Once again Brighton’s Komedia has scooped two prestigious Chortle awards at an industry ceremony on Monday night. The iconic city centre comedy club was crowned ‘Best Venue’ in the South. The Chortle Award for ‘Best Club’ was presented to their monthly, gay friendly comedy night Bent Double. The winners were announced following an online poll of six thousand comedy fans, from a shortlist chosen by independent industry experts.
Komedia’s ‘Best Club’ award marks the fourteenth win for the venue, cementing its reputation as one of the top venues in the UK to see big names, as well as up-and-coming comedians. “I’m thrilled that Komedia has been voted best venue in the South for the fourteenth time, it’s a real honour,” said the Komedia’s Managing Director and founder, Colin Granger. “A big thank you has to go to our amazing comedy audience who support us year-round, Stephen Grant and the Krater Comedy Club, and the hundreds of acts we have every year. Thanks also to our team here at Komedia and of course everyone who voted for us, we couldn’t have done it without you.”
This is the third-time Bent Double has bagged the ‘Best Club’ award. Zoe Lyons started the night over ten years ago and has seen it grow to be one of the most successful the venue runs. Zoe was thrilled to win once more stating: “I’m absolutely delighted that Bent Double has once again been voted best club night in the South. The night’s success is due to the continued loyalty of the “up for it” crowds who come along each month, the acts who thrive in the atmosphere and the fabulous staff at Komedia. It’s a team effort and a joy to be part of. Huge thanks to everyone who voted.”
The annual awards, now in their sixteenth year, took place on Monday at Up the Creek Comedy Club in London, hosted by Clive Anderson. Other winners included Komedia favourite Romesh Ranganathan, Fleabag and I’m A Celebrity’s Joel Dommett. Celebrities attending the event included Vic Reeves, The Jump’s Amy Willerton and Megan Mckenna from TOWIE and Ex on the Beach.