best comedy show

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Richard Gadd - Monkey See Monkey Do / Best Newcomer 2016 Winner
Sam Simmons - Spaghetti for Breakfast / Best Newcomer 2015 Winner
John Kearns - Shtick / Best Newcomer 2014 Winner
Bridget Christie - A Bic for Her / Best Newcomer 2013 Winner
Doctor Brown - Befrdfgth / Best Newcomer 2012 Winner
Adam Riches - Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches / Best Newcomer 2011 Winner
Russell Kane - Smokescreens and Castles / Best Newcomer 2010 Winner
Tim Key - The Slutcracker / Best Newcomer 2009 Winner
David O'Doherty - Let's Comedy / Best Newcomer 2008 Winner
Brendon Burns - So I Suppose This is Offensive Now / Best Newcomer 2007 Winner
Phil Nichol - The Naked Racist with his band The Shitsticks / Best Newcomer 2006 Winner
Laura Solon - Kopfraper's Syndrome / Best Newcomer 2005 Winner
Jackson's Way - Will Adamsdale / Best Newcomer 2004 Winner
Demetri Martin - If I / Best Newcomer 2003 Winner
Daniel Kitson - Something / Best Newcomer 2002 Winner
Garth Marenghi's Netherhead - Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness and Alice Lowe / Best Newcomer 2001 Winner
Rich Hall - is Otis Lee Crenshaw with Damian Coldwell and Christian Reilly / Best Newcomer 2000 Winner
Al Murray The Pub Landlord - And a Glass of White Wine for the Lady / Best Newcomer 1999 Winner
Tommy Tiernan - Undivine Comedy / Best Newcomer 1998 Winner
The League Of Gentlemen - Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith / Best Newcomer 1997 Winner
Dylan Moran - is Indisposed / Best Newcomer 1996 Winner
Jenny Eclair - Prozac and Tantrums / Best Newcomer 1995 Winner
Lano & Woodley - Colin Lane and Frank Woodley / Best Newcomer 1994 Winner
Lee Evans -   / Best Newcomer 1993 Winner
Steve Coogan - In Character With John Thomson / Best Newcomer 1992 Winner
Frank Skinner -   / Best Newcomer 1991 Winner
Sean Hughes - A One Night Stand / Best Newcomer 1990 Winner
Simon Fanshawe -   / Best Newcomer 1989 Winner
Jeremy Hardy -   / Best Newcomer 1988 Winner
Brown Blues - Arnold Brown with Barb Jungr & Michael Parker / Best Newcomer 1987 Winner
Ben Keaton - Intimate Memoirs of an Irish Taxidermist / Best Newcomer 1986 Winner
Theatre De Complicité - More Bigger Snacks Now: Tim Barlow, Jos Houben, Marcello Magni, Simon McBurney / Best Newcomer 1985 Winner
The Brass Band - Loois Tooloose, Jimby, Fritz Frumheimer, The Captain and Buford / Best Newcomer 1984 Winner
Los Trios Ringbarkus - We Are... Frank Chickens - Kazuko Hohki with Kazumi Taguchi / Best Newcomer 1983 Winner
Writer's Inc - including Victoria Pile, Jamie Rix, Nick Wilton / Best Newcomer 1982 Winner
Cambridge Footlights - Penny Dwyer, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, Paul Shearer and Emma Thompson / Best Newcomer 1981 Winner