Bridget Christie wins Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award

Bridget Christie won the 2013 Foster’s Best Comedy Show Award at the Edinburgh Festival today, after receiving considerable critical acclaim for her show, A Bic For Her.

[Bridget Christie celebrates winning the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, with presenter Steve Coogan]

The other nominees were Aisling Bea, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Matt Okine and Romesh Ranganathan.

The award was presented by Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan, who won the prize in 1992, and Doctor Brown, last year’s winner, to a packed hall in the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh.

John Kearns was named Best Newcomer for his show Sight Gags for Perverts, which is part of the Free Fringe.

The Foster’s Panel Prize was won by Adrienne Truscott for her show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One Woman Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!

Christie, only the third woman to win the award after Laura Solon and Jenny Eclair, is best known for her BBC Radio 4 series about feminism, Bridget Christie Minds The Gap.

In The Scotsman’s review of her show this year, Jay Richardson wrote:

“Retaining and refining the angry tirades that fuelled last year’s War Donkey, this is political polemic delivered with passion, wit and impish cunning. As human rights activists, feminists needn’t be funny, she points out. But it doesn’t hurt that she’s on excellent form here, incorporating so much anti-female bigotry and projecting it back in outlandish directions, all the while resisting po-faced charges with an entertaining meta-commentary on her ‘hysteria’.”

The Comedy Awards are commonly known as the Perrier Awards, and previous winners have included Dylan Moran, Rich Hall, Daniel Kitson and Lee Evans.

By Hamish Gibson