Gary Delaney has scooped the UK’s Hardest Working Comedian award following a poll by live events guide and ticketing platform, Ents24.

The chart celebrates the performers who deliver the highest number of listed performances at different venues across the calendar year. Patrick Monahan and Romesh Ranganathan are the previous winners of the award, which was launched in 2015.

Justin Moorhouse and Jimmy Carr were among the big names to also make the top five, according to Ents24.

Delaney, who has featured in the list’s top 20 in each of the three years it has been compiled, said: “When I first started in comedy one of the old hands explained to me that ‘The job is really driving, the gig is just what you do for a break when you get there’. They were right.

“Being on the road is great because you get to bring your comedy to your audience every night.

“I’ve been in the top five for the last couple of years so it’s been my dream to finally make No.1 and empirically prove to my parents that I have a real job. Actually my dream is to get sponsored by KFC and Waze, but this is a close second.”

Delaney, who edged out 2015 winner Monahan and No.3 Andy Parsons, is targeting further success in 2018.

He said: “I hope to hold onto this award next year when I take my new tour show ‘Gagster’s Paradise’ on the road, though some who have seen the passenger footwell of my car have rudely suggested ‘Ginster’s Paradise’ might be more appropriate.”

After finishing seventh, Omid Djalili said: “You want a quote about being a busy comedian? Ain’t nobody got time f’dat!”