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2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees announced

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The nominations are in for the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

The following have been nominated for Best Comedy Show:

  • James Acaster: Represent
  • Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby
  • Kieran Hodgson: Lance
  • Nish Kumar: Long Word…Long Word…Blah Blah Blah…I’m so clever
  • Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast
  • Sarah Kendall: A Day in October
  • Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!
  • Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus

The nominations for Foster’s Best Newcomer are:

  • Adam Hess: Salmon
  • Daphne do Edinburgh
  • Larry Dean: Out Now!
  • Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap
  • The Story Beast
  • Tom Ballard- Taxis  & Rainbows & Hatred
  • Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt

Nica Burns, producer of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards said: This is a record-breaking year with an eight strong shortlist for Best Comedy Show and a seven strong shortlist for Best Newcomer.

“The judging debate was the longest in the 35 year history of the comedy awards. This demonstrates the vibrancy of the Edinburgh Fringe and extraordinary range of talent on show this year.

“With 600 shows eligible the shortlist represents the diversity and breadth of style and genre. It’s exciting to welcome both established performers with outstanding new shows and new acts to the best comedy show shortlist and it’s a particularly good year for physical comedy. Between them these outstanding performers reach every funny bone.

“The Best Newcomer shortlist shows that the future of comedy in the UK is in very good hands.”

Lucy Lumsden, Chair of the Panel and Head of Comedy at Sky said: It has been a joy to watch so many incredibly talented performers who encapsulate every genre of comedy from political satire to physical comedy and everything in between.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 29 August at 12.30 at Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street.

The awards and prizes are:

  • Best Comedy Show with a cash prize of £10,000
  • Best Newcomer with a cash prize of £5,000
  • Panel Prize with a cash prize of £5,000

The winners and nominees can be seen at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show on Sunday 30 August at 15.30 (17.00) at The Grand, Pleasance Courtyard.