Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year

Saturday 25th February 2017

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

One of the longest running comedy competitions in the UK, the prestigious LMCOTY takes place on Saturday 25th February as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2017. The event is an annual sell-out as part of the festival and entry is via nomination by one of the selected comedy promoters. There is no open entry process so do not contact us. The nominating promoters will be announced soon, together with the judging panel.

Tickets are on sale via www.comedy-festival.co.uk

 

Random facts about Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition

  • Tickets for the first Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition cost just £2.50
  •  Steve Knuckles won the first competition back in 1995; he then disappeared without trace
  • Reginald D Hunter was runner up to Mitch Benn in 1998
  • Jimmy Carr performed a rap when he entered the competition in 2001
  • John Bishop entered in 2001; the Leicester Mercury review said “we think we’ll be hearing more from him in the future.”
  • Greg Davies was runner up in 2003
  • Leicester based comedian Matt Hollins beat Russell Kane, to win the competition in 2004
  • Shane Allen, big cheese of comedy at BBC, was on the judging panel in 2005 when he worked for Channel 4
  • Jack Whitehall was runner up in 2008
  • Luke Benson is the only comedian to have made it through to the final twice; once in 2008 & then again in 2011
  • Over 6,300 people have watched the competition over the past 21 years; 168 comedians have taken part

Previous winners of the Competition include:

Stevie Knuckles (winner) stevie_knucles

1996

Jo Enright (winner)

Gary O’Donnell
Colin the Fireman
Marcus Cockrell
Bob May

Jo-Enright

1997

Johnny Vegas (winner)

Natalie Haynes
Kevin Kopfstein
Leslie Gibson

Johnny-Vegas “When you’re up-and-coming, you need something to get your foot in the door and winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year – that was great.”

1998

Mitch Benn (winner)

TJ Murphy
Mark James
Mary Bourke
Pete Benett
Johnny Kinch
Reg Hunter
Jack Mann
Darrell Martin

Mitch-Benn

1999

Patrick Kitterick (winner)

Dominic Frisbee
Meryl O’Rourke
Kevin Clarke
David Keay
Michael Tombs
Darrell Martin
Mark Barrett
Jack Mann
Mark James
Kat Nilsson

Patrick-Kitterick

2000

Jason Manford (winner)

Jason Whitehead
Silky
Sean O’Reilly
Barry Glendenning
Eddie Kaulkner

Jason-Manford

2001

Miles Jupp (winner)

Jimmy Carr
John Ryan

Miles-Jupp

2002

Matt Blaize (winner)

Bill Wooland
Quincy
Rob Mager
Karen Bailey
Nick Gray
Kevin Dewsbury

matt-blaize

2003

Rhod Gilbert (winner)

Claire Pollard
Greg Davies
Simon Amstell
Greg Cook
Donna Spence
Greg McHugh
Marek Larwood

Rhod-Gilbert

2004

Matt Hollins (winner)

Russell Kane
Matt and Faron
Brandi Borr
Anna Keirle
Chris Roche
Mel Barnes
Matt Dyktynski

Matt-Hollins

2005

Debra Jane Appleby (winner)

Dave Longley
Peter Aterman
Lee Bannard
Lee Brace
Quentin Reynolds
Sam Avery

Debra-Jane-Appleby

2006

James Branch (winner)

Emma Fryer

James-Branch “The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year helps to raise the profile of comedians and get them noticed.”

2007

Carl Donnelly (winner)

Sean Moran
Matt Rudge
Johnny Sorrow
Jason Kavan
Jim Smallman
Paul Smith

Carl-Donnelly

2008

Henry Paker (winner)

Jack Whitehall
Andi Osho
Gareth Richards
Helen Keen
Luke Benson
Sam Harlan
Tony Simpson

Henry-Paker

2009

Seann Walsh (winner)

Fergus Craig
Grainne Maquire
Joe Bor
Chris Stokes
Carl Hutchinson
Chris Ramsey
Tom Adams

Seann-Walsh

2010

Josh Widdicombe (winner)

Ivo Graham
Tom McDonnell
Jake Mills
Rob Beckett
Dan Bland
Ben Davids
Ade Ikoli

Josh-Widdicombe “I was delighted, shocked and excited. It was such an honour to be on same list as so many incredible past winners.”

2011

Ben Target (joint winner)
Tom Rosenthal (joint winner)

Ben Target
Inel Tomlinson
Suzi Ruffell
Luke Benson
Henry Widdicombe
Michael J Dolan
Pete Walsh

Ben-Target-and-Tom-Rosentha

2012

Matt Rees (Winner)

Chris Turner
Darren Connell
Danny Sutcliffe
Richard Hanrahan
Joe Wells
Liam Williams

Matt-Rees

2013

Romesh Ranganathan (Winner)

Lucy Beaumount
Adam Hess
Jamie Demetriou
Danny Ward
Tez Ilyas
Mark Simmons
Kwame Asante

Romesh-Ranganathan “The line-up was so strong I never thought I stood a chance of winning. Everyone on stage that night will go on to become brilliant comedians. Comedy has always been a passion of mine and when I won the competition my career really took off.”

2014

Kate Lucas (winner)

Dane Baptiste
Dave Green
Elliot Green
Harriet Kemsley
Mark Silcox
Phil Jerrod
Daisy Earl

Kate-Lucas

2015

Tom Little (winner)

Stephanie Laing
Kiri Pritchard-Mclean
Ingrid Dahle
Emma Kearney aka Penella Mellor
David Jordan
Jake Lambert
Lolly Adepfope

Tom-Little “It’s such a big deal that the amazing finalists are voted for by the industry. I’m so pleased to be one of them.”

2016

Tom Lucy (winner)

George Lewis
Rob Mulholland
Yuriko Kotani
Ed Patrick
Nigel Ng
Twayna Mayne
Travis Jay

Tom-Lucy “It’s amazing, unbelievable, it’s very flattering to be alongside such big names.”

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