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2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees are announced

Posted at 3:00 pm, August 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News

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.



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

We’re sad that Kraken – Trygve Wakenshaw‘s sublime physical comedy piece – didn’t get a mention. Nor did Josie Long’s beautiful new show ‘Cara Josephine‘. But, overall, they’re cracking lists.

Take a look at the top ten comedy shows in London this month.

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