Jonathan Ross hosted the show, which aired live on Channel 4 this evening (December 12).
Movie star Cohen, who started his TV career on Channel 4 with his Ali G character, was awarded the 'Outstanding Achievement' gong at the star studded event, while Jack Whitehall was voted by the public as the 'King of Comedy'.
The biggest winner of the night was Julia Davis's dark Sky Atlantic series Hunderby, which took home the 'Best Sitcom' and 'Best New Comedy' titles.
Charlie Brooker was named 'Best Comedy Entertainment Personality', while Lee Mack earned the 'Best Male TV Comic' title for his work on Not Going Out and Would I Lie To You?
The Thick of It, which aired its final series earlier this year, earned two awards with 'Best TV Comedy Actor' and 'Best TV Comedy Actress' going to Rebecca Front and Peter Capaldi.
Harry Hill added another title to his long list for 'Comedy Entertainment Programme', while Jo Brand earned 'Best Female TV Comic' for her work on BBC sitcom Getting On.
Vic & Bob were also given a special title from the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
> British Comedy Awards 2012 winners in full
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