Carr and Norton comedy award rivals

Congleton Guardian: Graham Norton is in the running to be named as Britain's King of Comedy Graham Norton is in the running to be named as Britain's King of Comedy

Alan Carr and Graham Norton are set to battle it out to be named Britain's King of Comedy.

The chat show hosts are up against David Mitchell, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican for the accolade at the British Comedy Awards, with a public vote deciding who will be crowned king or queen.

Other stars hoping for recognition include Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc whose baking-inspired quips have landed them a nomination for best Female TV Comic.

The Great British Bake Off presenters, who entertain viewers with their gags while attempting to help contestants get through the struggle of making everything from a Charlotte royale to a trifle, are jointly in the running for their performance fronting the hit BBC Two show.

The pair's rivals in the same category include Miranda Hart, for her appearance on Room 101 in which she wanted to consign her breasts to oblivion.

Sarah Millican, for her own TV show The Sarah Millican Television Programme, and Nina Conti, for Live At The Apollo, are also up for the same gong.

The Last Leg and its host Adam Hills, who was born without a right foot and wears a prosthesis, has three nominations - for Comedy Entertainment Programme, Entertainment Personality and Breakthrough Artist.

The Last Leg is up against Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, The Graham Norton Show and Alan Carr Chatty Man for Comedy Entertainment Programme.

NHS sitcom Getting On is also up for three awards, for Best Sitcom and nods for its stars Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Brand for TV Comedy Actress.

Brand and Pepperdine are up against Miranda Hart, for self-titled sitcom Miranda, and Zawe Ashton, for Fresh Meat, in the TV Comedy Actress category.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Ross, sees children's show Horrible Histories in the running for Best Sketch Show, up against Harry & Paul, It's Kevin and Psychobitches.

David Mitchell (Peep Show), Greg Davies (Cuckoo), Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat) and Kevin Eldon (It's Kevin) are nominated for Best TV Comedy Actor.

The British Comedy Awards will be broadcast live on Channel 4 tonight (December 12) at 9pm .


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