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OFFICIAL OFFICIAL FESTIVAL FESTIVAL GUIDE GUIDE

7-23 February

2014

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Information

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Contents

Business Partners Club Roll of Honour Our local business supporters.

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Sponsors

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The great companies that sponsor the festival.

Aurasma – Augmented Reality

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Find out how to unlock bonus content in your brochure.

Welcome

Welcomes from Geoff Rowe and Steve North.

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Festival Information More useful bits. 

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Watch out for

More than your average comedy festival. Here’s some things to look out for.

21 years of the festival

Take a look at the highlights of the past 21 years.

A-Z of Acts

Festival Diary

Times, events, titles, venues and prices for quick reference.

Show Listings All the information you need.

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Venue information

Names, addresses and contact details.

Venue map

Find your way around the festival.

Contact

Get in touch with the team behind the festival.

Acknowledgements

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Performers names at a glance

Our listings explained How the listing section works.

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People and organisations we want to thank.

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Welcome In the spring of 1993 a group of students studying at De Montfort University sat down and discussed organising a comedy festival in Leicester. The original idea was to have a big top in the middle of the city, and promote 3 nights of comedy. This idea quickly grew into a 9 day event as venues and promoters came on board and decided a comedy festival in Leicester might be a very good thing. And so it came to pass that the very first Leicester Comedy Festival took place in February 1994 and included gigs by Donna McPhail, Rhona Cameron, Harry Hill, Greg Proops, John Shuttleworth, Matt Lucas, Harry Hill and more. Since then there has been an annual comedy festival in Leicester and it is now the longest running dedicated comedy festival to take place in Europe. It’s been a huge pleasure to have worked with so many amazing acts, promoters, volunteers, journalist, sponsors, funders and other people over the years. I need to say a massive thank you to all the folk who have worked in our office over the years to help make this thing the brilliant event it is. The last few years has seen a massive growth in the festival as more and more people visit from across the UK, coming to Leicester to sample a unique range of hundreds of great comedians. Part of this growth has to be down to our partnership with Dave so a huge thanks to them for continuing to genuinely support the festival. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 will feature over 600 events so enjoy flicking through this brochure and making decisions about what you would like to enjoy. Don’t just stick to the safe stuff. Experiment and explore the full range of what Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 has on offer. Cheers Dr Geoff Rowe BEM Director, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 looks set to become an even bigger and diverse event than the last. We are both delighted and very excited about our sponsorship for the third year and love the passion in which the festival team bring to creating one of the best comedy events in the world. We believe that developing home-grown talent is extremely important for entertainment channels like ours and feel very lucky that there is such a variety of amazing performers in this country. The festival’s commitment to supporting upcoming comedy talent and its innovative approach in creating so many unique events makes us very proud to see it attract such a wide audience nationally. Happy 21st birthday to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and congratulations in making this the biggest festival yet! Steve North General Manager, Dave

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Festival Information How to book tickets: Tickets for all festival shows are available from our festival box office.

0116 242 3595 or click on www.comedy-festival.co.uk Give the helpful ticketing team a call on

Tickets are also available to buy in person from either the ticket office in Highcross or at Curve (both located in Leicester city centre).

Booking fees

Accommodation

We’ve worked hard to keep booking fees as low as possible via our box office. Each ticket will be charged a 10% booking fee, payable online, in person and by telephone.

If you’re coming from out of town, there are several hotels in Leicester where you can stay and catch some laughs late into the night. Our official hotels are Ramada Encore Hotel and The Belmont Hotel and our website has information about deals and how to book.

If you’re buying tickets using a credit or debit card there is an additional transaction fee* of 50p for orders totalling less than £10, £1 for over £10 and £3 for over £20. (*excludes tickets booked online choosing the print at home option) If you’re purchasing tickets with cash in person from our box offices, there is no transaction fee so you just pay the 10% booking fee. We believe these charges are lower than most ticket offices around. If you have any feedback on our centralised ticket office, please email info@comedy-festival.co.uk Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is managed by Big Difference Company, a registered charity (1135167). If you want to contact the show promoter, contact details are shown on pages 127 & 128.

Special offers Each day during the festival a limited number of 2 for 1 tickets will be on sale via Visit Leicester only. These will be announced daily via the Visit Leicester web site, twitter and facebook. All tickets booked via the Visit Leicester web site will be subject to a 10% booking free and £1 per transaction fee. @Visit_Leicester

Prices & Times Prices for events are contained in this brochure; full price tickets are shown and relevant concession/discounted prices are shown in brackets. Those who are entitled to discounts do vary according to the event, so check with the box office when booking. Start times are shown and indicates the time the performance will start; the venue may open before this and you are advised to check when booking tickets. We have also tried to suggest finish times (so you can enjoy more than one event in a day). It is difficult to guarantee finish times as comedy shows do sometimes overrun and delays can happen but we hope the estimates are useful.

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Get there early! Some of the venues have fixed seating and you’ll get issued with an exact seat when you buy your ticket (reserved). Other venues allocate seats on a first come, first served basis so there are occasionally queues of people waiting to get in to make sure they get the “best” seats (unreserved). We’ve indicated which option is relevant next to each event. If the seating is unreserved, and you turn up late, you might be sat/ stood at the back of the room.

Access for people with disabilities All the promoters and venues that put on events try and ensure that everyone is able to attend Festival events and have a comfortable time when they get there. If you want to discuss this further, contact the relevant promoter (details are shown on pages 127 & 128).

Directions We’ve included basic maps (page 129) which show the location of Festival venues. We have tried to include postcodes for as many venues as possible so you can search online or type it into your Sat Nav.

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Highlights

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014

Watch out for... A Comedy Adventure

Exhibitions

A complete sell out in 2012 & 2013, join us on The Secret Tour. See three festival shows in one night. The catch? We won’t tell you which shows you’ll be seeing. Take a chance, you won’t regret it. Taking place each Friday, a unique way to enjoy the festival. £30 per person including a welcome snack and drink. Tickets are only available in advance from www.comedy-festival.co.uk or 0116 242 3595.

Last year we went a bit arty and put on a series of exhibitions. They were so popular, we’ve decided to do it all again! This year we welcome back amazing photographer Andy Hollingworth to the festival for a unique look back at the last 21 years of the festival. His free exhibition is based at Leicester train station and will run across the 17 days. We also are proud to be working with De Montfort University who are hosting their Life is Tweet exhibition and the new Snap Happy exhibition at The Gallery @ Pedestrian. Local cartoonist George Williams is joining in the fun with an exhibition of his work at The Y.

Free shows Don’t let the excess of Christmas and the credit crunch mean you can’t come along and have a laugh. We have a host of free shows every day of the festival, as well as shows for as little as £5. There really is no excuse!

Late Night Laughs This year there are over 100 shows across the festival which start late in the evening. These include classic festival show Hotel D’Comedie and others at festival venues including Just the Tonic, The Looking Glass, The Crumblin Cookie, The Belmont Hotel, Ramada Encore Hotel and The Criterion.

New venues New for 2014 are some brilliant new venues, offering a huge number of shows to make you smile. We are proud to welcome Heroes @ Hansom Hall, Just the Tonic at The Regent Club, Duffys, Secular Hall and Melton Theatre.

Comments: We work with over 210 promoters who take the responsibility for organising the individual events. We co-ordinate the programme and provide overall marketing and publicity. This means that we do pass on your praise, comments and criticism to the relevant promoter or organiser of the event. We are keen to know what you think of events, venues, marketing, workshops and everything that takes place as part of the festival. Our contact details can be found on page 130 so please do get in touch!

Charity Shows This year you can once again have a few laughs and feel content in the knowledge that the ticket money is going towards good causes. There are various charity shows in the programme, including A Belly Full of Laughs (in aid of Leicester Charity Link) and our traditional charity gala finale show, Comedy Heaven in aid of Prostaid and Amnesty International.

Partnership with Zulu Comedy Festival Zulu Comedy Festival is a young and vibrant Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has grown into one of the biggest comedy festival in Scandinavia. The performers at the festival are mainly Danish but visiting acts come from New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Turkey, China, Norway & Britain. Our partnership with them started in 2012 when they came over to Leicester and we then took 4 acts over to Copenhagen for their festival back in September. We are delighted to welcome them back to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014.

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A-Z of Acts

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014

A Abi Roberts........................33 Adam Kay...........................36 Adam Larter.......................33 Adnan Ahmed.....................38 Ahir Shah......................33,34 Aisling Bea.........................34 Al Lubel..............................34 Alan Davies........................76 Alan Francis.......................34 Alan Hudson.......................34 Alan Seaman....................102 Albert Shakeshaft.............105 Alex Boardman...................34 Alex Edelman.....................35 Alexei Sayle........................63 Alexis Dubus......................35 Alfie Brown.........................35 Alfie Moore.........................35 Ali Brice.............................33 Alice Frick.....................35,74 Alistair Green......................35 Allan Smith.......................109 Amadeus Martin.................36 Amateur Transplants..........36 Amy Howerska...................36 Andrew Bird.......................37 Andrew Doyle.....................58 Andrew O’Neill...................37 Andrew Ryan......................37 Andrew Stanley..................37 Andrew Wim.....................106 Angela Barnes....................37 Anthony King.................32,38 Asian Percussion................38 Austentacious.....................38 Ava Vidal............................39

B Barry Castagnola................39 Barry Dodds.......................39 Belcher & Nelder................39 Bella Bardot.......................53 Ben Briggs.........................39 Ben Ennis...........................80 Ben Hustwayte...................39 Ben Jackson......................45 Ben Norris..........................40 Ben Target.......................113 Ben Van Der Velde..............40 Beth Vyse...........................40 Billy McGuire......................40 Blake Incarcerated.............36 Bob Blackman..................105 Bob Graham.......................41 Bob Slayer.....................44,52 Bobby Mair.........................41 Boogaloo Stu......................41 Boothby Graffoe.................41 Bounty of Beards................41

B continued D continued G continued J continued Brett Goldstein.........42,56,72 Brian Gittins.......................42 Brian Mitchell.....................40 Brian Moerk................42,115 Bright Club.........................42 Brightsparks.......................42 Bruce Edhouse..............32,49

C Caimh McDonnell...............43 Captain Morgan..................43 Carey Marx.........................43 Carl Donnelly......................44 Carl Hutchinson..................44 Carly Smallman..................44 Cassetteboy.......................44 Catriona Knox.....................44 Charlie Baker.....................45 Charmian Hughes...............45 Chatback Comedy Club......45 Cheekykita.........................67 Cherry Shakewell...............74 Chris Martin.......................45 Chris Mayo.........................45 Chris Ramsey.....................46 Chris Stokes................46,108 Christian O’Connell.............46 Christian Reilly...................46 Christian Talbot..................46 Christopher Shevlin..........114 Chuckle Brothers................47 Claire Cogan.......................55 Clare Walker Consultancy.....................105 Clarkinson..........................47 Cock-Kane The Clown........47 Colin Hoult..........................47 Croft & Pearce....................49 Curtis Young����������������������42

D Damian Clark.....................49 Dan Nicholas...............53,114 Dan Nightingale..................49 Dan Simpson......................45 Dan Wallbank...................107 Dane Baptiste..............56,115 Daniel Simonsen................50 Danny Buckler....................50 Danny McLoughlin..............50 Danny Ward.......................50 Darrell Martin................56,72 Darren Maskell...................50 Darren Walsh.....................50 Dave Chawner....................87 Dave Griffiths.....................51 Dave Johns........................51

Dave Twentyman...............83 Davey Connor.....................51 David Elms.........................51 David Morgan................47,52 David Mounfield.................40 David Murphy.....................42 David O’Doherty.................52 David Trent........................52 De Montfort 43,57,64, University........76,92,102,115 Dead Cat Comedy Club.......52 Desmond O’Connor..........114 Devvo.................................52 Dickie Benson....................36 DJ Rubbish.........................45 Doc Brown.........................76 Doe Demure.......................38 Doggett & Ephgrave...........53 Dominic Allen...................108 Dominic Holland.................53 Don Biswas........................33 Donny Donkins...................39 Double Booked...................54 Doug Segal.........................54 Dr Ettrick-Hogg..................55 Duncan Oakley...................74

E Ed O’Meara......................107 Eden Rivers......................102 Electric Hogg......................54 Elis James........................111 Ellie Taylor.........................54 Elliot Steel..........................79 Ellis and Reece...................54 Eric Lampaert.....................55 Erich McElroy.....................55

F Fawlty Towers....................55 Fern Brady.........................55 Fin Taylor...........................56 Foil, Arms and Hog.............56 Francis Jenking..................62 Frank Sanazi......................57 Freddie Farrell....................57 Funmbi Omotayo..............107

G Gareth Berliner...................87 Gareth Ellis.........................68 Gareth Morinan..................57 Gareth Mutch...................106

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

Gary Colman......................58 Gary Delaney......................58 Gary O’Donnell...................92 Gein’s Family Giftshop........58 Geo.............................58,115 Geoff Norcott......................59 George Ryegold..................59 George Williams...............102 Ghost Tour.......................106 Glenn Moore.....................109 Graffiti Classics..................59 Graham & Handley.............60 Grainne Maguire.................60 Greg Burns.........................60 Gujarati Comedy Club.........60

H Hal Cruttenden...................60 Handmade Tales................61 Hardeep Singh Kohli...........61 Hari Sriskantha.................102 Harriet Dyer........................61 Harriet Kemsley.............51,61 Hathi Productions.............105 Hayley Ellis.........................61 Heffernan & Fletcher..........62 Hennessy & Friends............62 Henry Paker.......................62 Holly Burn..........................62 Holly Walsh.............56, 62,72 Hotel D’Comedie................63 Howard Read......................63

I Iain Stirling....................54,64 Ian Cognito...............56,64,72 Ian D Montfort..................111 Ian Hall...............................36 Ian Smith............................64 Imran Yusuf..............38,51,64 Iszi Lawrence.....................58 Ivan Brackenbury.............111 Ivo Graham.........................64 Ivor Dembina......................87

J Jack Barry..........................65 Jack Britton........................53 Jack Campbell.................114 Jake Hull..........................113 James Bannon...................65 James Billington.................62 James Campbell.................65 James Hately.....................65

James Loveridge................65 James Mullinger.................65 Jarlath Regan.....................66 Jarred Christmas.........66,106 Jason Manford...................36 Jason Neale.......................66 Jason Patterson.................66 Javier Jarquin....................70 Jay Handley.......................60 Jeffrey Holland...................36 Jellybean Martinez.............43 Jem Brookes......................67 Jen Brister.........................67 Jenny Collier....................108 Jessica Fostekew...............67 Jim and Lindsey.................76 Jim Smallman....................67 Jody Kamali..................67,68 Joe Bor..............................68 Joe Lycett..........................68 Joe Ross-Williams..............68 Joe Wells...........................68 Joel Dommett.....................69 Joey Page...................69,111 John Cooper.......................69 John Cooper Clarke............69 John Gordillo......................69 John Hastings...............51,69 John Kearns.......................70 John Lynn..........................70 John Robins..................70,98 Jon Pertwee.......................36 Jonathan Mayor.................58 Jonathan Monkhouse.......115 Jonny & The Baptists..........71 Jonny Awsum.....................71 Jonny Greatrex...................60 Jonny Pearson....................60 Joseph Nixon.....................40 Josh Howie........................71 Josie Long..........................71 Joz Norris...........................71 Julian Deane......................71 Juliet Meyers......................72

K Karen Bayley......................72 Karl Schultz........................72 Kate Smurthwaite.............108 Katie Mulgrew....................73 Katy Schutte.....................115 Kerry Godliman...................73 Kevin Day...........................73 Kevin Dewsbury.................73 Kiri Pritchard-McLean.........73 Kirsty Munro.......................38 Kiruna Stamell....................87 Kitty Cointreau....................74 Kwame Asante...................74

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Larry Dean.........................56 Lauren Karl........................74 Laurence Clark...................75 Leanne Mckie...................109 Lee Hurst...........................75 Lee Ridley..........................33 Leicester Symphony Orchestra.........................107 Lewis Barnes...................107 Lewys Holt.........................53 Liam Cumbers..................106 Liam Hourican....................32 Liam Mullone.....................75 Liam Smith.........................66 Liam Williams.....................75 Liam Withnail.....................43 Lindsey and Jim.................76 Little Howard......................76 Liz Carr..............................33 Lloyd Griffith.......................76 Lost Voice Boy...............33,77 Lucy Beaumont................106 Lucy Porter.........................77 Luke McQueen...................86 Lulo....................................77 Lynn Ruth Miller.................77

M Mae Martin.........................78 Manos Kanellos..................78 Marc Lucero.......................78

Matt Price..........................81 Matt Reed..........................81 Matt Rudge........................81 Matt Stevens....................109 Matt Winning....................106 Matt Woodward...........75,105 Matthew Highton..............113 Maureen Younger...............81 Max and Ivan......................81 Maxine Jones.....................81 McNeil & Pamphilon...........82 Michael Fabbri...................82 Michael Legge....................82 Michael Schoet............42,115 Mick Ferry..........................82 Mick Miller.........................82 Mickey Sharma.............38,99 Mike Brown......................109 Mike Newall.......................82 Mike Wilkinson...................83 Mike Wozniak.....................83 Miles Jupp.........................83 Milo McCabe......................83 Miss D................................73 Mitch Benn.........................83 Mitford Sisters..................108 MJ Hibbett (& Steve)...........84 Monkey Poet......................66 Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer..............................84 Mr Methane........................84 Mr Steve N Allen.................84 Mrs Barbara Nice...............84 Myra Dubois.......................85

Marcel Lucont....................78 Mark Cooper-Jones............65 Mark Cram.........................78 Mark Olver...............38,78,79 Mark Restuccia..................79 Mark Simmons...................79 Mark Smith........................79 Mark Watson......................76 Marlon Davis......................79 Martin Ballard.....................45 Martin Mor.........................80 Marylin Minx......................53 Masai Graham....................60 Mat Ewins..........................80 Mat Fraser..........................33

N Natalie Wicks.....................85 Nathan Cassidy..................85 Nathan Caton.....................56 Nathan Willcock...............109 Nathaniel Metcalfe.............85 Neil Dagley.........................32 New Art Club......................86 Nick Cranston.....................86 Nick Hodder.......................86 Nish Kumar...................38,86 Norman Lovett....................86

Matt Dwyer........................80 Matt Ford...........................80 Matt Hollins........................80 Matt Holmes.....................114 Matt Panesh.......................66

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Pam Ford...........................87 Pat Cahill............................87 Patrick Draper....................62 Patrick Monahan................88 Patrick Morris.....................88 Paul Chowdry.....................88 Paul Currie.........................88 Paul F Taylor......................88 Paul Foot............................89 Paul Kerensa......................89 Paul McCaffrey.........56,72,89 Paul Oldfield.......................84 Paul Revill..........................89 Paul Ricketts......................89 Paul Savage.......................90 Paul Tonkinson...................90 Paul Vickers.....................113 Peacock & Gamble.............90 Peppa Pig...........................90 Pete Otway.........................90 Peter Antoniou....................90 Phil Ellis.............................91 Phil Kay..............................91 Phil Nichol..........................91 Phil Wang...........................91 Pierre Hollins......................92 Pierre Novellie....................74 Pun Championships..........109

Q Quincy................................92

R Rachel Parris......................92 Rainer Hersch...................107 Ramon Le Tigre..................36 Rayguns Look Real Enough...............................92 Regent College.................104 Rhys Jones.........................93 Rhys Mathewson................93 Ria Lina..............................93 Rich Hall........................48,93 Rich Kiesewetter................94 Rich Rose...........................68 Rich Wilson........................93 Richard Brown....................94 Richard Hanrahan.............102 Richard Herring..................94 Richard Peel.......................94 Rob Beckett........................94 Rob Coleman......................94 Rob Deering.......................95 Rob Gee.................42,95,105 Rob Halden.........................95

R continued S continued Rob Rouse..........................95 Robert Monkton..................36 Robert Newman.................95 Robin Grainger.................106 Robin Ince..........................96 Robyn Perkins....................87 Roger Monkhouse.........56,72 Roger Swift........................96 Roisin Conaty.....................96 Romesh Ranganathan.....56,72,96,111 Ross Gurney-Randall..........40 Rudi Lickwood....................97 Russell Kane......................97 Ruth E Cockburn................97

S Sad Little Flyer...................97 Sam Avery................56,72,97 Sam Brady.........................97 Sara Pascoe.......................98 Sarah Arnold....................109 Sarah Campbell..................58 Sarah Pascoe.....................48 Sarah Pascoe................48,76 School Comedy..................98 Scott Bennett.....................98 Scott Jeffery.......................75 Scottish Falsetto Socks in Space.............................98 Sean Hughes......................98 Sean McLoughlin................99 Sean Morley.......................99 Sean Turner.......................99 Shappi Khorsandi...............99 Shaun Turner.....................42 Shazia Mirza......................99 Short & Curly....................100 Silky.................................100 Simon Donald...................100 Simon Evans....................101 Simon Feilder...................101 Simon Lilley.....................101 Sir Dickie Benson...............36 Sofie Hagen.................58,115 Spike Mike.......................100 Spot On George................102 Square Mile Programme...............102,115 Stephen Bailey.................103 Stephen Carlin..................103 Steve Best..........................33 Steve Day.........................103 Steve North........................54 Steve Rimmer....................87 Stuart Goldsmith.......103,106

Stuart Mitchell....................55 Susan Murray...................103 Suzi Ruffell.......................104 Superfan..........................115

T Tania Edwards.................104 That Pair..........................104 The Beta Males................105 The Coin-Operated Girl.....106 The Four Horsemen of the Acockolips..............106 The Jest...........................107 The Monkey Poet..............108 The Noise Next Door.........108 The Same Faces...............108 The Two Jonnies................61 Tiernan Douieb.......48,76,110 Tim Fitzhigham...........44,110 Tim Renkow.....................110 Tim Vine...........................110 Tina Turner Tea Lady........110 Tip Tap Theatre..................61 Tom Binns........................111 Tom Craine......................111 Tom Davis..........................66 Tom Deacon.....................111 Tom Rosenthal.................111 Tom Stade........................111 Tom Toal..........................112 Tom Wrigglesworth..........112 Tom Young................109,112 Tommy Rowson...............106 Tony Dunn........................112 Tony Jameson.............48,112 Tony Law.........................112 Tony Vino.........................106

U Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.................113 Unidentified Flying Improv..............................113

V Vikki Stone.......................114 Vincent Courage...............114 Viv Groskop......................114

W Weirdos Comedy Club......106 Wil Hodgson.....................115 WitTank............................115

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Event Title

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Friday 7th February 2014 All Day 7.30am 9.00am  11.00am

All Day 8.45am 5.00pm 4.00pm

Brief Encounters Business Breakfast Snap Happy Exhibition Life is Tweet

Leicester Train Station De Montfort University Campus Pedestrian Gallery Hansom Hall

42 43 101 76

11.00am 4.45pm 6.00pm  6.30pm

10.00pm 5.45pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

Spot On @ the movies Adam Larter and Ali Brice: Plumpy’nut Charmian Hughes: Odd One In Colin Hoult – work in progress

The Y Heroes @ Hansom Hall Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Crumblin Cookie

102 33 45 47



6.30pm 6.30pm 6.45pm 7.00pm

7.30pm 12.00am 7.45pm 8.30pm

Matt Dwyer – Romancing the 26 Stone The Secret Tour Rachel Parris: The Commission Dave Turns the Tables

The Looking Glass LCB Depot The Criterion Kayal

80 109 92 51



7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm

8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm

Marlon Davis: Crackin’ Up Mike Wozniak – Take The Hit The History of the Roman Empire. With Jokes. Simon Donald – Butch Straight Poof

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel Jewry Wall Museum Heroes @ Hansom Hall

79 83 107 100



7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm

8.15pm 10.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Stephen Bailey: Unwritten Fawlty Towers: The Dinner Show Hal Cruttenden – Tough Luvvie First Class Comedy

Duffy’s Bar Curve Firebug Leicester Train Station

103 55 60 56



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

10.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 10.00pm

Gay Comedy Night James Loveridge: Funny Because It’s True Laurence Clark: work in progress Russell Kane – Smallness

The Y The Looking Glass Embrace Arts De Montfort Hall

58 65 75 97



8.15pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

9.15pm 9.15pm 10.45pm 9.30pm

Ahir Shah: Anatomy Ivo Graham: Binoculars Festival Fiver Friday – 5 Acts for £5 Michael Fabbri – Buffering

The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Just The Tonic The Belmont Hotel

33 64 56 82



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9.00pm

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 11.00pm

Paul McCaffrey – work in progress Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort Psychic Fayre 3 2 1 with Flange Krammer und Rusty Dustin Should I Stay or Should I Go Gong Show

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar Kayal

89 111 32 100



9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 9.45pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 10.45pm 10.45pm

Jarlath Regan Paul Savage – Bad Thoughts Devvo’s Deal Or No Dealer Gameshow George Ryegold: Adulterated

Firebug The Looking Glass Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Criterion

66 90 52 59



10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.15pm

12.00am 11.00pm 11.00pm 11.15pm

Hotel D’Comedie Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an angel, body of a trucker Mae Martin – Slumber Party Mike Newall: Tellin’ Stories

Maiyango Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel Duffy’s Bar

63 76 78 82

11.00pm 11.00pm 11.00pm

12.00am 3.30am 12.00am

Cast of Idiots: Storytelling In The Round DLCF Official Festival Launch Party Paul Revill – Sympathy for the Revill

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just The Tonic The Looking Glass

44 53 89

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Playing for Laughs 2014: ‘Comedy in the Community’ Spot On @ the movies

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery De Montfort University Campus The Y

42 101 92 102

Saturday 8th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 10.00am  11.00am

All Day 5.00pm 5.00pm 10.00pm

11.00am 1.00pm 2.00pm  2.30pm

5.00pm 2.00pm 4.00pm 3.30pm

Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Alan Seaman Artijoke with Mark Olver Comedy Tours at Welford Road – The home of Leicester Tigers Crabula!

Loughborough Town Hall Embrace Arts Welford Road Stadium The Crumblin Cookie

102 38 48 49

4.20pm 5.30pm 5.00pm 5.45pm

Jamie and the Mountain Monsters Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture Ben Briggs – the evolution of me (whoever that is) Beth Vyse : Get Up With Hands

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just The Tonic The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall

66 79 39 40

3.30pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.45pm

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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5.00pm 5.00pm 5.00pm

6.00pm Barry Castagnola in ‘The Donny Donkins AS (hopefully soon to be) SEEN ON TV Show!’ 6.00pm The Four Horsemen of the Acockolips 6.00pm Thünderbards



Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel

39 106 109



5.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm

6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

Angela Barnes – work in progress Karl Schultz – Boxer Schultz Nish Kumar is a Comedian Red Light Comedy Ride

The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall Firebug Bike Park

37 72 86 93



6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm

7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Com Christian Reilly: Songs Of Praise Jem Brookes: Puntitled Mick Ferry Has Been Found Wanting

Just The Tonic Kayal The Looking Glass Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

96 46 67 82

6.45pm 7.45pm 7.00pm 9.00pm  7.15pm 8.15pm

Ahir Shah – work in progress Charity Fundraising Gala Event: A Night of Comedy Song in association with BBC Radio Leicester Doug Segal – I Can Make You a Mentalist

The Criterion

34

Leicester Cathedral Heroes @ Hansom Hall

45 54



7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.15pm 9.00pm 10.30pm 10.00pm

Patrick Morris: Doing Some Humour Bright Club Fawlty Towers: The Dinner Show How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds

Duffy’s Bar Upstairs at the Western Curve Phoenix Square

88 42 55 63



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.45pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 9.45pm

James Bannon: Running with the Firm Red Light Comedy Club The Clean (As Possible) Comedy Show The Grandest Night of Grand Opera …Ever

The Crumblin Cookie Bike Park Central Baptist Church De Montfort Hall

65 93 106 107



7.45pm 7.50pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

8.45pm 8.50pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Boogaloo Stu’s Pop Magic Danny Buckler: The Better Anecdote Christian O’Connell: This Is 13 James Loveridge: Funny Because It’s True

Curve Kayal Firebug The Looking Glass

41 50 46 65



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 9.15pm 9.30pm

Just the Tonic Saturday Specials Tom Stade and Co. George Ryegold: Adulterated Nathaniel Metcalfe – Enthusiast

Just The Tonic The Y The Criterion The Belmont Hotel

72 111 59 85



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9.20pm

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 10.20pm

The Noise Next Door: Boys On Tour Tom Binns does Ivan Brackenbury & Others The Life and Times of Funmbi Omotayo Danny Ward – Infra Dig

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar Kayal

108 111 107 50



9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 9.45pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 10.45pm 10.45pm

Billy McGuire Suzi Ruffell – work in progress Joe Bor is Jasper Cromwell Jones Rachel Parris: The Commission

The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel The Criterion

40 104 68 92

9.45pm 10.00pm 10.15pm  10.30pm

10.45pm 11.00pm 11.30pm 11.30pm

Tim Fitzhigham: The Gambler Matt Reed: Gincredible Tom Craine: Crying On A Waltzer DNCG Part I: Jack Britton’s Discussion Kitchen

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Duffy’s Bar Upstairs at the Western

110 81 111 53



11.00pm 11.00pm 11.00pm 11.00pm

12.30am 12.00am 12.00am 1.00am

Birthday Party Show Cast of Idiots: Storytelling In The Round Hack and Hacker Joke Thieves

The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass Just The Tonic

41 44 60 70

11.55pm

2.00am

Late Encore At Midnight

Ramada Encore

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Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y The Crumblin Cookie

42 101 102 73

De Montfort Hall Kayal

47 102

The Crumblin Cookie

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Sunday 9th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  1.00pm

2.00pm 2.00pm 2.30pm

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All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 2.00pm

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Katie Mulgrew – Wonderland

4.00pm Chuckle Brothers in a 2014 Space Oddity 3.00pm Stay at home Dad 3.30pm Paul F Taylor Presents This Is What I’ve Managed To Come Up With – work in progress

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3.00pm 3.20pm 3.30pm 3.30pm

4.00pm 4.20pm 4.20pm 5.30pm

Handmade Tales Pierre Hollins – White Man Blues Jamie and the Mountain Monsters Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture

Embrace Arts Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just The Tonic

61 92 66 79



4.00pm 4.00pm 4.40pm 4.45pm

5.00pm 5.00pm 5.40pm 5.45pm

Amadeus Martin Matt Dwyer – Romancing the 26 Stone Geoff Norcott: I See Dead Stupid People Joz Norris: Awkward Prophet

The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall

36 80 59 71



5.00pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 5.30pm

6.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 6.40pm

John Cooper – Pictures of Cats Rachel Parris: The Commission Alice Frick: Joke Fern Brady and Stuart Mitchell

The Exchange Bar The Criterion The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel

69 92 35 55



5.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm

6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

Marlon Davis and Elliot Steel – works in progress Juliet Meyers – Pigeonholes & Grrr! The Bob Blackman Appreciation Society Phil Ellis: Unplanned Orphan

The Crumblin Cookie Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Exchange Bar

79 72 105 91



6.30pm 6.45pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

Simon Feilder: All The Things I’m Not Laughing Labia Croft & Pearce Joe Bor: A Room With A Jew

The Criterion The Looking Glass Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel

101 74 49 68



7.15pm 7.15pm 7.20pm 7.30pm

8.15pm 8.15pm 8.20pm 10.00pm

Romesh Ranganathan – Work in Progress Twonkeys Blue Cadabra with Paul Vickers Gary Colman: ChUNT (The verb to grumble) Kitty Cointreau’s BraHaHa

The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall Kayal The Y

96 113 58 74



7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Shappi Khorsandi Live Charlie Baker: Baker’s Dozen Chris Stokes Tells It Like It Possibly Could Potentially Might Be Jonny Awsum – Sexy Noises

Just The Tonic Firebug The Criterion The Exchange Bar

99 45 46 71



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

9.30pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 10.30pm

Mark Olver and Friends Simon Lilley – God, Greed & Football Hennessy & Friends: Rumours The Colonel

Embrace Arts The Looking Glass Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall

78 101 62 106



8.40pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

9.40pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Rich Wilson – One Foot In The Gays Carey Marx – Intensive Carey Martin Mor – How do you like your blue-eyed boy Mr Death? Shazia Mirza

Kayal The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic

93 43 80 99

9.30pm 9.30pm

10.30pm 10.30pm

Harriet Dyer – Barking at Aeroplanes Mark Cram – Cramnesia

The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass

61 78

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Austentacious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y The Little Theatre

42 101 102 38

Monday 10th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  7.30pm

All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 9.15pm



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

Josh Howie: Deliriously Content Nathan Cassidy – Date of Death (preview) Paul Kerensa – Who Does He Think He Is? The Lives Of Idiots In Action

The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Globe

71 85 89 107



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

9.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 11.00pm

Doggett & Ephgrave Project Stuff Nick Hodder – Insert Comedy Here Upstairs and Funny at the Western John Cooper Clarke

The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar Upstairs at the Western Just The Tonic

53 86 114 69



9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.15pm

10.00pm 10.00pm 9.45pm 10.15pm

Alfie Brown – Ball Bag – work in progress John Hastings – work in progress Natalie Wicks: Grand Theft Autotune Damian Clark: G’Damo!

The Criterion Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Globe The Crumblin Cookie

35 70 85 49

9.30pm 9.30pm

10.30pm 10.30pm

Alex Boardman – House of Fun An Audience With Sir Dickie Benson

The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass

34 36

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Tuesday 11th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  4.00pm

All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 6.00pm

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Don’t Be A Twit with Twitter!

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y Shakespeares

42 101 102 54

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm  7.30pm

8.30pm 10.10pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

ClarKinson Double Booked and Something Fishy Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out James Mullinger: How A Middle Class Feminist Fell in Love With Danny Dyer

The Globe Upstairs at the Western Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Crumblin Cookie

47 54 59 65



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm

Jack Barry & Mark Cooper Jones Jen Brister: A Brand New Work In Progress Josie Long – work in progress Nando’s presents Chips and Giggles

The Belmont Hotel The Criterion Firebug The Y

65 67 71 85



7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.35pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Mitch Benn Dan Nightingale-Is Trying His Best Not To Be a D!ck Doggett & Ephgrave Project Stuff Lindsey and Jim are Married* *But not to each other

Curve The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass Curve

83 49 53 76



8.00pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

10.00pm 10.35pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Tim Vine Chat Show Andrew O’Neill – Heavy Metal – A History Dave Johns Hidden Shallows Now that’s what I Luke McQueen

Just The Tonic The Musician The Belmont Hotel The Criterion

110 37 51 86



9.00pm 9.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm

10.00pm 10.00pm 10.15pm 10.30pm

Pete Otway: Six Years From Then Rudi Lickwood ‘No Apologies’ Foil, Arms and Hog Barry Dodds: Storyteller

The Globe Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Crumblin Cookie The Exchange Bar

90 97 56 39

9.30pm

10.30pm

Lulo’s Shitting in Narnia

The Looking Glass

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Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y De Montfort Hall

42 101 102 90

Wednesday 12th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  1.00pm

All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 2.30pm



4.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

5.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash McNeil & Pamphilon Quincy The Black and Blue Monologues

De Montfort Hall The Criterion Just The Tonic Phoenix Square

90 82 92 105



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 10.10pm

Aisling Bea Alistair Green – Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm Dominic Holland – Still Talking Double Booked and Something Fishy

The Crumblin Cookie Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Leicester Cathedral Upstairs at the Western

34 35 53 54



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm

8.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 8.45pm

Kiri Pritchard-McLean’s Racist, Sexist, Comedy Show Sara Pascoe & John Robins – work in progress Teenage Kicks New Art Club present Feel About Your Body (How Do You?)

