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 comedian / performer show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

2019 winners


Janine Harouni: Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)Soho Theatre (Pleasance)

Outstanding Show

Liam Withnail: HomecomingLiam Withnail (Monkey Barrel Comedy)

People's Champion

Archie Henderson: Jazz Emu Archie Henderson (Gilded Balloon)

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.

2019 winners

Best Show

Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad.Joz Norris (Heroes)

Best Performer

Laura Lexx: Knee JerkAndrew Loach Talent (Gilded Balloon)

Best Person

Brian Dobie (The Pear Tree, The Counting House and 32Below)

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. 

Awards ceremony took place Saturday 17 August 2019 at Gilded Balloon on Chambers Street.

Enter your artwork at

2019 winners

Panel award

  • Jessica Fostekew, Idil Sukan and Chris Lince: Jessica Fostekew: HenchJessica Fostekew (Monkey Barrel Comedy)

Audience award

2019 winner

2019 shortlist

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

2019 winners

Best Show winner

Best Show nominees

Best Newcomer winner

Best Newcomer nominees

Panel prize winner

  • Jess Brough and Fringe of Colour

2019 winners

Comic Originality

  • LegsJulia Masli and The Duncan Brothers (Just The Tonic)

Cunning Stunt 

Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid 

The So You Think You’re Funny? competition was created by the Gilded Balloon and Karen Koren in 1988 and this Fringe the competition moved into its 31st year of discovering, supporting and nurturing new comic talent. 

First prize
Finlay Christie

Second prize
Shane Daniel Byrne

Third prize
Charlie George