British Comedy Awards 2014 results

Tuesday 16th December 2014, 8:15pm

The British Comedy Awards. Jonathan Ross. Copyright: Unique Productions / CPL Productions.The British Comedy Awards 2014 have been handed out at a ceremony in Wembley, London, hosted by Jonathan Ross.

This year the awards were not broadcast live on television, but pre-recorded for transmission on Channel 4. They will be broadcast this Wednesday 17th December from 9pm.

Matt Berry's Toast Of London walked away with Best New Comedy, but lost out in the other categories it was nominated in. Graham Norton was one of the multiple winners, but Harry Enfield picked up the most trophies of the night, taking three awards.

Brendan O'Carroll picked up the Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Award; Monty Python were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award; whilst Jack Whitehall triumphed in the public vote to be crowned King of Comedy for the third year in a row.

The full nominees list is below, printed in the order the awards were handed out on the night (the order was changed on the TV broadcast), with the winners highlighted.

Best TV Comedy Actress

The IT Crowd. Jen (Katherine Parkinson). Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Doon Mackichan (for Toast Of London)

Jessica Hynes (for W1A)

Katherine Parkinson (for The IT Crowd Special) - Winner

Zawe Ashton (for Fresh Meat)

Parkinson said she really didn't expect to win, so didn't have a speech prepared. Instead she just thanked her husband, actor Harry Peacock (Toast Of London's Ray Purchase), and the sponsor, Lidl.

Best Male TV Comic

Would I Lie To You?. Lee Mack. Copyright: Zeppotron.

David Mitchell (for Would I Lie To You?)

Lee Mack (for Would I Lie To You?) - Winner

Sean Lock (for 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Stewart Lee (for Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle)

Mack was working so couldn't be at the awards, but he gave a funny acceptance speech from his dressing room via video link. It included promoting Aldi, the rivals of sponsor Lidl.

Best Sketch Show

Harry And Paul's Story Of The 2s. Image shows from L to R: Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse. Copyright: Balloon Pictures.

Cardinal Burns

Harry And Paul's Story Of The 2s - Winner

Horrible Histories

Monty Python Live

Harry Enfield accepted the award on behalf of the one-off sketch show, thanking lots and lots of people whilst talking in a posh voice. He particularly thanked his long-term partner 'Duckie Whitehouse'.

Best Female TV Comic

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Aisling Bea. Copyright: ITV Studios / Zeppotron.

Aisling Bea (for 8 Out Of 10 Cats) - Winner

Bridget Christie (for Have I Got News For You)

Isy Suttie (for Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled)

Nina Conti (for Live At The Apollo)

Aisling Bea described winning as "amazing". She pointed out she is pretty new to stand-up, and thanked all those on the circuit who have helped her in her career so far.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live. Image shows from L to R: Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment / Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.

Dara O Briain announced that this year this special award goes to Monty Python to recognise their decades of comedy work. None of the sketch troupe were present in the room however, leaving it to Michael Palin to say thank you via a video recorded on a mobile phone. Sam Holmes, the actor who appeared with them on stage at the O2 Arena, then took to the stage dressed as a doctor to read out a prepared comic speech written by the group.

Best TV Comedy Actor

Harry And Paul's Story Of The 2s. Harry Enfield. Copyright: Balloon Pictures.

Harry Enfield (for Harry & Paul's Story Of The 2s) - Winner

Matt Berry (for Toast Of London)

Mathew Baynton (for The Wrong Mans)

Paul Whitehouse (for Harry & Paul's Story Of The 2s)

Having already won once, you would have thought Enfield would have run out of thank yous, however this time he started jokingly thanking the country's politicians.

Best Comedy Drama

Rev.. Rev Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander). Copyright: Big Talk Productions.

Inside No. 9

Rev - Winner

The Wrong Mans


The producers and some of the cast took to the stage to accept the award. Executive Producer Kenton Allen said it was a surprise to win given the tough competition.

Best New Comedy Programme

Toast Of London. Steven Toast (Matt Berry). Copyright: Objective Productions.

