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OFFICIAL FESTIVAL GUIDE

8-24 February

17 days of

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Comedy for all tastes at Order the funniest thing on the menu Specials include Paul Foot, Chris Stokes, Tom Deacon, Nick Helm, Rob Rouse, Holly Walsh, Pat Cahill, Iain Stirling, Lloyd Langford & Zoe Lyons plus many more

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Friday 11th January, 7.30pm De Montfort Hall, Leicester Tickets: £24 (£21)

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Second to thecomedy Edinburghfestivals summerinjamboree as aThe showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian One of only the best the world. Guardian

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Sponsors Welcome Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Timeline Take a look back over the past 20 years, when the festival began.

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

Festival information More useful tit bits. By Julian Hall.

Acknowledgements People and organisations we want to thank.

Performers names at a glance.

Festival Survival Guide Festival Diary  Times, events, titles, venues and prices for quick reference.

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A - Z of acts

How the listing section works.

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Comedy Connections

Our listings explained

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Show Listings  All the show information you need.

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Make Me Happy Venue locations Handy map to help you plan your comedy nights out.

Venue information All the venue contact information you will need.

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Welcome Hello hello and welcome to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 This year is a particularly special year as we come of age and celebrate our 20th birthday! There are more shows than ever and we’re thrilled to be able to present this programme alongside our friends at Dave. Following the 2012 amazing festival, we’re delighted to be working with Dave again to continue developing the festival. The past 20 years have seen some incredible shows and events here at the festival. Whether it was Harry Hill & Matt Lucas doing a gig at the first ever festival, or Johnny Vegas winning our Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition in 1997, or our tribute to Leicestershire born Python Graham Chapman in 1999, or Norman Wisdom’s amazing show in 2002 – there are so many highlights, it’s hard to name just a few. Each year the festival grows and develops and this year is no exception. Take a look through the pages of this brochure and check out the 500+ shows and events we’ve lined up to tickle your funny bone. We extend a special welcome to you if you’re visiting Leicester and the festival for the first time. You are not alone as comedy fans from across the UK clear their diaries and come along to enjoy some familiar names, as well as spot the big names of the future.

This year we’ve set up a centralised festival box office, so you can make one call, or make one click, and buy tickets for multiple shows in one go. Check out www.comedy-festival.co.uk or give the box office a call on 0116 242 3595. We’ve worked hard to ensure the booking fees are kept as low as possible – details are on page 17. None of this would be possible without the support of our partners who work with us throughout the year to make the festival happen. Thank you to everyone who continue to support what we do. We are very very grateful for all the support we receive.

We are thoroughly excited to be continuing our relationship with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival into 2013.

The quality of last year’s festival was second to none and we were proud to be part of the fun. It is our privilege to continue to support the longest running comedy festival in Europe for a second year running. As the number of original programmes broadcast on Dave grow year by year, so does our commitment to supporting live comedy nationwide. We are looking forward to building upon the festival’s already sterling reputation both within Leicester and nationwide and we would like to thank you for allowing us to be part of it. Steve North General Manager, Dave.

Please do enjoy the festival.

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Don’t just stick to the safe stuff. Experiment and explore the full range of what Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 has on offer. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@DavesLeicsFest) Dr Geoff Rowe Director, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has been fundraising since 2010 to raise money to plant some native broadleaf trees in a new area called The Comedy Wood. The wood, part of The National Forest, is being planted in Spring 2013 and will be open to visitors to enjoy as it continues to grow. The money raised has been donated by members of the public and performers who support the festivals aim to lower our carbon footprint. The National Forest is one of the boldest environmentally led regeneration projects ever seen in this country. A vast, new forest is being created, reflecting a growing awareness of the need to protect and cherish our environment.

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01283 551 211 Thanks to the following promoters:

Alan Seaman, Active Arts, Ben Muir, Ben Van Der Velde, Butterworth Axis of Evil, Canavan Connolly, Creative Leicestershire, Contact Project, Curtis Brown, Curve Theatre, Custard Comedy, De Montfort Hall, DMU Students, Exchange Bar, IMWP (UK) Ltd, Intertain, J Lewis, Jim Brown, Jo Shepherd Ship Of Fools, Joe Lycett, Knighton Fields LCC, L U Theatre / Univ of Leicester, Lakin, Loughborough Council of Faiths, Leicester City Council, The Little Theatre, Mark Olver, Midas, Midlands Cooperative Society, The Musician, P Taylor, Phoenix Square, Regent College, Sean Collins SCJ Ent, Tom Rosenthal, Tom Adams, Turf Love, Y Theatre, RBM

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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Comedy timeline START

1997

• Johnny Vegas wins Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

1994

• Leicester Comedy Festival launches. Harry Hill, Matt Lucas and John Shuttleworth perform • Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer at just 32

• Sandra Bernhard performs • Jongleurs opens its first comedy club outside London - here in Leicester • Graham Norton’s show was halted several times after bomb threats from Combat 18 Johnny Vegas is launched into the big time.

• Spike Milligan calls Prince Charles a ‘little grovelling bastard’ at the British Comedy Awards Leicester Comedy Festival launched

1996

• Dylan Moran wins Perrier award

1995

• Felix Dexter, Mark Lamarr and Julian Clary perform • LCF presents “Fever Pitch” in a conference room at Filbert Street football stadium

• Peter Cook, ‘the funniest man who ever drew breath’, died aged 57

• Frankie Boyle wins the first Daily Telegraph Open Mic award for new comedians

• LCF launches its Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Stevie Knuckles wins • Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit) appears at LCF, bringing his Oscar with him in a carrier bag • Jenny Éclair becomes the first woman to win the Perrier award Sean Hughes filled the De Montfort Hall. And he looks so thin on telly! This was his only UK gig before his celebrated tour down under.

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The festival opened this year with stand out performances from Linda Smith and Mark Lamarr.

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2002

• Rik Mayall is seriously injured in a quad bike accident • After nine series, the last episode of Seinfeld airs in America, to an audience of 76 million viewers

Comedy legend Norman Wisdom was still going strong in 2002. On his first LCF appearance he played to a packed De Montfort Hall.

• Mitch Benn wins Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

Wallace and Gromit dropped in on the festival, to the delight of local children. They were also the stars of a drawing and animation competition organised by Leicester Comedy Festival with local schools.

• Spike Milligan dies at the age of 83 • “Crouching Ferret, Hidden Beaver”, Garth Marenghi & Ross Noble perform

1999

• The first episode of The Office airs on BBC Two

• Paul Merton interviews his hero’s Galton & Simpson on stage

• LCF hosts a special tribute to Python Graham Chapman who was born in Leicestershire • Stewart Lee and Richard Herring film a series of sketches for their BBC2 show in which Rod Hull kept suffering fatal accidents because his false arm was permanently wrapped around Emu. Three days before the first one is due to be broadcast, Rod Hull falls off a roof while adjusting a TV aerial and dies

2001

The team that bought us ‘going for an English’ saw the funny side of cultural cross-dressing.

• Chris Morris’s controversial Brass Eye paedophile special airs on Channel 4, attracting more than 1,500 complaints Perrier Award winner Ross Noble inflicted his unique brand of humour on a sell out audience.

• Ed Byrne, Jethro and Ennio Marchetto perform

2000

• Chortle, the UK comedy scene’s leading website, launches

• Billy Connolly streaks around London’s Piccadilly Circus for Comic Relief • Stewart Lee, Mighty Boosh, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand and Supergirly perform

Jo Brand hosts the London launch of Leicester Comedy Festival at the Limelight Club on Shaftsbury Avenue.

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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2003

2007

• Australian stand-up Jim Jeffries is punched by a heckler on stage. The footage is seen on the net more than 2million times

• Aaron Barschak, the self-styled ‘comedy terrorist’, gatecrashes Prince William’s 21st birthday party • Doug Stanhope performs • Jim Davidson refuses to perform his show in Plymouth until wheelchairusers are moved from the front row

• Russell Brand, Josie Long, Sean Hughes and We Are Klang perform • Bernard Manning, scourge of the alternative comedy movement, dies at 76

Jimmy Carr guaranteed a fruity summer at the inaugural ‘Summer Raspberry’ spin off festival.

• Aaron Barschak, the self-styled ‘comedy terrorist’, gatecrashes Prince William’s 21st birthday party • Doug Stanhope performs • Jim Davidson refuses to perform his show in Plymouth until wheelchairusers are moved from the front row

2004 The ‘Everards Fringe’ was launched in 2004, in which various acts played in selected Everards pubs around Leicester. It proved to be one of Comedy Festivals most popular initiatives.

Leicester Comedy Festival celebrated the life and work of Leicester’s most outrageous son, Joe Orton.

Roseanne Barr became the latest big American star to fly over especially to perform at Leicester Comedy Festival. It was a huge success.

2006

• Linda Smith dies of ovarian cancer at 48 • The Perrier awards are renamed the if.comedy awards after changing sponsor • Seinfeld star Michael Richards becomes vilified after a racist outburst at a comedy club is distributed over the internet

2005

• Malcolm Hardee, folk hero of the London comedy scene, drowns • BBC Two airs Jerry Springer: The Opera, attracting 9,000 complaints • Harry Hill, Four Poofs and a Piano and Jackson’s Way perform • Dave Allen, Ronnie Barker and Richard Pryor die

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Harry and Benny get laughs from different ends of the comedy spectrum. The Benny Hill retrospective celebrated one of the 1970s’ most popular yet controversial comedians; Harry Hill showed us why he is one of the most popular today.

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We launch our Green Room Award presented to the festival venue with the greatest commitment to lowering its carbon footprint.

• Gilded Balloon set up camp at The City Rooms for the festival • Eddie Izzard was given a special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his 1,100-mile run for Sport Relief • Our “best of festivalâ€? tour visits 14 venues across the UK • Ofcom fine the BBC ÂŁ150,000 over the “Sachsgateâ€? row

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• The festival grows to 17 days

2011

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• We received a letter from The Queen wishing us luck with the festival • Noel Fielding got into the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief • Greg Davies performed a sell out show at the festival in aid of The Stroke Association

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Comedy lovers enjoyed an unusual night at the Hotel D’Comedie. Four comedians performed an interactive show in the hotels luxurious suites.

We launched our Comedy in the Dark initiative - premiering at the Edinburgh Festival.

• Josh Widdicombe wins the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition • We take our Comedy in the Dark show to Edinburgh Fringe • Festival patron Sir Norman Wisdom dies, aged 95

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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Watch out for... A Comedy Adventure

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A complete sell out in 2012, 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 on Friday 8th February; a unique way to start your festival off. £25 per person including a welcome snack and drink. Tickets are only available in advance from www.comedy-festival.co.uk or 0116 242 3595.

New for 2013 are some brilliant new venues, offering a huge number of shows to make you smile. We are proud to welcome Just the Tonic, Apex Works, BBC Radio Leicester, Leicester train station, Trinity House & Chapel and the entire DMU campus to the festival. There are also more shows than ever before across the county of Leicestershire thanks to our friends at Leicestershire Stands Up and Just the Tonic.

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!

Dave’s Curry House Back due to public demand, Dave’s Curry House is back and open for business. Returning to its rightful home at Chutney Ivy, the curry house provides some of the funniest things on the festival menu with specials including Paul Foot, Zoe Lyons, Chris Stokes, Tom Deacon, Nick Helm, Rob at Rouse, Holly Walsh & Pat Cahill. Book a meal in the restaurant and then come downstairs for some brilliant comedy.

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Late Night Laughs This year there are almost 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 The Exchange Bar, The Looking Glass, The Crumblin Cookie, The Belmont, Dave’s Curry House and The Criterion. at Watch out for new late night shows including Late Night Comedy Bar at Just The Tonic and Late Encore at Midnight at Ramada Encore Hotel.

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Exhibitions 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 amazing photographer Andy Hollingworth to the festival for a unique look back at the last 20 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 our Amuseum Studies cartoons at Trinity House as well as an exhibition of student work at LCB Depot.

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. In spite of the fact that the festival is only four years old it has grown and is already 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 2013.

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Information

Festival Information How to book tickets:

For the first time, tickets for all festival shows will be available from our festival box office.

You no longer have to call different box offices to get tickets for multiple shows! 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

Booking fees:

Up-to-Date information:

We’ve worked hard to keep booking fees as low as possible for our box office. Each transaction will be charged an 8% booking fee, payable either online, in person or for telephone bookings. If you’re printing your tickets at home, or want to buy tickets in person, there is no additional fee so you will just pay the 8%. If you’re buying tickets online or on the phone, and would like tickets posted to you, there is an additional fee of 50p for orders totalling less than £10 and £1 for those over £10. We believe these charges are lower than most ticket offices around. If you have any feedback on our centralised ticket office, do let us know info@comedy-festival.co.uk

Visit: www.comedy-festival.co.uk or join our Facebook group Twitter: @DavesLeicsFest Listen: BBC Radio Leicester www.bbc.co.uk/leicester – Official radio station Read: Leicester Mercury for interviews & reviews

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 page 105.

Special offers:

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:

Check out the daily special offers available via the Visit Leicester Centre based in Leicester city centre. Special offers are available daily and you can stay in touch via Facebook: go Leicestershire Twitter: @loveleics

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 105 & 106).

Prices & Times:

Directions:

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.

Accommodation: 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 hotel is Ramada Encore Hotel and our website has information about deals and how to book.

We’ve included basic maps (page 104) 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.

Comments We work with over 140 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 19 so please do get in touch!

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Feature

20 Defining Live Comedy Moments in 20 Years

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival started in 1994, less than a year after Robert Newman and David Baddiel were hailed for their Wembley Arena gig and turning comedy into “the new rock n’ roll.” Comedy was placed firmly on the cultural map, and over the subsequent 20 years Leicester played its part in keeping it there, putting on talent from Norman Wisdom to Jimmy Carr. Below writer and journalist Julian Hall celebrates 20 seminal moments that made their presence felt on the live scene over two decades. Newman & Baddiel’s Wembley Gig, 1993 Ok so, it is strictly out of our time scale, but we couldn’t not mention it, could we? Every revolution needs its coup and these boys were it.

Julian Clary and that Norman Lamont incident, 1993 Cementing the renown of the British Comedy Awards for controversy and denting his own career, Clary, and comedy at large, found themselves more than ankle-deep in trouble.

Leicester Comedy Festival starts, 1994 Did we already mention this? It would be rude not to give us a plug; the biggest comedy festival outside of the Edinburgh Fringe and still going strong.

Bill Hicks’ death, 1994 The untimely death of American comic, Bill Hicks saw a posthumous surge in his popularity both in the US and UK.

Cluub Zarathustra, 1994 This cult cabaret group was home to a group of highly influential performers; Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Sally Philips and Richard Thomas.

Spike Milligan at the British comedy Awards, 1994 Controversy from the old guard as ex Goon, Spike Milligan branded Prince Charles a “grovelling little b*****d” as he was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Daniel Kitson wins Perrier Award, 2002

This was Daniel Kitson’s announcement to comedy’s main stage, after which he promptly decided to keep as low profile as possible, while also attracting a sizeable and dedicated following.

Jerry Springer the Opera, 2003

Not only did this comedy opera cause controversy with some Christians, it cemented the fame of creators Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas and took the pastiche into a new realm.

Death of Malcolm Hardee, 2005

The untimely death of this comedy impresario and godfather to 1980s comedians saw the passing of an era.

Lee Evans breaks audience record, 2005

In November 2005 Lee Evans performed at Manchester Arena to 10,108 people breaking the word record for a solo act performing to a comedy audience. It was the shape of gigs to come.

Laughter in Odd Places, founded 2006

This innovative ‘club night’ hosted gigs in launderettes, museums and even the front room of a critic! The movement proved that comedy literally had no boundaries.

Edinburgh Fringe, comedy overtakes theatre, 2008

Edinburgh is the home of many milestones for comedy, but perhaps the most tangible was when it overtook theatre as the largest festival genre.

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, 2008

Jenny Eclair wins the Perrier Award, 1995

Robin Ince’s secular celebration of the Christmas period brought together comedians and scientists for an irreverent jamboree.

Blonde bombshell and now a Grumpy Old Woman, Eclair was the first female comic to win Edinburgh’s coveted prize.

Russell Brand & Sachsgate, 2008-2009

Free Fringe, 1996 Peter Buckley Hill’s Free Fringe started with a single show, but now (along with The Laughing Horse) free shows run into the hundreds opening up the Fringe for many new performers.

Chortle comedy website, 2000 The online comedy bible, Chortle, founded by Steve Bennett, gives a daily fix of comedy news and views to its thousands of users.

Social networking, mid 2000s onwards Facebook, Twitter have enabled comedians to market themselves more effectively, but, equally youtube can be friend or foe.

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For his vibrant style of self-conscious, celebrity-driven comedy Brand could be a defining moment all of his own but the ‘Sachsgate’ affair put him at the top of the news agenda.

Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow starts 2009

Commonly regarded as the moment when stand up finally broke back into TV big time (though Live At The Apollo, 2006, was no slouch) and raised awareness of new live comics.

Eddie Izzard playing The Hollywood Bowl, 2011

There are loads of key moments in Izzard’s career in terms of audience records (and performing in different languages), and being the first stand up to play The Hollywood Bowl was just one.

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Information

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 Administrator Finance Manager Sponsorship PR Manager Print design and production Print Distribution Film Production

Geoff Rowe Chris Foote, Maya Biswas, Anna Peavitt Lucy Pitchford-Todd Ashley Scattergood John Symonds 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 MGL Media

Business Partners Club members Ramada Encore The City Rooms The Belmont Hotel 24 Seven Sameday Ltd Somerbys NHS Stop Smoking Campaign Hair @ 1RD

Harvey Ingram Shakespeares Federation of Small Businesses (Leicester City Branch) Reach Marketing SLB Distribution Promotion Services Ltd

Tetenal Ltd Leicester Chauffeurs Leicester Marquees DriveMyCarHome.co.uk ExecutiveDriverHire.co.uk

Thanks to

Steven North, Will Gunton, Hik Sasaki, David Ritch, Joel Porter, Laura McTurk, Owain Ford, Aatin Anadkat & everyone at Maiyango, John Rance, Jake Harvey and everyone at Phoenix Square, Julie Smith, Peter Leone, Andy Hollingworth, Adnan Ahmed, Antony Flint, Pete Mitchell, Robbie Kerr and Brian Lisowy 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, Heidi Jones, David Oldershaw & East Midlands Trains, Jamie Lewis, Dominic Shellard, Sarah Thomson, Jo Griffin & everyone at De Montfort University, Joanna Smith at The Y, Julian Hall, Jeanne Jenner, John Stobart & Harvey Ingram Shakespeares, Sir Peter Soulsby, Rory Palmer, Piara Singh Clair, Andy Keeling, Sarah Levitt, Maggie Shutt, Liz Blyth, Alison Colledge, Mike Candler and everyone at Culture and Neighbourhood Services, David Simms and everyone at Leicester Mercury, Henrik Jesperson and all the staff at Ramada Encore, Martin, Simon, Janine and everyone at Leicester Shire Promotions, Tony Graves, Ian Borley & Ann Lamin, Louise Grainger, Asgoo, Gary, Lucy, Paul, Owain, Juliette, Mandi, Dan and everyone at Reach, Michaela Butter, Louisa Milburn & Embrace Arts, Liz & Ken, Richard Bucknall, Caroline Edwards, Simon & Shaf, Richard Clark, Tim Parsons, Mick Perrin, Jane Hill, Kay Wright & everyone at BBC Leicester, Sean Almey, Tinny & Katie, Kiran Parmar, Russell, Anna Webb, Kate Bassett, Jo Shepard, Sam Javid, Spikey Mike, Darrell Martin, Super Morgan, Mark Olver and everyone involved with Comedy in the Dark, Christian Knowles, Michelle Thomas, Charlotte Austin, Chris Lander, Kiri Pritchard–Mclean, Paul Howland, Carrie Matthews, Corrie McGuire, Russell Garnett, Jo Williams, Anthony Butler, Della Haq, Stine Hammer Rasmussen, Andy Leitch, Nick and Paul from Stuff and Things and all promoters, volunteers, venue staff and performers!