The Globe The Belmont Hotel Regent College Studio Curve

73 98 104 86



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

11.00pm 9.30pm 9.00pm 10.00pm

6 Acts for £6 Matt Hollins & Ben Ennis Paul F Taylor Presents The Greatest Show In The World Ever RodgeFest: The Roger Swift Experience

Just The Tonic Curve The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass

32 80 88 96



8.00pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

10.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Sean Hughes – Penguins Jason Neale & Liam Smith: Proper Funny Abi Roberts – Twerk in Progress Karen Bayley – Geezer Bird

The Little Theatre The Criterion The Globe Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

98 66 33 72

9.15pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm

10.15pm 10.30pm 11.00pm 11.30pm

Tom Rosenthal Gein’s Family Giftshop – Vol. 1 Ruth E. Cockburn Doesn’t Even Smoke Cock-Kane The Clown (UK) debunks....

The Crumblin Cookie The Exchange Bar The Criterion The Looking Glass

111 58 97 47

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Thursday 13th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 10.00am  11.00am

All Day 5.00pm 11.30am 10.00pm

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Spot On @ the movies

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery De Montfort Hall The Y

42 101 90 102



1.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm

2.30pm 11.00pm 8.00pm 8.45pm

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash A bellyful of laughs in aid of Leicester Charity Link Short & Curly – Mix Tape Silver Stand Up Competition

De Montfort Hall Colourworks Restaurant Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Duffy’s Bar

90 32 100 100

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 9.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

Andrew Stanley – Misery Loves Company David O’Doherty Will Try To Fix Everything Gareth Morinan – Playing The Numbers Game Hardeep Singh Kohli – Hardeep Is Your Love

The Belmont Hotel Curve The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

37 52 57 61



7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.00pm 8.45pm 10.30pm 9.00pm

School Comedy Showcase Lucy Porter – Northern Soul Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Bum Notes Andrew Ryan: Life of Ryan

Regent College Studio Curve The Y The Exchange Bar

98 77 36 37



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.00pm 10.00pm 9.00pm 8.55pm

Belcher & Nelder – Baggage Chatback Comedy: Stand Up & Slam Gary Delaney: Purist Heffernan & Fletcher: Roll it in Sequins

The Looking Glass Upstairs at the Western Kayal Curve

39 45 58 62



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.15pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 9.00pm

John Robins – Where is My Mind? Richard Herring – We’re All Going to Die! The UK Pun Championships “What’s the story” Showcase

Firebug The Little Theatre Just The Tonic Embrace Arts

70 94 109 114

8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm  9.15pm

9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.15pm

Phil Nichol: Late Night Electric Watermelon Live Mark Simmons Rhys James Prepares Eric Lampaert: Testiculating (waving your arms around talking b*ll*cks)

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

91 79 93 55

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 11.00pm 11.00pm

Caimh McDonnell – Southbound and Down Electric Hogg’s DaDa Garden of Dark Delights UFI: Kerfuffle Shuffle Greg Burns

Kayal The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

43 54 113 60

Friday 14th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  4.45pm

All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 5.45pm

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Christian Talbot – Funeral Addict

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y Heroes @ Hansom Hall

42 101 102 46



6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.45pm

7.00pm 7.30pm 12.00am 7.45pm

Brian Gittins Sad Little Flyer – Sad Little Love-in The Secret Tour Old Folks Telling Jokes in association with BBC Radio Leicester

Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass LCB Depot The Criterion

42 97 109 87



7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm

8.00pm 8.15pm 8.00pm 8.15pm

Holly Walsh – work in progress Iain Stirling: At Home Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian Brian & Michael: at 68%

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel Duffy’s Bar

62 64 99 42



7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.05pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.45pm

Lynn Ruth Miller – Granny’s Gone Wild Ben Norris – Mr Ambiguousness Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks Graffiti Classics

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Firebug Upstairs at the Western The Y

77 40 40 59

7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.00pm 8.45pm 10.00pm 9.30pm

Rich Hall Robin Ince – Furious Mammal Comedy Blind Date Mind the Alternative

Curve Curve The Little Theatre Lock 42

93 96 47 83

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.15pm

Peter Antoniou – Psychic Comedian Ria Lina: Working It Out Scottish Falsetto Socks In Space Tania Edwards: The Art of War

Curve The Looking Glass Kayal The Criterion

90 93 98 104



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

10.45pm 9.30pm 11.00pm 9.30pm

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Special David Elms – Nurture Boy Festival Fiver Friday – 5 Acts for £5 Frank Sanazi’s Valentines Day Massacre

Melton Theatre The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic Heroes @ Hansom Hall

51 51 56 57



8.30pm 8.45pm 9.25pm 9.30pm

9.30pm 9.45pm 10.25pm 10.30pm

Ian Cognito’s Trouble with Comedy Geo & Sofie Hagen: Cancer & Boybands Susan Murray – Eyes Down For A Full Murray Chris Martin: Responsible Nonsense

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Duffy’s Bar Kayal Firebug

64 58 103 45



9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 9.45pm

10.30pm 11.00pm 10.45pm 10.45pm

Jody Kamali: Festival of Oddity Trunk’d Devvo’s Deal Or No Dealer Gameshow DNCG Part II: Lewys Holt’s Banter Bathroom

The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Criterion

67 113 52 53



10.00pm 10.00pm 10.15pm 10.30pm

11.00pm 11.00pm 11.15pm 11.45pm

Joe Wells Night Of The Living Tories Who is Dane Baptiste? Brian & Michael: at 68% Jarred Christmas: Snafu (Late Night Comedy Club)

The Belmont Hotel Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Duffy’s Bar The Y

68 115 42 66

11.00pm 11.00pm 12.00am

12.00am 12.00am 2.30am

Cast of Idiots: Storytelling In The Round The Monkey Poet The Midnight Show

Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass Just The Tonic

44 108 108

Brief Encounters Snap Happy Exhibition Spot On @ the movies Artijoke with Mark Olver

Leicester Train Station Pedestrian Gallery The Y Embrace Arts

42 101 102 38

Saturday 15th February 2014 All Day 9.00am 11.00am  1.00pm

All Day 5.00pm 10.00pm 2.00pm



1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm

3.00pm 4.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm

Comedy Tourist How to Take Part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Nando’s and Nandon’ts: A Musical Zulu Comedy Festival Showcase

LCB Depot Curve The Crumblin Cookie Duffy’s Bar

48 63 85 115



2.00pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm

3.00pm 3.30pm 3.30pm 5.30pm

Comedy Club 4 Kids - with Rich Hall & Sara Pascoe James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids This Peggy Twatface is toast Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture

De Montfort Hall Curve The Crumblin Cookie Just The Tonic

48 65 109 79



4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.30pm

5.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 5.30pm

Rob Coleman: how not to pedal an ocean That Pair The Ghost Tour of Leicester Tina Turner Tea Lady

The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel LCB Depot The Looking Glass

94 104 107 110



4.45pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 5.30pm

5.45pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm

Matt Price : Turkeygate... The Return Of The Geeks David Morgan – Freeman Jarred Christmas – Do We Need You After The Apocalypse?

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel

81 108 52 66



5.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm

6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

John Hastings – work in progress Brian Gittins Henry Paker – Classic Paker Red Light Comedy Ride

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall Firebug Bike Park

69 42 62 93



6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.45pm

7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm

Rob Rouse – Ride of Your Life A Q&A on How to Get Started in Stand-Up Silky: It Was This Show Or Have Kids Marc Lucero in George Carlin Saved My Life

Just The Tonic The Looking Glass Kayal The Criterion

95 32 100 78

7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm

8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm

Chris Mayo – work in progress Holly Walsh – work in progress Liam Williams Geo & Sofie Hagen: Cancer & Boybands

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel Duffy’s Bar

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8.05pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Lynn Ruth Miller – Granny’s Gone Wild John Kearns – No More Mr. Niche Guy Paul Chowdry Live Red Light Comedy Club

Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Crumblin Cookie Curve Bike Park

77 70 88 93



7.50pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

8.50pm 10.00pm 9.00pm 10.30pm

Anthony King – The Ownership Abnormally Funny People Dead Cat Comedy Club Gary Delaney and Co

Kayal Embrace Arts The Looking Glass The Y

38 33 52 58



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.15pm 11.00pm 10.00pm 9.30pm

Imran Yusuf – the best of..... Just the Tonic Saturday Specials Live at De Montfort Hall Mark Olver and Friends

Firebug Just The Tonic De Montfort Hall Embrace Arts

64 72 76 78



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm

9.00pm 10.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm

Myra Dubois in Auntie Myra’s Happy Hour! Rob Beckett – Live! Davey Connor – Medal of Honour Darren Walsh: Chicken Meow

Curve The Little Theatre The Criterion Heroes @ Hansom Hall

85 94 51 50



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 9.00pm

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 10.00pm

Matt Forde – work in progress Rhys Mathewson – Hombre Lobo Brian & Michael: at 68% Stand Up Comedy Night

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel Duffy’s Bar Upstairs at the Western

80 93 42 102



9.00pm 9.20pm 9.30pm 9.30pm

11.30pm 11.20pm 10.30pm 11.00pm

The Apartment – Valentine’s Weekend Screening Should I Stay or Should I Go Gong Show Paul Currie – The Sticky Bivouac II The Bite – A Fast-Paced Stream of Stand-Ups

Phoenix Square Kayal The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass

105 100 88 105

9.45pm 9.45pm 9.45pm  10.15pm

10.45pm 10.45pm 10.45pm 11.15pm

Ian Smith – Second Show Tim Fitzhigham: The Gambler Tom Young’s Got Issues Geo & Sofie Hagen: Cancer & Boybands

The Belmont Hotel Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Criterion Duffy’s Bar

64 110 112 59

12.00am 12.00am 2.00am 3.00am

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish Comedy Disco Cast of Idiots: Storytelling In The Round Late Encore At Midnight The Midnight Show

Firebug Heroes @ Hansom Hall Ramada Encore Just The Tonic

44 44 74 108

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Trunk’d Nando’s and Nandon’ts: A Musical

Leicester Train Station The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie

42 102 113 85

10.30pm 11.00pm 11.55pm 12.00am

Sunday 16th February 2014 All Day 11.00am 12.30pm  1.00pm

All Day 10.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm



2.00pm 2.00pm 3.20pm 3.30pm

3.00pm 3.00pm 4.20pm 5.30pm

Carly Smallman Probably A Work In Progress Tiernan Douieb Manos Kanellos in Greekonomics Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture

Kayal Loughborough Town Hall Kayal Just The Tonic

44 110 78 79



4.00pm 4.30pm 4.40pm 4.45pm

5.00pm 5.30pm 5.40pm 5.45pm

An Hour of Ian Matt Dwyer – Romancing the 26 Stone Scott Bennett – About a Roy – work in progress Darren Maskell: A Woodlouse Trapped Underneath A Glass

The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall

36 80 98 50



5.00pm 5.00pm 5.30pm 5.30pm

6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm

Mat Ewins – work in progress The Comedian’s Comedian Live With Stuart Goldsmith Maxine Jones: Embarrassing Mother Over It – Death, Anorexia & Funny Things

The Criterion Firebug The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass

80 106 81 87

5.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm

6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 8.00pm

Pat Cahill – work in progress Brian Gittins Caimh McDonnell – Southbound and Down Lost Voice Guy: Laughter is the worst medicine

The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall Kayal The Belmont Hotel

87 42 43 77

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.05pm

Sriskanthrahan The News at Kate: My Professional Opinion Brian & Michael: at 68% Lynn Ruth Miller – Granny’s Gone Wild

The Looking Glass Secular Hall Duffy’s Bar Heroes @ Hansom Hall

102 108 42 77



7.20pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.20pm 10.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

Paul Ricketts – West End Story Asian Persuasion Ding Dong – TTS Special Fin Taylor – Looseat Dreaming – work in progress

Kayal The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion

89 38 52 56



7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

10.30pm 8.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm

Jim Smallman: We Are The Lucky Ones + Group Therapy Tony Jameson – Rules of Engagement Art Shark: Boudoir Rude, Crude & Lewd: A Night of Filthy Comedy and Song

Just The Tonic The Globe Embrace Arts The Musician

67 112 38 96



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

9.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 9.30pm

Sara Pascoe Vs The Truth Tiernan Douieb Laughter on the Outskirts – The Return Stuart Goldsmith: Frogging About

Firebug The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass Heroes @ Hansom Hall

98 110 75 103



8.30pm 8.40pm 8.45pm 9.00pm

9.30pm 9.40pm 9.45pm 10.15pm

The Jest Alan Hudson – Magics and Funnies Geo & Sofie Hagen: Cancer & Boybands Hayley Ellis – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Kayal Duffy’s Bar The Criterion

107 34 58 61

9.00pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 10.00pm

10.00pm 10.30pm 10.45pm 11.00pm

The Mitford Sisters Reunion Comedy Chat Roulette with Tony Jameson Jimmy Savile: The Punch & Judy Show Bob Graham – Animal Person

The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass

108 48 67 41

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Paul Foot – An Hour In February Ava Vidal : He’s Not A Keeper

Leicester Train Station The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie

42 102 89 39

Daniel Simonsen – work in progress John Gordillo : Cheap Shots at the Defenseless A Kitchen Nightmare and other Tales Al Lubel is Mentally Al

The Criterion Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Upstairs at the Western Just The Tonic

50 69 32 34

James Hately – Pocket Launch Maxine Jones: Embarrassing Mother Ellis And Reece Do A Show Nick Cranston: Cran vs Food

The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar The Criterion The Globe

65 81 54 86

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass

106 89 32

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7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

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8.00pm 8.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

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9.00pm

9.15pm 9.30pm

10.00pm The Coin-Operated Girl; A sex Workers Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications 10.30pm Paul McCaffrey: Name In Lights 10.30pm A Finger of Judge

Tuesday 18th February 2014 All Day 11.00am 6.30pm  7.30pm

All Day 10.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies I Say – the annual comedy conversation Andrew Bird – work in progress (Plodding Along)

Leicester Train Station The Y Hugh Aston Building The Crumblin Cookie

42 102 63 37



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 10.00pm 8.20pm 8.30pm

Danny McLoughlin Emergency! Comedy with Claire Cogan Jody Kamali: Festival of Oddity Jonny & The Baptists: The Stop UKIP Tour

The Belmont Hotel The Y The Criterion Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

50 55 68 71

7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

8.20pm 8.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Killing Miss D Simon Evans – Leashed A Kitchen Nightmare and other Tales Maxine Jones: Embarrassing Mother

The Globe Just The Tonic Upstairs at the Western The Exchange Bar

73 101 32 81

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8.00pm 8.00pm 8.45pm 9.00pm

9.00pm 9.30pm 11.00pm 9.40pm

Old Jewish Jokes Robert Newman Gagging For Attention Freddie Farrell: 1800 seconds of stand-up

The Looking Glass Firebug Just The Tonic The Globe

87 95 57 57



9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm

10.15pm 10.00pm 10.45pm 10.30pm

Kwame Asante and Pierre Novellie Paul Foot – An Hour In February The Same Faces – Improvised Comedy Matt Hollins – Live and Deadpan

The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Looking Glass

74 89 109 80

9.30pm

10.30pm

The Very Hungry JOKErpillar

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Wednesday 19th February 2014 All Day 11.00am 7.00pm  7.30pm

All Day 10.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Laughing Matters Comedy Showcase ...and this is my friend Mr Laurel

Leicester Train Station The Y Just The Tonic Upstairs at the Western

42 102 74 37



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.30pm 10.00pm 9.20pm 8.30pm

Carl Hutchinson – All The Rage “Howard’s Other End” & “Nando’s and Nandon’ts; a Musical” Joe Lycett – If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put a Ring On It Jonny & The Baptists: The Stop UKIP Tour

The Criterion Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Crumblin Cookie Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

44 63 68 71



7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

8.20pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 10.30pm

Killing Miss D Mark Restuccia – Life of I Julian Deane Work in Progress Mrs Barbara Nice

The Globe The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar The Y

73 79 71 84



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.00pm 9.00pm 11.00pm 9.30pm

Old Jewish Jokes Tony Law – Nonsense in Progress Whose Mile2 is it Anyway? WitTank: The School

The Looking Glass 87 Firebug 112 Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre 115 The Crumblin Cookie 115



9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

10.00pm 11.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Abi Roberts – Twerk in Progress Laughing Matters Fundraiser Rob Deering – The Beginning The Beta Males

The Globe Just The Tonic The Belmont Hotel The Criterion

33 74 95 105

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 11.00pm

Amy Howerska Steve Day Deafs It Up Vincent Courage – Morally bankrupt John Lynn: Gypsy Clown

The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Looking Glass Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

36 103 114 70

Thursday 20th February 2014 All Day 11.00am 6.00pm  6.30pm

All Day 10.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Spot On @ LCB depot Patrick Monahan ‘Cake Charmer’

Leicester Train Station The Y LCB Depot Just The Tonic

42 102 101 88



7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm 7.30pm

8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm

Stephen Carlin Gambling Man Wil Hodgson – work in progress Mr Methane: My Life In Farting ...and this is my friend Mr Laurel

The Criterion Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall Upstairs at the Western

103 115 84 37



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm

8.30pm 8.30pm 9.30pm 9.00pm

Jessica Fostekew in Jessanory – work in progress Phil Nichol – The Weary Land Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain An interview with Jason Manford

The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie De Montfort Hall Curve

67 91 113 36



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

10.30pm 10.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm

Lee Hurst: Things That Make You Go Aaarggh! Miles Jupp Old Jewish Jokes Rob Deering – Beat This

The Y Loughborough Town Hall The Looking Glass Firebug

75 83 87 95

8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm

11.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm

Square Mile Smiles Tony Dunn against the Psychopaths Who Ya Gonna Call? A Trial of King Richard III

Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre 102 The Exchange Bar 112 The Ale Wagon 115 Heroes @ Hansom Hall 33

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

10.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm

Big Value Audition Festival Special Howard Read’s Car Crash Cartoons Short & Curly Who Dunnit? – work in progress Kevin Dewsbury – Out Now

Just The Tonic Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Criterion The Belmont Hotel

40 63 100 73



9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm

10.15pm 11.30pm 10.30pm 11.00pm

Kevin Day Ettrick’s Selection of Stand-Ups Joe Ross-Williams – ...To Be A Man UFI: Kerfuffle Shuffle

The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass The Ale Wagon The Exchange Bar

73 55 68 113

9.45pm 10.00pm

10.45pm 11.00pm

Unusual Stories for Unusual People Paul Tonkinson: Fancy Man

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

113 90

Friday 21st February 2014 All Day 11.00am 3.30pm  4.45pm

All Day 10.00pm 4.45pm 5.45pm

Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Little Howard’s Big Show Sean Morley – Woe King Progress

Leicester Train Station The Y The Y Heroes @ Hansom Hall

42 102 76 99



6.00pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 7.00pm

7.00pm 7.30pm 12.00am 8.00pm

Upstairs Downton Sean Turner: Comedy with a Dyslexic Geordie The Secret Tour Brett Goldstein Strikes Back – work in progress

Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass LCB Depot Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

114 99 109 42



7.15pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

8.15pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.45pm

Ellie Taylor – work in progress Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable ...and this is my friend Mr Laurel Grainne Maguire’s One Hour All Night Election Special

Duffy’s Bar Heroes @ Hansom Hall Upstairs at the Western The Belmont Hotel

54 91 37 60



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm

8.30pm 8.30pm 9.30pm 9.00pm

Local Comedy Night Vikki Stone Boothby Graffoe: Scratch Ben Van der Velde – Woozy Organ Grinder

The Little Theatre Firebug Curve The Looking Glass

76 114 41 40

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8.00pm 8.00pm

10.00pm Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television 10.15pm Hal Cruttenden – Tough Luvvie 9.30pm Mind the Alternative

The Y Melton Theatre Lock 42

46 61 83



8.00pm 8.15pm 8.15pm 8.30pm

9.30pm 9.15pm 9.15pm 11.00pm

Roisin Conaty – Lifehunter Matt Rudge – Let’s Do This! MJ Hibbett (and Steve) – Total Hero Team Festival Fiver Friday – 5 Acts for £5

The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Criterion Just The Tonic

96 81 84 56



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.45pm

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 9.45pm

Harriet Kemsley Joke Thieves Vive Le Cabaret Sean McLoughlin: I Will Prevail

The Belmont Hotel Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar

61 70 114 99

9.00pm 10.00pm 9.30pm 10.30pm  9.30pm 10.30pm

Brimful Of Laughter: Shaun Turner, David Murphy and Curtis Young Alex Edelman Colin Hoult – Characthorse

Embrace Arts The Crumblin Cookie Firebug

42 35 47



9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm

10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.45pm

Comedy in the Dark gLove contrActually Richard Brown: This Is Not For You Devvo’s Deal Or No Dealer Gameshow

Phoenix Square The Little Theatre The Looking Glass Heroes @ Hansom Hall

48 59 94 52

9.45pm 10.00pm 10.00pm  10.00pm

10.45pm 11.00pm 11.00pm 12.00am

Ivo Graham – work in progress Bobby Mair: Slacker Manifesto Britain’s got F*ck All Talent Hotel D’Comedie

The Criterion The Belmont Hotel Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Maiyango

64 41 43 63

11.15pm 12.00am 12.00am 3.00am

Mark Smith: The Most Astonishing Name in Comedy Graham & Handley – Monster Stand Up Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – Can’t Stop, Shan’t Stop The Midnight Show

Duffy’s Bar The Looking Glass Heroes @ Hansom Hall Just The Tonic

79 60 84 107

10.15pm 11.00pm 11.00pm 12.00am

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Saturday 22nd February 2014 All Day 11.00am 2.30pm  2.30pm

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Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Ben Hustwayte – Benopause work in progress Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time

Leicester Train Station The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Little Theatre

42 102 39 43



3.00pm 3.30pm 3.30pm 4.00pm

4.15pm 5.30pm 4.30pm 5.00pm

Gujarationa Galagliya Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture Phil Kay’s – Gimme Your Left Shoe Hiding Behind Imaginary Walls

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Just The Tonic Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Crumblin Cookie

60 79 91 62



4.45pm 5.00pm 5.00pm 5.30pm

5.50pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm

One Of Us Will Die Catriona Knox – Player Sam Brady: Kindness Alexis Dubus – Cars and Girls

Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Belmont Hotel The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie

87 44 97 35



5.30pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm

6.30pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

Joke Ninja Snakes! The Musical Max and Ivan: The Reunion Norman Lovett – Old and New

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Little Theatre Firebug Just The Tonic

70 101 81 86



6.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 6.45pm

7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.45pm

Red Light Comedy Ride Upstairs Downton Dave Griffiths: C U in Court Matt Rudge – Let’s Do This!

Bike Park Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass The Criterion

93 114 51 81



7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

9.00pm 8.15pm 9.00pm 8.00pm

BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum Gujarationa Galagliya Rob Gee & The Comedy Asylum Sam Avery: Rock N’ Dole

Embrace Arts Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Embrace Arts Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

42 60 95 97



7.00pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 7.30pm

8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

Tom Deacon: Get Your Deac-on! Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable Phil Wang: Anti-Hero Bright Club

The Belmont Hotel Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar Upstairs at the Western

111 91 91 42



7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm

8.30pm 10.30pm 9.00pm 8.45pm

Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition Red Light Comedy Club Mr Steve N Allen’s SomeNews Live

The Little Theatre The Y Bike Park Kayal

44 75 93 84



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

9.30pm 11.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

Carl Donnelly: Now That’s What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V Just the Tonic Saturday Specials Kerry Godliman Rick Kiesewetter: CHINK

The Crumblin Cookie Just The Tonic Firebug The Looking Glass

44 72 73 94

 

8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

9.15pm MJ Hibbett (and Steve) – Total Hero Team 9.30pm Tom Toal In Prequel 9.30pm Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe – Spring Tour 2014

The Criterion The Belmont Hotel

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Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

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8.30pm 8.45pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

9.45pm 9.45pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Vive Le Cabaret The C Word DNCG Part III: Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden Gagging for attention

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Duffy’s Bar Polar Bear Embrace Arts

114 105 53 57



9.15pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm

10.15pm 10.15pm 10.30pm 10.30pm

Liam Mullone’s World of Comedy Snakes! The Musical Comedy in the Dark Joel Dommett: Live

Kayal The Little Theatre Phoenix Square The Crumblin Cookie

75 101 48 69



9.30pm 9.45pm 9.45pm 9.45pm

10.30pm 10.45pm 10.45pm 10.45pm

Maureen Younger – The Outsider Jason Patterson The Comedy Zone Tim Fitzhigham: The Gambler

The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel The Criterion Heroes @ Hansom Hall

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10.00pm 10.00pm 10.15pm 11.00pm

11.00pm 11.00pm 11.15pm 12.00am

Britain’s got F*ck All Talent Marcel Lucont – Travail En Cours Holly Burn – The H Club: Haus of H Cast of Idiots: Storytelling In The Round

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Firebug Duffy’s Bar Heroes @ Hansom Hall

43 78 62 44

11.00pm 11.55pm 12.00am

12.00am 2.00am 3.00am

Graham & Handley – Monster Stand Up Late Encore At Midnight The Midnight Show

The Looking Glass Ramada Encore Just The Tonic

60 74 107

“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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Sunday 23rd February 2014 All Day 11.00am 1.00pm  2.00pm

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Brief Encounters Spot On @ the movies Stay at home Dad Alfie Moore – work in progress

Leicester Train Station The Y The Crumblin Cookie Kayal

42 102 103 35

The Crumblin Cookie Embrace Arts Kayal

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3.00pm 3.20pm

3.30pm Paul F Taylor Presents This Is What I’ve Managed To Come Up With – work in progress 4.00pm Funny Bones 4.20pm Milo McCabe: Troy Hawke!



3.30pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.00pm

5.30pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.00pm

Mark Olver, Dancing About Architecture Phil Kay’s – Gimme Your Left Shoe Amadeus Martin UFI: Haribo Heroes (Kids)

Just The Tonic Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass

79 91 36 113



4.40pm 4.45pm 5.00pm 5.30pm

5.40pm 5.45pm 6.00pm 6.30pm

Anthony King – My Pet Centipede Pam Ford and Steve Rimmer Holly Burn – The H Club: Haus of H Bounty of Beards: The Reckoning

Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Criterion The Looking Glass

38 87 62 41



6.00pm 6.00pm 6.15pm 6.30pm

7.00pm 7.00pm 7.10pm 7.30pm

Erich McElroy – The Brit Referendum Upstairs Downton George Ryegold: Iron Face In A Velvet Beard Joey Page: Golden Peacock Hour

Kayal Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

55 114 59 69



6.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm

Patrick Monahan ‘Cake Charmer’ Croft & Pearce Michael Legge – Free Wi-fi Richard Peel: Goblintime

Just The Tonic Just the Tonic at The Regent Club The Belmont Hotel The Looking Glass

88 49 82 94



7.15pm 7.20pm 7.30pm 8.00pm

8.15pm 8.20pm 10.00pm 9.00pm

Phil Kay: The Wholly Viable Alan Francis: Still Expanding Comedy Heaven Ahir Shah – work in progress

Heroes @ Hansom Hall Kayal Curve The Exchange Bar

91 34 48 33



8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

9.00pm 9.30pm 10.30pm 9.30pm

David Trent – This is All I Have Peacock & Gamble: Heart-throbs Mick Miller and Guests Mixed Doubles

Firebug The Crumblin Cookie Just The Tonic Just the Tonic at The Regent Club

52 90 82 84



8.30pm 8.30pm 8.40pm 9.00pm

9.30pm 9.30pm 9.40pm 10.00pm

Rob Halden – Relatively Painless Tim Renkow is Not As Homeless As I Look Mike Wilkinson & Dave Twentyman Bobby Mair: Slacker Manifesto

The Looking Glass Heroes @ Hansom Hall Kayal The Belmont Hotel

95 110 83 41

9.30pm 9.45pm 10.00pm

10.30pm 10.45pm 11.00pm

Chris Stokes’ Self Loathing Love Letter Rayguns Look Real Enough – Hall of Fame Graham & Handley – Monster Stand Up

The Exchange Bar Heroes @ Hansom Hall The Looking Glass

46 92 60

Our listings explained Don’t forget that everything in our brochure is listed alphabetically rather than in date order. The performance dates for each show are shown under each entry in black. We’ve also included an A-Z list of all the performers in the festival, with page references so you can easily find them, and a festival diary, so you can see who is performing on each day.

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Events

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 PBJ management present

3 2 1 WITH FLANGE KRAMMER UND RUSTY DUSTIN

Olympic skiing sensation Flange Krammer brings his hit game show from German television screens to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival: ‘3 2 1 with Flange Krammer und Rusty Dustin’ Character comedy from Neil Dagley. “Hilarious” **** – Skinny. “Pure silliness” **** – BroadwayBaby.com. “Unabashed, joyous carnival of cheesy puns” – Chortle.co.uk. “Disgustingly brilliant” – UKFestivalGuide.com. w  ww.flangekrammer.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.45pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6

Just the Tonic present

6 ACTS FOR £6

Just the Tonic present a midweek bargain night out! Showcasing 6 brilliant comedians from the circuit. You would usually see these comedians perform at our weekend comedy nights, however 6 of them have come together for a Six Pound Festival Special! How can you go wrong?  www.justthetonic.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Leicester Charity Link present

A BELLYFUL OF LAUGHS IN AID OF LEICESTER CHARITY LINK

Come and enjoy a gaggle of giggles and gourmet food in aid of Leicester Charity Link. The Colourworks Restaurant will treat you to an extra special comedy experience with local comedian Anthony King and you will have a nice warm feeling knowing that proceeds raised will help local vulnerable people and children who are experiencing poverty, hardship and crisis. Ticket price includes a two course meal and comedy night. www.charity-link.org/comedyfestival DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (11pm)

VENUE: Colourworks Restaurant Grid Ref: B1 (COL)

ENTRY: £20

A FINGER OF JUDGE

The alternative festival favourite is back! The thoroughly silly challenge game show with host Bruce Edhouse, where comedians attempt to impress you into pointing the finger favourably at them – get your tickets early after 2 sell-out years! “A fun and inclusive show which created a great atmosphere in the room, as well as producing some real unscripted comedic gems along the way.” – Leicester Comedy Scene.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

A KITCHEN NIGHTMARE AND OTHER TALES

“Deepest Arizona: a Michelin starred chef has lost the plot. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is drafted in to retrieve the situation, embarking on his most nightmarish Kitchen Nightmare yet. With only his impeccably high standards, TV crew and massive budget to aid him will he be able to install order? Comedian and impressionist Liam Hourican, as seen on Very Important People (C4) and The IT Crowd (C4), presents a new impressions-based sketch show.”  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Sponsored by The Looking Glass, Braunstone Gate

A Q&A ON HOW TO GET STARTED IN STAND-UP

If you or someone you know has ever wanted to get involved in stand-up comedy, come along to this relaxed talk where we’ll gather together a few helpful guests to chat about their experiences, answer some questions, and suggest some possible first steps to getting started. Sponsored by The Looking Glass, Braunstone Gate. www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 ThisIsYourLaugh present

A TRIAL OF KING RICHARD III

After a successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, This Is Your Trial comes to Leicester bringing a unique approach to improv, comedy and theatre. Tim Fitzhigham to play the role of Judge, with Prosecution and Defence counsel (tbc). The subject of this Trial is King Richard III. But is he the accused or is it the City of Leicester itself? There are many more questions to be asked, some more spurious than others. www.thisisyourlaugh.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Bawls Out Comedy present

ABI ROBERTS – TWERK IN PROGRESS

Abi Roberts is a hotly-tipped rising comedy star. This is a work in progress for Abi’s highly-anticipated debut solo stand-up show.   **Warning: May Contain Attitude**  “Fast-paced, high-octane comedy with brilliant routines...entertaining throughout and leaves everybody wanting more.” – Gigglebeats.co.uk. “Pure Charisma.” – The Scotsman. “Must see!” – Viv Groskop, The Independent. www.abiroberts.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE (bucket donations)

ABNORMALLY FUNNY PEOPLE

Abnormally Funny People is a group of gifted stand-up comedians strutting their funny stuff. They are all very, very, funny people. With Mat Fraser, Liz Carr, Don Biswas, Lee Ridley (the lost voice guy) and Steve Best (the performer’s line-up subject to change). “Abnormally Funny People is a big hit.” – The Guardian. w  ww.embracearts.co.uk

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £12 (£8 / £5 FiVer NUS Extra card holders)

Weirdos Comedy Club present

ADAM LARTER AND ALI BRICE: PLUMPY’NUT

Plumpy’nut is a story about friendship. Written with love and performed with utter stupidity. “You could see a hundred paid shows in Edinburgh that would struggle to better the anarchic entertainment value on display here. Yes, it is silly and absurd and wholly ridiculous, but it is also thoroughly enjoyable and hilarious and worth a gamble.” – Fringe Guru.  www.weirdoscomedy.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: FREE

AHIR SHAH – WORK IN PROGRESS

Ahir Shah returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with a new hour of stand-up. Performed as a work in progress ahead of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, the show promises to be another hour of intelligent, personal humour from this highly rated young alternative comedian. “Charismatic and of rewardingly cerebral approach.” – The Guardian. “He is made for stand-up.” – The List.  www.twitter.com/AhirShah DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5

AHIR SHAH: ANATOMY

After a hit run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Ahir Shah brings his show ANATOMY to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for one night only. This is an hour of precise, exacting, lucid stand-up about the body, the mind, knitwear and – well, y’know, that sort of thing. “A playful hour of unapologetically cerebral laughs [...] Anatomy is one of the most thoughtful and compelling hours you’re likely to come across.” – ****  www.twitter.com/AhirShah DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 AHIR SHAH – WORK IN PROGRESS

Ahir Shah returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with a new hour of stand-up. Performed as a work-in-progress ahead of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, the show promises to be another hour of intelligent, personal humour from this highly rated young alternative comedian. “Charismatic and of rewardingly cerebral approach.” – The Guardian. “He is made for stand-up.” – The List.  www.twitter.com/AhirShah DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.45pm (7.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Independent Talent Group Ltd present

AISLING BEA

Aisling Bea, nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and So You Think You’re Funny? winner, as seen in Dead Boss (BBC3), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and the BAFTA nominated Cardinal Burns (E4) comes to Leicester’s The Crumblin Cookie. A “born comedian.” **** – Chortle. “A hugely accomplished debut.” ***** – Independent on Sunday.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

AL LUBEL IS MENTALLY AL

Enter a mentality with an absence of normal functionality but he is so self-aware yet stubbornly refusing to acknowledge reality. Al often thinks to himself he should stop being such a spoiled brat but the problem is his very next thought is – No! Often stand-up is considered therapy for comedians and Al is committed!  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

