AAC Awards 2019

University of Leeds

Friday 11 October

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Now, a launch event isn’t much of a launch event without a grand gesture! This award ceremony will be a glitzy affair featuring fabulous entertainment, accompanied by delicious food and drink. Keep an eye on this page and CM social media pages in the coming months to find out more about the entertainment we have on offer. To start it all off the university will be lighting up the Parkinson Building in glorious CM yellow, which we hope you’ll agree is a fitting way to launch such a fabulous celebration!

Communication Matters are delighted to announce that our patron Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy) will be providing the after dinner entertainment and presenting an award. 
Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy may not be able to talk, but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless.

Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has gained quite the reputation for being both very funny and very unique. 

Alistair Barrie will be the compère for the evening! Alistair is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit. He has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York. He is a regular at London’s world-famous Comedy Store and a core member of their weekly topical ‘Cutting Edge’ team.

He has made countless appearances at UK Festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and Green Man and taken several solo shows to Edinburgh. His 2013 and 2015 shows were runners up for ‘Best Show at The Fringe’ with the latter transferring to London for a run at The Soho Theatre.

A seasoned performer at corporate events, Alistair is a highly skilled MC and awards host. He has worked across the industry for clients including Sony and Orange and is possibly the only comedian to have performed at both the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.

Alistair is a frequent panelist on BBC Scotland’s award-winning ‘Breaking the News’ and has appeared on radio and television all over the world, from ‘Good Morning South Africa’ to ‘The Blame Game’ in Northern Ireland. He has also written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and a number of other comedians, as well as keeping a regular blog, ‘Food Ponce,’ about restaurants he visits on his travels.

“A no-frills master of his craft” ★★★★★ The Scotsman

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Full Programme

You can view tonight's proceedings and view the shortlisted nominations now. Remember to Tweet tonight using the hashtag #AACawards19

We look forward to seeing you at the Awards!

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