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Edinburgh Comedy Award Judges Can’t Pick A Winner?

Last week you gave you an insight into each of the comedians that were in the running for the Edinburgh comedy award. 

This year was record breaking all round. It was the most people ever to be in the running and it also had the most women ever to be in the line up. While they were at it why not keep going and make more changes?

See the nominated comedians in the link below.

Nominations For Edinburgh Comedy Award


Obviously having 9 contestants for the first time gave the judges too many options and they couldn’t pick just one winner.  Hannah Gadsby and John Robins were such close contenders that they couldn’t decide between them – so have given both the £10,000 first prize.

“Both shows, which could not be more different, were hotly debated and fiercely fought for,” said Nica Burns, the West End stage producer and long-standing director of the fringe awards, at the ceremony on Saturday.

“Comedy has many possibilities and audiences very different funny bones. These two incredibly talented winners make you laugh and touch your heart.

“And yes, they will both receive £10,000 each so it’s been an expensive year,” she said, adding that it was unlikely two acts would share the award again. “Long may comedy break the rules.”


John Robins puts on a personal candid show about being dumped by his girlfriend in The Darkness of Robbins. His ex and subject of the show Sara Pascoe who is also doing a show giving a detailed account of the same event.

Robins, a 35-year-old Bristolian, accepted his award, he said: “The first person to congratulate me [on being nominated] was Sara, and I’m wearing the lucky beagle [charm] she gave me before the festival.”


Hannah Gadsby has promised never to do stand-up again. She was won the prestigious Barry award at the Melbourne comedy festival. Her show is about about gender violence and the limits of comedy. In Edinburgh she announced Nanette was going to be her last ever stand-up show: “Comedy’s a joke,” growls Hannah Gadsby, moments into her new show. “There’s only so long I can pretend not to be serious.” I’m quitting comedy. Done. Bored.” Gadsby has lost patience with the elisions and deceptions standup entails. “I’ve made my story into a joke,”

We wonder will winning this award change her mind?



The seven other nominees for the best show award this year were: Ahir Shah, Elf Lyons, Jordan Brookes, Mae Martin, Mat Ewins, Sophie Willan and Spencer Jones.



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