Who will win Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2017?

Nica Burns at Lastminute comedy awards shortlist eent
Nica Burns at Lastminute comedy awards shortlist eent
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THERE’S an exciting weekend ahead for the acts short-listed for the prestigious 2017 lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Comedy Show and Best Newcomer gongs.

It’s a record breaking year for Awards which boast their longest shortlist ever for the Best Comedy Show accolade.

And the nominations for Best Comedy Show are: Ahir Shah’s Control, Elf Lyons’ Swan, Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, John Robins’ The Darkness of Robins, Jordan Brookes’ Body of Work, Mae Martin’ Dope, Mat Ewins Presents Adventureman 7’ The Return of Adventureman, Sophie Willan’ Branded, and Spencer Jones’ The Audition.

Awards director Nica Burns, says, “70 years of the Fringe, 700 eligible shows: a record breaking year for comedy.

“An excellent long, long-list resulted in a particularly passionate and lively debate by the 10 strong judging panel.

“It is unprecedented to see an almost gender-equal list with four women on the shortlist of nine, one more nomination than in 2015 and 2016, and some exciting new names for the public to discover.”

The list of nominees for the Best Newcomer Award includes 28-year-old ex-bouncer Darren Harriott, with a genial but brave take on today’s issues; warm-hearted 23-year-old Lauren Pattison for her highly polished debut sharing her funny and poignant look at relationships; Lucy Pearman for her surreal and endearing first full length debut as an unmarried maid on the hunt for the perfect cabbage; and blood-drenched, chainsaw-wielding Rob Kemp for the cult-in-the-making The Elvis Dead.

Also short-listed are Ed Night, confident beyond his 21 years, he tackles the big issues of his generation; the warm and happy stories of postman turned comedian Chris Washington; laid-back junior Doctor Kwame Asante with gentle observations on life, racism and identity; and Natalie Palamides in a wonderfully enthralling dark comedy about a woman’s relationship with her own fertility.

Burns adds, “The shortlist for lastminute.com Best Newcomer is the most diverse ever, young and exciting.”

The winners will be announced by Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton of the League of Gentlemen and Richard Gadd on Saturday, at a ceremony at the Dovecote Studios.

2017 lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show, EICC, Morrison Street, Sunday 3.30pm, £14, 0131-226 0000