ED2011 News

Riches and Ker take Edinburgh Comedy Awards

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Adam Riches

So, well done Adam Riches, the winner of this year’s main prize at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

The character comedian took the prestigious prize for his 2011 show ‘Bring Me The Head Of Adam Riches’. According to Chortle, he accepted his prize at the lunchtime awards event by saying: “Wow, thank you very much, it’s terrific. Very overwhelming. When you come up you have limited ambition, you just want to put a good show together, so thank you to the panel”.

ThreeWeeks spoke to Adam earlier this festival and asked him what he felt made a good comedy show. He said: “Just keeping it simple and making it funny. I think it’s important for an audience to get what it is you are and what it is that’s funny about you as quickly as possible, so that they can relax and be taken anywhere you want”. You can read the full interview here.

The Edinburgh Comedy Award’s newcomer prize for 2011 went to the marvellous Humphrey Ker, one third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls, for his solo show ‘Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!’. ThreeWeeks also caught up with Humphrey this Fringe, and he provided us with a rather unique guide to the historic Festival City, which you can read here.

In addition to the main two prizes, the Edinburgh Comedy Award panel also give out an additional gong to a performer or event that they think made this year’s festival extra special, and this year that went to Max & Ivan for their rather fine The Wrestling extravaganza.

Well done one and all.