The first Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees are out! Okay, for first 25 years it was the Perrier Awards, followed by 3 years as the IF.com Eddy Awards, but now we are just going to refer to them as the Eddies. My sure-fire shortlist is as follows:
• Rhod Gilbert - And The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst (unless he is now deemed a Star by selling out the 700 seat Grand for three nights);
• Pajama Men - The Last Stand To Reason;
• Dan Antopolski - Silent But Deadly;
• Wehn & Kuhnle - German Humour Goes Global.
My list is lacking a fifth which could be either Tom Wrigglesworth or Adam Riches's Rogue Males, based on the reviews they have been getting. Due to the dates I've booked for them I'll only find out what they are like after the actual winner has been announced - it could be quite interesting! Andrew Lawrence is in with a shout but not Paul Sinha (not least of all because his show is not 80% new material).
The only newcomer I'm really aware of is Celia Pacquola and after going down a storm in Melbourne and winning The Age's Critics' Award she has to be a strong candidate (althought over the last few years both Sammy J & Heath McIvor and Lawrence Leung were over looked for the awards despite being brilliant and winning the aforementioned award).
How did I do? I'll update this after lunch when the official nominees are out...