The results of the Midlands Comedy Awards 2017 have been announced.
The winners were revealed at a ceremony in Leicester tonight, featuromg performances by a dozen finalists on the theme of "comedy heroes", with each act performing a pastiche of their favourite comedians.
Rob Kemp, the The Elvis Dead show creator - who 'dominated' the shortlists with six nominations - walked away with three prizes on the night.
Awards organiser Jay Islaam comments: "I'd like to congratulate all the finalists and the winners. This was obviously going to be Rob Kemp's year. He's an exceptionally nice guy and the Midlands comedy community is delighted with his success in 2017, so it was inevitable they'd want to recognise that at the awards tonight. There's also clearly great admiration for Barry Dodds too, as he's won Best MC three years on the trot now.
"This is the fourth year of the Midlands Comedy Awards and the love and support from the regional comedy community for this initiative is wonderful to see. More than 4000 votes were cast this time around, and the competition was fierce across the categories. However, it's great to see so many people celebrating the success of their peers so enthusiastically."
The full list of results is below:
Best New Act
Best Alternative Act
Best Live Show
Best Comedy Club
Winner: The Glee Club
Runner-up: Funhouse Comedy
Third: Laff Attack
Best Small Club
Winner: Funhouse Comedy
Runner-up: FAF Comedy
Joint third: CAN Comedy and Blue Giraffe
Best Open Mic Show
Winner: The Holly Bush (Cradley Heath)
Runner-up: Comedy and Cocktails (Leicester)
Third: NCF £1 Night (Nottingham)
Spiky Mike, the founder of Funhouse Comedy.