Silence Proves Golden At Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards

27th August 2012

Silent clown Doctor Brown – aka American comedian Philip Burgers – scooped the coveted Best Comedy Show title and £10,000 top prize at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Befrdfgth, in a year when all three prizes went to non-British performers.

Nica Burns, producer of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards said:
“Doctor Brown’s show starts with fun pranks and then takes the audience on a roller coaster from inspired lunacy to pulling your heart strings. He can express emotion with a gesture, a look or an eyebrow. He is a breathtakingly brilliant clown with enormous charisma in a fantastic show.”

The Awards, which were presented by last year’s Best Comedy Show winner Adam Riches and special guest, broadcaster and musician Suggs, also named Norwegian comic Daniel Simonsen as Best Newcomer while New Zealander Sam Wills similarly collected £5,000 and the 2012 Foster’s Panel Prize for his mime act The Boy with Tape on His Face.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony added, Nica Burns added: “What an extraordinary year for physical comedy with two out of the three comedy awards being won by shows without words. Both Doctor Brown and The Boy with Tape on His Face bring physical comedy to new levels wowing audiences who enjoy joining in the fun and laughter.”

The Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Show accolade has previously been won by comedians such as Lee Evans, Stephen Fry, Al Murray, Frank Skinner, Steve Coogan and Sean Hughes. 536 different comedy shows were eligible for the three awards and the judging panel and awards team attended over 1, 400 performances during the three weeks of the Festival.