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:
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, 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.
Aside from No More Jockeys, Tim Key was also selected for writing his book which chronicled his battles with lockdown.
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
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.
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."
Comedian Alistair Green was recognised for his online videos.
Isolation Song Contest
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 picked up an award for her online gig format Gigless, "which has fostered a strong sense of a community among its regular audience".
Comedian Toussaint Douglass was chosen for the "daft sketches" he'd uploaded online.
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.