RBM present

ALAN FRANCIS: STILL EXPANDING

After twenty years on the circuit eating pies from petrol stations, there is no doubt Alan Francis has expanded. The Award winning Scottish comedian rails against the modern world. “Thought provoking, eloquent, entertaining...intelligent political stuff. Well worth your time.” The Scotsman. SPECIAL OFFER – Book for this show and watch as many of the other five shows at Kayal today for free!  www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

ALAN HUDSON – MAGICS AND FUNNIES

One of the UK’s top funny magicians & sleight of hand illusionists. Seen on ITV 1’s hit show Penn & Teller: Fool Us and two critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows. In 2010 he appeared in the final of Hackney Empire Act of the Year and regularly performs around the world including The Magic Castle in Hollywood. “Hudson is an astounding magician, comic and mind reader.” – Three Weeks. **** “We loved your act!” – Penn & Teller.  www.alanhudson.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.40pm (9.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8

Gag Reflex present

ALEX BOARDMAN – HOUSE OF FUN

Join me for an hour of stand up, songs and silliness in a show written especially for Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. “Funny, funny, funny.” The Guardian. “Tall tales can lead anywhere on any given night.” – The Times. www.gagreflex.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 ALEX EDELMAN

Straight out of New York. Via Boston. And LA. And Jerusalem. Alex Edelman draws upon astute social observations to create beguiling comic tales. Fresh, original, and endearing, with each performance, Edelman continues to prove himself to be one of the United States’ most promising exports. In the UK he has appeared at Festivals like T in the Park, Latitude, Bestival and on the BBC’s “Fresh from the Fringe” showcase.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Objective Talent present

ALEXIS DUBUS – CARS AND GIRLS

Winner: Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award 2013, Edinburgh Fringe. Alexis Dubus presents his first spoken word show – a poetic tale of travel and heartbreak. Contains traces of UFOs, truckers, bean festivals, and the Dutch. “Gorgeous, honest, effortlessly funny.” **** – Chortle. “An hour of compelling raconteurship.” **** – The Scotsman.  www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

ALFIE BROWN – BALL BAG – WORK IN PROGRESS

An experiment from the sometimes screaming Alfie Brown. “Brown’s is one of the boldest new voices I’ve encountered . . . mapping a route to a different class of humour.” **** – Guardian. “The potential to be one of this country’s best comics: perceptive, provocative, political, and playful. And, most of all, damn funny.” **** – Chortle. “All the intellectual rigour of Vicky Pollard.” – Scotsman. www.alfiebrown.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Funhouse Comedy present

ALFIE MOORE – WORK IN PROGRESS

Former Humberside police sergeant-turned-comedian Alfie Moore shares his hilarious unique brand of police-inspired comedy as he warms up for his national tour. His comedy highlights include ITV1’s “Show Me The Funny”, Radio 4 “Idiot’s Guide to Crime & Punishment” with Stephen K Amos and two critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows. His fans include Peep Show’s David Mitchell who describe him as “brilliantly funny”. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 all day (£7 all day)

ALICE FRICK: JOKE

Alice, the confused Austrian abroad leaves the Alps to check out the world. She talks about the life of being a foreigner in the UK, how to spend a night in an American jail and coming out gay to her religious grandmother.  www.alicefrick.com

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

ALISTAIR GREEN – NOBODY’S TWISTING YOUR ARM

Comedian Alistair Green stands on a stage for roughly an hour (unless it goes badly) moaning about everything he thinks is wrong with the world including his own pitiful shortcomings as a human being. Sounds hilarious doesn’t it. “Undiscovered genius.” – The Guardian. “Fully deserves his underground reputation as the comedians comedian.” – Three Weeks.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 AMADEUS MARTIN

Award-winning Amadeus Martin returns, with his ‘Me Etc.’ show taking you on a journey where he shares his childhood diary, sings his favourite 80’s power ballads & awards silly prizes. ‘Me Etc’ unleashes his unique style of farce-paced storytelling with dark, yet quirky observations. Low-lifes, posh sluts, fascists & other members of his family should stay away. Time Out Critic’s Choice “Comedy Pick.” – Evening Standard.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

Bound and Gagged Comedy present

AMATEUR TRANSPLANTS: ADAM KAY’S BUM NOTES

Amateur Transplants frontman Adam Kay sits at a grand piano and sings smutty songs. With a string of sell-out tours and Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following across the UK. He has had three number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts and over 20 million hits on YouTube (including the iconic London Underground Song). www.amateurtransplants.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14 (£12)

Objective Talent present

AMY HOWERSKA

A work in progress from rising star Amy Howerska, this show will not be about tight T shirt wearing haircuts observing toasters, it will be about Skydiving smashcats, failure and Aunty Keith. There will be strong accents in places and references to mild nudity.  www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

The Brethren of Levity present

AN AUDIENCE WITH SIR DICKIE BENSON

A rare chance to get up close and personal with a legend of stage and screen, our nations finest Actor: Sir Dickie Benson. Join him as he vivaciously recounts the many trials and tribulations of a life spent in the spotlight. From his first experience of ‘The Method’, The many struggles he has faced with substance abuse and promiscuity, to the countless scandals that have almost destroyed his career. Q&A included. www.twitter.com/SirDickieBenson DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Kristian D Kirklan presents

AN HOUR OF IAN

Surfing a tidal wave of apathy, unexotically named Ian Hall has chosen a stand up life as a plethora of other people he made out of his brain. Mary Berry in DLCF 2013 Best Show nominee ‘Barbara Steele’, this time he’s joined by Ramon Le Tigre, Blake Incarcerated, Jon Pertwee, the gravity-challenged Robert Monkton and more. “Out there, creative, funny and fun. A great turn.” – Dave Dinsdale, a proper promoter and that.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

Big Difference Company present

AN INTERVIEW WITH JASON MANFORD

Jason Manford started his comedy career whilst collecting glasses at the Buzz Comedy Club. After just 6 gigs he went on to win the City Life North West Comedian of the Year. One year later, in 2000, he stormed a gig in Leicester and was crowned the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Join Jason as he talks to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Director Geoff Rowe about his career so far and his next steps. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167. w  ww.curveonline.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £5

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Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 ...AND THIS IS MY FRIEND MR LAUREL

A biographical one-man play about the life of film comedian Stan Laurel starring Jeffrey Holland (Spike from BBC’s Hi-De-Hi). Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy the show takes place during Laurel’s visit to the dying man. Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

CKP present

ANDREW BIRD – WORK IN PROGRESS (PLODDING ALONG) Andrew Bird will be working on a new hour of stand-up with a few old bits to plug the gaps. Why don’t you come and spot the difference? “Comedy Gold.” – The Scotsman. “Funny, likeable and effortless.” – Timeout. Writer for 8 out of 10 Cats.  www.thecookieleicester.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

makin projects present

ANDREW O’NEILL – HEAVY METAL – A HISTORY

For people who don’t necessarily like heavy metal. But if you do you’ll really like it, we promise. A hilariously kick-arse tour through heavy metal by the UK’s foremost metalhead stand-up comedian. WARNING: This show will contain references to the musical genre know as heavy metal, not a loosely scientific defined subset of elements that exhibit metallic properties. www.andrewoneill.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.35pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £7 advance / £8 door

Lisa Thomas Management present

ANDREW RYAN: LIFE OF RYAN

Irishman Andrew Ryan is 31 years old and could not be happier, or could he? When his Dad was his age, he was very happily married with a house & three kids. Andrew is not married, has a mortgage for a four man tent & three penalty points. In his new show ‘The Life of Ryan’, the Corkman explores the direction in which his life is heading and his frustrations with trying to get there.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5

ANDREW STANLEY – MISERY LOVES COMPANY

Irish comedian Andrew Stanley makes his Leicester debut. Tackling some of the big issues of the day like misery, confidence and why we all love to moan. This award winning comic promises to deliver a show packed to the brim with laugh out loud comedy. “The comedy tsunami that was Andrew Stanley. It’s rare to see a comic so clearly destined for the top with such astonishingly good observational material.” – Scotsman.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Off The Kerb Productions present

ANGELA BARNES – WORK IN PROGRESS

Star of Russell Howard’s Good News, Ch4’s Stand Up For The Week and winner of the BBC New Comedy Award (2011), Angela Barnes is warming up her hotly-anticipated debut hour ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe. “Hers is a world-weary and devastatingly matter-of-fact outlook on the world that really makes her stand out.” – The Guardian.  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Illwell Town present

ANTHONY KING – MY PET CENTIPEDE

Last year, Anthony’s show Not Normal was nominated for the best new show of the festival. In this show he performs the best of stand-up and songs from the last few years. Songs including The River, The Lodger and, of course, My Pet Centipede along oneliners and observations that would turn the head of a goose if it were inclined. Also see his new show, The Ownership on Feb 15th at the same venue. www.akstandup.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.40pm (5.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Illwell Town present

ANTHONY KING – THE OWNERSHIP

After last year’s Award Nominated ‘Not Normal’, Anthony returns with a brand new show entitled The Ownership. It’s about owning things and incorporates stand-up and songs. With his usual quirky take on things, you can expect attacks on those people who think they’re better than you as well as songs about Richard III including “Who Owns The Bones?” and other “owner” and “ship” related stuff. www.akstandup.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.50pm (8.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

ART SHARK: BOUDOIR

Comedian Kirsty Munro, Burlesque performer Doe Demure and guests present Art Shark – a haven for the casual sketching of costumed models, with great entertainment. A burlesque twist for a Valentines lingerie special. It’ll be sophisticated, just a little bit naughty and guaranteed to make you giggle. Bring a sketchpad and pencil. (Mild nudity and possible strong language). 16+ years www.artshark.co.uk www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £6

Embrace the Weekend

ARTIJOKE WITH MARK OLVER

Mark Olver is a stand-up comedian and television warm-up artist. His television warm-up credits include Vicar of Dibley, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 o’clock Live, Jonathon Ross and Have I Got News for You. ‘Educational, entertaining, intimate and highly recommended for comedy fans and essential viewing for aspiring comics’. A percentage of the proceeds will go to local arts charities working with young people. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (2pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club present

ASIAN PERSUASION

Asian Persuasion returns to The Y to present another tip top line up of the very best in Asian comedy talent. Headlined by Imran Yusuf – is renowned for his super-high energy performance Yusuf has a unique voice stamping his mark for positive, uplifting comedy at every turn. Joining him will be Nish Kumar, Mickey Sharma, & your host Adnan Ahmed.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

AUSTENTACIOUS: AN IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN NOVEL

Undoubtedly one of the most talked-about shows on the improvised comedy circuit, Austentatious: An Improvised Novel is an hour-long comedy play spun in the inimitable style of Jane Austen – and based entirely on audience suggestions. You are cordially invited to see Austen’s lost works (Pride and Predator, Northanger Rabbi) performed before your astonished eyes. Full of wit, flirtation and dastardly behaviour.  www.thelittletheatre.net

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £10

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 So Comedy by arrangement with Troika present

AVA VIDAL: HE’S NOT A KEEPER

“Vidal juggles the profound and the irreverent rapidly alternating between the two.” **** – Chortle. “Well structured, well written and skillfully delivered show.” – Scotsman. The star of BBC2’s Mock The Week, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow & Radio 4’s The News Quiz arrives in Leicester with her new show. Whether you are a man or a woman, if you keep choosing the wrong man, you need to watch this show. www.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7

BARRY CASTAGNOLA IN ‘THE DONNY DONKINS AS (HOPEFULLY SOON TO BE) SEEN ON TV SHOW!’

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Undisputed* King of Comedy Donny Donkins brings a live TV show to Leicester. It will literally be a bit like Parkinson, Live at the Apollo, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Saturday Kitchen, Beadle’s About, Watchdog and Panorama – all rolled into one. Star guests! Prizes! Jokes! Truth bombs! Opening song! Banter! *Disputed.  www.donnydonkins.com www.barrycastagnola.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

Gag Reflex present

BARRY DODDS: STORYTELLER

A show featuring Barry’s favourite stories including camping with celebrities, ghost hunts, general childishness and an unhealthy obsession with the pop group Erasure. Contains naughty language and sweating. “Razor sharp humour.” – Metro. “winning friends with his energy and spirit.” – Chortle.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Bad Chicken Productions present

BELCHER & NELDER – BAGGAGE

Angie and Dave have baggage. Comedian Dave’s baggage is his family, notably his long-distance relationship with his South American love-child and his dysfunctional relationship with his father. Stand-up poet Angie’s baggage is her highly confessional and frank take on modern singledom; she’s not sure whether it’s her or the shelf that’s getting dustier. Enjoy some engaging comedy and poetry on some of life’s trials. www.angiebelcher.Wordpress.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

The Crumblin Cookie present

BEN BRIGGS – THE EVOLUTION OF ME (WHOEVER THAT IS)

Ben Briggs – ‘the evolution of me (whoever that is)’ – After 2 sell out shows at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Ben Briggs returns with another hour of pure stand up comedy. the evolution of me (whoever that is) – explores what sort of people we think we are and the masks we wear as we make our way through life because no-one is just one thing. Expect lots of laughs – “inherently appealing style.” – chortle.co.uk www.benbriggs.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

BEN HUSTWAYTE – BENOPAUSE WORK IN PROGRESS

After being accidentally empowered by the Katy Perry song Roar, Ben Hustwayte’s life changed (not hormonally but everyone loves a pun!). This is the clichéd story of a young man running away from his problems and trying to ‘find himself’ in a big scary world. (Work in Progress) “A one to watch.” – Broadway Baby. “Thoroughly enjoyable.” – Three Weeks. “Smilingly Funny Observations.” – Leicester Mercury.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Phil McIntyre Entertainment present

BEN NORRIS – MR AMBIGUOUSNESS

Recently seen supporting Ed Byrne on his national tour, Ben’s TV credits include ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, ‘They Think It’s All Over’ and ‘Mock The Week’. Other interesting facts about Ben: he’s the cousin of actor Martin Freeman and also the father of triplets (2 girls and a boy) “An hour of the most polished stand-up you are likely to see.” – GQ Magazine. “Hilarious – truly a sight to behold.” – Ed Byrne. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Get Comedy present

BEN VAN DER VELDE – WOOZY ORGAN GRINDER

Some comedians like to tell it how it is, keep it real and lay down truthbombs. Ben isn’t like that. He barely ever knows where he is, what’s real and – at best – is armed with baffled catapults. Come watch him take wayward aim at modern life in all its confusing glory. “A sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on an impressively wide range of topics bringing flair and confidence to them all.” – Chortle. www.benvandervelde.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of Fringe present

BETH VYSE : GET UP WITH HANDS

YOUR NUMBER TWO IN THE MORNING! Beth Vyse performs Olive Hands as she presents her daytime chat show, including a variety of guests. All your daymares have come true in Olive Hands she truly puts the ‘loose’ in women. “Her style has a touch of The Mighty Boosh about it... Stunningly lewd.” **** – ThreeWeeks. “Marvellous, imperious, ambitious.” – Times. “Tremendous comic effect.” – Eve Standard. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.bethvyse.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

The Foundry Group supported by Create Theatre, Mansfield present

BIG DADDY VS GIANT HAYSTACKS

by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon & starring Ross Gurney-Randall and David Mounfield. This new play – a knockout hit at Edinburgh 2013 – brings back to grunting, grappling life the famous feuding wrestlers: “Wonderfully raucous...Sharp and funny.4*” – Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage.  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Just The Tonic present

BIG VALUE AUDITION FESTIVAL SPECIAL

Hosted by previous Big Valuer, now a TV name special host. Every year Just the Tonic audition lots of acts from around the country to take part in our Edinburgh Showcase ‘The Big Value Comedy Shows’ In recent years our Edinburgh line ups have included the following people and more before they were famous: Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Patrick Monahan, Josie long, Jim Jeffries, Wil Hodgson, Seann Walsh. www.justthetonic.com/the-big-value-comedy-showcase DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £2.50

BILLY MCGUIRE

Billy McGuire wanders through, more than 50 years and four countries, mainly seeking attention. Hard hitting stand up, sexual suggestion from the outset occasional knob gags, I can more or less guarantee I won’t be too clever for you. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

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Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Big Difference Company present

BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOW

It’s our birthday so we’ll party if we want too... Come & join us for a mad night of silliness as we celebrate our 21st anniversary with a special stand-up comedy show. Expect some comedy but also some party hats, games and a special party bag for everyone who comes along. Oh yeah, please bring presents. We like presents. Line up confirmed on www.comedy-festival.co.uk. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167. DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12.30am)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £12 (£11)

BOB GRAHAM – ANIMAL PERSON

A show about whether the strains of being a person are worse than the reality of being an animal. No animals were hurt in the making of this show though several were eaten during the writing of this show. “Dead pan, sinister, miserable, and absolutely brilliant.” – punchline uk. “Wonderfully anarchic.” – The Skinny. “Too intelligent for Perth.” – some woman from Perth.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

John Noel Management present

BOBBY MAIR: SLACKER MANIFESTO

Slacker Manifesto is Canadian Bobby Mair’s followup show to his smash hit ‘Obviously Adopted’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which was immediately taken to the prestigious Soho Theatre in London. Bobby moved to London on a whim after winning $10,000 in a comedy competition, and since then has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, 8 out of 10 Cats and BBC3’s Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular. www.bobbymaircom DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 21st: 10pm (11pm), 23rd: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

BOOGALOO STU’S POP MAGIC

“A dazzling, rip-roaring, ridiculous and wonderfully participatory show!” – Bryony Kimmings. In this digital age, launching a pop career has never been simpler, but the competition is tough! Join DIY pop star and musical alchemist Boogaloo Stu in a tongue-in-cheek bid to create an instant Number One Pop Smash Hit – in just one hour.  www.curveoline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £10

makin projects proudly present

BOOTHBY GRAFFOE: SCRATCH

Feeling lucky? Join Arch-Surrealist Boothby Graffoe for a typically skewed looked at the weird little world of the UK lottery scratch card. Who buys them? How many do they buy? What, really, are the odds they might win? Have you got one? Do you want one? What would you do with all that money? These questions and several others, utterly unrelated, will be answered. Or will they? Who knows? w  ww.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

BOUNTY OF BEARDS: THE RECKONING

Off-the-wall sketches and stand-up comedy. Come meet Bounty of Beards (Jayne Sanders, Rob Evers, Duncan Haze and Stuart Pick).
 See them reveal the true evil of cats, holistic tea, and online dating. All with the help of their un-electronic house band (from Amish country). Be changed forever!!!

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 BRETT GOLDSTEIN STRIKES BACK – WORK IN PROGRESS

Brett Goldstein (winner of last years best new show) returns with a new work in progress show which he has not yet written in time for this blurb. It might be brilliant. It might be rubbish. But it will almost certainly be.  www.justthetonic.com

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Zulu Comedy Festival present

BRIAN & MICHAEL: AT 68%

The two seasoned Danish comedians Brian Mork and Michael Schot has left their fame, headliner spots and language behind as they come to Leicester with bags full of observations, jokes and bits translated from Danish to English – and we will finally see how afar Scandinavian and British humour really are.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1 4th: 7.15pm (8.15pm) & 10.15pm (11.15pm), 15th: 8.45pm (9.45pm), 16th: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £2

Heroes present

BRIAN GITTINS

After 6 years on the circuit, Brian Gittins has yet to make any waves in comedy. He continually struggles to find an audience that like him. He’s given himself 25 years to reach the London Palladium. The Star of C4’s Derek “One of the best comedy characters of the decade.” – Ricky Gervais. “Mundane, ineffectual and misconceived-to-the-point-of-disturbing.” – Guardian. “Very funny & horrifically distressing.” – The Independent. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

An exhibition featuring portraits of comedians by photographer Andy Hollingworth, each of whom have appeared at the festival. His images feature some of the most revered laughter makers from across the globe and Andy’s huge archive of work is considered to be one of the most comprehensive within the industry. We are delighted to welcome Andy and his photographs for this unique celebration of our 21st Anniversary.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: All Day (All Day)

VENUE: Leicester Train Station Grid Ref: C3 (EMT)

ENTRY: FREE

ArtReach present

BRIGHT CLUB

A stand-up comedy event with a twist. A professional compère. A professional headliner. Five or six university researchers. Local researchers are given (modest) training to make their research topic and their work comical! They then take the stage and perform their informative, yet funny material. Currently there are seven successful Bright Clubs over the UK. This is the launch of new, regular Leicester Bright Club! www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £12

Embrace the Weekend

BRIMFUL OF LAUGHTER: SHAUN TURNER, DAVID MURPHY & CURTIS YOUNG

Shaun recently finished runner-up in the Tickled Pig Student Comedy Competition after a couple of successful appearances in Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. A Sue Perkins look-a-like with adorable innocence and tactful wit, David starred in the infamous Big Value Showcase in Edinburgh during 2012. A man who regards himself as a legend in all countries and illegal in most, Curtis Young is full of sharp one-liners and puns that are bound to warm the room. www.embracearts.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Flick My Beans present

BRITAIN’S GOT F*CK ALL TALENT

After sell out shows over the last two years at the Edinburgh Fringe, Britain’s Got F*ck All Talent (“Hits the comedy bullseye.” – Three Weeks) comes to Leicester. The show is a Best of Show comprising of fantastic host Liam Withnail (“Slick, fast paced banter.” – The Skinny) along with Britain’s Got F*ck All Talent winner Jellybean Martinez (“Works the crowd like a pro.” – Chortle). Britain’s Got Talent? You decide. www.facebook.com/britainsgotfalltalent DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7

De Montfort University present

BUSINESS BREAKFAST

The launch of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 to guests and friends from local businesses, at De Montfort University, where the festival began back in 1994.  www.dmu.ac.uk/events DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30am (8.45am)

VENUE: De Montfort University Campus Grid Ref: C1 (DMUC)

ENTRY: By invite only

How to book tickets: Tickets for all festival shows will be available from our festival box office.

Give the helpful ticketing team a call on 0116 242 3595 or click on www.comedy-festival.co.uk Tickets are also available to buy in person from the ticket office in Highcross, from Curve or from the Visit Leicester centre on Gallowtree Gate.

festival ticket office 0116 242 3595 Funhouse Comedy present

CAIMH MCDONNELL – SOUTHBOUND AND DOWN

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The new stand-up show from Irish comedian, BAFTA nominee and writer for The Sarah Millican TV Program, Mock The Week and A League of Their Own. A year ago Caimh moved to London, trying to be an upstanding member of society – this show is proof that no good deed goes unpunished. “Outstanding.” – The Telegraph. “Superb.” – Manchester Evening News. “Snappy storytelling from a very funny man.” – Sarah Millican.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 13th: 9.30pm (10.30pm), 16th: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 (Thursday), £8 (Sunday – all-day ticket) (£4 (Thursday), £7 (Sunday – all-day ticket))

Tap Tap Theatre present

CAPTAIN MORGAN AND THE SANDS OF TIME

Two actors. One musician. Forty-four characters. Captain Morgan and First Mate Hammond quest for secrets of time-travel in a rip-roaring adventure comedy with monsters, sword fights and shivered timbers. A whirlwind travelling across time and space using nothing but the actors’ bodies to conjure objects and set.  www.thelittletheatre.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm) & 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £10

Glorious Management Ltd present

CAREY MARX – INTENSIVE CAREY

‘Mr Marx, if you have another heart attack, go immediately to a hospital. Do not, I repeat, do not, consider masturbating.’ Carey Marx reviews some of his bad decisions... and reluctantly accepts that he’s made some good ones too. This show’s about hospitals, a blanket, monsters, and an empty drawer. It’s about people, animals and things. It’s about an hour. Witness the survival of the unfittest. w  ww.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/carey-marx DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Avalon Promotions Ltd present

CARL DONNELLY: NOW THAT’S WHAT I CARL DONNELLY! VOLUME V

2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly (as seen on Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand) brings his critically acclaimed complete sell-out Edinburgh show to the festival. No gimmicks, just “Gripping, unmissable stand-up.” – The Guardian. “from ‘A master storyteller’.” – Time Out. **** The Times. “A ludicrously funny hour... It’s effortless and utterly captivating.” – The Skinny. www.carldonnelly.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £12

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

CARL HUTCHINSON – ALL THE RAGE

Off-stage Carl is a polite guy. On-stage, Carl is unafraid. He just can’t help himself when reacting to annoying people or difficult situations. Last year, he decided to live like his on-stage persona. This newly liberated Carl found himself getting into a variety of confrontations. He really enjoyed himself. One year later, which Carl remains? Was it a fully-fledged transformation or a one-off experiment. www.carlhutchinson.net/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

RBM present

CARLY SMALLMAN PROBABLY A WORK IN PROGRESS

Carly Smallman has been performing stand up comedy and singing funny songs since 2009. Her unique blend of outrageous impropriety and adorable sincerity quickly established her as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit. “Delightfully ebullient.” – Time Out. “The most exciting female act in the country right now.” – GQ. “I am certain that her life is a disaster.” – Paul Foot. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Coalition Talent present

CASSETTEBOY VS DJ RUBBISH COMEDY DISCO

Cassetteboy’s hilarious YouTube videos have mashed-up everyone from Alan Sugar to Harry Potter, and have been watched over 20 million times. Now they’ve teamed up with freestyle rapper DJ Rubbish to create an unforgettable night. Part comedy club, part disco, all party, it’s the only night in town that plays Madonna and MasterChef, 50 Cent and Jeremy Paxman. “Near impossible not to have a good time.” – Time Out ****. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Heroes & Bob Slayer presents

CAST OF IDIOTS: STORYTELLING IN THE ROUND

Glorious night of true stories that go with the flow in an environment where anything can happen. Bob, Tim Fitzhigham & More. Edinburgh Fringe Word-of-mouth hit. “Bob Slayer has created a whole new form of late night show by not simply thinking outside the comedy box, but throwing it away...” – The Scotsman, “Utter chaos reigns at this brilliant and hilarious off-the-cuff show...” – Three Weeks. Pay once see all shows. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12am)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 (Pay once see all shows)

CATRIONA KNOX – PLAYER

Join this raucous buffoon & critically acclaimed star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable as she takes her riotously silly characters through seven circles of hell. Prepare to be played. “Pitch perfect.” ***** – The New Current. “Endlessly entertaining.” **** – Chortle.co.uk. “A peerless character comedy show.” **** – The List. **** TV Bomb. **** ThreeWeeks. “Excruciatingly impressive.” **** – Fest.  www.catrionaknox.com / www.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 CHARITY FUNDRAISING GALA EVENT:

A NIGHT OF COMEDY SONG

IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC RADIO LEICESTER

Come and join us and Leicestershire choirs as we celebrate humorous and comedy songs! From the great tradition of Noel Coward to the “Chicken Song” from Spitting Image, to Benny Hill, to the mighty “Always look on the bright side of life”. This is a unique evening for fans of laughter and songs! In aid of local charities. Hosted by Ben Jackson & Martin Ballard.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Leicester Cathedral Grid Ref: B2 (LCA)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Off the Kerb Productions present

CHARLIE BAKER: BAKER’S DOZEN

Award-winning comedian Charlie Baker, “Devon’s answer to Sinatra.” – Guardian, sings the 13 biggest selling UK singles from the last 13 years. He’ll tell more than 13 jokes. 2013 Best New Show Nominee – Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. “The most laughs I’ve had from a comedy show this Fringe.” **** – Chortle.co.uk. “A superior take on the modern showman.” – Guardian. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Heroes Of Fringe present

CHARMIAN HUGHES: ODD ONE IN

“The catholic girl, the minister and bishop-funny true tales.” Bruce Dessau. Swapped babies! Persecution! Escape to circus! Audience said: “Great show!” “A real treasure!” “Highlight of my Edinburgh!” “Phenomenal! So funny!” “Wow” – Edinburgh Fest Magazine. “A cry for help!” – Three Weeks. Runner up Silver Stand-up Award 2012. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.charmianhughes.co.uk w  ww.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

CHATBACK COMEDY: STAND UP & SLAM

Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin? Stand up: poetry’s idiot relation? For the first time the best of London go head to head as comedy + poetry collide. The winners? Whoever the audience decide are the best art form of the night. Direct from London’s Comedy Cafe, Chatback Comedy Club and Canterbury’s poet laureate Dan Simpson are proud to present Stand-up & Slam! Six acts face off in three rounds of fun.  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Lisa Thomas Management present

CHRIS MARTIN: RESPONSIBLE NONSENSE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Fresh from supporting Milton Jones and Russell Kane, Chris Martin (Dave’s One Night Stand) brings his brand new show to Leicester. Chris uses his uniquely twisted logic to tackle all the ‘big issues’ “One of the UK’s most promising young observationalists.” – Guardian. “Destined for Greatness.” – Sunday Times. www.chrismartincomedy.co.uk w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

CHRIS MAYO – WORK IN PROGRESS

I’m previewing my third solo stand up show and it’d be lovely if you came so I don’t look silly. It’s about an hour, it’s £5, there’ll be jokes and wonderful things will happen. “A stick of charm who lights up the room.” – Russell Kane “Written and performed with a fearless confidence.” 5 Stars – The New Current. “Destined for bigger shows.” 4 Stars – Three Weeks. @chrismayo w  ww.chrismayo.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Avalon Promotions Ltd present

CHRIS RAMSEY: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ON SATURDAY MORNING TELEVISION

After being ‘sent off’ the Soccer AM sofa last year for misbehaving, Chris wonders whether he really is the Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning TV – not to mention, whether he wants to be. Taking his brush with on air censorship as a jumping off point to muse on life, mistakes, expectation and offense, he examines what happens when you say the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £16.50

CHRIS STOKES TELLS IT LIKE IT POSSIBLY COULD POTENTIALLY MIGHT BE

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012 Best Show winner Chris (Dave’s One Night Stand, Radio 4) returns with his latest show. Honesty is a virtue and widely perceived to be the best policy. So why do some people seem to use it to be rude? Tired of being told it like it is? Come here. “Real talent... It takes some flair to mix script, tangents, conversation, heartbreak and make it all look so effortless.” – The Skinny. www.chrisstokes.blogspot.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

CHRIS STOKES’ SELF LOATHING LOVE LETTER

New work-in-progress show from award-winning Chris Stokes. After a year he’s glad to see the end of, Chris is starting to find the funny again. Expect ruminations on, among other things, the frustration of being locked in your own head, the blossoming of new romance, wondering if we are only truly happy when we’re sad and seagulls. “Very gifted... Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet.” – The List.  www.chrisstokes.blogspot.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

CKP present

CHRISTIAN O’CONNELL: THIS IS 13

Eight-time Sony Award winning DJ’s debut stand-up show. A race against time to complete a list of dreams made when Christian was 13. With his deadline months away, he tells stories of his attempts to finish the list. He fights the dark lord, challenges a pensioner BMX champion and dates his ’80s heartthrob. A show definitely unsuitable for broadcast. “Smart and funny.” – Ricky Gervais. “Furiously funny.” – Guardian. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Funhouse Comedy present

CHRISTIAN REILLY: SONGS OF PRAISE

Perrier and Chortle awarded songster returns from a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run. “If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re a fan already.” – Guardian. “The funniest songs I’ve heard in a long time.” – Scotsman. “The sonofabitch got funny!” – Rich Hall. “Seriously funny.” – Richard Herring ****. “Like watching Jack Dee and Bill Bailey simultaneously.” ***** – The Student. **** ThreeWeeks. **** BroadwayBaby. **** One4Review.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

CHRISTIAN TALBOT – FUNERAL ADDICT

Irish comedian Christian Talbot cares too much. About everything. And that’s not always a good thing. See Ireland’s neediest man talk about the best way to deal with racist co-workers, the daily afternoon cry break, choosing box sets over sex and how to find emotional intimacy through the obituaries. Come to his show Funeral Addict, as he needs your reassurance and your hugs. www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: FREE

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN A 2014 SPACE ODDITY

Whilst visiting a toy shop, Paul and Barry get on board a toy space ship. By mistake they press a button and go in to outer space on a new adventure! Hilarious fun for all the family.  www.demontforthall.co.uk

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (4pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £14 (Children £13.50)

Mistaken Whatnot present

CLARKINSON

Two 30 something white guys with beards doing comedy based on exaggerated aspects of their fairly normal lives. Comedy was once part of variety. No, really. Matt & Ben will wow you...no, not wow...disappoint you...no, that’s too far the other way. Matt & Ben will occupy you with language & music to accompany the passage of time. Comedy is subjective so come along and let us subject you to it. w  ww.mistakenwhatnot.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

Al Grant Flaunts

COCK-KANE THE CLOWN (UK) DEBUNKS.... Hello Little Weasel, will you have sex with me? Magic, music, mayhem – and some sexy songs. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

James Grant Comedy present

COLIN HOULT – CHARACTHORSE

The master of character comedy returns with a sublimely original hour of comic shape-shifting and supreme silliness. From the Writers’ Guild Award-winner and star of Being Human (BBC3), Colin Hoult’s Carnival of Monsters (Radio 4) and Life’s Too Short (BBC2). “Sheer comic gold.” **** – Metro. “A beautifully staged masterclass in character comedy.” **** – Time Out.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

COLIN HOULT – WORK IN PROGRESS

A brand new hour about uninspiring people inspiring people by being uninspiring. From master character comedian, creator of Radio 4’s ‘Carnival of Monsters’ and star of ‘Being Human’ (BBC3) and ‘Life’s Too Short’ (BBC2). “Sheer comic gold.” **** – Metro. “A beautifully staged masterclass in character comedy.” **** – Time Out. “Rivetingly original... delightfully funny.” **** – Telegraph. www.colinhoultcomedian.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10 (£7)

Big Difference Company present

COMEDY BLIND DATE

A sell out show in 2013 returning to ensure love is alive and well at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Hosted by our very own Cilla (aka David Morgan), 3 brave comedians will answer questions set by a genuine member of the public who will select a ‘winner’ to go on a date with. Expect madness, comedy, stupidity and possible nakedness. A real alternative to taking your partner for a romantic meal. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £12

“One of the top 100 events of the year” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Hilarity Bites Comedy Club & Tony Jameson present

COMEDY CHAT ROULETTE WITH TONY JAMESON

Stand-up comedy without the stand-ups! Live comedy, via video! Chat roulette without the nudity! If video killed the radio star, what will it do to the stand-up comedian? Join Tony Jameson (Live. In the flesh. On-stage) as he plays a version of chat roulette where the people behind the door are top stand-up comedians from the UK circuit. Who will he meet? Will any of them be naked? Will the technology hold out? www.hilaritybites.co.uk/leicester.html DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS – WITH RICH HALL AND SARA PASCOE – COMPERED BY TIERNAN DOUIEB

Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old. We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! Featuring compere Tiernan Douieb, Sara Pascoe and all around comedy legend Rich Hall. “A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club.” – The Guardian DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £8

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents

COMEDY HEAVEN

The spectacular finale show for Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014, in aid of Amnesty International and Prostaid. Some of the best acts of the festival gather to raise money for good causes and see the festival out in style. Acts to be confirmed. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Big Difference Company present

COMEDY IN THE DARK

Comedy in the Dark returns to Leicester after sell-out shows in the UK and Europe. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents what is a truly unique comedy experience where comedians take on the challenge of performing in the pitch black. Your favourite stand ups, one hour, no lights! In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167.  www.phoenix.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

COMEDY TOURIST

Following the huge success of this event in 2013, we’re back to lead you through the streets of Leicester and highlight some of the great heritage sites around the city. We may also point out some made up sites and locations of historical significance including, no doubt, the occasional car park. This is an outdoor walking tour in February so bring a coat!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (3pm)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: £15

Big Difference Company present

COMEDY TOURS AT WELFORD ROAD – THE HOME OF LEICESTER TIGERS

Join us behind the scenes at one of the greatest rugby stadiums around & home to the Leicester Tigers, ten times Champions of England! The Tigers have had some amazing sporting triumphs since it was founded in 1880 but this is the first time they’ve let a bunch of comedians through the doors (unless you count when the Northampton Saints come to play!). Come and see the dressing rooms, the corridors of power and more. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (4pm)

VENUE: Welford Road Stadium Grid Ref: D2 (WRS)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 CRABULA!