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

A-Z of Acts

A

Aaran Mooney....................... 95 Aaron Twitchen..................... 33 Adam Bloom......................... 33 Adam Hess............................ 33 Adnan Ahmed....................... 38 Ahir Shah.................... 33,54,66 Al Murray.............................. 34 Alan Davies........................... 34 Alan Francis.......................... 34 Alan Seaman......................... 85 Alastair Roberts..................... 87 Alex Boardman...................... 34 Alex Horne............................ 94 Alfie Brown........................... 35 Alistair McGowan.................. 35 Amadeus Martin.................... 35 Amy Howerska...................... 61 Anders Grau.......................... 45 Andrew Bird.......................... 36 Andrew Doyle........................ 36 Andrew Lawrence................. 36 Andrew O’Neill...................... 36 Andrew Ryan.................... 36,37 Andrew Spiers....................... 91 Andrew Watts................... 37,85 Andy Day.............................. 37 Andy Fury.............................. 37 Andy Hollingworth................. 41 Andy Zaltzman...................... 37 Angela Barnes....................... 37 Anthony King............... 32,38,85 Arthur Smith.......................... 39 Ava Vidal............................... 38

B

Barbara Steele...................... 38 Barry Cryer............................ 38 Barry Dodds.......................... 39 Ben Briggs............................ 39 Ben Clark.............................. 95 Ben Crompton....................... 36 Ben Davids............................ 85 Ben Hustwayte...................... 39 Ben Target....................... 50,76 Ben Van der Velde................. 39 Benny Boot........................... 40 Bob Graham.......................... 40 Bob Slayer............................ 40 Brendon Burns...................... 41 Brett Goldstein...................... 41 Bridget Christie..................... 41 Bruce Edhouse................. 32,99 Bryan Whyte.......................... 41

C

Carey Marx........................... 42 Carly Smallman..................... 42 Casual Violence..................... 89 Catriona Knox........................ 43 Ceri Dupree........................... 92 Charlie Baker................... 40,43 Charlie Chuck........................ 43 Charmian Hughes.................. 43 Chris & Pui............................ 43 Chris Gau.............................. 76 Chris Martin.......................... 44 Chris McCausland................. 44 Chris Ramsey........................ 75 Chris Stokes.......................... 44 Chris Turner..................... 33,44 Christian Reilly...................... 44 Cock-kane The Clown...... 34,45

D

Dan Nightingale..................... 47 Dan Thomas.......................... 47 Dan Wright............................ 47 Dana Alexander..................... 47 Daniel Simonsen................... 47 Daniel Sloss.......................... 40 Danny Angelo........................ 40

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D continued

Danny McLoughlin........... 48,52 Danny Pensive...................... 48 Danny Ward.......................... 48 Dansko Gida.......................... 48 Daran Johnson...................... 87 Darrell Martin................... 54,67 Dave Twentyman.................. 48 Davey Connor........................ 49 David Elms............................ 33 David Hadingham.................. 49 David Morgan................... 49,56 David Seymour...................... 58 David Trent...................... 49,61 Devvo.................................... 49 Diane Spencer.................. 50,68 Doc Brown............................ 50 Doc Leroc............................. 98 Doc:Comedy.......................... 50 Doggett & Ephgrave.............. 51 Don Biswas........................... 33 Dr Ettrick-Hogg..................... 51 DSU Comedy Society........ 45,93

E

Edward Aczel........................ 52 Elis James............................ 52 Ellie Taylor............................ 52 Elliott Tiney........................... 91 Eric Lampart......................... 53 Erich McElroy........................ 53

F

Fin Taylor.............................. 54 Francesca Martinez............... 55 Francis Jenking..................... 63 Frankie Peoples................ 54,55 Funmbi Omotayo................... 78

G

Gareth Berliner...................... 95 Gareth Richards.................... 56 Gary Delaney......................... 56 Geoff Norcott......................... 56 George Cassavetti................. 76 George Ryegold..................... 56 George Zach.......................... 57 Graham Duff......................... 36 Graham Milton...................... 32 Gráinne Maguire............... 85,57 Guy Pratt............................... 57

H

Hal Cruttenden...................... 58 Hathi Music........................... 88 Heffernan and Fletcher.......... 58 Henning Wehn....................... 58 Henry Blofeld........................ 40 Holly Walsh...................... 40,58

I

Iain Stirling............................ 59 Ian Crawford.................... 59,85 Ian D Montfort....................... 59 Ian Hall............................. 32,99 Ian Smith.............................. 60 Ian Stone............................... 60 Ishi Khan Jackson................. 60 Ivan Brackenbury.................. 60 Ivo Graham ........................... 60 Ivor Dembina......................... 77

J

Jack Campbell...................... 39 James Acaster...................... 61 James Billington.................... 62 James Campbell................... 61 James Dowdeswell............... 61 James Loveridge................... 61

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James Mullinger................... 61 Jane Hill................................ 62 Jarlath Regan........................ 62 Jarred Christmas.............. 62,68 Jeff Innocent.................... 54,66 Jen Brister............................ 62 Jenny Eclair.......................... 63 Jeremy O’Donnell.................. 63 Jessica Fostekew.................. 63 Jim Campbell........................ 63 Jim Smallman....................... 63 Jimeoin................................. 64 Jimmy Cricket....................... 64 Jo Public............................... 64 Joanna Neary........................ 36 Joe bor............................ 64,68 Joe Lycett............................. 64 Joe Ross-Williams................. 84 Joel Dommett....................... 64 Joey Page............................. 65 John Constantine.................. 32 John Cooper Clarke............... 65 John Kearns.......................... 65 John Robins.......................... 65 John Shuttleworth................. 65 John Whale........................... 65 Johnny Vegas........................ 36 Jon Williams......................... 66 Jonathan Elston.................... 66 Jonny and the Baptists.......... 66 Josh Widdicombe.................. 66

K

Kate Fox................................ 96 Katie Mulgrew....................... 67 Keith Farnan........... 54,66,67,68 Kiki Kamboom.................. 94,98 Kiri Pritchard-McLean........... 80 Kirsty Munro.................... 39,76 Kiruna Stamell....................... 95

L

Late Night Gimp Fight............ 68 Laurence Clark...................... 68 Leanne McKie....................... 32 Lee Kyle................................ 32 Lee Ridley........................ 59,68 Liam Mullone........................ 70 Liam Williams.................. 70,87 Lindsey & Jim....................... 70 Lindsey Warnes Carroll..... 32,99 Liz Carr................................. 33 Lloyd Langford...................... 71 Lost Voice Guy...................... 59 Lu Lo.................................... 71 Lucy Porter...................... 54,67 Luisa Omielan....................... 71 Luke Benson......................... 71 Luke Toulson........................ 72

M

Mads Brynnum...................... 94 Maff Brown........................... 72 Mags Woodward................. 100 Marc Lucero.......................... 85 Mark Cram............................ 66 Mark Little........................ 54,67 Mark Nelson.......................... 72 Mark Olver............................ 72 Markus Birdman.................... 72 Martin Mor....................... 40,73 Matt Green............................ 73 Matt Hollins...................... 73,95 Matt Rees............................. 40 Matt Richardson............... 55,73 Matt Rudge........................... 73 Matt Winning......................... 49 Max and Ivan........................ 73 Max Dickins.......................... 74 Michael J Dolan.................... 74 Michael Love......................... 84

M continued

Mickey Sharma..................... 38 Mike James.......................... 37 Mike Newall.......................... 74 Mikkel Rask.......................... 45 Milton Jones......................... 74 Miranda Hennessy................. 58 Mitch Benn............................ 74 Morden May.......................... 94

N

Nathan Caton........................ 91 Naz Osmanoglu..................... 75 Neil Johnston........................ 99 New Art Club......................... 75 Nick Cranston....................... 32 Nick Helm............................. 75 Niels Forsberg....................... 94 Nik Coppin............................ 76 Nish Kumar........................... 76 Norman Lovett...................... 76

O

Obie...................................... 93 Oliver Sillito........................... 77 Ollie Smith............................ 77

P

Pat Cahill............................... 78 Patrick Monahan................... 78 Patrick Morris........................ 78 Pattie Brewster..................... 78 Paul Chowdhry...................... 78 Paul Currie....................... 48,79 Paul Dennis........................... 79 Paul F Taylor......................... 79 Paul Foot.......................... 35,49 Paul Gannon.......................... 79 Paul McCaffrey...................... 79 Paul Savage.......................... 80 Paul Sinha........................ 38,80 Paul Sweeney............. 52,54,67 Paul Tonkinson...................... 80 Peacock & Gamble................ 80 Pete Firman.......................... 80 Pete Otway............................ 80 Peter Baxter.......................... 40 Peter Buckley Hill.................. 81 Peter Slater........................... 36 Phil Kay................................. 81 Phil Nichol................... 54,67,81 Phil Pagett............................. 85 Pierre Hollins......................... 81 Piff The Magic Dragon........... 81

R

Racing Minds........................ 33 Raphael Attar........................ 98 Rhys Mathewson................... 82 Ria Lina................................. 82 Rich Wilson........................... 82 Rob Beckett..................... 68,82 Rob Deering.......................... 82 Rob Gee...................... 41,59,82 Rob Rouse.............. 49,54,67,83 Rod Woodward...................... 83 Roisin Conaty........................ 62 Romesh Ranganathan.38,83,86 Ronnie Golden....................... 38 Russell Kane......................... 83

S

Sam Avery............................ 84 Sanders & Co........................ 84 Sara Pascoe.......................... 84 Sarah Campbell..................... 85 Scott Agnew.......................... 56 Scott Bennett........................ 85 Scott Jeffery........................ 100

S continued

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre................. 85,88 Sean McLoughlin.................. 86 Seann Walsh......................... 86 Shappi Khorsandi.................. 86 Shaving Goats....................... 87 Shazia Mirza......................... 87 Shirley & Shirley.................... 87 Short & Curly......................... 87 Simon Day............................ 88 Simon Donald........................ 88 Simon Happily....................... 56 Simon Munnery..................... 88 So On & So Forth................... 89 Spiky Mike............................ 87 Stella Graham....................... 89 Stephen Carlin...................... 89 Steve Best............................. 33 Steve Day.............................. 33 Steve N Allen......................... 74 Steven Shapland................... 58 Susan Murray........................ 90 Suzi Ruffell....................... 40,90 Suzy Bennett......................... 90

T

Talulah Blue.......................... 98 Tania Edwards...................... 91 Taylor Glenn.......................... 91 Terry Alderton....................... 91 The Boom Jennies................. 92 The Chuckle Brothers............ 92 The Circus Of Horrors............ 92 The Dog-Eared Collective...... 93 The JailHouse Rockers Elvis Show ........................... 98 The Mitford Sisters................ 94 The Noise Next Door.............. 94 The Peacock Lounge Burlesque.............................. 94 The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III.................... 72 The Rubberbandits................ 95 The Silky Pair........................ 89 Tiffany Stevenson.................. 96 Tim Clarke............................ 67 Tom Allen.............................. 96 Tom Deacon.......................... 96 Tom Rosenthal...................... 96 Tom Young....................... 39,96 Tony Cowards....................... 97 Tony Jameson....................... 54 Tony Law.............................. 97 Total Hero Team.................... 97

U

Unidentified Flying Improv..... 98

V

Valdemar Pustelnik............... 45 Vikki Stone....................... 40,98 Vinnie Vitriol.......................... 95

W

Wil Hodgson.......................... 99 Will Marsh............................. 99 WitTank.............................. 100 Woody................................... 35 Woodward & Russell............. 50

Z

Zoe Lyons...................... 49,100

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Festival Survival Guide

Feature This feature also appears in a special feature on Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival in Culture magazine – free with Leicester Mercury on December 4

We are going to have a brilliant laugh – are you? With more than 500 events, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival can be daunting for first timers. But don’t worry, here’s how to navigate your way through the feast of fun that’s on offer.

Our top tips for making the most of the festival Picking The Right Act:

The Right Bill:

There are so many events and acts to choose from, how do you know which is right for you? Before taking the plunge on tickets, do a bit of homework says Steve Bennett, editor of Chortle: “You can do research – see if they’ve been reviewed on Chortle or have clips on YouTube – or just take the plunge. Tickets will be reasonable and the worst that can happen is you end up with a war story for the bar afterwards. The best thing would be that you discover your new favourite comedian.”

Do you want to see a mixed bill show or a single act? Both have their benefits. A mixed bill will offer you a variety of acts and give you a chance to think about which other single act shows you might like to see.

Don’t Just Stick To The Big Names: Chances are the act everyone will be talking about won’t necessarily be a household name. Steve says: “So who will be the funniest of all the comedians at the comedy festival? I’ll let you into a secret: It’s someone you’ve never heard of. A parade of famous names will be in town. They’ll be funny, that’s a safe bet since that’s the reason they got famous in the first place. But you need to take a punt.”

Discover Something New: It might be a star of the future in a small venue, or something you might never have tried before but taking a chance often reaps rewards. Promoter Adnan Ahmed, from Bottle Rocket Comedy, says: “The festival is packed with a huge variety of amazing comedy. The best advice is to dive in and see as much as possible – visit a new venue, see a free show or participate yourself in a community event. Often the most exciting shows are from acts that are brand new to the festival and you can often see rising stars for bargain prices.”

Right Time, Right Place: It may seem obvious but make sure the show time suits you and you know where you are heading and that the venue is one that will suit you.

Think Beyond The Title: The act’s name and show titles can sometimes be an indicator of what it is all about but they rarely offer insight into the style of the comedian. If you are unsure about a particular act a quick web search will easily sort you out.

Mix It Up A Bit: Go for a variety of comedy styles. Performer Mark Olver says: “I think people should approach going to see comedy like going to a good carvery. Choose your meat; the stuff you know you want, but maybe throw in a meat you never have usually. When you’ve got your base (ie one or two shows you’ve heard about) it is now time to stuff your plate. Just stuff. Go for everything. Too much is never enough at a carvery. Grab a Yorkshire pudding even if you are having chicken. Don’t be afraid to experiment with stuffing.”

Plan Ahead: Book your tickets nice and early and make sure you arrive in good time. Performer Leanne McKie says: “The festival brochure is treated with the same reverence as the Christmas TV Times in my house. I spend a few hours furiously dabbing away and circling the shows that I would most like to see. I tend to buy my tickets online so as not to be disappointed and I often buy a spare one for a friend, or maybe a potential hot date (not happened yet, but fingers crossed). I get to the venue in plenty of time and get my priorities right – which means grabbing a good seat, finding the ladies loos and the bar.”

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Diary Start Time

End Time

Event Title

Venue

Page

Friday 8th February 2013 All day 7.30 am 8.45 am 9.00 am 3.30 pm  10.00 am 4.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Business Breakfast Launch The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies

Leicester Train Station Hugh Aston Building LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel

41 92 91 35



6.00 pm 6.00 pm 6.30 pm 7.30 pm

10.00 pm 12.00 am 7.30 pm 8.30 pm

The Comedy Crawl The Secret Tour Battle of the Sexes – Boys Vs Girls Ahir Shah: Clothes (Work-In-Progress)

De Montfort University Campus LCB Depot The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar

93 95 39 33



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm

Dave Turns The Tables Tom Deacon – Deaconator Total Hero Team Ian D. Montfort – Unbelievable

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy The Belmont Hotel The Criterion Firebug

48 96 97 59



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm

8.30 pm 8.30 pm 10.00 pm 8.45 pm

Joel Dommett: Yessssss. Yes. Stella Graham – A Pint of Stella The Ladykillers Heffernan and Fletcher present: The Competition

The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie Curve Manhattan 34

64 89 94 58



7.45 pm 7.45 pm 8.00 pm 10.30 pm

8.55 pm 9.00 pm 9.30 pm 12.30 pm

Scottish Falsetto Socks... In Space The Ceri Dupree Show Chuckles in the Chapel Dave’s Comedy Knights

Kayal Curve Trinity House & Chapel Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

85 92 45 49



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

10.30 pm 10.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.00 pm

Festival Friday – Five Acts for £5 Gay Comedy Night Milton Jones – On The Road Ollie Smith: 27

Just The Tonic The Y De Montfort Hall Embrace Arts

54 56 74 77



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

9.00 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm

Paul Dennis: Inappropriate Bits WitTank AAA Batteries (not included) Matt Rudge: Shizzle

The Looking Glass Curve The Belmont Hotel The Criterion

79 100 33 73



8.30 pm 8.45 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

9.30 pm 11.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm

Sean McLoughlin: Backbone Mitch Benn Andrew Ryan – Ryanopoly Gareth Richards: Gareth Goes Electric

The Exchange Bar The Musician The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel

86 74 37 56

9.00 pm 9.15 pm 9.30 pm  9.30 pm

10.30 pm 10.25 pm 10.30 pm 10.30 pm

Just The Tonic’s Comedy Clinic Launch Nik Coppin Is Not Racist Dissecting Comedy: A Sudden Glory Ian Stone – Stoney Baloney

Just The Tonic Kayal The Looking Glass Firebug

67 76 50 60



10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.30 pm

11.00 pm 11.00 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am

Benny Boot – Def Con 4 Luke Benson – Legendary Feet Will Marsh’s Ruination Hotel D’Comedie

The Belmont Hotel The Criterion The Exchange Bar Maiyango

40 71 99 58

10.45 pm 11.00 pm 11.00 pm

11.55 pm 12.00 am 2.30 am

Shaggers Jon Vs Mark 2: Mark’s Revenge. Late Night Comedy Bar

Kayal The Looking Glass Just The Tonic

86 66 68

Saturday 9th February 2013 All day 10.00 am 12.00 pm 3.30 pm  1.30 pm

Brief Encounters ‘Oh, how we laughed...’ Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture

Leicester Train Station PACE Just The Tonic

41 77 72

2.00 pm 3.00 pm 4.15 pm  5.00 pm

Comedy Curry Cook Off Comedy Tourist Alfie Brown – Work in Progress The Boom Jennies – Mischief

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Leicester Guildhall Just The Tonic The Belmont Hotel

45 46 35 92

Shirley & Shirley: Unleashed Chris Stokes – An Opera Written On Napkins Keith Farnan: Fear Itself (Work in Progress) The Comedy Crawl

The Criterion Firebug Just The Tonic De Montfort University Campus

87 44 67 93

Tom Allen’s Society Norman Lovett: Old and New Scottish Falsetto Socks... In Space Diane Spencer: Alpha Taboo

The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass Kayal The Exchange Bar

96 76 85 50

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5.30 pm 6.00 pm 6.00 pm 6.00 pm

6.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 10.00 pm

6.00 pm 6.30 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm

7.00 pm 7.30 pm 7.40 pm 8.00 pm

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8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm

Martin Mor – A Man you Don’t Meet Everyday Pattie Brewster’s Friendship Venture Total Hero Team Eric Lampart – Two Tickets To the Gum Show

The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

73 78 97 53



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm 7.45 pm

9.30 pm 10.00 pm 8.45 pm 9.00 pm

Simon Day: Comedy and Error The Ladykillers Heffernan and Fletcher present: The Competition The Ceri Dupree Show

Loughborough Town Hall Curve Manhattan 34 Curve

88 94 58 92



7.50 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

8.50 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm 9.00 pm

Anthony King – Not Normal Abnormally Funny People Bottle Rocket Comedy Club Charlie Chuck: Cirque du Charlie Chuck

Kayal Embrace Arts The Y The Looking Glass

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8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm

10.00 pm 9.00 pm 10.00 pm 9.30 pm

Dave’s Comedy Knights Paul Sinha – Badly Dressed Boy Saturday Night Live @ International Arts AAA Batteries (not included)

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Firebug International Arts Centre The Belmont Hotel

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8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm 10.30 pm

Andrew Ryan – Ryanology Matt Rudge: Shizzle Gareth Richards: Gareth Goes Electric Just The Tonic Comedy Club’s Saturday Night

The Exchange Bar The Criterion The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic

37 73 56 66

9.00 pm 9.15 pm 9.30 pm  10.00 pm

10.00 pm 10.25 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm

Rob Beckett: Being Funny (Work in Progress) Nik Coppin Is Not Racist Paul Dennis: Inappropriate Bits Benny Boot – Def Con 4

The Crumblin Cookie Kayal The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel

82 76 79 40



10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.30 pm

12.00 am 11.00 pm 11.30 pm 11.30 pm

Dave’s Comedy Knights The Rubberbandits UFI: Mission Impro-ssible Ahir Shah: Clothes (Work-In-Progress)

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Firebug The Criterion The Exchange Bar

49 95 98 33



10.30 pm 10.30 pm 10.45 pm 11.00 pm

12.00 am 11.30 pm 11.55 pm 2.30 am

Hotel D’Comedie Naz Osmanoglu: Ottoman Without an Empire Shaggers Late Night Comedy Bar

Maiyango The Crumblin Cookie Kayal Just The Tonic

58 75 86 68

11.00 pm 11.55 pm

12.00 am 2.00 am

Shaving Goats Late Encore at Midnight

The Looking Glass Ramada Encore

87 68

Sunday 10th February 2013 All day 1.30 pm 3.30 pm  2.00 pm 3.30 pm

Brief Encounters Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture Funny Bones

Leicester Train Station Just The Tonic Embrace Arts

41 72 55



2.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.20 pm

3.10 pm 4.00 pm 4.40 pm 4.20 pm

Socks... In Space Matinee Charlie Chuck: Music Hall Comedy Tourist Huggers

Kayal The Looking Glass Leicester Guildhall Kayal

88 43 46 59

4.00 pm 4.40 pm 5.00 pm 5.30 pm

The Crumblin Cookie Kayal Just The Tonic

89 56 89

 

5.00 pm Stella Graham – A Pint of Stella 5.50 pm Geoff Norcott: Farewell Shiny Suit 6.00 pm Sunday Sketch Show – So On And So Forth 6.30 pm Dan Wright – My neighbour tried to stab me in the anus with a screwdriver

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6.00 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

7.00 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

Carly Smallman – Calibrated for Disaster Norman Lovett: Old and New AAAAnd Now For Something Completely Improvised Diane Spencer: Alpha Taboo

Kayal The Looking Glass The Criterion The Exchange Bar

42 76 33 50

7.15 pm 7.15 pm 7.20 pm 7.30 pm

8.15 pm 8.15 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

Markus Birdman – Looking Up Shappi Khorsandi: Dirty Looks And Hopscotch Alan Francis – Expands Vikki Stone – Work-In-Progress

The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic Kayal The Crumblin Cookie

72 86 34 98

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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The Looking Glass Firebug

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8.30 pm

9.00 pm Eyes Wide Open 9.00 pm Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton 11.00 pm The Peacock Lounge Burlesque: It’s Comedy Dave, but not as we know it. 9.30 pm Chris Turner: Milquetoast

The Y The Criterion

94 44

8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.40 pm 9.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm

Jim Campbell – Bad Guy Paul McCaffrey – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellylaughs Christian Reilly: This Is Not A Love Song Paul Chowdhry: Work in Progress

The Exchange Bar The Belmont Hotel Kayal The Crumblin Cookie

63 79 44 78

9.00 pm 10.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am see website

Rob Deering – The One Paul Dennis: Inappropriate Bits Doc:Comedy – The Mechanics of the Comedian Ealing Film Season

Just The Tonic The Looking Glass The Looking Glass Phoenix

82 79 50 52

 

Monday 11th February 2013 All day 10.00 am 4.00 pm 9.00 am 3.30 pm  11.00 am 1.00 pm

Brief Encounters Amuseum Studies The Big Laugh Chris and Pui Roadshow

Leicester Train Station Trinity House & Chapel LCB Depot De Montfort Hall

41 35 91 43



2.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

4.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 9.30 pm

Chris and Pui Roadshow Pete Otway and Kiri Pritchard-McLean Rhys Mathewson Gilbert & Sullivan Abridged

De Montfort Hall The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Little Theatre

43 80 82 57



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm

9.00 pm 10.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.30 pm

Alun Cochrane – Moments of Alun An Ideal Night Out Lu Lo and Friends Carly Smallman – Calibrated for Disaster

Firebug Just The Tonic The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie

35 36 71 42

8.30 pm 9.30 pm 11.00 pm

9.30 pm 10.30 pm 12.00 am

Simon Donald’s School of Swearing Three men... and another man Lindsey & Jim Are Married

The Exchange Bar The Looking Glass The Looking Glass

88 95 70

Tuesday 12th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm 7.15 pm  6.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies BBC Radio Leicester meets Arthur Smith

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel BBC Leicester Open Centre

41 91 35 39



6.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

8.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

Alistair McGowan – Not Just A Pretty Voice An Hour With Paul Foot David Hadingham: David Should Try Harder The Dog-Eared Collective – Skit Stirrers

Leicester Cathedral The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion

35 35 49 93



7.30 pm 7.45 pm 7.45 pm 8.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.30 pm 8.45 pm 9.00 pm

Steptoe and Son Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special Hennessy & Friends: A History of Violence Alan Francis – Expands

Curve Curve The Belmont Hotel The Looking Glass

89 40 58 34



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.00 pm 10.00 pm 11.00 pm

Bridget Christie: War Donkey Football Manager Ruined My Life Pete Firman – Hoodwinker Variety Box! featuring Raphael Attar

Curve The Crumblin Cookie The Little Theatre Firebug

41 54 80 98



8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.00 pm

10.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.30 pm 10.00 pm

A Comedy Mix Up Jen Brister – Now & Then The Big Value Comedy Show Auditions A Show That Is Funnier Than This Title Suggests

Manhattan 34 The Exchange Bar Just The Tonic The Crumblin Cookie

32 62 92 32

9.00 pm 9.30 pm 11.00 pm

10.00 pm 10.30 pm 12.00 am

Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes Of An Adult Nature A Finger of Judge Sanders & Co.

