The shortlists are out for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2011 to wrap up the fringe festival this weekend, and two American acts have made the cut: stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress and duo The Chris and Paul Show are both up for best newcomer.

For Best Comedy Show, the nominees are:

  • Adam Riches, “Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches”
  • Andrew Maxwell, “The Lights Are On”
  • Chris Ramsey, “Offermation”
  • Josie Long, “The Future is Another Place”
  • Nick Helm, “Dare to Dream”
  • Sam Simmons, “Meanwhile”

And for Best Newcomer, the nominees are:

  • Cariad Lloyd, “Lady Cariad’s Characters”
  • The Chris and Paul Show
  • Hannibal Buress, “My Name is Hannibal: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience”
  • Holly Walsh, “The Hollycopter”
  • Humphrey Ker, “Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!”
  • Josh Widdicombe, “If This Show Saves One Life”
  • Thom Tuck, “Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD”
  • Totally Tom

Awards will be announced and handed out Saturday.

Buress, a Chicago native, lives in Brooklyn and usually hosts a stand-up showcase on Sundays at the Knitting Factory. The Chris and Paul Show has a regular gig at The PIT in New York City.

Readers of The Comic’s Comic are more than well aware of Buress and his talent as a stand-up comedian. In case you need a reminder, here is Buress performing on Late Show with David Letterman:

The Chris and Paul Show, in addition to performing live, produce a weekly webisode. Here is their demo reel: