Leicester Comedy Festival hosted its annual awards ceremony last night (1st April), to honour the comedians, venues and promoters "that make the festival the largest and most successful comedy festival in Europe."
Jo Brand won this year's Legend of Comedy Award. Unable to attend the ceremony, she accepted the award via a video link. Previous recipients of the title include Victoria Wood, Barry Cryer, Rik Mayall, Nicholas Parsons, Ken Dodd and Sir Norman Wisdom.
Festival director Geoff Rowe says: "We were delighted to acknowledge Jo Brand with the Legend of Comedy Award at the ceremony. Her contribution to UK comedy over the years has been incredible and we were thrilled to recognise this. The ceremony also allowed us to celebrate the acts, venues, promoters and other organisations whose hard work has helped make this year the most successful in Leicester Comedy Festival's history."
The full list of winners is:
Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef
Best New Show
Michael Odewale: #blackbearsmatter
Best Improv/Musical Show
Vikki Stone: Song Bird
Best Kids Show
Bec Hill: Treats you like a child
Leicestershire's Favourite Joke
Best Venue (under 200 capacity)
Black Horse Laughter Loft
Best Venue (over 200 capacity)
Just The Tonic at Hansom Hall
Best New Venue
Just The Tonic at The Shed
Liberty Award / Spirit of the Festival
The BIG Weekend Market Harborough
Jokes On Us
Greening the Laughs
The Big Chilli
Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2019
The Awards Panel
Legend of Comedy
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