When local comedy-mangler Bruce Edhouse decided to write a play based on both Dracula (which he’d never read) and Midsummer Murders (which he’d never seen), this was the result. Ever wondered just how much more scary Dracula would have been if he’d been not just a vampire, but a GIANT CRAB AS WELL?!! Now’s your chance to find out, as we join Inspector Jim Stingers (not John Nettles) to face this fiendishly fishy foe!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

Vivienne Smith Management Present

CROFT & PEARCE

After sell out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Croft & Pearce hit Leicester with “sketch comedy at its very best.” – Alistair McGowan. “Impressively funny.” **** – Edinburgh Reporter. “Deliciously crafted characters.” **** – Edinburgh Evening News. “Head-flingingly funny.” **** – Three Weeks. “Laughs came thick and fast.” **** – Broadway Baby. “They take the place by storm.” **** – One4Review. “Perfect sketches.” **** www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

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DAMIAN CLARK: G’DAMO!

Aussie boy Damian Clark hits Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with his solo show of high-octane observational stand up. Before touching down in the UK, Damian made Ireland his home and became regular features in RTE’s IFTA Award-winning Republic Of Telly, comedy panelist in TV3’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired! plus wrote & co-starred in I Dare Ya! which became the highest rating Irish comedy debut to date. w  ww.damianclark.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Gag Reflex present

DAN NIGHTINGALE-IS TRYING HIS BEST NOT TO BE A D!CK

Another great hour of Stand-Up comedy from one of the gems of UK comedy. He might........ might be a bit of d!ck, but my God he’s funny with it. “An enthusiastically charming albeit self-deprecating storyteller.” ***** – Three Weeks.  www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

DANIEL SIMONSEN – WORK IN PROGRESS

The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award winner 2012 returns to Leicester to work on new material for his next show.  www.twitter.com/daniel_simonsen

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £3

Funhouse Comedy proudly and with style present

DANNY BUCKLER: THE BETTER ANECDOTE

Fresh from touring with Jon Richardson, Danny Buckler brings his brand new stand up show to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Expect big laughs as Danny performs an hour of the theatrical comedy tales only he can deliver as he goes in search of the better anecdote. “Set to be a star of British comedy.” – The Sun. “Buckler has it all – funny as hell.” – The Skinny. “A Hancockian Treasure.” – Russell Brand. DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.50pm (8.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

DANNY MCLOUGHLIN

Danny Mcloughlin is alright. He’s more alright at some things than others, and it’s normally the case that other people tend to be more alright than he is. Join Danny for a new hour of standup where he aims to show that he’s alright. And that it’s alright to be alright. “McLoughlin’s main weapon is his audacity: he’s so bold he can recite an advertising jingle and still get plenty of laughs.” – Chortle.co.uk.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4

Cosmic Comedy present

DANNY WARD – INFRA DIG

Amused Moose Laughter Awards ‘People’s Champion’ and 2013 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee returns with the hotly anticipated sequel to ‘Pressure Point’.  Danny’s on the up; he’s escaped his Auntie Annie’s conservatory, upgraded the T-Reg Polo and even bought some red trousers. Join his quest to solve an epic identity crisis whilst battling to escape the bottom rung. “Slick, quick and packed with funny material.” **** – 3 Weeks, 2013. w  ww.dannyward.org DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.20pm (10.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Heroes of Fringe present

DARREN MASKELL: A WOODLOUSE TRAPPED UNDERNEATH A GLASS

When I was a child on holiday in Jersey, I trapped a woodlouse underneath a glass. My mother called me away, and I left the glass, never to return. This show is the story of that woodlouse as he contemplates his impending death. Intercut with random silliness from comedy performer Darren Maskell.  www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: FREE

Heroes of Fringe present

DARREN WALSH: CHICKEN MEOW

I saw a Cat dressed as a Hen, winking at me. I think she was Chicken Meow. Come and find out if she was definitely Chicken Meow or not by joining me for an hour of puns, surreal nonsense and clowning with technology. “...undoubtedly a Milton Jones in the making.” **** – ThreeWeeks. “Walsh is all set to become the new ruler of the comedy kingdom.” **** – Broadway Baby. “Top 10 Free Edinburgh Fringe Shows.” – TimeOut. w  ww.iamagiant.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £2

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 King Cnut

DAVE GRIFFITHS: C U IN COURT

The extraordinary true story of how award winning comedian Dave Griffiths obsessively fought clothing giant French Connection for his right to wear his CNUT t-shirts on stage. An incredible David vs Goliath story exposing the unbelievable hypocrisy of huge corporations. www.kingcnut.com “This true story is remarkable.” – Time Out .**** “One of the best shows I’ve seen – you need to see it.” – Comedy-Reviewer.com.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Glorious Management Ltd present

DAVE JOHNS HIDDEN SHALLOWS

One of Comedy’s true Stand up Legends. “A natural born comedian who can make you laugh the real deal.” – Bill Bailey. “I have never laughed so long and so hard.” – Sean Lock. “Flits from sublime to genius to uproar in the blink of an eye.” – Guardian. www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/dave-johns DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Dave presents

DAVE TURNS THE TABLES

TV channel and Festival sponsor Dave is ‘turning the tables’ again this year as they challenge everyday folk to write and perform their own five-minute original stand-up routine. After just 6 weeks of training with a comedy expert and an hour spent rehearsing with a professional celebrity comedian, each will take to the stage and perform in front of an audience to be judged by a panel of comedians & comedy critics.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: FREE

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club present

DAVE’S LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL SPECIAL

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club continues its montly residency at Melton Theatre with another tip top line up as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival... Featuring Headliner Imran Yusuf – As Seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. A comedic tour-de-force with infectious energy and tremendous panache. Plus rising stars Harriet Kelmsley (“a ton of smart, pithy jokes.” – Time Out) and Canadian wunderkind John Hastings. www.meltontheatre.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Melton Theatre Grid Ref: A2 (MEL)

ENTRY: £10 Doors (£8 Advance, £5 NUS)

DAVEY CONNOR – MEDAL OF HONOUR

Davey Connor “one of the best upcoming Scottish Comedians” – The List, brings his new hour of stand up to Leicester. “Part-philosopher, part-observer, part-surrealist.” – The Scotsman, Davey brings brutally true stories told in “a masterclass of self mocking.” – Broadway Baby. “He hits the nail on the head.” – The Herald. www.daveyconnor.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

In association with James Grant Comedy

DAVID ELMS – NURTURE BOY

Chortle Student finalist & musical romantic David Elms uses his stand up comedy, ‘silky voice’, ‘eccentric writing’, and ‘flashes of real comic genius’ to bring you a show that’s ‘silly, fun, ridiculous, surprising, and inventive’. “Laughter here is guaranteed.” **** – Scotsgay, Chortle, Edinburgh Festivals magazine. www.jamesgrant.com/media/client/david-elms/1122 DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Objective Talent present

DAVID MORGAN – FREEMAN

David Morgan is ‘extremely funny’ (Chortle, ScotsGay, Metro) and he’s back in Leicester to debut his brand new show, you should come and see it. His last show ‘Pretty’ delighted audiences and received brilliant reviews, this one will be just as good, if not better. “Witty, self-deprecating, clever gags.” **** – Chortle. “Extremely likeable and wickedly funny.” ***** – The Skinny. “A joy to behold.” – Metro. www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

DAVID O’DOHERTY WILL TRY TO FIX EVERYTHING

David O’Doherty: the Ryanair James Bond, the Kevin McCloud of the tiny keyboard, former Miss Ireland, the offspring of Shannon/Pete Doherty. His new look is Jaws era Steven Spielberg. Recipient of the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award and inventor of the last remaining swimming stroke, The Squid (on back, feet first), has written a new comedy show with both talking and songs.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Phil McIntyre Entertainments present

DAVID TRENT – THIS IS ALL I HAVE

David Trent still uses a computer and a projector to make phenomenal comedy. His total sell-out 2012 show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Award. This is his second full length show. It will be performed in a slightly larger room than last year. PREPARE YOURSELVES. He continues to write this himself. “One of the most talked-about people in comedy right now.” – Guardian. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £5

Dead Cat Comedy present

DEAD CAT COMEDY CLUB

Dead Cat Comedy Club, in Leicester, one night only! An hour of award winning stand-up from UK’s ultimate Indie Comedy outfit. Hosted by Red Redmond. “Free comedy at its finest.” – Manchester Wire. Meow x www.deadcatcomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Heroes present

DEVVO’S DEAL OR NO DEALER GAMESHOW

Friday night is Devvo’s live Gameshow night! Join him and Bob Slayer, his glamorous assistant, for the Gameshow that could never be on TV: Win big in Deal or no Dealer! Confess all in Devvo’s Jeremy Kyle! Find love in Blind Drunk Date! Or just laugh your way to the bank in Who Wants to be a Pillionare! Big laughs and bigger prizes* (*might not be big prizes). “If you only see one show, make it the Devvo show.” – The Met. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. w  ww.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

DING DONG – TTS SPECIAL

Davey Connor – “He hits the nail on the head” – The Glasgow Herald, Paul Currie – Best Show Nomination DLCF 2014, Chris Foote – Project Manager of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Iain Stirling – “One of the best joke writers on the circuit” – GQ Magazine & Matt Winning – “Fine and distinctive one-liners” – Steve Bennett, Chortle. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Just The Tonic present

DLCF OFFICIAL FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY

Join us for the Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Official Launch Party! We have been lucky enough to host the party this year, so we are inviting you all along for a night of frolics, dancing and all-round good times! It’s free entry, however you must provide a ticket stub on entry or email rsvp@justthetonic.com to get your name on the guest list. First come first served. Let’s start this festival with a bang! www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (3.30am)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: FREE

Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden present

DNCG PART I: JACK BRITTON’S DISCUSSION KITCHEN

How important is Jack Britton? How important are you? The answer? Very. This is a chat show with a twist, where we interview you the audience. Also featuring burlesque performances from Marylin Minx and Bella Bardot. This is part one of three chat shows not to be missed.  www.ConversationGarden.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden present

DNCG PART II: LEWYS HOLT’S BANTER BATHROOM

Lewys Holt is looking for love this valentines day, by using the best means possible, putting on a show and interviewing/dating the audience members. With a Valentines day card underneath every seat, maybe you will find love at Lewys Holt’s banter bathroom. This is part two of three chat shows not to be missed. www.ConversationGarden.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden present

DNCG PART III: DAN NICHOLAS’ CONVERSATION GARDEN

Dan Nicholas is fed up of his housemates trying to take over as the chat show hosts.With nothing else left for him, he’s putting on his own private show in his Garden and everyone’s invited.To be streamed live across the internet from their website and a free screening in the Polar Bear in Leicester, this is the third part of three chat shows not to be missed.  www.ConversationGarden.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Polar Bear Grid Ref: C2 (POB)

ENTRY: FREE

Doggett & Ephgrave present

DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE PROJECT STUFF

The small-town comic duo push their oft-neglected third member (their projector) to the forefront, for an hour of slideshow-based stand-up. God forbid they have a power-cut. “A keen eye for the absurd. Polished, natural comedians.” – Camden Fringe Voyeur. “Bright, clean-cut & have a sparky chemistry.” – ThreeWeeks. “Performed with such confidence and enthusiasm I wished they’d been playing a packed room.” – Chortle. www.doggettandephgrave.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

DOMINIC HOLLAND – STILL TALKING

Dominic has been a professional stand-up comedian for over 20 years and is one of the most regarded and respected of his generation. The Perrier Award winner has an acute eye for people’s idiosyncrasies, weaving minute details into his material. “A comedian who makes you feel glad to be alive.” – The Guardian. www.leicestercathedral.org DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Leicester Cathedral Grid Ref: B2 (LCA)

ENTRY: £15 (£12)

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Shakespeares present

DON’T BE A TWIT WITH TWITTER!

Confused about what causes a stir on social media? Do you know the difference between slanderous and libellous? Come and hear what Steve North, General Manager of TV channel Dave, comedian Iain Stirling and a lawyer from Shakespeares have to say on how social media can get you into all sorts of hot water.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (6pm)

VENUE: Shakespeares Grid Ref: B2 (SHA)

ENTRY: FREE

DOUBLE BOOKED AND SOMETHING FISHY

Two witty plays about modern family life with teens Double Booked: Mum Ruth Rich economises on the truth and ties her schedule in knots to save face and please everyone. Events build to a hilarious climax in this fast, funny play about families. Something Fishy: Ruth decides to leave daughter Ellie at home alone in order to chaperone unruly son Fred on his school trip to Marrakesh.  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10.10pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd present

DOUG SEGAL – I CAN MAKE YOU A MENTALIST

Award winning entertainer Doug Segal brings his new comedy mind reading show to Leicester where he turns the audience into mind reading mentalists. Expect comedy, animation, interaction and mind blowing miracles performed by you, the audience. Come on the ride of your life as Doug opens the doors to his Brain Academy. **** – Sunday Mail. 15+ www.mickperrin.com www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £10

ELECTRIC HOGG’S DADA GARDEN OF DARK DELIGHTS An original multi-media comedy performance, this could be one of the oddest hours of your life. Come and see where words fail. Don’t miss it. www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Lisa Thomas Management present

ELLIE TAYLOR – WORK IN PROGRESS

Join limby stand up Ellie Taylor as seen on Snog Marry Avoid (BBC3), Fake Reaction (ITV2) and 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) as she workshops material for her first hour show. It’s likely to be rough around the edges/ inside the edges/on top/below the edges but most of all it will blinking good fun. Come along and laugh the awkwardness away. “Charismatic, personable and bright.” – Chortle. www.ellietaylorcomedy.com  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £5

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

ELLIS AND REECE DO A SHOW

Ellis and Reece (BBC, ITV, Sky1, E4, CBBC) have decided to do a show. It might be the greatest thing Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has ever seen. Includes: stand-up, song, dance, mime, showgirls, fire, dog juggling and some comedy. “A comical mix of magic.” – Three Weeks. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Y present

EMERGENCY! COMEDY WITH CLAIRE COGAN

A candlelit cabaret showcasing up and coming comedians, comedy acts and stars of tomorrow. Emergency! is a platform for new and emerging comedy performers to showcase their talent and gain real experience of what it is like on stage in front of our friendly Leicester comedy audience. For one night only, join a compere hosted evening with and guest headliner Claire Cogan as she presents The Bite Size Show!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

ERIC LAMPAERT: TESTICULATING (WAVING YOUR ARMS AROUND TALKING B*LL*CKS)

All you need to know is in the title. Eric Lampaert does what he knows best.“Uniquely talented stand up and expert improviser.” – GQ. “**** He makes it look so easy. This is a man with very funny bones.”– Daily Express. “**** Likeable and enjoying, sweeping up the audience in the sheer energy of his performance. The strength of his scatty character rips through the room like a mini-hurricane.” – Chortle. w  ww.ericlampaert.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6

Beyond Compere present

ERICH MCELROY – THE BRIT REFERENDUM

American Erich McElroy became British in 2007. Months later the SNP won in Scotland. Now they want freedom. Coincidence? Yes. Britain fought to keep Northern Ireland & the Falklands, but Scotland...who cares? Are we better off Scot-free? Erich wants to know. **** Chortle. “A one man Have I Got News For You.” – EverythingTheatre. SPECIAL OFFER – Book for this show & watch as many of the other 5 shows at Kayal today for free!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Dr Ettrick-Hogg presents

ETTRICK’S SELECTION OF STAND-UPS

For his 5th year at the festival, a 2 hour selection of some of Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s favourite Stand-Ups, some old, some new -hosted by the self proclaimed master of manliness himself. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to catch grass roots comedy mayhem. “Dr Ettrick-Hogg clearly has comedy talent in her bones.” – BroadwayBaby. “Well-produced, well thought-out, well worth seeing.” – Mike Belgrave. w  ww.ettrick-hogg.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Laughlines Comedy Entertainment present

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FAWLTY TOWERS: THE DINNER SHOW

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and interactive comedy hosted by Basil Fawlty, his long-suffering wife Sybil and their confused but loyal waiter Manuel – all brought to life by a critically-acclaimed cast of professional actors. *Buy a table of ten for £350 – £35 per ticket.  www.curveoline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £39.50* includes meal

CKP present

FERN BRADY AND STUART MITCHELL

STUART MITCHELL – finalist NATYS competition in 2012 – Stuart specialises in sharp one-liners, brilliant turn of phrase and clever wordplay, demonstrating a knack for delivering a whip-smart turn of phrase. FERN BRADY – Finalist So You Think You’re Funny? 2013 – Fern delivers wicked, close to the bone gags with a classy poise, beautiful timing and perfectly pitched delivery.  www.ckproductions.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.40pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £3

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Just the Tonic present

FESTIVAL FIVER FRIDAY – 5 ACTS FOR £5

Five top comedians for a fiver. Leicester’s weekly comedy club presents: Paul McCaffrey (TV’s Impractical Jokers), Romesh Ranganathan (Last year’s Leicester Mercury Award Winer, DLCF Best New Show and Nominated for Edfringe Best Newcomer), Larry Dean (winner of Scottish Comedian of the Year 2013) and Nathan Caton (Russell Howard’s Good News). All hosted by Darrell Martin. Includes entry to our Official Launch Party! www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5

Just the Tonic present

FESTIVAL FIVER FRIDAY – 5 ACTS FOR £5

Five top comedians for a fiver. Leicester’s weekly comedy club presents: Ian Cognito – a true rebel of the comedy circuit and total legend “Cognito puts them all in the shade.” – The Guardian. Holly Walsh – 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You? and Mock The Week. Dane Baptiste – rising star of the circuit and Guest TBA. Hosted by Darrell Martin. Last year these events all sold out. Bargain www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5

Just the Tonic present

FESTIVAL FIVER FRIDAY – 5 ACTS FOR £5

Five top comedians for a fiver. Leicester’s weekly comedy club presents: Roger Monkhouse – one of our favourite acts “his laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind.” – The Guardian. Sam Avery a rising scouse star of future, Brett Goldstein (as seen in Ricky Gervais’ DEREK) is a “performance dynamo.” – Chortle and guest TBA. Hosted by Darrell Martin. These nights all sold out last year. Hurry! www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5

FIN TAYLOR – WORK IN PROGRESS

Fin Taylor presents a rough idea of what his debut hour show will be.* At only 23, he has warmed up for BBC2’s ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, supported Glenn Wool on tour, and had these things said about him: “Highly rated up-and-comer.” – The Guardian. “Original, Distinctive and Fresh.” – Chortle. *I think it’ll be sort of about epiphanies. Although if i experience any more then this will probably change.  www.fintaylor.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

East Midlands Trains present

FIRST CLASS COMEDY

Get on board! The next train leaving will be the direct train to laughville. Tickets please! We’ve done some odd but wonderful things in our time but this is the first time we’ve put together a show in a train station. Invited guests will join us for an hour of stand-up in the First Lounge at Leicester train station. Choo choo!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Leicester Train Station Grid Ref: C3 (EMT)

ENTRY: FREE

Lisa Thomas Management present

FOIL, ARMS AND HOG

Irish sketch comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, pot of gold, potato. You racist. Sold-out Edinburgh Fringe 09–13. Ireland’s top comedy trio. A fast paced mix between sketch comedy and stand-up. Wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances. “A powerhouse of sketch comedy.” – Chortle. “Fantastic and increasingly bizarre.” – Scotsman. w  ww.foilarmsandhog.ie

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 FRANK SANAZI’S VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE

Frank Sanazi the dark ubermeister of Extreme Cabaret brings his new show to Leicester for Valentines day only. His comedy wickedness is matched only by his crooning excellence, his twisted guests will leave you speechless, If you want to give your loved one a night to remember zis is for you. “Comedy Gold.” – Evening Standard. “Brilliantly stupid, fantastically wrong & ridiculously funny.” – The Scotsman.  www.franksanazi.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £10

FREDDIE FARRELL: 1800 SECONDS OF STAND-UP

Freddie Farrell’s parents are still alive, he gets on with his Dad, his girlfriend hasn’t left him, his children don’t hate him, he has no addictions, and will never fill stage time with songs or a ukulele. If you like pure stand-up this is the show for you. NO tedious theme, NO heartbreak, NO sadness, NO whimsy, NO filler, just... 1800 seconds of stand-up. @freddie _farrell – *PLUS OPENING ACT*  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (9.40pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

FUNNY BONES

Will the changes in government policy make disability-issues in comedy more political? Will comedians become even more central to rights campaigning? This debate will discuss the experiences and aspirations of D/deaf and disabled comedians, the comedy industry and the media. Do you have a view? Be prepared for some lively discussion. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: FREE

DMU Comedy present

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GAGGING FOR ATTENTION

The DMU Comedy Society returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with their sell out show ‘Gagging for Attention’. Bringing you 10 of De Montfort University’s finest young comedians for just £5 this evening will promise hilarity without burning a hole in your wallet. www.facebook.com/DmuComedySociety DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.45pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

DMU students are

GAGGING FOR ATTENTION

This group of DMU students, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are gagging for your attention with this variety show with some new material alongside some tried and tested stuff! This show proves you don’t have to be a festival veteran; there will be gags galore in this mixed bag of comedic work by new aspiring comedy stars of the future. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5

GARETH MORINAN – PLAYING THE NUMBERS GAME

“A unique force to be reckoned with.” – Chortle. Gareth Morinan’s colourful multimedia comedy which wowed audiences in London and Edinburgh. An innovative story about love and politics, featuring an array of graphs and animations. **** Chortle. **** The Skinny. **** FringeGuru. **** ThreeWeeks. ***** Fringe Biscuit. Gareth may be recognised from appearing on the finale of C4’s The IT Crowd, and various shows BBC2. w  ww.gMorinan.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 electric mouse comedy present

GARY COLMAN: ChUNT (THE VERB TO GRUMBLE)

ChUNT* (*The verb to grumble). A work in progress- Another joyous, uplifting show about the crushing banality of life from “The best deadpan act since Jack Dee.” – GQ. “Highly inventive and very funny.” – Frank Skinner. “Quality Geordie stand-up.” – TNT Magazine. “A seasoned gagsmith with a sharp eye for the absurdities of family life.” – Evening Standard. “Completely unpredictable, mad and vivacious.” – Three Weeks. w  ww.garycolman.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club presents

GARY DELANEY AND CO

Headlined by Gary Delaney – a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as the most quotable comic on the circuit. Support comes from Chris McCausland (“Always excellent.” – Sunday Times), Ed Gamble (As featured on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and So You Think You’re Funny Winner Bea Aisling.  www.ytheatre.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

CKP and Funhouse Comedy present

GARY DELANEY: PURIST

Gary thinks that most shows don’t contain enough jokes, and is trying single handedly to redress the balance. Expect: Jokes. Don’t Expect: Narrative, themes or a voyage of self-discovery. Not suitable for bairns or sensitive souls. From Mock the Week, BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Saturday. Dave TV’s ‘Top 10 Joke of the Fringe’ 2013. Double Sony Award winner and Chortle Awards nominee. w  ww.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £10

The Y presents

GAY COMEDY NIGHT

He’s back… the diva of the comedy world Jonathan Mayor returns with his razor sharp wit to host another superb night of gay comedy favourites! Headlined by the critically acclaimed Andrew Doyle described as “one of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there”. Joining them is Russell Howard’s Good News writer Sarah Campbell and Iszi Lawrence.  www.ytheatre.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14

Gag Reflex present

GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP – VOL. 1

Fast paced and irreverent sketches focusing on the hilarious subject matter of abject misery and human tragedy. Macabre sketches that aren’t for the faint-hearted but will be for you, you just don’t know it yet. “Clever with words, clever with visuals – these three performers use simple ideas and execute them brilliantly.” – The Burton Mail. “A surreal and pitch dark sketch experience.” – Manchester Wire. w  ww.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Zulu Comedy Festival present

GEO & SOFIE HAGEN: CANCER & BOYBANDS

Danish comedians Sofie and Geo talk about the things that matter – to them. Sofie (Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2013 winner, “destined to make a name for herself.” – Chortle) is an awkward 25 year old teenager with an embarrassing (internet) history. Geo (“A comedy phenomenon.” – Politiken) was recently diagnosed with cancer and uses his almost two decades of comedy experience to poke fun at what nearly killed him. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 14th/16th: 8.45pm (9.45pm) 15th: 7.15pm (8.15pm) & 10.15pm (11.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £2

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Charlotte Hamilton Artist Management present

GEOFF NORCOTT OCCASIONALLY SELLS OUT

Nominated for Best New Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. Geoff Norcott is the antidote to atheist, leftie comedians. Sometimes a stand-up hits a point where he has to stop tickling tummies and say what he really thinks (“Fearless – a very funny show.” **** – Broadway Baby) Written for ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Sarah Millican Television Programme’ and ‘Stand Up For The Week’  www.geoffnorcott.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7.50

Charlotte Hamilton Artist Management present

GEOFF NORCOTT: I SEE DEAD STUPID PEOPLE

Nominated for ‘Best New Show’ at last year’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Geoff Norcott is back with a hilarious brand new hour of stand up. Geoff is becoming painfully aware just how many stupid people there are in the world. Not just walk into walls stupid. Saying one thing but doing another stupid too. However, let he without sin cast the first stone. Geoff is also becoming progressively more dumb. w  ww.geoffnorcott.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.40pm (5.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

GEORGE RYEGOLD: ADULTERATED

Award-winning comedian George Ryegold is back with all the characteristic grace and humility of a cornered wasp and his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 show. Amused Moose Laughter Awards Top 10 Comedy Show 2013, Scotsman’s Top 5 Comedy Show at the Fringe 2012 and winner of Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2011. “Absolutely on form. Quite brilliant.” **** – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman.  www.tobywilliamscomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7th: 9.45pm (10.45pm), 8th: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7

GEORGE RYEGOLD: IRON FACE IN A VELVET BEARD

Award-winning comedian George Ryegold is back with a brand new ‘work in progess’ show. Amused Moose Laughter Awards Top 10 Comedy Show 2013, Scotsman’s Top 5 Comedy Show at the Fringe 2012 and Winner of Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2011. “Absolutely on form. Quite brilliant.” **** – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman. www.tobywilliamscomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.15pm (7.10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Bad Bread present

GLOVE CONTRACTUALLY

Bad Bread hit Leicester for the first time with a brand new romantic (sketch) comedy – just don’t tell Richard Curtis. Sure, they’re comedians, but they’re also just a girl (and two guys), standing in front of an audience asking you to laugh. “A 60 minute sledgehammer set.” – Sunday Express.  www.thelittletheatre.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £7

The Y present

GRAFFITI CLASSICS

Y not pluck the strings of your loved ones heart this Valentine’s Day with 16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices, whose 1 aim is to make classical music wickedly funny and exhilarating?! Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. *Ticket Offer: 2 tickets & a bottle of bubbly £22 or 1 ticket & a beer or wine £12.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £10 (*See ticket offer above)

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 GRAHAM & HANDLEY – MONSTER STAND UP

Join Graham & Handley for an hour of late night laughter. Jay Handley (Jongleurs Comic Idol semi finalist 2013) has performed nationwide providing comedic tales ranging from Cats to Cumfarts in his own charming way. “Go see his show!” – Broadway Baby. Masai Graham (Birmingham new act winner 2012) delivers 101 jokes in a punchline heavy performance from the West Bromwich Wordsmith. “Flashes of proper genius.” – Chortle.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 21st/22nd: 11pm (12am), 23rd: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

GRAINNE MAGUIRE’S ONE HOUR ALL NIGHT ELECTION SPECIAL

Sad there’s no big election this year? Me too. Join me as I condense all the fun of staying up late to watch democracy in process. There will be Swingometers... “Excellent.” – Chortle ****. “An Exceptional Comedy Mind.” – The Skinny. “A total riot, whether she’s talking politics or bum wriggling.” – Rob Delaney.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Glorious Management Ltd present

GREG BURNS

Greg Burns brings his hilarious debut solo show to The Leicester Comedy Festival. “As loveable a comedian as you’re likely to find. Confident, funny and clever.” – The Sunday Times. “He’s a slick, sharp operator with plenty of well-crafted observational material guaranteed to please.” – Chortle Follow Greg on Twitter @GregCapital www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Gujarati Comedy Group (Leicester) presents

GUJARATIONA GALAGLIYA

A family comedy show in simple Gujarati Language. Entertaining Leicester’s diverse community with hilarious sketches that will touch the hearts of all the family and will keep you roaring with Laughter all the way home and leave you wanting more. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3pm (4.15pm) & 7pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Grid Ref: A2 (BNC)

ENTRY: £3.50

The Two Jonnies:

HACK AND HACKER

Tales of glorious failures – smattered with tiny triumphs – in regional journalism from Jonny Greatrex and proof not all IT geeks are gaunt spectres – Jonny Pearson is a 6ft 4in, 20 stone, divorcee. And he wants to tell you all about it. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12am)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

CKP present

HAL CRUTTENDEN – TOUGH LUVVIE

Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next big thing. “On the edge of great fame.” **** – Fest. “Tough Luvvie is his best solo stand up show to date.” **** – The Telegraph.  www.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 CKP present in association with Bottle Rocket Comedy

HAL CRUTTENDEN – TOUGH LUVVIE

Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1), Have I Got News for You (BBC1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next big thing. “Tough Luvvie is his best solo stand up show to date.” **** – The Telegraph. So now is the perfect time to catch him on tour. Chortle Award Nominee, Perrier Award Nominee. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/79685 DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: Melton Theatre Grid Ref: A2 (MEL)

ENTRY: £15 (£13)

Tap Tap Theatre present

HANDMADE TALES

A show full to the brim with six new and enchanting stories that will inspire and delight; an innovative explosion of nostalgia promises to charm audiences of all ages. Let live music and cracking characters whisk you on a hilarious, touching journey to the heart of storytelling, suitable for ages 5–105. In magical kingdoms and dream worlds, we ask audiences of all ages to embrace the power of their imagination. w  ww.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £7 (£6 / Party of four £25)

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika present

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI – HARDEEP IS YOUR LOVE

Following a limited run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, the comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef takes his hilarious stand up show on the road this Spring. In addition to being a regular voice on BBC Radio 4, Hardeep has also been seen on television shows ranging from Question Time & This Week, to The One Show & Celebrity Masterchef. Join Hardeep as he offers his take on life, love and finding romance in middle age. “Immensely funny” – Daily Express. w  ww.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6

Gag Reflex present

HARRIET DYER – BARKING AT AEROPLANES

Harriet is sangry (sad and angry) that her eccentric escapades often end in folk questioning her mental health. Join this whimsy beast as her tales delve into the thin line between eccentric and ‘mental.’ The line may be a little bit thinner than first anticipated. “She’s got funny bones.” – Kevin Bridges. “Dyer managed to wow the crowd... Loveable and delightful!” – Three Weeks.  www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

MHA present

HARRIET KEMSLEY

The quirky stand up and winner of Bath New Act of The Year blends an innocent edge with razor sharp gags in her debut show. “A very funny new stand up.” – Time Out. www.harrietkemsley.com w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

HAYLEY ELLIS – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Hayley Ellis wants to talk to you about Kevin. Don’t worry though this isn’t a massacre like the film of the same title. Kevin is Hayley’s dog. Join Hull’s former comedian of the year for an hour of humour/silliness and dog related incidents. “Fast becoming Manchester’s funniest female.” – BBC Radio 2. The Independent’s joke of the Fringe 2012. Loaded magazine rising star 2013.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 HEFFERNAN & FLETCHER: ROLL IT IN SEQUINS

With weekend revelries over, two office girls find their inner show-girl to help them deal with the Monday morning blues. Award-winning double act, Heffernan and Fletcher, create a gaggle of misfit office characters in this quirky sketch show come cabaret night. “Two’s great company in the slick Fringe debut of award-winning double-act Megan Heffernan and Sophie Fletcher.” – Metro, Scotland.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (8.55pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £10

In association with James Grant Comedy

HENNESSY & FRIENDS: RUMOURS

New characters! Riotous sketches! And all the usual nonsense! Dispelling rumours of a break up, this “blackly funny three way sketch romp” (The Scotsman) show that their personal tiffs won’t get in the way of their “delightfully screwy” (The Guardian) brand of sketch comedy. Who is having a secret affair? Who thinks it should be called ‘Dave & Friends’? Which Steve is threatening to leave the group? Come find out! www.mirandahennessy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

HENRY PAKER – CLASSIC PAKER

Henry Paker has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Seann Walsh World and Edinburgh and Beyond (Comedy Central). He won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2008 and writes for Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Stand Up for the Week. “...has the audience rolling in the aisles for an action-packed hour. Paker is a riotous, iconoclastic star in the making.” – Fest. **** Guardian, List, Fest. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Below The Belt Comedy present

HIDING BEHIND IMAGINARY WALLS

Francis Jenking... Patrick Draper... James Billington... Six words... Three names... But are they funny? Judge for yourself as these 3 men (of different ages and size) take you on a journey of jokes, japes and story telling. With recent stints at both the Nottingham & Greater Manchester Comedy Festivals and Edinburgh Fringe, under their belts, they are coming to Leicester. Prepare to be amazed... or just satisfied. Twitter: @FrancisJenking @PatrickDraper7 @bilge1979 DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

PBJ Management presents

HOLLY BURN – THE H CLUB: HAUS OF H

Extraordinary, irrepressible character comic and force of nature Holly Burn razes Leicester to the ground in her all new show of epic proportions. Prepare yourselves for an experience like no other. Burn is so adorable the men and the women in the audience fall in love with her. A natural with physical comedy... and her writing reveals some absolute gems. “Bribe or blag your way into the H Club post-haste.” – Chortle w  ww.hollyburn.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 22nd: 10.15pm (11.15pm), 23rd: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6

HOLLY WALSH – WORK IN PROGRESS

Work in progress show from Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee & Chortle Award winner Holly Walsh. An acclaimed writer & stand-up, Holly has starred on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week & is co-creator of BBC3 series Dead Boss. “An excellent comic, with a flair for lateral-thinking gags and an offbeat stage presence that makes her like a slightly nerdy, friendly and intensely funny older sister.”  www.justthetonic.com www.hollywalsh.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 HOTEL D’COMEDIE

Check in at Hotel D’Comedie and experience a series of unique comedy moments in one of Leicester’s swankiest hotels! Take a tour of the hotel’s luxurious suites to encounter and interact with a variety of intriguing comedy acts. Set in different rooms throught Hotel Maiyango, this is an interactive show where the four comedians perform outside of their comfort zones. Not to be missed!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (12am)

VENUE: Maiyango Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Phoenix and Hive Films present

HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE FOR 43 POUNDS

One man. One dream. No budget. Rhys has quit the day job to live the dream. But can a former ‘logistics process manager’ really direct an epic romance in just 12 months? Helping him are a scheming producer, a paranoid writer and actors who don’t even need to act because they’re really in love. What could possibly go wrong? Shot on location in Leicester. www.phoenix.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

ENTRY: £7.60 (£5.85 / £5 students)

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Ltd present

HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

The Roadshow is a chance to meet Fringe Society staff and participants to find out how you can be part of the largest arts festival on the planet. There will be information on how the festival works from an expert panel, tips on making the most of your experience and a chance to ask your questions. You will also have the opportunity to meet venue managers face to face and pitch your work.  www.edfringe.com/participants DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (4pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: Free Non-Ticketed

HOWARD READ’S CAR CRASH CARTOONS

Howard is best known as the other half of the animated six-year-old virtual stand-up comic Little Howard, has appeared with him on some of the biggest TV shows on three continents, performed in front of (and insulted) The Queen, been nominated for The Perrier Award, back in the good old days when it was evil. www.justthetonic.com

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

LUTheatre and Rebel Breed present

“HOWARD’S OTHER END” & “NANDO’S AND NANDON’TS: A MUSICAL”

A girl. A guy. A waitress. A ukulele. A musical comedy about Caroline and Melvin as their relationship is played out in a chicken restaurant. Featuring all original songs, dancing, live music and buckets of laughs. None of the themes of E.M. Forster’s ‘Howards End’ appear in ‘Howard’s Other End’, LUTheatre’s exciting new revue. The show features more fresh acting talent and classic sketch comedy than any of his works. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £10 (£7)

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival & Equity present

I SAY – THE ANNUAL COMEDY CONVERSATION

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A very special event to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the festival. Alexei Sayle speaks about the state of British comedy, how it has changed over the past 21 years and whether it’s in a fit state. A must see event for everyone interested in comedy and the comedy industry. An new annual event in association with Equity & De Montfort University.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (8pm)

VENUE: Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University Grid Ref: C1 (HAB)

ENTRY: £5

“One of the top 100 events of the year” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Avalon Promotions Ltd present

IAIN STIRLING: AT HOME

Iain Stirling is a BAFTA-nominated presenter and Chortle-nominated comedian. The Edinburgh-born comic sold-out his 2012 show. Now, having bought a house with his girlfriend, he explores how a decision that comes from a place of love can lead to such fear and uncertainty. “One of the best joke writers on the circuit.” – GQ “Hugely talented rising star.” – Time Out. w  ww.iaindoesjokes.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7

IAN COGNITO’S TROUBLE WITH COMEDY

Trouble with Comedy. See comedy’s best kept secret live (or don’t, if you can possibly be offended). Over the past 30 years Ian Cognito has avoided appearing on the telly, yet he has inspired many famous names. While they’d prefer to keep him to themselves, don’t let them. “Just stunning”. – The Guardian. “Blazing talent.” – Time Out. “A rough house comic moralist of rare distinction.” – The Independent. w  ww.iancognito.org DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7.99

IAN SMITH – SECOND SHOW

Ian Smith is an award-winning stand-up comedian. Following a hugely successful debut solo show, Ian has decided to do another one. This is a work in progress of that decision. “Fantastically funny.” – The Times. “A highly enjoyable show, not to be missed.” – Three Weeks. ***** Three Weeks. **** Metro. **** Broadway Baby. **** Edinburgh Festivals. **** Informed Edinburgh. **** One4Review. **** The New Current.  www.iansmithcomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5

Comedy Store Management present

IMRAN YUSUF – THE BEST OF.....

