Stewart Lee Was Named ‘Legend Of Comedy’ And The Leicester Comedy Festival Awards Last Night

In taking the accolade he follows in the footsteps of Jo Brand, Nicholas Parsons, Victoria Wood, Barry Cryer, Rik Mayall, Nicholas Parsons, Ken Dodd and Sir Norman Wisdom.

Founding director Geoff Rowe, said: “it was such an honour for Stewart Lee to attend the ceremony and accept the Legend of Comedy award.  He has made a significant contribution to British comedy and also helped support and encourage new talent throughout his career.’

Other winners included Troy Hawke for best show, Marcel Lucont for best kids show and Ania Magliano for best new show.

The Big Difference, the venue formerly known as The Cookie and run by the registered charity behind the festival itself, was named best new venue.

The full list of winners is:

Best Show – Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy’d

Best New Show – Ania Magliano: Absolutely No Worries If Not

Best Kids Show – Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles

Best Online Event – Marvel versus Marvel: The Live Podcast

Best Impro/Music Show – Jon Pearson: What You Been Up To

Best Large Venue – The Y Theatre

Best Small Venue – The Black Horse

Best New Venue – The Big Difference

Best Promoter  – Monster Comedy

Liberty Award Spirit of the Festival –  Fox Books, a bookstore

Business of the Year – The Miller Partnership, the festival’s tax advisers

Student of the Year – Ella Cohen – Falmouth University

Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 – NextUp Comedy

Tracey Miller Community Award – Leicester City (FC)  in the Communit

Legend of Comedy – Stewart Lee

Lifetime Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival – Tony Graves, head of arts and festivals management at De Montfort University

The festival will return from February 8 to 26 next year.

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