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Brendan hits new heights.. Big night for Irish comedy talent.

Byline: DEMELZA de BURCA

BRENDAN O'Carroll was standing tall along with fellow countrymen Chris O'Dowd and Graham Norton after scooping a prize at the British Comedy Awards.

Trollied actress Aisling Bea made it a quartet of Irish winners by picking up the gong for best female TV comic at the ceremony in London on Tuesday night.

The 30-year-old Dubliner, a regular on 8 Out of 10 Cats, tweeted to her fans yesterday: "Thanks so much for all the lovely shout outs. It wasn't until Lidl came on board as sponsor that so many Irish people could afford to win."

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award went to Brendan O'Carroll for Mrs Brown's Boys and the British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award was given to comeback kings Monty Python. Brendan described his award as "magnificent" and told the audience he would "treasure it".

The 59-year-old added: "Comedy is really hard. Even simple comedy like Mrs Brown's Boys - it is simple - but it's tough.

"The one thing all comedians have, and all comic writers have, is we work our asses off."

Graham Norton celebrated a double win on the night with Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

The 51-year-old wasn't at the ceremony but recorded a video message after being given the prizes by actor Danny Dyer.

He said: "I feel like I've no personality, but I have dressed funny. I look like I'm working with the Royal Mail this Christmas."

Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy was named Best Sitcom and the 35-year-old's wife Dawn O'Porter was even the dress designer of choice for comedienne Nina Conti.

She wore a 60s-style orange mini dress from BOB by Dawn.

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THE WINNERS

Best Comedy Panel Programme: Would I Lie To You

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Graham Norton Show

Best Sketch Show: Harry & Paul, Story of the Two's

Best Sitcom: Moone Boy

Best Comedy Drama: Rev

Best Comedy Film: The Inbetweeners 2

Best Male Television Comic: Lee Mack

Best FemaleTelevision Comic: Aisling Bea

Best TV Comedy Actor: Harry Enfield

Best TV Comedy Actress: Katherine Parkinson

King Of Comedy: Jack Whitehall

Writers' Guild of Great Britain

Award: Brendan O'Carroll

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WINS Aisling Bea, Graham and Chris

UPS & BROWNS Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney at the British Comedy Awards in London

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