National Comedy Awards launched by Channel 4

Tuesday 12th October 2021, 8:37am

  • Voting is now open for The National Comedy Awards, run by Channel 4:
  • 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
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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 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.

Best Comedy Entertainment Series

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

A League Of Their Own

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled

Big Zuu's Big Eats

Celebrity Juice

Channel Hopping With Jon Richardson

Comedy Game Night

Frankie Boyle's New World Order


Harry Hill's World Of TV

Have I Got News For You


Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club

Late Night Mash

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable

Mock The Week

Never Mind The Buzzcocks


Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains

Rob And Romesh Vs

Sorry, I Didn't Know


The Emily Atack Show

The Last Leg

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

The Ranganation

The Russell Howard Hour

The Stand Up Sketch Show

There's Something About Movies

Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure

Would I Lie To You?

Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance

Chizzy Akudolu (Sorry, I Didn't Know)

Daisy May Cooper (Taskmaster)

Donna Preston (Hey Tracey!)

Ellie Taylor (Late Night Mash)

Emily Atack (The Emily Atack Show)

Jennifer Saunders (There's Something About Movies)

Judi Love (Sorry, I Didn't Know)

Katherine Ryan (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Frankie Boyle's New World Order)

Liza Tarbuck (Comedy Game Night)

Lou Sanders (Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable)

Mel Giedroyc (Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable)

Rachel Parris (Late Night Mash)

Rosie Jones (Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure)

Sandi Toksvig (QI)

Sara Pascoe (Guessable)

Sophie Duker (Frankie Boyle's New World Order)

Sue Perkins (Comedy Game Night)

Suzi Ruffell (Yesterday, Today & The Day Before)

Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills (The Last Leg)

Alan Carr (There's Something About Movies)

Alex Brooker (The Last Leg)

Alex Horne (Taskmaster)

Dara O Briain (Mock The Week)

David Mitchell (Would I Lie To You?)

Frankie Boyle (Frankie Boyle's New World Order)

Greg Davies (Taskmaster)

Guz Khan (Comedy Game Night)

Hugh Dennis (Mock The Week)

Iain Stirling (Celebability)

Ian Hislop (Have I Got News For You)

James Acaster (Hypothetical)

Jimmy Akingbola (Sorry, I Didn't Know)

Jimmy Carr (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Jonathan Ross (Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club)

Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg)

Lee Mack (Would I Lie To You?)

Leigh Francis (Celebrity Juice)

Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster)

Mo Gilligan (The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan)

Nish Kumar (Late Night Mash)

Paul Merton (Have I Got News For You)

Rhod Gilbert (Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains)

Rob Beckett (Rob And Romesh Vs)

Rob Brydon (Would I Lie To You?)

Romesh Ranganathan (The Ranganation)

Russell Howard (The Russell Howard Hour)

Sean Lock (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, nominated posthumously)

Tom Allen (There's Something About Movies)

Best Scripted Comedy Series

Alma's Not Normal


Back To Life



Code 404

Dead Pixels


Feel Good

Frank Of Ireland


In The Long Run

Inside No. 9



King Gary


Meet The Richardsons


Not Going Out

Out Of Her Mind

Sex Education



Ted Lasso

The Cleaner

There She Goes

This Time With Alan Partridge

This Way Up

Truth Seekers


Two Weeks To Live

We Are Lady Parts

Outstanding Comedy Actress

Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Alexa Davies (Dead Pixels)

Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)

Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland)

Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)

Daisy Haggard (Back To Life)

Danielle Vitalis (Famalam)

Diane Morgan (Mandy)

Emma Mackey (Sex Education)

Esther Smith (Trying)

Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam)

Jane Horrocks (Bloods)

Jessica Hynes (There She Goes)

Katherine Ryan (The Duchess)

Laura Checkley (King Gary)

Lucy Beaumont (Meet The Richardson)

Mae Martin (Feel Good)

Maisie Williams (Two Weeks To Live.)

