De Montfort University

De Montfort University Leicester was the birthplace of Leicester Comedy Festival and has ever since had a unique and close relationship with the event so we are proud to be a sponsor again this year DMU has built a strong mutual partnership with the festival, involving students on its Arts and Festival Management course, who gain unbeatable real-world experience being trusted to run some of the venues, taking care of acts and promoting the events. Media students interview comedians and review shows, while other students volunteer in the community at DMU Local comedy initiatives. Many of our graduates have also taken to the stage, making names for themselves as stand-ups.

Union Jack Radio

Union JACK radio is a national DAB radio station, dedicated to playing only the Best of British: music and comedy! Broadcasting on digital radio, Union JACK celebrates six decades of the best British music. Every song is voted for by listeners via the Union JACK app, with songs moving up-and-down in real time. In only two years we’ve had over 16 million votes! Union JACK radio is also the home of comedy in radio. From classic comedy, such as Blackadder or Fawlty Towers, to original comedy, like Brian Blessed reading Bedtime stories, Union JACK is the place to go for comedy. It’s like the Leicester Comedy Festival – all year round!

Leicester City Council

The city council are once again extremely proud to support one of the city's most successful festivals. Leicester is well recognised as a city of diversity and increasingly one that showcases many great festivals throughout the year. The Comedy Festival is no exception and we are very happy to give our continued support to such an asset to the city.

The Baring Foundation

High Streets Heritage Action Zone

Working with partners Heritage Action Zones (HAZ!) are unlocking the potential of more than 60 historic high streets, fuelling economic, social and cultural recovery.  HAZ! Are working in partnership with Leicester Comedy Festival to generate cultural events in Leicester City Centre.

NextUp Comedy

At NextUp, our mission is to amplify comedy. This is our second year partnering with Leicester Comedy Festival & we’re really looking forward to helping out as the official streaming platform to the festival. NextUp Comedy is a subscription video platform for stand-up comedy that showcases and supports the live comedy industry. We film a range of comedy from all over the UK and beyond to showcase to our members. We are proud to be supporting the acts & performers taking part in the Leicester Comedy Festival by helping them to reach a global audience. In further support of the industry, 50% of all our membership fees go to acts on our platform. We also provide free rehearsal space and spearhead diversity initiatives."

Sturgess Motor Group

At Sturgess Motor Group, we are delighted to once again be supporting the Leicester Comedy Festival. The Festival is a superb way of showing all that is good about our City and County. This is well illustrated by the welcome that Leicester people give visitors, the diversity of our culture, the wide variety of Festival venues and the range of talent, from big names in Comedy to new starters. It is our hope that the Festival grows and keeps gaining the recognition it so richly reserves.


"Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and we have lots of comedians in our membership. Leicester Comedy Festival is important as a showcase for new and emerging talent as well as a key date for established stand-ups and other performers from across the UK.  As such, we are delighted to be able to continue working with the festival on our I Say event and other initiatives We'll be out and about during the festival and look look forward to meeting the comedians and seeing their work" Christine Payne - General Secretary.

Everards of Leicestershire

Everards of Leicestershire is proud to continue the support of the Leicester Comedy Festival. Pubs and laughter go hand in hand, so why not grab a pint, sit back and prepare to laugh at our Tiger Roar with Laughter Nights, taking place in pubs across the city. We are also supporting Big Difference Company once again by making a donation from every pint of Tiger sold throughout the Festival.  Big Difference Company are committed to life changing schemes and projects encouraging health, positive wellbeing and fighting against climate change.

The Gresham Aparthotel

Opened in Autumn 2021, The Gresham Aparthotel provides luxury and flexible accommodation in the heart of Leicester. Our iconic building, which was once home to department store Fenwick, has been sympathetically renovated to incorporate stylish interiors and a home from home environment. During your stay, you will benefit from all of the facilities and services you would expect from a boutique hotel, whilst also enjoying the flexibility and comfort of apartment living. The Gresham Aparthotel is delighted to be an 'Official Festival Hotel' for the festivals in 2022. Please call the aparthotel directly, or quote promo code COMEDY to receive 15% off the best available rate during the festival.

Mercure Leicester - The Grand Hotel

Choose 'Official Festival Hotel' Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel where Victorian charm meets modern comfort. A stunning Grade II listed building which blends Victorian splendour with stylish urban interiors and great food in one of the most central and sophisticated hotels Leicester has to offer. Just minutes from the train station and the regenerated Cultural Quarter - trendy bars, excellent Asian food and great shopping are on your doorstep. Our Classic Bedrooms all offer supremely comfortable beds, HD TVs, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Phone reservations 0116 214 9257 and quote “Comedy” to receive 15% off our rate of the day during the festival.

BBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester was England's first local radio station when it launched in 1967 and is now based at one of the country's most modern and up-to-date broadcasting centres, in Jubilee Square, Leicester.  It's not only the home of BBC Local Radio for Leicestershire and Rutland but also the BBC's online and regional television units for the area. You're welcome to pop in and watch the broadcasters at work. The Centre is open to the public from 9.00 to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Reach Marketing

"Our association with the Festival demonstrates our commitment to the Arts, both in Leicestershire and the Region. The benefit for Reach Marketing is threefold. Our profile is enhanced within the Arts sector, which is an important sector for our business; we are seen as part of Leicester's regeneration, for we believe that a strong cultural industry is important to the area's regeneration; and there is an additional benefit to Reach in terms of our staff and clients being able to be involved in the Festival through attendance of events and in particular the workshops that we are sponsoring.".


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