Sarah Kendall has been announced as one of the eight nominations for this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award.
Kendall, whose show A Day in October is playing at Assembly George Square Studios until Sunday, joins James Acaster, Joseph Morpurgo, Kieran Hodgson, Nish Kumar, Sam Simmons, Seymour Mace and Trygve Wakenshaw in the shortlist for Best Comedy Show.
Discussing the nominations, Nica Burns, producer of the awards said: “The judging debate was the longest in the 35 year history of the comedy awards. Between them these outsanding performers reach every funny bone.”
All nominees will be attending a press call on Thursday, 27th August at the Gilded Balloon, and the winner of both Best Comedy Show and Best Newcomer will be announced on Saturday afternoon. The winner of the Best Comedy Show will take home a cash prize of £10,000.
All the nominees can be seen at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show on Sunday 30th August at The Grand, Pleasance Courtyard from 3:30pm.
Kendall joins a long, prestigious line of TVO regulars nominated for the award in its 35 year history, with Steve Coogan, The League of Gentlemen, The Mighty Boosh, Garth Marenghi and Gary Le Strange all winning prizes, and other nominees including Noel Fielding, Dutch Elm Conservatoire, Cariad Lloyd, Tony Law and Aisling Bea. Sarah was previously nominated for the main prize in 2004, alongside Chris Addison and Reginald D Hunter, but lost to The Boat That Rocked star Will Adamsdale. We’re hoping history doesn’t repeat itself this time around. For starters it’d be a bit confusing for Will Adamsdale, who isn’t even in Edinburgh this year. But anyway…
Best of luck to all the nominees from all at TVO. We’d be lying if we said we wanted you to win, as Sarah is one of our favourite people on the planet, but genuinely good luck to you all. While we wait agonisingly, you can revisit our extensive interview with Kendall from earlier this year, and catch a classic slice of Kendall (mint?) cake below.