Each year, the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel watch every single one of the 500 plus eligible comedy shows at the Fringe and whittles them down to a shortlist of the funniest comedy shows at the festival. 'But what of us Londonites?' we hear you cry. Don't you worry, for those that couldn't make it to Scotland, most of the nominees are bringing their shows to London.
This page will be updated as the 2013 winners and nominees announce dates in our city, and in the meantime, you can already book tickets for the following.
2013's triumphant winner was Bridget Christie, whose passionate, wonderfully silly attack on everyday sexism, 'A Bic for Her', was one of the most talked about shows of the festival, right from day one.
Carl Donnelly – Now That's What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V
Cheeky, chatty storyteller Carl Donnelly focuses on a wildlife-filled trip to Australia, accidentally shitting your pants, and why the world would be better if we were all gay in his hour of anecdotes.
Mike Wozniak – Take the Hit
Moustachioed maestro Mike Wozniak – or 'The King of Showbusiness', as he prefers to be called – subtly, and quite brilliantly, subverts the comedy cliché of mother-in-law gags in 'Take the Hit'.
Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King
Walsh provides expertly crafted observations on drinking culture, hangovers and, well, being lazy in 'The Lie-In King'. He's developed into a talented physical comedian and an ace impressionist.
Matt Okine – Being Black & Chicken & S#%t
Friendly Aussie youngster Matt Okine discusses his African/European roots in his solo show, as well as throwing in witty observations about seafood and toasters.
Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Com
Romesh Ranganathan proved he's a talent to keep an eye on with his confident stand-up show about his distain for his kids and racial stereotypes.
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Backyard Comedy Club
One of London's much-needed, dedicated comedy clubs, run by British stand-up Lee Hurst, star of 'They Think it's All Over', who you can occasionally find performing here. At just a stone's throw from Bethnal Green, the Backyard is a good place to find up-and-coming comedians, plus since 2013, they've also hosted variety shows, cabaret, swing dancing and more. There's also a bar, pizzas, pool, fussball and darts.