AM Awards | Evening Entertainment
2020 host and comedian:
The 2020 host is Louise Minchin.
Louise Minchin is a well-known and respected broadcaster and journalist who presents the UK’s most watched Breakfast programme BBC Breakfast on BBC One, as well as the BBC’s Triathlon coverage.
Before joining BBC Breakfast in 2012 she was one of BBC News 24’s main anchors. She also guest presented The One Show and presented the BBC One series Real Rescues, Missing Live and Crime & Punishment and appeared in the Channel 4 history series Time Crashers.
Before her career in television Louise spent many years presenting a host of different programmes on radio including Sport on Five, and Drive on BBC Five Live. Outside of news broadcasting, Louise competed in Series 11 of Celebrity MasterChef, and was runner up in the final.
Her passion is endurance sport. Having given up competitive sport as a teenager, after a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge she was inspired to attempt her first triathlon in 2013 and went on to qualify for the GB Team age-group team to race in Chicago in 2015. Since then she has raced in five World and European Championships and has gone on to compete in extreme triathlons including one of the toughest triathlons in the world, Norseman in 2019.
The 2020 comedian is Rich Hall.
The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick-fire banter and delightful musical sequences. Rich has been described as a transatlantic messenger, lampooning each country he visits with his laser-guided observations. His critically acclaimed deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and winning him fans all over the globe.
He has fronted the hugely successful BBC Four documentaries Rich Hall’s Working for the American Dream, Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You, Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match, Rich Hall’s California Stars, Rich Hall’s You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going To Texas and Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian.
Other TV appearances include QI, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News for You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Jonathan Ross Show. In America he wrote for the David Letterman Show winning him two Emmy Awards and was apparently the inspiration behind Matt Groening’s character Moe Szyslak from The Simpsons.
As well as being a successful comedian and musician, Rich is also an accomplished author. He has released three books, Magnificent Bastards, I Blame Society and Things Snowballs and has written articles for The Guardian and The Sunday Times.