Comedy’s coming home to Wembley
Black Comedy Awards Ceremony 2013
Crystal Banqueting Halls
Thursday 19th December 2013
The BLACK COMEDY AWARDS 2013 took place on Thursday 19th December 2013 in Wembley. It was a very special year for the awards, with it being the 10th anniversary of this prestigious event. Tiemo Entertainments hosted the event for a second time.
The biggest winner of the night was Richard Blackwood who won three awards for Best Stand Up Comedy Host, Best Supporting Actor, playing the Donkey in Shrek and Best Comedy Theatre for Shrek.
Other big winners of the night were Slim, retaining his crown as Best Male Comedian for the second consecutive year, and fourth time in total, plus Gina Yashere, winner of Best Comedienne and most popular DVD for ‘Skinny Bitch.’
Gina was residing in Los Angeles at the time of the awards, but kindly sent in two speeches to acknowledge her victories.
The late Felix Dexter, who passed away just two months before the awards, was honoured with a posthumous ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2013’.
Internationally, Kevin Hart scored big with victories for Best Comedy Actor for ‘Think like a Man’ and Best Movie ‘Think like a Man’.
The awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Special P and featured excellent performances from Glenda Jaxson, Slim, Linda Hargreaves, Kenyan, Njambi McGrath and 17 year old singer and UK Regional Open Mic competition semi-finalist Nicci Forrester. The Bibi crew also performed. Reforming especially for these awards after a considerable break, they comprised Joanne Campbell, Judith Jacob, Suzette Llewellyn and Josephine Melville.
Actor and Director, Samuell Benta, whose Web Series ‘All About the McKenzies’ was pipped by ‘Meet the Adebanjo’s in the ‘Best Web Series’ category, presented one of the awards.
Mr Kye Gbangbola, Chairman of the Sickle Cell Society, the chosen charity for the event, was also present on the night.
Glenda Jaxson, whilst just missing out on winning Best Comedienne, didn’t leave empty handed. She must have been blessed by the Christmas fairy Godmother as she was fortunate enough to win a bottle of champagne in the raffle that took place during the post show dance. Performers and audience enjoyed a lovely post show wind down with a superb selection of music from DJ Mykal Supabad.
The event generated a good deal pre and post event media coverage including major profiles for Njambi McGrath in The Guardian, Lagos Television and ITV, plus three of the leading British comedy websites ran features on the awards. See links below.
Organiser Michael Peters said, “the Black Comedy Awards are the only event of its kind in the UK. Its primary objective is to celebrate and honour the very best in Black British and International stand-up comedy and comedic acting talent. The award winners were voted for by the general public on-line and calculations were produced by computer analysis, with a separate judging panel overseeing the process and if and where necessary, having a say in the final outcome.”
Full list of winners 2013
- Best Male Newcomer -Dizzle
- Best Female Newcomer – Thanyia Moore
- Best Supporting Actor – Richard Blackwood for Donkey in ‘Shrek’
- Best Theatre Lead – Angie Le Mar – ‘In My Shoes’
- Best Comedienne – Gina Yashere
- Best International Comedian – London Brown
- Best Comedy Movie – ‘Think Like a Man’ – Kevin Hart
- Best Comedy Actor – Kevin Hart
- Best Web Series – Meet the Adebanjos
- Best Theatre Show – ‘Shrek’
- Best Male Comedian – Slim
- Most Popular DVD – ‘Skinny Bitch’ – Gina Yashere
- Best Stand-Up Comedy show host – Richard Blackwood
- Best Radio or TV Show host – Curtis Walker – Colourful Radio
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Felix Dexter
The Black Comedy Awards 2012
The Black Comedy Awards 2012 Awards Ceremony was hosted by top comedian Rudi Lickwood. He was supported by various personalities including Eastenders stars Chucky Venn and Tameka Empson, ‘Emmerdale’s’ Wil Johnson and Comedienne and Actress, Jocelyn Jee Esien, all of whom presented awards to the winners.
Felicity Ethnic (winner Best Comedienne 2012), Gerry Kyei, Kayleigh “Loudmouth” Lewis (Winner Best Young Comedienne 2012) and Slim (Double Winner Best Male and Best Comedy Moment 2012) all performed at the ceremony.
1. How a Kenyan upbringing helped Njambi McGrath become a stand-up comedienne – Guardian – 27th December 2013
2. How a Kenyan upbringing helped Njambi McGrath become a stand-up comedienne – Lagos Television – 27th December 2013
3. Black Comedy Awards review and photo gallery – Carib Direct – 21st December 2013
4. Richard Blackwood scoops 3 Black Comedy Awards – Chortle news feature – 21st December 2013
5. Black Comedy Awards 2013 results – Comedy announcement – 21st December 2013
6. Black Comedy Awards Launch Soiree review and videos– 16th July 2013
7. Black Comedy Awards 2012 review and video – 4th April 2012
8. Official charity for the awards – sickle cell society
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