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

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

2023 award winners

  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Debut Show
    Louise Atkinson: Mates (Gilded Balloon)
  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Most Fun Edinburgh Fringe comedy show
    Dave Bibby: Baby Dinosaur (PBH's Free Fringe)
  • Amused Moose Comedy Award – Most Entertaining Edinburgh Fringe comedy show
    Simon David: Dead Dad Show (Underbelly)

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 for more information.

2023 award winners

  • Best Show
    Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (Monkey Barrel)
  • Best Performer
    Sid Singh
    performing in Sid Singh: Table for One (Laughing Horse)
  • Best Person
    Lydia Mason
    This award was presented posthumously. Mason, a producer with Laughing Horse Free Festival, died unexpectedly during the Fringe, following a short illness.

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. 

2023 award winners

  • Audience Award Winner
    Daniel Foxx's Villain, designed and photographed by Jiksaw.
  • Panel Award Winner
    Bennett Arron's poster for Loser, designed and photographed by the comic himself.

2023 award winner

  • "I started dating a zookeeper, but it turned out he was a cheetah." Lorna Rose Treen.

Runners up

  • "The most British thing I've ever heard? A lady who said 'Well I'm sorry, but I don't apologise.'" Liz Guterbock.
  • "Last year I had a great joke about inflation. But it's hardly worth it now." Amos Gill.
  • "When women gossip we get called bitchy; but when men do it's called a podcast." Sikisa.
  • "I thought I'd start off with a joke about The Titanic - just to break the ice." Masai Graham.
  • "How do coeliac Germans greet each other? Gluten tag." Frank Lavender.
  • "My friend got locked in a coffee place overnight. Now he only ever goes into Starbucks, not the rivals. He's Costa-phobic." Roger Swift.
  • "I entered the 'How not to surrender' competition and I won hands down." Bennett Arron.
  • "Nationwide must have looked pretty silly when they opened their first branch." William Stone.
  • "My grandma describes herself as being in her 'twilight years' which I love because they're great films." Daniel Foxx.

Established in 1981 the UK’s premier awards are now in their 40th year. There are two 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

2023 award winners

  • Best Comedy Show
    Ahir Shah – Ends (Monkey Barrel Comedy) 
  • Best Newcomer
    Uruj Ashfaq – Oh No! (Assembly) 
  • Panel Prize Award
    A Show for Gareth Richards (PBH's Free Fringe) 

We LOVE the Edinburgh Fringe. We grew up with the excitement of the whole month, the amazing shows and the many awards on offer for comedy. We wanted to see whether a comedy awards where judges see all eligible shows could be run by volunteers. So here – they are the (ISH) Edinburgh Comedy Awards. ISH stands for Insert Sponsor Here and YOU or your company could have your name on the awards – just contact us to donate the £20,000 sponsorship we need for the three prizes.

2023 award winners

  • Best show
    Julia Masli - ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Paul Foot - Dissolve
  • Best newcomer
    Dan Tiernan - Going Under
    ​Fiona Ridgewell - No-Nonsense
  • Panel prize
    ​A Show for Gareth Richards - Mark Simmons and Danny Ward

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. 

There are three categories: Comic Originality, Cunning Stunt and Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid. There is no application process... judges will be scouring the festival automatically on the look out for nominees.

2023 award winners

  • Comic Originality
    Phil Ellis
     (Monkey Barrel) 
  • Cunning Stunt
    John Fleming
  • Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid
    Julia Masli (Monkey Barrel)

A competition by NextUp (the Netflix of UK stand-up) to find the best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The winner receives the biggest award in comedy – a two-metre inflatable trophy – plus carry case, pump, £500 cash and the option to have their show recorded and distributed worldwide by NextUp. 

Voting closes at 00:00 on 23 August. The winner will be determined by vote quantity (as voted by NextUp users) and a judging panel. The prize will be awarded on 25 August.

2023 nominees

  • Chloe Petts: If you Can't Say Anything Nice
  • Reuben Kaye: The Butch is Back
  • Anna Piper Scott: Such an Inspiration
  • Paul Foot: Dissolve
  • Lorna Rose Treen: Skin Pigeon
  • Lindsey Santoro: Pink Tinge
  • Tom Lawrinson: Hubba Hubba
  • Daniel Foxx: Villain
  • Ikechukwu Ufomadu: Amusements
  • Louise Young: Feral
  • Krystal Evans: The Hottest Girl at Burn Camp
  • Sian Davies: This Charming Man
  • Louise Atkinson: Mates
  • Kieran Hodgson: Big In Scotland
  • Ian Smith: Crushing
  • Milo Edwards: Sentimental
  • Paul Sinha: Pauly Bengali
  • Larry Owens: Larry Owens Live
  • Gillian Cosgriff: Actually, Good
  • Bill O'Neill: The Amazing Banana Brothers

2023 winner

  • Lindsey Santoro: Pink Tinge

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. 

2023 winner

  • First prize: Samira Banks

2023 runners up

  • Second prize: Christopher Donovan
  • Third prize: Lizzie Norm