Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist announced

Bo Burnham, Greg Davies and Sarah Millican head up 2010 shortlist

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This article is from 2010.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2010 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards has been announced. The acts nominated are: Bo Burnham, Greg Davies, Josie Long, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican.

The shortlist for Best Newcomer Award is: Asher Treleaven, Imran Yusuf, The Boy with the Tape on His Face, Gareth Richards, Late Night Gimp Fight and Roisin Conaty.

Established in 1981, the Awards' most recent sponsor is Foster's. Previous sponsors include Perrier, Intelligent Finance and Absolute Radio. The cash prize for best act is £10,000. Best Newcomer award cash prize is £5,000.

The awards were brought into the public eye earlier this year when Stewart Lee publicly attacked the announcement of a public vote, organised by the Comedy Awards, to find the favourite act from a list of all 173 nominated for the award throughout its 30 year history. Dubbing them "Corporate Whores. Morons. Illiterates." Lee accused the Awards of undermining the spirit of the Fringe.

Here are the reviews each received from each publication, taken from our Top-Rated page.

Best Comedy

Bo Burnham

(5 stars) Chortle
(5 stars) EdinburghGuide
(5 stars) The Guardian
(5 stars) The Independent
(5 stars) The List
(4 stars) Fest
(4 stars) Scotsman.com
(4 stars) The Telegraph
(3 stars) Hairline

Greg Davies

(5 stars) Chortle
(5 stars) EdinburghGuide
(5 stars) The Independent
(4 stars) British Theatre Guide
(4 stars) Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
(4 stars) Fest
(4 stars) The List
(3 stars) The Guardian
(3 stars) The Telegraph

Josie Long

(4 stars) Edinburgh Spotlight
(4 stars) Hairline
(4 stars) Scotsman.com
(4 stars) The List
(3 stars) Fest
(3 stars) The Independent

Russell Kane

(5 stars) Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
(5 stars) Fest
(5 stars) The Telegraph
(4 stars) Chortle
(4 stars) Edinburgh Spotlight
(4 stars) Hairline
(4 stars) Scotsman.com
(4 stars) The List

Sarah Millican

(4 stars) Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
(4 stars) The Independent
(4 stars) The List
(4 stars) The Telegraph
(3 stars) Fest

Best Newcomer Award

Asher Treleaven

(3 stars) The List

Imran Yusuf

(5 stars) Chortle

The Boy with the Tape on His Face

(5 stars) The List
(4 stars) Fest
(4 stars) Scotsman.com
(4 stars) The Guardian
(3 stars) The Independent
(3 stars) The Telegraph

Gareth Richards

(3 stars) Chortle
(3 stars) The List

Late Night Gimp Fight

(5 stars) Hairline
(4.5 stars) FringeGuru
(3 stars) Fest
(3 stars) The Guardian
(3 stars) The List

Roisin Conaty

(3.5 stars) FringeGuru
(3 stars) Scotsman.com
(3 stars) The National Student

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  • 4 stars

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  • 4 stars

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  • 5 stars

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Sarah Millican: Chatterbox

  • 4 stars

'She can make a room rock with laughter' (Guardian); 'Watch her transition to national treasure begin here' (Sunday Times). The only criticism Sarah ever received at school was that she was a chatterbox. Still is. And now it's her job. She hopes the same fate didn't befall the school bike. Come spend an hour in her…

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