Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.  Nominees include Lloyd Langford, Christopher Bliss, Jarleth Regan, Jake Lambert, Peter Fleming, Mark Vigil, Andrew Ryan, Flo & Joan and Conversation Garden.  For the third year running members of the public have been voting for their favourite venues and all the winners will be announced at a private event taking place at the recently re-opened Haymarket Theatre in Leicester on Monday 26th March.

The awards, set up in 2006, recognise the contribution people make to the February festival and include awards for Best Show, Best Debut Show, Best New Show, Best Venue, Best Promoter, Best Poster, Best Community Project and Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2018.

This year some of the awards have been decided by a group of members of the public who applied to become members of the Awards Panel.  14 comedy fans, many of whom came from across the UK, were selected to see shows and then decide the winners.  The judges will help present the awards at the event, along with special guests and VIPs.

Leicester Comedy Festival Director, Geoff Rowe, said:

“The 2018 festival was incredible, with a significant increase in attendance and greater number of shows and national media coverage.  Sales via the festival box office increased by 9% and we saw an increase of 8.5% in the total number of shows at the festival.  Over 1,000 people performed on stages across Leicester & Leicestershire.  The festival would not be possible without the support we receive from acts, venues, promoters and other organisations who work so hard to make the thing happen every February.  The Festival awards are a great way for us to acknowledge all these people and the event has grown in importance in recent years.  We’re looking forward to opening the gold envelopes and announcing the winners on the night.”

Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 saw the return of the UK Pun Championships, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Comedy in the Dark and Hotel D’Comedie as well as appearances by comedians including Harry Hill, Barry Cryer, Jonathan Pie, Nicholas Parsons, Katherine Ryan, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Spikey, Sara Pascoe, Dr John Cooper Clarke and Griff Rhys Jones.

The full list of nominees are:

Best Show

Christopher Bliss: Writing Wrongs
Jake Lambert
Jarleth Regan: Organ Freeman
Lloyd Langford: Six Quid’s Worth Of Jokes

Best Debut Show

Mark Vigil: Instead Talks
Peter Fleming: Have You Seen?
Simon & Friends Put The World To Rights

Best New Show

Andrew Ryan: Sure, You Know Yourself
Harriet Kemsley
Laura Monmoth: LGBTQZX
Ruth Cockburn: Love Letters From Blackpool

Best Musical Comedy Show

Flo & Joan
George Rigden: Love Plus None
Harriet Braine: Total Eclipse of the Arts

Best Improv Show

Conversation Garden Does A ‘Bake Off’ Themed Murder Mystery
The MMORPG show
The Same Faces

Best Kids Show

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Dark Room 4 Kids
Shirley & Ken’s Lucky Dip

Best Venue (under 200 capacity)

Attenborough Arts Centre
Heroes at The Criterion
Manhattan 34
The Black Horse, Aylestone

Best Venue (over 200 capacity)

De Montfort Hall
Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall
The Little Theatre
The Y 

Best New Venue

Broood at Vin Quatre
Knight & Garter
Sue Townsend Theatre
The Cosy Club 

Liberty Award

Kids Comedy Hub
Outermission & Demon FM at LCB Depot
Second Chance Sunday

Best Promoter

Chuckle Busters
Daniel Nicholas
Jokes on Us

Community Award

A Bellyful of Laughs in aid of Charity Link
Kids Comedy Hub
Laugh Term Comedy School
No Jokes Please, we’re Muslim!

Best poster

Adele Cliff: Sheep
Rob Thomas: Callback
Glenn Moore: The Da Vinci Glenn
Ian Smith: Work in Progress
Michael Brunstorm: The Great Fire of London 

Leicestershire’s Favourite Joke sponsored by Everards Brewery

Bilal Zafar
Chris Norton Walker
George Rigden
Glenn Moore
Mark Dolan
Sajeela Kershi

Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2018

24Seven Same Day
Circuit Breakers campaign donors
Festival volunteers
Leicester Riders
Stand Up Challenge contestants

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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