Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations

  • List.co.uk
  • 27 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Idiots of Ants

Who's up for the Fringe's top prize?

The name may be up for debate, but what isn't in doubt is the prestige of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and the impact it can have on a comic's career. Known in its most memorable form as the Perrier Award from 1981 to 2005, followed by a brief stint sponsored by Intelligent Finance (if.comedy), the 'Eddies' are an honour that have been bestowed upon the likes of Daniel Kitson, Demetri Martin, Dylan Moran and five-star favourite of 2009, Phil Nichol.

This year's nominees will be hoping for similar success as they battle for the prize. Though it will be a particularly testosterone fueled fight with a distinct lack of woman in the running. From the six acts up for Best Comedy Show and the five acts looking to be Best Newcomer, there isn't a single female to pick from, something that fans of Shappi Khorsandi and Helen Arney might disagree with.

From the acts that are nominated though, there's a strong mixture of sketch, stand-up and comic poetry in the Best Comedy Show stakes. Idiots of Ants will be hoping to become the first sketch troupe to win since The League of Gentlemen, though Russell Kane, nominated last year, may like to think its second time lucky. And don't discount Tom Wrigglesworth whose 'Open Return Letter to Richard Branson' became a word of mouth success thanks to its combination of humor and empathy.

The Best Newcomer award includes List five-star rated Jonny Sweet, whose portrayal of sibling loss was a bittersweet success. E4 regular, Jack Whitehall too must be in with a shout, though don't discount Scotland's very own Kevin Bridges, who'll be looking to become our very first home-grown Best Newcomer.

The full list of nominees for the 29th Edinburgh Comedy Award:

For Best Comedy Show

For Best Newcomer

Kevin Bridges: An Hour to Sing for Your Soul

  • 4 stars

Scotland's 'young comedy prodigy' (Guardian) makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. 'Hilarious material... just call his talent frightening' (Scotsman). 'Not just a talent to watch... one to envy' (Herald). www.offthekerb.co.uk

Tim Key - The Slutcracker

  • 4 stars

Key (chubby, Perrier nominee, poet) - 'Cowards', 'We Need Answers', 'Newswipe' (BBC4) - with a divvy hour (sophisticated). 'One of the funniest, most off-the-wall and imaginative shows in Edinburgh' (Stage). 'Comedy genius' (Guardian).

Russell Kane: Human Dressage

  • 4 stars

Preening, posing, prancing. Why do we? Join the double if.comedy nominee Russell Kane for fast-paced, tub-thumping merriment. 'An exceptional comedian, his pace is relentless and his material exquisitely crafted... inspiring and brilliant' (Chortle.co.uk).

John Bishop: Elvis Has Left the Building

  • 3 stars

John 'comic revolutionary' (Independent) is the age Elvis was when he died. Crisis? 'If you fail to laugh like a lunatic, check yourself into a mortuary; you are probably dead' (Metro).

Jonny Sweet: Mostly About Arthur

  • 5 stars

From BBC2's 'Winging It' and the acclaimed 'House of Windsor'. Sell-out 2007/08. 'Unmissable' (The List) 'Box-fresh wit and bitingly original' - ***** (Scotsman) 'Intimidatingly brilliant' - **** (Ed Fest) 'Truly unique' - ***** (Chortle.co.uk) Critic's Choice (Guardian, Times)

Idiots of Ants: This is War

  • 3 stars

Following two sell-out Edinburgh's, the Ants (BBC1, E4, Radio 4) return with their unique blend of fast-paced sketch-comedy. 'Sheer excellence' (Scotland on Sunday); 'Must See!' (Daily Telegraph); 'Brilliant' (Time Out). www.idiotsofants.com

Jack Whitehall - Nearly Rebellious

  • 3 stars

Jack's always wanted to be a real man, like the ones in the audience at 'Top Gear', but unfortunately he likes Smirnoff Ice and doesn't look good with his shirt off. 'Shoo-in for stardom' (Evening Standard).

Jon Richardson: This Guy at Night

  • 4 stars

The if.comedy newcomer nominee and Chortle award-winner returns to Edinburgh. Alone with his thoughts for a year, he is now ready to unleash the funniest of them. 'A true star' (The List).

Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter to Richard Branson

  • 3 stars

Having witnessed a train manager abuse his position, (Hitler would've watched admiringly, taking notes), Tom tells Richard how random acts of kindness make good triumph over evil. 'Joy to watch' (Scotsman). www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk

Carl Donnelly - Relax Everyone, It's Carl Donnelly!

  • 4 stars

Relax everyone, multi-award winning newcomer Carl Donnelly is bringing his hotly anticipated debut solo show to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Come along, kick back and laugh yourself silly at his tales of life as a 21st century slacker. Carl began performing stand-up regularly in early 2005 and shortly established himself…

Pete Johansson: Naked Pictures of My Life

  • 4 stars

Canadian and American headliner Pete Johansson discusses what he feels, when he feels it in his debut Edinburgh performance, ‘Naked Pictures of My Life’. Laid-back and observational, Pete’s ironic delivery has earned him deals with Warner Brothers, HBO and Castle Rock and landed him appearances on NBC’s prominent late…