Winners of the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards were announced at a ceremony on Saturday 25 August at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. The Awards were presented by 1992 Winner Steve Coogan and 2017 Best Comedy Show joint winner John Robins
The prize money for Best Comedy Show is £10,000 with £5,000 each for the Best Newcomer and the Panel Prize winner.
The nominees for Best Newcomer are:
Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo
Maisie Adam: Vague
Olga Koch: Fight
Sara Barron: For Worse
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse
Sindhu Vee: Sandhog
The winner of the award for Best Newcomer is Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo
Nica Burns said: An utterly original show, a totally hilarious spoof with a completely unexpected ending. Beautifully written, perfectly performed with the stylish wit of an outstanding comedy performer that is Ciarán Dowd. A star in the making.
The Panel Prize goes to Angela Barnes, Sameena Zehra, Pauline Eyre and the Home Safe Collective. An idea catching the spirit of the Fringe, this initiative was started following the brutal murder of Eurydice Dixon, a Melbourne comic who was attacked on her way home from a gig. For the Edinburgh Fringe donations were used to set up account with CityCabs in Edinburgh, whose drivers are police checked.
The Panel Prize of £5,000 will be donated to the Home Safe campaign to be used for next year’s Fringe.
BEST COMEDY SHOW
The nominees for Best Comedy Show:
Ahir Shah: Duffer
Alex Edelman: Just For Us
Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut
Glenn Moore: Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It
Kieran Hodgson: ’75
Larry Dean: Bampot
Rose Matafeo: Horndog
The winner of the Award for Best Comedy Show is Rose Matafeo: Horndog
Nica Burns said: New Zealander Rose Matafeo, the fizzing charismatic 26 year old voice of Millennials triumphs in a nail-bitingly close year. Funny and sassy she riffs about love, adolescence and social media obsession to a pop culture soundtrack. An utterly joyful adrenalin high.
The panel, chaired by Stephen Armstrong – Comedy Critic, Sunday Times, consisted of seven professionals and three comedy punters representing the public.
● Gayle Anderson – Arts Writer and Herald Comedy Critic
● Jane Dempsey – Public Panellist
● Joe Gardner – Public Panellist
● Morwenna Gordon – Commissioning Editor, Sky Comedy
● Richard Morris – Producer, BBC Studios Comedy
● Sarah Asante – Assistant Commissioner, BBC Comedy
● Saurabh Kakkar –Executive Producer (Comedy), Big Talk Productions
● Tashi Radha – Public Panellist
● Tristram Fane Saunders – Commissioning Editor/Culture Writer, The Telegraph
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