The prestigious title was awarded to Daniel at the Y Theatre in Leicester, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.
Daniel Petrie was declared Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year after a tough contest which saw eight of the best-emerging comedy acts in the country battle it out for the crown. They performed their best seven minutes in front of an esteemed comedy industry panel and a sold-out audience. Each finalist was selected by top comedy promoters from across the UK and earmarked ones to watch in the future.
Second place was awarded to Vittorio Angelone and Shalaka Kurup came third.
On winning the prestigious title, Daniel said: “I still can’t quite believe it! All of the other comedians were great tonight and I definitely didn’t expect to win! Leicester Comedy Festival is one of the biggest fixtures in the comedy calendar so I’m absolutely thrilled to have been crowned Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Thanks to everyone who came along to The Y Theatre this evening and of course, to the judges! I failed my driving test on Tuesday so it’s nice to get the week back on track.”
Having celebrated its 30th anniversary with this year’s festival, this competition has been a springboard for many notable comedians over the years. Last year’s winner was Bristol-based comedian Firuz Ozari and other notable previous winners include Kate Lucas (2014), Romesh Ranganathan (2013), Josh Widdicombe (2010), Rhod Gilbert (2003), Jason Manford (2000) and Johnny Vegas (1997).
The Leicester Comedy Festival is Europe’s biggest and longest-running comedy festival.
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