The British Comedy Awards nominations


Jonathan Ross returns to hosts The British Comedy Awards, the UK's premier comedy awards ceremony, LIVE on Channel 4 on 12th December 2012.

Before a room of comedic greats, and with help from some A-List guests, Jonathan will reveal the winners. And the bickering will finally stop as Britain will vote to decide who the UK's funniest star is and crown their 2012 King or Queen of Comedy. Voting for this coveted award will open during the Nominations show on Sunday 2nd December at 10.30pm.

There will also be two special awards given out on the night ‘The British Comedy Outstanding Achievement Award' and ‘The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award'.

The British Comedy Awards are sponsored by Foster's.

The British Comedy Awards Nomination Show on Channel 4, Sunday 2nd December at 10.30pm

The British Comedy Awards live on Channel 4, 12th December at 9pm.

The full list of nominations are below along with voting details and the biographies for The King & Queen of Comedy.

Full Nomination List
Please note the nominees are listed in alphabetical order and the list of categories is not reflective of the running order on the night


Best New Comedy Programme

Alan Partridge: Welcome to Places in My Life

Cardinal Burns


Moone Boy

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Alan Carr Chatty Man

Celebrity Juice

Harry Hill's TV Burp

The Graham Norton Show

Best Sketch Show

Cardinal Burns


Horrible Histories

Very Important People

Best Sitcom



The Thick of It

Twenty Twelve


Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

Charlie Brooker, Charlie Brooker's 2011 Wipe

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Harry Hill, Harry Hill's TV Burp

Stephen Fry, QI

Best TV Comedy Actor

Hugh Bonneville, Twenty Twelve

Peter Capaldi, The Thick of It

Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life

Tom Hollander, Rev

Best TV Comedy Actress

Jessica Hynes, Twenty Twelve

Olivia Colman, Rev

Olivia Colman, Twenty Twelve

Rebecca Front, The Thick of It

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist

David Rawle Moone Boy

Morgana Robinson Very Important People

Nina Conti Make Me Happy: A Monkey's Search for Enlightenment

Seb Cardinal & Dustin Demri-Burns Cardinal Burns

Best Male Television Comic

David Mitchell, Would I Lie to You

Harry Hill, Harry Hill's TV Burp

Lee Mack, Would I Lie to You

Sean Lock, 8 Out of 10 Cats

Best Female Television Comic

Jo Brand, Have I Got News For You

Nina Conti, Make Me Happy: A Monkey's Search for Enlightenment

Sarah Millican, The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Sue Perkins, Have I Got News For You


Alan Carr

David Mitchell

Graham Norton

Jack Whitehall

Lee Mack

Sarah Millican

King & Queen of Comedy - Voting Details:

To call from your MOBILE

Alan Carr 6 50 58 01

Lee Mack 6 50 58 02

Sarah Millican 6 50 58 03

David Mitchell 6 50 58 04

Graham Norton 6 50 58 05

Jack Whitehall 6 50 58 06

Phone lines will open during The British Comedy Awards Nominations Show on 10.30pm, Sunday 2nd December, Channel 4. Calls cost 35p from a mobile. Details and Terms at Voting closes during the Comedy Awards on 12th December 2012

To call from your LANDLINE TELEPHONE

Alan Carr 09020 50 58 01

Lee Mack 09020 50 58 02

Sarah Millican 09020 50 58 03

David Mitchell 09020 50 58 04

Graham Norton 09020 50 58 05

Jack Whitehall 09020 50 58 06

Phone lines will open during The British Comedy Awards Nominations Show on 10.30pm, Sunday 2nd December, Channel 4. Calls cost 35p from a BT landline, other networks may vary. Details and Terms at Voting closes during the Comedy Awards on 12th December 2012

