Matt Berry is the Toast of the British Comedy Awards

Toast Of London star Matt Berry looks set to be the toast of The British Comedy Awards after his show racked up six nominations.

Co-creator and star Matt is up for three awards himself - Best Actor for Toast of London, Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist for his role in BBC show House Of Fools and Best Internet Comedy Short for his film Lone Wolf.

While the BBC and Channel 4 dominate the nominations, ITV has earned just one nod - for Ant and Dec, in the running for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality for their hosting skills on reality show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's spoof documentary Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos, celebrating 50 years of BBC Two, has four nominations, including Best Comedy Actor for both Enfield and Whitehouse.

In addition to Matt's Best Actor nomination, the show is up for Best Sitcom, Best New Comedy Programme, Best Comedy Moment, Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist (for Harry Peacock) and Best TV Comedy Actress (Doon Mackichan).

Comedy veterans Monty Python's Flying Circus are in the running for two awards for their reunion show Monty Python Live (Mostly) and its accompanying documentary on UKTV.

The ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Ross, will be staged in December and will screen on Channel 4.

Two new categories have been introduced - Best Internet Comedy Short and Best Comedy Moment of 2014. And the Best Comedy Film and Best International Comedy Programme categories have been reinstalled, with Lena Dunham's critically acclaimed Girls among the four US shows in the running.

There will be two special awards given out on the night - the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award and the British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The King or Queen of comedy 2014 will also be revealed - a title Jack Whitehall has held for the last two years.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Comedy Panel Show

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4)

Have I Got News For You (BBC)


Would I Lie To You (BBC)

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (BBC)

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC)

The Graham Norton Show (BBC)

The Last Leg (C4)

Best Sketch Show

Cardinal Burns (C4)

Harry & Paul's Story Of The Twos (BBC)

Horrible Histories (CBBC)

Monty Python Live (Mostly) - One Down Five To Go (UKTV)

Best Sitcom

House Of Fools (BBC)

Moone Boy (Sky)

The Trip To Italy (BBC)

Toast Of London (C4)

Best Comedy Drama

Inside No. 9 (BBC)

Rev (BBC)

The Wrong Mans (BBC)

Uncle (BBC)

Best New Comedy Programme

Inside No. 9 (BBC)

Man Down (C4)

The Wrong Mans (BBC)

Toast Of London (C4)

Best International Comedy Programme

Girls (Sky)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Sky)

Modern Family (Sky)

Veep (Sky)

Best Comedy Film

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


The Inbetweeners 2

The Lego Movie

Best Internet Comedy Short (NEW AWARD)

Brand New Morph


How To Make A Hit Pop Song

Matt Berry: Lone Wolf

Best Comedy Moment 2014 (NEW AWARD)

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4)

Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos(BBC)

Monty Python Live (Mostly) (UKTV)

Toast Of London (C4)

Would I Lie To You (BBC)

Best Male TV Comic

David Mitchell - Would I Lie To You (BBC)

Lee Mack - Would I Lie To You (BBC)

Sean Lock - 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4)

Stewart Lee - Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC)

Best Female TV Comic

Aisling Bea - 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4)

Bridget Christie - Have I Got News For You (BBC)

Isy Suttie - Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (UKTV)

Nina Conti - Live At The Apollo (BBC)

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality

Adam Hills - The Last Leg (C4)

Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4)

Ant & Dec - I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (ITV)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC)

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist

Harry Peacock - Toast Of London (C4)

Joe Wilkinson - 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4)

Matt Berry - House Of Fools (BBC)

Nick Helm - Uncle (BBC)

Best TV Comedy Actor

Harry Enfield - Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos (BBC)

Matt Berry - Toast Of London (C4)

Mathew Baynton - The Wrong Mans (BBC)

Paul Whitehouse - Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos (BBC)

Best TV Comedy Actress

Doon Mackichan - Toast Of London (C4)

Jessica Hynes - W1A (BBC)

Katherine Parkinson - The IT Crowd Special (C4)

Zawe Ashton - Fresh Meat (C4)


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.