Everything that happened at the National Comedy Awards 2023

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18 Feb 2023, 15:59

And the winners are...

The winners of The National Comedy Awards were revealed last night (Friday, February 17th) in a star-studded ceremony hosted by comedian Tom Allen and broadcast live on Channel 4.

The awards honoured both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public having voted on key prizes in a variety of categories that celebrate the world of comedy in all its forms.

After Life was the big winner on the night, with the Netflix series taking home a hat-trick of awards, winning Best Scripted Comedy, Outstanding Comedy Actor for Ricky Gervais and Outstanding Supporting Role for Diane Morgan

Chris and Rosie Ramsay’s Shagged Married Annoyed won Best Comedy Podcast for the second ear running. Also for the second time, Katherine Ryan received the Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance and Taskmaster won Best Comedy Entertainment Show.

Derry Girls' Saoirse Monica Jackson received the award for Best Comedy Actress and elsewhere Lee Mack was named Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performer.

Artist Sir Grayson Perry, Smack the Pony stars Fiona Allen and Doon Mackichan, Katherine Ryan and Munya Chawawa, Bill Bailey, Jack Dee, and Amelia Dimoldenberg and Self Esteem were among those on trophy giving duties.

Following a live fan vote during the ceremony, Joe Lycett won the Best Stand-Up Show Award for his show, Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Joe Lycett? How Do You Joe Lycett?

The Birmingham born comic was also awarded the Comedy Game Changer Award, receiving a standing ovation as he took to the stage to accept the gong from Sir Grayson Perry. With his tongue firmly in cheek, Joe paid tribute to Liz Truss, Nadine Dorries and Hugo Boss, amongst others.

“I’ve written some names of people I should thank," said Joe. "Liz Truss, couldn’t do it without you, girl. Hugo Boss, I’d like to thank Hugo Boss for designing those lovely Nazi uniforms and then to the company Hugo Boss for their unending appetite to protect their intellectual copyright. To everyone on Twitter with a football logo as their profile picture for keeping me grounded. To Nadine Dorries for everything she’s done for culture. To the BBC chairman Richard Sharp for that loan you gave me, thank you Richard. I was struggling when I started out and he kept me afloat..."

He continued, "I’d like to dedicate this award to the Channel 4 lawyers who protected me throughout my career from myself. And with that in mind, I’d like to say Richard Sharp should stand down as the BBC chairman and that’s not my opinion but the opinion of Channel 4 television. Thank you so much.” 

The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer also saw video messages from Sir Eric Idle and Rhod Gilbert, who both spoke about their experiences of cancer.

The National Comedy Awards winners and nominees in full:

Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performer

Fern Brady (Taskmaster)

Sandi Toksvig (QI)

Judi Love (Taskmaster)

Katherine Ryan (Backstage with Katherine Ryan) - WINNER

Sarah Millican (Taskmaster)

Best Comedy Podcast

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell 

Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey - WINNER

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

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Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performer

Greg Davies (Taskmaster)

Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party)

Munya Chawawa (Taskmaster)

Lee Mack (Would I Lie to You?) - WINNER

Alex Horne (Taskmaster)

Outstanding Comedy Actress

Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)

Saoirse Monica Jackson (Derry Girls) - WINNER

Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters)

Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)

Daisy May Cooper (Am I Being Unreasonable?)

Best Comedy Entertainment Show

The Graham Norton Show 

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Taskmaster - WINNER

The Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show 

Outstanding Comedy Actor

Dylan Llewellyn (Big Boys)

Ricky Gervais (After Life) - WINNER

Joseph Gilgun (Brassic)

Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts)

Stephen Merchant (Outlaws)

Best Comedy Panel Show 

Mock the Week

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - WINNER


Would I Lie to You?

Best Stand-Up Show 

Sam Campbell: Comedy Show

Tim Key: Mulberry

Amy Gledhill: The Girl Before The Girl You Marry

Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Joe Lycett? How Do You Joe Lycett? - WINNER

Jordan Gray: Is It A Bird?

Outstanding Supporting Role

Jamie Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls)

David Earl (After Life)

Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)

Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls)

Diane Morgan (After Life) - WINNER

Best Scripted Comedy


Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

Derry Girls 

After Life - WINNER

Comedy Game Changer Award

Joe Lycett

Impact in Comedy Award

Mo Gilligan

Comedy Breakthrough Star Awards

Susan Wokoma

Jordan Gray

Lenny Rush