Following his stellar performance on ’Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, join one of the UK’s most exciting stand-up talents as he brings his full show to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. A truly original comedy voice, distinguished by a diverse multi-cultural background, following a UK tour and shows around the globe. Book early! “A new comedy star. Thought-provoking and laugh out loud.” **** – TIme Out. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Off the Kerb Productions present

IVO GRAHAM: BINOCULARS

“One of the best young comedians around.” **** – Time Out. At just 23 years old, Ivo Graham’s gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton alumnus combines insightful stories of adolescence with a sharp witted presence that has rapidly gained him the acclaim of his audience, fellow artists and the critics alike. Ivo brings his show to DLCF after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Off The Kerb Productions present

IVO GRAHAM – WORK IN PROGRESS

After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe (2013), Ivo Graham is getting his new show in shape ahead of Edinburgh 2014. As seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2013 “Cleverly-constructed comic timing.” **** – Edinburgh Evening News. **** The Independent.  www.offthekerb.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 JACK BARRY & MARK COOPER JONES

Mark Cooper-Jones has effortlessly made the transition from classroom teacher to stand-up comedian (Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2012). As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Live at the Electric (BBC 3), Mark is also one third of highly acclaimed sketch group WitTank. Joining Mark is Jack Barry who recently supported James Acaster on his UK tour and was part of Edinburghs prestigious ‘Comedy Reserve’.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

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Off The Kerb Productions present

JAMES BANNON: RUNNING WITH THE FIRM

When you go undercover remember one thing, who you are. The film was I.D. The book is Running With the Firm and this is the true story told by the man himself. In 1995 Gary Oldman said to James Bannon: “We play at this, you did it for real, no second takes, you f*ck it up and you’re dead.” In a unique theatrical event of authentic sheer bloody madness, experience first-hand what it was like to live and work undercover. www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

JAMES CAMPBELL’S COMEDY 4 KIDS

For children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other, like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend’s stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy. And then you realise that yes – ketchup  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £6

JAMES HATELY – POCKET LAUNCH

The face that launched a thousand ships (following an ill-conceived winking incident at boat school), is back to launch a pocket he previously didn’t know he had. The most important event ever made. Please come in a limousine and then look baffled by the venue. “F**king funny.” – Brian Damage (Pearshaped). “A wonderful piece of surreal comedy.” – Rob Halden (Juice).  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3

JAMES LOVERIDGE: FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S TRUE

Due to an inability to think before he acts James has lived a somewhat ludicrous life, getting himself into scenarios too ridiculous to seem true but amazingly they are. In his first ever hour show James plans to share his most hilarious and outlandish stories and make you laugh, whether you believe him or not. **** The Skinny. **** www.edfringereview.com.  www.jamesloveridgecomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

JAMES MULLINGER: HOW A MIDDLE CLASS FEMINIST FELL IN LOVE WITH DANNY DYER

Bay Of Funny presents

James Mullinger went to boarding school and then studied for a degree in Women’s Studies before becoming the UK’s leading male feminist comedian. How did he fall in love with the UK’s leading hard man? Why is the married father of two obsessed with football hooliganism and British crime culture when he hates football and hasn’t been arrested since he was 14? Come and find out why in the brand new show. Directed By Harry Grindrod. www.jamesmullinger.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Heroes of Fringe present

JAMIE AND THE MOUNTAIN MONSTERS (KIDS)

Monkey Poet (aka Matt Panesh) tells the tale of shepherd boy Jamie and the Monsters he meets on an adventure-filled journey in the Mountains. For all children from 5-99yrs! www.deserthearts.com/jamiemonsters www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.30pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 (£3 children)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

JARLATH REGAN

Award winning comedian, writer and star of Russell Howard’s GoodNews and the hit Irish panel show, The Panel, Jarlath Regan has gained a reputation with the industry and audiences for his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny standup, enjoying sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe since 2007. “Side-splitting stuff.” **** – The Metro. “A refreshing and hilarious change of pace.” ***** – Independent. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

JARRED CHRISTMAS - DO WE NEED YOU AFTER THE APOCALYPSE?

Ever wondered if you had what it takes to be a survivor? Can you make tough decisions? Do you know how to make a fire out of a broken chair and some hope? Jarred Christmas and Tom Davis host a game show like no other as we find out if you’re going to be useful or just a bloody liability. It’s glitzy, it’s glamorous, it’s the end of the world as you know it and there are prizes!  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Bottle Rocket & The Y present

JARRED CHRISTMAS: SNAFU (LATE NIGHT COMEDY CLUB)

A very special late night show with guest Jarred Christmas! With his unique & larger than life persona he has won fans across the country, proving him to be one of the most likeable stars on the circuit. “Christmas is robustly funny, his delivery confident and his show not to be missed.” – The List ****  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.30pm (11.45pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Proper Funny Comedy present

JASON NEALE & LIAM SMITH: PROPER FUNNY

Join two of Leicester’s emerging comedic talents for their new show “Proper Funny”. After forming a strong alliance at DMU’s ’Square Mile’ comedy course, they went on to perform at last year’s festival showcase to a roaring reception, and spent the following 12 months writing new material and performing throughout the UK! Look out for a special guest appearance from the glorious Vinnie Vitriol!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

MHA present

JASON PATTERSON

Winner of the Loaded Laftas Rising Star Comedy Award, Jason is one of the most hilarious performers on the circuit and has previously supported comics Imran Yusuf and Ava Vidal on two nationwide sell out tours. “Brilliant observations backed by a perfectly measured delivery and an assured stage presence.” – Comedy Central Live. “Oozes confidence that gives him instant authority.” – Chortle. w  ww.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Want tickets?

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 JEM BROOKES: PUNTITLED

How about a novel concept? A comedy show with no personal revelation. This one just has jokes. Lots of them. “Clever and friendly, engaging and intelligent, like having a drink with your weird pun-loving uncle.” – Skinny. Fresh from a packed run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, this show contains the best one-liners, plus all new material. Pull up a chair, grab a pint and have a laugh for an hour. DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Everything Productions present

JEN BRISTER: A BRAND NEW WORK IN PROGRESS

Jen Brister returns with a brand new hour of nonsense in the form of a ‘work in progress.’ Expect ill thought out stories, jokes and (hilarious*) anecdotes. “This is as near perfect stand up as I have seen.” ***** – Scotsgay. “Blisteringly funny.” **** – The List. “Brister ticks all the boxes – she’s confident, energetic and knows how to deliver a line for maximum laughs.” **** – Scotsman. *Not guaranteed w  ww.jenbirster.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

JESSICA FOSTEKEW IN JESSANORY – WORK IN PROGRESS Here begins a labyrinth of both strange and silly tales of mirth, that will one day become ‘Jessanory’. Nerds welcome. There will be (fake) blood. From Jessica Fostekew, star of Knightmare Live and writer of R4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, Now Show and Dilemma. “Consistently Hilarious.” – Fest. “Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff.” – Guardian. “Intelligent humour and sharp, insightful stand up.” – Evening Standard.  www.jessicafostekew.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Red Comedy proudly present

JIM SMALLMAN: WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES + GROUP THERAPY

Leicester’s own award-winning son Jim Smallman returns home with a whole new hour, We Are The Lucky Ones mixes the heart-warming with the bizarre, as Jim talks about family, marriage, fatherhood and how lucky he is. Plus, Jim’s problem solving chat show Group Therapy – comedy guests help solve YOUR problems. “Beautiful comedy from the stant-up that wears his life on his skin.” – The Sunday Times. w  ww.jimsmallman.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Ellis & Rose present the infamous...

JIMMY SAVILE: THE PUNCH & JUDY SHOW

Now then, now then! This is the show which enraged the national press BEFORE anyone had seen it, and angered critics and pedants alike when they DID. This tragic hour of cheap ‘satire’ has made hundreds of people choke on their own laughter; join them and realise how awful you truly are. “An insult.” – Steve Bennett, Chortle *. “Nothing like I’d ever seen...ahead of its time.” – Mike Belgrave, Outsider Comedy Blog. ***** www.ellisandrose.com/savile www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5.50

JODY KAMALI: FESTIVAL OF ODDITY

Join Jody Kamali and Cheekykita, two of London’s highly original, up and coming alternative comedy performers. Expect vibrant clowning, character comedy and gloriously silly sketches. “Part physical clowning, part Alan Partridge meets CBBC” – Three Weeks. “Very Funny” – Time Out. “Cheekykita is bold, brave and totally ridiculous and that’s why I love it” – Dr Brown.  www.jodykamali.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 JODY KAMALI: FESTIVAL OF ODDITY

Join Jody Kamali and Cheekykita, two of London’s highly original, up and coming alternative comedy performers. Expect vibrant clowning, character comedy and gloriously silly sketches. “Part physical clowning, part Alan Partridge meets CBBC” – Three Weeks. “Very Funny” – Time Out. “Cheekykita is bold, brave and totally ridiculous and that’s why I love it” – Dr Brown.  www.jodykamali.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

JOE BOR IS JASPER CROMWELL JONES

A new character show from award-winning comedian and warm-up for the Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. A character show featuring a cameo from TV favourite Jack Whitehall. Joe plays a hapless climber who retells the story of a treacherous climb. “For people who like their comedy funny.” – Matt Lucas. “Joe Bor is a must see.” – Alan Carr. “Hugely talented character comic.” – Kate Copstick, Scotsman. “Very funny, excellent young comic actor.” – ThreeWeeks. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

JOE BOR: A ROOM WITH A JEW

Work in progress from the TV warm up to The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. As seen on Dave. “Joe Bor is a must see.” – Alan Carr. **** Broadway Baby. A show comprising of 6 shows in one. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Chambers Management present

JOE LYCETT – IF JOE LYCETT THEN YOU SHOULD’VE PUT A RING ON IT

Joe Lycett, “one of the strongest emerging comedy talents we’ve seen in a long time” – Time Out, and 2012 Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, is on tour with his all new stand-up show. As seen on Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and heard as resident news hound on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM radio show. www.joelycettcomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.20pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10

Walking Cliche present

JOE ROSS-WILLIAMS – ...TO BE A MAN

Hello. Please keep it a secret, but my 30th birthday is looming over my head. And as I reach this milestone, I’m concious I may not be a Woody Allen for the Boomerang generation, but rather a delusional manchild with attachment issues and little direction. Is it time to move the games consoles into storage? To ditch the Avengers Assemble bedlinen?It is time... to be a man? “A pretty likeable guy.” – Fringeguru. www.josephrosswilliams.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Ale Wagon Grid Ref: B2 (ALE)

ENTRY: FREE

Glorious Management Ltd present

JOE WELLS NIGHT OF THE LIVING TORIES

Joe Wells is an award winning and critically acclaimed comedian and writer who brings his debut hour long show to Leicester. ‘Night of The Living Tories’ is a stand up show about the gruesome history of the Conservative party from Benjamin Disraeli to David Cameron. “some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s.” – The Guardian. www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/joe-wells

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

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Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Lisa Thomas Management present

JOEL DOMMETT: LIVE

Standup comic Joel Dommett from BBC3’s Impractical jokers and Russell Howards Good News is on tour! Joel is one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit having gained rave reviews for his debut solo Edinburgh show, Neon Hero, in 2011 and then his second show Nunchuck Silver Medalist 2002 in 2012. Joel was also in Skins on E4 but his hair was different and he doesn’t like to talk about it. w  ww.joeldommett.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

PBJ management present

JOEY PAGE: GOLDEN PEACOCK HOUR

(BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Noel Fielding’s Luxury comedy). Surreal comedian Joey Page bristles with technicoloured imagery and scatterbrain flights of fancy. His blend of magical humour is an antidote to the mainstream! Real life is boring come and rejoice in the alternative and join Joey as he showcases the inside of his daftly bedazzling mind and childlike logic.  ****  Chortle **** The Scotsman ***** Three Weeks  www.joey-page.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6

JOHN COOPER – PICTURES OF CATS

John has been a clean, fun character comic for over 5 years as idiot savant Danny Pensive. Tonight the duffel coat comes off and a 38 year old man-child will go on an hour long rant* about everything from the joys of no kids, money, cider, marriage, surgery, Doctor Who, the quest for happiness and pictures of cats**. *Contains adult themes & pictures of cats. **You don’t need to know what cats are to enjoy the show. www.johncooper.org.uk/pictures-cats DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5

Edge Street Live present

JOHN COOPER CLARKE

Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet. John is as vital now as he was in the 70s; His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. He began to draw large crowds in his own right. www.johncooperclarke.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £19.50

Off The Kerb Productions present

JOHN GORDILLO : CHEAP SHOTS AT THE DEFENSELESS

“A grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high quality gags.” – Guardian. “Resolutely acute, relentlessly smart comedy with political hues.” – Independent. “This is a great hour. quality, brain-food comedy.” – Edinburgh Festivals. “A show to relish, to chuckle at and to make you think about relationships, love and the corporate world hiding behind a smiling neon chicken.” **** – The Ski. www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

JOHN HASTINGS – WORK IN PROGRESS

Two years ago, John moved to the UK. When he arrived he was ridden with depression and anxiety. He is fine now. Come and discover how the UK and a death made John a better person. 2010 & 2013 nominee Canadian Comedy Awards. “A strong calling card from a thoughtful and observant comic with enjoyably wry sensibilities – we’re in the hands of an appealing consummate pro.” – Chortle. ***** Cream of the Fringe. www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10th: 9pm (10pm), 15th: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 JOHN KEARNS – NO MORE MR. NICHE GUY

A work in progress hour from the winner of the Edinburgh Fosters Best Newcomer Award 2013. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5.50

Comedy Store Management proudly present

JOHN LYNN: GYPSY CLOWN

Ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Festival, and direct from supporting Tom Stade on his sell-out nationwide tour, Irish funnyman John Lynn debuts his sparkling new one man show. “The rising star of Irish comedy.” – Sunday Times. “Cracking comedy – well worth catching.” – Daily Telegraph. “A charming rogue who enters some very dark territory – unashamedly funnny.” – Irish Daily Mail. w  ww.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

Phil McIntyre Entertainments present

JOHN ROBINS – WHERE IS MY MIND?

Alter egos, ailments, love, nostalgia, indie-nights and belly-laughs. An hour of raucous stand-up for anyone who’s tried to live in the moment, only to realise that moment happened over a decade ago. Seen on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), 8 Out Of 10 Cats: Deal Or No Deal Mash-up (Channel 4). “Comedy’s best kept secret.” **** – The Skinny. “Captivating.” **** – chortle.co.uk. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

JOKE NINJA

How many jokes are out there that you’ve never noticed? Humour that blends seamlessly into its surroundings? Comedy that waits silently in the shadows? Award-winning New Zealand comedian Javier Jarquin sets out to find, expose and present these rogue jokes to his audience in all their hilarious glory. Armed with slick observations and killer punchlines, Jarquin fights his way through an hour of stand-up. Expect blood  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

JOKE THIEVES

It’s Comedy Set Swapping LIVE. The sell-out Edinburgh Fringe hit where top comedians perform their own jokes and then each others. **** “This action packed and chaotic show will have you roaring with laughter.” – Broadway Baby. ****“Spontaneous and anarchic, Joke Thieves is a unique, thoroughly enjoyable hour of mischief.” – Fest. “Undoubted hit... the birth of a new cult comedy night.” – chortle.co.uk. @jokethieves www.jokethieves.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (1am)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £7

JOKE THIEVES

It’s Comedy Set Swapping LIVE. The sell-out Edinburgh Fringe hit where top comedians perform their own jokes and then each others. Will they become flawless mimics or improvise their swag into a new direction? Will you witness a deconstruction master-class or a wide-eyed car crash? The fun is in the finding out. **** “This action packed and chaotic show will have you roaring with laughter.” – Broadway Baby.  @jokethieves www.jokethieves.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Supporting Wall present

JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE STOP UKIP TOUR

A raucous hour of songs, satire & silliness by the UK’s hottest musical comedians. Ahead of 2014’s European Elections, join them to take on Nigel Farage’s ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’ and help stop UKIP. Stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show & Infinite Monkey Cage. 2013 Musical Comedy Award & Amused Moose Edinburgh Award nominees.  www.jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8.50 (£7.50)

Gag Reflex present

JONNY AWSUM – SEXY NOISES

Jonny brings his smash hit feel-good comedy show to Leicester. Armed with his trusty guitar, Jonny lifts the lid on the Sexy Noises heard through his Travelodge wall and finds out if his audience can honk like angry swans!  www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Chambers Management Proudly Present

JOSH HOWIE: DELIRIOUSLY CONTENT

Spend a fun-packed hour with the needy, insecure, bitter, angry, aggressive, acrid, splenetic, immature, petulant, vindictive, loving father of three. “Great things are expected from the abrasive yet strangely lovable Josh Howie” – Guardian “The very undervalued Howie delivers self-deprecating sharply written slices of neuroticism. A distinct (and lovely) whiff of the Woody Allens” – Independent. “A name to watch” – Times. www.joshhowie.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5

JOSIE LONG – WORK IN PROGRESS

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, and cult-optimist, JOSIE LONG sows the seeds of her brand new show. A helplessly-likeable force of social change. “A joy to behold. A stand-out stand-up.” – The Scotsman. www.josielong.com w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £5

JOZ NORRIS: AWKWARD PROPHET

Joz Norris has been doing character shows for two years, but who is he really? He’ll be presenting an image of his brain in a smashed mirror, while doing his best not to slip into an alternate reality where he’s been married for twenty years. “Quality moments of silliness.” – London is Funny. “The audience loves every second.” – The Skinny. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry www.joznorris.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Glorious Management Ltd present

JULIAN DEANE WORK IN PROGRESS

This is the hotly anticipated debut show from Julian Deane, the award-winning comedian (ITV’s Stand Up Hero) and writer (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Morgan Spurlock’s Britannia). “Deliciously twisted – a stream of seriously good gags – quick, sharply written and endlessly repeatable lines” – The Guardian. “Assured and brilliant – Deane is a class apart.” – Chortle. www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/julian-deane DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Evil Bastard Corp present

JULIET MEYERS – PIGEONHOLES & GRRR!

Juliet’s work in progress show discusses how people define themselves, winking at dogs, being called a disgrace, and generally ‘Livin La Vida (not very) Loca. “Smart and exceptionally funny.” – Independent. “Laugh-out-loud wonderfully bizarre ideas.” **** – Chortle. Writer on The Sarah Millican TV Programme SPECIAL OFFER- Book for this show and watch as many of the other five shows at Kayal today for free! www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Just the Tonic present

JUST THE TONIC SATURDAY SPECIALS

A full night of comedy with a mix of some of the best of the circuit, all for a tenner at Leicester’s weekly comedy club.Paul McCaffrey (TV’s Impractical Jokers), Romesh Ranganathan (2013 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, DLCF Best New Show and Nominated for Edfringe Best Newcomer), and a brilliant surprise headline act. “Consistently boasting some of the most interesting line ups in the country.” – The Times. w  ww.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£7.50)

Just the Tonic present

JUST THE TONIC SATURDAY SPECIALS

4 top comics from the circuit at Leicester’s weekly comedy club for only a tenner. Ian Cognito – a true rebel of the comedy circuit and total legend – “Cognito puts them all in the shade.” – The Guardian. Holly Walsh – 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You? and Mock The Week. Another couple of surprise guests TBA. Hosted by Darrell Martin. “The best comedy club in the country.” – Johnny Vegas. w  ww.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£7.50)

Just the Tonic present

JUST THE TONIC SATURDAY SPECIALS

A mixed bill of top quality comedy for only a tenner. Roger Monkhouse – “Unfailingly entertaining and skilfully able to pull punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air.” – Chortle. “His laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind.” – The Guardian. Brett Goldstein (as seen in Ricky Gervais’ DEREK) is a “performance dynamo” – Chortle. Sam Avery a rising scouse star of future. Compere Darrell Martin. www.justthetonic.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£7.50)

Comedy Junction present

KAREN BAYLEY – GEEZER BIRD

If you have ever felt out of place; this is a show for you. Geezer bird, ladette, tomboy; these are all labels that have been attached to Karen over the years. Shunning dresses and dolls and donning a football kit and picking up a cricket bat at the age of three were clear early signs. Come on an hilarious journey with Karen and embrace your contradictions as she embraces hers.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

KARL SCHULTZ – BOXER SCHULTZ

Karl Schultz presents ‘Boxer Schultz’ “In 1998, I was 11, living in Ghana with all the Carry Ons on VHS. But how did it make me feeeel?” “I predict big things!” – Harry Hill’s One To Watch (Radiotimes). “Gloriously odd.” – Chortle. “Gloriously silly.” – Time Out. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 KATIE MULGREW – WONDERLAND

3 reasons to see this show. 1) It’s free. 2) It’s at 1pm so it can’t possibly clash with anything else. Except lunch but you can bring in a sarnie if you want. Not egg mayo, don’t be that guy. 3) It’s about finding the wonderful in an often weary world. You should leave with your fuzz thoroughly warmed. “Smart and witty.” – Festmag. “...Among the best on the Fringe.” – Metro. **** Ed Fest Mag. **** Edinburgh Is Funny.  www.katiemulgrew.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (2pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

Live Nation present

KERRY GODLIMAN

Star of ‘Live At The Apollo and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ kicks off her 2014 UK tour! Kerry recently appeared as Hannah in Ricky Gervais’ sitcom ‘Derek’ and playing Lacey Turners Mum in ‘Our Girl’. You might also have caught her in ‘Miranda’, ‘Getting On’, ‘Extras’, ‘Spoons’ and ‘Home Time’ among others. Last year she supported Micky Flanagan on tour and took her critically acclaimed show ‘Wonder Woman’ to the Edinburgh Festival. Her Radio 4 show ‘Kerry’s List’ aired last Spring. “Goes for the jugular. Quick wit, frank and engaging.” – Independent. w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika present

KEVIN DAY

You may know him best as that bloke from Match of the Day 2 or from hearing him on umpteen BBC Radio shows. Chances are you’ve seen his name on the writing credits for just about every panel show on TV ( Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You). But what Kevin Day has always done best is stand-up comedy. He’s performed on 4 continents to audiences including the Dalai Lama, Jesse Jackson, and an angry Tony Blair. www.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6

KEVIN DEWSBURY – OUT NOW

“Wonderful observations.” – LGBTtheatre.com. “Great punchlines.” – Broadwaybaby.com. Kevin is a proper bloke, he likes football, beer and...sexy men. He ‘came out’ a few years ago and dived immediately into the ‘gay scene’. In this critically acclaimed show he explores stereotypes, prejudices, relationships, equal marriage and bigotry. Expect songs, jokes, stories and some tales of a rather graphic nature.  www.kevindewsbury.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Miss D Productions present

KILLING MISS D

Intrepid Israeli reporter Daphna Baram is haunted by her alter ego, the luscious Miss D. Daphna strives to keep fit, liberate Palestine, win a Pulitzer and find love, but Miss D downs her medications with whisky, feasts on men and seeks thrills. But is Miss D a killer or a healer? “Rollicking.” – Huffington Post. “Loud and vivacious.” – ThreeWeeks. “Sassy femminine charm.” – Broadway Baby.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.20pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN’S RACIST, SEXIST, COMEDY SHOW

A show that explores race and gender politics is bound to tread a fine line, so lets see if Kiri Pritchard-McLean successfully explores these themes in her début hour or accidentally commits a hate crime. “She balances affection with an acute eye for the ridiculous to bring you a stand up set of well delivered, increasingly funny anecdotes...definitely one to watch.” – Three Weeks.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Kitty Cointreau for Cat’s Cradle Comedy present

KITTY COINTREAU’S BRAHAHA

Critically acclaimed sell-out burlesque and comedy revue is back! Featuring a glittering all-star cast including international burlesque icon Cherry Shakewell (“one of burlesque’s finest shimmy-shakers” – TimeOut) and musical stand-up hero, Duncan Oakley (“very, very funny” – BBC). Advance booking advised! “Fun, cheeky, sexy and vibrant” – Fringe Review. Sponsored by Vivien of Holloway. www.vivienofholloway.com www.ytheatre.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £13 Cabaret (£10 Balcony)

CKP present

KWAME ASANTE AND PIERRE NOVELLIE

KWAME ASANTE – Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Finalist 2013. Kwame’s fresh and intelligent comedy touches on his Ghanaian background, his childhood and relationships. PIERRE NOVELLIE – Amused Moose Laugh-Off Winner 2013. Born in Johannesburg but moved to the Isle of Man, Pierre’s slick and slightly offbeat style of comedy touches on his background, racism and learning to be British.  www.ckproductions.co.uk/

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4

Big Difference Company present

LATE ENCORE AT MIDNIGHT

Come and join us in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel bar and enjoy some brilliant late night comedy. Grab a drink and catch some of the best acts visiting Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Acts to be confirmed. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11.55pm (2am)

VENUE: Ramada Encore Grid Ref: B2 (RAE)

ENTRY: £7

Mix Comedy Show

LAUGHING LABIA

Let the Ladies entertain you! Laughing Labia, a comedy mix show for everyone: tickled labias and funny boners! Great Comedians, international and professional! Presented by Alice Frick and Lauren Karl.  www.laughinglabia.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.45pm (7.45pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Laughing Matters present

LAUGHING MATTERS COMEDY SHOWCASE

Laughing Matters is a new East Midlands based social enterprise which helps people gain confidence, self-worth and new skills from comedy based workshops. Come and watch some of our past course participants perform in their very own comedy showcase! Learn more about what we do, how you can get involved and see how comedy can do more than just make people laugh. All proceeds go towards funding further courses.  www.laughingmatters.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

Laughing Matters and Just the Tonic present

LAUGHING MATTERS FUNDRAISER

Following on from the inaugural Laughing Matters fundraiser featuring Harry Hill, Paul Foot and Tony Law, come and watch our great Leicester Comedy Fundraiser here at Just the Tonic. Expect laughs, fun and frolics with guest comedians all performing for this great cause and with all proceeds going to help fund future courses with the East Midlands. A unique comedy experience for a unique social enterprise.  www.laughingmatters.org.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Scott Jeffrey & Matt Woodward present

LAUGHTER ON THE OUTSKIRTS – THE RETURN

Intelligent, ground-breaking stand-up with a twist of the puerile and a dash of the absurd. Scott Jeffery and Matt Woodward will take it in turns to make the assembled audience laugh.  www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

Beyond Compere present

LAURENCE CLARK: WORK IN PROGRESS

Find out why, Laurence – star of BBC1’s documentary We Won’t Drop The Baby and London Olympics 2012 comedian of choice – hates being called ‘inspirational’. A tweet from a comedy fan sparked a fascinating journey of self-discovery involving absurd logic, death-defying stunts and unusual varieties of crisps. “Blackly funny” – Daily Telegraph. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £9 / £7 / £5 (FiVer NUS Extra card holders)

Live Nation present

LEE HURST: THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO AAARGGH!

In his new tour, stand up comic Lee Hurst is travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Lee is known throughout the comedy business as someone who can pull laughs out thin air with his razor sharp ability to improvise and ad lib comedy on the spot. There’s only one way to prove to yourself how good this guy is and that’s to come and see him perform live!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £16 (£14)

Big Difference Company present

LEICESTER MERCURY COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Celebrating 20 years of discovering the best comedy talent in the UK! Join us as we present this year’s finest up and coming acts, all nominated by top comedy promoters and agents from across the UK. A serious comedy competition. Past winners include Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Josh Widdicombe & Seann Walsh. An annual sell out show! In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity 1135167.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £16 (£14)

All the Stuffed Toys in the Entire World present

LIAM MULLONE’S WORLD OF COMEDY

Liam Mullone (seen on Stewart Lee’s ACE) takes you on a sardonic voyage around the world. Where are we going? YOU decide! The audience is free to pick any of Earth’s 196 nations – Liam’s comedy will take you there! So pack your suitcase with sarcasm, slap on some puncream and get ready to stay at the hilarity hotel! (*half-board. *excludes Denmark. He has nothing funny to say about Denmark, so don’t ask for Denmark).  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

CKP present

LIAM WILLIAMS

Lyrical anti-lad LIAM WILLIAMS snarls out his sulky debut. An hour of soul-smithied jokes and negative energy. May he keep his demons and his eczema at bay. Williams, one third of sketch game-changers Sheeps, brings his Edinburgh show to Leicester after a month-long run at the world’s largest arts festival. Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominee 2013. “The most exciting act from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe” – Guardian. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 De Montfort University present

LIFE IS TWEET

Following the huge success of last year’s exhibition (‘The Big Laugh’) an exhibition of new work. Students from De Montfort University’s Graphic Design and Illustration courses present an exhibition of expressive typography and lettering inspired by humorous tweets. Come along and retweet your favourites. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11am (4pm)

VENUE: Heroes at Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: FREE

LINDSEY AND JIM ARE MARRIED* *BUT NOT TO EACH OTHER

What IS Marriage? A joyous journey of self-discovery? A thrilling roller coaster ride of emotional twists and turns? It’s all here in black and white. Join Jim & Lindsey on their comedy road-trip through the mysteries of relationships and marriage as they explore and present to you their findings from the Haynes Manual of Love.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £8

The Y present

LITTLE HOWARD’S BIG SHOW

The nations’ favourite human-cartoon double act is back! With three smash hit series’ of BBC One show Little Howard’s Big Question our heroes find themselves in trouble with the Queen following their performance on The Royal Variety Performance. Now a sinister government inspector is lurking & our heroes must perform the show of their young, and not-quite-so-young, lives to save Big Howard from jail!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.30pm (4.45pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

LIVE AT DE MONTFORT HALL – WITH ALAN DAVIES, MARK WATSON, SARA PASCOE & DOC BROWN – COMPERED BY TIERNAN DOUIEB

Following the success in 2012 of his first stand-up show in a decade, Life is Pain, Alan Davies returns to o preview some of the material from his new show, Little Victories. He will be joined by Sara Pascoe (star of Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for The Week) Mark Watson (Live At The Apollo and Dave’s One Night Stand), Doc Brown (Russell Howard’s Good News) and irrepressible host Tiernan Douieb. Phew! www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £20

Lisa White at Glorious Management present

LLOYD GRIFFITH: VOICE OF AN ANGEL, BODY OF A TRUCKER

Lloyd Griffith (“the next big thing” – FHM) is doing a show and it’s going to be bloody good. Lloyd is many things: a comedian, a choirboy, a good looking man and he’s very funny, but don’t take his word for it, “you can’t help but laugh out loud along with him. Intensely likeable, Griffith has a twinkle in his eye and the best voice I’ve ever heard” – Three Weeks.  www.lloydgriffith.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

LOCAL COMEDY NIGHT

The Little Theatre is proud to debut its Moyra Haywood Studio as a new space to find comedic delights at the comedy festival this year. To celebrate we are hosting a mixed bill of some of Leicester’s home-grown comedic talent currently on the circuit. A great way to start your Friday night! See website for further details. www.thelittletheatre.net 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 LOST VOICE GUY: LAUGHTER IS THE WORST MEDICINE

When Lost Voice Guy was rushed to hospital during his first Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he became as silent as the ‘P’ in pneumonia. Stuck in bed and miles from home, he began to wonder if laughter really was the best medicine after all. Then he had morphine and the rest is history. This is a collection of his drug induced experiences. Nominated for Best New Show at DLCF 2013.  www.lostvoiceguy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

LUCY PORTER – NORTHERN SOUL

Lucy Porter -familiar from popular TV and Radio panel shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and The Unbelievable Truth – returns to the UK tour circuit, fresh from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with her best show yet. “Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes of the everyday. Genuinely delightful” – The Telegraph. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

LULO’S SHITTING IN NARNIA

Lulo’s Shitting in Narnia: A Thank You to David Cameron. A lefty political rant interspersed with stories about living in a campervan, poo and the possibility of a guest. Nice. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Latest TV present

LYNN RUTH MILLER – GRANNY’S GONE WILD

Winner of TO&ST (Time Out & Soho Theatre) Cabaret Award the amazing 80 year old, Lynn Ruth Miller brings songs, laughter, tears & inspiration for living life to the full. An international comedy star & regular at Brighton & Edinburgh Festivals, her turn on Britain’s Got Talent wowed the panel. “Fantastic routine!” – David Walliams. “Ms Miller is a poster girl for growing old disgracefully.” – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.lynnruthmiller.net www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.05pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 John Noel Management present

MAE MARTIN – SLUMBER PARTY

After a stellar year (Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4), Canadian Mae Martin is gleefully reliving the traumas of her melodramatic adolescence, and the disappointment of the 2012 Apocalypse, in Slumber Party. Let’s have a nice time, for once in our terrible lives! “A natural comic talent” – The Skinny. “An enchanting performance... she was excellent” **** – BroadwayBaby.com. “A dizzying hour” **** – FringeBiscuit.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

MANOS KANELLOS IN GREEKONOMICS

Money, politics and moussaka! A show about the Greek and European crisis and what it means for all of us. “A hysterically funny view of the Greek crisis” – Brighton Lite. “Manos is very good” – The Scotsman. “See Manos, laugh and learn something along the way” – Three weeks. “Slick, incisive comedy” – Broadway Baby. Book for this show and watch as many of the other five shows at Kayal today for free!  www.manoskanellos.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

MARC LUCERO IN GEORGE CARLIN SAVED MY LIFE

Silver Comedian Of The Year at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 Marc Lucero tells the tale of how, on discovering he was a post war Gi baby in the Home Counties, he travelled to California to search for his family. He got more than he bargained for discovering his past is linked with The Rolling Stones, Las Vegas and Geronimo. Down and out in Nevada legendary stand up George Carlin became his saviour.  www.marclucero.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.45pm (7.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Objective Talent present

MARCEL LUCONT – TRAVAIL EN COURS

Winner: Best Comedy Show (Fringe World 2013 and Amused Moose 2012). Star of Live At The Electric (BBC3), Set List (Sky Atlantic) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3). A work-in-progress show from France’s finest. 60% new, 40% classic, 150% superb. “Fresh, accessible, hilarious” – The Guardian. “Superb stuff... His elegant sardonic turns of phrase are an utter joy” – Time Out. www.marcellucont.com www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Free Stand Up Show

MARK CRAM – CRAMNESIA

FREE SHOW: Have you had moments in your life you would rather forget? Mark Cram certainly has. Rewriting his own history as he goes, Mark debates with the audience over which of his memories are worth keeping. Join the award winning comedian as he takes you through the regrettable yet unforgettable moments of his life. Will you come down with a case of Cramnesia? Note: Cramnesia is not a real illness.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Embrace the Weekend

MARK OLVER AND FRIENDS

Mark Olver is a stand-up comedian and television warm-up artist. His tv warm-up credits include Vicar of Dibley, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 o’clock Live, Jonathon Ross, Have I Got News For You and Deal or No Deal. He also regularly comperes and headlines for comedy clubs and promoters all over the UK. Appearing with Mark will be a line up of his comedy friends, offering ‘something for everyone’. www.embracearts.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Philomena Productions present

MARK OLVER, DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE

A discussion show where the best performers at the Festival talk about how they write and why they love comedy, whilst at the same time raising money for local charities. For anyone who loves or has an interest in the art of being funny. Previous guests include Johnny Vegas, Jon Richardson, Russell Howard and Josh Widdicombe. All proceeds from the show go to local arts charities working with young people.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

TIME: 3.30pm (5.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5

MARK RESTUCCIA - LIFE OF I

Ever wondered what a comedian gets up to when they’re not on stage? Ever wondered how they come up with material? Well now’s your chance to find out, as Mark reveals what the life of a comedian is really like.  www.markrestuccia.com

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Cosmic Comedy Management present

MARK SIMMONS

Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2013 Runner-Up and NATYS Finalist, Simmons delivers an inventive stream of one-liners laden with quirky quips and slow-burners. “Simple yet fiendishly clever quips – it is not often you get Tim Vine-style wordplay and a narrative arc sewn so neatly together” – Bruce Dessau, The Standard. “Simmons raised the bar with an extensive collection of oblique one-liners” – Chortle.  www.cosmiccomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

MARK SMITH: THE MOST ASTONISHING NAME IN COMEDY

Elderly child Mark Smith (Russell Howard’s Good News) presents his hotly anticipated debut stand up hour. Expect laughs/fun/the death of an audience member (delete as applicable). Out of the vast number of stand-up shows at this year’s festival, this is the ONLY one to be at this particular venue at this exact time. Come along to be in with a chance! “One to watch” – The Independent.  www.marksmithcomedy.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.15pm (11.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Off The Kerb Productions present

MARLON DAVIS AND ELLIOT STEEL – WORKS IN PROGRESS

After a busy 12 months that has seen Marlon appear on BBC 3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and Seann Walsh’s Comedy Spectacular, the FHM Search for a Stand Up winner, Marlon Davis, is working up new material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. You might not have heard of Elliot Steel but you soon will. A star in the making...  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Off The Kerb Productions present

MARLON DAVIS: CRACKIN’ UP

After a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh the Edinburgh Fringe (2013), Marlon Davis returns to DLCF with his hour of soul-baring comedy. “A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity” – Scotsman. **** ThreeWeeks. **** Creamofthefringe.com. www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

“One of the top 100 events of the year” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 MARTIN MOR – HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR BLUE-EYED BOY MR.DEATH?