Alan Carr

Alan Carr is one of Britain's most successful and treasured comedians. His unique humour and effortless stage presence have earned him a catalogue of awards including in 2012 a National Television Award for Best Chat Show Presenter and a BAFTA nomination for Best Entertainment Performance. Now in its ninth triumphant series, Alan's award-winning Channel 4 chat show Alan Carr Chatty Man continues to go from strength-to-strength. His unique warm hospitality and infectious personality have cemented him as the perfect chat show host. 2011 also saw Alan return to the stand-up stage for the first time in four years with his Spexy Beast Arena tour. The Spexy Beast DVD release was one of the top selling stand-up DVDs of 2011. Alan also recently had the honour of hosting Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising extravaganza which raised over £8 million for Cancer Research UK.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell has had a very successful 2012. This last year saw him memorably co-host Channel 4's live satirical show 10 O'Clock Live with Charlie Brooker, Jimmy Carr and Lauren Laverne. He returned to our screens captaining the BBC1 hit panel show 'Would I Lie to You' as well as the multi-award winning sitcom 'Peep Show'. In 2013 David will film a new comedy drama series for BBC2 'Our Men In..'. David is a regular columnist for the Observer and his memoir 'Back Story' was recently published by Harper Collins.

Graham Norton

Six-time BAFTA award winning Graham Norton is one of the best-known faces on British television. His long running BBC 1 Friday night chat show - The Graham Norton Show - has featured everyone from Madonna and Lady Gaga to Daniel Craig and P Diddy and regularly attracts huge audiences. He has presented the Eurovision Song Contest since 2009 and entertains listeners ever Saturday morning on his Radio 2 show. Graham's other work for the BBC includes two successful returning series Strictly Dance Fever and The Bigger Picture as well as the acclaimed How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do and Over The Rainbow. Pretty much every television award in existence has Graham's name on it.

Jack Whitehall

As a successful and much sought-after stand up, actor, writer and presenter, Jack Whitehall has firmly established himself as one of the UK's most exciting and successful comedy talents.

Nominated for Best TV Comedy Actor, at the 2011 British Comedy Awards for Fresh Meat, Jack is back gracing the screen in series two of this hit C4 comedy drama. In August the first series of Bad Education, a sitcom written by Jack and starring him as Alfie, aired on BBC3. Jack's comedy show Hit the Road, Jack was transmitted on Channel 4 in March and in October Jack appeared as the regular panellist in the second series for Sky 1's League of Their Own. His first stand-up DVD Jack Whitehall Live, at the Hammersmith Apollo, is set to be released this November. Jack jetted off to NY in March to perform at the first ever Secret Policeman's Ball to be presented at the Radio City Hall in New York.

Jack's other recent television appearances include QI, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, The Graham Norton Show and Big Fat Quiz of the 90's.

Lee Mack

Lee Mack has firmly established himself as one of the UK's most recognisable and celebrated comedy stars. It's been an incredible year in which he authored his own autobiography - Mack the Life; brought Series 5 of his award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC1) back to our screens with Series 6 already in production; and he also continues as resident team captain on the sixth series of Would I Lie To You? (BBC1). Lee also had the honour of co-presenting the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert live from Buckingham Palace (BBC1). His energy, finely crafted one-liners, and quick ad-libs create an elusive star quality. His relentless determination to have fun is marvellously infectious, and leaves his audiences exhausted by laughter.

Sarah Millican

Our reigning British Queen of Comedy 2011 Sarah Millican has fast established herself as a household name. Her debut DVD Chatterbox Live is the biggest selling stand-up DVD by a female comedian of all time and Sarah's new DVD Thoroughly Modern Millican Live, is due for release this November. A consummate live performer, she has notched up countless appearances on top comedy shows including QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Fat Quiz, Live at the Apollo, The Jonathan Ross Show and as a headliner on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Sarah's own six part series, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, aired on BBC2 in March/April and a second series, including a Christmas Special, is currently being filmed. In June 2012 Sarah began writing her own weekly column for national magazine the Radio Times.


Gayle Harrison, Brand Director Mainstream Beer at HEINEKEN said, "Comedy plays an important role in the social lives of our core consumers, so we are delighted to be continuing our sponsorship of the British Comedy Awards. Foster's continues to be the leading sponsor of comedy in the UK with a sponsorship portfolio that as well as these prestigious national awards includes over 100 hours of Original Comedy programming on Channel 4."

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