Leicester Comedy Festival: Choose your comedy legends
When we first reviewed Graham Norton he was apparently part of a line up of "four sensational comedians and a man in a slippery G-string".
We never did say whether he was the one in a G-string.
Either way, he impressed the 1997 crowd at the Y Theatre and a year later he went from being that bloke off Father Ted to a Saturday night TV regular.
He is now in the running for our first Legend of Comedy award – a search launched to celebrate 20 years of the festival.
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Our reviewer in 1997 reckoned Graham was "a complete petal" when he featured as the compere at the Valentine's night gay comedy showcase.
"He couldn't have been funnier or more camp if he had worn nothing but tinsel and a maraschino cherry – and all from the compere," the reviewer wrote.
Also in our line-up for the award is Jo Brand, whose man-hating and cynicism earned her just as many laughs from the blokes as the ladies when she hosted a show for Amnesty International at the Y Theatre in 2000.
Reporter Ciaran Fagan wrote: "With Brand it is possible sometimes to simply agree with her and miss out on the laughs, such is the serious intent behind much of her comedy.
"Then, she will floor you with a great line. Men copped much of the stick but, looking around the place, they were laughing just as hard as the women – maybe more so. Analyse that."
Julian Clary minced his way into the festival in 2010 wearing pink leather and roller skates.
Our reviewer Lynda Smart reckoned there was very little that could be repeated without offending our readers, but did crown Julian "Commandant of the Camp and the Meat-and-Two-Veg of Innuendo," after his gig at the Athena.
Just before he was on our TV every Saturday night, Michael McIntyre played at the Little Theatre in 2008.
He was not impressed that one of our heroes is Thomas Cook.
"Is this right," he asked the audience. "The travel agent? And you've got a statue of him? A man who said 'Listen to me, everybody, we need to get out of here?'" wrote reviewer Alex Dawson.
Bringing us right up to this year's festival, reporter James Sharpe reviewed Alan Davies, who was at De Montfort Hall last week as part of his first tour for 10 years.
Apparently, his return is not family-friendly.
"He engaged with the receptive audience from the very beginning, getting them on board with his concerns over the flattened genitalia of Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy as a painful by-product of his gigantic thighs," wrote James.
This funny lot are some of 20 comedians chosen by us who have performed at Leicester Comedy Festival. We want you to vote for the one you think most deserves the title Legend of Comedy.
The comedian with the most votes by the end of the festival will be crowned the winner, and will be honoured by a plaque in the Y Theatre, in East Street.
Vote for your comedy legend here: