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First black British women nominated in Edinburgh Comedy Awards

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The nominees have been announced for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, which see London Hughes become the first black British woman to be nominated in the main category.

Sophie Duker is also the first black British woman to be nominated in the newcomer category.

The awards, this year renamed Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards following a partnership with the TV channel, are now in their 39th year.

Hughes was nominated in the best comedy show category for To Catch A D*ck at Pleasance Courtyard.

Others to be nominated in the category include Darren Harriott, double act Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill, Demi Lardner, double act Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes, and Ivo Graham.

The nominations for best comedy show are completed by Jessica Fostekew, Jordan Brookes and Spencer Jones.

Nica Burns, director of Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, said: “An intense nine hours of debate over two days resulted in a wonderfully wide-ranging shortlist of nine. For the first time ever, two double acts doing sketches are joined by three physical comedians and four stand-ups.”

Nominations for the best newcomer award also included triple act Michael Clarke, Ed Jones and James Gault, Catherine Cohen, Helen Bauer, Huge Davies, Janine Harouni, Michael Odewale and Nigel Ng.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on August 24.

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