Andrew Dipper

Tom Lucy wins 2016 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

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It has been a springboard to fame for many a funnyman and woman – and last night Tom Lucy joined the list of luminaries who have claimed the title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.

At just eighteen years old, Tom Lucy is one of the youngest comedians working professionally on the UK circuit, having won the prestigious The Comedy Store King Gong 2014 and Up The Creek The Blackout 2015.

Tom’s first stand up gig was at the tender age of 16, he now performs regularly for some of the UK’s top clubs including The Glee Club, Up The Creek and Komedia.

In the last six months he has supported some of his comedy heroes on tour including Jack Whitehall and Harry Hill.

Tom said of winning: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a prestigious line up of previous winners. All of the other comedians performing tonight were fantastic, and I’m honoured that the judges, all hugely respected in the industry, voted me as Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016”.

George Lewis was runner up, and current Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year Rob Mulholland was voted third place. The other finalists were Twayna Mayne, Yuriko Kotani, Nigel Ng, Travis Jay and Ed Patrick.

The judges were Arnab Chanda (BBC Comedy Producer), Bruce Dessau (Comedy Critic, Evening Standard and Editor of Beyond The Joke), Corrie McGuire (Director/ Agent with Roar Comedy and Roar Global), Pete Warzynski (Leicester Mercury), and Steve North (Channel Manager, UKTV’s Dave).

The competition, now in its 22nd year, is always a highlight of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, and is unique in that each of the acts are nominated by respected UK comedy promoters.

Previous recipients of the ‘LMCOTY Award’ include the likes of Jason Manford, Johnny Vegas, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Romesh Ranganathan.

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival comes to a close today, Sunday 21 February, with its annual Comedy Heaven finale gala show, in aid of Prostaid, Amnesty International and Big Difference Company, at Curve Theatre.

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