These awards are open to comedy shows - please see the details of each award for entry specifics and sub-genres.
Amused Moose Comedy Award
The Amused Moose Comedy Award seeks out breakthrough comedy talent who are yet to become well known (so could be said to be 'almost television ready'), who have their own solo or group/sketch show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
- Tania Edwards: Not My Dog - Tania Edwards (Just the Tonic)
- Outstanding Show - Police Cops in Space - The Pretend Men (Assembly)
- People's Champion - Damian Clark: Extra Show! - Brett Vincent for Get Comedy (Gilded Balloon)
The Comedians’ Choice Awards (Formerly The Barry Awards UK)
The Comedians Choice Awards are a transparent set of Comedy Awards to be presented every year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They will be voted on by the Comedy Performers from that year's fringe, for Comedy Performers at that year’s fringe. There will be no panel of judges, no industry specialists – only the performers themselves will decide who among them is worthy of mention from the festival this year. Every show registered with the Fringe Society will get one vote.
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- Best show - Paul Currie: Hot Donkey - Paul Victor Currie / Heroes (Heroes)
- Best show - Lou Sanders: Shame Pig - Plosive Productions in association with Avalon / Heroes / PWYW (Monkey Barrel)
- Best performer - Laura Lexx: Trying - Andrew Roach Talent (Gilded Balloon)
- Best person - Alex Petty
Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe
Dave’s Joke of the Fringe Award is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians and is now in its 10th year. Named Broadcast Digital Awards’ Entertainment Channel of the Year for 2016, Dave once again pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst shining a spotlight on the individual jokes, not just the performances.
- Adam Rowe: Undeniable - CKP and InterTalent Group present (Just the Tonic)
- Leo Kearse: Right-Wing Comedian - Leo Kearse (Laughing Horse)
- Olaf Falafel – There's no i in idiot - Olaf Falafel (Laughing Horse)
- Trying to Be Good - Daniel Audritt (Laughing Horse)
- Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage - Avalon Promotions (Pleasance)
- Darren Walsh: Massive Punt - Darren Walsh (Just the Tonic)
- Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker - CKP and InterTalent Group present (Gilded Balloon)
- Adele Cliff: Sheep - NRH Management (Just the Tonic)
- Alex Edelman: Just for Us - Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents (Pleasance)
- Laura Lexx: Trying - Andrew Roach Talent (Gilded Balloon)
The Edinburgh Comedy Awards
The Edinburgh Comedy Awards are much-loved live comedy awards, often dubbed as the unofficial "Oscars of Comedy". Every comedy performer is eligible and there is no shortlist; a panel of judges decides on the winning acts.
The panel bestow three different awards: ‘best comedy show’, given to the most outstanding up-and-coming, funny, original, comedy show or act; ‘best newcomer’ for the performer or act who is staging their first full-length show (50 minutes or more); and the ‘panel prize’, a new award that celebrates the show or act that has most captured the comedy spirit of the Fringe.
Founded in 1981, the awards enjoyed a 25-year relationship with sponsors Perrier (which previously lent them its infamous name). They are now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and are sponsored by lastminute.com
For more information visit Comedy Awards website
2018 best show winner
- Rose Matafeo | Horndog - Berk's Nest in association with Avalon Management (Pleasance)
2018 best show nominees
- Ahir Shah | Duffer - Soho Theatre in association with Avalon (Laughing Horse)
- Alex Edelman | Just For Us - Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents (Pleasance)
- Felicity Ward | Busting A Nut - Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents (Pleasance)
- Glenn Moore | Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It - Avalon Management (Just the Tonic)
- Kieran Hodgson | 75 - Berk's Nest and United Agents (Pleasance)
- Larry Dean | Bampot - Chambers Touring (Assembly)
2018 best newcomer
- Ciarán Dowd | Dan Rodolfo - Ciarán Dowd in association with Hatch Talent (Pleasance)
2018 best newcomer nominees
- Maisie Adam | Vogue - Gilded Balloon by arrangement with PBJ Management presents (Gilded Balloon)
- Olga Koch | Fight - Berk's Nest in association with Hannah Layton Management (Pleasance)
- Sara Barron | For Worse - PBJ Management (Just the Tonic)
- Sara Keyworth | Dark Horse - Fight in the Dog in association with United Agents (Pleasance)
- Sindhu Vee | Sandhog - Phil McIntyre Entertainments present (Pleasance)
2018 panel prize winner
- Angela Barnes | Rose-Tinted - Off The Kerb Productions Ltd (Pleasance)
So You Think You're Funny?
The ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition was created by the Gilded Balloon and Karen Koren in 1988 and this Fringe the competition moves into its 31st year of discovering, supporting and nurturing new comic talent.
The comedians who apply must only have been performing stand up for less than a year.
Applicants are invited to perform in showcases across the UK throughout May, June and July, including London, Leicester, Glasgow, and Brighton. The competition is the most successful of its kind in the UK and attracts over 600 applicants each year.
‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ is very competitive and there are only 45 places at the semi-finals in Edinburgh. Each competitor is given seven minutes to win over the judges, at the end of each semi-final a winner is announced and given a place in the Grand Final: a two-and-a-half hours’ top bill of new comic talent.
Previous winners include Dylan Moran, Peter Kay, Lee Mack, and Tommy Tiernan. Finalists include Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges, Rhod Gilbert, Rob Beckett, Russell Howard, Romesh Ranganathan, Jason Byrne, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Maisie Adam and Russell Kane.
“It was the single most important thing I did in my career, it helped me leap from a lot of the crap in the business and gave me the extra push I needed, but also my life changed forever!” JASON BYRNE
For more info, visit www.soyouthinkyourefunny.co.uk
- Winner - Danny Garnell
- Runner Up - Liam Farrelly
- Joint Second Runners Up - Joe Hobbs
- Joint Second Runners Up - Bec Melrose