These awards are open to comedy shows – please see the details of each award for entry specifics and sub-genres.

The Amused Moose Comedy Award seeks out breakthrough comedy talent that is yet to become well known (so could be said to be 'almost television-ready'), who have their own solo, sketch or multiple performer comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

2022 award winners

  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Debut Show
    Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea, Chelsea Birkby (Just the Tonic at the Caves) 
     
  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Outstanding Edinburgh Fringe show
    Tall, Dark and Anxious, Richard David-Caine (Underbelly, Cowgate) 
     
  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Top Sketch Show
    Grubby Little Mitts, Nicholls & Brown (Assembly George Square) 

Best Show, Best Performer and Best Person, as determined by those involved in comedy shows.

All comedy shows and performers are automatically eligible for Best Show and Best Performer – no need to do anything to put yourself forward. Best Person tends to be for someone who works behind the scenes at the festival, eg a venue manager, flyerer or agent. Each comedy show in the brochure is invited to vote once for their favourite show, performer and person. You can't vote for anyone in your own show.

In the second half of the festival, the online nominations / voting form is made available online. When voting closes, the show / person will the most votes at that point is announced as the winner of that category.

Visit comedy.co.uk for more information.

2022 award winners

  • Best Show
    Rob Copland: Mainstream Muck (Gimme Some of That), Rob Copland/PBH’s Free Fringe (PBH’s Free Fringe @ The Banshee Labyrinth) 
     
  • Best performer
    Jordan Gray: Jordan Gray: Is It a Bird?, Stamptown (Assembly George Square Theatre) 
     
  • Best Person
    Martin Willis, Objectively Funny 

Recognising the best artwork related to comedy shows at the festival. Any poster related to a comedy show performing at the festival can be entered. The winner of the Audience Award is whichever poster gets the most votes on the website. The Panel Award is determined by a jury of industry professionals. 

2022 award winners

  • Audience Award Winner
    Milo Edwards: Voicemail, Impatient Productions (Just the Tonic at the Mash House) 
     
  • Panel Award Winner
    Jordan Gray: Is it a Bird?, Stamptown (Assembly George Square Gardens) 

2022 award winner

  • Masai Graham  Aaaaaaaaaaargh! It's the One-Liner Show – Masai Graham (Laughing Horse) 

Established in 1981 the UK’s premier Awards are now in their 39th year. There are three awards:

Best Comic / Comedy Show: For the funniest, most outstanding, up-and-coming comic / comedy show / act at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The prize is £10,000.

Best Newcomer: For the performer or act who is performing their first full-length show (50 minutes or more) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The prize is £5,000. Please note that newcomers are eligible for the Best Comedy Show Award, if that is the Panel’s decision, but no act can appear on both shortlists in the same year.

For further information on the awards, please see comedyawards.co.uk.

2022 award winners

  • Best Comedy Show
    Sam Campbell: Comedy Show
    – IAM (Monkey Barrel Comedy) 
     
  • Best Newcomer
    Laura Ricote: GRL/LATNX/DEF – IAM (Monkey Barrel Comedy) 

Malcolm Hardee (1950–2005) was a British comic, agent, manager, club-owner and anarchic prankster. The Malcolm Hardee Awards were initiated at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, the year of his death, to celebrate and promote the spirit of madcap, anything-goes comedy anarchy that he personified.

2022 award winners

  • The Flop: A Band Of Idiots (PBH’s Free Fringe @ The Banshee’s Labyrinth) 
     
  • Cunning Stunt
    Ivor Dembina (Laughing Horse @ Bar 50) 
     
  • Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid
    Jerry Sadowitz (Pleasance @ EICC) 

The So You Think You’re Funny? competition was created by the Gilded Balloon and Karen Koren in 1988 to discover, support and nurture new comic talent. 

2022 winner

  • First prize: Joshua Bethania 

2022 runners up

  • Second prize: Mark Black 
  • Third prize: Jack Skipper and Pravanya Pillay