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.


Well the jetlag is starting to kick in, been up since 4am which proved surprisingly productive re thinking about work, but not sure how I’ll be feeling later in my meeting at Diageo with the heads of Global and European Innovation.

Whilst I’ve been away I see that UA clients have been busy winning awards and appearing on stage, screen and radio.

The 2011 British Comedy Awards saw Horrible Histories (starring wonderful Jim Howick) pick up yet another gong, this one for Best Sketch Show.

Dan Renton Skinner won the award for Comedy Breakthrough Artist. Shooting Stars in which he also appears won Best Comedy Panel Show.

Joe Thomas collected two awards on the evening.  Fresh Meat won Best New Comedy Programme and The Inbetweeners won The British Comedy Academy Outstanding Achievement Award.

On stage, James Corden is off the Broadway to wow American audiences in Richard Bean’s hot comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. Fellow cast members Suzie Toase, Claire Lams and Fred Ridgeway are going too. Lucky New York!

And for all you book-lovers, The London Train by Tessa Hadley has been selected for the new Waterstones Book Club launching on Thursday.

Have a look at our home page for more stories – you’ll see that The Iron Lady is awash with UA talent – guess who is playing Carol Thatcher?