Hannah Begbie had a brace of winners at this year’s Chortle Awards.

I wrote about the nominations at the end of February, and the winners were unveiled at a ceremony hosted at the Cafe De Paris in London on Tuesday night.

The Chortle Awards are voted for by the general public and I was delighted to see that Tim Key came away with much-deserved silverware, winning Best Show for his brilliant Masterslut.

The Idiots of Ants‘ loyal online fans came through to vote them Best Character or Sketch Act. Proof that you don’t need a big traditional television audience to be popular.

Tim and the Idiots only have about 5 minutes to celebrate their win as they are off to the other side of the world.

They will be spreading their particular brand of wonderful comedy in Melbourne as part of the famous Comedy Festival.

The Idiots’ very first gig is on Thursday 29th March in the Town Hall’s Powder Room in Melbourne and you can buy tickets HERE.

Tim Key will be at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio from the 12th to the 22nd April and you can buy tickets HERE.

The Idiots are not just performing in Melbourne though. I’m waiting for the full schedule but I do know they are taking a trip to Sydney, and will be introducing themselves to New Zealand in Auckland and Taupo (lucky Antipodeans!). Do go and see them if you live anywhere near any of those cities (well, Taupo isn’t a city, but it is a busy town attracting visitors from all over the world). I’ll bring you the venues/dates when I have them.


I’m going to have huge trouble with this year’s Chortle Awards as we have so many UA clients in the same categories.Adam Riches, who won the last Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, has not one, but three nominations: Breakthrough Act, Best Show and Best Character or Sketch Act. If you haven’t seen his wonderfully anarchic show Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches, you should not rest until you get a ticket, (possibly not sitting at the front though). He’s at the Soho Theatre in London until the 17th March.

Adam shares the nomination for Best Character or Sketch Act with the fabulous Idiots of Ants (they are the ones with the over 10 million hits on Youtube) .

Tim Key has been nominated for his Masterslut show which featured collections of pithy poems and short stories with some lovely short films. Time Out said it’s subtle, shambolic, occasionally moving and gloriously funny.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Stephen Merchant is nominated for his tour Hello Ladies; Joe Thomas of Inbetweeners fame, and Jack Whitehall star in the hilarious Fresh Meat which is up for Best Television; as is Sorry I’ve Got No Head (masquerades as a children’s show, but is one of the funniest programmes on TV) with Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Mohammed and David Armand.

Tim Key and Nick Mohammed pop up again in the Best Radio category for Party with Jonny Sweet; and The Wrestling starring Andrew Maxwell and yes, Adam Riches has been nominated for the Innovation award.

The voting is open and all you have to do is click the link HERE to start.