As Lee Mack picked up the Entertainment Performance Award at the 2019 BAFTAs, he immediately went on to prove exactly why he deserved the trophy.

The 50-year-old claimed the prestigious award thanks to his performances on BBC game show Would I Lie To You?, where he acts as a regular team captain.

Trophy in hand, Lee had 120 seconds to prove exactly why he is one of the UK’s most-adored funnymen… he did just that!

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: (L-R) Presenter Will Poulter, winner of the Entertainment Performance award for ‘Would I Lie To You?’, Lee Mack and presenter Asim Chaudhry pose in the press room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

What BAFTA did Lee Mack win?

Lee claimed the 2019 Entertainment BAFTA in a shortlist that included Ant & Dec (Saturday Night Takeaway), Rachel Parris (The Mash Report) as well as fellow Would I Lie To You? regular David Mitchell.

This was Lee’s first-ever individual BAFTA, although he won the Best Comedy Programme award in 2002 as part of The Sketch Show team.

At the British Comedy Awards, however, Lee has notched six awards, with three of them stemming from his work on Would I Lie To You?.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Lee Mack (L) and Rob Brydon attend the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Lee Mack’s BAFTA 2019 speech

As soon as Lee hit the stage, the BBC comedian opened with a joke.

A regular at the red carpet event, the comedian was quick to point out that the food and service had declined since last year, which earned a chuckling roar from the celebrity crowd.

Lee opened his speech with:

Right, I’ll keep it brief because I know we all just want to go for dinner… especially this year as there’s no chocolate under the seat. Are we still on BBC One or is it Channel 5 now?

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Screenshot: Lee Mack BAFTA 2019

‘Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards’

Lee continued his rant as he made a note to the producers of the BAFTA ceremony, politely asking them not to launch the event on the same day as the last game of the Premier League.

The digs didn’t stop there, as Lee dived into ‘Ricky Gervais at the Oscar’s’ territory as he mocked key sponsors Virgin Media.

Lee said:

I’m joking (about watching the Premier League), I couldn’t watch it anyway as I’m on Virgin Media and their reception is terrible.

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Screenshot: Lee Mack BAFTA 2019 –

The Mack man even added: “Good luck editing that one, it’s on TV in about an hour.”

An honorary mention…

Finally, Lee finished off his speech with a tongue-in-cheek honorary mention to co-stars Rob Brydon and David Mitchell.

Lee explained how Would I Lie To You? had yet again missed out on the Best Comedy Panel Show (five times in nine years) yet he was still able to walk away with a trophy.

Lee said:

It’s bad enough I get paid more… but this is going to kill them.

Watch the full speech below:


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