The nominees for the biggest gong in the comedy world – the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award – have just been announced. The prize (formerly known at the Perrier Award) is the most prestigious out there for live comedy, and previous winners include Steve Coogan, Lee Evans, Frank Skinner and Daniel Kitson.
So, here are this year’s nominees, both for Best Show and Best Newcomer.
FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD 2014 NOMINEES
James Acaster – Recognise
Third nomination for this smart, understated stand-up.
Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Wasn’t Built In a Day
The only nominee we’ve yet to see, but Ranganathan’s always wonderfully misanthropic.
Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man
Extreme surrealism from the Aussie loon.
Sara Pascoe vs History
Hugely intelligent, passionate, down-to-earth stand-up about complex ideas. Read our review
Alex Horne – Monsieur Butterfly
Delightfully ambitious stuff. Horne builds an elaborate contraption on stage each night. Read our review
John Kearns – Shtick
Last year’s Best Newcomer winner’s follow-up is more sublime absurdism.
Liam Williams – Capitalism
Densely layered super-smart miserablism. Read our review
Steen Raskopoulos – I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business
Joyfully silly, audience interactive character comedy. Read our review
Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out
Cosy stand-up about life in Hull.
Dane Baptiste – Citizen Dane
Strong, confident, laidback stand-up.
Alex Edelman – Millennial
Neurotic, well-honed stand-up from this young American. Read our review
Lazy Susan – Extreme Humans
Smart sketch comedy from two deft, subtle performers. Read our review
Gein’s Family Giftshop – Volume 1
Relentlessly puerile but very engaging sketch trio. Read our review
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