National Comedy Awards 2021 shortlist

Monday 15th November 2021, 12:05pm

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The shortlists for the National Comedy Awards 2021 have been revealed.

Sex Education leads the shortlist with five nods; whilst Ghosts has four nominations. Mo Gilligan, Katherine Ryan and Rosie Jones are each shortlisted in two individual categories; whilst the late Sean Lock is shortlisted in the Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance category.

The new awards, run by Channel 4 in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, are voted for by the public and "honour both emerging and established British comedy talent".

The nominees are derived from the votes from the public's choices from the longlist, which was available to vote on in October. Voting on the shortlist is now active at until Monday 13th December.

The winners will be announced at "a glitzy ceremony" at the Camden Roundhouse in London on December 15th, with the ceremony then airing on Channel 4.

Channel 4 says: "The categories honour the genre in all its forms with nods to fan-favourites across recent scripted and unscripted comedy, live shows, and the latest, podcast jokers all vying for votes."

The nominees are:

Best Scripted Comedy

Sex Education


This Way Up


Outstanding Comedy Actress

Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)

Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)

Emma Mackey (Sex Education)

Outstanding Comedy Actor

Greg Davies (The Cleaner)

Asa Butterfield (Sex Education)

Lee Mack (Not Going Out)

Matthew Baynton (Ghosts)

Outstanding Supporting Role

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)

Diane Morgan (Motherland)

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)

Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)

Best Comedy Entertainment Show


Rob And Romesh Vs

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Would I Lie To You?

Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance

Daisy May Cooper (Taskmaster)

Rosie Jones (Trip Hazard)

Katherine Ryan (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Sandi Toksvig (QI)

Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance

Mo Gilligan (The Lateish Show)

Sean Lock (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster)

James Acaster (Hypothetical)

Best Comedy Podcast

Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble

My Therapist Ghosted Me

Shagged Married Annoyed

Rob Beckett & Josh Widdecombe's Parenting Hell

Best Stand-Up Show

Sarah Millican

Ricky Gervais

Katherine Ryan

Mo Gilligan

Jason Manford

Comedy Breakthrough Performer

Judi Love

Joanne McNally

Munya Chawawa

Rosie Jones

Rose Matafeo

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