We are delighted to announce that well-known comedian Hugh Dennis will host this year’s Awards.
Hugh is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed and original comedians, making his comedy debut as one of the voices artists for Spitting Image.
Hugh grew up in Mill Hill in North London. He was educated at University College School, an independent school for boys in Hampstead, and at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he read geography. He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, but after university worked for Unilever for six years. However, with Steve Punt, whom he met at university, he carried on doing comedy at London’s Comedy Store. As mentioned on an episode of ‘Have I Got News For You’ he attended University College school with Will Self where they played rugby together.
A skilled impressionist, Dennis did voices for Spitting Image and appeared with Punt as resident support comics on two TV series hosted on the BBC by Jasper Carrott.
The pair went on to form half of ‘The Mary Whitehouse Experience’ on BBC Radio 1, later graduating to a television series. His radio work with Punt includes over a decade of performing Punt and Dennis, It’s Been a Bad Week and The Now Show as well as writing The Party Line (a topical political satire written and performed the day prior to transmission). On The Now Show he headlines with Punt, Mitch Benn, Laura Shavin, Jon Holmes and Marcus Brigstocke.
Dennis has performed on various TV and radio shows, including The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show and sitcom Me, You and Him. He has guest hosted Have I Got News For You and played obnoxious GP Piers Crispin in BBC sitcom My Hero. He is friends with Chris Morris and has had cameos on Brass Eye. He is in huge demand as a voiceover artist and he currently appears on the panel game Mock the Week, in which he frequently refers to Showaddywaddy and car insurance.