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.