Some of the most recent winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award.Some of the most recent winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award.
Some of the most recent winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. | Contributed

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winners: The last 12 acts to have won the prestigious award - including Richard Gadd

It's one of the highest profile prizes awarded at the Fringe, with the winners often going on to achieve fame and fortune.

Launched in 1981, the award is presented to the comedy show judged to have been the best at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is recognised as the most prestigious comedy prize in the UK.

The award is designed to promote acts that have yet to become household names, so comedians judged to have ‘star status’ are not eligible - for instance if they have a show on a major television channel or can regularly fill a 500-set venue.

A Best Newcomer Award was added in 1992, followerd by a Panel Prize in 2006 for those who have made a particularly special contribution to the Fringe Festival.

Here are the last 12 performers to have win the trophy - and what they've been up to since.

A Best Newcomer Award was added in 1992, followerd by a Panel Prize in 2006 for those who have made a particularly special contribution to the Fringe Festival.