Steve Coogan, who has worked on a myriad of shows and is most notable for his Alan Partridge character, will pick up the award for Outstanding Achievement tomorrow.
He said: "I can honestly say I am almost humbled by having my modest contribution to the world of comedy be pronounced 'Outstanding'. Over the last 25 years I have worked with many wonderful people and a few bastards. Of the many epithets I have received; cutting edge, acerbic, incisive, one trick pony, visionary and 'depressingly popular' (Time Out), Outstanding is perhaps the most flattering.
"Of all the accolades I have received the most gratifying is undoubtedly Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival and then probably this one. Although I don't pay enough attention to the comedy zeitgeist, preferring instead to watch reruns of Nazi-Hunters on the Military channel, it is never the less an honour to be recognised among my peers. I can only hope that one day my epitaph will read 'Here lies Alan Partridge AKA Steve Coogan'. God bless you all."
Also attending the ceremony tomorrow to pick up a special award will be Anchorman star Will Ferrell, who will take home the International Achievement award.
The American star says: "I'd love to say how honoured and thrilled I am to be receiving this award; I'd love to say how honoured I am to be held in such high regard by the British comedy community but, at this juncture, I think it would be more prudent to say: no comment."
Coogan, Whitehouse and Ferrell will all be present to receive their awards during the main ceremony, broadcast live on Channel 4 tomorrow (Thursday 12th December) from 9pm.
The winners of the Panel Show, Acting, Entertainment Programme, Sketch Show, Sitcom, TV Comic, Entertainment Personality, Breakthrough Artist and the public-voted King or Queen of Comedy categories will be revealed during the programme. Nominees include Lee Mack, David Mitchell and Sarah Millican.