The Perrier Comedy Awards 2004
12.30AM, SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST
The winner of the 2004 Perrier Comedy Award is Jackson's Way.
Jackson's Way is the creation of Will Adamsdale aka Jackson, a motivational
speaker whose approach to life celebrates the futility of pointless
acts. It's a funny glimpse of a man on the edge and a satire on the
world of self-help and corporate jargon. Will Adamsdale developed Jackson's
Way at the Battersea Arts Centre where he worked as an actor and writer.
The winner of the 2004 Best Newcomer Award is Will Hodgson, The Passion
of the Hodgson. This rising young comedian genuinely embraces and celebrates
subjects that have long been fertile ground for ridicule, leaving no
hiding place for bigotry or discrimination. Bring on the big women,
gay couples,stage musicals, the tattooed, the pierced - he loves you
The winners, and the nominees, will be appearing in the Perrier Comedy
Award Season in London's West End at Her Majesty's Theatre where the
winner will be presented with a trophy and a cheque for £7,500.
Nica Burns, Director of the Award said "This extraordinary win
has to be the ultimate Edinburgh fringe fairy story. Congratulations
to actor, Will Adamsdale, who has carried off the prestigious Perrier
Comedy Award over a very strong shortlist with this, his first ever
comedy show- a show so strong that it jumped over the Newcomers Award
shortlist to go straight on to the main list. Only three weeks ago he
was an unknown playing to tiny audiences. He had to extend his scheduled
run, is sold out and is now being hailed as a major discovery. What
a festival he has had and what a wonderful story!"
The judging panel for the 2004 Perrier Comedy Awards is Stephen Armstrong
(Comedy Critic, The Sunday Times),Kate Bassett (The Times winner), Kate
Copstick (Senior Comedy Critic, The Scotsman), Bruce Dessau (Chairman,
Comedy Critic, The Evening Standard), Johnny Laird (Time Out winner),
Andrew Mackenzie (Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel
4), Katie Marsden (Producer, BBC Radio Entertainment), Dominic Maxwell
(Comedy Critic, The Times) and Rosalind Romer (edfringe.com/perriercomedy
the first time ever, video and picture footage appeared here
during the night with many thanks to Orange.