Jonathan Ross has been hosting these awards for the last 17 years. And now, because of Manuelgate, he thought it best not to undertake the duty. Instead, the task will go to someone else who disgraced the BBC, former Have I Got News for You host, Angus Deayton. For one dazzling night the brightest stars in the comedy firmament assemble to celebrate the most original, successful and downright funny moments from a spectacular array of comedic achievement in the last year. Will Ashley Jensen win best comedy actress for her role in Extras? Will James Corden win the male equivalent (if he does, we'll weep).  And might Russell Brand win the accolade for Best Live Stand-up Performer... which involved him ringing the police saying he'd been violated under a bridge by a known sex-pest? Following the awards ceremony on UTV, viewers can enjoy more exclusive live coverage on ITV2's The British Comedy Awards 2008... The Party! Co-presented by Sara Cox and Rufus Hound, it'll feature further award categories and the chance to catch up with everyone's favourite stars at the post-show party.