And the winner of the 2016 English Comedian of the Year title is….?
Okay, so we don’t know yet. But we do have a shortlist, which is even better really, because it means that rather than talking about one comedian, we can talk about 10!
UPDATE! The Winner was announced in London on 4 July and it is…
Midlands comedian Josh Pugh has what he describes as “an ecclectic style (loads of differnet kinds of tat)”. Last year he won the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2015 and the Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year. He can now call himself English Comedian of the Year 2016!
The ECOTY is usually packed with established circuit comedians who have years of experience and are doing very well in their comedy careers.
More than 300 comedians entered, and 10 were shortlisted. Here are 9 clips of those who also made the final – 10 of the best up and coming comics in England.
Adam Rowe is looking to upgrade his Liverpool Comedian of the Year (won in 2011) for the national title. Here he us on stage last year at Punch Drunk comedy in Northumberland.
A seasoned comedian and Edinburgh regular, Chris McCausland is also kids’ TV star, voicing Rudi in the Cbeebies show Me Too! He’s in good company asa comedian in children’t television – check out some more here.
Author and documentary maker Eddy Brimson is also a tip-top comedian. He has gigged across the UK, as well as inHong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. He also once played a gig naked. Thankfully, that’s not the video we have here.
You might not know you know Gordon Southern, but he has been a regular on the circuit for years and has written for Al Murray sit-com Time Gentlemen Please and the 11 O’Clock Show. He has also worked as a warm-up ac for Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and I’m Alan Partridge.
You might know Ian Smith from BBC3’s Sweat the Small Stuff or BBC2’s Popatron. He has also performed three solo Edinburgh shows, with last year’s show, Whereabouts, nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award (which is open for entries this year, by the way).
Self-described “audience botherer and reluctant ukulele enthusiast” Joby Mageean is a musical comedian extraordinaire. Surely another reason why musical comedy is alive and well! Here he is in Liverpool.
Joe Bor was been a finalist of Comedian Of The Year in 2009 and is a former winner of Jewish Comedian Of The Year. He’s an observational character comedian, and will be looking to add English Comedian of the Year to his trophy cabinet.
You may remember Nick Page from the BBC’s Escape to the Country, which he presented in the early noughties. There was also a fraud court case that made the news, with which you may be familiar. It’s all given him plenty of material for his storytelling comedy.
Award Winning Comedian Nina Gilligan has been gigging since 2011 and is now a regular on the UK circuit. She describes herself as “a bolshier Mrs Merton” and has won the Hot Water Comedian of the Year in 2014.
Asked about her influences, Rachel Fairborn said “horror films and Elvis Presley are probably my biggest influences. I don’t have any comedy influences really”. Don’t worry though, she is hilarious as this episode of her podcast (about serial killers, of course) demonstrates.
London comedian (and writer, and actor) Tom Toal, first took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010, and he takes his latest show – Help Us Tom Toal, You’re Our Only Hope – to the festival this year.