Monday 25 March 2019

'I feel like I have no personality, but I have dressed funny,’ - Norton

Graham Norton and Brendan O’Carroll among winners at the British Comedy Awards.

Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney attending the British Comedy Awards at the Fountain Studios in Wembley. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney attending the British Comedy Awards at the Fountain Studios in Wembley. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Graham Norton
'King of comedy' Jack Whitehall. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Irish funnymen Brendan O’Carroll and Graham Norton were among the winners at the British Comedy Awards.

Norton celebrated a double win, taking home Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

The Cork man was not at the ceremony to collect his award but recorded a video message in which he lampooned his own navy and red outfit.

"I feel like I have no personality, but I have dressed funny. I look like I'm working with the Royal Mail this Christmas," he joked.

Meanwhile O’Carroll said it was magnificent to win the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Mrs Brown's Boys and told the audience he would "treasure it".

"Comedy is really hard,” he said.

“Even simple comedy like Mrs Brown's Boys - it is simple - it's tough.

"The one thing all comedians have - and all comic writers have - is we work our asses off."

Elsewhere Jack Whitehall has been crowned "king of comedy" for the third year running at the British Comedy Awards.

The 26-year-old scooped the publicly-voted prize ahead of nominees David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, Greg Davies and the potential queen of comedy, Jo Brand.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's spoof documentary Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos, celebrating 50 years of BBC2, won two prizes - Best TV Comedy Actor for Enfield and Best Sketch Show.

Enfield used his acceptance speech to pay homage to his sidekick, saying: "Most of all I'd like to thank duckie Whitehouse, my partner for over 30 years."

The IT Crowd's Katherine Parkinson won Best TV Comedy Actress.

Parkinson jokingly paid tribute to Lidl, which sponsored the awards, and her comedian husband.

"I really didn't expect to win so I haven't thought of anything to say other than I'd like to thank Lidl," she said. "I would also like to thank the Comedy Award Breakthrough nominee Harry Peacock.

"This is the first night out in a while when we haven't had a nappy bag between us because he's yet to be toilet trained."

Toast Of London, co-created by Matt Berry, was awarded Best New Comedy, while the gong for Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist went to Nick Helm for his role in Uncle.

"I'm actually quite humbled because I didn't think anyone would ever watch this, so good on you and bless you,” said Berry.

Would I Lie To You's Mack was crowned Best Male TV Comic, while the programme won Best Comedy Panel Show for the second year running.

Aisling Bea from 8 Out Of 10 Cats earned the title of Best Female TV Comic, while Moone Boy took Best Sitcom.

The Inbetweeners 2 earned the Best Comedy Film award and Rev was crowned Best New Comedy Drama.

Modern Family was titled Best International Comedy Programme, while Carpark won Best Internet Comedy Programme.

A pair of special awards were given out on the night. While the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award went O'Carroll, the British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Monty Python.

The event, to be screened on Channel 4, was hosted by Jonathan Ross.

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