Another Feburary, another festival – except that this year Martin Mor almost didn’t live to see it. In February 2013 his car crashed at high speed on the motorway. Martin is lucky to be alive. How would you react to being given a 2nd chance? Martin reacted by doing what he does best – by making jokes about it. A life affirming show about death. “World class” – Scotsman. “Terrifically funny” – Skinny.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

MAT EWINS – WORK IN PROGRESS

The specialist in ‘well-produced bullshit’ brings a new hour of shambolic nonsense to Leicester to see what happens. “gag-driven set, delivered with astute timing” – Chortle. “full of knockabout humour” – List. “Ewins made no attempt to explain where the cast were, merely claiming they were dead” – ThreeWeeks.  www.matewins.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

MATT DWYER – ROMANCING THE 26 STONE

In a world obsessed with weight, Matt has experienced both sides of the fat-coin. Previously weighing in at over 26 stone (165kg+), he is now, quite literally, half the man he used to be. In this funny and honest show, Matt talks about how he lost around 13 stone (80kg) and altered his identity in the meantime. A must-see for anyone who has ever considered losing weight!  www.twitter.com/ComedyMattDwyer DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7th 6.30pm (7.30pm), 9th 4pm (5pm), 16th 4.30pm (5.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3

MATT FORDE – WORK IN PROGRESS

New material, impressions and political satire from “a first class comic” – The Guardian. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Russell Howard’s Good News and This Week. As heard on The News Quiz, The Now Show and talkSPORT.  www.mattforde.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

MATT HOLLINS – LIVE AND DEADPAN

Local lad Matt returns to the Looking Glass after the success of last years show ‘9 Years Since he was Funny!’. Matt was selected to perform at the Best of Festival show at De Montfort Hall Gardens, on the back of the show doing so well, thus proving that he is still funny. Matt’s a master of Deadpan Comedy, so if you like this style, come and see him do what he does best. “Strikingly Original” – Chortle.co.uk.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

MATT HOLLINS & BEN ENNIS

Oh No, Not Again, It’s Matt and Ben. Following the success of their 2008 and 2012 shows, (Matt and Ben’s Sunday Roast) and (Matt and Ben are at it again), award winning comedians Matt Hollins and Ben Ennis re-unite to bring you another happy hour. Don’t expect free peanuts or cheap drinks, but do expect the laughs on tap.  www.curveoline.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £10

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Natural Born Storytellers present

MATT PRICE: TURKEYGATE...

May 10th 2013 Matt Price went on the trip of a lifetime to Turkey.Then it all went horribly wrong... This is a yarn that is so daft that you couldn’t make it up. If you like True Crime stories and comedy, then this is the show for you, legal and other threats permitting... “Price is a terrific comedian and a wonderful storyteller.” **** – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman. P ay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

GetComedy present

MATT REED: GINCREDIBLE

Matt Reed (comedian man) loves to do comedy. He’s loved doing comedy for 13 years, will probably still be doing comedy for the next 30 years as he is careless and has planned nothing for his future. That suits this loveable bearded oaf as he is never happier than when talking to strangers and making them laugh, dead hard.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

MATT RUDGE – LET’S DO THIS!

Stories, anecdotes and jokes from the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Nominee, Winner ‘Best Talent’ tv Collective Awards, Former Leicester Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year Nominee, Channel 4’s ‘Kings of Comedy’ “Matt Rudge achieves the kind of genuine moving sincerity that many comedians strive for and cant quite... An immensely talented comedian” – Broadway Baby.  www.mattrudge.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2 1st: 8.15pm (9.15pm), 22nd: 6.45pm (7.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Laughing Cows present

MAUREEN YOUNGER – THE OUTSIDER

Always an outsider, find out how Maureen became the only London-Scottish, Austrian-German speaking, black lesbian comic despite being white, straight and British! Regularly working on the gay and urban comedy circuits, Maureen also gigs abroad including in German. (Despite being British, she speaks 5 languages). “funny & infectious” – Time out. “Hilarious” – Voice. “quick, raw, emotional and hysterically funny” – LFest.  www.maureenyounger.com/the-outsider DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Dawn Sedgewick Management present

MAX AND IVAN: THE REUNION

Class of 2003, assemble! Foster’s award winners and Melbourne International Comedy award nominees Max and Ivan bring one of the top three reviewed shows of the Edinburgh Fringe to Leicester. A bewitching narrative sketch comedy tale of love, loss and shatterproof rulers. “A warm-hearted winner” **** – Guardian.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

MAXINE JONES: EMBARRASSING MOTHER

Maxine Jones left London for Dublin in 1990, married an Irishman, became the first divorcee, reared three rowdy sons and discovered how English she was. Her three sons are horrified when she starts stand-up. She is forced to lie. They think she’s in Lidl. She has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman Hour. “Outstandingly funny” – entertainment.ie. “Her honesty made her comedy work for me.” – Somerset County Gazette.  www.maxinejone8.wix.com/maxine-jones-comedy DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 16th: 5.30pm (6.30pm), 17th &18th: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Ditto Productions by arrangement with DAA Management present

MCNEIL & PAMPHILON

The award-winning double act (as seen on BBC1, BBC3, MTV, E4’s Podcalf and heard on Radio 4’s Sketchorama) come to Leicester for the first time with a new show featuring highlights from their three critically acclaimed, sell out Edinburgh Fringe shows. As recommended by Time Out, Chortle, The Guardian and more, so book quickly! “Hilarious” – The Guardian. “Lively & ambitious” – The Times. “Wonderfully funny” – Time Out.  www.dittoproductions.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Glorious Management Ltd present

MICHAEL FABBRI – BUFFERING

Michael Fabbri performs an hour of stand-up comedy. That’s it really. Nominated Best Club Comic at 2012 Chortle Awards. Supported Micky Flanagan on his Out Out tour. “Startlingly insightful” – Guardian.  www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/michael-fabbri DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

Beyond Compere present

MICHAEL LEGGE – FREE WI-FI

Michael Legge – Free WiFi Look! Free WiFi! Everyone likes free WiFi. As long as we have free WiFi, everything else can fat off. I mean, who doesn’t like free WiFi? Look life is flipping hard but as long as we’ve got free Wi-Fi we won’t make a fuss. This is shouty comedian Michael Legge’s third solo show. Maybe he’ll be cheery in this one? (He won’t). “Hugely enjoyable” – Independent.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Comedy Store Management Proudly present

MICK FERRY HAS BEEN FOUND WANTING

In a recent argument, Mick’s family confronted him with his many shortcomings. He’s been on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and John Bishop’s Only Joking. Join this top-billing star of the UK circuit as he takes a long hard look at himself. Can he improve upon his less redeeming qualities? Does he even want to? As it turns out, there are elements of his darker side which Mick isn’t quite ready to relinquish. www.mickferry.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

MICK MILLER AND GUESTS

A night of proper jokes headlined by the legend that is Mick Miller. Still very relevant today, regularly appearing in ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ and in Johnny Vegas’ IDEAL. Mick appeared on TV in 70’s in shows such as The Comedian’s, Blankety Blank and the Little and Large Show. In 2011 he was asked to appear on the Royal Variety Performance. Also appearing, our favourite gagsters from the circuit. Out with a bang!  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£7)

MIKE NEWALL: TELLIN’ STORIES

A work in progress show where Mike does what he’s best at – Tellin’ Stories. An excellent storyteller with a laid back style and a sharp eye for the funny in everyday situations, Mike will mix an hour of brand new and older material from his 3 previous solo shows. Sure to be laughs. “Storytelling comes easy and the laughs are sharp...off-beat surreal and clever observations” – The Edinburgh Reporter.  www.mikenewall.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.15pm (11.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Johnny Wellie Productions present

MIKE WILKINSON & DAVE TWENTYMAN

Dave’s just mucking about for a bit whereas Mike’s show Music, Speech and the Sound of a Wheelbarrow is as awesome as it is long! Come! 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.40pm (9.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8

PBJ Management Ltd present

MIKE WOZNIAK – TAKE THE HIT

EDINBURGH BEST COMEDY SHOW – NOMINEE 2013. Best Show Nominee, Fosters Comedy Awards 2013. His wife’s parents have moved in. Permanently. Not so much a show as a person getting out of the house. But fear not, Wozniak has more show business in his moustache than he does in his little finger. “Just could be the new comedy hero” – Time Out wrote that ages ago. ***** The Daily Telegraph. **** Chortle. “A Triumph ****” The List. **** The Sunday Times.  www.mrmikewozniak.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

MILES JUPP

Actor, writer and comedian, Miles Jupp will be discussing/ranting/describing: himself, you, domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the bloody government, bad balance, housing, ill health, the ageing process, navigation, other people’s pants and more. Bits of it will be mild-mannered and some will be on the stroppy side. “Jupp’s endearing, sharp humour is irresistible” – The List ****.  www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £15 (£13)

MILO MCCABE: TROY HAWKE!

Milo McCabe’s latest creation, Troy Hawke. A dandy on the dole, talks you through cravats, cigarette cards, and working at Wilkos. Amused Moose Top Ten Show 2013. GQ Top Ten Show 2012. “Undeniably funny” – Chortle. “...ridiculously talented” – Kate Copstick. “Mad comic genius” – The Scotsman.  www.milomccabe.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Lock 42 present

MIND THE ALTERNATIVE

Do you like your comedy off the beaten track? Tired of seeing the same people on tv all the time? Well, we have hand-picked some of the region’s most innovative comedians (some of them have got awards and that) to entertain, amuse or just baffle you! We think they will fit the venue perfectly as one of Leicester’s best kept secrets as we team up to support Mind. All ticket proceeds go to the mental health charity.  www.lock42venue.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Lock 42 Grid Ref: A1 (LOC)

ENTRY: £3

MITCH BENN

Mitch’s new show combines his Scouse upbringing with his love of music and a lifelong obsession with Liverpool’s most famous sons. It is most definitely not a tribute show and while his affection for his subjects is well documented, expect the satirical twists for which Mitch is well known. As Mitch himself says: “Many have claimed the title “Fifth Beatle“. They can’t all be right; some were righter than others...”  www.curveoline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (9.35pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 MIXED DOUBLES

After a brilliant 2013, in which this fresh-faced sketch quartet scooped awards and accolades from the likes of Dave, The Guardian and Foster’s So You Think That’s Funny, catch this exciting comedy collective while you can. After a sell-out Edinburgh show last year, this veritable feast of rapid-fire sketches will be served with a healthy slice of the ludicrous. Doubles on the up!  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

MJ HIBBETT (AND STEVE) – TOTAL HERO TEAM

Two man musical about superheroes from the team who brought you the Dinosaur destruction of Peterborough in Dinosaur Planet and the truth behind the moon landings in Moon Horse vs The Mars Men Of Jupiter. Nominated for Best Comedy and Best New Writing at Buxton Fringe 2013, Total Hero Team returns to its birthplace at The Criterion for two final shows! “Like two drunk dads at a barbecue” – Radio One.  www.totalheroteam.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Blond Ambition present

MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER – CAN’T STOP, SHAN’T STOP

On a one-man mission to introduce Hip-Hop and its ilk to good manners and the Queen’s English, Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer is delighted to present Can’t Stop, Shan’t Stop. www.mrbthegentlemanrhymer.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12am)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes present

MR METHANE: MY LIFE IN FARTING

My name is Paul Oldfield. You might know me as Mr Methane, the world’s only professional flatulist. Simon Cowell says I’m “...a disgusting creature”, Howard Stern thinks I’m “a true genius” and “a huge star”. Who’s right? Grab yourself a ringside seat and find out. “Hilarious” – The Sun. Over 60 million youtube views including one of the most seen Britain’s Got Talent Videos. Warning! Partial nudity & farting. Ages: PG.  www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

SomeNews.co.uk present

MR STEVE N ALLEN’S SOMENEWS LIVE

Mr Steve N Allen (as heard on BBC London & LBC) presents a fun look at the news, from big stories to the strangest little items. What can the news tell us about our love-lives? How should we fix the UK’s problems? Which of Jedward would you eat first in a celeb version of the film Alive? SomeNews could tell us all. “His improvisation was impressive, topical jokes quick and practised on his tongue.” – Broadway Baby.  www.lcf.somenews.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Warren Lakin present

MRS BARBARA NICE

Mrs Barbara Nice invites you to forget your troubles, be happy and join everyone’s favourite housewife in celebrating the here and now and making our own fun in austerity Britain. Expect a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with home truths, great timing and unique comic insights into the human condition.She wants us to stand proud, be open and look the world right in the eye – or we won’t feel the benefit! 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 MYRA DUBOIS IN AUNTIE MYRA’S HAPPY HOUR!

Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter, Myra Dubois, never wanted to be a children’s entertainer, she had far grander aspirations, which only a background in amateur dramatics could instill. But when times are hard, people do things they’d rather not to make money, and so meet ‘Auntie Myra’, her zany, if reluctant, child-entertaining alter ego! 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

NANDO’S PRESENTS CHIPS AND GIGGLES

Nando’s is delighted to announce its return to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with ‘Nando’s presents: Chips and Giggles’ at the Y Theatre on Tuesday 11th February 2014. A host of very special guests will be laying on an unbeatable night of gags, laughs and delicious PERi-PERi treats.  www.ytheatre.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12

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Rebel Breed present

NANDO’S AND NANDON’TS: A MUSICAL

A girl. Her guy. A waitress. A ukulele. Copious amounts of chicken. This musical comedy shows the ups and downs of Caroline, and her boyfriend Melvin, as their relationship is played out in a chicken restaurant. The show features all original songs, dancing, live music, and a bucket of laughs. You’d be clucking mad to miss it, chicken.  www.jamesdavidward.com/nandos/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (2pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

NATALIE WICKS: GRAND THEFT AUTOTUNE

Work in progress debut show from North East musical comedian Natalie Wicks. Epic musical numbers will leave you rocking out hardcore-acoustic-style and tapping your toes long after you’ve finished laughing. Note: Natalie is not liable for any socks which are rocked off during the course of the performance. “Easily one the best new acts we’ve seen in ages... Miss her at your peril!” – Ten Feet Tall. @TheNatalieWicks.  www.nataliewicks.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

The Rat Pack Productions Ltd present

NATHAN CASSIDY – DATE OF DEATH (PREVIEW)

Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee Nathan has a date of death, now you get yours... and £5 at the end of the show (if you don’t die). “A great comedian. If he doesn’t win the Edinburgh Comedy Award this year he’ll have you down the bookies next year” **** – Broadway Baby 2013. In 2012 he paid you £1 each, in 2013 you got a £1 bet. This year Nathan’s giving away everything... whilst dancing to the hits of Phil Collins.  www.nathancassidy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

NATHANIEL METCALFE – ENTHUSIAST

As heard on James Acaster’s Findings (BBC Radio 4) and Fresh From the Fringe (BBC Radio 4 Extra). This debut show from the Hackney Empire New Act finalist was named one of the Top Ten Edinburgh Fringe Shows in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards 2013. “...a very impressive debut” – The Scotsman. “Wonderfully quirky” – Time Out. **** The List. “Brilliant” – Josie Long.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 NEW ART CLUB PRESENT FEEL ABOUT YOUR BODY (HOW DO YOU?)

An uplifting, life-affirming and hilarious spectacle about how we ‘feel’ about our bodies. Of course, the show title has a double meaning, it’s sexy AND intellectual. Expect silliness, see a man talk to his bottom and find out what not to do during a heart attack. Warning: This show has already left some people feeling ‘a little bit dirty’.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

NICK CRANSTON: CRAN VS FOOD

Join Nick Cranston, (no competitive eater, just a normal bloke with a rather large appetite) as he attempts to conquer some of the UK’s toughest eating challenges. Who will win? Find out for absolutely free! THIS is his ultimate hunger quest. THIS is Cran versus Food. “rip-roaringly funny” – U-Review.  www.twitter.com/nickcranston DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

NICK HODDER – INSERT COMEDY HERE

Comedy’s is probably really easy. Sure, a lot of people put loads of hard work into producing a show for the comedy festival. They may end up financially ruined, with their relationships crumbled to dust, but ultimately with a show that they can be proud of. I bought my show off the internet. Just seemed easier. “I was laughing so hard my face seized up. I was blinded with tears. It was terrifying.” – Snipe London.  www.nickhodder.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Phil McIntyre Entertainments present

NISH KUMAR IS A COMEDIAN

In 2013 Nish Kumar was nominated for Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, lost three phone chargers and performed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Now he returns with a new show about what to do when the internet steals your face and what a man vomming on a train says about modern Britain. As heard on BBC Radio 4. “Nish Kumar is a comedian and a bloody good one at that” **** – Time Out. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Jump The Shark Productions present

NORMAN LOVETT – OLD AND NEW

The stand-up legend and Red Dwarf star beings a show which contains the continuation of The Sugababe’s debate and many more subjects. Featuring his iPad attached to the microphone stand from which he will depict images onto a screen to delight and astound you. “Few comedians inhabit their stage persona as completely as Lovett does his – the man really is funny” – Scotsman. “A true master of his craft” – Chortle.co.uk. www.normanlovett.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Mike Leigh Associates present

NOW THAT’S WHAT I LUKE MCQUEEN

Luke McQueen will never appear on Dave TV or any other TV channel. He has been doing comedy for a while now and no one really knows why. He has thought about stopping but he doesn’t really know what else to do. He regrets not learning a skill, like hairdressing, that he could have done along side trying to be a comedian. Don’t go and see this show. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 OLD FOLKS TELLING JOKES

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC RADIO LEICESTER

A unique show of comedians aged 55+. Come and find out whether Jasper Carrott is correct when he say’s “Having reached 55 you finally realise that the word ‘poo’ is not the basis for all stand-up routines”. Be prepared – just because the acts are older doesn’t mean their material is any less uncensored! In aid of Big Difference Company – registered charity 1135167.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.45pm (7.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Ivor Dembina presents

OLD JEWISH JOKES

A much awaited return to Leicester,with his sell-out Edinburgh show, Jewish comedian, Ivor Dembina presents his favourite kosher gags along with his personal take on the life of the modern Jewish comic. ThreeWeeks ****. BroadwayBaby ****.  www.thinkbeforeyoulaugh.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of the Fringe and A Little Commitment present

ONE OF US WILL DIE

UK Comedian Gareth Berliner and Australian Comedian Kiruna Stamell (Ricky Gervais Life’s to Short) present a dynamic, funny, edgy, fresh new comedy show, One Of us Will Die. A Stand-Up Rom-Com that’s funny, brutally honest, challenging and surprising. This “real life“ couple offer hope and laughs for those that think they’ll never meet “The One” and the laughter of recognition from those that already have. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.alittlecommitment.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.50pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Dave Chawner & Robyn Perkins

OVER IT – DEATH, ANOREXIA & FUNNY THINGS

Dave, a straight male, takes a satirical look into his anorexic past. Robyn recounts the unexpected, ridiculous aspects of dealing with the death of her partner. Life experience, through crisps and lingerie. **** - Three Weeks. Chortle 10x10: Top Ten Edinburgh Show 2013. “A performance that makes you think as well as laugh” - Broadway Baby. “Sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny” - Three Weeks. “Honest, funny and thought provoking.” - Ed Fringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Heroes of the Fringe present

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PAM FORD AND STEVE RIMMER

Pam Ford (aka Cougar Pammy), starring in her own stand up comedy show. Mothers lock up your sons, as this towering goddess of comedy launches herself on Leicester like a tsunami of sauciness, to add some malleable toy-boys to her front row. Steve Rimmer – the only bomb disposal comedian. Four star review, “I only wish I had seen your show earlier.” - Kate Copstic, Edinburgh. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.pamford.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

PAT CAHILL – WORK IN PROGRESS

Multi-award winning oddball Pat Cahill returns to Leicester to work on new material for his next show. “Stand up with a difference – reminiscent of the old great comics” ***** – Broadway Baby. **** – Metro.  www.thecookieleicester.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Pretitle: Vivienne Smith Management Presents

PATRICK MONAHAN ‘CAKE CHARMER’

Fantastic comedy for all the family (ages 12+). Hilarious stand-up from the loveable Teessider renowned for his superb anecdotes, unique and unmistakeable brand of humour. “Storms the venue like a force of nature – effortless charm and bonhomie – the mother of all feelgood finales” – Mail On Sunday. “Hilarious without being outrageous” – Three Weeks. “Same mix of control and charisma as a young Alan Davies” – The Herald. www.patrickmonahan.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £12 (£6)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

PATRICK MORRIS: DOING SOME HUMOUR

Hotly anticipated début show from young rising star, Patrick Morris. As seen on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5). Tour support for Russell Kane. “Inventive wit” – The Guardian. “Delighted the audience with tales of his misadventures” – Broadway Baby. “Almost lad-comedy in reverse – enjoyable and relatable comedy” – The Skinny. www.patrickmorriscomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £4

PAUL CHOWDRY LIVE

Paul Chowdhry returns to Leicester with his latest comedy show. Chowdhry is fast becoming hot property in comedy, after headlining ‘Live at the Apollo’, becoming a series regular on CH4’s satirical show ‘Stand Up for the Week’ and completing two sell out national tours across the UK.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £14

PAUL CURRIE – THE STICKY BIVOUAC II

Nominated for BEST SHOW at last year Leicester Comedy Festival PAUL VICTOR CURRIE returns with a brand new “work in progress” show with even more nonsensical fun and high energy absurdism. “There was something extra original about this guy – it was like watching the Monty Python version of stand up comedy.” **** – Fringe Guru DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7

Glorious Management present

PAUL F TAYLOR PRESENTS THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE WORLD EVER

This show has been a tightly kept secret since the dawn of time. The NATY New Act of the Year 2013 brings that show to your face! “Brilliantly funny nonsense. An unhinged, dizzying but quality hour” **** – The List. “Paul F Taylor is going to rear a cult following of those with refined senses of humour, and you should join us.” **** – Three Weeks.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5

Glorious Management present

PAUL F TAYLOR PRESENTS THIS IS WHAT I’VE MANAGED TO COME UP WITH – WORK IN PROGRESS

Watch Paul perform the stuff he’s come up with since the last show. “An impressive knack for both observational wit and quirky flights of fancy” – The Evening Standard “A slightly touched idiot capable of deceptively smart subversions of existence” – The Scotsman. “Pauly is a funny man, inventive, brimming with ideas and has a natural ability to entertain” – Broadway Baby. www.what-the-f.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 IMWP present

PAUL FOOT – AN HOUR IN FEBRUARY

No board games on this lawn, baybayyy! Face the frozen ships and dance while legless bar stools finally take their revenge. Even Auntie Eclair won’t talk and this town will never recover from the naked collage. “A master in disciplined chaos. An hour in his company is one of wet-faced glee and it’s over in a flash.” – The Scotsman 2013. “Sublime, original and brilliant.” – The Independent. www.paulfoot.tv DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 17th: 6pm (7pm), 18th: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10

PAUL KERENSA – WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?

An award-winning writer on BBC1’s Miranda and BBC1’s Not Going Out, but Paul Kerensa has yet to be invited on Who Do You Think You Are. Instead he’s finding his own family history, mainly to see if he can be linked to the Queen. The genial genealogist & British Comedy Award winner presents this new show where he’ll discover if as a Cornishman he can live with being part-Devon. Age 12+. “Ingenious” – Evening Standard.  www.paulkerensa.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

PAUL MCCAFFREY: NAME IN LIGHTS

Star of Impractical Jokers (BBC3) and seen on Russell Howard’s Good News. A new hour of top drawer, anecdotal stand-up comedy. Warm and cheeky wit with likeability in bucket loads! “Obviously born to be a comic” – The Scotsman “He has charm, charisma and success written all over him” – Evening Standard.  www.paulmccaffrey.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7

PAUL MCCAFFREY – WORK IN PROGRESS

A one hour work in progress show from award winning comic and star of BBC3s ‘Impractical Jokers’ Paul McCaffrey. “Destined to headline the main stage” – Chortle. “Born to be a comic” – The Scotsman. “Success written all over him” – Evening Standard. “A total natural, his storytelling is utterly unique, never anything less than gut-bustingly hilarious” – GQ.  www.paulmccaffrey.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

PAUL REVILL – SYMPATHY FOR THE REVILL

Throughout his 35 years on the planet, Paul Revill has cocked up! Sometimes misfortune struck that wasn’t his fault, most of the time it was! Join Paul as he tries to explain the mishaps, the heartbreaks and the odd brush with the law. ***** Arts in Leicestershire. “Steals the show” **** – ThreeWeeks. “Likability and charm” – Chortle.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12am)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Funhouse Comedy present

PAUL RICKETTS – WEST END STORY

Multi-award winning comic, Paul Ricketts’ West End Story is a near libellously funny story-telling show revelling in the shady underworld of London’s W1. Two tall tales from the streets of Soho’s illegal ’shebeens’ and sex shops. “weird & wonderful... should be given his own TV show” – The Stage. “highly accomplished” – Time Out. SPECIAL OFFER – Book for this show & see as many of the other 5 shows at Kayal today for free!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Comedy Agency present

PAUL SAVAGE – BAD THOUGHTS

Paul Savage ... and some bad thoughts he’s ashamed of.  www.thecomedyagency.co.uk

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Comedy Store Management Proudly present

PAUL TONKINSON: FANCY MAN

After storming the UK and International comedy circuit for years and much badgering from fellow professionals, Yorkshire man, and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Tonkinson takes to the road, with his eagerly anticipated debut tour. A guarantee of first-class laughs from a sensational live performer and top-billing stand-up star. Not to be missed!  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

PEACOCK & GAMBLE: HEART-THROBS

Lovely little smashers Ray & Ed (triple Chortle Award nominees (2011, 2012, 2013)shout their way through another knockabout hour of electrifying stupidity. “A wonderfully silly, surprisingly enthusiastic show” – Sunday Times. “A hugely entertaining double act” – The Independent. “Moments of stupendous invention” – The List.  www.peacockandgamble.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £10

PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH

Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles. ENTRY: Premium £20 Standard £12.50,£14.50 Under 16 £10.50,£12.50,£18 (Family £50 (must include at least 1 adult) *Group booking offer of 10% discount for groups of 10+ (not valid on the Premium priced seats).  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1 2th/13th: 1pm (2.30pm), 12th: 4pm (5.30pm), 13th: 10am (11.30am)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: See above

PETE OTWAY: SIX YEARS FROM THEN

Pete was a BBC New Comedy Award Finalist in 2012. Some time before that he’d broken up with the girl he was meant to be with, and got back with her a long time later. This is the story of the things that happened in the six years in-between. A heartwarming and funny debut show with bits about strangers, friendship, youth and love. Surprisingly not directed by Richard Curtis. “Devastatingly funny” – Chortle.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

PETER ANTONIOU – PSYCHIC COMEDIAN

Award-winning ‘psychic’ comedian, Peter Antoniou, is part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival this February with his brilliantly successful 2013 Edinburgh show. Removed from all the showbiz trappings this is an intimate show that is just the audience, Peter and the most amazing and astounding demonstrations of mind reading you are ever likely to see.  www.curveonline.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Gag Reflex present

PHIL ELLIS: UNPLANNED ORPHAN

Phil’s life was going great. He’d lost everything in a break-up, moved into a shared house, been asked to leave his full time employment and had just turned 30. It was at this point that his parents felt that the time was right to tell him he was adopted. It wasn’t. “One of the funniest stand up shows this year.” ***** – The New Current. “very clever...a deep understanding of the genre.” **** – The List. www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Heroes present

PHIL KAY: THE WHOLLY VIABLE

Storytelling launch shows for the Me-Me-Me-Memoir’s of Phil Kay. Imagine what you’d get up to if your job was telling tales of what you’d been getting up to. Running with revolutionaries in Caracas. Trousers down in China. Striptease on a Bicycle. Ross Noble, Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran have all credited Phil as an influence. “Genius!” – Scotsman. Pay what you want or buy ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Heroes presents All Ages

PHIL KAY’S – GIMME YOUR LEFT SHOE (KIDS)

All kids give up their left shoe then come up with a funny skit from all the super props to win it back: pancake hurling? Velcro sensational? Speed fruit peeling? Bouncing on a trampoline singing? Elastic band music? Hoover ping pong? All these, and more we don’t know yet, will happen in this show of shoe-shows within a show. Remember the left is the right to give, the right is the right one to be left. Ages: U. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.30pm (4.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 (£3 children)

Glorious Management Ltd present

PHIL NICHOL – THE WEARY LAND

The Weary Land is a bittersweet semi-autobiographical journey through the highs and lows of Phil love life centering on the breakdown of his marriage but more importantly the journey back to health and mutual understanding between him and his ex-wife. “...Very polished, witty and insightful. It is also extremely funny.” **** – The List.  www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/phil-nichol DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Glorious Management Ltd present

PHIL NICHOL: LATE NIGHT ELECTRIC WATERMELON LIVE

As a member of cult Canadian trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, Phil co-wrote over 70 classic comedy songs including ‘Only Gay Eskimo’, ‘REMember’ and ‘Pandas Must Die’. Late Night Electric Watermelon is an album of 19 comedy songs Phil has written since he left the Pigs in 1997. Irreverent, puerile, dark, violent, ridiculously funny and just plain weird and these songs will make you laugh till you puke. Must see. www.philnichol.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

PHIL WANG: ANTI-HERO

Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award, Phil Wang presents his first grown-up hour of stand-up comedy. A collection of sharp observations and curious opinions, told with undue confidence. Prepare to meet the biggest Wang in comedy. As seen on ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2), and ‘BBC Three at the Fringe’.  www.philwang.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Funhouse Comedy present

PIERRE HOLLINS – WHITE MAN BLUES

Sex, drugs, religion and science. “Hollins deserves to be a big star. Clever, not patronising; blokeish but bright, unafraid to tackle issues. Brilliantly funny material” – Daily Echo. “An easy going joyful manner, laced and juxtaposed with pathos and reality that only an experienced comedian and earthling can bring you” – Taking The Piste Tour. “Admirable commitment to the punchline” – Chortle. www.pierrehollins.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

De Montfort University present

PLAYING FOR LAUGHS 2014: ‘COMEDY IN THE COMMUNITY’

Playing for Laughs 2014, with Big Difference Company, offers a day of talks and workshops that investigate how comedy has been, and can be, used to engage and support communities in Leicester and beyond. In examining the role comedy plays in the development, delivery and promotion of services related to health, well-being, and education, the event also celebrates the work of Big Difference Company. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10am (5pm)

