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Malcolm Hardee Award nominations announced

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Malcolm Hardee

The nominations are out for this year’s Malcolm Hardee Awards, which honour those acts with the best publicity stunts and most original shows at the Fringe, in honour of the late godfather of comedy Hardee.

Up for the Cunning Stunt Award this year are…

• Richard Herring at Pleasance Courtyard for not printing posters this Festival, and instead using the money to give punters a free DVD of his past performances.

• Lewis Schaffer in the Free Festival for responding to that stunt by also giving away free Richard Herring DVDs to his audience (well, technically he sold them, but at a fiver a time for charity).

• Gareth Morinan in the Free Fringe for listing his show eleven times in the Fringe Programme, because doing so was cheaper than buying a quarter page ad and got him more page space.

• Barry Ferns in the Free Festival for printing up fake editions of the Broadway Baby review sheet and our very own Daily Edition, both including six star reviews for his show. The ThreeWeeks spoof was realistic enough for a couple of people to ask if we were in some way involved!

Meanwhile, up for the Comic Originality honour this time are Red Bastard (Assembly), Ursual Burns (Free Fringe) and Adrienne Truscott (Bob’s Bookshop).

The third Hardee gong, for Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid, won’t be presented this year, and instead a new Pound Of Flesh Award will be given to Ellis & Rose, after Rose punched Ellis in the face four times, so his comedy partner could claim he’d been beaten up in the street after a member of the public took offence at their second show ‘Jimmy Savile: The Punch and Judy Show’. They even blamed the review of said show by Chortle Editor Steve Bennett – which revealed the duo were behind the performance – for helping the fictional attacker.

The winners of this year’s Malcolm Hardee Awards will announced on Friday night during the ‘Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! Free! It’s the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show’ at The Counting House from 11pm.

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