Channel 4 will celebrate the stars of UK comedy with a viewer-voted awards show, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.
The awards will bring the year’s best-loved comedy stars together for a night that celebrates the brilliant work of the comedy world, and all to fund life-saving cancer research. The coveted trophies will be awarded to the winners during the star-studded red-carpet event to be broadcast on Channel 4 next year.
The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer will honour both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards. The categories, which will be announced soon, will honour the genre in all its forms with nods to fan-favourites across recent scripted and unscripted comedy, live shows, and the latest podcast jokers - all eligible for nomination.
Tom Beck, Head of Live Events, Channel 4 said “UK comedy is the best in the world, and from Catastrophe to Cats Does Countdown, and Desmond’s to Derry Girls, Channel 4 has always been at the heart of that success. These awards will be a spectacular way of celebrating a phenomenal new range of shows, writers and performers in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.”
Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, Channel 4 said “This is an award show for our times. Fans will be able to vote on the people, some established and others less so, who really make them laugh. We will be celebrating some incredible comedy talent while supporting the incredible Stand Up To Cancer. It promises to be a very special night of TV.”
Dan Baldwin, Managing Director at Hungry Bear said "Hungry Bear are delighted to bring ‘The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer’ to Channel 4 in 2021. This has been a difficult year for so many, but the copious hours of comedy has helped through tough times. Next year, with Channel 4, we’ll celebrate the comedy community with a prestigious, respected and distinguished televised awards ceremony which will congratulate all corners of the comedy world. And we can’t wait to help put a smile on people’s faces whilst doing it."