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Comedian Jo Brand was among the winners at the British Comedy Awards on Thursday night, receiving the accolade for best sitcom for Getting On, along with co-creators Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan.
Miranda Hart, Alan Carr and Lee Mack were also rewarded for their work at the ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross. Carr shared the Best New Comedy award with Graham Norton and Hart reclaimed the Best TV Comedy Actress title, which she last won in 2011. Mack was a double winner, taking home Best Male TV Comic for the second year running and seeing Would I Lie To You, which he co-hosts with David Mitchell, win Best Comedy Panel Show. »
- Kevin Rawlinson
The British Comedy Awards took place in London tonight (December 12).
The winners list in full:
King/Queen of Comedy
Jack Whitehall - Winner
Best Comedy Panel Show:
Would I Lie To You - Winner
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Best Comedy Entertainment Programme:
The Graham Norton Show - Winner
Alan Carr Chatty Man
Saturday Night Takeaway
Best Sketch Show:
Harry & Paul - Winner
Getting On - Winner
Best New Comedy Programme:
Plebs - Winner
Best Male TV Comic:
Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You - Winner
Channel 4 has confirmed that Fifteen to One will return for a full series next year.
A one-off celebrity special was hosted by Hills for Channel 4's 1980s night in September.
William G Stewart presented the original series, which ran from January 1988 to December 2003.
Fifteen to One features 15 contestants attempting to answer questions correctly, while also nominating others to face the next question. The contestants are then whittled down to three finalists, before crowning an eventual winner.
Hills said: "I am thrilled to be part of the ongoing institution that is Fifteen To One. The celebrity specials combine two of my favourite things – general knowledge questions, and the chance to watch well-known people try not to make dicks of themselves in public."
Toksvig added: »
So there may be something funny about a soggy bottom after all. Great British Bake Off presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have been nominated for best female TV comic at this year's British Comedy awards.
Perkins and Giedroyc, whose BBC2 show is switching to BBC1 next year after the 2013 final attracted more than 8 million viewers, are jointly nominated, facing competition in the category from Miranda Hart, Nina Conti and Sarah Millican.
Australian comedian Adam Hills has »
- Jason Deans
• How the king or queen of comedy is crowned
The nominations for this year's British comedy awards have been announced, joining last week's king or queen of comedy shortlist, which is the only category voted for by the public. The ceremony will take place on 12 December in London and will be broadcast live on Channel 4.
Best TV comedy actor
David Mitchell, Peep Show
Best TV comedy actress
Best male TV comic
David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You
Jon Richardson, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Lee Mack, »
Hills is in the running for Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, while The Last Leg is in contention to be named Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.
Best New Comedy Programme will see competition from Count Arthur Strong, »
The stand-up, actor and presenter on his televisual winners and sinners
Pointless. I think it's probably the greatest daytime TV show that has ever existed. The chemistry between Armstrong and Osman is unbelievable. Also, I think it's really clever to get them to do it in pairs, because it gives a whole new dynamic. They're such a motley crew – you'll have two old women playing two young goths playing two students. It's celebratory and warm. There's no harshness to it.
Ghostwatch. I rewatched it a year ago, and I think it's one of the most astonishing feats of televisual brilliance there has ever been. I was 10, maybe, when it aired, and me and everyone at my school thought it was a real thing. There were so many good things about it. It wasn't a traditional ghost story. It wasn't done in an old house; it was done in a suburban street. »
- Gwilym Mumford
There are many things that make Adam Hills a good comedian, but the fact is he is more than that and it’s all from his own choice. When the Special Olympics were riding the success of the Olympics and making people realise that this sports events were just as important, he became in many ways the face of the events. This wasn’t something forced on him, he made it known that he was the Australian comedian who had a false leg and he ran with it (no pun intended), which in many ways has helped his success in being accepted by the United Kingdom comedy fans. With Adam Hills: Happyism Live (2013) he continues this success and in many ways pushes acceptance for people with disabilities even more but through comedy.
The main thing is that Adam Hills is an Australian comedian, and this does push his act »
- Paul Metcalf
Noble called the programme "terrible" and took issue with its lack of improvisation and "pages and pages" of scripts used by the panellists.
Despite having never appeared on the show himself, Carr told Digital Spy ahead of the Royal Variety Performance (November 25) that he enjoyed the comedy panel quiz.
"I'm a big fan of lots of different types of TV. I think Dara [Ó Briain] is an exceptional performer," he said.
"He's just a great comedic mind, brilliant guy, and I think the show's great. What's not to like?
"I think there's always that thing of anyone in comedy can go, 'Oh, it was better in the old days when Frankie [Boyle] and Russell [Howard] were on it'.
"You know, they've reinvented it and they've got new people »
The British Comedy Awards have revealed the six comedians nominated for the title of King or Queen of Comedy.
The category is the only one decided by the public, and lines open for voting at 11am today (November 27).
There are 15 categories in this year's British Comedy Awards, including Best New British TV Comedy, Best Sitcom, Best Comedy Actor and Actress, Outstanding Achievement Award, The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award and the award for International Achievement.
> Adam Hills on Kermit, comedy, and a 'mathematically-inept c**ksplash'
"I think that's why it's important for me to do comedy that people can bring their kids to. Maybe not 5-year-olds, but that a family can listen to.
"I used to listen to all his albums as a kid and mimic them and repeat them. I saw him in Montreal a few years ago and it was such a joy to watch Bill Cosby amble out on stage in a pair of tracksuit pants and a sweat top and then sit down and pin on a microphone and talk.