The Belmont Hotel The Looking Glass The Looking Glass

41 32 84

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Wednesday 13th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  2.15 pm 4.15 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Steptoe and Son

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel Curve

41 91 35 89



2.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

3.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 10.00 pm

Comedy Club 4 Kids An Hour With Paul Foot Andy Fury LovesFilm Emergency Comedy!

The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie The Y

45 35 37 52



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm

8.30 pm 10.30 pm 9.30 pm 8.30 pm

Jessica Fostekew: Brave New Word Nibbles with Giggles Steptoe and Son Suzy Bennett – Dancing on Thin Ice

The Criterion Entropy Restaurant Curve The Belmont Hotel

63 75 89 90



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm 10.00 pm

Cyborg! Dave’s Comedy Knights Ishi Khan Jackson: I Am Happy Jarlath Regan / Roisin Conaty

The Looking Glass Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Curve The Little Theatre

46 49 60 62



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

10.00 pm 10.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm

Jimeoin: What?! Set List Elis James & Danny McLoughlin (Work In Progress) Lee Ridley; Voice of Choice

Loughborough Town Hall Just The Tonic The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar

64 86 52 68

8.30 pm 8.45 pm 9.30 pm

9.30 pm 11.00 pm 11.30 pm

Tom Rosenthal Andrew O’Neill Barbara Steele’s Wheels of Steel

The Crumblin Cookie The Musician The Looking Glass

96 36 38

Thursday 14th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  7.00 pm 8.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Elis James – Speaking as a Mother

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel The Crumblin Cookie

41 91 35 52



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

9.15 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.30 pm

I Love Apex Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyonce Do?! Silver Stand Up Competition John Shuttleworth – Out Of Our Sheds

Apex Works The Exchange Bar Embrace Arts The Little Theatre

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7.30 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

8.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm 9.10 pm

Maff Brown – Repartee Catapult Steptoe and Son Alan Davies: Life Is a Pain Andrew Watts: Born to Be Mild

The Belmont Hotel Curve De Montfort Hall Kayal

72 89 34 37



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.00 pm 10.20 pm 10.00 pm

Daniel Simonsen: Champions Free Love Leicester Stands Up Valentine’s Night Piff The Magic Dragon – Jurassic Bark

Curve The Looking Glass Just The Tonic The Y

47 55 69 81



8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

9.00 pm 10.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm

Tony Law – Maximum Nonsense A Comedy Mix Up Dave’s Comedy Knights James and Amy: A Loser’s Guide To Dating

Firebug Manhattan 34 Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy The Exchange Bar

97 32 49 61



8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.00 pm

10.30 pm 9.30 pm 11.00 pm 10.00 pm

Nookie at the Cookie Tom Rosenthal Valentines Comedy Burlesque Mike Newall: Six Weddings (WIP)

The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Musician The Belmont Hotel

76 96 98 74

9.30 pm 9.30 pm

12.00 am 10.40 pm

Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Valentine’s Special Mr Steve N Allen’s SomeNews Live

The Looking Glass Kayal

51 74

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel De Montfort University Campus

41 91 35 93

The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie

43 39

The Exchange Bar

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Friday 15th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  6.00 pm 10.00 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies The Comedy Crawl

7.30 pm Charmian Hughes: Charmageddon! 8.00 pm Ben Hustwayte & Jack Campbell: The Standoff 8.00 pm Great Danes Great Danes – Simon Ta lbot & Sofie Hagen + extra danish treat

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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8.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm 9.30 pm

Old Folks Telling Jokes Sara Pascoe Vs The Truth Doc Brown Patrick Monahan – Shooting From The Lip!

The Criterion The Belmont Hotel Firebug The Little Theatre

77 84 50 78

7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm 7.45 pm

8.30 pm 9.30 pm 8.45 pm 9.00 pm

Sheeps: Dancing with Lisa Steptoe and Son Heffernan and Fletcher present: The Competition Late Night Gimp Fight

The Crumblin Cookie Curve Manhattan 34 Curve

87 89 58 68



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 10.30 pm 8.00 pm

9.10 pm 9.00 pm 12.30 pm 10.30 pm

Andrew Watts: Born to Be Mild Cock-kane the Clown (UK) Dave’s Comedy Knights Festival Friday – Five Acts For £5

Kayal The Looking Glass Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Just The Tonic

37 45 49 54



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

10.00 pm 9.45 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm

Jarred Christmas – Lets Go MoFo Sing-A-Long-A-Dylan & Other Stories Taylor Glenn – Reverse Psycomedy The Geeks Strike Back

The Y Symphony Rooms The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar

62 88 91 94



9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

10.00 pm 10.00 pm 11.00 pm 10.00 pm

Hal Cruttenden: Tough Luvvie Holly Walsh – Work in Progress LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Kirby Muxloe Liam Williams: Debut (Work in Progress)

The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe The Criterion

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9.25 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm

10.35 pm 10.45 pm 10.30 pm 10.30 pm

Rod Woodward – The Butterfly Effect Comedy in the Dark Free Foyer Stand-up Tony Law – Maximum Nonsense

Kayal Phoenix Square Curve Firebug

83 46 55 97



9.30 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.30 pm

10.30 pm 11.00 pm 11.00 pm 11.30 pm

Woodward & Jeffery: Laughter on the Outskirts Comedians Who Happen To Speak English Jonathan Elston Fat Boy Slim Pickings Ian Smith: Anything (Work in Progress)

The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar The Belmont Hotel The Criterion

100 45 66 60

10.30 pm 11.00 pm 11.00 pm

11.55 pm 12.00 am 2.30 am

Shaggers: Valentine’s Special Devvo Dole Queue Hero Late Night Comedy Bar

The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass Just The Tonic

86 49 68

Saturday 16th February 2013  

All day 11.00 am 12.00 pm 11.30 am 12.30 pm

Brief Encounters Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine Patrick Monahan’s Family Stand Up Show

Leicester Train Station Loughborough Town Hall Just The Tonic

41 37 78

1.30 pm 2.00 pm 2.15 pm 2.30 pm

3.30 pm 3.30 pm 4.15 pm 3.30 pm

Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture Comedy Curry Cook Off Steptoe and Son James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids

Just The Tonic Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Curve Curve

72 45 89 61

 

4.15 pm 5.00 pm 5.30 pm 6.00 pm

5.15 pm 6.00 pm 6.25 pm 7.00 pm

Wil Hodgson: Kidnapped by Catwoman Jarred Christmas and the Awesome Others Tania Edwards – Immortal Mark Nelson & The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Just The Tonic The Belmont Hotel The Criterion Just The Tonic

99 62 91 72

6.00 pm 6.00 pm 6.30 pm 6.30 pm

7.00 pm 10.00 pm 7.40 pm 7.30 pm

Pat Cahill: Start The Comedy Crawl Luke Benson – Legendary Feet Peter Buckley Hill can’t think of a title

The Crumblin Cookie De Montfort University Campus Kayal The Looking Glass

78 93 71 81



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 9.30 pm 8.00 pm

Ava Vidal: Goes Dutch Ben Briggs – All Growed Up Brightsparks Comedy Asylum The Geeks Strike Back

The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Leicester Guildhall The Exchange Bar

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7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm 7.45 pm

9.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.45 pm 9.30 pm

Steptoe and Son Suzi Ruffell: Work in Progress Heffernan and Fletcher present: The Competition Henning Knows Bestest

Curve The Crumblin Cookie Manhattan 34 Curve

89 90 58 58



7.50 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.00 pm 10.00 pm 9.00 pm 10.00 pm

Liam Mullone: A Land Fit For Fuckwits Bottle Rocket Comedy Club Charlie Chuck: Cirque du Charlie Chuck Dave’s Comedy Knights

Kayal The Y The Looking Glass Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

70 40 43 49

8.00 pm 8.00 pm

10.30 pm 10.00 pm

Just The Tonic Comedy Club’s Saturday Night Saturday Night Live @ International Arts

Just The Tonic International Arts Centre

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Nick Helm – Masterwork in Progress Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker Comedians Who Happen To Speak English Davey and Matt do comedy

9.30 pm Gráinne Maguire: If I Could Just Love Myself As Much As I Love Ed Miliband, My Life Would Be Perfect 9.30 pm The Short and Long of it 10.00 pm Charlie Baker: Work in Progress 10.00 pm Holly Walsh – Work in Progress

The Belmont Hotel Curve The Exchange Bar The Criterion

75 88 45 49

The Belmont Hotel Embrace Arts The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel

57 95 43 58

9.20 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm

11.15 pm Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Gong Show 10.45 pm Comedy In The Dark 10.30 pm Ian Crawford’s Annual Safety Briefing 11.00 pm Great Danes Great Danes – Simon Ta lbot & Sofie Hagen + extra danish treat

Kayal Phoenix The Looking Glass

87 46 59

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10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm

11.00 pm 11.30 pm 12.30 am 12.00 am

Sam Avery – Left Wing Brain, Right Wing Gut UFI: Mission Impro-ssible Dave’s Comedy Knights Jo Public : Cracking Up

The Belmont Hotel The Criterion Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy The Looking Glass

84 98 49 64

11.00 pm 11.55 pm

2.30 am 2.00 am

Late Night Comedy Bar Late Encore at Midnight

Just The Tonic Ramada Encore

68 68

Sunday 17th February 2013 All day 1.30 pm 3.30 pm  2.00 pm 3.10 pm

Brief Encounters Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture Scott Bennett & Phil Pagett – True Bromance

Leicester Train Station Just The Tonic Kayal

41 72 85



2.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.20 pm 4.00 pm

4.00 pm 4.00 pm 4.20 pm 5.00 pm

The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom at the Theatre Charlie Chuck: Music Hall Dave Twentyman – It’s The Little Things Jenks & Bilge Presents...

De Montfort Hall The Looking Glass Kayal The Crumblin Cookie

92 43 48 62



4.40 pm 5.00 pm 5.30 pm 5.30 pm

5.50 pm 6.00 pm 6.30 pm 6.30 pm

Pierre Hollins – White Man Blues Sunday Sketch Show – The Silky Pair Amadeus Martin Is Keeping It Surreal Tickled Pig

Kayal Just The Tonic The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

81 89 35 95

6.15 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm  7.00 pm

7.10 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

Rich Wilson: A Jesters Journey Peter Buckley Hill can’t think of a title Comedians Who Happen To Speak English Davey and Matt do comedy

Kayal The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar The Criterion

82 81 45 49

7.15 pm 7.15 pm 7.20 pm  7.30 pm

8.15 pm 8.15 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

Angela Barnes – You Can’t Take It With You Francesca Martinez ‘What The **** Is Normal?!’ Luke Toulson John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts

The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic Kayal The Crumblin Cookie

37 55 72 65

Firebug The Y The Looking Glass Embrace Arts

37 38 40 53 69 69 44

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm  8.00 pm  

9.00 pm Andy Zaltzman – The 17th February 2012 One Night Only Work In Progress Comeback Special 10.00 pm Asian Persuasion 9.00 pm Bob Graham: Work Ethic 9.00 pm End to End

8.00 pm 8.15 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

10.15 pm LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Kirby Muxloe 10.30 pm LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Lubenham 9.30 pm Chris Stokes: Stray Talking 9.30 pm Great Danes Great Danes – Simon Ta lbot & Sofie Hagen + extra danish treat

The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe The Coach & Horses Lubenham The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar

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8.30 pm 8.40 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

11.00 pm 9.50 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm

Will Marsh’s Americana (Preview) Liam Mullone: In A Dead Man’s Hat Discover Ben Target The Noise Next Door

The Criterion Kayal The Crumblin Cookie Just The Tonic

99 70 50 94

9.30 pm 10.45 pm 9.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am see website

Comedy In The Dark The Forest Gump Tour. Sad Little Flyer : This Guy’s The Limit! Ealing Film Season

Phoenix The Looking Glass The Looking Glass Phoenix

46 93 84 52

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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Monday 18th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  6.30 pm 8.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Little Blaby Launch

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel Apex Works

41 91 35 70

7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm  7.15 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.15 pm

Aaron Twitchen – Princess Guide to Dating Andrew Lawrence: Work In Progress Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Com A Comedy Magic & Mind Mysteries Show! – Done

The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion Just The Tonic

33 36 83 32



9.10 pm Gary Delaney: Work in progress 9.00 pm Iain Stirling – Happy to be the Clown 9.00 pm Old Jewish Jokes 9.00 pm The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex-Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

Kayal The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass

56 59 77

Firebug

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The Exchange Bar Kayal The Looking Glass The Looking Glass

65 47 80 77

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 11.00 pm

9.30 pm 10.40 pm 10.30 pm 12.00 am

Joey Page – Reality is Outside, Paradise is in Your Brain Dan Thomas – I Hate Magicians Paul Savage – A Cheerful Shambles Oliver Sillito: People & other things I tend to avoid

Tuesday 19th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  3.00 pm 4.00 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Gender Wars – The Debate

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel Regent College Studio

41 91 35 56



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 9.30 pm

Ivo Graham: Work in Progress Katie Mulgrew – Your Dad’s not funny Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb Jim Smallman: Group Therapy + New Show

The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Belmont Hotel

60 67 96 63



7.30 pm 7.45 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.00 pm 10.15 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

Teenage Kicks Nando’s presents: Chris Ramsey and Friends A Womb With A View Good Friday: The Clinical Depression Concept Album Show

Regent College Studio The Y Midas Cafe Bar Curve

91 75 32 57

De Montfort Hall

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10.00 pm The Circus Of Horrors 9.00 pm The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex-Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications 9.00.pm Old Jewish Jokes

Firebug The Looking Glass

93 77

8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

10.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.30 pm

A Comedy Mix Up Josh Widdicombe: Work in Progress Patrick Morris & Funmbi Omotayo The Big Value Comedy Show Auditions

Manhattan 34 The Crumblin Cookie The Exchange Bar Just The Tonic

32 66 78 92

James Mullinger: The Man With No Shame Sarah Campbell: Experiments in Fun Ealing Film Season

The Looking Glass The Looking Glass Phoenix

61 85 52

8.00 pm 8.00 pm  

9.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am see website

Wednesday 20th February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  2.00 pm 3.30 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Rob Gee @ The Library Club – Not a twin set in sight!

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel Central Lending Library

41 91 35 82



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 10.00 pm 8.30 pm

Max Dickins – work in progress Paul F Taylor – The Greatest Show In The World Ever James Acaster & David Trent (Work In Progress) Joe Lycett: Work in Progress

The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie

74 79 61 64



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

10.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

Nibbles with Giggles The Horne Section A Womb With A View Bryan Whyte – Bad Lip

Entropy Restaurant Curve Midas Cafe Bar The Looking Glass

75 94 32 41

The Y De Montfort Hall

66 83

Firebug

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8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

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10.00 pm Josh Widdicombe 10.00 pm Russell Kane – Posturing Delivery 9.00 pm The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex-Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

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Ellie Taylor & Paul Sweeney Gagging For Attention The Cookie Jar Comedy Club - New Act Night Matt Hollins: 9 Years since he was funny!

The Exchange Bar Just The Tonic The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass

52 55 93 73

8.00 pm 11.00 pm

9.00 pm 12.00 am

Nick Helm – Work In Progress Four Play

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy The Looking Glass

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Thursday 21st February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  12.00 pm 2.15 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Comedy Curry Club

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

41 91 35 45



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

12.00 am 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

A bellyful of laughs in aid of Leicester Charity Link Brendon Burns: Home Stretch Baby George Zach – Losing My Marbles John Whale: Whistling Dixie

Bistro Live Just The Tonic The Crumblin Cookie The Crumblin Cookie

32 41 57 65



7.00 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm

8.00 pm 10.00 pm 11.30 pm 8.30 pm

Short & Curly – A Ripe Pear Barry Cryer – Butterfly Brain DMU Square Mile Smiles Showcase Lloyd Langford: New Stuff

The Criterion Curve Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre The Belmont Hotel

87 38 50 71



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm

8.30 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

Matt Richardson – Hometown Hero Paul Tonkinson: Fancy Man School Showcase A Womb With A View

The Crumblin Cookie The Y Regent College Studio Midas Cafe Bar

73 80 85 32



8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

9.00 pm 9.00 pm 10.15 pm 9.00 pm

Doggett & Ephgrave Project Stuff John Robins – Incredible Scenes LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Whetstone Nick Helm – Work In Progress

The Looking Glass Firebug The Bulls Head - Whetstone Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

51 65 70 75



8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

9.30 pm 10.30 pm 10.40 pm 9.30 pm

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes Frankie Peoples: Me & My Metro LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Melton Mowbray Michael J Dolan – Nothing Will Ever Be Alright Again Ever

The Criterion Manhattan 34 The Crown Inn The Exchange Bar

36 55 69 74



9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.30 pm

10.00 pm 10.00 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am

Andrew Bird – Scruffy Kafuffle Ben Van der Velde’s Chain Letter John Cooper Clarke Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Manly Stand-Ups

The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic The Looking Glass

36 39 65 51

10.30 pm

12.00 am

Hotel D’Comedie

Maiyango

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Friday 22nd February 2013 All day 9.00 am 3.30 pm 10.00 am 4.00 pm  6.30 pm 7.30 pm

Brief Encounters The Big Laugh Amuseum Studies Sad Little Flyer : This Guy’s The Limit!

Leicester Train Station LCB Depot Trinity House & Chapel The Looking Glass

41 91 35 84



7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

Barry Dodds – Work In Progress Danny Pensive’s Work In Progress Paul F Taylor – The Greatest Show In The World Ever Tom Deacon – Deaconator

The Exchange Bar The Exchange Bar The Crumblin Cookie The Belmont Hotel

39 48 79 96



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm

8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.30 pm 8.30 pm

Chris McCausland Daniel Simonsen – Work in Progress Jenny Eclair: Eclairious Joe Bor plus Special Guests

Firebug The Crumblin Cookie Curve The Criterion

44 47 63 64



9.00 pm 8.00 pm 10.30 pm 8.00 pm

10.00 pm 9.00 pm 12.30 pm 9.00 pm

Lloyd Langford: One Day In The Life Of Lloyd Owen Langford A Womb With A View Dave’s Comedy Knights Doggett & Ephgrave Project Stuff

The Belmont Hotel Midas Cafe Bar Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy The Looking Glass

71 32 49 51

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

10.00 pm 9.10 pm 9.00 pm

Festival Friday – Five Acts For £5 Jonny and the Baptists New Art Club – Feel about your body (How do you?)

Just The Tonic Kayal Curve

54 66 75

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

10.00 pm 10.45 pm 9.30 pm 10.45 pm

Terry Alderton Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden – Going GaGa Chris Martin – Silly Bugger LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Groby

The Y The Musician The Belmont Hotel The Brant

91 38 44 69



9.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.25 pm 9.30 pm

10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.35 pm 10.30 pm

George Ryegold: A Work In Progress Zoe Lyons – Pop-Up Comic Jeremy O’Donnell: You Can’t Get Pyramid Teabags in Egypt Bob Slayer’s Kangaroo Court

The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Kayal The Looking Glass

56 100 63 40



9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm

10.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm 11.00 pm

Free Foyer Stand-up Rob Rouse – Life Sentences Dana Alexander – Is This Really Happening? Ria Lina – It’s Not Easy Being Yellow

Curve Firebug The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar

55 83 47 82



10.30 pm 10.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm

11.00 pm 12.00 am 11.30 pm 12.00 am

Danny McLoughlin & Friends Hotel D’Comedie Traces of Nuts – Comedy Sketch Show Jenks & Bilge Presents...