Rose Matafeo (StarStruck)

Sally Bretton (Not Going Out)

Sara Pascoe (Out Of Her Mind)

Sophie Willan (Alma's Not Normal)

Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Outstanding Comedy Actor

Asa Butterfield (Sex Education)

Brian Gleeson (Frank Of Ireland)

David Mitchell (Back)

David Tennant (Staged)

Greg Davies (The Cleaner)

Idris Elba (In The Long Run)

Jon Richardson (Meet The Richardsons)

Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts)

Lee Mack (Not Going Out)

Martin Freeman (Breeders)

Mathew Baynton (Ghosts)

Michael Sheen (Staged)

Nick Frost (Truth Seekers)

Nick Mohammed (Intelligence)

Nikesh Patel (StarStruck)

O-T Fagbenle (Maxxx)

Rafe Spall (Trying)

Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9)

Robert Webb (Back)

Samson Kayo (Famalam)

Stephen Graham (Code 404)

Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9)

Tom Davis (King Gary)

Tom Moutchi (Famalam)

Will Merrick (Dead Pixels)

Outstanding Supporting Role

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)

Bill Bailey (In The Long Run)

Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)

Cariad Lloyd (Out Of Her Mind)

Charlotte Ritchie (Feel Good)

Darren Boyd (Trying)

Diane Morgan (Motherland)

Domhnall Gleeson (Frank Of Ireland)

Emma D'Arcy (Truth Seekers)

Felicity Montagu (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)

Hugh Dennis (Not Going Out)

Indira Varma (This Way Up)

Jayde Adams (Alma's Not Normal)

Kadiff Kirwan (This Way Up)

Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)

Lorraine Ashbourne (Alma's Not Normal)

Lucy Punch (Motherland)

Madeline Appiah (In The Long Run)

Mawaan Rizwan (Two Weeks To Live)

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)

Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)

Phil Burgers (Feel Good)

Romesh Ranganathan (King Gary)

Samson Kayo (Truth Seekers)

Sarah Greene (Frank Of Ireland)

Sharon Horgan (This Way Up)

Sharon Rooney (Jerk)

Sian Clifford (Two Weeks To Live)

Siobhan Finneran (Alma's Not Normal)

Tim Key (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Tobias Menzies (This Way Up)

Best Stand Up Show

Alan Carr (Not Again, Alan)

Dane Baptiste (The Chocolate Chip)

David Baddiel (Trolls: Not The Dolls)

Eddie Izzard (Wunderbar)

Ellie Taylor (Don't Got This)

Emily Atack (Has Left The Group)

Flo & Joan (Before The Screaming Starts)

Frank Skinner (Showbiz)

Jack Dee (Off The Telly)

Jack Whitehall (Stood Up)

Jason Manford (Like Me)

Jenny Eclair (Sixty! (FFS!))

Jimmy Carr (Terribly Funny)

Joel Dommett (Unapologetic (If That's OK?))

John Bishop (Right Here, Right Now)

John Kearns (Double Take And Fade Away)

Jon Richardson (The Knitwit)

Josh Widdicombe (Bit Much)

Katherine Ryan (Missus)

Kerry Godliman (Bosh)

Lou Sanders (Say Hello To Your New Step Mummy)

Michael McIntyre (Big World Tour)

Mo Gilligan (There Mo To Life World Tour)

Olga Koch (Homecoming)

Rachel Parris (All Change Please)

Rob Beckett (Wallop)

Romesh Ranganathan (The Cynic's Mixtape)

Russell Howard (Respite)

Sarah Millican (Bobby Dazzler)

Shazia Mirza (Coconut!)

Simon Amstell (Spirit Hole)

Sindhu Vee (Sandhog)

Stewart Lee (Snowflake / Tornado)

Suzi Ruffell (Dance Like Everyone's Watching)

Phil Wang (Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang)

Ricky Gervais (Ricky Gervais: SuperNature)

Best Comedy Podcast

3 Shots Of Tequila
Alan Carr: Life's A Beach
Athletico Mince
Beef & Dairy Network Podcast
Birthday Girls' House Party
Dane Baptiste Questions Everything
Dear Joan and Jericha
Drunk Women Solving Crime
Evil Genius with Russell Kane
French & Saunders: Titting About
From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast
Hidden Ireland
I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha with Lee Mack and Neil Webster
Josh Berry's Fake News
Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything
Like Minded Friends with Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell
My Dad Wrote A Porno
My Therapist Ghosted Me
No Such Thing As A Fish
Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble
Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell
Shagged. Married. Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey
The Adam Buxton Podcast
The Bugle
The Guilty Feminist
The Kurupt FM Podcast
Wolf and Owl

The Comedy Breakthrough Award

Catherine Bohart

Chris McCausland

Desiree Burch

Donna Preston

Gbemisola Ikumelo

Jamali Maddix

Jimmy Akingbola

Joanne McNally

Judi Love

Kemah Bob

Lolly Adefope

London Hughes

Mawaan Rizwan

Munya Chawawa

Natasia Demetriou

Rose Matafeo

Rosie Jones

Samson Kayo

Sindhu Vee

Sophie Duker

Sophie Willan

Yung Filly

Voting is now open at

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