VENUE: De Montfort University Campus Grid Ref: C1 (DMUC)

ENTRY: £25 (£15)

Beyond Compere present

QUINCY

Quincy wants to become the next black James Bond but he’d be the first hero saving the world on third party, fire and theft. Now a single mum and seeking to be a superhero to his kids, Quincy looks on life very differently. So what’s it like being Quincy? Star of Comedy Central’s Comedy Blue, MTV’s Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse, BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy On The Boat, and host of Supreme FM’s Breakfast Show. www.beyondcompere.com/home/profile/quincy

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika present

RACHEL PARRIS: THE COMMISSION

Rachel Parris gets commissioned to write songs for the great and the good (and the ugly). But she doesn’t especially enjoy it. A darkly twisted debut from the award-nominated musical comedian. “Venomously witty” – Evening Standard. “really rather brilliant indeed” – Huffington Post. **** Guardian. **** Independent. **** Scotsman. **** Edinburgh Evening News. www.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7 th: 6.45pm (7.45pm), 8th: 9.45pm (10.45pm), 9th: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

Blond Ambition present

RAYGUNS LOOK REAL ENOUGH – HALL OF FAME

On the eve of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, RGLRE wake from a drug fuelled haze with no rehearsal, no acceptance speech and no clean underpants. Can they pull it together for the biggest show of their lives? RGLRE return with a brand new hour show full of barnstorming mashups and a huge slice of the ridiculous. “Gloriously Entertaining” – Chortle. “They Rock The House. We Love Them” – Timeout. www.raygunslookrealenough.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

Ride Leicester present

RED LIGHT COMEDY CLUB

3 shows, 4 comedians, 1 bike shop, no brakes – A peloton of the best of the festival hosted by Leicester’s own Bradley Wiggins look-a-like and cycling superstar Gary O’Donnell !! Enjoy a bike-light lit showcase in the spooky basement Bike Park of Leicester Town Hall. With a pedal-powered bar, plenty of free parking and donations to British Heart Foundation thanks to Future Cycles and Ride Leicester. www.futurecycles.org.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Bike Park Grid Ref: B2 (BIP)

ENTRY: £6

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Ride Leicester present

RED LIGHT COMEDY RIDE

3 rides, free comedians, plenty of laughs, no brakes. A guided ride around the comedy venues and cultural ‘attractions’ of Leicester City Centre in the company of guest comedians from the festival. ‘A rolling roadblock of fun’ – Bring your own bike. Hire bikes and rickshaw rides can be booked in advance from Future Cycles at the Bike Park. Rides last 1 hour and return to the Bike Park. www.goskyride.com/leicester DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Bike Park Grid Ref: B2 (BIP)

ENTRY: FREE

Glorious Management present

RHYS JAMES PREPARES

Pointy-faced comedian Rhys James is still preparing, just like he was in Edinburgh. This time with different words. “Sickeningly talented young stand-up. He’s a super-sharp writer, with a ton of smart, intricately-written jokes and stories where you’re never more than a few seconds away from another punch-line.” – Time Out, “A bright future in comedy surely awaits” – Fest. ***** – Three Weeks. www.twitter.com/rhysjamesy DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Objective Talent present

RHYS MATHEWSON – HOMBRE LOBO

Best New Show Nominee (DLCF 2013) and Edinburgh Fringe Top 10 Newcomer 2013 (Time Out) Rhys Mathewson presents Hombre Lobo. It’s a show about transformation, probably. That might change. The only things Rhys can definitely promise are that it’ll be funny and that afterwards he’ll catch the train home like a normal human, and not have to wait in the 24/7 Mcdonalds for a 4am coach like after last year’s show. www.objectivetalentmanagement.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

CHP Artist Management & Barking Mad Comedy present

RIA LINA: WORKING IT OUT

Ria Lina brings her new hour of comedy and commentary to Leicester. People can be c**** (cruel) and Ria, like everybody else is still trying to work out why more people aren’t decent with common sense, like us? “Fearless, provocative and very funny” **** – Scotsman. “incisive off-the-cuff observations” – Sunday Times Magazine. “nail-bitingly close to the edge without being over-the-top” **** – Three Weeks. www.rialina.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

RICH HALL

Since appearing in the guise of his redneck alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw in 1998, award-winning Rich has won critical acclaim across the Globe by performing to sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Fringe, throughout sell-out UK tours and at comedy festivals worldwide. In 2013 he was awarded the coveted Barry Award as the most outstanding comedy act at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Funhouse Comedy present

RICH WILSON – ONE FOOT IN THE GAYS Rich Wilson has had many,many jobs including a stint working in a gay sauna. Join Rich as he tells you the hilarious story of a straight man living in a gay world. Strictly over 18’s only. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.40pm (9.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 RICHARD BROWN: THIS IS NOT FOR YOU

Richard Brown (“Tall, bearded.” – Fresh Air Radio) presents a show about insignificance and social awkwardness. “Drolly cynical” – Jay Richardson, The List. “One of the most exciting West Coast newcomers”/“His smart and funny literary jokes will probably fail to get him on Mock The Week” – The Skinny.  www.twitter.com/richiejbrown DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

RICHARD HERRING – WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock) Herring returns to tackle the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. “A solid hour of big laughs” – Chortle. www.thelittletheatre.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £15

RICHARD PEEL: GOBLINTIME

Bizerakt is a witch that stands on the edge of forever, watching us. In the folds of his ancient dress, there is a special theatre in which all of our most terrible dreams are realised. This is known as The Goblintime. “An original style of comedy...a welcome change for the Comedy Festival.” – Leicester Mercury.  www.richardpeel.com/goblintime DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

RICK KIESEWETTER: CHINK

Asian American comic living in the UK for the past 18 years. These are his observations and jokes.  “Hugely enjoyable hour of comedy.” – Three Weeks **** www.kiesewetter.co.uk/

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

ROB BECKETT – LIVE!

Multi award winning comedian Rob Beckett has extended his national tour due to outstanding demand. Rob and his trademark grin will be travelling across the country with his highly anticipated debut UK tour. The plan for the show is for you to laugh a lot and leave happier than when you arrived. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week , I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! and 8 Out of 10 Cats.  www.thelittletheatre.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Custard Comedy present

ROB COLEMAN: HOW NOT TO PEDAL AN OCEAN

Two adventures, one boat, no idea ... Rob Coleman wants to cross the Atlantic in a small boat. The only things stopping him are cowardice, constipation and incompetence. Why has he failed – twice? Why might he try again? Is he the man he hoped he would become? Join Rob as he embarks on an extremely personal, funny and frankly ill advised undertaking. “Presence a plenty and material to match” – One 4 review. WIP. www.robcolemancomedy.co.uk

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

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Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 CKP present

ROB DEERING – BEAT THIS

The live music-based game show from Rob Deering, “brilliant musical comedian” – Time Out, makes its Leicester debut. New show with four top-notch contestants every time, previous guests include Greg Davies, Nick Helm, Andi Osho, Lucy Porter, Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe and Tim Vine... Up-to-date listings: twitter@DeeringRob. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

ROB DEERING – THE BEGINNING

A brand new show from the UK’s foremost guitar-wielding, loop-layering stand-up comedian – and erstwhile Leicestermeister – Rob Deering. “As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army Knife” – The Independent. “Ingenious and hilarious” – The Guardian.  www.robdeering.com, facebook.com/RobDeeringcomedian, Twitter@DeeringRob DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4

BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health Group+Beauty and Utility Arts present

ROB GEE & THE COMEDY ASYLUM

An evening of top drawer sketch comedy brought to you by users and survivors of the mental health system from across Leicester and Leicestershire, hosted by stand up poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee. “Local, relevant and talented, a regular at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, if you haven’t seen The Comedy Asylum perform before, why not?” – Beauty and Utility Arts. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £3 (FREE to mental health service users and their families)

JUICE Comedy present

ROB HALDEN – RELATIVELY PAINLESS

Robert Halden was born in 1980 and he hasn’t been happy since. An alternative comedian on the Left-field of the comedy circuit, Rob believes a healthy contempt for audiences is necessary for any comic. His first full-length show is about Batman, the inevitability of death, and also swans.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £7

Rob Rouse in association with Lisa Thomas Management present

ROB ROUSE – RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

Star of 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) & Spoons (C4). Come and see Rob do what he does best – honest, frank, seriously funny stand up. WARNING: Not suitable for children or your prissy Aunty. “A man with genuinely funny bones” – The Sunday Times. “Brilliant” – Chortle. ***** “hilarious” – The List. “Come along, laugh and my kids will eat” – Rob Rouse. twitter.com/robrouse www.robrouse.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Phil McIntyre present

ROBERT NEWMAN

Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Robert Newman makes a hotly anticipated return with his first complete show in 7 years. From a Devil’s Orchard made by ants, to altruistic vampire bats and Richard Dawkins’ postman wrestling naked, Robert Newman argues that cooperation drives evolution more than competition. “He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen... A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.” – Sunday Times. www.robnewman.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12.50 (£10)

“One of the top 100 events of the year” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 ROBIN INCE – FURIOUS MAMMAL

A new stand-up comedy show from Robin Ince – Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox). After dabbling in his favourite scientists Darwin and Feynman, and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin interrogates the everyday matters of life itself. “When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince” – The Guardian.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

Al Grant present

RODGEFEST: THE ROGER SWIFT EXPERIENCE

Roger Swift is prop comedy on nitro’s: With the highest gag rate on the circuit sustaining a staggering 8 jokes a minute. Legend and genius is banded about so often that these words lose their impact, but this man has inspired a high number of comics to set aside their egos to interpret and honour the man prior to Roger showing us all how it’s supposed to be done.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

ROISIN CONATY – LIFEHUNTER

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and star of BBC Three’s Impractical Jokers and Channel 4’s Man Down brings her critically acclaimed show ‘Life Hunter’ to the festival. Everyone in life is looking for something; to belong, to love, to forget, and also keys. People spend a lot of time looking for their keys. Poxy things. “Roisin’s brilliant brand of funny is upbeat and boisterous – a must-see.” – Easy Living.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £12

ROMESH RANGANATHAN – WORK IN PROGRESS

Having been nominated for Edinburgh’s best newcomer with his last show, Romesh has a new hour of stuff and is hoping it’s passable.  www.romeshranganathan.com

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £3

Lisa Thomas Management present

ROMESH RANGANATHAN: ROM COM

Romesh Ranganathan is trying to make sense of the world, but cannot make sense of his own house. Come along and see the show that has been nominated for Fosters’ Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award 2013 and won Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013. www.romeshranganathan.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5 (£3.50)

Big Difference Company present

RUDE, CRUDE & LEWD: A NIGHT OF FILTHY COMEDY SONG

Join us and a host of musicians and comedians as we plumb the depths of bawdy song & music, with the aim of bringing humour and happiness to festival goers through all that is rude, crude and really rather lewd! This will not be for the fainthearted – so PLEASE don’t come along if you are easily offended. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Comedy Untapped present

RUDI LICKWOOD ‘NO APOLOGIES’

Rudi Lickwood is ’Alf A Century and has given himself license to say what’s on his mind. A seasoned circuit pro, last seen on ITV’s ‘Show Me The Funny’, slamming the Scotsman’s comedy critic Kate Copstic as a bitter, twisted failed stand up comic who stifles variety hitting the comedy mainstream. Rudi’s style of humour is an emotional roller coaster, with big belly laughs, warmth and plenty of heart. www.lickwood.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

RUSSELL KANE – SMALLNESS

What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it – being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winning twat is the same, and he returns with a new blisteringly big-small show. Watch him ejaculate thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big. “A seriously good comedian.” – The Times. Contains strong language and adult themes. www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £17.50

Tim Payne presents

RUTH E. COCKBURN DOESN’T EVEN SMOKE

Ruth isn’t cool. She doesn’t even smoke. With comedy and music, Ruth will endeavour to prove that no one’s really cool and that we’re all just playing let’s pretend. A lesson in being happy with your lot. Do come along. It’ll be nice to see you. “Highly recommended” – Buxton Fringe. “There’s no getting away from it she’s just funny.” – Terry Alderton.  www.ruthecockburn.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

Walking Cliche present

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SAD LITTLE FLYER – SAD LITTLE LOVE-IN

Ignorant cynics and forgetful romantics, all are welcome to start their Valentine’s evening right with an hour’s aperitif of lovelorn sketch comedy. Featuring special guests and games, join Sad Little Flyer in making your special day one to remember. For all the wrong reasons. “Definitely has the potential to keep audiences laughing” – Broadway Baby.  www.sadlittleflyer.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3

SAM AVERY: ROCK N’ DOLE

Sam Avery wanted to be a rock star. It nearly happened. Signed by BMG Records at the age of 17, forcing him to give up his beloved paper round, he toured with Motorhead and Ice-T until the story took a familiar turn. It wasn’t long before he was back in the paper shop asking for his fluorescent bag back. He had crap hair anyway. “Destined for bigger things” – Chortle. “Funny, loveable show” – Daily Post.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Cahoots Entertainment present

SAM BRADY: KINDNESS

Award winning comedian and failed Buddhist monk Sam Brady explores his on-going struggle to be a ‘good person’. Heart-warming, thought-provoking, soul-searching comedy, “A naturally funny and charismatic man... hilarious anecdotes that drove home his point that even though humans are flawed, the little acts of kindness really do make a difference... Emotional and uplifting.” – Three Weeks ****  www.sambradycomedian.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 SARA PASCOE & JOHN ROBINS – WORK IN PROGRESS

A double bill featuring work in progress from Sara Pascoe and John Robins... John Robins – An hour of new material from award winning Leicester Festival regular. “Truly Incredible” – Chortle. “Sparkling stand-up” – The Times. Sara Pascoe vs History – Mostly a show about failed relationships, mine, my parents and Henry VIII’s. Also a bit of feminist rhetoric and a rant about monogamy.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6

Dawn Sedgewick Management present

SARA PASCOE VS THE TRUTH

Everything is subjective. Sara has starred on Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and Twenty Twelve and despite this, cannot be absolutely sure that she exists. “Always clever, occasionally exquisite” – The Independent.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Regent College present

SCHOOL COMEDY SHOWCASE

Students from Secondary Schools in Leicester, including St Paul’s School, Bushloe High School and Sir Jonathan North Community College will come together again this year to tell jokes, show sketches and make each other laugh. Regent College is proud to host this event again, giving 11 to 16 year olds from across the city the chance to show off how funny they are.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Regent College Studio Grid Ref: C3 (REG)

ENTRY: £2

Funhouse Comedy present

SCOTT BENNETT – ABOUT A ROY – WORK IN PROGRESS

Many comedians have written shows in the past about their relationships with their fathers. They are often quite poignant and lovingly told. This show isn’t like that. Roy Bennett is my father, but the man is so gut wretchedly embarrassing, I sometimes wish he wasn’t. An hilarious hour of jokes and stories! “Naturally Hilarious, the highlight of the evening” 4 Stars – Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.40pm (5.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre present

SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCKS IN SPACE

The Socks are back – in outer space. Earth’s funniest footwear bring their 5 star sci-fi themed show to town. From The Avengers to Star Wars, Alien to Doctor Who, all alien life is here. “This is the unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry” ***** – Venue, April 2013. “Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried.” ***** – Edinburgh Evening News. In space no-one can hear you laugh. But you will.  www.facebook.com/ScottishFalsettoSocks DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

SEAN HUGHES – PENGUINS

Award winning comedian (& festival patron), Sean Hughes is back on tour with a brilliant and multi-layered new show which sees him ask the question, is a man the sum of his parts? In a brand new reflective and uplifting piece, he tackles all nature of human failings and foibles and will take the audience on a whirlwind hour of surreal inventive playfulness, Sean delves into his past...  www.thelittletheatre.net

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £15 (£13)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 SEAN MCLOUGHLIN: I WILL PREVAIL

His nose may be bloody and his mind may be fried, but critically-acclaimed malcontent Sean McLoughlin is returning to Leicester with another hour of stand-up you’ll really dig. ***** ThreeWeeks “This guy is an exciting talent. I have no idea why someone hasn’t grabbed him for TV. As comics with stupid hair go he is one of the best.” – The Scotsman. “a joy to watch” – Fest.  www.seanmcloughlincomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.45pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £5

SEAN MORLEY – WOE KING PROGRESS

A show about mistakes and regret. SETIST: Picnic Geography/Botched Prank Leads To Existential Crisis/Goosestepping in Nursery Playground/Kicked out of Dungeons and Dragons Club/Tarot Reading leads to Stomach Pump/Grandma’s Exorcism Panic/A Kilo Of Mince/Queen SlashFiction/Didn’t Kill Stepfather: Now Homeless/Altruistic Parisian Bondage/[Secrets] “A leftfield treat” – Sheffield Telegraph. “Charmingly wry” – Sheffled Star. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry.  www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.45pm (5.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

SEAN TURNER: COMEDY WITH A DYSLEXIC GEORDIE

Sean Turner, Loaded Magazine Search for a Star Finalist 2013; the Dyslexic Geordie, brings you comedy from surreal to observational, an energetic show with a brooding northeastern mania. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Off the Kerb Productions present

SHAPPI KHORSANDI LIVE

Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and Have I Got News for You is back with a new show for 2014. One of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. “has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.” – The Guardian.  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £13 (£12)

SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA COMEDIAN

Follow Mickey Sharma on his unique journey – an Indian born in Pakistan (its true!!) he then moved to Beijing, Hong Kong, before ending up in the exotic climes of Birmingham. Having endured various jobs like a waiter, shelf stacker and bouncer, Mickey is now proud to be a Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian* “A very enjoyable, laugh a minute rollercoaster ride.” – The List. * Apologies to Boy George  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

SHAZIA MIRZA

A new show from Shazia Mirza with mostly new jokes, new ideas, and some new unfunny bits that will need improvement. How much is your life worth? Is it worth £1200 or £350? That’s what Shazia was asked recently. Is your life the sum of a pair of shoes and an expensive bra? Or could your backside be worth $300 million dollars like JLo’s. Or 30 million for Julia Roberts’ laugh. Deluded people, life, and maths.  www.shazia-mirza.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £8

“The longest running comedy festival in Britain” The Sunday Telegraph

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Lisa White at Glorious Management present

SHORT & CURLY – MIX TAPE

Short & Curly bring a compilation of their greatest sketches. Expect high energy interactive mayhem, a selection of props, a wig or two and an array of dodgy accents. It is big, it’s not clever. “Sketch comedy duo doesn’t let any opportunity for a laugh escape” – The List. “Infectious energy – had everyone doubled over in laughter” – ShortCom.  www.shortandcurlycomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

Glorious Management present

SHORT & CURLY WHO DUNNIT? – WORK IN PROGRESS Who Dunnit? Was it the short one? Or was it the one with curly hair? What was it that they did anyway? Find out by turning up to this show. “Sketch comedy duo don’t let any opportunity for a laugh escape” – The List. “infectious energy” – Short Com.  www.shortandcurlycomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Funhouse Comedy present

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO GONG SHOW

Comedy’s answer to X-factor and Britain’s Got Talent. 12 new comedians get two minutes on stage each and then audience judges with red and green glowsticks vote on whether to keep them on or send them off! Lots of fun and laughs. Compere Spiky Mike.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7th: 9pm (11pm), 15th: 9.20pm (11.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Kill for a Seat Comedy did this.

SILKY: IT WAS THIS SHOW OR HAVE KIDS

“a performer whose genuine charm captures his crowd. I urge you to go and see for yourself” ***** Three Weeks. “Honest, heartfelt, slickly delivered, irresistible and, yes, occasionally disturbing stand-up” – The List. As seen on BBC1/C4/Paramount... Happy to be a closely-guarded secret, since Leicester last year he’s gigged in Norway, Sweden, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

SILVER STAND UP COMPETITION

Following huge success in 2013, this unique evening showcases the shortlisted entrants aged 55+ vying for the Silver Stand Up and Silver Stand-up Newcomer awards! “Anything that provides an antidote to all the young upstarts taking over the comedy scene has to be a good thing” – Alexie Sayle. If you have a strong funny bone and would like to enter contact info@comedy-festival.co.uk. In aid of Big Difference Company, registered charity number 1135167. DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Heroes present

SIMON DONALD – BUTCH STRAIGHT POOF

A revealing rummage inside a head housing a three-way punch-up between machismo, heterosexuality and effeminacy. Butch – football and DIY. Straight – sexual orientation. Poof – everything else in my life. The show revolves around the list of bizarre reasons for which I have been accused of effeminacy. “Former Viz man, as funny with a microphone in his hand as he was with a pencil” – Guardian.  www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Off the Kerb present

SIMON EVANS – LEASHED

After a hugely successful 2012/2013 tour and a total run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Evans is back with more “Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags.” – The Guardian. Star of Celebrity Mastermind, Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. “A great craftsman of language – an evil delight.” – Chortle.  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

I before E except after me...

SIMON FEILDER: ALL THE THINGS I’M NOT

Simon Feilder is a comedian. (“Compelling to watch... unashamedly feelgood” – Chortle, “Delightfully nutty” – LA Weekly). Of this much he is fairly sure. However, he is not manly or grown-up or married or French or loads of other stuff. He’d like to work out why. In his debut solo hour, join Simon, his powerpoint projector and over 17 jokes in a side-splitting sojourn of silliness that may also include a song. Sorry.  www.simonfeilder.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

SIMON LILLEY – GOD, GREED & FOOTBALL

Award winning comic Simon Lilley explores the gods of our society & their fall from grace. Silly and serious, for atheists, believers, bankers and builders everywhere. And prime ministers, bishops and football managers too, if only they’d listen. “You don’t have to be religious, greedy or an avid fan of footie to appreciate his ideas, wit and great stage presence.” **** – Mumble Comedy www.simonlilley.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3

Quite Nice Theatre present

SNAKES! THE MUSICAL

Following their sell out, five stars run at the Edinburgh Fringe Quite Nice Theatre bring their award winning Snakes! The Musical to Leicester. A group of young, ambitious actors have written a musical based on a film about some snakes on a plane. They think it’s going to be a massive hit! They just need £50 million to produce it!  www.thelittletheatre.net DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm) & 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Little Theatre Grid Ref: C2 (LIT)

ENTRY: £10

Action Deafness, Big Difference Company and Vista present

SNAP HAPPY EXHIBITION

An exhibition of entries for Snap Happy, the photography and digital arts competition for people with a sensory impairment on the theme of Laughter. Come and experience the wonderfully talented work that’s been submitted through this partnership project with Vista, Leicester’s local sight loss charity and the local charity for the deaf and hard of hearing, Action Deafness. Please check the website event listing for exact times. DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9am (5pm)

VENUE: Pedestrian Gallery Grid Ref: B2 (PED)

ENTRY: FREE

Spot On Caricatures present

SPOT ON @ LCB DEPOT

A hands-on seminar exploring where Art & Comedy meet; Caricatures. With live quick draw demonstrations in deconstructing the face and Q&A session with former TV Times and GQ caricaturist Spot On George, a fun way to impress and amuse your friends while improving your free-drawing technique and learning how to insult with a smile! Essential for those with an interest in caricature and an interesting visage.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: FREE

“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Spot On Caricatures present

SPOT ON @ THE MOVIES

A light hearted revisitation of some of the Movie World’s most iconic posters and stars, seen through the warped eyes of former TV Times and GQ illustrator and caricaturist George Williams. This exhibition of stylised iconic images is part of a larger collection, reflecting George’s lifelong passion for both caricatures and movies, a passion which has made him one of the most unique and sought after UK caricaturists.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11am (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: FREE

De Montfort University’s Square Mile Programme present

SQUARE MILE SMILES

Following on from the success of last year’s sell-out Square Mile Smiles show, De Montfort University’s award-winning Mile2 Programme has been training a new group of stand-up comedy hopefuls from the local community to take to the stage for the first time. Come and see how these newbies get on as they make their stand-up debuts in this showcase of new Leicester talent.  www.dmu.ac.uk/mile2 DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Grid Ref: A1 (NNC)

ENTRY: FREE

SRISKANTHRAHAN

One’s erudite and middle class. The other’s also erudite and middle class. Together, they are: two people. Join rising stand-ups Richard Hanrahan (Chortle Student Comedy Award Third Place 2011, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2012) and Hari Sriskantha (Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist 2012, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra) as they try to change the world through wit and sophisticated toilet humour.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Upstairs at The Western present

STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT

Come and join us in our intimate venue as we present some of the best up & coming comedians around. A night of comedy in this amazing fringe theatre venue. In aid of Big Difference Company – registered charity 1135167. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP WITH ALAN SEAMAN

Join experienced stand-up and compere Alan Seaman for a day of stand-up writing and performing, exercises, and general group mayhem. Hone your comic ideas, polish your funny nuggets and we’ll have a brief set from you in a showcase at the end of the day! No prior experience necessary. As the posters say, you don’t need to be mad to work here but it helps.  www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11am (5pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £5

Fun House Comedy present

STAY AT HOME DAD

Hazard! Man doing woman’s work! Mr Eden Rivers got together with a successful career chick, got her up the duff and married her. A surprise baby two means Eden is to be a full time parent. Obliviously, there is nothing more tedious than listening to someone biffle on about their own offspring. It’s not about that. 5* Ed 4free Reviewed as “hilarious and touching” “like being at party for an hour” “Very Funny”. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Prime Cuts Comedy present

STAY AT HOME DAD

One man stand up comedy show as featured on BBC Sussex. Hazard! Man doing woman’s work! Mr Eden Rivers got together with a successful career chick, got her up the duff and married her. A surprise baby too means Eden is to be a full time parent. Obviously, there is nothing more tedious than listening to someone biffle on about their own offspring. It’s not like that! 5* Edfest 4Free “Hilarious & Touching” 12yrs+ Advised  www.thecookieleicester.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (2pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

PBJ Management presents

STEPHEN BAILEY: UNWRITTEN

Come party at a work in progress show for Stephen Bailey’s hotly anticipated 2014 Edinburgh debut. Have you ever been told that you live in a ‘fantasy world’ or that ‘you’re too ginger, too chubby, too camp’ ‘like this is a BAD thing? Great me too! This is a refreshingly honest and open insight into where somebody has come from, their need to follow their dreams, the adversity, and their fight for THAT love.  www.stephenbaileycomedy.co.uk/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6

Glorious Management Ltd present

STEPHEN CARLIN GAMBLING MAN

Only losers get a job and work for a living. Are you content to fritter away your life in gainful employment – or are you feeling lucky? The clever people hang about in smoked filled betting shops, chewing small pens and playing the odds. What could possibly go wrong? Stephen Carlin examines gambling, chance, optimism and how to beat the odds in life. Herald *****  www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/stephen-carlin DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

STEVE DAY DEAFS IT UP

Steve Day has had enough of trying to be funny and writing jokes, now he’s being professionally disabled for a living. There are too many comedians, but deafness is a growth industry, here’s where the big bucks are. He’s been severely hard of hearing since the age of 18 and it’s high time he cashed in on the post paralympic dividend. Comedy is history, disability is the future. Come see Steve Day and be part of it.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £4

Heroes of Fringe present

STUART GOLDSMITH: FROGGING ABOUT

“Expert stand-up” – Sunday Times, from the creator of the award-nominated ‘Comedian’s Comedian Podcast’. Stuart steps off the bus to Leicester with a glint in his eye and a head full of new jokes, and is immediately hit in the head by the enormous wing-mirror. The glint is gone, but the jokes survive. THE JOKES SURVIVE! “A supremely talented stand-up” – TimeOut. www.stuartgoldsmith.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

Red Imp Productions present

SUSAN MURRAY – EYES DOWN FOR A FULL MURRAY

Less fertile and more irritable, come and watch as she fights against middle age, ticks in her belly button and life in general “Cynicism that could fell a rhino at 1000 paces. Like it.” Al Murray. “Susan’s baffled everywoman persona cloaks a dry, intelligent wit.” Stewart Lee.“Susan Murray’s sense of humour is brash, loud but most importantly very genuine” – Broadway Baby.  www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.25pm (10.25pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Off The Kerb Productions present

SUZI RUFFELL – WORK IN PROGRESS

Fresh from supporting Josh Widdicombe on his sold-out UK Tour, former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee, Suzi Ruffell, returns to Leicester with a brand new hour of jokes. “This is what talent looks like before it hits big” – London Is Funny “Suzi Ruffell owns the stage so convincingly that she could take out a mortgage on it” – Chortle.  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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TANIA EDWARDS: THE ART OF WAR

Tania Edwards is a stand up comic (BBC1, Radio 4) and writer (her credits include Stand Up For The Week, Channel 4). She has been a finalist in the Hackney Empire, Amused Moose, Leicester Square, and Latitude Festival competitions. “akin to a female Simon Evans... a bit posh and something of a sociopath... fantastically seamy side to the material... sublime... brilliant” – Chortle.  www.taniaedwardscomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Regent College present

TEENAGE KICKS

Sixth formers are funny. The world according to 16 year olds can be a weird and wonderful place. Yet again Regent College Performing Artists have been working with established comedians, ‘Idiots of Ants’ to put together their own stand-up and sketch show. It is always a very scary prospect and also the best fun in the year. Come and support them and we may even discover the next big thing!  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Regent College Studio Grid Ref: C3 (REG)

ENTRY: £3

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

THAT PAIR

An hour of songs, sketches and silliness from the stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama. “beautiful skits and bonkers characters” **** – The Times. “A potentially lethal dose of joy to the heart – brilliant” ***** – Broadway Baby. “genius” ***** – Ed Fest. “Excellent – brilliant – a resounding success” **** – Three Weeks.  www.thatpair.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Social Cinema and Phoenix present

THE APARTMENT – VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SCREENING

Social Cinema returns for a unique Valentine’s screening of the comedy masterpiece The Apartment. With sizzling dialogue and iconic performances from Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, Billy Wilder’s 1960 multi-Oscar winner is sharper, sweeter and considerably darker than most love stories. Join us in the Phoenix café bar where we’ll have a special Valentine’s menu, cocktails, music, and much more. www.phoenix.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

ENTRY: £6

Ditto Productions present

THE BETA MALES

The Chortle Award nominated sketch storytellers and stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama come to Leicester following 4 sell out, 5 star Edinburgh shows with a fast-paced hour packed with slick sketches, loveable anti-heroes and sweetly sharp writing. “A slick, hilarious sketch show – Genius.” – The Sunday Times. “One of the most exciting, gloriously funny acts out there.” – Time Out. “A furnace of invention” – Chortle.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

THE BITE – A FAST-PACED STREAM OF STAND-UPS

After an exciting birth last Edinburgh Festival, The Bite brings its fast-moving procession of stand-ups performing new material and anarchic experiments to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, skilfully compered by Matt Woodward.  www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Clare Walker Consultancy & Hathi Productions present

THE BLACK AND BLUE MONOLOGUES

An eclectic mix of song, sketches, jokes old & new performed by some of our youngest female comedians following development workshops in Leicestershire. Comedy for when we need it most. An innovative collaboration between the Clare Walker Consultancy, nationally recognised experts in dealing with domestic abuse and Hathi Productions old favourites of the Festival.  www.clarewalkerconsultancy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of Fringe present

THE BOB BLACKMAN APPRECIATION SOCIETY

Award winning comedy celebration of Bob The Tray Blackman, the man who became a celebrity by banging his head with a tray while singing Mule Train. Additional material by Albert Shakeshaft. “memorable” – The Guardian.  www.tbbas.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: FREE

Big Difference Company present

THE C WORD

This interactive improvised comedy panel game show is hosted by international performance poet, Rob Gee and performed by local professional comedians. Think Eight out of Ten Cats/Who’s Line is it Anyway?  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.45pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: FREE

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Comedy Agency present

THE CLEAN (AS POSSIBLE) COMEDY SHOW

Come and watch three top comedians from the festival clean up their act! Two of the circuit’s best loved comedians will be joining host Tony Vino in a night that even your Grandma will enjoy ... unless she’s got a potty mouth. Stand-up comedy with a 12A certificate.  www.thecomedyagency.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Central Baptist Church Grid Ref: B2 (CBC)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

Arden Entertainment present

THE COIN-OPERATED GIRL; A SEX WORKERS REAL LIKE REVELATIONS OF FRIVOLOUS FORNICATIONS

Fat girls have all the fun! Miranda – who became a £2000 a night escort, and weighed over 300lbs to boot – knows more than most! In this tell-all comedy, she exposes the truth about sex workers, their clients, and hilarious, heart-warming and often bizarre moments in a unique career. Even if it’s not your first time with a prostitute, it’ll be the funniest! www.coinoperatedgirl.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Weirdos Comedy Club present

THE COLONEL

An epic story of friendship, love, war and chicken. A poor Kentucky boy trying to find some hope in a dark world. We’re a London comedy club founded around a love of innovation and experimentation. Chortle Innovation Award Nominee 2013. “They’re endlessly creative, fun and take risks. Great things surely lie ahead for one or some of this lot.” – LondonisFunny 2012.  www.weirdoscomedy.com www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £11 (£7)

Red Comedy and Comedians Comedian present

THE COMEDIAN’S COMEDIAN LIVE WITH STUART GOLDSMITH

Comedian Stuart Goldsmith turns interviewer in this live version of the critically acclaimed and Chortle Award nominated podcast which features in-depth conversation with some of comedy’s most respected names. In this edition, Leicester is in for a real treat as Stu unearths the what, the why and how the hell do you that?! in the brilliant and lightning quick comedy mind of award-winning stand-up, Jarred Christmas. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £5

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

THE COMEDY ZONE

The Edinburgh Fringe’s most prestigious and longest running showcase is back for its 23rd Year. Previously bringing you the likes of Dave Gorman, Russell Howard, Al Murray, Russell Kane, Harry Hill, and many more, this year’s acts tipped for the top are: Lucy Beaumont, Tommy Rowson and Matt Winning. “Comedy’s finest new additions” – Observer “The Fringe’s leading stand-up showcase” – The Times  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE ACOCKOLIPS

Four men banded together in the name of divine comedy to bring you an hour of stand up comedy. The four young riders from north of the border consist of Robin Grainger, Gareth Mutch, Andrew Sim and Liam Cumbers. Please join these four arrogant comics on their quest to the End of Days (or for an hour in Leicester). 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £3

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents

THE GHOST TOUR OF LEICESTER

Are you scared?! You will be once we’ve finished with you! Join us and wander down dark alleys and (possibly) haunted buildings as we show you the scary side of Leicester. Expect some surprises and the odd person covered in a white sheet. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (6pm)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: £15

Rainer Hersch

THE GRANDEST NIGHT OF GRAND OPERA …EVER

Rainer Hersch and the Leicester Symphony Orchestra top everything they have ever done with this utterly unique evening of music and laughter. At last the gloves are off as they team up with the iconic Leicester Philharmonic Choir to caress, enjoy and generally mess about with some of the greatest choral music ever written. 100 singers, 80 musicians, one madcap conductor – nothing in the history of music will be safe. *Other concessions available – contact Box Office. www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £11 to £18 (Children £5*)

Walking Cliche and Ed O’Meara present

THE HISTORY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. WITH JOKES.

