Donald Trump impersonator in running for Scottish Comedy Awards honour

A Donald Trump impersonator is in the running for one of the top honours at the annual Scottish Comedy Awards, organisers have revealed.

Lewis MacLeod has been nominated alongside household names Frankie Boyle, Armando Ianucci, Brian Limmy Limond and Des Clarke. Picture: contributed
Lewis MacLeod has been nominated alongside household names Frankie Boyle, Armando Ianucci, Brian Limmy Limond and Des Clarke. Picture: contributed

Lewis MacLeod has been nominated alongside household names Frankie Boyle, Armando Ianucci, Brian “Limmy” Limond and Des Clarke.

MacLeod, star of radio show Dead Ringers and TV show Newzoids, will be in the running for the best variety act honour at the awards, which are held during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

MacLeod, whose mimicry of President Trump has featured on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme, can also mimic the likes of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown and George Galloway.

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    MacLeod, who believes he may be related to the American President due to their shared family roots on the Isle of Lewis, will be competing with Colin Cloud, the Lanarkshire “stage mentalist” who reached the final stages of the America’s Got Talent TV show last year.

    BBC Scotland’s police comedy Scot Squad leads the race for honours with four nominations, for stars Jack Docherty, Jim Smith and Chris Forbes, as well as best TV show.

    Another BBC Scotland show, the neighbourhood sitcom Two Doors Down, is also up for best TV show, along with Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Mrs Brown’s Boys, while stars Doon Mackichan and Elaine C Smith will also compete in the best actor category.

    Love Island host Iain Stirling is up against Frankie Boyle, Larry Dean, Fern Brady and Des Clarke for the best TV or radio comic prize.

    The Rose Theatre, a new venue created by Fringe promoters Gilded Balloon in the basement of a former church in Edinburgh’s west end, is in the running to be named Scotland’s best comedy club less than a year after opening its doors.

    SCOTTISH COMEDY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2018

    BEST HEADLINER

    Mark Nelson

    Raymond Mearns

    Scott Agnew

    Susie McCabe

    BEST COMPERE

    Jay Lafferty

    Joe Heenan

    Liam Withnail

    Ray Bradshaw

    BEST NEWCOMER

    Christopher KC

    Chris Scott

    Susan Riddell

    Will Nameeh

    BEST VARIETY ACT

    Balloonatics

    Colin Cloud

    Lewis McLeod

    Spontaneous Players

    The Dolls

    BEST ACTOR / ACTRESS

    Elaine C Smith

    Chris Forbes

    Doon Mackichan

    Jack Doherty

    Jim Smith

    BEST TV / RADIO COMEDIAN

    Des Clarke

    Iain Stirling

    Fern Brady

    Frankie Boyle

    Larry Dean

    BEST TOUR SHOW

    Colin Cloud

    Fern Brady

    Larry Dean

    Phil Nichol

    Ray Bradshaw

    BEST TV SHOW

    2 Doors Down

    Frankie Boyle’s New World Order

    Mrs Brown’s Boys

    Scot Squad

    BEST RADIO SHOW

    4 Extra stands Up

    Absolutely radio series

    Breaking The News

    Fags Mags Bags

    Julia’s Funny Kind

    BEST ONLINE COMEDY

    Ashley Storrie Twitter

    Limmy’s Twitter

    News At 3

    Sloss & Humphries Podcast

    The Glasgow Trip

    BEST COMEDY WRITER

    Armando Ianucci

    Gregor Sharp / Simon Carlye

    Frankie Boyle

    Steven Dick

    BEST COMEDY CLUB

    Breakneck, Aberdeen

    Gilded Balloon Rose St Theatre, Edinburgh

    Monkey Barrell, Edinburgh

    Rotunda, Glasgow

    Stand, Edinburgh

    Stand, Glasgow

    Yesbar, Glasgow

    BEST COMEDY NIGHT

    Chunks, Glasgow

    Crossmylaff, Glasgow

    Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin

    Enterteasement, Glasgow

    Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling

    Stand Out @ Strathaven Theatre

    Viva La Shambles

    BEST COMEDY EVENT

    Chunkstival

    Launch of Breakneck

    Harper Comedy in Front Room

    Scottish Comedian of the Year Final