Leicester Comedy Festival Poll: Comic legends come in all shapes and sizes...
The little man with the big jokes about being little, Ronnie Corbett is one of 20 comics in the running for our first Legend of Comedy award.
He sped into the comedy festival in 2006 – a vision in velvet and tartan – and impressed a Haymarket Theatre audience with good old-fashioned silliness.
Our reviewer reckoned Ronnie Corbett and Friends had too much friends and not enough Ronnie, but loved it all the same.
"Ronnie Corbett dashed on wearing a velvet jacket and tartan trousers to rapturous applause and palpable goodwill," wrote reviewer Pam Daniels.
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"Then came the inevitable heightist jokes – of the 'I would have worn a matching jacket, but my wife said I looked like a Thermos flask' type.
"We heard how he once danced with Dolly Parton and couldn't hear the band, and so on."
Have I Got News For You stalwart Paul Merton is also on our list of potential legends up for the award, which was launched to celebrate 20 years of the festival.
Apparently, the surreal comic showed his geeky side when he came to the festival in 2007, presenting a showcase of silent movies at De Montfort Hall, in favour of traditional stand-up. Also going a bit left-field, Lenny Henry chose to centre his show around performances of his favourite songs.
Reviewing the 2011 show at De Montfort Hall, Gemma Collins said the show was "slightly self-indulgent," but satisfying all the same.
"We've seen him come a long way from the gangling 17-year-old on New Faces," she wrote.
"He's a different kind of funny now; more mellow, less hyperactive but still as passionate and precise.
"In his shiny red suit, he was every bit the black Elvis, belting out Jailhouse Rock."
With an impressive CV of everything from adverts to blockbusters, Omid Djalili is also in the running for our accolade.
"As an Iranian, it's pretty easy to guess the subject matters that form the base of his humour and we were given a full repertoire of terrorist and political jokes – some predictable, others well worthy of a guffaw," wrote reviewer Fiona Dryden, after seeing Omid at De Montfort Hall in 2011.
Also in the running are musical favourite Bill Bailey, who played the Haymarket Studio in 1997, and panel show favourite Dara O'Briain, who entertained the Y, in 2004.
This funny lot are among the 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: