DAVE’S EDINBURGH  COMEDY AWARDS will  return at  the Edinburgh  Festival  Fringe  this  year.    After a  two-year  worldwide  hiatus,  the  renowned  Dave’s Edinburgh  Comedy  Awards are  back  celebrating  40  years  of  awarding  comedy  excellence,  reflecting  the  rich  heritage  of  comedy  talent  recognised  and  its  status  as  a  springboard for comedians who have gone on to become household names at home  and  abroad.    UKTV’s  award  winning  entertainment  channel  Dave also returns as proud sponsor of the Awards this August. 

Nica Burns, longstanding Producer & Director of Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards,  said: “We are so glad to finally be back celebrating the very best of British comedy  with  four  decades  of  talent  alongside  our  partner  Dave,  the home  of  comedy  and  entertainment  TV.   With  a  rich  40-year history, Dave’s  Edinburgh  Comedy  Awards  have  shone  the  spotlight  on  the  next  generation  of  comedians  and  championed  comedy as a vital sector of  the entertainment industry. Our winners and nominees  can  be  constantly  seen  and  heard  across  all  media  channels, they  cross over  into  dramatic roles and write, act and make movies. We’re looking forward to a bumper  year of exciting, outstanding comedy talent.” 

The  inaugural  Comedy  Award  winners  were  The  Cambridge  Footlights  in  1981,  whose  line-up  included  Stephen  Fry,  Hugh  Laurie  and  Emma  Thompson. Other  winners whose careers have soared since carrying off the awards range from the late  Sean  Hughes,  still  the  youngest  ever  winner  at  age  24,  to Rose  Matafeo,  Hannah  Gadsby,  Bridget  Christie,  Russell  Kane,  Richard  Ayoade,  Al  Murray,  The  League  of  Gentlemen, Dylan Moran, Jenny Eclair, Harry Hill, Lee Evans, Steve Coogan and Frank  Skinner.   

Our 2019 winners,  Jordan Brookes and Catherine Cohen have had a busy couple of  years. Brookes has taken his acclaimed Edinburgh show around the UK and beyond, 

hosted his own BBC Radio 4 series Jordan Brookes on…, has made a pilot for Channel  4 and  recently  launched  a  brand  new  podcast with  Dave,  Look  At  What  You’ve  Done. Meanwhile  American  Catherine  Cohen  co-hosts  the  popular  podcast  Seek  Treatment whilst her debut one-hour comedy  special The Twist? She’s Gorgeous is  now streaming on Netflix. 

Past  nominees  include James  Acaster, Nish  Kumar,  Sara  Pascoe,  Romesh  Ranganathan,  Darren  Harriott,  Ivo  Graham,  Lucy  Beaumont, London  Hughes,  Mae  Martin,  Sophie  Willan,  Seann  Walsh,  Greg  Davies,  Sarah  Millican,  John  Bishop,  Russell  Howard,  Chris  Addison,  Reginald  D  Hunter,  Adam  Hills,  Jimmy  Carr,  Omid  Djalili, Noel Fielding, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Peter Kay, Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and  Eddie Izzard. 

Dave has a well-established passion for supporting fresh comedy, and with a growing  slate  of  UKTV  Originals,  the  channel  prides  itself  on  supporting  new  talent and  bringing in young audiences. Original comedy programming attracting an over 25%  or more 16-34 audience profile include Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, BAFTA-winning 

Big Zuu’s Big Eats and Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster’s Hypothetical. 

Cherie  Cunningham,  Channel  Director  for  Dave,  said: “Here  at  Dave  we  are  so  passionate about comedy, and nowhere does it better than the Edinburgh Comedy  Awards. It’s a real source of pride that so many previous winners and nominees are  making and appearing  in UKTV Original  comedy  shows on Dave, and I’m  sure  that  after  a  few  years  away,  2022’s  Awards  are  going  to  be  an  excellent edition  full  of  truly exciting acts.”  

A full history of the winners and nominees, eligibility rules and all other details about  the Awards can be found at: www.comedyawards.co.uk 

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