Well, you've seen my predictions, now here is what a group of strangers has come up with - and their selections couldn't be any stranger to me! The official 2007 if.comeddies Awards will be decided from the following people:
Nominations for the top Award: Andrew Lawrence (dark comedy insulting others); Andrew Maxwell (story telling); Brendon Burns (offensive comedy designed to shock but with a big finale); Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow (character comedy as a Radio DJ playing a lot of music); Pappy's Fun Club (sketch comedy which is apparently eerily similar to last year's nominees We Are Klang).
I'm stunned! No space for Lawrence Leung or Rhod Gilbert let alone Michael McIntyre - it's unexplainable. All nominees have received mixed reviews from the press and public alike whereas the previous three gentlemen have earned nothing but stunning write-ups. The best Newcomer Nominations seem a little bit more sensible although somehow Nina Conti doesn't get a mention? The line up is Jon Richardson; Micky Flanagan; Tom Basden; Zoe Lyons. Saturday night at midnight is decision time, if you don't want to wait until then there can only really be one sane outcome ... Brendon Burns to follow in Phil Nichol's footsteps as the latest winner of the top award in Edinburgh.