Chortle Awards

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The Chortle awards were set up in 2002 by the comedy website Chortle to honour the best of established stand-up comics currently working in the UK. As of 2002, the Chortle Awards are the only UK-based awards that solely honour the live work of stand-up comedians at a professional level. [ citation needed ] A panel of reviewers draw up a shortlist, which is presented for public vote at the Chortle website. [1]













In 2012, Charlie Brooker won the TV award for Black Mirror and his work on 10 O'Clock Live , while Stewart Lee was awarded "best standup DVD" for the second series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle . Lee's former comic partner Richard Herring won the internet award. Dylan Moran won "best tour", Tim Key was awarded "best show", and Simon Munnery received the award for innovation. [2] Prior to the awards, Chortle responded to accusations of sexism (of 54 nominees, only two were women). Editor Steve Bennett described the controversy as "a storm we never saw coming." [3]





  • London: Soho Theatre
  • South: Komedia Brighton
  • North: Frog and Bucket
  • East and Midlands: Birmingham Glee
  • Wales and West: Komedia Bath
  • Scotland: Stand Edinburgh
  • London: 99 Club Soho
  • South: Bent Double, Brighton Komedia
  • North: XS Malarkey
  • East and Midlands: The Comedy Cow Milton Keynes
  • Wales and West: Buffalo Bar Cardiff
  • Scotland: Red Raw at Glasgow Stand


  • London: 99 Club Leicester Square/The Bill Murray
  • South: Komedia Brighton
  • North: Frog and Bucket (Manchester)
  • East and Midlands: Birmingham Glee
  • Wales and West: The Glee (Cardiff)
  • Scotland: The Stand (Edinburgh)
  • London: 99 Club Ku Bar
  • South: Bent Double (Brighton)
  • North: XS Malarkey (Manchester)
  • East and Midlands: No winner (insufficient votes cast) :*Wales and West: Buffalo Comedy Club (Cardiff)
  • Scotland: Red Raw (Edinburgh)


The winners were announced in March 2018, and marked the first time that women had won more than half of the award in the live comedy category. [4] [5]

  • London: The Bill Murray
  • The North: Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
  • The South: Brighton Komedia
  • Midlands and the East: Norwich Playhouse
  • Scotland: The Stand, Edinburgh
  • London: 99 Club Leicester Square
  • The North: XS Malarkey, Manchester
  • Wales and West: Buffalo Comedy, Cardiff
  • London: Quantum Leopard
  • The North: Comedy Balloon, Manchester
  • The South: Goat Comedy, Brighton


The winners were announced in March 2019. [6]


The winners were announced in March 2020. [7]

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