The Crumblin Cookie Maiyango The Criterion The Looking Glass

48 58 97 63

11.00 pm

2.30 am

Late Night Comedy Bar

Just The Tonic

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Brief Encounters The Flying Machine

Leicester Train Station Embrace Arts

41 93

The Flying Machine The Flying Machine Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture The Flying Machine Comedy Curry Cook Off

Embrace Arts Embrace Arts Just The Tonic Embrace Arts Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

93 93 72 93 45

Saturday 23rd February 2013  

All day 10.00 am 10.45 am 11.15 am 1.00 pm 1.30 pm 2.00 pm 2.00 pm

12.00 pm 1.45 pm 3.30 pm 2.45 pm 3.30 pm

2.15 pm 3.00 pm 5.00 pm  6.00 pm

3.15 pm 4.00 pm 6.00 pm 7.00 pm

Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show Phil Kay: Gimme Your Left Shoe (Kids) Catriona Knox – Hellcat Ivan Brackenbury – Hospital Radio DJ

Curve The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel Just The Tonic

64 81 43 60





6.00 pm 6.00 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm

7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm

Nish Kumar: Who is Nish Kumar? Suzi Ruffell – Let’s Get Ready to Ruffell Phil Kay: How to be Shit on QI twice! Nutters of the British Isles

The Crumblin Cookie Firebug The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie

76 90 81 76

7.00 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm

8.00 pm 9.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

Rob Rouse – Work In Progress Al Murray The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic tour James Acaster – Prompt Joe Bor plus Special Guests

The Belmont Hotel Curve The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion

83 34 61 64



7.30 pm 7.30 pm 7.45 pm 8.00 pm

10.30 pm 9.00 pm 8.55 pm 9.00 pm

Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Competition The Red Light Comedy Show Jonny and the Baptists Charlie Chuck: Cirque du Charlie Chuck

The Y Bike Park Kayal The Looking Glass

68 95 66 43

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

10.00 pm 10.00 pm 10.45 pm 9.00 pm

Dave’s Comedy Knights Just The Tonic Comedy Club’s Festival Saturday Special LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Swithland Peacock & Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Just The Tonic The Griffin Firebug

49 67 69 80



8.30 pm 8.30 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm 10.00 pm

Alex Boardman: Work In Progress Edward Aczel Has No Clear Plan Emerging David Trent – Spontaneous Comedian George Ryegold: A Work In Progress

The Exchange Bar The Belmont Hotel The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion

34 52 49 56

9.00 pm 9.15 pm 9.30 pm  10.00 pm

10.00 pm 10.25 pm 10.30 pm 12.00 am

Max and Ivan Susan Murray: Eyes Down For A Full Murray Bob Slayer’s Kangaroo Court Dave’s Comedy Knights

The Belmont Hotel Kayal The Looking Glass Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy

73 90 40 49



10.00 pm 10.30 pm 10.30 pm 10.30 pm

11.00 pm 11.30 pm 11.30 pm 11.30 pm

Stephen Carlin in Pandas Vs Penguins Paul Currie: The Sticky Bivouac Traces of Nuts – Comedy Sketch Show Vikki Stone – Hot Mess

The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie

89 79 97 98

10.40 pm 11.00 pm 11.55 pm

11.50 pm 2.30 am 2.00 am

Danny Ward – Pressure Point Late Night Comedy Bar Late Encore at Midnight

Kayal Just The Tonic Ramada Encore

48 68 68



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Brief Encounters Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture Erich McElroy is Presidential

Leicester Train Station Just The Tonic Kayal

41 72 53



3.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.00 pm 3.20 pm

4.00 pm 4.00 pm 4.00 pm 4.30 pm

Charlie Chuck: Music Hall Dansko Gida – FFFFFFFF milk Paul Currie: Kids’ Comedy James Dowdeswell

The Looking Glass Embrace Arts Embrace Arts Kayal

43 48 79 61

4.00 pm 4.40 pm 5.00 pm 5.30 pm

The Crumblin Cookie Kayal Just The Tonic

62 97 89

 

5.00 pm Jane Hill and the Fleece of Despair 5.50 pm Tony Cowards: The Bespoke Joke Show 6.00 pm Sunday Sketch Show – Casual Violence 6.30 pm Dan Wright – My neighbour tried to stab me in the anus with a screwdriver

The Crumblin Cookie

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6.00 pm 6.30 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm

7.10 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

Matt Green: Alive Phil Kay: How to be Shit on QI twice! Carey Marx in Sane David Morgan – Pretty

Kayal The Looking Glass The Exchange Bar The Crumblin Cookie

73 81 42 49

7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm  7.15 pm

8.00 pm 8.00 pm 9.30 pm 8.30 pm

Fin Taylor – An Hour of Fin Shazia Mirza: Cuckooland Tom Young & Kate Fox Nish Kumar & Ben Target (Work in progress)

The Criterion Just The Tonic The Y The Belmont Hotel

54 87 96 76



7.20 pm 7.30 pm 8.00 pm 8.00 pm

8.20 pm 10.00 pm 9.00 pm 9.00 pm

Paul Gannon: Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost Comedy Heaven Laurence Clark: Inspired Phil Nichol RANTS!

Kayal Curve Embrace Arts Firebug

79 46 68 81



8.00 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.30 pm

9.00 pm 9.30 pm 9.30 pm 10.00 pm

What You Could Have Won Adam Bloom Dan Nightingale – Love in the Time of Cholesterol Guy Pratt – Great Stories – Great Music

The Looking Glass The Belmont Hotel The Exchange Bar The Musician

99 33 47 57



8.30 pm 8.30 pm 8.40 pm 8.45 pm

9.30 pm 9.30 pm 9.50 pm 9.45 pm

Iain Stirling – Work in Progress The Mitford Sisters Dan Thomas – I Hate Magicians Seann Walsh – Seann To Be Wild

The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Kayal Just The Tonic

59 94 47 86

9.30 pm 10.30 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am see website

Bob Slayer’s Kangaroo Court Al Grant’s: Don’t Poop Your Pants Ealing Film Season

The Looking Glass The Looking Glass Phoenix

40 34 52

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.

Appearance dates in black with keyline Weekends in bold Refers to map on page 104 Signifies letter and colour change in listings

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

Reserved Seating

Non Reserved Seating

Differing times on different dates Concessions price Reserved / non reserved seating Approximate finish time Start time

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events A

A bellyful of laughs in aid of Leicester Charity Link

Come and enjoy a bellyful of laughs... and food in aid of Leicester Charity Link. Bistro Live 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/events DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (12am)

VENUE: Bistro Live Grid Ref: B2 (BLI)

ENTRY: £20

A Comedy Magic & Mind Mysteries Show! - DONE

What funny bones will comedy magician John Constantine tickle and who is the mysterious Count Zapiko? The Count will blow your mind - and read it too. The comedy magic of John Constantine and the mind-reading/mentalism of Count Zapiko will provide you with a knock-out double bill of entertainment. These Leicester performers travel nationwide…and to furthermost reaches of the human mind!  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Comedy Hut presents

A Comedy Mix Up

Comedy Hut presents a great packed night of comedy superb comedy featuring some of the best up and coming acts in the country. A full action packed night of laughs and shinnanigans for just £4 … Total Bargain !!!!  www.comedyhut.org DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Manhattan 34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

ENTRY: £4

Come and point...

A Finger of Judge

Last year’s sell out success is back! Join your genial host Bruce Edhouse in the judgmental fun – Ian Hall and Lindsey Warnes Carroll are back, this time joined by Leanne McKie and Graham Milton. They’ll complete tasks to entertain, amuse, or just plain bribe you into pointing the Finger of Judge favourably at them. Join the fun in this ridiculously silly multimedia extravaganza! (i.e. we got powerpoint)  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Lee Kyle & Nick Cranston

A Show That Is Funnier Than This Title Suggests

Come and enjoy a hilarious free hour of stand-up from “two of the north east’s most promising comedians” Gigglebeats. Lee Kyle is a hysterical act, full to the brim of surprises. “Top up-and-coming comedy performer” BBC. Fellow rising star, Nick Cranston is “rip-roaringly funny” The Stage. Two side-splitting sets to lift your midweek blues for absolutely free!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Pinkanoe Theatre Company present

A Womb With A View

A Womb With A View is a fast paced comedy set in the 1990’s covering the topics of pregnancy and sexual health. Following the stories of 4 women at different stages in their life, Pinkanoe Theatre Company take their audiences on a roller-coaster ride of laughs, myths, home truths and maybe even a few tears. It is a comedy not to be missed with a twist from characters you might not expect... 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Midas Cafe Bar Grid Ref:

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets?

B2 (MID)

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

AAA Batteries (not included)

Adam Hess (Chortle Student Comedian of the Year); Chris Turner (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee) and David Elms (Chortle Student Finalist) present an hour of sharp gags, intelligent observations and comic songs. “A great show” **** Skinny, “Comic genius – incredibly satisfying” **** BroadwayBaby, “Laughter here is guaranteed” **** ThreeWeeks  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Acclaimed improvised comedy quartet Racing Minds create hilarious worlds of humorous invention based entirely on audience suggestions. Witness a unique comedy experience with thrilling situations, adventurous plot arcs and unforgettable characters. “Racing Minds are stars in the making” ***** FestivalJournal, “Genuinely reach the heights of early Python” **** Three Weeks  www.racingminds.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Aaron Twitchen – Princess Guide to Dating

“Positive, fun, feel-good... Probably the best free fringe show I’ve seen” Scotsgay. Didn’t Disney teach us we could all grow up to be princesses? Then what went wrong. An inspirational, interactive “how to...” on dating for the 21st century wannabe-princess. Strap on your glass slippers, were going balling. “This guy is seriously talented. Hilarious, warm, energetic” The Skinny  www.iloveaaron.co.uk/PG2D DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Abnormally Funny People

A group of gifted stand-up comedians strut their funny stuff. Some sit down and stand-up, others stand on chairs and stand-up, others simply stand up and stand-up. All but one of them is disabled. They are all funny people. Tonight’s bill includes Steve Day, Liz Carr, Don Biswas and Steve Best. “The circumstances of disability provide streams of good material, handled creatively and without restraint…” The Scotsman May cause offence. www.embracearts.co.uk www.abnormallyfunnypeople.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £12 (£8 and NUS extra card holders £5)

Adam Bloom

Adam Bloom is simply one of the fastest thinkers in comedy. Combine this skill with his hilarious & inventive ideas and you’ve got a very unpredictable hour of world-class stand-up. “One of my favourite stand-ups. Bloom not only has meticulous, brilliant lines, but also an intense and fragile honesty” Ricky Gervais. “A light-speed wit” Chortle, 2012 Nominee - Chortle Awards Best Club Comic www.adam-bloom.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Ahir Shah: Clothes (Work-In-Progress)

Ahir Shah is one of comedy’s strongest young talents, whose sharp brand of stand-up features a blend of socio-political awareness, emotional frankness, energetic delivery, and jokes. Previewing in Leicester ahead of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Clothes sees personal and social identity, love, history and Tetris examined by a man “destined to be one of the brightest stars in the British comedy firmament” The Scotsman.  www.twitter.com/AhirShah DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8th: 7.30pm (8.30pm) 9th: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Events MiWk Tentatively Endorses

Al Grant’s: Don’t Poop Your Pants

Last Year you witnessed Music Magic and Mayhem twisted into an hour show. This had a moral core imploring you not to produce rancid bum fruits in public. It returns with improved magic illusions; a more coherent and less convoluted plot. Enjoy this award worthy masterpiece with the same characters as last time including Cock-kane The Clown, Doctor Daddy, Umbra and the official Al Grant Impersonator. www.cribbagecomedy.co.uk/algrant.html DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Al Murray The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic tour

Broken Britain may be staring into an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope – Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back to fill it up again, with an epic new show.The irrepressible Innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery this autumn, as part of his 2012 THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC TOUR. Parental discretion advised. Show contains adult themes. www.thepublandlord.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £25.50

Alan Davies: Life Is a Pain

After more than a decade since his last stand-up show and following a hugely successful tour of Australia in 2011, Alan Davies, the much-loved star of iconic television series such as Jonathan Creek and QI, makes a long-awaited return to live stand-up. “A well-rounded and hilarious show–a wonderful return to stand-up from davies” Chortle – Australia & NZ “Heart-tugging and deeply funny” **** The Big Issue www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £25

RBM present

Alan Francis – Expands

After twenty years on the circuit eating pies from petrol stations, there is no doubt Alan Francis has expanded. Now bitter and middle aged, with a Buddha belly, the Award winning Scottish comedian rails against the disappointments of the modern world. Religion, skinny jeans and politics nothing is left out! “Thought provoking, eloquent, entertaining...intelligent political stuff. Well worth your time” The Scotsman www.rbmcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm

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

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

RBM presents

Alan Francis Expands

After twenty years on the circuit eating pies from petrol stations, there is no doubt Alan Francis has expanded. Now bitter and middle aged, with a Buddha belly, the Award winning Scottish comedian rails against the disappointments of the modern world. Religion, skinny jeans and politics nothing is left out! “Thought provoking, eloquent, entertaining...intelligent political stuff. Well worth your time” The Scotsman www.rbmcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.20pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Gag Reflex presents

Alex Boardman: Work In Progress

Alex Boardman is now one of the most sought after acts in the country due to his ability to interact with any audience and to seemingly conjure something out of nothing. Alex’s Working Progress show is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night. “A great comic and a skilled writer” Sarah Millican www.gagreflex.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

Alfie Brown – Work in Progress

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe with the critically-acclaimed and critically berated Soul for Sale, the occasionally screaming Alfie Brown presents a brand new show. “Brown’s is one of the boldest new voices I’ve encountered … mapping a route to a different class of humour.” **** The Guardian, “He could become one of the most important, incisive comedians of his generation” Chortle www.alfiebrown.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4.15pm (5.15pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Alistair McGowan - Not Just A Pretty Voice

The Nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, goes back to his stand-up roots for a new 2 hour show asking big questions like : would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was PM? What are we really thinking while watching Shakespeare? Is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum? Hear everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, and at least one song about butter. Warning: May contain puns! DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Leicester Cathedral Grid Ref: B2 (LCA)

ENTRY: £15 (£12)

Alun Cochrane - Moments of Alun

Alun Cochrane brings his critically acclaimed show “Moments of Alun” to Leicester. You may have seen him on YouTube, or on Dave, or on a panel game, or Channel 4, or just on a bus somewhere. Expect thinking aloud, chat with the audience, and Cochrane style stand-up.“The best, as well as the most natural stand-up I’ve seen at the Fringe” Independent “Comedy gold” The List. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Amadeus Martin Is Keeping It Surreal

Award-winning comedian and Paramount Comedy Best New Act finalist Amadeus Martin returns following last years riotous rave reviews with more farce-paced storytelling and observations. Amadeus brings his badly drawn pictures and presents not-to-scale graphs and charts for those finicky analysts i.e. ‘Spannalysts’ who prefer reasoning rather than relying on emotional responses, even though the data is mostly made up!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

Amuseum Studies

Nationally acclaimed cartoonist Woody (whose work has appeared in Punch, Private Eye, The Sunday Express & The Independent) has captured some of Leicester’s flagship buildings and added some quirky twists to give them a flavour of famous past masters. Monday – Friday only. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10am (4pm)

VENUE: Trinity House & Chapel Grid Ref: C1 (TRH)

ENTRY: FREE

An Hour With Paul Foot

Outside the soldier boy vineyards, Janilla uncoils her spinal trumpet, memories of an ill-spent redundancy in a ferry’s casino flooding in. No matter what she cooked, the headless diners kept prodding. Tonight, she faxes the concrete pork killer alone. “Subversive and surreal - like a cult classic, a relic from the past, a rare exotic bird, he’s special.” Daily Express ***** “Unobtrusively masterful stuff” Scotsman DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Events Just The Tonic Comedy Club present

An Ideal Night Out

Johnny Vegas and Ideal cast members Ben Crompton, Graham Duff, Peter Slater, Joanna Neary & others for an evening of stand up and celebration of BBC 3’s award winning sit-com IDEAL. The cast discuss their personal selection of favourite clips and anecdotes plus a LIVE DVD session - the cast will re-dub a chosen episode live. “Folk say you should never meet your heroes, so why not come see us instead?” Johnny Vegas. www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £15

CKP Proudly presents

Andrew Bird – Scruffy Kafuffle

Andrew Bird tour support for Rhod Gilbert, writer on 8 out of 10 Cats and casual name dropper is doing a brand new show of honest observational storytelling stand-up. “Comedy Gold, Bird’s going to be a star, catch him up close now” The Scotsman. “Absolutely charming. Funny, likeable and effortless” Time Out, “A natural gift for storytelling” The Herald, “A natural Comedian” The Stage DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Talented Artists Ltd present

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes

Andrew Doyle’s critically-acclaimed new stand-up show enjoyed a TOTAL SELL-OUT RUN at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. It was one of GQ Magazine’s “must-see shows” of the festival. He’s bringing it to Leicester for one night only. “A class act” The List,“One of the country’s most exciting comedic talents” **** Gay Times www.andrewdoyle.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7.50 (£5)

Andrew Lawrence: Work In Progress

Join Andrew Lawrence, star of C4’s Stand Up For The Week, BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and R4’s How Did We End Up Like This?, as he tries out some new material.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £8

Andrew O’Neill

I am a stand-up comedian, a metalhead, an amateur occultist and a musician. I’ve done a bit of telly, (including Saxondale with Steve Coogan) and lots of radio (including BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 Extra and 5live) but live is where the hidden mind-control signals planted in my work are most effective.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.45pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £7

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Andrew Ryan – Ryanopoly

Irishman Andrew Ryan’s RYANOPOLY comes to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Debuting at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews, his hilarious, incisive show explores how money can take us to places we might not want to go. “Illuminating debut sow” **** The Metro “Utterly brilliant, going to be a huge star” **** Time Out

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £7

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Andrew Ryan - RYANOLOGY

In Andrew Ryan’s work in progress show, RYANOLOGY, the Irishman gives the audience an insight into his day to day life in this fast paced world, and how he takes things slow, with his addictive and destructive personality. “A very very funny man” **** Fringe Guru, “Must see” **** The Stage www.andrewryancomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3

Andrew Watts: Born to Be Mild

Andrew Watts used to be single, and he used to tell jokes about being single. Now he isn’t, and he doesn’t. Four-star reviews from ThreeWeeks, Broadway Baby and Cream of the Fringe. “Stand-up laced with a cerebral cutting edge” **** ThreeWeeks, “An enticing blend of honest storytelling and dark humour” Independent on Sunday. As seen on ITV’s Stand-Up Hero.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 [£6 on the door] (£4 [£5 on the door])

Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine

Starring Andy Day from Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) with comedy partner Mike James. Follow their marvellous adventure in a Time Machine on a quest to collect the things they need from the past to help a very Old Andy in the future. Will they make it back to the here and now or be trapped in the mists of a time forever? One thing’s for sure; they haven’t a chance without your help?  www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11am (12pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £10 (£9.50)

Andy Fury LovesFilm

Growing up in a god-fearing house where films were banned, Andy Fury nearly reached the age of 30 without seeing any movies. Leaving the church meant being able to drink, have sex with women & covet his neighbour’s house, but he couldn’t talk to them about Goodfellas or ET. On his 29th birthday the award-winning Geordie ditched God & watched one film every day for a year in an attempt to catch up with his childhood.  www.andyfury.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Angela Barnes – You Can’t Take It With You

Join BBC New Comedy Award 2011 Winner Angela Barnes for a preview of her 2013 debut solo show. It’ll be about the big stuff, you know, life, love, family, work and death. And how rubbish she probably is at all of it. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park (BBC2). “Brilliantly funny” Sarah Millican www.angelabarnescomedy.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6

Andy Zaltzman - The 17th February 2013 One Night Only Work in Progress Comeback Special

Andy Zaltzman, co-star of the global hit satirical podcast The Bugle, returns to Leicester with the universe premier of some new jokes, and other stuff. The Radio 4 regular, panelist on 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday and Edinburgh Fringe stalwart is without question probably one of the leading 38-year-old lapsed Jewish politicosatirical stand-up comedians currently on the circuit. He will attempt to demonstrate why. “Probably the best satirical comic we’ve produced in the last two decades. Intelligent, biting and silly” Time Out London DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

ENTRY: £5

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Events www.illwelltown.com presents

Anthony King – Not Normal

After last year’s Songs of Love and Death, Anthony is back with his brand new show, Not Normal. More off-beat, silly, disturbing and often dark stand-up and songs from this outwardly normal individual. “The juxtaposition of this seemingly conservative character with his calm, sedate manner against the slowly simmering murderous apathy he expresses is quite fascinating.” SGFringe **** www.akstandup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.50pm (8.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club presents

Asian Persuasion

Returning to present another tip top line up of the very best in comedy talent, Paul Sinha sharp and astute one-liners are back to deliver once again. Described as one of the funniest social commentators in the UK today, Paul Sinha is not alone – joined by Mickey Sharma (Fresh from supporting Imran Yusuf), Romesh Ranganathan (The Comedy Store) and your host Adnan Ahmed “Brilliant Comedian” Isy Suttie.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £10

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika presents

Ava Vidal: Goes Dutch

Following a sell out west end run and UK tour, the star of BBC2’s Mock The Week and BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow returns with a brand new show that questions the ideas of community and responsibility. How much should we share? And would the world be a better place if we all were self-sufficient and just took care of ourselves? **** Chortle www.socomedy.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

Barbara Steele’s wheels of steel

From the makers of last years festival hit ‘what have you done with Denises 30p?’ comes Barbara Steele’s wheels of steel, and who knows what the eck to expect this year, well we do. there will be burlquiche sexy dancin. Eng will vestigate the parry normal. The limbo edition of a much loved telly program. Who are orbidoo? And who will be lucky enough to play darts with Bradley?  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Barry Cryer & Ronnie GoldEN - Going GaGa

Barry is a household name (like Domestos and Cif) famed for his legendary comedy writing alongside performing his classic standup. Ronnie, former lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with seminal late 70s cult rock band Fabulous Poodles, also works as a standup. The live show features Barry’s formidable collection of one-liners and tall stories alongside Ronnie’s versatile musicianship.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £12

BARRY CRYER – Butterfly Brain

A stream of unconsciousness and sit down comedy. Join old Baz in a brand new show as he takes an alphabetical, hypothetical journey from A to Z. Have you noticed that all the letters in the alphabet are in the right order? Come with him as he embarks on an odyssey of oddities from Aardvark to Zulu. For the first time, he can claim to be a man of letters, including X. Next to Baz you will spot Colin Sell at the P & O! 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £17.50

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Gag Reflex presents

Barry Dodds – Work In Progress

An hour of material from the star of BBC 2’s Hebburn An hour of material from the star of BBC 2’s Hebburn.A finalist in both the Jimmy Carr Comedy Idol competition, and Jongleurs Last Laugh Comedy search, and a semi-finalist in the BBC New talent Awards 2005 – Barry has taken the national circuit by storm, with his mix of surprisingly dark and irrepressibly cheeky material. “Razor sharp humour” Metro www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Kirsty Munro & Tom Young present

Battle of the Sexes – Boys Vs Girls

Witness the fitness; the ultimate battle of the sexes in a stand up comedy showdown. It’s girls versus boys, and boys versus girls. But who’s the funniest? Who wins? YOU decide! Co-hosted by Kirsty Munro for the girls and Tom Young for the boys, come and behold the comedic carnage, as we duke it out for the title of funniest gender!  www.munrokirsty.wordpress.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

BBC Radio Leicester meets Arthur Smith

Comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution Arthur Smith is well known for his appearances on TV’s Grumpy Old Men, QI, Have I Got News For You, and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends. Arthur’s memoir My Name Is Daphne Fairfax has won praise from literary critics. Tonight he talks about his career with BBC Radio Leicester’s Jim Davis.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7.15pm)

VENUE: BBC Radio Leicester Grid Ref: B2 (BBC)

ENTRY: FREE

The Crumblie Cookie presents

Ben Briggs – All Growed Up

After a sell out, debut hour show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012 Ben Briggs returns with another hour of pure stand up comedy. ‘All Growed Up’ is an honest and frank observation of the pitfalls of growing up, as we all drag ourselves through life to try to become the responsible adults we don’t necessarily want to be. “Inherently appealing style” Steve Bennett, Chortle www.benbriggs.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Ben Hustwayte & Jack Campbell: The Standoff

Ben Hustwayte “Thoroughly Enjoyable” Three Weeks & Jack Campbell “Hearty Laughs” Broadway Baby, bring their new show to Leicester – The Standoff! AND IT’S FREE! The Cambridgeshire chaps had a successful run of their first shared hour ‘Get it On’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and now they are back together for one night only! Ben & Jack take half an hour each to showcase some brand new material for your pleasure!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Bottle Rocket in association with GetComedy present

Ben Van der Velde’s Chain Letter

Overwhelmed with the quick-fire world of social networking, Ben decided to re-discover the lost art of letter-writing and start a chain letter. But this one was five foot six, twenty-nine years old and called Ben. Five letters were dispatched to five long lost friends and Ben followed their trails. Find out what happened next (P&P Not included) “A sharp and crafty gagsmith” Chortle, “Highly promising” Time Out www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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Events Brett Vincent for Get Comedy presents

Benny Boot – Def Con 4

Benny is considered in the industry to be one of the most original and finest joke writers in the business. After taking the Edinburgh Festival by storm in 2012 and putting on extra shows to deal with the demand Benny is most definitely of the moment. With fans like Jimmy Carr & Tim Minchin this is a comic not to be missed. “Benny Boot is the real thing. Charming, disarming, and proper fuckin funny” Tim Minchin w  ww.getcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special

Curve is delighted to present two of the titans of UK cricket with a side-splitting show full of memories from within the Test Match Special commentary boxes. A sporting institution, Peter Baxter was the organising brain behind BBC Radio’s Test Match Special for 34 years and Henry Blofeld is one of Britain’s most loved broadcasters. He has commentated on the show since 1972. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Bob Graham : Work Ethic

Hard work never killed anyone it certainly didn’t kill Bob, though it did put him off hard work. After 29 years of life, over 30 different jobs and being fired from a job he hated, Bob is ready to explain why, in a time of recession, mass unemployment and conservative government, not having a job is perhaps the only sensible option. “Graham’s sarcastic, lazy take on life is worth hearing” Festival Journal  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Heroes of Fringe present

Bob Slayer’s Kangaroo Court

Hilarious multi award winning idiot Bob Slayer puts anyone & everything on trial. Topical! Chaotic! Interactive! Make suggestions, bring offenders along or simply enjoy the master-of-mayhem at work. “Sham trial that perverts the principles of law” (Last time in Leicestershire at Download Fest Bob did a wheeliebin crowdsurf + broke his neck) “Everyone is laughing & we’ve no idea why, surrealism is not dead” The Skinny www.bobslayer.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club

Bottle Rocket - Leicester’s longest running comedy club - returns with another stellar comedy line up... Headlining is Let’s Dance For Sport Relief champ and multi-talented funnyman Charlie Baker .(As seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.) Featuring support from Martin Mor (“the act that has influenced me the most” Frankie Boyle), rising star Suzi Ruffell and your host Holly Walsh (Mock the Week, Would I Lie To You). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £13 (£11)

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club

Bottle Rocket - Leicester’s longest running comedy club, rounds up the best of the festival... Topping the bill is Scotland’s award-winning comedian and “half man, half Xbox”, Daniel Sloss. Daniel started gigging aged just 16 and has made waves in the comedy world (As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow). Plus Vikki Stone, Danny Angelo, Mercury Comedian of The Year Matt Rees, and a very special guest MC. www.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £13 (£11)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Brendon Burns: HOME STRETCH BABY

Hey Leicester, I’m really enjoying getting older, I’d like to filter the audience somewhat. I would like to stress that in my show there will be no: 1. Transparent pandering to pseudo pundits. 2. Tedious deconstruction – Or will there? Do you see how clever I’m being? Do you? Recognising how clever I’m being makes you nearly as clever as me. 3. Talking about what I don’t do – Ah, bugger. Warning! May contain comedy.  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes Of An Adult Nature

Hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed show ‘Brett Goldstein Grew Up In A Strip Club’, Brett returns with a new show about sex, money, porn and how to survive a New York blackout without waking up hating yourself… “Sharply written, impecabbly delivered, always charming...” **** Daily Telegraph “Expertly told... with charisma and skill” Chortle £8.00 if you buy tickets to see Hennessy & Friends and Brett Goldstein on 12/02/13. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Bridget Christie: War Donkey

What are Tory feminists? How did Hitler choose soups in restaurants? Why isn’t there a Spielberg blockbuster about donkeys, and why did Colonel Gadaffi hate them? Bridget Christie knows. And will wear stilts. Baffling stand-up and grotesque manifestations from someone who’s been on Radio 4’s News Quiz, E4’s Cardinal Burns, Sarah Millican’s Support Group and Harry Hill’s Little Internet Show. www.bridgetchristie.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents

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 20th anniversary.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: All day

VENUE: Leicester Train Station Grid Ref: C1 (EMT)

ENTRY: FREE

Brightsparks Comedy Asylum

An evening of top drawer sketch comedy brought to you by users and survivors of the mental health system, hosted by stand up poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee. The show is free to mental health service users and their families, and £3 to everyone else.  www.brightsparks.wordpress.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Leicester Guildhall Grid Ref: B2 (LGU)

ENTRY: £3 (Free to mental health service users)

Bad Lip presents

Bryan Whyte – Bad Lip

Scottish comedian Bryan Whyte talks about his life so far; bitterness, rage and hopefully comedy in shoes (sorry, “ensues”). Join Bryan and his friends for a Wednesday night shindig, and maybe some dancing. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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Gag Reflex presents

Carey Marx in Sane

Do you have a problem with me? I’m here to help. A maelstrom of sanity, by Carey Marx “A real joy” Edinburgh Evening News ***** “Hilarious” The Skinny **** “A solid cascade of laughs” Chortle **** www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

RBM presents

Carly Smallman – Calibrated for Disaster

Carly Smallman is a disaster. But is it really her fault? Or is this just what happens when you reach your 20s? If you’ve ever forgotten where you were last night, had sex with a clown, or eaten your body weight in prawn crackers, Carly is here to make you feel less crap. “Her cheery persona juxtaposed with wonderfully filthy songs make her the most exciting female act in the country right now” GQ Magazine www.carlysmallman.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

RBM presents

Carly Smallman – Calibrated for Disaster

Carly Smallman is a disaster. But is it really her fault? Or is this just what happens when you reach your 20s? If you’ve ever forgotten where you were last night, had sex with a clown, or eaten your body weight in prawn crackers, Carly is here to make you feel less crap. “Her cheery persona juxtaposed with wonderfully filthy songs make her the most exciting female act in the country right now” GQ Magazine www.carlysmallman.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Bottle Rocket Comedy present

Catriona Knox – Hellcat

Critically acclaimed, acutely well-observed and high octane; this is the ultimate in red-blooded character comedy. Including eighty rare-breed dogs, a cavalcade of dancing monkeys and one hellcat. “Hilariously executed with commitment, verve and a cracking script...endlessly entertaining” **** Chortle, “Knox inhabits her characters like squatters in an Islington townhouse” **** Fest, **** The New Current. www.catrionaknox.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Charlie Baker: Work in Progress

Charlie Baker heads to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival to road-test material for his new show. Off of the back of a successful 2012 Charlie’s stand-up has seen him tour the country receiving rave reviews. Star of ‘A Short History of Everything’ (C4), ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC 2), ‘The Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central). “An absolute romp, with some shout-with-laughter moments” **** Chortle www.offthekerb.co.uk/charlie-baker DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Charlie Chuck: Cirque du Charlie Chuck

Don’t miss the chance to see Fringe legend Charlie Chuck, back at one of Leicester’s most intimate venues – more scary and more weird – with mixed magic, cabaret, organ playing, and drum smashing, plus French songs and lady assistant Edie Wakefield. “Masterpiece of oddity” Scotsman.  www.charliechuckslaughterlounge.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Charlie Chuck: Music Hall

Don’t miss the chance to see Charlie Chuck before he goes up to Edinburgh, via Newcastle and Morpeth, with his amazing and wonderful music hall show. Chuck-style variety at its best. (Kids allowed). At “the crammed-to-bursting basement of the Looking Glass – a comedy institution – Charlie yelps, ticks, bellows and wheezes his way through an hour of beautifully crafted chaos.” Leicester Mercury  www.charliechuckslaughterlounge.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Charmian Hughes presents

Charmian Hughes: Charmageddon!

End Of The World? Party on! Charmian’s here with apocalyptic advice, badvent calendar,last wish fulfilment plus forbidden performance of the Dance Of The Seven Cardigans. Using World History and her Teenage Diary, Charmian shows the end of the world isn’t always the end of the world. “The best gags” Independent www.charmianhughes.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Chris and Pui Roadshow

CBeebies’ favourite double act Chris and Pui are bringing their road show to town. See Incy Wincy, Humpty Dumpty, the Grand Old Duke of York and – ‘oh my woolly word!’ – Little Bo Peep all live on stage. Laugh, sing and join in with the Show Me Show Me duo as they perform sketches, rhymes and songs for pre-schoolers and their families. Chris and Pui appear in Show Me Show Me’on CBeebies.  www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11am (1pm) & 2pm (4pm)

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

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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Events Lisa Thomas Management presents

Chris Martin – Silly Bugger

Chris (as seen on Dave’s One Night Stand) and tour support for Jack Whitehall, Terry Alderton, Pete Firman and Russell Kane, talks about the latest stuff that’s in his head. “Destined for greatness” Sunday Times. “Hilarious – takes this years Fringe by the scruff of the neck” Metro, “A well-deserved sell out – there’s no denying his obvious talent” Edinburgh Evening News. www.chrismartin-comedy.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6

Beyond Compere presents

Chris McCausland

Nominated for Best New Show at last year’s festival and star of last year’s preview show CHRIS McCAUSLAND returns to Leicester to bring you more of his “tongue in cheek, balls out funny comedy” Chortle.co.uk. Star of Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store, BBCR4 Extra’s Comedy On The Boat and BBC1’s Miranda’s Unwrapped. “Always excellent” Sunday Times, “Must see!” The Times, “A true talent” Edinburgh Guide www.cmstandup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Fluid Thinking presents

CHRIS STOKES – AN OPERA WRITTEN ON NAPKINS

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival ‘Best Show’ Winner 2012 Another chance to see last year’s award-winning show about the ‘tremendous tales of a nerdy loser’ from Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Milton Jones Tour support Chris Stokes. “Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet” **** The List, “Terrific” **** The Skinny, **** Three Weeks  www.chrisstokes.blogspot.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Chris Stokes: Stray Talking

New show from the unassuming bloke that was Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival’s ‘Best Show’ Winner 2012. Honesty is a virtue and widely perceived to be the best policy, so why are more and more people confusing it with just being plain rude? Sick of people everywhere ‘telling it like it is’, Chris tells you exactly how it could potentially be, he thinks. “Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet.” The List  www.chrisstokes.blogspot.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Fluid Thinking presents

Chris Turner: Milquetoast

“We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world” René Magritte. This is not a show about fear. The debut hour from Leicester Mercury nominee Chris Turner (as heard on BBC Radio 2). “An exemplary writer of quotable gags” Chortle, “Beautifully crafted one-liners” BBC  www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Christian Reilly: This Is Not A Love Song

Perrier/Chortle awarded star of Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me presents songs to heal the world and fix the economy. “Seriously funny” Richard Herring, “Hysterical material” **** Three Weeks, “Bill Bailey watch out, there’s a new kid on the block!” **** one4review.com, “Acutely wonderful” **** remotegoat.co.uk, “A clever comic...the funniest songs I have heard in a long time” Kate Copstick,Scotsman, **** broadwaybaby.com www.christianreilly.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.40pm (10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

De Montfort University

Chuckles in the Chapel

Staff and students at De Montfort University stage their own impro show with the help of the DSU Comedy Society in the unique setting of the historic Trinity House Chapel on campus. Come along and enjoy amateur hilarity at one of the UK’s most creative universities. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Trinity House & Chapel Grid Ref: C1 (TRC)

ENTRY: FREE

MiWk Tentatively Endorses

Cock-kane the Clown (UK)

Are YOU scared of clowns? Of course you are. Why not punish yourself to a fun packed hour of traditional outrageous entertainment. As expected this will involve a whole host of awful activities that boldly leaps over the realms of bad taste, and lands in the lush fertile valleys of character comedy. “Watching this will prove that there is nothing irrational about fearing clowns”.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Zulu Comedy Festival present

Comedians Who Happen To Speak English

Anders Grau, Valdemar Pustelnik and Mikkel Rask. Enjoy three bright, Danish comedians in English. This is not an awkward, foreign show about cultural stereotypes and viking helmets. It’s just stand-up. Nothing more, nothing less. The grimness of this description is probably the only Scandinavian thing about the show.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 1 5th: 10pm (11pm), 16th: 8.30pm (9pm), 17th: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

‘The Y in association with Leicester Mercury presents

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids is a proper comedy club for anyone 6yrs +, featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best– but without the rude bits! Now you & your family can catch comedy circuit’s funniest acts, swear-free & otter-ly hilarious. Also Y not learn to be a comedian at our Comedy Academy 4 Kids in just 1hr learn from the best then perform for your family; combined w’shop & show tickets only £12  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £6, £12 workshop & show (£5 child)

Harvey Ingram Shakespeares

Comedy Curry Club

By invitation only. If you’re barmy enough to work in the professional services sector, old enough to handle a vindaloo, and nuts for networking – you’ll already be on our exclusive invitation list. It’s comedy and curry strictly for the City’s senior professionals!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME:

VENUE: Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Grid Ref: B2 (DCH)

ENTRY: N/A

12.00pm (2.15pm)

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Comedy Curry Cook Off

Following hit shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and last year’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, ComComedy and Such Small Portions arrive with some top guest comedians. With instructions from the head chef of the Chutney Ivy restaurant, and supervised by Tommy Holgate, they will attempt to recreate one of Leicester’s favourite dishes within an hour - and be judged by a panel of top comedy and gourmet critics. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Grid Ref: B2 (DCH)

ENTRY: FREE

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Events Comedy Heaven

The spectacular finale show for Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, in aid of Amnesty International & 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 announced! www.curveonline.co.uk

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Comedy in the Dark

Your favourite stand-ups, one hour no lights! After sell-out shows in the UK and Europe, Comedy in the Dark returns to Phoenix Square – a unique experience where comedians perform in complete darkness whilst you sit back in cinema comfort!

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Grid Ref:

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

B3 (PHO)

Comedy Tourist

Broadcast through electronic headsets; our tour guides will laugh you through the history of Leicester, taking you to 5 of the City’s heritage sites for 5 pop-up shows. Venues include; Magazine Gateway, Castle Hall and Wygston’s House. Please be advised this is an outdoor walking tour and some buildings have limiting access e.g. narrow stone steps. If you are unsure about suitability contact sam@comedy-tourist.com  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (5pm)

VENUE: Leicester Guildhall Grid Ref: B2 (LGU)

ENTRY: £20

Richard Peel presents

Cyborg!

Pulse-pounding theatre, guaranteed to appeal to fans of the strange. When Todd Bigface signs up to a new government programme, the scientists turn him into a cyborg. Can he hold onto his humanity, or will he smash the world with his supernatural fists? Who’s to say he can’t do both! www.richardpeel.com/cyborg DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £4

Check out our new website We have hundreds of events for you this year! You can now use our search facility on our website to filter your choices. Tick the boxes next to the dates, start times or venues to find events at the time and place to suit you, or use our keyword search to find an event if you know the title or performer. Once you find an event – make a night of it using our suggestions for other events before and after the event you’re interested in.

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Gag Reflex presents

Dan Nightingale – Love in the Time of Cholesterol

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World class stand-up and hilarity from the star of John Bishop’s Only Joking on love, life and general humorous misuse of an existence.“Could be unstoppable” The Independent, “Has it in him to be another Noble or Kitson” The Metro,“Whimsical tales are complemented by a knack for impressions and bitingly witty punchlines, which bring Nightingale’s imaginative view of the world to life” Three Weeks w  ww.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Dan Thomas – I Hate Magicians

Dan Thomas appears regularly at The Glee Club, Highlights and lots of other venues round the country. He has appeared on TV and Radio and has supported Russell Kane on tour. Also he hates magicians. He has his reasons and in revealing them touches upon such subjects as love, sex, religion and deodorant adverts. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 1 8th: 9.30pm (10.40pm), 24th: 8.40pm (9.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Dan Wright - My neighbour tried to stab me in the anus with a screwdriver

In 2010, Dan Wright’s neighbour shouted down through the floor boards that he was going to kill him. For the next 3 months, Dan lived in complete darkness to avoid his potential murderer, whilst also trying sell the flat. So, did this terrifying ordeal make him a stronger and more resilient person or has it made him more anxious than ever before?  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Bad Mamma Productions

Dana Alexander – Is This Really Happening?

Sometimes the truth is better than fiction! Who are we? Where are we going? Is that baby smoking?Join Ms Alexander as she tries to understand what is going on around her. “Like a gift from the comedy gods.” ****The Herald, Work in progress. A show for everyone..well not everyone.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

Daniel Simonsen – Work in Progress

After winning the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2012 and an appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News, the “brilliantly offbeat” Guardian Norwegian stand-up presents new material for his second show. “Packed with laugh out loud moments” Guardian, “Compelling” Fest, “It shouldn’t work, but it does” London is Funny www.twitter.com/daniel_simonsen DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Daniel Simonsen: Champions

Fresh from Russell Howard’s Good News, the Simon Amstell tour and the benefits office in Bethnal Green, Daniel Simonsen was an undeniable smash hit at the 2012 Edinburgh fringe, picking up the Fosters Comedy Newcomer award. Join the deadpan Norwegian stand-up as he brings his award-winning show to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. www.twitter.com/daniel_simonsen DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £10

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Events Phil McIntyre Management presents

Danny McLoughlin & Friends

Join host Danny McLoughlin as he introduces some of the best comics performing at this years festival. Expect lots of late-nightlaughs and raucous fun! Line Up: tbc “Danny McLoughlin’s innate comic timing, insightful digressions and ability to think on his feet puts him alongside the most talented and genuinely funny comedians. This is a must-see show.”  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Gag Reflex Presents

Danny Pensive’s Work In Progress

Sunderland’s duffel coated daft lad has travelled round the world. Through Australia and across the length of the USA, even when everyone speaks the same language, there’s still plenty of cultural barriers to be broken, walked through or ignored. Danny brings his work-in-progress travelogue to Leicester. You can take the boy out of Sunderland...but he won’t take his coat off to go surfing. www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Danny Ward – Pressure Point

Having been hit with the bombshell revelation that he has high blood pressure Danny examines what it is to be stressed, the purpose of worry and where the cure for anxiety lies; be it on the yoga mat or down the random goods aisle of the Lidl. He will conduct a live experiment in comedy ratified by the British Medical Council* into whether laughter really is the best medicine. Debut solo show from Danny Ward *TBC  www.dannyward.org DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.40pm (11.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Dansko Gida – FFFFFFFF milk

Once seen as a threat to the stability of a nation, Dansko has been jailed and exiled for crimes against comedy. He’s applied for citizenship – but can’t remember which country. Paul Currie taps the same vein of surreal absurdist nonsense humour as Spike Milligan in this show specially for families. 1 hour. 5+ years. *(Party of 4 for £25 / NUS extra card holders pay £5)  www.comedycv.co.uk/paulcurrie DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £7*

Dave Turns The Tables

Dave has turned the tables by challenging everyday folk to write and perform a five minute original stand-up routine. After just 6 sessions of training with a comedy expert and an hour spent rehearsing with a comedy mentor, they will tonight perform in front of and be judged by their harshest critics – a panel of comedians! 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Grid Ref: B2 (DCH)

ENTRY: FREE

Dave Twentyman – It’s The Little Things

A comic said to me recently that the key to my gags and stories is that I always somehow make the most simplistic but funny observations,which as other people thinking, ‘Why didn’t I spot that’? You never walk away from a comedy show thinking ‘He had a good memory didn’t he’? But you will walk away from this show with a big smile on your face.  www.dave-twentyman.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Dave’s presents

Dave’s comedy knights

Dave, the home of witty banter, is pitching up at the festival with some amazing comedy line ups. Taking place throughout the festival you’ll see some of Dave’s favourite acts handpicked for your pleasure. Acts include Paul Foot, Chris Stokes, Tom Deacon, Iain Stirling, Lloyd Langford, Zoe Lyons, Rob Rouse and many more! See www.comedy-festival.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8th,9th,15th,16th,22nd & 23rd: 10.30pm (12.30am), 13th: 8pm (9pm), 14th: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Grid Ref: B2 (DCH)

ENTRY: £15 (13th: £10)

Davey and Matt do comedy.

Join two of Scotland’s most exciting and upcoming comics, Davey Connor and Matt Winning, for an hour of comedy. Expect jokes about capri sun, forks and socks. Matt Winning (BBC New Comedy Award finalist 2012, Finalist Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2010 and 2011 / Winner Hilarity Bites New Act 2011) “Distinctive one-liners...an inventive writer” Chortle “Instant laughs” The Skinny. Davey Connor (Comedy Zone 2010, Provided Tour Support for Russell Kane, Jenny Eclair and Daniel Sloss) “He hits the nail on the head” The Herald “One of the best upcoming Scottish comedians” The List w  ww.daveyconnor.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 16th: 8.30pm (9.30pm) 17th: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Della Management presents

David Hadingham: David Should Try Harder

David Hadingham in ‘David should try harder’, a school report remark not uncommon to his parents, thirty years after leaving school and twenty years after starting in comedy David is experimenting with putting that into practice. An hour long journey into his easily distracted mind showing it’s not that simple to try harder makes this a superbly funny, thoughtful and entertaining fifty five minute show. www.davidhadingham.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

David Morgan – Pretty

Two ridiculous events conspired this year to make David consider how pretty he is, how he judges other people’s prettiness and why it all seems to matter. “David Morgan is Funny. Yes with a capital F” Attitude “A joy to behold” Metro “Hilarious” Heatworld www.thisisdavid.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £8.50 (£6.50)

Phil McIntyre Management presents

David Trent – Spontaneous Comedian

EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE. David Trent has a computer and a projector, which he uses to make phenomenal comedy. This is his Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated show, for one night only.. in Leicester. It will blow your mind. He wrote this himself. “One of the most talked-about people in comedy right now” The Guardian, “A creator of bold, categorydefying comedy” Stage www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Heroes of Fringe presents

Devvo Dole Queue Hero

Been on E4, C4, BBC3, massive on YouTube, massive in Yorkshire. Job quitters guide to becoming a Dole Queue Hero. I am gonna make billions and you’re gonna make millions. (I can’t promise nowt) After all the jail time I am all about making loads of cash and you can come and join in too. Bring yer drugs, buses are gay. “Miles better than that tosspot Lee Nelson” Front Magazine. w  ww.devvo.tv DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Events difunny.com presents

Diane Spencer: Alpha Taboo

Award-winning comedian Diane Spencer debuts her brand new standup show. Due to her fearless yet charming performance, Diane has been compared to comedy legends Jim Jeffries and Joan Rivers. With multiple tv credits including appearing with David Hasselhoff in Standup to Cancer (Channel 4), Diane’s star is in ascension. “Her bright and bubbly attitude works well with her perverse mind and dark humour” ThreeWeeks www.difunny.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Discover Ben Target

The words ‘genius’, ‘unique’ and ‘the best’ are often misused. Ben Target is a comedian. He will be with you for 53 minutes. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2011. Edinbugh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2012 – LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS SHOW AT DAVE’S LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL! NOT TO BE MISSED “A hugely gifted prop comic whose shows are in equal parts delightful and unsettling” Guardian.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Woodward & Russell Are…

Dissecting Comedy: A Sudden Glory

E.B.White once wrote ‘humour can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.’ Get your hands dirty. Check out their website for more information, but most importantly, JOIN THEM.  www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

De Montfort University

DMU Square Mile Smiles Showcase

DMU’s Square Mile project (Mile2) has been bringing big smiles to the community by giving residents the chance to learn stand-up comedy over the past three months. This event will debut and showcase these comedians - plucked from one of the city’s most diverse areas. Expect a night full of big surprises as we unleash the new comics of Square Mile Smiles!  www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Grid Ref:

ENTRY: FREE

A1 (NNC)

MHA and Live Nation Presents

Doc Brown

Rapper turned comedian Doc Brown, is back with his tongue in cheek take on hip hop culture. A regular on the London comedy circuit and appearances on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘The Inbetweeners’, ‘Rev’ and ‘Miranda’, Doc is a must see act. “A seamless mix of truly inspired hip-hop and stand-up. He’s a total star… an utter joy.” Time Out DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Lucy Peel presents

Doc:Comedy – The Mechanics of the Comedian

Filmed at last year’s comedy festival, Doc:Comedy examines the mechanics of comedians. What drives these people to stand in front of crowds, opening up their hearts? What is the process involved in transforming a brief thought into a full blown, side-splitting show? Bursting at the seams with amazing interviews and stand-up from local & international comedians! www.doccomedy.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

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 to a packed room” Chortle. www.doggettandephgrave.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Manly Stand-Ups

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of manly mayhem with Dr Ettrick-Hogg, and his enigmatic assistant Mags Woodward. Dr Ettrick-Hogg will select the most “manly” (in his warped opinion) stand-ups to perform for you in a warped, wild and raucous extravaganza, returning to Leicester for the fourth year running. Alternative, cutting-edge mayhem to tickle your manly bones. Anything could happen. Be there.  www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Valentine’s Special

Love is in the air for Dr Ettrick-Hogg in this exciting, one night only, Valentine’s spectacular where he celebrates love and manliness with the help of his exotic assistant Woodward and the alluring selection of stand-ups he has enticed to perform. Whether you’re taking your partner out for a Valentine’s show or better still, single and on the prowl, don’t miss out on this night of alternative, ‘romantic’ mayhem!  www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Ealing Film Season

To coincide with Comedy Festival and the Curve production of The Ladykillers, Phoenix are proud to screen a season of the best, most hilarious Ealing films across the month of February! Look out for shows of old favourites The Lavender Hill Mob, Whisky Galore, Kind Hearts and Coronets and more.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: see website

VENUE: Phoenix Grid Ref:

ENTRY: £7.25 (£5.65)

B3 (PHO)

Show And Tell present

Edward Aczel Has No Clear Plan Emerging

“Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” The Guardian. Edward Aczel lobs a few ideas out there, ultimately gambling that the audience will be slow’ish and easily pleased (preferably half asleep). Please be aware that there is no plan B if things get tricky. “Aczel turns unprofessionalism into an artform” **** The Times, “Britain’s greatest entertainer” ***** Time Out. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Elis James – Speaking as a Mother

Speaking As A Mother is the fourth solo show from one of Britain’s finest emerging comedt talents. A huge critical hit at this years Edinburgh Festival, a stand-up show not to be missed! As seen on 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave) Chris Addison’s Show and Tell (E4) “A complete joy” Time Out, “Excruciatingly funny” The Scotsman.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Elis James & Danny McLoughlin (Work In Progress)

Join two of the funniest young comics in Britain as they try out new material. This show promises to be exciting, shambolic and very very funny. “Elis James… This wonderful Welsh wit is always a pleasure to spend time with” Time Out, “Danny McLoughlin has innate comic timing, insightful digressions and ability to think on his feet puts him alongside the most talented comedians” Three Weeks www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Ellie Taylor & Paul Sweeney

A split bill, high energy giggle fest brought to you by “Charismatic, personable and bright” Ellie Taylor (BBC 3 Snog Marry Avoid) and “Intriguing and memorable” musical comedian Paul Sweeney. Prepare yourself for a liberal rib tickling! www.ellietaylorcomedy.com / www.paulsweeneycomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6

The Y presents

Emergency Comedy!

Providing a platform for comedians and comedy performers, Emergency showcases an evening of new and upcoming comedy acts. Come along to watch performers showcase their talent, try new material and welcome your feedback and comments on the night. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

The Gramophones Theatre Company in

End to End

From Land’s End to John O’Groats in 18 days by as many modes of transport as possible with just £1 a mile to do it. Three women tell the tale of their unique journey, their trials and tribulations, and the unexpected acts of kindness they encountered along the way. www.gramophonestheatre.com www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £7 (NUS extra card holders pay £5)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Eric Lampart – Two Tickets To the Gum Show

Hi, I’m Eric Lampaert (T4 Rising Star 2012, Life’s Too Short, Cardinal Burns, The Midnight Beast). I don’t really think I have a weird face, but the countless heckles, reviews and Internet abuse I’ve received suggests otherwise. Clearly that’s all people want me to talk about. So here’s a “One To Watch” (Time Out) freak show to get this topic out of the way. My face even made me famous in Mexico without me knowing. www.ericlampaert.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6

Beyond Compere present

Erich McElroy is Presidential

Erich McElroy is Presidential. The star of the hit 2012 show The Brit Identity, “Brilliant” **** CHORTLE, is back with a brand new hour. Come explore why no other nation does politics with the same absurdity and insanity as America, and how with the right recipe – a pinch of God, a dash of freedom and a flatbed full of firearms – almost anyone can become President. “Masterful hour” **** Broadwaybaby  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Eyes Wide Open

Alice, the confused Austrian abroad, invites you for a night of laughter. After spending one year in Hollywood she is now back in the UK to host and talk about her time in an American jail (yes, she is really a jail bird), and coming out gay to her religious grandmother. This is either a recipe for disaster or the creation of a great show. Either or, you will be entertained!  www.alicefrick.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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Just The Tonic Comedy Club present

Festival Friday – Five Acts for £5

Stupidly strong shows every Friday. This week: Jeff Innocent “It should be made law that every British Citizen must go him. He’s that funny.” Evening Standard, Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) “If Eddie Izzard had been Irish, he’d surely have turned out a lot like Keith Farnan” The Scotsman, Ahir Shah “a frighteningly intelligent gagsmith.” The Scotsman Guest TBC. Compere Tim Clarke www.justthetonic.com/leicester-comedy DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Just The Tonic Comedy Club present

Festival Friday – Five Acts For £5

Another ridiculously good bill for small money as Just the Tonic bring you 5 acts for £5 including Mark Little (known to you as Joe Mangle from Neighbours) as he returns to stand up. Rob Rouse, a festival legend and one of the clubs favourite comedians. There’s 2 other acts TBC at time of going to print, so check the website and the show is hosted by Darrell, “know’s how to put on a show” The Times, Martin. www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Just The Tonic Comedy Club present

Festival Friday – Five Acts For £5

5 acts for £5 and what a selection it is this week. Phil Nichol “Give him any room and any crowd and he’ll win them over...He’s just outstandingly good at what he does” The List. Lucy Porter “is one of the most talented comics on the circuit…brilliantly crafted jokes. This is get happy comedy at its very best” TIME OUT. Paul Sweeney “Intriguing and memorable”
Chortle. Another TBC and compere Darrell Martin www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Fin Taylor – An Hour of Fin

Fin Taylor has supported Glenn Wool on tour, warmed up TV audiences including ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC2) and has gigged all over the UK. This will be his first ever solo show after successful appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of ‘The Lunchtime Club’(2011) and ‘The Big Value Show’ (2012). Normally people say ‘hotly anticipated’ but that would be pushing it. “Comic Gold” Fest, “True Brilliance” EdReview  www.fintaylor.com & www.twitter.com/fintaylorcomedy DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £2

Football Manager Ruined My Life

Tony Jameson is a 32 year old boy. He’s achieved some good things in life, but there’s something nagging in his brain that he may have achieved more if he hadn’t spent 20 years playing video games. Join him in his debut hour for silly stories and references to players you may / may not remember. NB Its not all about Football Manager, don’t worry. “Cannot help but watch in awe”... Comedy Central  www.tonyjameson.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Spagetti Injunction

Four Play

MC Frankie Peoples, Eddie Harris, Lisa Deville, Andy Nightingale, Rich Growcott. Four Play is four of the midlands newest comedians compered by the brilliant Frankie Peoples (Comedy Hut). Jump aboard the comedy express for tales of love, work & sex. No rock and roll.

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

FRANCESCA MARTINEZ ‘WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?!’

Intrigued by the power that this six-letter word has over so many people, Francesca asks what happens when you’re branded ‘abnormal’ in a world obsessed with normality? This award-winning show is Francesca’s defiant, insightful and fascinating answer... “Hilarious and deeply moving” ***** Metro, “Perfect stand-up” ***** Rhum  www.francescamartinez.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Comedy Hut presents

Frankie Peoples : Me & My Metro

Frankie Peoples brings his debut show to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Me & My Metro is a all about the highs and lows of driving an Lreg Rover Metro. The show plays great on Frankies happy go lucky style of story delivery … It’s truly endearing and a delight for all “Peoples draws you in with a happy style of self deprecation” CAN Comedy www.comedyhut.org DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Manhattan 34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

ENTRY: £4

Curve presents

Free Foyer Stand-up

Join us on the Curve foyer stage to catch some of the freshest and newest comedy in the festival. Hosted by the brilliant Matt Richardson (15th) and Joe Bor (22nd), who will guide you through the future big name comedians. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: FREE

Free Love

Can you feel the love tonight? Whether it’s up with love or down. Come join our bromance of comedians as they battle for and against LOVE. Dateless and desperate welcome. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Funny Bones

2012 has seen a huge increase in the profile of disability and disability awareness. This seminar will discuss the experiences and aspirations of comedians, the comedy industry and audiences. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Sharon Lockyer as part of her research ‘Exploring the Potential of Disabled Comedians in Improving the Lives and Experiences of Disabled People.’ www.embracearts.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: FREE

DMU Comedy Society presents

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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.demontfortstudents.com/organisation/6481/ DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.45pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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Gareth Richards: gareth goes electric

Join Gareth Richards, 2010 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee for his brand new show of songs and jokes. In November 2011 Gareth was asked to support Englebert Humperdinck at the Royal Albert Hall. He felt he couldn’t say no. He should have. “A delightful hour of comedy” Guardian. “He’s a quietly clever craftsman with a big future” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard. www.garethrichards.net DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Gary Delaney: Work in progress

“A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner” Chortle Following on from his successful appearances on Mock The Week and Dave’s One Night Stand Gary will be testing a rough and ready bag of new born jokes. Come and help him figure out which should be immediately put down for a good school and which should be quietly drowned in a bucket. www.garydelaney.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5

The Y presents

Gay Comedy Night

This year will be hosted by Simon Happily from Comedy Camp! Headlined by the master storyteller Scott Agnew who will be joined by David Morgan amongst other fabulous acts soon to be revealed! “He holds the stage effortlessly – His energy is formidable – Agnew is more than a gay comedian, he is a gay community comedian. He has roots, substance, and he knows where he belongs” *****Broadway Baby  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14 (£12)

Regent College present

Gender Wars – The Debate

Who is really funnier, men or women? Do you have an opinion? The battle of the sexes will not lie so why not come along to Regent College and listen to our guest comedians put their case. The debate will include footage of male and female comedians and the audience will have their say.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

VENUE: Regent College Studio Grid Ref: C3 (REG)

ENTRY: FREE

Comic Voice Management & CHP Productions present

Geoff Norcott: Farewell Shiny Suit

“Geoff Norcott is a comedian with a big future” Daily Mirror No matter what job you’re in, it probably took a lot of compromise to get anywhere. For many years as a professional comic Geoff Norcott has been happy to give the audience one version of himself. Now it’s time for the other Geoff to have his say; the naughty one. www.geoffnorcott.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4.40pm (5.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

George Ryegold: A Work In Progress

Come! Witness George Ryegold, winner of ‘Best Show’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2011, flail and claw at the miasma of humorous fancies dancing before his bloodshot peepers. www.tobywilliamscomedy.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Della Management

George Zach – Losing My Marbles

George Zach has an approach to life that goes something like ‘It will probably work out’ since being 8 years old. Then he decided to do comedy, go to Edinburgh for the festival and get in a series of unfortunate events that led him go to therapy 20 weeks later. Did it all work out? Well, madness always offers ground for hilarious tales and he wants to share his story with you in this ultimately uplifting show!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Gilbert & Sullivan Abridged

Whether you are a Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado, a passing fan or, you’re still not even sure you know who they are, this show will have you laughing in the aisles. Gilbert and Sullivan Abridged brings you as much fun, zaniness and humour as can be found while performing all fourteen operetta’s in ninety, hilarious, topsy-turvy minutes! www.gilbertandsullivanabridged.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £14

Parkin presents

Good Friday: The Clinical Depression Concept Album Show

Moving, charming and devastatingly honest, Good Friday deals with a troubling issue in an approachable and entertaining way. With tunes. And gags. Expect beautiful, scary and funny music, a bass, a knife, a glockenspiel, the stars at night, two cellos and a black dog. Supported by Embrace Arts, Simorgh, Lincoln Drill Hall, Hatch, Curve, National Lottery through Arts Council England. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £8

Gráinne Maguire: If I could just love myself as much as I love Ed Miliband, my life would be perfect.

Gráinne Maguire (writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Now Show and News Quiz, as heard on Radio 5’s 7 Day Sunday) appears at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for the first time. “An exceptional comedy mind” The Skinny, **** Chortle www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Zulu Comedy Festival present

Great Danes - Simon Talbot & Sofie Hagen + extra danish treat.

England has not experienced this kind of Danish invasion since the vikings! Boom! All the way from Denmark (however, this time by plane and not boat), just to perform for you, The Danes will take the crowd through a hillarious night of comedy. Not to worry – all acts speak terrific english and has a fair sense of grammar. Now it’s up to you to decide if the humour translates as well.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 1 5th: 7pm (8pm), 16th: 10pm (11pm), 17th: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Guy Pratt - Great Stories - Great Music

Grammy award-winner Guy Pratt spills the beans on 30 years as bass player to the stars. He’s worked with musicians including Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Jimmy Page, Robert Palmer, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Iggy Pop. Guy unpacks his irresistible and very funny stories about life on stage, the craziness of touring the world and playing the biggest stadiums alongside some equally sizeable egos. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £8

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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CKP presents

Hal Cruttenden: Tough Luvvie

Hal’s coming out fighting and at least one of the gloves is off. You might not think he is the manliest of men, but it’s no more Mister Nice Guy as this self-proclaimed ‘luvvie’ sets out to show us what he’s really made of. As seen on Live at The Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance, and the Edinburgh Comedy Gala. “His best solo stand-up show to date” **** Telegraph www.halcruttenden.com www.ckproductions.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £11/£9

Heffernan and Fletcher present: The Competition

Formerly of The History Girls (DLCF Best Show Nominees 2012) brand new duo, Heffernan & Fletcher, present a riotous evening of character comedy and silliness. “Brilliant performers, who deliver a slick, smart routine.” The List “A crack team of female comedians… Silly, brilliant fun” Three Weeks

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Manhattan 34 Grid Ref: B3 (MAN)

ENTRY: £6

By arrangement with Dawn Sedgwick Management

Hennessy & Friends: A History of Violence

Hennessy & Friends bring their hit show to Leicester. A whirlwind of hilarious sketches and characters, some old, some new, from the fevered brain of Miranda Hennessy and her two idiot captives David Seymour and Steven Shapland. As seen on E4’s ‘Phoneshop’, BBC Three’s ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People.’ “Flawlessly funny...fantastic original ideas...watch before TV execs start editing out the best bits” **** Chortle www.mirandahennessy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Henning Knows Bestest

German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn is a fountain of knowledge. There’s no shortcut to success, hard work will eventually pay off and there is no shame in paying tax. But what he knows bestest is that his comedy shows are a guaranteed success. Either he’s funny or he confirms a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation. Wunderbar! “Side-splittingly funny” The Times  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

Wiggy Productions

Holly Walsh – Work in Progress

Work in progress by Foster’s Comedy Best Newcomer Nominee Holly Walsh. As seen on Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Dave’s One Night Stand and Would I Lie To You. Warning: This show may contain non whimsical references to Badgers. www.hollywalsh.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

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 throughout Hotel Maiyango, this is an interactive show where the four comedians perform outside of their comfort zones. Not to be missed! 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

VENUE: Hotel Maiyango Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Nik Coppin presents

Huggers

With comedy, cabaret and a huge amount of fun for all the family to enjoy together, the energetic and informal variety showcase ‘Huggers’ comes to DLCF after sell-out shows at festivals worldwide. What better way could you and the whole family spend an afternoon out with the family? “Mums and dads will be onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy full of magic” Melbourne Comedy Festival  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 (£2 children)

I Love Apex

Apex Works changes lives and attitudes helping the vulnerable and marginalised into training and jobs. To celebrate our 30th birthday, the Leicester charity is hosting a show to challenge attitudes and change preconceptions. All done with a huge dollop of humour and lots of laughs. Featuring comedians Lost Voice Guy “Breaking down barriers and having a laugh” ITV, and Rob Gee who will perform “I Love Apex”.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (9.15pm)

VENUE: Apex Works Grid Ref: B2 (APE)

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

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Iain Stirling – Happy to be the Clown

Following a complete sell-out run at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival followed by a run in London’s West End Bafta and Chortle Best Newcomer nominee Iain Stirling brings his hotly anticipated debut stand-up show to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Ever wondered why your life ended up the way it did? Iain does, and attempts to work out why he is such a clown. **** The List, Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Spotlight  www.iaindoesjokes.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Iain Stirling – Work in Progress

Iain Stirling is is doing a work in progress show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. The jokes are new, the tickets are cheap – let’s do this! He’s been on tele, sold out his Edinburgh Festival run and even performed his own show in London’s West End. **** Broadway Baby, The List, Scotsgay “Iain Stirling possesses all the born-with-it-or-you’re-not qualities associated with the world’s leading comics” The List  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£5)

Think Once Think Twice Productions present

Ian Crawford’s Annual Safety Briefing

Health & Safety really has gone mad courtesy of Ian Crawford an Adviser from the Steel & Cutlery Manufacturers Association. What he has to share is deadly serious and you’d be forking mad to miss him. This is the latest hilarious comedy character from Jimmy Frinton a former Daily Telegraph Open Mic Finalist and Curve Theatre Comedy Talent Competition Winner (Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012).  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Bottle Rocket Comedy presents

IAN D. MONTFORT – UNBELIEVABLE

Ian D Montfort BSc (pseudo) will not only have jaw-dropping messages from beyond the grave but will use pseudoscientific methods to prove ESP, homeopathy and past life regression aren’t rubbish. “Funny and baffling” Scotsman, “An astonishing finale that leaves the audience shaking their heads in disbelief. Montfort has certainly got the tricks ... an absolute treat” Metro  www.iandmontfort.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events CKP presents

Ian Smith: Anything (Work in Progress)

Ian Smith (BBC2’s Popatron) is a shambolic, award-winning comedian. At only 24, Ian has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting young acts on the circuit. This is a work in progress for his debut solo show. Bring an extra pair of socks; the ones you’re wearing will get blown off. “Fantastically funny” The Times www.ckproductions.co.uk/portfolio-item/ian-smith/ DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy presents

Ian Stone – Stoney Baloney

After last years ‘BEST SHOW’ nomination at Daves’s Leicester Comedy Festival, one of the most talented acts in the Country is back with a rare brand new hour of hilarity. Edgy and provocative with an easy-going manner and self-depreciating style, Ian was ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent. You’ve probably seen him on ‘Mock The Week’ or ‘Never Mind The Buzzocks’... “Seriously funny” Guardian www.ianstonecomedian.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Ishi Khan Jackson: I Am Happy

I Am Happy! is the first full-length, one-woman show from laughter coach Ishi Khan-Jackson. Join Ishi in spreading fun, joy and hilarity as she searches for the secrets to happiness in an energetic show which explores her rich cultural heritage, her upbringing and her journey to the UK. Don’t miss the unique show which has something for everyone; described by Birmingham Comedy Festival as “Hotter than a hot Madras.” www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £8

Ivan Brackenbury – Hospital Radio DJ

Cringe worthy Hospital Radio DJ will be broadcasting live from Just the Tonic back to his patients with requests and dedications. The worst thing to happen to hospitals and radio since Jimmy Saville. Rare opportunity to see Tom Binns perform Ivan Brackenbury’s Award Winning Full length show. “Top 50 Most Memorable Gigs of the Decade” Chortle “Top-quality entertainment with practically universal appeal.” The Guardian  www.ivanbrackenbury.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Ivo Graham: Work in Progress

At just 21 years old, Ivo Graham’s gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton alumnus combines insightful stories of adolescence and fellow students with a sharp witted presence that has rapidly gained him the acclaim of his audience, fellow artists and the critics alike. Winner, So You Think You’re Funny 2009, LMCOTY Nominee 2010. “One of the best young comedians around” TimeOut www.offthekerb.co.uk/ivo-graham DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £4

How to book tickets: For the first time, tickets for all festival shows will be available from our festival box office.

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Want tickets?

