Belfast Telegraph

Whitehall a double comedy winner

Jack Whitehall has enjoyed a double win at the British Comedy Awards.

The stand-up comedian picked up the best TV comedy actor award for his role in Channel 4's Fresh Meat, then crowned his achievement by collecting the king of comedy prize voted for by viewers during the televised show.

And as he collected his second gong he was joined on stage by his grumbling father Michael, a talent agent and TV sidekick, who berated ceremony host Jonathan Ross for insulting him from the stage earlier in the event.

Other winners at the show included Miranda Hart who was named best TV comedy actress, and Paul Whitehouse picked up an honorary prize for his contribution to comedy writing.

But the event was derailed by a rambling introduction from comic Johnny Vegas as he handed over Whitehouse's prize, and his lengthy contribution meant lifetime achievement award recipient Steve Coogan was cut off just moments before he launched into his speech. Coogan was showered with confetti and the credits ran just as he was getting into his stride.

In addition to his honorary prize, Whitehouse also collected best sketch show award for Harry And Paul, which he and Harry Enfield last won in 2009.

He headed to the stage with a pal who made random hand gestures and pretended to be doing sign language for the deaf, in a reference to the fake signer at the Nelson Mandela memorial service.

Ventriloquist and stand-up Nina Conti picked up the best female TV comic award for her Live At The Apollo performance and was shocked by her win, saying: "That is totally ridiculous."

Lee Mack was another double winner - he was named best male TV comic, and his series Would I Lie To You - in which he appears with Rob Brydon and David Mitchell - which was named best comedy panel show.

Mack used his acceptance speech to work Ross like a ventriloquist dummy and throw his voice. Mack pretended to make Ross apologise to former Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs for the prank "Sachsgate" call he made, leaving a smutty phone message.

"I would like to offer my resignation and give Lee Mack the opportunity to host his own chat show on ITV," he made Ross say.

Australian comedian Adam Hills won the best comedy breakthrough artist prize. Hills, who won for hosting Channel 4's late night satirical show The Last Leg, was in Australia where he and his wife have just had their second baby.

Graham Norton's BBC One chat show was named best entertainment programme.

Whitehall beat performers such as Mitchell, Norton, Mack, Alan Carr and Sarah Millican to top the public vote in the king of comedy category.

"It is an honour to win this on the same night as Paul Whitehouse, Steve Coogan and Will Ferrell - all my comedy heroes. If the Chuckle Brothers were thrown in as well it would be a clean sweep of all of my heroes," Whitehall said.


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