Categories include 'Best Scripted Comedy Series', 'Best Stand Up Tour' and 'Best Comedy Podcast'
The results will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 15th December
Channel 4 has launched The National Comedy Awards, revealing a longlist featuring many TV shows and comedians.
Aiming to celebrate "the UK's most brilliant comedy content and creators", the new awards are being seen by some as a replacement for The British Comedy Awards, which ran from 1990 to 2014, with Channel 4 broadcasting the show from 2011.
Announced in [n=5904]August last year[/n] but delayed six months by the pandemic, the results of the new awards will be based purely on a public vote, and feature categories such as 'Best Scripted Comedy Series', 'Best Stand Up Tour' and 'Best Comedy Podcast'.
Channel 4 is linking the awards to its Stand Up To Cancer charity drive, with comedy fans encouraged to donate to help accelerate life-saving research.
Voting is now open on longlists across a range of categories, with shortlists set to be calculated and revealed in November. The winners will then be announced at a ceremony in December, which will be broadcast on Channel 4.
Producers confirm: "On 15th December 2021, The National Comedy Awards For Stand Up To Cancer will bring together the nation's best-loved comedians and comedy stars for a truly special night filled with laughter at the iconic Roundhouse, London."
Below are the longlists in full, with the voting system now live at thenationalcomedyawards.com. The eligibility window for stand-up award was any national tour with one or more performance between 1st October 2019 and 1st October 2021. All other categories - bar the Breakthrough Award, which had none - were based on an original broadcast/streaming release between 1st August 2020 and 1st October 2021.
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