Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2019 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.
This year's shortlists are:
Best New Show
Best Improv/Musical Show
Best Kids Show
Best Venue (over 200 capacity)
De Montfort Hall
Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall
Sue Townsend Theatre
Best Venue (under 200 capacity)
Black Horse Laughter Loft
Just The Tonic at Brewdog
Upstairs at The Western
Best New Venue
Just The Tonic at The Shed
Heroes at Apres Lounge
King Richard III Visitor Centre
The BIG Weekend/Harborough District Council
Kids Joke Spot
Red Light Comedy Club
Braunstone Gate Fringe
Jokes On Us
A Bellyful of Laughs in aid of Charity Link
No Jokes Please, We're Muslim!
The Big Chilli
Laugh Term Comedy School
Greening The Laughs Award sponsored by Octopus Energy
Queen of Bradgate
Black Horse Aylestone
Leicestershire's Favourite Joke sponsored by Everards Brewery
Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2019
The Awards Panel
Some of the shortlists were decided by a group of members of the public who applied to become members of the Awards Panel. 16 comedy fans, many of whom came from across the UK, were selected to see shows and then decide the winners.
Leicester Comedy Festival Director Geoff Rowe says: "The 2019 festival was incredible, with a significant increase in attendance and greater number of shows and national media coverage. Sales via the festival box office increased by over a staggering 30% and we saw an increase in the total number of shows at the festival. Over 695 people performed on stages across Leicester & Leicestershire; an increase of almost 14% on last year. The festival would not be possible without the support we receive from acts, venues, promoters, volunteers and other organisations who work so hard to make the thing happen every February. The Festival awards are a great way for us to acknowledge all these people and the event has grown in importance in recent years. We're looking forward to opening the gold envelopes and announcing the winners on the night."
The winners will be announced at a private event taking place in Leicester on Monday 1st April 2019.
A special Lifetime Contribution Award will also be presented on the night, to someone or an organisation who has made a significant contribution to the festival over a number of years.