20th Leicester Comedy Festival Poll: Choose your first Legend of Comedy
They are all comedy giants, but are they comedy legends? It's time for you to decide.
To celebrate the 20th Leicester Comedy Festival, the Mercury has teamed up with festival bosses to create a new award – The Legend of Comedy.
We have picked 20 comedians who have performed at the festival over the years, who we think are pretty great.
Whether you love Harry Hill's physical comedy or Jack Dee's dry wit, we want you to pick the comedian you think is most deserving of the first Legend of Comedy award.
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The comedian with the most online or postal votes will be crowned the winner of the inaugural award.
Festival founder Geoff Rowe said: "This is an opportunity for us to recognise those comedians who have entered the hearts of the people of Leicester, through the comedy festival.
"It might not necessarily be the funniest comedian, or the most popular person, but the person who creates comedy that people just love.
"For me, a comedy legend is someone who never fails to relate to the general public and their audience, and who goes that extra mile and has that extra characteristic that makes people really love them."
The award will be presented to the winning comedian – or if it is Sir Norman Wisdom, his family – at a special ceremony in March at the City Rooms, in Hotel Street, Leicester.
A plaque naming the winner will also be displayed in comedy festival venue, the Y Theatre, in East Street, Leicester. To vote for your favourite comedian, fill in the poll below.
This year, Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival will see more than 520 shows performed at dozens of venues across the city and county, over 17 days, from February 8 until February 24.
The preview show – a taste of what to expect during the festival – will be held at De Montfort Hall tonight.