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 Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents

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JAMES ACASTER – PROMPT

EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE 2012. James Acaster is out on tour with a show full to the brim of comedy and critical acclaim. Prepare yourself for flights of fancy, remarkable gesticulation and maybe even some tempo changes. One thing’s for sure – you will go absolutely bananas. As seen on: Russell Howard’s Good News, Show and Tell, Dave’s One Night Stand and Live at The Comedy Store, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Phil McIntyre Management presents

James Acaster & David Trent (Work In Progress)

Join these two Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated comedians as they try out some of their new, wonderful comedy. “James Acaster’s comedy is a gloriously funny shambles.” The Guardian “David Trent … one of the most talked-about people in comedy right now” The Guardian  www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

James and Amy: A Loser’s Guide To Dating

James Loveridge and Amy Howerska are broken people. One a cheeky Essex chappy and the other a Liberal feminist lush. These two young comics although poles apart are identical in their inability to succeed in life and love. Determined to fix this the two friends try to improve each other through a mix of stand up, comedic dares and hilarious introspection.  www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids

For children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words, a show which might or might not discuss scooters, Scottish country dancing and what we’ll do with all these gregarious giraffes. James recently taught Helen Skelton on Blue Peter to do stand up and is currently hosting his own TV show called The Big Book Babble which makes children’s authors more interesting.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2.30pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £6

James Dowdeswell

James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories. Dowdeswell has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Jimmy Carr’s Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (C4), & Ricky Gervais’ Extras (BBC). Now he’s back in his favourite venue in Leicester to explore new ideas and have a curry afterwards. “His material is top drawer” **** Chortle, “An excellent line in comedy” The Guardian  www.jamesdowdeswell.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3.20pm (4.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

RIP Productions present

James Mullinger: The Man With No Shame

Critically-acclaimed comedian, TV presenter, journalist & BBC Radio regular James Mullinger performs a brand new stand-up show. He tells all on being a new father, why Kate Winslet stopped returning his calls and how he came to sing for Paul McCartney. All this and more in an unforgettable show. “A great stand up” Jimmy Carr, “The next big thing” Michael McIntyre, “Engaging and hilarious” ***** Arts In Leicestershire www.jamesmullinger.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Jane Hill and the Fleece of Despair

Comedian and novelist Jane Hill’s one-hour show about what wearing cut-price leisure wear from Millet’s can do to a middle-aged woman’s already shaky self-esteem. May contain elements of angst, alcohol and misery. “Genuine belly-laughs” Three Weeks  www.janehill.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Jarlath Regan / Roisin Conaty

Award winning comedian and writer Jarlath Regan has gained a reputation with the industry and audiences for his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand-up. Foster’s Comedy Award Winner 2010 for Best Newcomer and star of Russell Howard’s Good News, Roisin shares her brand new solo show, Lifehunter. Everyone in life is looking for something; to belong, to love, to love, to forget, and also keys.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club presents

Jarred Christmas – Lets Go MoFo

You’ve seen him on tv dressed like Madonna (all in aid of Sport Relief of course!). He’s the guy with the sideburns and the glasses... That’s right, it’s Jarred Christmas. Fast, funny and in demand. Let’s Go MoFo! “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” **** Time Out. DO NOT MISS this electric hour of arse-kicking comedy!  www.jarredchristmas.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Jarred Christmas and the Awesome Others A mystery comedy event featuring Jarred Christmas and The Awesome Others. No one knows what will happen inside the show. All we know is that we will be there and you will too. Together we will witness something that will shit all over AREA 51. “The Bermuda triangle of comedy”  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Everything Productions

Jen Brister – Now & Then

Jen’s cup is half empty and she’s struggling to fill it. Heading inexorably towards middle age Brister is looking to change her ways. Join her Now as she contemplates growing up with 3 brothers, her inability to take responsibility & her hope that one day she’ll learn to love camping more than she did back then. “This is as near perfect stand up as I have seen” ***** Scotsgay www.jenbrister.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8

Jenks & Bilge presents...

Two of Nottingham’s first class fun time party boy comedians, Francis Jenking & James Billington (a.k.a. ‘Jenks & Bilge’), bring you an exciting, breath-taking hour of FREE stand up comedy and introduce you to their very special guest. “Superb, imaginative and side-splitting punchlines & anecdotes from two of the circuit’s finest rising stars. A must-see show!” Hao. Comedy  www.twitter.com/FrancisJenking

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


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Jenks & Bilge presents...

Two of Nottingham’s first class fun time party boy comedians, Francis Jenking & James Billington (a.k.a. ‘Jenks & Bilge’), bring you an exciting, breath-taking hour of FREE stand up comedy and introduce you to their very special guest. “Superb, imaginative and side-splitting punchlines & anecdotes from two of the circuit’s finest rising stars. A must-see show!” Hao. Comedy www.twitter.com/FrancisJenking DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Jenny Eclair: Eclairious

Welcome to Jenny Eclair’s new stand-up show. After thirty years in the business she should vaguely know what she’s doing? Professional Grumpy Old Woman, Eclair has been round the block that many times she’s lost count. You may recognise her from Loose Women where she is happy to be one of ‘The Coven’. She is also a Pilates Ninja and a disgrace in her own kitchen. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £17.50

Made For TV Productions presents

Jeremy O’Donnell: You Can’t Get Pyramid Teabags in Egypt

In the UK we drink 60 billion cups of tea a year, not each obviously, although there are some builders that come close. Jeremy will reveal why we British love tea so much and answer the all-important question, is it milk in first or second? As seen on ITV’s ‘Stand Up Hero’ “Extremely funny and fast, very fast.” South China Morning Post DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.25pm (10.35pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7.50 (£5)

CKP presents

Jessica Fostekew: Brave New Word

Gag-suffused show about brave words, new words and brave new words. As exciting as the last day of school and twice as much fun. Contains really unscientific predictions of future words, handy for writing wills, talking to unborn grandchildren etc. If you prefer words to numbers and like going HAHAHAHA, then you really ought to attend this. www.jessicafostekew.com; www.ckproductions.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7/£5

Bad Guy

Jim Campbell – Bad Guy

Jim Campbell is nice, apparently. Lots of people say this. Some of them say he’s too nice. He is also ambitious, and successful people tend to be ruthless, not nice, so something needs to change. In his second full length show Jim will turn to the dark side to see if it can help him achieve his wildest dreams. You look like you’ve put on weight.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Red Comedy proudly presents

Jim Smallman: Group Therapy + New Show

Plenty of bang for your buck as local lad Jim Smallman presents the double bill: Group Therapy & Harder Than Danny Dyer. In Group Therapy award winning comic Jim invites his comedy chums to dispense advice for your problems. Warning: advice will be incredibly silly. Harder Than Danny Dyer is a work in progress stand-up show. Expect stories of utmost stupidity and heartfelt confessions. “Beautiful comedy” Sunday Times www.jimsmallman.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Live Nation in association with MZA present

Jimeoin: What?!

Hilarious world-class stand-up from internationally acclaimed star of ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’, ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala 2012’, ‘Best of Edinburgh Comedy Festival’, ‘Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’. No gimmicks, just great craic! “Sublime observational comic– A masterclass in delivery” Chortle www.jimeoin.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £14.50 (£12.50)

Wellie Boot Productions present

Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show

One of the nation’s best-loved comedians Jimmy Cricket makes his Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival debut in this family friendly performance. Jimmy delivers his legendary illogical humour and hilarious one liners in his own inimitable style in what is sure to be a comedy masterclass! The perfect show for grandparents and grandchildren alike, there will be giggles aplenty during this afternoon of fun and frivolity www.jimmycricket.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2.15pm (3.15pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £10

Jo Public : Cracking Up

“Life begins at 40” is a well intentioned LIE! By 45 body and mind are CRACKING UP all over the place. JO PUBLIC examines her own rapid slide into decrepitude and her attempts to keep abreast of the modern world, with honest, hilarious tales from the heart. Major events and feelings are made into funny songs with clever lyrics and catchy tunes. Likeable,self deprecating,sarcastic, fun and energetic delivery.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5

Joe Bor plus Special Guests

A brand new show packed with jokes, stories and characters by Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and warm up for The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. “Joe Bor is a must see” Alan Carr “Hugely talented character comic” The Scotsman  www.joebor.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Chambers Management present

Joe Lycett: Work in Progress

Join award-winning sparky stand up Joe Lycett as he workshops material for his second hour show. Expect it to be rough round the edges, interactive, potentially slightly awkward, but most of all BLOODY GOOD FUN. Last year’s show got nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer so it can’t be all bad. As seen on Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats. “Extremely fine gags” Guardian. www.joelycett.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Joel Dommett: Yessssss. Yes.

Following the sold out success of ‘Neon Hero’ and ‘Nunchuck Silver Medallist 2002’ at Edinburgh Festival Joel (Russell Howards Good News & Impractical Jokers, BBC3, MTV News, How To Survive a Disaster Movie, C5) brings his third hilarious stand up show to Leicester. “A manically funny act” ***** Three Weeks, “Gaffawed my chops off” PPSF *****, “Hilarious delightful tales” **** Scotsman.  www.joeldommett.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


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Events

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Joey Page – Reality is Outside, Paradise is in Your Brain

Joey Page (Never Mind The Buzzcocks & BBC3’s Comedy Marathon) debuts at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with an hour of lunacy; challenging the mundane and championing oddness with his magical surrealism. “Brilliantly inventive and imaginative and very funny” Josie Long, “A stylish comedian with a sonic imagination and a twinkle in his eye” Noel Fielding  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

John Cooper Clarke

The “Punk Poet” and “Bard of Salford” found himself as one of the leading voices of punk and youth culture of the late 70s with his biting, satirical, political and very funny verse. A whole new generation clamouring over John’s work and watched his star rocket once again. One of Britain’s best loved and most important poets and performers, John is as vital now as he was then; He’s not going anywhere. www.johncooperclarke.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (11pm)

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

ENTRY: £17.50

TGL presents

John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts

‘Sight Gags for Perverts’ is how one critic described Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ upon its release. Stan cherished this, writing it down on a list headed, ‘Titles in Search of a Script.’ It was never made. This won’t be it either. At the moment, it’s me walking on stage with an inflatable horse to Joe Dolce’s ‘Shaddap Your Face.’ www.thatjohnkearns.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30 (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £4

Bottle Rocket Comedy Club present

John Robins - Incredible Scenes

“Comedy’s best kept secret” (Skinny) returns! There are all new stories, banter and bombs to drop. Fresh from his appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) he tells tales of childhood innocence and adult shenanigans. Warning: contains adult shenanigans. “An hour in his charming, generous and honest company is so effortlessly entertaining” Chortle.co.uk www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

John Shuttleworth – Out Of Our Sheds

Back on the road after a longish absence, the Sony and Perrier nominated Shuttleworth ventures beyond the garden gate to tread the mean streets of Britain. Which is better: city life or country living? Supermarket or village shop? Or is it better to sit in your shed and count the cobwebs? Star of Radio 4’s The Shuttleworths, and TV 500 Bus Stops and It’s Nice Up North.  www.shuttleworths.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £16/£14

John Whale: Whistling Dixie

Snappy, that might draw people in’, the agent’s brief read. Ostensibly the show is about some half-baked morass that I manage to overcome. It’s a shopworn cavalcade. You’d probably have to see it, to be honest, so just do that. I don’t know how to retain the interest of your fickle eyes for much longer. I don’t even know what you like to laugh at. What is it? Cooks? Religion? Yoghurt? www.dellamanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Events Free Stand Up Comedy

Jon Vs Mark 2: Mark’s Revenge.

Jon Williams and Mark Cram showcase their stand-up, and take each other on in a challenge set by the audience. Who will win? Who is funnier? Does their relationship even class as friendship? After Mark’s crushing defeat last year he’ll be out for revenge. How far will Jon go to retain his title? Can Mark scrape up some of the self esteem he left scattered across the UK last year? Come and see the show to find out! DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: Free

Jonathan Elston Fat Boy Slim Pickings

Jonathan Elston is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likability that charms his audience and endears him to any room. The story follows Jonathan’s personal experiences of a drastic weight change and his failings with women. In this story the weight isn’t the only thing he loses. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Jonny and the Baptists

Cult comedy band Jonny & the Baptists present an acclaimed mix of silly, satirical and occasionally sexy songs. Tackling all the big issues, from library closures to loneliness and the decline of the traditional British pub, the group have featured regularly on Marcus Brigstocke’s Early Edition and have recently been heard on Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe and The Infinite Monkey Cage. www.jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 22nd: 8pm (9.10pm) 23rd: 7.45pm (8.55pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Josh Widdicombe

Regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit, Josh Widdicombe’s sharp witty delivery has continued to charm audiences across the country. DO NOT MISS your chance to see this ‘hysteria inducing’ comic live at The Y! “This is one of the most individual, accomplished, hilarious and unforgettable hours I have had this year.” **** The Scotsman  www.joshwiddicombe.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14 (£12)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Josh Widdicombe: Work in Progress

Star of BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’, Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘The Last Leg with Adam Hills’, BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’ and BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live’ Josh Widdicombe returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival to road test his brand new show for 2013. “Josh Widdicombe is shaping up to be the British Seinfeld.” ***** Stars London Is Funny  www.joshwiddicombe.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6

Just The Tonic Comedy Club’s Saturday Night

Just the Tonic Comedy Club’s highly acclaimed comedy nights bring you top comedian Keith Farnan (as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow), with Jeff Innocent “he’s one funny man – whatever the environment.”
Chortle. Ahir Shah does a short spot and a surprise guest TBA (see website). All held together by legendary compere Tim Clarke “unsung hero of stand-up comedy - the current master of this underrated art” Guardian  www.justthetonic.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Want tickets?

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Just The Tonic Comedy Club’s Saturday Night

Another outstanding Saturday night mixed bill of comedy as Just the Tonic Comedy Club (“some of the most interesting line ups in the country” The Times) a show including Mark Little (known to you as Joe Mangle from Neighbours) as he returns to stand up. Rob Rouse, a festival legend and one of the clubs favourite comedians. Another act TBC at time of going to print (see website) Hosted by Darrell Martin www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Just the Tonic Comedy Club’s Festival Saturday Special

“East Midlands haven for Leftfield comedy” (Guardian) Phil Nichol “Give him any room and any crowd and he’ll win them over... outstandingly good at what he does” The List. Lucy Porter “is one of the most talented comics on the circuit…brilliantly crafted jokes. This is get happy comedy at its very best” Time Out. Paul Sweeney “Intriguing and memorable”
Chortle. Compere Darrell Martin. Only £10? Ridiculous www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Just the Tonic presents

Just the Tonic’s Comedy Clinic Launch

Just the Tonic is looking launch free workshops for people recovering from addiction, to complement traditional counseling services. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn writing, performance and production skills. This night will be feature an introduction to the idea followed by some comedians talking about their opinions and some jokes. Free entry, but maybe a contribution to the cause if you like! www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

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Katie Mulgrew – Your Dad’s not funny

One of the UK comedy circuit’s “bright young things” (Broadway baby), Katie Mulgrew, never wanted to be a stand up comedian. She wanted to be many things, a lion tamer, a hairdresser, Jet from Gladiators but NOT a comedian. This is because her Dad is a comedian and they were some awfully big clown shoes to fill. Join Katie on an autobiographical tale of teen angst, seaside Piers and schoolyard snides.  www.katiemulgrew.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

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Keith Farnan: Fear Itself (Work in Progress)

Keith Farnan (Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow) had planned to follow up his shows, Money, Money, Money and Sex Traffic with a theme-less show. However, this resulted in his writing a more personal exploration of various fears in society and in his life including the fear of writing a show with no theme. The next show will be called Irony Itself. “Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” Time Out  www.keithfarnan.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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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. Confirmed acts include Diane Spencer, Rob Beckett, Keith Farnan, Mark Olver & Joe bor. Line up announced each date.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11.55pm (2.00am)

VENUE: Ramada Encore Grid Ref: B2 (RAE)

ENTRY: £6

Just the Tonic

Late Night Comedy Bar

Free entry to our weekend late night bar / club / whatever for those watching, working or participating in the festival. Selected drinks only £2. Just bring a performers pass or ticket stub to get in for nothing. We’ll leave the stage in place, we will have some music on, there might be a spontaneous gig, or some kind of mayhem. Who knows? We will stay open as long as we are busy (until 5am). www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (2.30am)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Late Night Gimp Fight

The Country’s most exciting Sketch group are back with their biggest, boldest and best show yet. The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Nominees and Chortle Award Winners have created an hour of mind-blowingly funny sketches, inspired songs and outrageously imaginative set-pieces. “Their sheer verbal, physical and visual inventiveness leaves you breathless” Edinburgh Evening News  www.latenightgimpfight.com *Discounts apply DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15*

Beyond Compère presents

Laurence Clark: Inspired

Laurence Clark gets called “inspirational” quite a lot – and it really annoys him! But it turns out nothing is quite what it seems. Laurence brought this unique show to Embrace as a work in progress last June. Now you can see it in all its post-Edinburgh glory. 1 hour. 14+ years. “Laugh out loud funny” **** The Scotsman.  www.laurenceclark.co.uk www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £9 (£7 and NUS extra card holders £5)

Della Management presents

Lee Ridley; Voice of Choice

Lee Ridley. Show Name ‘Voice of Choice’ Having nothing to say is one thing having lots to say and no voice to speak with is quite another. Lee Ridley AKA ‘The Lost Voice Guy’ takes us on a journey on his quest to find his voice, a moving yet heartfelt funny story that tracks the life of Lee and his lost voice so far.  www.lostvoiceguy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Competition

Now in its 19th year, the stellar list of past winners include Jonny Vegas, Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Mitch Benn. Join us as we present this year’s finest up and coming acts, nominated by 5 top comedy promoters and agents from across the UK. A serious comedy competition where contestants compete for the title and £1000. With compere Jarred Christmas. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £15 (£13.50)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


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Events

Just The Tonic presents

Leicester Stands Up Valentine’s Night

7 Acts for £7. Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP Valentine’s Special. An evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit along with a selection of new talent. A 90+ minutes show and great value for a recession beating £7 for you and your partner. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.20pm)

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

ENTRY: £7

Just The Tonic presents

LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Groby

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Brant Grid Ref: A1 (TBT)

ENTRY: £10

Just The Tonic presents

LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Kirby Muxloe

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 15th: 9pm (11pm) 17th: 8pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe Grid Ref: B1 (TRO)

ENTRY: £10

Just The Tonic presents

LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Lubenham

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.15pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: The Coach & Horses Lubenham Grid Ref: D3 (C&H)

ENTRY: £10

Just The Tonic presents

LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Melton Mowbray

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.40pm)

VENUE: The Crown Inn Grid Ref: A2 (TCI)

ENTRY: £10

Just The Tonic presents

LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Swithland

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years. www.leicesterstandsup.com Food included in the ticket price. For info: 01509 890535 DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.45pm)

VENUE: The Griffin Grid Ref: A1 (GRI)

ENTRY: £16.50 including food

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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LeicesterSHIRE Stands Up Whetstone

We’re back again! Just The Tonic presents Leicester Stands UP and an evening of comedy from the best acts on the UK comedy circuit. Something for everyone with experienced and newer acts as the festival ventures out into the county once more. A full 90+ minutes show featuring at least 3 comedians plus an MC. Book early as these shows have sold out very quickly in previous years.  www.leicesterstandsup.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: Bulls Head Grid Ref: D2 (TBH)

ENTRY: £10

Liam Mullone: A Land Fit For Fuckwits

Mullone’s hit 2012 Fringe show is a romp through Britain’s sense of guilt, angst and awkwardness – taking in sperm donation, the slave trade and the problems of organising an Africa-themed costume party for babies “*****Genius: This show stays in the mind for hours, if not days, after it ends” Skinny “Beautiful, bitter comedy. Hugely talented” Guardian  www.mullone.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7 .50pm (9pm),

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

Liam Mullone: In A Dead Man’s Hat

When his cash and cards were stolen by a stripper, Liam decided to wait out the 7 weeks for replacements in the desert outside Las Vegas - there to be tormented by maniacs, criminals, his past... and God. “An incredible true story, expertly told” The List, “Curious, fantastical, disturbing and brave” Independent, “Mullone walks a different comedy path, with confidence and a deep intensity *****” Mirror www.mullone.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8 .40pm (9.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

CKP presents

Liam Williams: Debut (Work in Progress)

Hi, I’m Liam Williams. I must admit I haven’t yet created any comedy of real worth and am really not the funniest guy you’ll ever meet. However, I’m only 24 so there’s still time for me and I’m really giving this show my all. I genuinely do back myself to put on a very nice show. It will be a combination of stand up and character comedy. “Brilliant... had the audience doubled up” Three Weeks. “Exquisite” Time Out.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Lindsey & 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 a trip through the mysteries of the modern marriage as they explore and present to you their findings from the Haynes Manual of Love. www.facebook.com/lindseyandjimaremarried DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £5

Blaby District Council presents

Little Blaby Launch

Little Blaby is a comedy DVD created by mental health service users to help explode a few myths about mental illness. The DVD is for employers who may have people off work with mental health problems, and for the rest of us who never know when we might need an enlightened boss. Brought to you by Blaby District Council and launched at Apex Leicester. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (8pm)

VENUE: Apex Works Grid Ref: B2 (APE)

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

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Bottle Rocket Comedy presents

Lloyd Langford: New Stuff

Lloyd Langford (As seen on Ask Rhod Gilbert, Russell Howard’s Smirking at Clips From The Internet and Dave’s One Night Stand) has infiltrated Leicester to perform an hour of new jokes. Warning: Please note that the jokes are liable to go up as well as down and that your home is at risk if you do not keep up repayments on it. “Lloyd Langford’s a smart and properly funny observational comic” The Guardian www.lloydlangford.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Bottle Rocket Comedy presents

Lloyd Langford: One Day In The Life Of Lloyd Owen Langford

A sort of picaresque shaggy dog story. Will contain jokes about bread and circumcision. Expect a potent brew of gags, stories, riffs and accents. Only joking, he just does the one accent. You may have seen Lloyd on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1) or heard him on Wordaholics (BBC Radio 4). Praise for his 2011 show: “An experience that seems likely to prove one of my highlights of the fringe” Chortle www.lloydlangford.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Lu Lo and Friends

Lu Lo hasn’t got any real friends, so she’s invented some. Unfortunately, the only ones she’s come up with are a failed writer, a psychotic singleton and an old lady who is no longer moist. Join Lu Lo and her friends; Loui Lowe, Natasha and Mrs Lavender-Bunns as she explains ‘why-oh-why’ she’s now doing comedy. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Luisa Omielan - What Would Beyonce Do?!

Fresh, sassy, and utterly original, newcomer Luisa Omielan is bringing her debut comedy hour, the hit of Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sell out London run to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Luisa Omielan is a diva in training. She’s got the sass, she’s got the earrings, now she’s ready for the lifestyle! It’s a real party with jokes in! #whatwouldbeyoncedo  www.iloveluisa.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £12.50 (£10)

RBM presents

Luke Benson – Legendary Feet

Have you ever tested your mettle? Have you ever tested metal? No? Fine. Luke Benson has done the former, his arse fell out. Victorious? You know he was. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee brings his second show to Leicestival, looking at myths, legends & what his legend will be. “He looks the part, he’s got the talent, and it’s easy to imagine him on the telly.” Sunday Times  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

RBM presents

Luke Benson – Legendary Feet

Have you ever tested your mettle? Have you ever tested metal? No? Fine. Luke Benson has done the former, his arse fell out. Victorious? You know he was. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee brings his second show to Leicestival, looking at myths, legends & what his legend will be. “ He looks the part, he’s got the talent, and it’s easy to imagine him on the telly.” Sunday Times  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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The award-winning, Perrier nominated stand-up, and writer for comics appearing on Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week, “is the kind of comedian who should share the spotlight with the more established stars.” The Stage. Last year’s show was described as “a gimmick-free hour of rock-solid comedy” Chortle. Get ready for more of the same. www.luketoulson.com  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.20pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

How to book tickets: For the first time, tickets for all festival shows will be available from our festival box office.

