'The Grave' wins Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival shorts prize
Richard Woolford, 35 from Stevenage, won the £5,000 prize with his animated effort The Grave.
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"Winning this competition really means a lot to me as I am originally from a stand-up comedy background, but had to stop when I got cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma)," Woolford said
"I find that doing things like writing and animation are an easy way for me to get back into doing comedy again, now that I have fully recovered."
Head of the judging panel Richard Herring added: "It was surprising, especially the idea of having a man buried with his hat.
"The internet gives us our own TV channel with billions of potential viewers. It's a fantastic medium to get your comedy out there."
Woolford's was one of 119 entries in the competition, and joining Herring on the panel were The Inbetweeners writer Iain Morris, general manager of Dave Steve North, editor of Chortle Steve Bennett and CEO of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival Geoff Rowe.
The panel unanimously picked The Grave from a shortlist of 20.
The People's Choice Award was won by Modern Conversation, from 24-year-old Ben Garfield and comedy double act Mixed Doubles.
The team had the most-viewed video on the competition's YouTube channel and won £2,500.
Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival takes place between February 8 and February 24.