Bite the News last night won the prestigious Peter Cook Comedy Website Award at the first time of asking beating into second place its sister site 'Peter Musgrove Reporting' and last year's winner the hotly tipped The Spoof.
Set up as recently as March 2008 by comedy duo Dave Morris and Tim Bailey aka Peter Musgrove and Steve Pritchard, the site has averaged over 10,000 hits per day. Put into perspective that is twice the size of Coggeshall in Essex or twenty times its size if its population was suddenly wiped out by a particularly virulent strain of the E coli virus.
Having met at a funeral back in 1989 Musgrove and Pritchard soon realised they shared a love of fast women, fast cars, and alternative comedy. Having absolutely no access to two out of three of their passions the duo soon decided to concentrate on making people laugh. Their friendship grew over the forthcoming years but never once became physical. Reeves and Mortimer, Alan Partridge, The Office, It Aint Half Hot Mum, many great comic influences can be seen in their work. However despite being totally derivative of earlier original comedy, it was the ability of the Bite the News team to hide this fact that enabled them to win the 'Cookie' last night. A panel of judges that included Harry Hill, Caroline Aherne and the Rt Revd Michael Langrish The Bishop of Exeter, voted 2:1 in favour of the UK based Spoof news site.
Talking to our Arts correspondent Steven Pritchard said: "This is fantastic news for the two of us. We have worked so hard over the last 6 months to deliver a high quality brand of internet based comedy and we honestly believe it is unrivalled in Britain today. The fact that Peter and myself can work so closely together without our relationship becoming sexual in any way is a tribute to the Bite the News team. We promise our fans that this success will not make us complacent. My aim now is to be standing here next year with my platonic friend collecting the Peter Cook Comedy Award 2009″.
Due to a pathological shyness that has crippled him since adolescence Peter Musgrove was unavailable for comment. However his agent Russell Horowitz did want to stress that although his client and Steven Pritchard have been spotted together on many occasions over the last few months their evenings have always ended with a manly hand shake and nothing more. It does appear then that the Musgrove Pritchard brand of comedy is set to dominate the world wide web for some time to come. [ Unlike the Steptoe and Son partnership that self destructed back in 1974 after a brief homosexual affair between the two main actors culminated in Wilfrid Brambell finding Harry H. Corbett in bed with his ex wife Maureen Blott. The betrayal was too much for 'Steptoe' and no more episodes of the cult comedy were ever made ].