2022 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards Nominees Announced – ATV Today
The nominees for the 2022 Leicester Comedy Festival Annual Awards have been announced.
Acts and events nominated include No More Jockeys, Sarah Callaghan, Myra Dubois, Jon Pearson, Loremen, Ania Magliano, Marcel Lucont, Good Kids, Garrett Millerick and Troy Hawke.
The prices, now in their 16and year, will recognize contributions to this year’s Festival in a host of categories, including Best Show, Best New Show, Student of the Year, Best Promoter, Best Community Project and Contribution at the 2022 Leicester Comedy Festival. The winner will be announced at a private, invitation-only ceremony to be held on Monday 28and March to Leicester.
This year’s festival marked a return to live comedy with audiences from across the country for a packed schedule of 592 events and nearly 800 individual performances at 62 venues. For those unable to attend in person, 35 shows were streamed live with NextUp Comedy, totaling 5,150 plays and over 180,000 comedy minutes watched online. The online audience included people enjoying the festival from their homes in the United States, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Denmark and China.
Exclusive festival events included The UK Pun Championships, No More Jockeys Live (featuring Alex Horne, Tim Key and Mark Watson), Live Interviews with Rosie Jones, Rachel Parris and Pam Ayres, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, Silver Stand Up and the Beyond A Joke Seminar Program. Other festival performances included appearances by Tez Ilyas, Ivo Graham, Maisie Adam, Anoushka Rava, Kwame Asante and Joe Thomas.
This year’s Festival saw performers seize the opportunity to try out new material with over 23% of events being made, including those by Ria Lina, Tim Key, Suzi Ruffel, Seann Walsh and Olga Koch .
Geoff Rowe, founding director of the Leicester Comedy Festival, said “After a really tough few years, the fact that so many comedians are developing new shows and trying them out for the very first time at the festival, helps to show that the future looks bright for British comedy. Thank you to everyone who continues to work with us to produce the festival and we look forward to seeing you again next year when we celebrate the 30and anniversary of the Leicester Comedy Festival. But first, can we rest a bit and hopefully get some sleep?
30and The Leicester Comedy Festival and UK Kids’ Comedy Festival 2023 will take place from February 8-26.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the ceremony, along with top venue awards and a Legend of Comedy title which recognizes outstanding achievement in British comedy. Previous winners include the late Barry Cryer and Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Johnny Vegas and Jo Brand.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy’d
Garrett Millerick: Just trying to help
Russell Hicks: The Age of the Hicks
Sarah Callaghan: revolting
Weirdos Comedy Presents: The Wraps
Sikisa: Twerking in progress
Best New Show
Ania Magliano: Absolutely no worries if this is not the case
Best Children’s Show
Marcel Lucont: The Terrible Children
The box of comedy at a reduced price
Best Online Event
Spit or Swallow Podcast: Live!
Marvel vs. Marvel: The Live Podcast
Best Improv/Music Show
Jon Pearson: What You Did
Consignia presents: Zen & M’s
CSI: crime scene improvisation
Alex Leam: Joy of the Game
Missimp: It’s a trap! The improvised Star Wars show
Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2022
All Puns Blazing Contributors
Tracey Miller Community Award
Leicester City in the community
Just the tonic
jokes about us
Kirsty Munro & Masai Graham/Bradders
loft of laughter
The Doorstep Comedy Club
Freedom Prize (for a person or a group having contributed to making the festival particularly festive)
Kirsty Munro & Masai Graham/Bradders
Company of the year
The Gresham Aparthotel
Esquires Cafe Leicester
The Miller Partnership
PPL PRS Ltd
The Belmont Hotel
student of the year
Ella Cohen – Falmouth University
Calum Travers – De Montfort University
Robyn Templeman – De Montfort University
Millie Mantell – De Montfort University
Isaac Munslow – De Montfort University
Hannah Clark – De Montfort University
Other awards presented during the evening:
Lifetime contribution to the Leicester Comedy Festival
Best Venue Award (Large, Small and New Venues)