The event, linked to the city's Slapstick Festival, celebrated 30 years since the launch of their award-winning TV series, French & Saunders.
Following a Q&A event with host Mel Giedroyc, the duo were presented with the prestigious Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award trophies. The organisers explain that the award is "an accolade for their phenomenal achievement as multi-award-winning writer/performers who not only pioneered a new wave of comedy but influenced whole generations of artists that followed".
Each year, Aardman make a version of the studio's famous character Morph, re-styled to look like the winner. As seen in the pictures below, French & Saunders each received a trophy featuring Morph in their likeness.
The videos from Hart and Lumley are now available to watch online:
French and Saunders were also joined on stage by previous winner June Whitfield.
Organisers say: "It was an amazing night. There was a great standing ovation for Dawn & Jen as they collected their awards and the whole house rose to its feet with a roar of approval and much clapping when the newly ennobled Dame June Whitfield walked on stage too!"