Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

X Factor's Rylan wins comedy gongs

Rylan Clark says he has no plans to try stand-up comedy

X Factor singer Rylan Clark has proved he is the king of comedy after winning two Loaded Lafta awards.

The fake-tanned reality star won Best Joke for his quick-witted response to criticism of his singing from Gary Barlow on the ITV series.

The pair also beat competition from funnymen Jack Whitehall and James Corden to be named Funniest Double Act as the Laftas celebrated their tenth anniversary at London's Sway Bar.

Loaded readers voted for Rylan after his reply to stinging remarks about his vocal talent from the Take That singer during one of last year's live shows. Following his performance, Rylan said: "I used to be in a Take That tribute band," before Gary replied: "I hope you weren't me".

Rylan answered: "Nah, I was too skinny to be you!"

Speaking at the awards, Rylan, 24, said he had no plans to try stand-up comedy despite being a double Lafta winner. "I don't think I could ever be a stand-up comedian, I don't like standing there and telling jokes," he said.

"Music and TV is what I'm doing at the moment, I've never thought about stand-up comedy. Everyone says it but I prefer being funny by just being real."

Hosted by Soccer AM presenters Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain, this year's Laftas were awarded to stars who "epitomise our comedy culture", organisers said.

Despite winning two awards, Rylan - who was recently crowned Celebrity Big Brother winner - missed out on Funniest TV personality to Shooting Stars comic Angelos Epithemiou. Keith Lemon took home two awards, winning Best Panel Show for Celebrity Juice and Funniest Film for Keith Lemon The Movie.

Al Murray was crowned Comedy Legend almost 20 years since his first television appearance. Radio One DJ Greg James won the Funniest Radio Show award while actor Danny Dyer was named Funniest Tweeter ahead of controversial comic Frankie Boyle.

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