Nominees include Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve, political drama The Thick of It and children’s sketch show Horrible Histories. Olivia Colman has found herself nominated twice in the Best TV Comedy Actress category while Radio Times columnist Sarah Millican is up for both Best Female Television Comic and Queen of Comedy.
While most of the category winners will be decided by the British Comedy Awards jury, viewers votes decide who is crowned the King or Queen of Comedy. The comics up for the award this year are Alan Carr, Lee Mack, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall and RT’s Sarah Millican.
Britain’s funny men and women will have to wait until 12 December to find out who’s won, when the results will be announced in a live show at 9pm on Channel 4. This year’s show will be hosted, as ever, by Jonathan Ross.
Here are the nominations in full:
Best Comedy Entertainment Programme Alan Carr Chatty Man Celebrity Juice Harry Hill’s TV Burp The Graham Norton Show
Best Sketch Show Cardinal Burns Facejacker Horrible Histories Very Important People
Best Sitcom Hunderby Rev The Thick of It Twenty Twelve
Best New Comedy Programme Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life Cardinal Burns Hunderby Moone Boy
Best TV Comedy Actor Hugh Bonneville – Twenty Twelve Peter Capaldi – The Thick of It Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life Tom Hollander – Rev
Best TV Comedy Actress Jessica Hynes – Twenty Twelve Olivia Colman – Rev Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve Rebecca Front – The Thick of It
Best Male Television Comic David Mitchell Harry Hill Lee Mack Sean Lock
Best Female Television Comic Jo Brand Nina Conti Sarah Millican Sue Perkins
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality Charlie Brooker Graham Norton Harry Hill Stephen Fry
Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist David Rawle – Moone Boy Morgana Robinson – Very Important People Nina Conti – Make Me Happy: A Monkey’s Search for Enlightenment Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns – Cardinal Burns
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