Two Blackburn comedians have been nominated for Channel 4's The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer – and there is still time to vote for them.

Blackburn's Steve Pemberton is nominated for his acting roles in the latest series of BBC show, Inside No.9.

He is up for  ‘best outstanding comedy actor’ alongside Inside No.9 co-star, Reece Shearsmith.

Inside No. 9 has also been nominated for best scripted comedy series.



Steve, who is best known for portraying Tulip Tattsyrup in The League of Gentleman, isn’t the only comedian who could be recognised at the ceremony.

Blackburn-raised Lee Mack has is also up for Outstanding Comedy Actor for his show, Not Going Out.

Mack has also been nominated for ‘outstanding male comedy entertainment performance’ for BBC One show, Would I Lie To You?

Lee, who grew up in the old Centurion pub off Higher Croft Road, could also win a ‘best comedy podcast’ award for his podcast, ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddah’.

However, the Blackburn duo will up against some fiercely talented actors at the awards including Robert Webb and Jon Richardson.

The viewer-voted awards ceremony will take place on 15 December with the aim of celebrating the stars of UK comedy in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.

They will honour both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public voting on key prizes, alongside two additional special recognition awards.

The categories, which will be announced in due course, will honour the genre in all its forms with nods to fan-favourites across recent scripted and unscripted comedy, live shows, and the latest, podcast jokers all being eligible for nomination.  

Tom Beck, Head of Live Events, Channel 4 said: “UK comedy is the best in the world, and from Catastrophe to Cats Does Countdown, and Desmond’s to Derry Girls, Channel 4 has always been at the heart of that success. 

"These awards will be a spectacular way of celebrating a phenomenal new range of shows, writers and performers in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.” 

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment, Channel 4 said “This is an award show for our times. Fans will be able to vote on the people, some established and others less so, who really make them laugh.

"We will be celebrating some incredible comedy talent while supporting the incredible Stand Up To Cancer. It promises to be a very special night of TV.”

Voting for The National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer is now open. Cast your vote online: