Russell Brand wins British Comedy Award

Comedian takes home nod for best live standup act

LONDON -- Russell Brand's controversial exit from the BBC seems to have done the comedian no lasting harm -- the showman was voted the best live standup act at the British Comedy Awards Friday night.

Brand, who quit his BBC radio show after he and TV anchor Jonathan Ross broadcast lewd phone messages to actor Andrew Sachs, dedicated his award to Ross, who he said was "the king-maker."

Brand -- who is filming in LA -- opted not to accept the award in person, but sent a video message of himself accepting the award from Adam Sandler, who he invited to be on a radio show. "I'm edgy," he told Sandler. (Click here to watch the video.)

Other winners at the Comedy Awards, which were broadcast live on ITV, included Ricky Gervais, who was named best television comedy actor. In a filmed acceptance speech showing Gervais sitting in bed in his pajamas alongside singer George Michael, the "Extras" and "The Office" star told the audience, "I can't be bothered to be there in person. This is beneath me to be honest: I've won real awards, Golden Globes and Emmys."
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