Shortlist opens for the National Comedy Awards 2021

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The votes are in and the nation’s favourite comedy performers and shows have been revealed in the shortlist for the first National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer.

It’s time for the nation to decide who will be crowned champion in the viewer-voted categories with final round voting opening today. The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at the Camden Roundhouse in London on December 15th, with the ceremony airing exclusively on Channel 4.

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer will honour both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards. The categories honour the genre in all its forms with nods to fan-favourites across recent scripted and unscripted comedy, live shows, and the latest, podcast jokers all vying for votes.


How to vote

You can vote free online at

The results will be revealed at the National Comedy Awards ceremony airing next month on Channel 4 and streaming on All 4.


National Comedy Awards nominees

Best Scripted Comedy
Sex Education
This Way Up


Outstanding Comedy Actress
Aisling Bea (This Way Up)
Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)
Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)
Emma Mackey (Sex Education)


Outstanding Comedy Actor
Greg Davies (The Cleaner)
Asa Butterfield (Sex Education)
Lee Mack (Not Going Out)
Matthew Baynton (Ghosts)


Outstanding Supporting Role
Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)
Diane Morgan (Motherland)
Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)
Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)


Best Comedy Entertainment Show
Rob & Romesh Vs:
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Would I Lie To You


Outstanding Female Comedy Ent Performance   
Daisy May Cooper (Taskmaster)
Rosie Jones (Trip Hazard)
Katherine Ryan (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)
Sandi Toksvig (QI)


Outstanding Male Comedy Ent Performance
Mo Gilligan (The Lateish Show)
Sean Lock (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)
Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster)
James Acaster (Hypothetical)


Best Comedy Podcast
Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble
My Therapist Ghosted Me
Shagged Married Annoyed
Rob Beckett & Josh Widdecombe’s Parenting Hell


Best Stand-Up Show
Sarah Millican
Ricky Gervais
Katherine Ryan
Mo Gilligan
Jason Manford


Comedy Breakthrough Performer
Judi Love
Joanne McNally
Munya Chawawa
Rosie Jones
Rose Matafeo


The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer will bring the year’s best-loved comedy stars together for a night that celebrates the brilliant work of the comedy world, to help fund life-saving cancer research.

Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research. To date, the campaign has raised more than £93 million, funding 52 clinical trials and projects, involving over 11,000 patients across the country.



For press information please contact Kate Conway or Nick Walker, Channel 4 Press Office

The Short List Vote: opens at 1000 on 15th November 2021 and closes at 2359 on 13th December 2021. Votes registered outside these times will not count.


About Channel 4

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned yet commercially-funded public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. 

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with around 300 creative companies across the UK every year. 

In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4seven,, streaming service All 4 and The Box Plus Network, including 4Music.


About Stand Up To Cancer (UK) 

  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research
  • Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, turning academic breakthroughs in the labs into new treatments that make a real difference for people with cancer
  • Over £93 million has been raised in the UK to date, funding 52 clinical trials and projects involving 11,000 cancer patients across the country
  • Research projects include the development of pioneering technology to detect super low levels of cancerous DNA in blood to improve the way we diagnose ovarian cancer, developing a new immunotherapy drug to boost the power of the immune system against cancer, exploring an entirely new approach to treating bowel cancer, and much more
  • Stars such as Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, James Corden, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Richard Ayoade, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy, Danny Dyer, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Lily James, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Maya Jama, Joe Lycett and Roman Kemp are just some of the talent who have supported Stand Up To Cancer  
  • To find out more about fundraising activities visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram