Published Friday, 13 December 2013
Jack Whitehall, pictured at the comedy awards. (© Getty)
As always, the awards ceremony was a near-the-knuckle affair with some of the guests left looking shocked by the more risqué gags on Thursday night.
But it was a lengthy rant from Johnny Vegas that threw something of a spanner in the works, as he berated television channels for not commissioning fresh comedy shows, claimed some of the winners didn't deserve their awards, and had a go at the sponsor.
"There are people in the room we don't think should have won," he told the audience.
"There is stuff which has been pushed through because of finance ..."
His contribution meant the show overran and Steve Coogan was cut off, despite having just picked up the lifetime achievement award.
Whitehall was, however, delighted with his King of Comedy award - and to be in such illustrious company on the list of winners.
It is an honour to win this on the same night as Paul Whitehouse, Steve Coogan and Will Ferrell - all my comedy heroes.
Whitehall won out over competition from the likes of Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, and Sarah Millican to top the public vote.
He was joined on stage by his grumbling dad Michael, his sidekick on one of his latest projects, who took host Jonathan Ross to task for insulting him from the stage earlier in the night.
Ross also found himself turned into a ventriloquist's dummy by Best Male TV Comic Lee Mack, who pretended to make him apologise for his "Sachsgate" prank.
"I would like to offer my resignation and give Lee Mack the opportunity to host his own chat show on ITV," he made Ross say.
Other winners on the night included Best TV Comedy Actress Miranda Hart and Best Female TV Comic Nina Conti.
Anchorman star Will Ferrell earned himself the International Achivement award, while Paul Whitehouse picked up the Writers' Guild Award.
British Comedy Awards
- Best Comedy Panel Show - Would I Lie To You, BBC
- Best Comedy Entertainment Programme - The Graham Norton Show, BBC
- Best Sketch Show - Harry & Paul, BBC
- Best Sitcom - Getting On, BBC
- Best New Comedy Programme - Plebs, ITV2
- Best Male TV Comic - Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You, BBC
- Best Female TV Comic - Nina Conti Live At The Apollo, BBC
- Best Comedy Entertainment Personality - Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, C4
- Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist - Adam Hills, The Last Leg, C4
- Best TV Comedy Actor - Jack Whitehall, Fresh Meat ,C4
- Best TV Comedy Actress - Miranda Hart, Miranda, BBC
- International Achievement - Will Ferrell
- Outstanding Achievement - Steve Coogan
- The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award - Paul Whitehouse
- The 2013 King of Comedy - Jack Whitehall
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