From Romulus to Romulus Augustulus, over one thousand years of Roman history with jokes from a comedy award-winning history graduate. Since winning the National Student Award for Comedy, Ed has written for Viz and The Huffington Post and has featured in Robin Ince’s Book Club, and on BBC Radio. “If you like the idea of ancient history blended with entertaining jokes and idioms, this one’s for you” – Edinburgh Reporter www.edomeara.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Jewry Wall Museum Grid Ref: B1 (JWM)

ENTRY: £5

THE JEST

Five-person sketch group The Jest present an hour of brand new sketches. Featuring former members of Simply the Jest, expect a show that is “delightfully silly” and above all, “clever stuff” **** – The List. “A group of very talented young performers” **** – Broadway Baby.  www.thejest.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Lisa Thomas Management present

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FUNMBI OMOTAYO

Join multi award winning comedian Funmbi Omotayo as he embarks on his solo hour, bringing you stories filled with humour as well as his stand point on modern day Britain. Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2013. “He’s got the jokes to back up his charm. Soon, he could be playing to thousands.” – Time Out www.funmbi-omotayo.co.uk  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.45pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £5

Dan Wallbank and Lewis Barnes present

THE LIVES OF IDIOTS IN ACTION

Dan Wallbank and Lewis Barnes present an hour of stand-up, songs and self-deprecation. Dan is on the bleeding edge of Leicester’s musical comedy scene, and Lewis brings to bear his considerable artistic talents. Together they present a show that is both hilarious and memorable, fusing their unique styles into something approaching a whole.  www.facebook.com/events/153561248188405/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Just the Tonic present

THE MIDNIGHT SHOW

Just the Tonic will be bringing you a mixed bill of comedy from midnight and it will be a fiver to get in. There will be special offers once you’re in. We will be booking the best acts that are on in Leicester and The Midlands over the weekend. It’ll be late, it’ll be fun. Who knows what will happen. Anything can happen. Check our website for all line-up details. “most interesting line-up’s in the country” – The Times www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 12am (2.30am)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Chris Stokes

THE MITFORD SISTERS REUNION

Offbeat sketch comedy from the newly reunited Mitford Sisters. Dominic Allen (“Captivating” – The Scotsman) has received rave reviews for his one man tour, Jenny Collier (“Refreshingly original... Excellent” – Broadway Baby) is the next big thing, Duncan’s pub is going well and Chris Stokes (Dave’s One Night Stand, “Terrific” – The Skinny) has to rebuild his life. Why DO they want to get back together NOW? Come see. www.themitfordsisterscomedy.blogspot.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

THE MONKEY POET

FIRST LEICESTER SHOW!!!! 7 International Awards. “Irreverant, fast, furious and fun. Not to be missed.” ***** Three Weeks. “Sublime genius.” **** Broadway Baby. ****Nuvo Magazine Indianapolis. **** Eye Weekly Toronto. **** Citylfe Manchester. **** Flaneur. www.monkeypoet.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 11pm (12am)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Leicester Secular Society present

THE NEWS AT KATE: MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION

An hour long comedy show about opinions. How we form them, how we challenge them and how we can change them? Based on Kate’s own experience of appearing on more than 500 TV and radio debate shows, facing off with MPs, newspaper columnists and editors, religious leaders and the odd stray TV presenter. “hilarious ... a powerhouse of observational wit” – The Spectator. www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Secular Hall Grid Ref: B2 (SEC)

ENTRY: £7.50 (£6)

CKP present

THE NOISE ARE BACK IN TOWN

Following yet another successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the UK’s premier improv group The Noise Next Door present their critically acclaimed show. The boys regularly headline all the top clubs in the country including The Comedy Store. With a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance, the boys are well on their way to becoming comedy’s next big thing. www.thenoisenextdoor.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Zulu Comedy Festival present

THE RETURN OF THE GEEKS

Enter a dungeon of jokes when the geeks set out on an epic quest of geek culture and narrow references. The show will be more addictive than Magic, tighter than a chainmail bikini, and will grant you at least 80 new levels. The audience said: “These are the comedians you’re looking for” – D. Vader, Sith lord. “Precious” – Gollum, ring afficionado. “It needs more kids and floppy ears.” – G. Lucas, Destroyer of dreams. 

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 THE SAME FACES – IMPROVISED COMEDY

The Same Faces are a Leicester-based improvised comedy group, starring regulars Tom Young, Mike Brown, Allan Smith, and two guest performers. This show will be the Faces’ debut appearance in the comedy festival, having formed in April 2013. They’re all experienced improvisers, so come and join the fun, as The Same Faces spin comedy gold from nothing but your suggestions.  www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

THE SECRET TOUR

Fancy a comedy adventure? See 3 festival shows in 1 night. The catch? We won’t tell you which shows you’ll be seeing. A complete sell out in 2013. Take a chance, you won’t regret it. Tickets are only available in advance. Exciting huh?! 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6.30pm (12am)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: £30

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents

THE UK PUN CHAMPIONSHIPS

If you are British, you love a pun. It’s practically the law. So we thought we’d have a UK-wide contest to find the pun champion of the year. Join us as some of the best comedians from across the UK fight it out to the bitter end. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £10

Sarah Arnold and Nathan Willcock

THE VERY HUNGRY JOKERPILLAR

Nathan Willcock (Runner Up, Chortle Student Comedian of The Year 2013) and Sarah Arnold (bloody good at decorative ribbon curls) politely share an hour of comedy between them. Punchlines will include “...a Brechtian interpretation of Total Wipeout”, “e-coli” and “...frequently used by Germans”. “Slick and silly” – Steve Bennett, Chortle. “Brilliant... absolutely superb” – Eastern Daily Press.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £3

Kristian D Kirklan Associates present

THIS PEGGY TWATFACE IS TOAST

From the chaotic brain that brought you the amazing and bizarre portmanteau of fun Barbara Steele’s wheels of steel (nominated for best show at Dave’s Leicester comedy Festival 2013), comes Leanne Mckie’s first solo adventure that is This Peggy Twatface is toast. Welcome to the unique oddball world that Leanne inhabits, dont worry its only for an hour, if you behave yourselves.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: FREE

Old Man Management present

THÜNDERBARDS

Strapping sketch comedians Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore (So You Think You’re Funny? 2012 finalist) emerge, blinking into the Leicestershire sunlight with their critically acclaimed hour of sketches. “Without question one of the funniest sketch shows on the fringe” – GQ Magazine. “Tight, punchy and solidly funny” – The Guardian. “Cerebral and quick witted. A Fantastic Debut hour – ****” – The List. www.thunderbards.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 TIERNAN DOUIEB

Tiernan Douieb’s new show about the internet being too loud, politics, Icelandic noises and spiders. He’s performed his friendly style of comedy globally and was named by Mark Thomas as one to watch. “Has more than enough energy to go round, and he’s a hugely engaging onstage presence.” – British Comedy Guide. “gets the juxtaposition between heavy context and winning punchlines right” – Festmag.  www.tiernandouieb.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Makin Projects present

TIERNAN DOUIEB

Brand new family show “Everything You Ever Needed to Know Ever (And Some Extra Stuff“). Do you know everything? Tiernan thinks he does and he’s chosen to share his knowledge in an hour of very silly comedy for kids, adults, robots and things that go ‘yargle’. If you like Comedy Club 4 Kids – you’ll love this! “He had delighted giggles running roung the room” – The Telegraph ***** www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Heroes present

TIM FITZHIGHAM: THE GAMBLER

Multi-Award Winning, Perrier Nominated Comedian, author & explorer’s hilarious show about the 10 Greatest Bets in history. SELL OUT hit: Edinburgh, Melbourne & Adelaide Festivals. Featuring (via video link) Richard Hammond (Top Gear), Steve Davis (snooker legend) & Alex Horne (Radio 4). ***** “FitzHigham is completely unhinged, completely without hinges” – Eddie Izzard. “The perfect British Eccentric” – Dara O Briain. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of Fringe present

TIM RENKOW IS NOT AS HOMELESS AS I LOOK

Tim Renkow (Chortle Student finalist 2013) is “hilarious” Kate Copstick, “Brilliant” Henning Wehn, “Kills every time...” Rich Fulcher. He also happens to have Cerebal Palsy. This powerful word of mouth hit show from Edinburgh Fringe is about being judged on appearance, Come explore the funny side of violence with Tim’s dark yet cheerful sense of humor... Pay What You Want on Exit or Buy a Ticket in Advance to guarantee Entry.  www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £3 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

TIM VINE CHAT SHOW

Edinburgh Festival sellout show. “The man’s a marvel” – Scotsman). Come and see a totally ridiculous show packed with Tim’s silly jokes and the guests’ unforgettable anecdotes. One by one the gifted storytellers step out of the crowd and into the spotlight. Watch Vine spin comedy silver from tales like I Accidentally Ate a Sparrow, My Next Door Neighbour Painted Me Green and There Was a Train Driver in My Loft.  www.timvine.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Just The Tonic Grid Ref: B2 (JTT)

ENTRY: £11.50 (£10)

TINA TURNER TEA LADY

Join musical comedy superstar Tina Turner Tea Lady (Musical Comedy Awards- Third Place Finalist & Funny Women Awards-Semi Finalist) for an afternoon show of simply the best tea, hit songs and hilarious stories from her glory days. A regular hit act on the London comedy & cabaret scene, and following appearances at Bestival Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, This unique act is not to be missed!  www.tinatealady.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4.30pm (5.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Heroes present

TOM BINNS DOES IVAN BRACKENBURY & OTHERS

Tom Binns aka psychic Ian D Montfort does hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury, other characters and stories. Edinburgh and Chortle Awards nominee and featured in 50 most memorable gigs of the decade. “Special in every sense of the word” – Scotsman. “For simple laugh ’til you ache humour, Ivan Brackenbury is the hit of the Fringe” – Evening Standard. www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £8

Heroes present

TOM BINNS IS IAN D MONTFORT PSYCHIC FAYRE

After a triumphant BBC Radio 2 series, the New Age guru, psychic and medium returns; passing on messages, making predictions and telling fortunes. “Fantastically original and funny enough to kill you from asphyxiation” – Magic Circle Magazine. “By turns funny and peculiar, this is a uniquely brilliant hour of comedy...” ***** www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £8

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

TOM CRAINE: CRYING ON A WALTZER

Hilarious new stand up show from Jigsaw’s Tom Craine about being best friends with your ex, getting caught in gangland shootouts, eating off Margaret Thatcher’s face & other decisions. “Wise, funny, lyrical” – The Observer. “Wonderful” – Time Out.  www.tomcraine.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10.15pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Lisa Thomas Management present

TOM DEACON: GET YOUR DEAC-ON!

Returning to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for the 3rd year in a row, this year he’s bringing his debut warm-up tour show. Sure it’s a rough cut, but it’s packed with gold. Bring your fun time Charlie faces with you. Fresh from doing the Melbourne Comedy Festival Road Show, Dave’s One Night Stand, Rob Brydon Show, Fake Reaction. Also Youtube’s ‘The Eurofan’. “Mighty fine comic” – The Guardian. www.tomdeacon.co.uk www.brcomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6

Independent Talent Group Ltd present

TOM ROSENTHAL

Tom Rosenthal (C4’s Friday Night Dinner, ITV2’s Plebs, his mirror) was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards. He has done televised comedy on a stage (Dave’s One Night Stand) and behind a table (8 out of 10 Cats). Let him entertain you whilst you drink. “Vibrant, intelligent and fantastically-arranged, crackles with energy and glows with originality” – Spoonfed “Talented upcoming star” – Time Out.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club present

TOM STADE AND CO.

Star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow Tom Stade. Join this ’part devil, part dude’ (Scotsman) as he shares his refreshingly laid-back and unconventional ethos on life; playfully leading audiences into a world where there are no boundaries, and anything goes. With Elis James, reigning Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year Romesh Ranganathan and surrealist extraordinaire Joey Page.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

“One of the top 100 events of the year” The Sunday Times

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Glorious Management Ltd present

TOM TOAL IN PREQUEL

An hour of stand up from TT, discussing being one’s own harshest critic yet also biggest fan and the conflict that comes with it. “Humour from the heart” – Three Weeks. LOADED LAFTAS SEARCH FOR A STAR – Runner Up “Star of the first half was undoubtedly the charmingly ironic Tom Toal...The T-Dog is certainly one of the most promising of today’s emerging comics.” – Steve Bennett, Chortle. www.gloriousmanagement.com/artist/tom-toal DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Comedy Store Management proudly present

TOM WRIGGLESWORTH: UTTERLY AT ODDS WITH THE UNIVERSE – SPRING TOUR 2014

Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. Yorkshire man, Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth takes to the road returns with an exquisite new show.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

TOM YOUNG’S GOT ISSUES

Single, broke, 25, and living at home; it’s fair to say Tom’s got issues. But it’s not just his own problems that affect him: there are big issues like feminism, cultural issues like faith, and will Peter Capaldi be a good Doctor Who? Returning to the festival with his fourth solo show, Leicestershire’s tallest comedian will tackle all these issues and more, including those suggested by the audience.  www.tomyoungcomedy.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

TONY DUNN AGAINST THE PSYCHOPATHS

Our hero Tony Dunn investigates the traits we share with psychopaths, as well as the tell-tale behaviours that mark them out from the crowd. In an hour of powerhouse comic observation and sketches, he blows the doors off their grimy underbelly. Looking at everyone from serial killers to care workers, he will arm you with the tools to spot the psychopath who could be living next door.  www.tonydunncomedy.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

TONY JAMESON – RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Following on from his 2013 sell out Edinburgh Fringe debut show, ‘Football Manager Ruined My Life’, Tony now focuses on the other troubles in his life. Planning a wedding. Thinking about starting a family. Plus he’s got a rather questionable colouring book. Join one of the north easts hottest talents in an hour of storytelling and fun. “Terrific...wonderful...life affirming stuff...” – The Skinny ****.  www.tonyjameson.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Globe Grid Ref: B2 (GLO)

ENTRY: FREE

Show and Tell present

TONY LAW – NONSENSE IN PROGRESS

Multi award-winning Mr Tony Law – seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more – offers up a mixture of fresh ideas and “shouty bollocks” in a work-in-progress towards a brand new show. “Dangerously funny” **** – Guardian. “Force of nature” **** – Times.  www.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £6

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 The Cookie present...A Movie Premiere

TRUNK’D

From writer/director, Jake Hull, comes Trunk’d an unapologetic road trip comedy movie complete with a pimp, a mayor, hillbillies and blackmail. Trunk’d follows Adam, his brother Paul, his best man Jesse and his cousin Rob as they travel from Nebraska to Texas and back again, all in an effort to dispose of the body of a deceased call girl whom they find unresponsive the morning after Adam’s stag party. www.trunkdthemovie.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 14th: 9.30pm (11pm), 16th: 12.30pm (2pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £6

Bob Slayer’s Heroes of Fringe present

TWONKEYS BLUE CADABRA WITH PAUL VICKERS

“Makes Edward Lear sound like the Six O’ Clock news” – Kate Copstick. Toast award nominee for best cabaret Edinburgh fringe 2013. “A bearded Fantasist” **** – Time Out. “A surrealist’s wet dream” **** – The Skinny. It’s a surreal/fun show with twisted songs, adult fairytales and set pieces, which often feature elaborate props and games for the audience. Paul used to front John Peel regulars Dawn of the Replicants. P ay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.twonkey.blogspot.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 (£4) / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Unidentified Flying Improv present

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UFI: HARIBO HEROES (KIDS)

Unidentified Flying Improv, Leicester’s longest running comedy improvising group, premiere their first family friendly festival show. Children and adults alike can join in, make suggestions, or simply watch and enjoy the energetic and interactive combination of improvised comedy, songs and Whose Line Is It Anyway? style games. Most suited for ages 6 and over but all ages welcome. A fab, fun way to end your half term.  www.facebook.com/UnidentifiedFlyingImprov DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: £4

Unidentified Flying Improv present

UFI: KERFUFFLE SHUFFLE

Unidentified Flying Improv, a group of award winning comedians and performers triumphantly return to the festival for the fifth year running with their fabulous, fully made up on the spot shows. Come and marvel at the verbal dexterity, the musical annihilation, and the comic agility as UFI improvise their way out of a fun packed paper bag. Featuring classic games from shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? & others. www.facebook.com/UnidentifiedFlyingImprov DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Exchange Bar Grid Ref: B2 (EXC)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

The Ukes of GB(TM) are touring planet Earth with their funny, stomping, toe tapping, all singing, all plucking obituary of Rock and Roll and melodious light entertainment. *Groups of 10 + get 10% discount on first 10 and the 11th free. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: De Montfort Hall Grid Ref: D3 (DMH)

ENTRY: £19 £21 (£17 £19, Groups – *see above)

Ben Target & Matthew Highton Present

UNUSUAL STORIES FOR UNUSUAL PEOPLE

Previous Leicester Mercury winner Ben Target and his cohort the absurdly odd Matthew Highton present to you, the pubic, an hour of unusual stories for unusual people. Target is a previous Leicester Mercury winner and Foster Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee. Highton is an idiot, but a well reviewed one: “An engaging storyteller with a head for witty fantasy” – Chortle “Wonderful Surrealism” – The Guardian. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry  www.heroesoffringe.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.45pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

“All in all, a pretty broad grin” The Observer

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 UPSTAIRS AND FUNNY AT THE WESTERN

Three bright young comedic talents will be at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s pub theatre. But they won’t be getting drunk, they’ll be getting hilarious. Join Matt Holmes “Strong audience rapport and light, intelligent wit”, Jack Campbell “Best Newcomer at 2012 Nottingham Comedy Festival” and Dan Nicholas “Has the ability to make you laugh without you being completely sure why”. Come upstairs and laugh at them.  www.upstairsatthewestern.com DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Upstairs at the Western Grid Ref: C1 (UAW)

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of Fringe present

UPSTAIRS DOWNTON

After selling out at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, join Upstairs Downton for an improvised period drama spoof created from your suggestions. With a cast including Funny Women 2012 finalist Viv Groskop (“Brilliant” – Jo Brand), and novelist Christopher Shevlin (“You can’t help being tickled” – The Guardian), expect stories of romance, ambition and souffles. Just like on the telly. Only made up. Pay What you want on exit or buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry. www.upstairsdownton.com www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £5 / www.pay-what-you-want.info

Objective Talent present

VIKKI STONE

DLCF Best New Show Nominee Vikki Stone returns to Leicester after sell-out Edinburgh shows and her debut national tour. Expect an explosive show full of hilarious stand-up, songs, and silliness! As seen on ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here... Now, ITV1’s This Morning and That Sunday Night Show “Super funny new girl on the block” – Sun. “The audience were almost crying with laughter” – Guardian. www.objectivetalentmanagement.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

VINCENT COURAGE – MORALLY BANKRUPT

New comedian Vincent COURAGE examines some of the more difficult situations in his life through graphic storytelling and crudely honest confessionals. After just a year in comedy this is his first event at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. with Guests tba. 

DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Looking Glass Grid Ref: C1 (LOO)

ENTRY: FREE

Blond Ambition & O’Connor Arts present

VIVE LE CABARET

Vive le Cabaret is a comedy and variety spectacular which has thrilled audiences on the Edinburgh Fringe for the last five years. Expect a feast of entertainment from some of the biggest names in stand-up, circus, burlesque, musical-comedy and much, much more. Hosted by cheeky cabaret favourite Desmond O’Connor, Vive le Cabaret is a five star festival in itself, not to be missed! www.vivelecabaret.co.uk www.heroesoffringe.com

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DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8.30pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Heroes @ Hansom Hall Grid Ref: C2 (HAH)

ENTRY: £10

WHAT’S THE STORY SHOWCASE

Following on from Kirsty Munro’s ‘What’s The Story’ 10 week course in writing, acting, improvisation and performance techniques in comedy and storytelling, participants now have the opportunity to show off their new-found skills in a showcase performance. Some of the acts will be performing for the first time, so come and show your support for what may be tomorrow’s new shining stars!  www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call the Box Office 0116 242 3595


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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014 Up the Creek Management present

WHO IS DANE BAPTISTE?

Who is Dane Baptiste? is the highly anticipated debut hour from one of comedy’s most celebrated up & coming stars. Expect razor-sharp rants on Dane’s daily irritations including boring jobs, class divisions, sexual politics & the rude boys most secret fear. “Smart, slick & a box full of attitude” – Rebecca Papworth, Executive Producer, BBC Comedy.  www.danebaptiste.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £5

Walking Cliche and Superfan present

WHO YA GONNA CALL?

Katy, Tom and Jon pay tribute to the best film of all time in their own special way; with original songs, cardboard props and lots of love. Watch them sing, slime and bust their way through a one-hour interactive tribute to everyone’s favourite 80s classic. Think Reduced Shakespeare Company meets Be Kind, Rewind. ***** “The only thing that could’ve improved this show is a cameo from Bill Murray himself” – Three Weeks.  www.whoyagonnacall.co.uk DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: The Ale Wagon Grid Ref: B2 (ALE)

ENTRY: FREE

De Montfort University’s Square Mile Programme present

WHOSE MILE2 IS IT ANYWAY?

De Montfort University’s Square Mile (Mile2) Programme has been training a group of residents from the local community to perform Improvised Comedy for the first time at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Anything could happen in this showcase of new talent!  www.dmu.ac.uk/mile2 DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Grid Ref: A1 (NNC)

ENTRY: FREE

WIL HODGSON – WORK IN PROGRESS

Work in progress show from award winning cult favourite. “Genius” Russell Howard, “One of the most original and consistently funny performers in the UK.. Despite the tattoos, he could be an Alan Bennett for the south-west” – The Guardian. “The most charismatic of storytellers” – The Scotsman. “They say that Hodgson’s an acquired taste, so acquire some taste and book your goddamned tickets” – Exeunt Magazine.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rA-XKovsE DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Just the Tonic at The Regent Club Grid Ref: C3 (JTR)

ENTRY: £4

Avalon Promotions Ltd present

WITTANK: THE SCHOOL

Eminently silly sketch outfit WitTank invite you into the charmingly warped world of The School; a deranged and archaic institution with a dizzying array of loveable eccentrics, diabolical lunatics and malevolent buffoons. “Excellent, inspired and resolutely daft” – Independent. “Impressively sharp. Expect big things” – Sunday Times. “A dazzling display of sketch genius” – List. ***** List. ***** British Comedy Guide.  www.wittank.com/ DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Crumblin Cookie Grid Ref: B2 (CRU)

ENTRY: £15

ZULU COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

You know Danish bacon and Danish TV, but do you know Danish comedy? Four of the best Danish stand-up comedians are coming to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for the first time ever. All with prestigious TV- and one-man-show credits. Discover the dark Danish humour in this one-off showcase. Sofie Hagen, Michael Schoet, Brian Moerk, and Geo.  DATES: 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

TIME: 1pm (2pm)

VENUE: Duffy’s Bar Grid Ref: B2 (DUB)

ENTRY: FREE

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2010 An acorn of an idea is born – Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival teams up with The National Forest to develop the idea for a Comedy Wood, an actual wood in North Leicestershire, in the heart of The National Forest. The aim - to do our bit to support protecting our environment and lower our carbon footprint. 2011 The idea takes seed – with the help of festival promoters, comedians and friends monies begin to be raised to support the planting of our trees. 2012 Our seed flourishes – with the support of individuals and organisations we have nearly raised enough money to start planting our real live trees. 2013 In February 2013, after three years of fundraising Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and the National Forest launched the Comedy Wood. Comedian Alistair McGowan joins us, planting our very first tree, establishing the woods comedy credentials.

A huge thanks to all of those who have supported this project, who have bought a tree, who have spread the word about this project.

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“Leicester’s huge annual hooding is a bona fide highlight of the comedy year” The Independent

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WE MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE We design and deliver a range of events and projects including: • Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival • Make Me Happy • Comedy in the Dark • Silver Stand Up Competition • What’s Up Doc

• Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition • Comedy Blind Date • Hotel D’Comedie • Flame Festival, Aylesbury • The UK Pun Championships

Our clients include global property developers, local authorities, community organisations and festivals.

Registered charity 1135167

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“Find everything from regular stand up to interactive comedy experiences” The Daily Mirror

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Sing Leicestershire

We are on the lookout for people who want to get involved in an exciting new project encouraging people to sing! Whether you’ve been singing for years, or if you’ve been told you can’t sing a note, we want to hear from you! To help us celebrate our 21st birthday we want to share the benefits of singing and music for our health, wellbeing and happiness. There is an increasing amount of evidence demonstrating the positive contribution singing makes to health & wellbeing. It’s been scientifically proven that singing helps our breathing and our lungs, increasing lung capacity. Singing is an aerobic activity, which improves muscle activity in our upper bodies including your heart. These things are true whether you sing beautifully or badly! You may come across people singing at events throughout Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014, building towards the gala charity fundraising event at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 8th February.

For more information about the full programme visit www.makemehappy-online.co.uk This programme is possible as a result of financial support from our partners:

Thanks also to the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Partnership for their support which has enabled us to work with children from North West Leicestershire, inspiring their interest in performance and awareness of lung health and the dangers of smoking. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which is led by Leicestershire County Council and is supported by Leicester City Council and the districts and boroughs of Leicestershire. The Partnership celebrates the way arts, culture and heritage contribute towards improved health and wellbeing.

“Leicester’s annual bash with a packed bill of top names” The Independent

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“A strong line-up” The Sunday Times

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“One of the best comedy festivals in the world” The Guardian

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PLEASE NOTE: the following details are provided for those looking for venue information (parking, food, bar details). For information about how to buy tickets, please call the festival box office on 0116 242 3595.

BNC Title:

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BIP Title:

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Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Address: Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF Info: 0116 222 1004 Bike Park Address: Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6BF Info: 0116 299 1234 Email: cycle-city@leicester.gov.uk Web: www.leicester.gov.uk/bikepark

CBC Title:

Central Baptist Church Address: Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1LA Info: 0116 255 4013 Web: www.central-baptist.org.uk

B2

COL Title: Colourworks Address: Canalside (opp Castle Gardens), 2 Westbridge Close, Leicester LE3 5LW Info: 0116 262 4170 Web: www.colourworksrestaurant.com

B1

CUR Title:

CurveB2 Address: Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB Info: 0116 242 3595 Web: www.curveonline.co.uk

DMH Title:

De Montfort Hall Address: Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU Info: 0116 233 3111 Email: dmh.office@leicester.gov.uk Web: demontforthall.co.uk

D3

DM Title: UC

De Montfort University Campus CentreC1 Address: Leicester LE1 9BH Info: 0116 257 7896 Web: www.demontfortstudents.com

DUB Title: Duffy’s BarB2 Address: 8 Pocklington’s Walk, Leicester LE1 6BU Info: 0116 255 5717 Web: www.facebook.com/pages/ Duffys-Bar/375641015862473 EMB Title:

Embrace Arts Address: Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA Info: 0116 252 2455 Email: arts-centre@le.ac.uk Web: www.embracearts.co.uk

D2

FIR Title: FirebugB2 Address: 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 255 1228 Email: info@firebugbar.co.uk Web: www.firebugbar.co.uk HAH Title:

Heroes at Hansom Hall Address: Wellington St, Leicester LE1 6HL Info: 07500 900 737 Web: www.heroesoffringe.com

C2

HAB Title: Hugh Aston Building Address: De Montfort University, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY Info: 0116 255 1551 Web: www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/ events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx

C1

JWM Title:

B1

JTT Title:

B2

Jewry Wall Museum Address: 156-160 St Nicholas Circle, Leicester LE1 4LB Info: 0116 225 4971 Web: www.leicester.gov.uk/museums Just The Tonic Address: 30-32 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE Info: 0116 262 5050 Email: laura@justthetonic.com Web: www.justthetonic.com

JTR Title:

Just the Tonic at The Regent Club C3 Address: 102 Regent Rd, Leicester LE1 7DA Info: 0116 223 8006 Web: www.regentleicester.co.uk www.justthetonic.com

KAY Title:

KayalC2 Address: 153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE Info: 0116 255 4667 Web: www.kayalrestaurant.com

LCB Title:

LCB Depot Address: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 262 6800 Email: info@comedy-festival.co.uk Web: www.lcbdepot.co.uk

B2

LCA Title: Leicester Cathedral Address: St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ Info: 0116 261 5200 Web: www.cathedral.leicester.anglican.org/

B2

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C3

Leicester Train Station Address: London Road, Leicester LE2 0QB

LOC Title:

Lock 42A1 Address: 2 - 4 Frog Island, Leicester LE3 5AG Info: 0116 223 0303 Web: www.lock42.co.uk

LTH Title:

Loughborough Town Hall Address: Market Place, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3EB Info: 01509 231914 Email: townhall@charnwoodbc.gov.uk Web: www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

A1

MAI Title:

MaiyangoB1 Address: 13-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 4LD Info: 0116 251 8898 Web: www.maiyango.com

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MEL Title: Melton TheatreA2 Address: Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0HJ Info: 01664 851 111 Web: www.meltontheatre.com NNC Title:

Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Address: Pool Road, Leicester LE3 9GH Info: 0116 222 1036

PED Title:

Pedestrian GalleryB2 Address: 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 261 6891 Web: www.pedestrian.info

PHO Title:

A1

Phoenix Square Address: 4 Midlands Street, Leicester LE1 1TG Info: 0116 242 2800 Web: phoenix.org.uk/

B3

POB Title:

Polar BearC2 Address: 44 Oxford St, Leicester LE1 5XW Info: 0116 254 6496 Web: www.screampubs.co.uk/thepolarbearleicester

SEC Title:

Secular HallB2 Address: 75 Humberstone Gate East, Leicester LE1 1WB Info: 07795 097 635 Web: www.leicestersecularsociety.org.uk

BEL Title:

C3

CRI Title:

C2

CRU Title:

B2

EXC Title: The Exchange Bar Address: The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD Info: 0116 251 3434

B2

C1

MUS Title: The Musician Address: 34 Clyde Street (off Humberstone Gate), Leicester LE1 2DE Info: 0116 251 0080 Email: rideout@stayfree.co.uk Web: www.themusicianpub.co.uk

B3

Shakespeares Address: Two Colton Square, Leicester, LE1 1QH Info: 0116 254 5454 Web: www.shakespeares.co.uk The Ale Wagon Address: 14 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 262 3330 Web: www.alewagon.co.uk The Belmont Hotel Address: De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GR Info: 0116 254 4773 Email: info@belmonthotel.co.uk Web: www.belmonthotel.co.uk The Criterion Address: 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 262 5418 Email: thecriterion1@yahoo.co.uk Web: www.criterionvenue.co.uk The Crumblin Cookie Address: 68 Highstreet, Leicester LE1 5YP Info: 0116 253 1212 Email: katinncc@googlemail.com Web: www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk/index.html

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The Little Theatre Address: Dover Street, Leicester LE1 6PW Info: 0116 255 1302 Email: admin@thelittletheatre.net Web: www.thelittletheatre.net

The Looking Glass Address: 68-70 Braunstone Gate, Leicester LE3 5LG Info: 0116 255 9002

YLE Title:

C2

UAW Title:

C1

WRS Title:

D2

REG Title:

B2

LOO Title:

Regent College Studio C3 Address: Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7LW Info: 0116 255 4629

Ramada Encore Address: 84-90 Charles St, Leicester LE1 1GE Info: 0116 366 0150

ALE Title:

C2

B2

RAE Title:

B3

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GLO Title: The GlobeB2 Address: 43 Silver St, Leicester LE1 5EU Info: 0116 253 9492 Web: www.everards.co.uk/our-pubs/the-globeleicester

The Y Address: 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY Info: 0116 255 7066 Email: theatre@leicesterymca.co.uk Web: www.ytheatre.co.uk

Upstairs at The Western Address: 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA Info: 0116 254 5287 Web: www.upstairsatthewestern.com Welford Road Stadium Address: Aylestone Rd, Leicester LE2 7TR Info: 0844 856 1880 Web: www.leicestertigers.com

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Contact Big Difference Company, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Registered charity 1135167

Tel: 0116 261 6812 info@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

People Festival Patrons:

Sue Townsend, Sean Hughes, Tony Slattery, the late Sir Norman Wisdom O.B.E Board of Directors:  Martyn Allison (Chair), Clare Hudson, Jenny Pearce, Helen Taverner, Hilary Campton, Chris Maughan, Asgoo Pirbhai, John Stobart, Max Shurer

Staff:

Director Project Managers Partnership Manager Office Manager Finance Manager Festival Assistant Make Me Happy Assistant Street Team Manager Production Manager Sponsorship PR Manager Print design and production Print Distribution

Geoff Rowe Chris Foote, Maya Biswas, Anna Peavitt Lucy Pitchford-Todd Ashley Scattergood John Symonds Jade Leathem Monika Polek Craig Sheakey Rachel Hendry Sparkle Productions www.sparkle-productions.com Arthur Leone PR www.arthurleone.com Reach Marketing www.reachmarketing.co.uk SLB Distribution www.slb-leaflet-distribution.co.uk

Thanks to

Steven North, Will Gunton, Hik Sasaki, David Ritch, Joel Porter, Sari Blom, Gemma Pinkney, Aatin Anadkat & everyone at Maiyango, John Rance, Jake Harvey and everyone at Phoenix Square, Julie Smith, Peter Leone, Adnan Ahmed, Antony Flint, Pete Mitchell, Robbie Kerr, Brian Lisowy and everyone at De Montfort Hall, Steve Bennett, Deb Watson, Fiona, Paul, Stella, Iain, Brad, Marie, Tim & everyone at Curve, Martin Jinks, Anna Arthur & Lana Lay, Paul, Sue, Julia, David, Peter & everyone at LCB Depot, Jon Restell & Marisa Howes, The Little Theatre, Sarah Harrison, Lynne Richards, Wayne Kelly & Matt Holt, David Oldershaw, Peter Koukoularides, Dominic Shellard, Sarah Thomson, Jo Griffin & everyone at De Montfort University, Joanna Smith at The Y, John Stobart, Daljit Flora and everyone at Shakespeares, Sir Peter Soulsby, Rory Palmer, Piara Singh Clair, Andy Keeling, Sarah Levitt, Maggie Shutt, Liz Blyth, Alison Colledge and everyone at Culture and Neighbourhood Services, David Simms and everyone at Leicester Mercury, Henrik Jesperson and all the staff at Ramada Encore, James Bowie, Alison Coulam and everyone at The Belmont Hotel, Leicester Shire Promotions, Tony Graves, Ian Borley & Ann Lamin, Louise Grainger, Asgoo, Gary, Lucy, Paul, Reema, Owain, Juliette, Mandi and everyone at Reach, Michaela Butter, Louisa Milburn & Embrace Arts, Liz & Ken, Richard Bucknall, Caroline Edwards, Richard Clark, VISTA, Action Deafness, Shaun Turner, Tim Parsons, Jane Hill, Kay Wright & everyone at BBC Leicester, Tinny & Katie and everyone at The Cookie, Bob Slayer, Kiran Parmar, Russell, Cassie & Anna Webb, Kate Bassett, Jo Shepard, Spikey Mike, Imogen Thomas, Kiri Pitchard-Mclean and every at Gag Reflex, Jacqui Norton, Claire Nightingale, Simon Walsh and everyone a Demon FM, James Mullinger, Alice Wilson, Darrell Martin, Christian Knowles, Michelle Thomas, Charlotte Austin, Chris Lander, Paul Howland, Carrie Matthews, Corrie McGuire, Russell Garnett, Jo Williams, Anthony Butler, Stine Hammer Rasmussen, Andy Leitch and all promoters, volunteers, venue staff and performers!

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