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Britain's funniest Jew

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-12-23

Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Little Britain’s Matt Lucas has scooped three prizes at the annual British Comedy Awards in London.

Lucas, along with comedy partner David Walliams, won Best TV Comedy Actor for the show, as well as Best TV Comedy Show and the People’s Choice Award. Among those that the funny gay Jew thanked were the show’s producer Myfanwy Moore as well as various BBC executives.

The pair beat strong competition in each of the categories, from the likes of Ricky Gervais and The Office, through to Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Other Jews to go home with an award included Jack Black, who took the trophy for Best Comedy Film, for School Of Rock. The funnyman couldn’t be at the ceremony, as he is in New Zealand making the blockbuster King Kong, but thanked his British fans via satellite link. The film beat Shrek 2 and Shaun Of The Dead to win the award.

The only other Jewish nominee of note was Larry David’s quirky US comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which lost out to the Simpsons in the Best International Comedy category.

Among the Jewish guests at the awards were comedian David and playwright Tom Stoppard (aka Tomas Straussler) who presented Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant with the Writer Of The Year award.