The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer honours both emerging and established comedy talent, with the British public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards voted for by industry peers.
Sex Education scooped a clean sweep of awards in the scripted categories with Emma Mackey winning Outstanding Comedy Actress, Asa Butterfield winning Outstanding Comedy Actor, Ncuti Gatwa winning Outstanding Supporting Role and the series itself triumphing in the Best Scripted Comedy category. On collecting his award, Asa Butterfield jokingly thanked “thousands of Brazilian teenage girls” for voting.
Harry Hill led a special tribute to his friend Sean Lock, who later in the evening was announced as winner in the Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performance for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In two special recognition awards, Billy Connolly was awarded the Victoria Wood Lifetime Achievement Award and Sharon Horgan received the Caroline Aherne Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award.
The hotly contested Best Stand-Up Show award was won by Ricky Gervais.
Katherine Ryan received the Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and on collecting her trophy remarked talked about Jimmy Carr’s roast jokes, remarking “that’s a genre of comedy he happens to be the best at, and I think it’s really important that we all protect that genre, even if people get offended by it.”
Best Comedy Entertainment Show was awarded to Taskmaster, with Greg Davies thanked voters and “the person who is undeniably at the heart of it, is little Alex Horne”.
After a meteoric year on little and large screens, Munya Chawawa was voted Best Breakthrough Performer. He joked “There was a time that I really did believe that my future would be touring small northern towns as a JLS tribute act; thanks to this award, that will not happen for at least another five years.”
Chris and Rosie Ramsey’s podcast Shagged, Married, Annoyed was voted Best Comedy Podcast. On stage, Rosie told her husband Chris “I love you… There’s nobody else I’d rather win this award with”.