Inside No. 9

Man Down

The Wrong Mans

Toast Of London - Winner

Co-presenter Joey Essex totally mangled his autocue speech whilst introducing this award, before pretty much the whole Toast Of London cast and crew took to the stage to accept the honour. Matt Berry said "I'm quite humbled because I didn't actually think anyone would watch this."

Clem Fandango and Danny Bear video

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

The Graham Norton Show. Graham Norton. Copyright: So Television.

Adam Hills (for The Last Leg)

Alan Carr (for Alan Carr: Chatty Man)

Ant & Dec (for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!)

Graham Norton (for The Graham Norton Show) - Winner

Graham Norton was another winner to accept his award via video link. He was in a dressing room with Danny Dyer.

Adam Hills interview

Best Comedy Panel Show

Would I Lie To You?. Image shows from L to R: David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Lee Mack. Copyright: Zeppotron.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Have I Got News For You


Would I Lie To You? - Winner

As became a bit of a theme for the evening, none of the stars of the show were present to pick up the award.

Best Sitcom

Moone Boy. Image shows from L to R: Martin (David Rawle), Sean Murphy (Chris O'Dowd). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions / Sprout Pictures.

House Of Fools

Moone Boy - Winner

The Trip To Italy

Toast Of London

Oops. Paul Chowdhry, who was presenting the award alongside Seann Walsh, mispronounced the winning show as 'Mooney Boy'. Later, backstage, Walsh mercilessly teases his fellow stand-up for this mistake. Video

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist

Nick Helm. Copyright: Alan Peebles / BBC.

Harry Peacock (for Toast Of London)

Joe Wilkinson (for 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Matt Berry (for House Of Fools)

Nick Helm (for Uncle) - Winner

In a long and rambling but funny speech, Nick Helm poked fun at fellow nominees, including Matt Berry.

Nick Helm interview

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

The Graham Norton Show. Graham Norton. Copyright: So Television.

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

The Graham Norton Show - Winner

The Last Leg

Graham Norton accepted his second prize from his dressing room too, with Danny Dyer handing over the trophy.

Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Award

Mrs. Brown's Boys. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Copyright: BBC / BocPix.

Brendan O'Carroll was presented with the Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Award for his work on Mrs Brown's Boys. It has to be said there was a mixed reaction from the crowd when this news was announced. However, many did then applaud his speech about how comedy is hard work.

Later backstage, Brendan told BCG that another film was a possibility but the first was a lot of work so he wasn't entirely sure. He added that the cartoon version of the show was "being made as we speak".

Best International Comedy Programme

Modern Family.


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Modern Family - Winner


Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, who play Claire and Phil in the US sitcom, accepted the award via a pre-recorded video.

Best Internet Comedy Short

Car Park Dog.

Brand New Morph (Aardman)

Carpark (Birdbox Studios) - Winner

How To Make A Hit Pop Song (Brett Domino)

Matt Berry: Lone Wolf (BBC iPlayer)

You can watch Carpark here

Best Comedy Film

The Inbetweeners 2. Image shows from L to R: Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), Will MacKenzie (Simon Bird), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison). Copyright: Bwark Productions.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


The Inbetweeners 2 - Winner

The Lego Movie

Co-writer Damon Beesley accepted the award on stage, alongside Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas.

Best Comedy Moment 2014

Harry And Paul's Story Of The 2s. Paul Whitehouse. Copyright: Balloon Pictures.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Harry & Paul's Story Of The 2s - Winner

Monty Python Live

Toast Of London

Would I Lie To You?

This award was announced on the after-show which will be broadcast E4, presented by Alex Brooker and Katherine Ryan. It went to the scene in which Harry & Paul parodied all the various panel shows. Watch

King / Queen Of Comedy

Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Jack Whitehall. Copyright: TalkbackThames / BBC.

Jack Whitehall won the category, which is the only one voted for by the public, for the third year in a row. Like many of this year's winners, he wasn't at the ceremony, so gave a thank you speech from the Backchat studios.

You can watch The British Comedy Awards on Channel 4 this Wednesday 17th December from 9pm.

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