Edinburgh Comedy Awards: 'Unique' Jordan Brookes wins top prize

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Catherine Cohen gained highest newcomer and Jordan Brookes used to be given the highest award

Comic Jordan Brookes has scooped the highest comedy award on the Edinburgh Fringe.

The “completely distinctive” comedian’s display, I have Were given Not anything, used to be named the most productive comedy display on the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

In the meantime, New York-based Catherine Cohen gained the most productive newcomer award for her display The Twist…? She’s Stunning.

As soon as referred to as the Perrier award, earlier winners come with Al Murray the Pub Landlord, Jenny Eclair and Russell Kane.

They won their prizes from final yr’s winner, Rose Matafeo, and Stephen Fry, who used to be a part of the Cambridge Footlights which gained the primary ever Perrier in 1981.

“The Fringe manner the whole lot to me. I would not be right here with out it,” he informed them.

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Rose Matafeo and Stephen Fry introduced Jordan Brookes along with his award

Brookes used to be certainly one of 10 comedians nominated for the most productive comedy display. He wins £10,000.

The shortlist incorporated Mock the Week common Ivo Graham and London Hughes, the primary black British girl to be nominated in that class.

Awards director Nica Burns stated: “With an overly shut checklist of nominees and a nail-biting debate, the judging panel selected Jordan Brookes because the 2019 winner for his originality, his playfulness with the target market, his timing and his sheer laughter depend.

“Completely distinctive, dubbed via some critics because the comedian coup of the perimeter, there may be actually nobody like him.”

Cohen – who has a typical set at Alan Cumming’s cult cabaret night time in New York – gained rave critiques for her display about “dwelling, giggling, loving as a tender girl in as of late’s international”.

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Catherine Cohen used to be given the award for highest newcomer

As highest newcomer, she scoops a £five,000 prize.

Nica Burns stated she used to be “vastly proficient with a stupendous voice and charismatic character, an instinctual comic, very humorous”.

Audiences of color

In the meantime a undertaking which objectives to make the pageant extra out there to performances and audiences of color has been awarded the panel prize.

Dominic Maxwell, the chairman of the judging panel, stated Jessica Brough and Edge of Color started in 2018 with out a investment and no team of workers.

“In spite of that they have got controlled to construct on it in 2019 with the assistance of one of the crucial venues with 19 displays each and every giving them 25 tickets to divulge to the audiences of color they’re growing,” he stated.

“We are hoping that, during the panel prize extra other folks will know about their paintings and that the £five,000 money prize manner they’ll have some investment to glue extra performers and audiences with each and every different, extend the scheme and encourage younger, numerous other folks.”

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