Some brilliant comedies miss out in the National Comedy Awards nominations

It was always going to be a difficult choice this year with so many brilliant sitcoms in particular. The votes are in and the nation’s favourite comedy performers and shows have been revealed in the shortlist for the first National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer.  Many will be amazed that Alma’s Not Normal, Back To Life and Starstruck aren’t among the nominees but this is the way viewers voted. Not that the nominees don’t deserve to be there, they are all excellent.

Best Scripted Comedy

Sex Education


This Way Up


Outstanding Comedy Actress

Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)

Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)

Emma Mackey (Sex Education)

Outstanding Comedy Actor

Greg Davies (The Cleaner)

Asa Butterfield (Sex Education)

Lee Mack (Not Going Out)

Matthew Baynton (Ghosts)

Outstanding Supporting Role

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)

Diane Morgan (Motherland)

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)

Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)

Best Comedy Entertainment Show


Rob & Romesh Vs:

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Would I Lie To You

Outstanding Female Comedy Ent Performance  

Daisy May Cooper (Taskmaster)

Rosie Jones (Trip Hazard)

Katherine Ryan (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Sandi Toksvig

Outstanding Male Comedy Ent Performance

Mo Gilligan (The Lateish Show)

Sean Lock (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Mike Wozniak (Taskmaster)

James Acaster (Hypothetical)

Best Comedy Podcast

Off Menu with Jamig (QI)es Acaster and Ed Gamble

My Therapist Ghosted Me

Shagged Married Annoyed

Rob Beckett & Josh Widdecombe’s Parenting Hell

Best Stand-Up Show

Sarah Millican

Ricky Gervais

Katherine Ryan

Mo Gilligan

Jason Manford

Comedy Breakthrough Performer

Judi Love

Joanne McNally

Munya Chawawa

Rosie Jones

Rose Matafeo

It’s time for the nation to decide who will be crowned champion in the viewer-voted categories with final round voting opening today. The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at the Camden Roundhouse in London on December 15th, with the ceremony airing exclusively on Channel 4.

How to vote

You can vote free online at

The results will be revealed at the National Comedy Awards ceremony airing next month on Channel 4 and streaming on All 4.

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer will honour both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards. The categories honour the genre in all its forms with nods to fan-favourites across recent scripted and unscripted comedy, live shows, and the latest, podcast jokers all vying for votes.

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer will bring the year’s best-loved comedy stars together for a night that celebrates the brilliant work of the comedy world, to help fund life-saving cancer research. Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research. To date, the campaign has raised more than £93 million, funding 52 clinical trials and projects, involving over 11,000 patients across the country.

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