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Alan Carr wins British Comedy Award

10th December 2008

Alan Carr is best known for hosting TV shows the Sunday Night Project and Celebrity Ding Dong.  Accepting his award from US actor Alec Baldwin, Alan said: "Thank you ever so much, see you on Celeb Air."

The British Comedy Awards regularly attract of audiences of around ten million, and was hosted this year by Angus Deayton.

Sharon Horgan won the award for Best Comedy Entertainment Actress for the BBC show Pulling.

Harry Hill's TV Burp won the award for the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme, for which Friday Night with Jonathan Ross had also been shortlisted.

Controversial comedian Russell Brand has won the best live stand-up award at the British Comedy Awards.

Ricky Gervais won Best Television Comedy Actor for the Extras Christmas Special. Ricky could not be at the event to accept his award in person, so instead he had prepared a video message in which he appeared in bed, in his pyjamas!

Striking a poignant note in the night's proceedings was the Outstanding Contribution to Comedy award. This was given posthumously to comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins who died in a road crash earlier this year, aged 55.

Perkins was the comic genius behind many of British TV's best-loved comedy shows, including Father Ted, the Catherine Tate show and the Fast Show.

Deayton, who had worked with Perkins on many occasions, paid tribute to his "good friend". 
"He was not necessarily a household name but he should have been," said Deayton.

The award was accepted by Perkins's daughter Charlotte who said her father would have been "extremely surprised and utterly honoured to receive this award". She added that her father loved everything about his work.

Golden Balls host Jasper Carrott picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award, handed to him by actor Robert Powell.

Television writer David Renwick, who is known for One Foot in the Grave as well as mystery series Jonathan Creek, was given the Ronnie Barker Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award.


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