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Adam Riches Beats Favourite at Edinburgh Comedy Awards

30th August 2011

Comedian Adam Riches has trounced favourite Nick Helm to take the top spot at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Veteran standup Omid Djalili presented him with the £10,000 cash prize.

Riche’s show, Bring me the head of Adam Riches, invites the audience to play swingball and impersonate Daniel Day-Lewis.

Best known before this year's fringe for slipping on a probiotic yoghurt and breaking his leg onstage during a show in 2008, Riches has been to the Festival five times previously.

Judges praised his "trademark mix of character comedy, anarchic stagecraft and a fearless level of audience engagement". Nica Burns, the West End impresario and producer of the awards, said Riches was "utterly original, extremely funny and a huge talent. He will no doubt be seen on your television screens in the near future."

Riches said: "Today I was just a bundle of nerves. But to get it was fantastic and overwhelming."

The best newcomer award was won by Humphrey Ker for his second world war pastiche, Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher. Ker is a veteran of the popular sketch troupe The Penny Dreadfuls, but this year's show was his first solo outing.

The panel prize, awarded to events that best invoke the "spirit of the fringe," went to The Wrestling, a one-off, late-night event that pitched standup comedians against professional wrestlers.

Formerly known as the Perriers, the Edinburgh comedy Awards were first presented in 1981, when the winning Cambridge Footlights troupe included the young Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson.

Below is a full list of the nominees:

Best Comedy Show
Adam Riches: Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches
Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On
Chris Ramsey: Offermation
Josie Long: The Future Is Another Place
Nick Helm: Dare to Dream
Sam Simmons: Meanwhile
Best Newcomer 
Cariad Lloyd: Lady Cariad's Characters
The Chris and Paul Show
Hannibal Buress: My Name is Hannibal: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience
Holly Walsh: The Hollycopter
Humphrey Ker: Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!
Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life
Thom Tuck: Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD
Totally Tom

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