Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees and winners 2015 – where are they now?

Our guide to tracking down the Fosters Comedy Awards nominees and winners post-Fringe


This article is from 2015.

Fosters Comedy Award nominees and winners – where are they now?

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So you didn't make it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year? No worries, you were probably busy. Bacon doesn't bring itself home. The good news is that missing Edinburgh doesn't mean you have to miss out on some of the best shows of the summer. We've had a look at what the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees and winners are up to now that the Fringe dust has settled

Sam Simmons and his surreal-but-surprisingly-deep show Spaghetti for Breakfast came out victorious, picking up the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show. He could probably dine out on this accolade for a few years, but he's still about, playing the Soho Theatre in London from 22 Sep–10 Oct. We gave it four stars (Simmons having finally won over our comedy editor) and now you can see what you think. If you don't fancy leaving the house, he's also got a DVD, Fail, recorded at the Warehouse Comedy Festival.

As for the others, James Acaster has jumped right into touring, taking his show, Represent, on a big UK tour spanning October to December. Nish Kumar is following suit, trekking the UK throughout late October and November, before ending the year with a run at Soho Theatre from 1–12 Dec. You can catch Sarah Kendall's A Day in October at the Brighton Dome on 18 Oct as part of Brighton Comedy Festival, while Kieran Hodgson is taking Lance to Soho Theatre from 13–17 October and Seymour Mace will be showing up regularly at the Stand in Newcastle, about once a month until the end of the year. Joseph Morpurgo, our only five-star comedy show this year, will be popping up at the Comedy Store on 21 & 30 Sep and playing Invisible Dot from 5–24 Oct. Trygve Wakenshaw, on the other hand, seems to be taking a well-deserved break.

Sofie Hagen, the bubble wee Danish soul, will be popping up at the Royal Albert Hall, no less. After winning the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, she'll be appearing with Holly Walsh on 11 Sep in a show hosted by Ray Peacock. If you still want more, she also has a podcast, Comedians Telling Stuff, which is described as 'an anecdotal comedy podcast' where six comedians are each given the same six questions. All you have to do is listen and enjoy.

The other nominees are keeping busy: Adam Hess is joining his fellow nominees in their Soho Theatre pilgrimages, taking Salmon there for a four-day run from 23–26 Sep. Doing the same are Tom Parry with Yellow T-Shirt from 29 Sep–3 Oct and Tom Ballard with Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred from 14–19 Sep. You can also hear more from Ballard on his podcast on which he chats with notable cultural figures, from fellow comedians to lawyers and even Dr Death himself. Larry Dean, the only Scot nominated this year, is working the circuit like it owes him money (and it does), playing up and down the country from Cardiff Glee Club on 11 & 12 Sep, to the Comedy Store on 24 Sep and Tattershall Castle on 2 & 3 Oct. Meanwhile, Daphne are keeping a fairly low profile, popping their heads out later in the year for a run at Invisible Dot from 30 Nov–10 Dec.

This article is from 2015.

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