Jack Whitehall has been named as “king of comedy” for the third consecutive year at the British Comedy Awards 2014.

The 26 year old comedian and actor won the publicly-voted prize at the ceremony in Wembley, north-west London, on Tuesday evening. He beat the other nominated contenders David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, Greg Davies and Jo Brand.

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall won 'King of Comedy' at the BBC Comedy Awards for a third time a row

Whitehall was not at the venue to collect the award in person, but he sent a recorded message alongside father, in which he said: "Thank you so much to all the people that voted for me in this category. It means so much, especially when there were so many talented people nominated for it."

He added: "We're both very happy about this award.” His father Michael, with whom he hosts BBC’s ‘Backchat’, then remarked “I’m not! I voted for Lee Mack.”

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The ceremony was hosted by Jonathan Ross, who cracked several jokes including self-referential gags about the infamous ‘Sachsgate’ affair that saw him suspended from the BBC.

The night’s other notable winner was Graham Norton, who bagged two awards for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality. He too could not be in attendance and accepted his award via pre-recorded video message, presented with his award by ‘EastEnders’ actor Danny Dyer.

Despite being the butt of Whitehall’s dad’s joke, Lee Mack also went home with two awards, for Best TV Male and Best Panel Show for ‘Would I Lie To You’

Two special awards were given out during the ceremony. Brendan O’Carroll, creator of the massively popular BBC sitcom ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’, was presented with the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award, and Monty Python was immortalised with a Lifetime Achievement in the aftermath of their sold-out reunion shows at London’s O2 Arena.

The full list of award winners is below.

Best TV Comedy Actor - Harry Enfield
Best TV Comedy Actress - Katherine Parkinson
Best Male TV Comic - Lee Mack
Best Female TV Comic - Aisling Bea
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality - Graham Norton
King of Comedy - Jack Whitehall
Best Comedy Film - The Inbetweeners 2
Best International Comedy Programme - ‘Modern Family’
Best Sitcom - ‘Moone Boy’
Best Sketch Show - ‘Harry And Paul's Story Of The Twos’
Best Comedy Panel Show - ‘Would I Lie to You’
Best Comedy Drama - ‘Rev’
Best Comedy Entertainment Programme - Graham Norton
Best Internet Comedy Programme - ‘Carpark’
Best New Comedy - ‘Toast of London’
Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist - Nick Helm
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award - Brendan O'Carroll, for ‘Mrs Brown's Boys’
British Comedy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award - Monty Python