The shortlisted nominees for this year’s “increasingly prestigious” Malcolm Hardee Awards have been announced.
The Edinburgh Fringe-based awards – which are handed out in memory of the late British comic, agent, manager, club-owner and anarchic prankster Malcolm Hardee – aim to celebrate originality at the annual festival.
The shortlist for each of the awards’ three prizes are as follows:
An Afternoon With Charles Quarterman For One Hour. 2:20pm, Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt
Scratch and Sniff. 10:30pm, Heroes & Bob’s BlundaBus
Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad. 4:40pm, Heroes @ The Hive
Legs. 9:05pm, Just The Tonic at The Caves
Goodbye Mr President. 9:05pm, The Voodoo Rooms
Soon I Will Be Dead and My Bones Will Be Free to Wreak Havoc Upon the Earth Once More. 3:20pm, Heroes @ The Hive
E4 & BBC Studios
For exponentially increasing the knowledge of, and sales for, President Obonjo with their “appalling theft of his character”.
Jimmy Slim and Lewis Blomfield: Scratch and Sniff
For creating and distributing flyers which have scratch-off elements on them.
West End Producer
For releasing a poster 5 star reviews appearing to be from well-known critics and producers (M Billington, L Gardner, S Clapp, C Mack, Andy Webber). However, the names mentioned were actually members of the public he phoned up who gave permission for their names to be used (e.g. Andy Webber is a man who lives in Bognor Regis).
Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid
In this category, the judges have selected the following comedians for their potential to “survive the vagaries of – and triumph over the good and bad luck inherent in – a comedy career to attain seldom-attained financial success”.
For having a world class voice that could go global, and showcasing it in a new musical genre.
For her force-of-nature take on millennials and their outwardly perfect, inwardly bleak lives.
For winning a legal battle over ownership of his character, or becoming leader of the country.
For being a self-aware, increasingly prominent voice of intersectionality as it changes Western culture.
For creating a highly addictive video game, and getting people hooked on it during the introduction to his show.
The results will be announced at a ceremony at The Counting House, on Friday 23rd August, starting at 11:59pm. The show will be hosted by President Obonjo and feature sets from a number of comedy acts. It is free to attend, and everyone is welcome.
Find out more about the awards and previous winners at comedy.co.uk/hardeeshttps://www.comedy.co.uk/live/news/5463/hardee_awards_shortlist_2019/