"The Cosby Show was huge in Australia, enormous. It was just great. Groundbreaking. An »
Adam Hills took the crowd at a recent stand-up gig bowling after the show.
The Last Leg announced during his set at The Queen's Theatre yesterday (November 18) that he would take the crowd to the 'Lets Go!' alley in Pottington.
> Adam Hills on Kermit, comedy, and a 'mathematically-inept c**ksplash
"By this point I had done 70 shows and wanted to do something different," Hills told the North Devon Journal.
"I have always loved the idea of doing something for the audience."
He added: "I had to keep saying, 'This is not a joke', and then gradually they all realised it was the truth."
Hills paid for the bowling and asked those who joined him to make an optional donation to his Movember efforts.
Adam Hills this week releases his debut stand-up DVD Happyism. »
The comedian, who this week releases Josh Widdecombe Live: And Another Thing... on DVD, told Digital Spy that the broadcaster had always been supportive.
Asked if he ever expected the show's success, he replied: "I'd be a very arrogant man to have predicted this sort of thing.
"Essentially it was a round-up show. It's a bit like if Football Focus became one of the most popular comedy shows in Britain.
The Australian stand-up and The Last Leg host on his TV dos, don'ts and won'ts
Veep. To be really honest, I have an aversion to shows that glorify death and killing. So I never got into The Sopranos… I know that it doesn't just glorify death and killing; the whole point is the moral quandary. I got into The West Wing instead. I just devoured The West Wing. I think that's why I enjoyed Veep. That has the essence of The West Wing in it. I prefer stuff like The West Wing, The Hour. Kind of intelligent, thoughtful miniseries. The only things you can make a TV series about these days are either death or politics.
M*A*S*H. I've been watching it since I was seven or eight, with my dad. I can't imagine there's an episode I haven't seen, to the point where I know lines from it. »
- Gwilym Mumford
"I was on an American TV show a couple of years ago and tried to do the mean, snarky comedy that Americans really like," Adam Hills told Digital Spy when we ask him about his new DVD and "unofficial new religion" Happyism.
"I bombed really badly because it's not what I'm good at. It was awful, it was a really horrible death on American television because I just tried to be mean about celebrities.
"Ross's style would never suit Mock the Week, you know Ross!" Hills said when quizzed on the comments.
In the first campaign of it’s kind, Universal Pictures plan to take over our TV screens in the run-up to Christmas with a campaign like no other. The campaign (#DVDFave) is set to utilise the likes of Mrs. Patmore from Downton Abbey, musical legend Cliff Richard and a whole host of comedians including Seann Walsh, Adam Hills, Jack Dee, Josh Widdicombe and Shaun Lock to bring us a plethora of DVDs available to buy this Christmas (find out more about those here).
In total the campaign consists of over 40 different adverts for 30 different DVD titles and is known as ‘DVD. Everyone’s Christmas Favourite’. Keep your eyes peeled for TV shows, comedians and musicians that you love and don’t forget to Tweet along with the campaign using #DVDFave telling the world which you love best. The best part of the campaign by far is that Universal are running »
- David Sztypuljak
We’ve all got that cousin we don’t know very well. The kind you see once or twice a year, make small talk, ask how work is going, meet their kids you can’t remember the names of, and then go on your way, knowing six months are to pass before you have to go through it all again. Well, in regards to keeping up appearances, these cousins all need Christmas presents, and knowing what to buy somebody you don’t know very well, isn’t the easiest of tasks.
However that task has just been made far more accomplishable, as next week – which we’ve decided to extravagantly call the ‘ultimate week of comedy’ – marks the release of an incredible 10 stand up comedians’ live DVDs and Blu-rays, all hitting our (mostly virtual) shelves on November 18th, and where better to begin your festive shopping than with comedy? So, »
- Stefan Pape
In a New Statesman feature and Newsnight interview, Brand revealed that he does not vote, and instead called for revolution, prompting Webb to tell him to "read some f**king Orwell".
After Webb's interjection, Brand responded to say that he is "double, double against genocide", adding: "I am talking about a revolution of consciousness."
Asked about the public back-and-forth, The Last Leg host Hills told Digital Spy: "I think it's great. I love the fact that it's a debate. I don't think anyone should have the last word.
"Russell Brand did what jesters do, which is challenge the ruling elite, do something completely unpredictable and really put the cat among the pigeons."
He continued: "If it had finished »
The BAFTA-nominated series features different hosts performing for 3,500 fans at the Hammersmith Apollo, alongside two special guests.
The lineup in full for the new series of Live at the Apollo:
Episode 5 - »
Another week, another load of great telly to sink your teeth into. In addition to all the seriously sensational shows below, we're looking forward to Channel 4's '80s night extravaganza on Friday, September 20 as well.
The nostalgic tribute to the era that taste forgot kicks off with a revamp of Celebrity Fifteen to One hosted by Adam Hills at 8pm, followed by retro editions of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 9pm and Alan Carr's Chatty Man at 10pm, before Rewind The Tube, a documentary dedicated to the anarchic music show, closes everything at 11.05pm.
Father Figure: Wednesday (September 18) at 10.35pm on BBC One
It started life as a Radio 2 programme, but Father Figure - which stars comedian Jason Byrne as a disaster-prone dad - seems perfectly suited to the small screen, where the slapstick and silliness can be played out in all its glory.
Byrne's character »
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