Shamed comedian scoops Best Live Stand-Up and dedicates award to Jonathan Ross

Russell Brand was a winner at the British Comedy Awards last night.

Despite the controversy over and his and TV host Jonathan Ross‘s prank calls to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs, he won the Best Live Stand-up award.

Russell, 33, accepted the award from Adam Sandler in a video link from LA and dedicated it to Jonathan.

‘There are no comedy awards without Jonathan Ross, he is the king-maker,’ he announced.

Russell resigned from his BBC2 radio show after the debacle and is now hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

Ricky Gervais won Best Television Comedy Actor for last year’s Extras Christmas Special.

He also appeared by video link.

‘I can’t be bothered to be here, there in person,’ Ricky quipped. ‘This is beneath me to be honest: I’ve won real awards, Golden Globes and Emmys.’

Other 2008 British Comedy Awards winners

Sharon Horgan – Best Comedy Entertainment Actress Award for BBC’s Pulling

Alan Carr – Best Comedy Entertainment Personality Award

Harry Hill’s TV Burp – Best Comedy Entertainment Programme Award

(Jonathan Ross was shortlisted for this)

Gavin And Stacey – Best TV Comedy Award

Drop Dead Gorgeous – Best Comedy Drama of 2008 Award

The Inbetweeners – Best New British Comedy Award

Simon Bird – Best Male Comedy Newcomer of 2008 Award

Katy Brand – Best Female Comedy Newcomer Award

Jasper Carrott – Lifetime Achievement Award

David Renwick – Ronnie Barker Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award

The late Geoffrey Perkins – Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award.

SEE VIDEO Ricky Gervais gives thanks for his 2008 British Comedy Award…