Sean Lock honoured at first ever National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer
Sean Lock has been honoured with a posthumous award at the first ever National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer.
The comedian died last year aged 58 from lung cancer and was recognised with the ceremony's outstanding male comedy entertainment performance gong, received by close friend Harry Hill who paid tribute to him.
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His award was for for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, on which he was a team captain, and panellist Katherine Ryan also won outstanding female comedy entertainment performance for the same show.
Host Tom Allen began the show with a special acknowledgement to "our brother in comedy President Zelensky and the courageous people of Ukraine" in recognition of the leader who has worked as a comedian and actor, which received a standing ovation.
The awards honour emerging and established comedy talent, with the British public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards voted for by industry peers.
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Billy Connolly and Sharon Horgan won the special recognition awards - Connolly for the Victoria Wood Lifetime Achievement Award and Horgan for the Caroline Aherne Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award.
Netflix’s raunchy comedy Sex Education dominated the scripted categories, taking home four trophies.
Its stars Emma Mackey, Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa won outstanding comedy actress, outstanding comedy actor, and outstanding supporting role respectively and the series itself won in the best scripted comedy category.
Other winners included Ricky Gervais for best stand up show, Taskmaster for best comedy entertainment show, and Chris and Rosie Ramsey for best comedy podcast with Shagged, Married, Annoyed.
Internet sensation Munya Chawawa was voted best breakthrough performer and as he accepted the award he joked: "There was a time that I really did believe that my future would be touring small northern towns as a JLS tribute act.
"Thanks to this award, that will not happen for at least another five years."
Full exclusive coverage of the ceremony, held at the Camden Roundhouse in London, airs Saturday at 9pm on Channel 4 and All4.
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