30 years of comedy festival

Leicester Comedy Festival is here!

Leicester Comedy Festival is here – today marks the start of 19 days of comedy and laughter across Leicester and Leicestershire. We have over 700 shows for you to enjoy including stand-up, sketch, live podcasts and improv. The festival will take place across over 65 venues in Leicester, Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Mountsorrell and Coalville from Wednesday, February 7, and will run throughout the month, to February 25.

The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year and other Festival flagship events returning include Circuit Breakers, which supports new comedians breaking on to the scene, UK Pun Championships and The Silver Stand-up competition, which showcases comedians over the age of 55.

For the first time, Leicester Comedy Festival will be launching an app where fans will be able to search for performances by name, date or genre. The app is currently free to download from the Apple app store.

Highlights of this year’s festival include Big Difference Company fundraiser, Live at De Montfort Hall, headlined by Flo & Joan and features Lost Voice Guy, The Card Ninja and is hosted by Myra Dubois.

The festival will host more podcasts this year including Trusty Hogs!, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast and Lexx Education. There will also be the return of live interviews, giving audiences a chance to hear more about the lives and careers of some of the UK’s best loved comedians. This year’s interviewees will be Stewart Lee, Sindhu Vee, Mark Watson and Jason Byrne. Festival highlights include Romesh Ranganathan, Rosie Jones, Stewart Lee, Daliso Chaponda, Sophie Duker, Ross Noble, Garth Marenghi, Catherine Bohart, Connor Burns, Dan Tiernan, Sarah Keyworth and Fatiha El-Ghorri.

You can view our full programme and book tickets here. Grab your copy of the 2024 brochure at a café or pub near you or view it online.

Leicester Comedy Festival is one of the biggest and longest running comedy festivals in the UK. For the past 30 years we have celebrated British comedy and have been dedicated to supporting and nurturing emerging talent. Being an open access festival means that anyone can pay a fee to put on an event – and we encourage people from all stages of their career to come and take part. We get a buzz from working with new comedians and being part of and watching their journey as they grow professionally and reach new heights.

We want to reach as many people across Leicester, Leicestershire and beyond with the joy of live comedy. From the weird and wonderful, to shows in unusual spaces and comedy out in the county, we are committed to creating one of a kind experiences for YOU, our lovely audiences.

The festival is produced by a registered charity, Big Difference who work year-round to improve people’s lives through comedy, laughter and the arts. If you are able to support us with a donation, we would be very grateful. You can donate here.


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