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Matt Berry toast of British Comedy Award nominations

Matt Berry
Image caption Matt Berry's Lone Wolf was created exclusively to watch on the BBC iPlayer

Comic actor Matt Berry could be the toast of the night after his Channel 4 sitcom picked up six British Comedy Award nominations.

Berry, who co-created and stars in Channel 4's Toast of London, is also selected for two other roles.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's spoof documentary Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos, celebrating 50 years of BBC Two, has four nominations.

The ceremony will be held in London in December, hosted by Jonathan Ross.

Toast of London, which is currently on its second series, is nominated in the best sitcom, best new comedy and best comedy moment of 2014 categories, with three of its stars getting acting recognition.

Image caption Jessica Hynes is nominated for best comedy actress for W1A

Berry, who rose to fame in The IT Crowd, is also nominated for his roles in BBC sitcom House of Fools and his internet short Lone Wolf.

While new comedy is at the forefront of the award nominations, the cast of Monty Python's Flying Circus is up for two awards for their reunion show Monty Python Live (Mostly) and its accompanying documentary which aired on UKTV.

The best male TV comic award is between David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Sean Lock and Stewart Lee, while the female category see Aisling Bea, Bridget Christie, Isy Suttie and Nina Conti go head-to-head.

The best comedy entertainment personality is a four-way race between Adam Hills for The Last Leg, Ant and Dec for I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Alan Carr and Graham Norton for their eponymous chat shows.

The drama comedy category contains The Wrong Mans, Inside No 9, Rev and Uncle, while the sitcom stars are House of Fools, Moone Boy, The Trip to Italy, alongside Toast of London.

Viewers will be able to vote for their "King or Queen of Comedy", which has been won by Jack Whitehall for the past two years.

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