a series of drive-in gigs.

Alex Horne

Taskmaster creator Alex Horne's 'home tasking' challenges were much appreciated by Chortle's readers.

Tim Key

Aside from No More Jockeys, Tim Key was also selected for writing his book which chronicled his battles with lockdown.

John Robertson

John Robertson's Robbotron Twitch stream was described by one reader as keeping her family sane and giving them "an immense accounts of joy".

Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris

Married comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris created Tuesday Night Club, hosted by Always Be Comedy.

Richard Herring

Readers selected Richard Herring for the wide range of free content he released online during lockdown.

Robin Ince and the Cosmic Shambles Network

"An incredibly prolific and varied range of content over the year" resulted in Robin Ince and the Cosmic Shambles Network collecting an award.

Stevie Martin

Chortle says of Stevie Martin: "Already a live favourite, the comic has upped her game during the shut-in, with video sketches made with Lola-Rose Maxwell, her improvised Book Club, podcasts and social media feeds all providing priceless entertainment."

Alistair Green

Comedian Alistair Green was recognised for his online videos.

Isolation Song Contest

Isolation Song Contest, the online alternative to the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest, organised by Tom Taylor, raised over £38,000 for charity.

Janey Godley

Janey Godley was picked for her social media activity, particularly her re-voicing of Nicola Sturgeon's Covid briefings.

Mark Olver

Stand-up comedian Mark Olver picked up a trophy for his Belly Laughs charity gig and presenting online panel show Who Said That?.

Jazz Emu

Chortle notes Archie Henderson, who makes videos as Jazz Emu, produced "a prodigious output of inventive, witty and trippily surreal music videos on YouTube and Twitter over the past year."

Catherine Bohart

Catherine Bohart picked up an award for her online gig format Gigless, "which has fostered a strong sense of a community among its regular audience".

Toussaint Douglass

Comedian Toussaint Douglass was chosen for the "daft sketches" he'd uploaded online.


Web series Petrichor, created by Will Farrell and Ben Rowse, and starring Alexander Owen and Adam Drake, was picked out by readers.

Rob Sedgebeer

Wifi Wars co-host Rob Sedgebeer was awarded a prize for "being the tech king of comedy."

Munya Chawawa

Comedian Munya Chawawa was one of the breakout stars of lockdown, thanks to the characters he performing on Instagram and YouTube.

The Warren, Brighton

Brighton-based The Warren erected an outdoor, socially-distanced venue on the beach, next to Brighton Pier.
Venue directors Nicky Haydn, Tom Arr-Jones and Josh Carr accepted the award:

Sam Bryant, from sponsors Audible, says: "Defying all the problems of lockdown, creative people have been doing brilliant work to keep the country entertained at a time when it's most needed, and they deserve recognition and support."

The Chortle awards page includes readers' quotes of praise for each winner.

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