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The British Comedy Awards nominees for 2007, the eighteenth event of its kind, have been announced.
Among the nominations are, David Mitchell (Peep Show), Jack Dee (Lead Balloon), Kevin Bishop (Star Stories) and Lee Mack (Not Going Out) for Best Television Comedy Actor. The Best Television Comedy Actress category comprises of Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show), Liz Smith (The Royle Family: The Queen of Sheba) and Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey / Saxondale).
Stephen Fry, Simon Amstell and Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins are nominated for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
Up and coming comedians are also celebrated with male and female versions of the Best Comedy Newcomer categories. Four of the comics nominated for these awards have come from Gavin & Stacey, the other two places being reserved for Matt Berry from The IT Crowd and Sharon Horgan from Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive / Pulling.
Alan Carr, Dara O'Briain and Simon Amstell have been nominated for Best Live Stand Up, whilst Best Comedy Entertainment Programme has been whittled down to Harry Hill's TV Burp, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Friday Night Project.
There is also an Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award, which in the past has been won by the likes of The Two Ronnies, Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, David Jason, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders, Julie Walters & Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and Michael Palin.
There is also a nod to overseas comedy with a Best International Comedy Show award. This year's nominated shows being Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office: An American Workplace and The Simpsons.
The British Comedy Awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross, is the UK’s most-watched awards ceremony and can attract audiences of around ten million. Past winners include Julie Walters and Victoria Wood, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, The Simpsons, Shameless and Little Britain.
Previous award shows have included appearances by many international stars including Madonna, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G and Borat), Jack Black, Elton John, Steve Martin, Hugh Grant, Samuel L. Jackson, Dame Edna Everage and Robbie Williams.
The British Comedy Awards will take place on December 5th.