Just nineteen years old, Tom Lucy has been working for two years already and is one of the youngest comedians working professionally on the UK circuit, and has previously won the prestigious Comedy Store King Gong 2014 and Up The Creek The Blackout 2015 awards. He performs regularly for some of the UK's top clubs including The Glee Club, Up The Creek and Komedia.
Held on the penultimate day of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2016, the contest saw Lucy claim victory against runner up George Lewis and third-placed Rob Mulholland. The other finalists were Twayna Mayne, Nigel Ng, Travis Jay, Ed Patrick, and BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015 winner Yuriko Kotani.
The competition, now in its 22nd year, is unique in that each of the acts are nominated by respected UK comedy promoters. Previous recipients of the award include Jason Manford, Johnny Vegas, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Romesh Ranganathan.
Tom Lucy says: "I'm thrilled to be joining such a prestigious line up of previous winners. All of the other comedians performing tonight were fantastic, and I'm honoured that the judges, all hugely respected in the industry, voted me as Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016."
The judges were Arnab Chanda (BBC Comedy Producer), Bruce Dessau (Comedy Critic, Evening Standard and Editor of Beyond The Joke), Corrie McGuire (Director/Agent with Roar Comedy and Roar Global), Pete Warzynski (Leicester Mercury), and Steve North (Channel Manager, Dave).