If Bo Burnham, all of newly 20 years old, did not deserve to be on the 2010 shortlist for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards (sponsored by Foster's, which is Scottish for not quite bottled water but instead it's Australian beer!), I would tell you so. Bo Burnham's "Words, Words, Words" is brilliant.
Congrats to Burnham for making the shortlist! He'll be competing for Edinburgh's top prize alongside Josie Long, Greg Davies, Russell Kane and Sarah Millican. Millican won the best newcomer award in 2008, when these prizes were called the if.comedy awards. Kane was previously nominated in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Davies was nominated in 2006 in the same show as Kane, and is also an actor on The Inbetweeners.
The 2010 shortlist for best newcomer includes Asher Treleaven, An Audience with Imran Yusuf, The Boy with Tape on His Face, Gareth Richards, Late Night Gimp Fight!, and Roisin Conaty.
This year, Foster's also is sponsoring a separate public vote for your "Comedy God," in which you can tell the judges they got it right or wrong in previous years by elevating your pick for who's best.
Winners from the shortlist, plus the judges Panel Prize, will be announced on Saturday, 28 August, 2010.