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 thenationalcomedyawards.com 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
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Outstanding Supporting Role
Best Comedy Entertainment Show
Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance
Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance
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
Comedy Breakthrough Performer
Vote at thenationalcomedyawards.com