Jack Whitehall wins at British Comedy Awards

Jack Whitehall. Photo: BBC/Tiger Aspect/Jonathan Hall
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Jack Whitehall and Sacha Baron Cohen were among the winners at last night’s British Comedy Awards.

Whitehall was crowned king of comedy following a public vote, and beat Alan Carr, Graham Norton, Lee Mack, David Mitchell and Sarah Millican to win the prize.

Baron Cohen meanwhile won the outstanding achievement award.

Other winners at the event, hosted by Jonathan Ross and shown on Channel 4, included the Sky Atlantic comedy Hunderby, which won both best new comedy programme and best sitcom.

The prize for best sketch show went to Channel 4’s Cardinal Burns, while best TV comedy actor went to Peter Capaldi, for The Thick of It.

He beat Hugh Bonneville, Steve Coogan and Tom Hollander to the award.

Rebecca Front, also from The Thick of It, was named best TV comedy actress category, beating Olivia Colman and Jessica Hynes.

Best male TV comic was won by Lee Mack, for Would I Lie To You, while Jo Brand won the best female TV comic category for Have I Got News For You.

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award was presented to Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, and best comedy entertainment personality was awarded to Charlie Brooker for Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe.

Finally, Morgana Robinson was named best comedy breakthrough artist for Very Important People, and the prize for best comedy entertainment programme was awarded to TV Burp.