Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist 2019: who will win the prestigious prize?
- Brian Donaldson
- 22 August 2019
This article is from 2019
The List's Comedy Editor breaks down this year's nominees and makes his predictions
The shortlists for this year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (the first from new sponsor Dave) are being rightly lauded for diversity both in terms of humans and also comedy styles. That victory for variety falls down dramatically when you consider that of the 17 nominees across the Main Award and Best Newcomer prizes, 13 come from the same venue: the Pleasance has long been a behemoth when it comes to the Fringe comedy scene, but this year's domination is quite unique. Remarkably there's no representation for Underbelly, Assembly, The Stand or Just the Tonic venues, while Monkey Barrel takes two of the Main Award spots and Gilded Balloon one, with a single Heroes show completing the picture.
Where this leaves the August comedy scene is a debate for another day. For now, we're left with two impressive and varied lists. In the Main Award selection, sketch makes a welcome return with the strong shows by The Delightful Sausage and Goodbear being rewarded, while prop comic Spencer Jones also makes the cut alongside stand-up innovator Jordan Brookes who makes his second appearance on the list after his 2017 nomination. London Hughes has made waves with her frank set To Catch a D*ck, while Jessica Fostekew's Hench has been well received. Ivo Graham finally gets a spot on either of the shortlists while Australian Demi Lardner and Brit Darren Harriott (a Newcomer nominee in 2017) are probably outsiders for the prize.