Surreal knock-knock jokes and inspired ranting about Jaffa Cakes have won a newbie stand-up the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award.
Tom Little, 27, who has been doing stand-up comedy for just 20 months, was awarded the title on Saturday night in front of a packed audience at the city's Y Theatre.
Comedians are nominated by the UK's top promoters and the competition is seen as one of the best in the country for up and coming comics.
Tom, who completed as MA in social work at Preston University before deciding to follow his dream of being a stand-up, said: "I'm delighted. It's voted for by people in the industry and looking at past winners, I'm in very good company."
Tom's original style and inventive material stood out in what was a stellar night of strong performances.
Compere Rob Rouse said: "They will all be putting me out of work in a couple of years' time. Everyone who has taken part has been absolutely brilliant."
Runner-up was Norwegian comic Ingrid Dahle, whose brilliantly inventive trousers-from-Primark gag was just hilarious. "It is the best £5 I have ever spent," she said before turning the trousers into a dress, after-picture for a slimming ad and Essex girl outfit.
Self-confessed "humpty dumpty love god" David Jordan kicked off the night with a confident, crowd-pleasing set of songs. Welsh lass Kiri Pritchard-McLean alternated her gift for anecdotes with killer "did she really say that?" punchlines. Penella Mellor might have walked on stage looking like butter wouldn't melt but don't be fooled: her deadpan set revolved around the hell of having kids, especially ones who bring home rubbish presents from school. "Why do they never ask what mummy likes? Mummy likes vodka".
Lolly Adefope's character "Gemma" a mad office worker who can't see how rubbish she is, built to a punchline no-one saw coming, while Jake Lambert's clever material and brilliant puns showcased some great writing and assured delivery. Stephanie Laing's geeky endearing persona mused on the awkwardness of life and her reasons on why men are like buses was a highlight.
Last year's winner Kate Lucas made a triumphant return with her brilliantly bitter songs, including an inspired anti-Disney melody which mercilessly skewered Cinders.