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Belly Laughs Aftermath - Comedy Awards Rocks One Piccadilly

Published on January 7th 2005.

The Smooth fm North West Comedy Awards went off with a bang last night, with celebrities and the great Manchester public out in force to celebrate the first event of its kind in Manchester.
With the aim of the night being to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Manchester’s finest dug deep to pull off a superb night of comedy and award-giving-out.
Top celebrities such as Noddy Holder, Johnny Vegas, Ted Robbins, Dave Spikey, cast and crew of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street, as well as the rest of the finest comedic talent across the North West, all turned up for the big night.
With 500 people in attendance, the diners were serenaded by fabulous warm up performances from Victoria Sharp and a belting operatic performance from Rory Campbell.
Proceedings got under way with the awards hosted by Patrick McGuinness, Archie Kelly and Steve Edge from Phoenix Nights.
Before the awards were handed out, a game of heads and tails took place, with some serious cheating going on, but we’ll let them off…
Presenters of the awards included Bruce Jones (Les Battersby from Coronation Street), Dave Spikey, Ted Robbins, Noddy Holder and Johnny Vegas.
Vegas brought the house down by proceeding to eat the contents of the Best Breakthrough Comedian envelope in protest at not winning anything. “Some see younger comedians as healthy for the business, I see them as competition” claimed Johnny, before eventually handing the award over to Seymour Mace, who then phoned his mum.
Ted Robbins presented the award for Best Comedic Writing and delivered a cracking performance of classic Les Dawson gags in tribute to the great man. In particular, he had the entire building on their feet applauding the arrival of boxing legend Henry Cooper before admitting it was a case of mistaken identity and apologised to the lady in question……a classic Dawson gag.
The Les Dawson Award for Services to Comedy itself was presented by the late comic’s wife Tracy Dawson and Little Mo and was handed to Agraman.
After the awards, an auction sold off a pair of Lennox Lewis’ shorts, a 1966 England shirt, George Best’s 1968 European Cup Winners shirt and Wayne Rooney’s England shirt and raised loads of money for Nordoff-Robbins.
Biggest cheer of the night must go to our lovable Lindsay, the most intelligent thing to come out of Newcastle since Gazza. Although there were many many parties involved in the night, Lindsay managed to organise the entire event virtually single handed. Well done Linds!

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