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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

OTB Comedy presents

Maff Brown – Repartee Catapult

Stand Up Comedy from the award winning comedian and writer of Mock the Week and Shooting Stars. As seen in BBC’s Lead Balloon. “Prolific writing and bound to have cult status” Chortle. Voted number 3 in GQ’s Top Picks of the Edinburgh Festival 2012. “This icing on the festival cake” One 4 Review, “Howl out loud funny and refreshing honesty” Metro  www.maffbrown.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

MZA and Just the Tonic present

MARK NELSON & THE REVEREND OBADIAH STEPPENWOLFE III

Two of the UKs most exciting comedy talents join forces for a superb night of no-holds-barred comedy. NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED! “Nelson possesses a talent that’s simply obscene – his profanity is utterly charming” The List, “Blistering material which pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste” Sunday Times, “Sacreligious and divinely hysterical” The List, “I liked the vicar. That’s proper stuff” Robert Plant www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £8.50 (£6.50)

Philomena Productions present

Mark Olver : Dancing About Architecture

Comedians talking about comedy. Mark Olver is bringing his chat show about comedy back to Leicester. Previous guests have included Russell Howard, Jon Richardson and Seann Walsh. “Educational, entertaining, intimate and expertly marshalled by Olver, this is highly recommended for comedy fans and essential viewing for aspiring comics” **** The Skinny  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 1.30pm (3.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Red Comedy proudly presents

Markus Birdman – Looking Up

The answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. I’m 42. That must be significant, mustn’t it? A new hour - don’t expect answers, expect a very positive show about some rather negative things. “A hugely enjoyable, sharply structured hour” **** The Scotsman. “Must see” The Times, “Thought-provoking, endearing and tackles difficult subjects with aplomb. Funnily positive and positively funny.” **** The Skinny www.markusbirdman.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Rexcorp Comedy Division presents

Martin Mor – A Man you Don’t Meet Everyday

After the great success of his Edinburgh Fringe run, Northern Irishman Martin Mor arrives in Leicester with a brand new show of original thoughts, jokes and stories. A living legend on the comedy circuit, Martin is a unique, one of a kind comedian who has performed his shows all over the world. “Mor’s banter is world class” Scotsman, “A terrifically funny and amiable man” The Skinny. www.martinmor.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

From the Best New Show 2011 Nominee

Matt Green: Alive

Despite the world’s best efforts, Matt remains alive and well and ready to talk about it. Tales of planes, explosions, evacuations, and some very bad driving. Plus at least one visit to the hospital. “An hour of classic stand up expertly delivered.” **** Broadway Baby, “A fast, fluent & very funny stand-up” **** Venue, “Charming and affable and also disarmingly intelligent. A perfectly paced hour” **** The List www.mattgreen.org DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7.10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Matt Hollins: 9 Years since he was funny!

Local lad Matt won the coveted Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2004 (previously won by Johnny Vegas, Rhod Gilbert and Jason Manford). But for dry deadpan Matt, fame and fortune hasn’t followed. Where did it all go wrong? Or has it gone wrong. You won’t have seen him on TV, will probably not have heard him on the radio; but come see him live, you won’t have seen anyone like him. “strikingly original” Chortle DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Lisa Thomas Management present

Matt Richardson – Hometown Hero

Winner: Best New Show at 2012’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Join multi award winning Matt Richardson as he returns to Leicester with his hotly anticipated and award winning show. As seen on E4 and MTV & heard on BBC Radio 2. “This (extremely) young stand-up is poised to be the next bright, young sensation on the circuit – expect to hear a lot more of him” The Guardian  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Matt Rudge: Shizzle

New laughs from the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Nominee & former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee. “A young comic with complete confidence and control of the audience. Killer material” The Scotsman, “Matt Rudge achieves the kind of genuine, moving sincerity that many comedians strive for and can’t quite reach. An immensely talented comedian” BroadwayBaby  www.mattrudge.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Dawn Sedgwick Management presents

Max and Ivan

Take two comedians. Add one Foster’s Comedy Award. Season with sold-out Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre performances, and garnish with a Time Out Critics’ Choice. What do you get? Max and Ivan unleashing a brand new hour of sketch wizardry! As heard on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama. ***** Fringe Review, ***** British Theatre Guide, ***** Three Weeks, “Undeniably superstars of tomorrow.” GQ Magazine www.maxandivan.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Max Dickins-work in progress

Max Dickins (The Sun’s 2011 Comedy Pick) presents the follow up to his hit 2012 stand-up show ‘This Will Only Take A Moment’ 4 stars, Broadway Baby: “momentous”. This one is all about dreams, and how greatness often looks like futility. It will be life affirming and also have a funny story about Paul Daniels.  www.maxdickins.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Gag Reflex presents

Michael J Dolan – Nothing Will Ever Be Alright Again Ever

You deserve to die. We all do! But that’s okay, we all will. Just not soon enough. Come & spend somewhere between forty five minutes to an hour with a comedian that only one in five people seem to enjoy as he works through an even less accessible show than his critically acclaimed last one.“Inherently funny.” Chortle, “A very, very funny man.” The Skinny, “Grumpiness has never been so smart & so funny.” Sarah Millican www.gagreflex.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Mike Newall: Six Weddings (Work In progress)

Having attended Six Weddings in 8 months as Best Man, usher or guest it seems everyone he knows is getting married or settling down. Not married and in the supposed prime of his life Mike dissects what has been an emotional & expensive year with a show revelling in misplaced anger, sock management and a most unlikely wedding speech heckler. “Perfectly crafted..pin sharp” The Scotsman. “Effortlessly likeable” The List  www.mikenewall.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

Milton Jones – On The Road

Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour, this time imaginatively entitled On The Road. If you like the stuff he’s done on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or in any of the nine radio series he’s done for Radio 4 then this is the show for you. Hundreds of his celebrated one-liners, plus pictures he drew. Clever, surreal but mainly just stupid stupid stupid. He’s won awards you know. www.miltonjones.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £20

Mitch benn

Peforming his new show ‘Reduced Circumstances’ which debuted at this years Edinburgh Festival. Mitch is a regular writer and performer on ‘The Now Show’ for BBC Radio 4 and ‘It’s Been a Bad Week’ for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, ‘Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music’ have been broadcast so far. He also presents ‘The Mitch Benn Music Show’ on BBC Radio 7. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.45pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £10

SomeNews.co.uk presents

Mr Steve N Allen’s SomeNews Live

How can the news improve your love life? What’s the perfect diet? Which member of Jedward would you eat first in a celebrity version of the film Alive? The SomeNews Live Show can tell you the answers. Hosted by Mr Steve N Allen (as heard on BBC London 94.9). And, as a Valentine’s Day special, he will find the news stories that could help your relationship. See lcf.somenews.co.uk ***** Love Fringe 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Nando’s presents: Chris Ramsey and Friends

Nando’s is delighted to announce its return to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival with ‘Nando’s presents: Chris Ramsey and Friends’. Off the back of his sold-out UK tour ‘Feeling Lucky’, the utterly hilarious Chris Ramsey will be joined by a host of special guests for an unbeatable night of gags, laughs and delicious PERi-PERi chicken.  www.nandos.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (10.15pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12

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Naz Osmanoglu: Ottoman Without an Empire

With appearances on BBC3’s Live at The Electric and Russell Howard’s Good News, the hairy one from sketch trio WitTank returns to the Leicester Festival with another sweat-fuelled, energy-packed show. “Buckets of wit and charm” **** Telegraph. “A blistering hour of ultra-confident comedy” ShortList. www.nazosmanoglu.com

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6

New Art Club – Feel about your body (How do you?)

The brand new show from Roden & Shenton aka New Art club is a funny serious look about how we feel about our bodies. With a beautifully engineered signature blend of physical and verbal mayhem, and fuelled by their shared sense of adventure, they’re a comedy act like no other. Join them as they get right under the skin of how amazing it is to be alive and discover new depths to the mind and body relationship. www.newartclub.org DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £8

Nibbles with Giggles

Nibbles with Giggles presents a fantastic night of comedy and award winning food. It features some of the best new comedians around alongside some great local musicians. Combined with the delicious pies and scrumptious dessert this is a night not to be missed. Half the proceeds donated to the local hospice LOROS. Comedy + Music + Food + Fundraising = Great Night Out!  www.entropylife.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Entropy Restaurant Grid Ref: C1 (ENT)

ENTRY: £20

Glorious Management present

Nick Helm – Masterwork in Progress

Nick Helm brings to you a new collection of ‘things’. ‘Things’ so awe inspiring, so jaw dropping, so raw feeling, that quite frankly, writing them up in a 150 word blurb really wouldn’t do it justice. So that’s the awe, the jaw and the raw. You are free to use the remaining words as you see fit. Expect poems, songs, jokes, writing on the back of his hands and notes. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6

Dave’s Comedy Society presents

Nick Helm – Work In Progress

Nick Helm brings an hour of old and possibly new things to the festival as he contemplates what it is to be human in this soul searching and heart warming muddle down memory lane. Or some such shit. He’ll probably just shout ‘fuck’ for an hour. Who knows? It’s October. What do you really expect? He’ll do his absolute best to entertain you.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Grid Ref: B2 (DCH)

ENTRY: £10

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Nik Coppin Is Not Racist

Accused of racism during the Adelaide Fringe in Australia last year, and intrigued by the bizarre developments and repercussions thereafter, the half-black British comedian brings his interesting, relevant and funny show about race issues to Leicester. “Awesome–go see him” ***** Hollywood Fringe Festival, “Unfunny, Racist Fringe Comedian” Minus 4 stars Peter Goers, Sunday Mail  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.15pm (10.25pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Nish Kumar & Ben Target (Work in progress)

Join maverick physical comedian (and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee) Ben Target and “intelligent, silly and entirely engaging” Nish Kumar as they try out new material. This show promises to be exciting, shambolic and very very funny.  www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Nish Kumar: Who is Nish Kumar?

1. A stand-up comedian. 2. One half of acclaimed sketch duo the Gentlemen of Leisure. 3. A ‘rising star’ (TimeOut) who is ‘ludicrously charming and razor sharp’ (Spoonfed.co.uk). 5. A British Asian. 6. An idiot. The answer is all of the above. A stand-up show about being proud of your roots and ashamed about everything else. HIT SHOW AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE AND DAVE’S TOP 10 JOKES OF THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Firm Hand Shake presents

Nookie at the Cookie

Kirsty Munro presents comedy cabaret with a cheeky twist. Come on down to the Crumblin’ Cookie for a night of naughty nookie ‘n’ good old fashioned funny business. This comedy show will have you climaxing to multiple guffaws. To top it off feel the earth move as you shake your tail feather in a notorious after party. “Feisty, funny and dirty!” FD2D Magazine. “Rather rude and fantastically funny.” Arts In Magazine. www.munrokirsty.wordpress.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Heroes of Fringe presents

Norman Lovett: Old and New

Best known for playing Holly in Red Dwarf, Norman’s real job is stand-up comedy which he’s been doing since late 70’s. He called the show ‘Old & New’ because he was rushed & because he’s old but new of mind. He shall be showing images on a screen as well as talking about things like the Sugababes, his mum, dad and an act that supported him in the eighties called The Alphabet Man. “A true master of his craft” Chortle www.normanlovett.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

The Royal Society for the Promotion of Nutters presents

Nutters of the British Isles

The RSPN have compiled the most authoritative field guide yet to our nation’s nutters. From kinky nutter to the lesser-spotted conspiracy nutter, come and explore all varieties distributed across the UK. Learn about their behaviour, diet and habitat and share your own stories and sightings with our two experts about these wonderful and varied creatures. With George Cassavetti and Chris Gau. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

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De Montfort University’s ‘Playing for Laughs 2013’ presents

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‘Oh, how we laughed...’

As Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival celebrates 20 years of making Leicester laugh, DMU invites the city to reflect on the changing face of its laughter. Incorporating documentary evidence from audiences and comedians, the seminar asks industry specialists and festival insiders to consider the ways in which Leicester’s laughter lines have developed and what this tells us about the city. Guests include Don Ward, Kate Copstick and John Flemming.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10am (12pm)

VENUE: PACE Grid Ref: C2 (PAC)

ENTRY: FREE

Old Jewish Jokes

A welcome return to Leicester for Ivor Dembina telling his favourite kosher gags along with his own personal take on the life of the modern Jewish Comic. No promotional bullshit, just interesting and fun. www.thinkbeforeyoulaugh.com

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Old Folks Telling Jokes

A unique show of comedians aged 55+. Most have taken part in the annual Silver Stand Up competition and tour across the UK to comedy clubs and venues. 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!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

HAO. COMEDY PRESENTS

oliver sillito: People & other things I tend to avoid

The debut working progress show from Oliver Sillito – ‘People and other things I tend to avoid’. Watch and laugh as Oliver tells you the reasons why he has trouble in social situations and why he thinks there must be something missing to make things easier for everyone else. “Abrasive comedy with a twist… like Woody Allen having a conversation with Dylan Moran” Francis Jenking DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £1

Ollie Smith: 27

Real rockstars died aged 27. Ollie Smith is 26. He is not a rockstar. Yet. Sitting somewhere between a grubby gig, a fanatic lecture and a Jonestown-esque cult meeting, 27 is a darkly comic show that stirs up the myths and conspiracies surrounding the notorious 27 Club: a group of legendary musicians who all died at just 27 years of age. 1 hour (no interval). 16+ years. May cause offence. Some flashing lights.  www.OllieSmiths27.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £9 (£7 and NUS extra card holders £5)

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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The Mason Sisters @ PBJ present

Pat Cahill: START

Combining off-beat jokes with songs about dying pets and choice fatigue, Cahill’s unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook has seen him win the NATY 2012, Chortle Best Newcomer 2012, Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2011 and Cavendish Arms New Act 2011. He has also made waves on BBC’s Chris Moyles’ Comedy Empire, Dave’s One Night Stand and with his BBC music video Chick n Mix. “True star quality” Evening Standard  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Patrick Monahan – Shooting From The Lip!

Back with a brand new show! Brilliant stand-up from the loveable Teessider renowned for his superb anecdotes. Brought up in Middlesbrough by his Iranian Mother and Irish Dad he has many hilarious and engaging stories about his heritage.  www.patrickmonahan.co.uk

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £12

Patrick Monahan’s Family Stand Up Show

Patrick Monahan brings a live 45minute stand up show for everyone in the family, kids, parents, uncles and aunties and grandparents, even bring your dog if you want, cos its got stories and stand up for everyone, with a big of dancing and music thrown in and even some free hugs given out! “Both adults and children in stitches” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine **** 4 Stars  www.patrickmonahan.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11.30am (12.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Patrick Morris & Funmbi Omotayo

Join award-winning rising stars of stand up comedy Patrick Morris and Funmbi Omatayo for a whole hour of humour! This show from two of the most promising new comedy prospects will include jokes, observations and next to no audience participation. Do come. We love you.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Walking Cliché presents

Pattie Brewster’s Friendship Venture

Pattie Brewster is just another normal, non-creepy and ok little person. A YouTube film sensation and author of several self-help books (not for publication, just for her), she covers all the hot topics of the day, like environmental, political and cats. Catch her showcasing her investigation into human friendship and its mystical and friendly secrets. “A genuine pleasure to spend an hour with” **** Chortle www.pattiebrewster.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Off The Kerb Productions present

Paul Chowdhry: Work in Progress

Paul Chowdhry star of BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ Channel 4’s ‘Stand-Up For The Week’ and ‘Comedy World Cup’ will be trying out new material at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Seen by many as the UK’s number one Asian comic, with over 3 million ‘YouTube’ hits of his highly charged dry observational humour tapping into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain. “...a star in the making” Metro www.paulchowdhry.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

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Paul Currie: Kids’ Comedy

Paul Currie is an skilled puppeteer who has worked on popular kids’ shows such as CBeebies ‘Big & Small’, ‘Sesame Tree’, ‘Big City Park’ and Jim Henson’s ‘Pajanimals’. Also an accomplished stand-up comedian, circus tutor and performer, Paul uses all his skills to create an hour of fun for all the family. This is absurdist clowning at its best. Leave all reasoning at the door - and prepare for nothing. 5+ years. www.comedycv.co.uk/paulcurrie www.embracearts.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £7, £25 for 4 (NUS extra card holders £5)

Paul Currie: The Sticky Bivouac

Feast your eyes and ears on the bizarre, unique and delicate world of Paul Currie, street clown and stand-up comedian. Mining the same seam of comic insanity as The Goons, Spike Milligans Q, and The Mighty Boosh, THE STICKY BIVOUAC is an absurdist, high energy performance inspired by British Music Hall, Perry Como, Ironing Boards and The Deer Hunter.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Hysterionics present

Paul Dennis: Inappropriate Bits

Paul Dennis brings his gritty and bizarre standup show to Leicester. Are you wrestling with alcohol? Is your 9/11 story a bit dull? Here’s what not to do. **** threeweeks, **** edfringereview.com  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8th: 8pm (9pm) 9th & 10th: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3 (£1.50)

Paul F Taylor – The Greatest Show In The World Ever (work in progress)

Shrouded in mystery, “The Greatest Show In The World Ever” has been a tightly kept secret since the dawn of time. Now stand-up comedian Paul F Taylor brings THAT show to YOUR face. The Greatest Show In The World Ever is a work in progress. “A funny man, inventive, brimming with ideas and has a natural ability to entertain.” Broadway Baby, “Beautifully crafted one liners” GQ www.what-the-f.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Paul Gannon

Paul Gannon: Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost

As a Ghostbusters fan in 1984, comedian Paul Gannon wanted to grow up to be a Ghost Hunter. But that never happened. But after spending the last 2 years exploring the supernatural, he’s put together a show based on his experiences – that pit him against the very much alive as it does the dead. ‘Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost’ is a comedy show that asks ‘Are there such things as ghosts?’ and then says ‘Don’t know!’ “Highly Likely to make you laugh... Deft characterisation” Three Weeks DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£15 - for access to all shows in that venue on that date)

Avalon Promotions present

Paul McCaffrey – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellylaughs

You can take the boy out of Glastonbury– Paul seeks to emulate bands reforming for 20th anniversary classic album tours by reuniting his mates at a festival. What could possibly go wrong? Anecdotal and hugely engaging stand-up. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News. “Obviously born to be a comic” Scotsman,“He has charm, charisma and success written all over him” Evening Standard www.avalonuk.com/artists/view/133 DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Paul Savage – A Cheerful Shambles

Paul Savage was once given a compliment by a woman “we liked that, it was a cheerful shambles” that was for a comedy gig, but if only the woman had known how much of Savage’s life could be described as such. Basically, a rundown of every single embarrasing thing that has happened to him, that he’s willing to admit to. “A wonderful way with words” BBC, “Frighteningly well written jokes” Gary Delaney. www.paulsavagecomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Red Comedy presents

Paul Sinha – Badly Dressed Boy

It really wasn’t that long ago that critically acclaimed comedian Paul Sinha was in a relationship drought, had never won an episode of a television quiz show, was terrified that the Olympics might be a calamitous failure and took pride in his dress sense. This is the story of what happened next… “Well on the way to earning himself a place in the pantheon of comedy greats” The Scotsman www.paulsinha.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Comedy Store Management present

Paul Tonkinson – Fancy Man

After storming the UK and International comedy circuit for years, Time Out Comedian of the Year, Tonkinson takes to the road, with his eagerly anticipated debut tour. Expect explosive, exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, food, family & the day-to-day idiosyncrasies weaved in with amazing physicality, impressions & a plethora of first class material brought to life with tremendous charm & infectious energy. www.paultonkinson.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Avalon Promotions Presents

Peacock and Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway

That’s right! Everybody’s favourite comedy nice boys, Ray and Ed come to a venue near you, with another show full of fun, idiocy and handsomeness. Chortle Comedy Award Nominees in 2011 and 2012, off of Radio 4 Extra and Russell Howard’s Good News (loads).“**** A gloriously silly hour in the company of two overgrown toddlers” Chortle DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Pete Firman – Hoodwinker

Don’t miss Pete Firman, “the new poster-boy for British comedy magic” The Telegraph, as he returns to the road with an all-new box of tricks. Fresh from BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’, with his own trademark blend of comedy and jaw-dropping magic, this is a show not to be missed! “The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century.” The Times  www.petefirman.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £15/£13

Pete Otway and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Two of the North West’s most promising up and coming comedians take you through an hour of hilarious stand up. Join Pete Otway “Devastatingly funny” Chortle, World Series Winner 2011, and Kiri Pritchard-McLean “One to look out for” Leicester Mercury as they bring their acclaimed and award winning comedy to Leicester. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

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Peter Buckley Hill can’t think of a title

You want the spin or the truth? Spin: Peter Buckley Hill, Edinburgh Fringe legend and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner brings one of his *****-rated one-man shows to Leicester. “A glorious hour and also a uniquely funny hour.” The Scotsman. Truth: some people like it and some people don’t. PBH is an ageing songwriter and speaker of miscellaneous scrud. It’s free. Try it. Please.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Heroes of Fringe presents

Phil Kay: Gimme Your Left Shoe (Kids)

All kids give up their left shoe then come up with a funny skit to win it back from all the super props lying around – 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.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Heroes of Fringe presents

Phil Kay: How to be Shit on QI twice!

Live and languid … Phil’s Feral Will fully in force … roaming over and living rough on the landscape of his mind.. free to ramble and wander about following scruffy paths picking the berries, salads and free mushrooms that grow wild … free to pluck what he wants in a superlush environment. Songs, achievements and neuro-ruralism.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Glorious Management present

Phil Nichol RANTS!

A delightfully comical collection of silly rants on almost every ludicrous topic imaginable. Multi-talented Phil Nichol takes you on a riotous exploration of our laughable existence, from the mind-numbingly tedious to the charmingly absurd. It’s possibly the funniest show that has ever been written by a master of exaggeration. Comedy with passion. “Hypnotic” The Sunday Herald, “Delightfully silly” The List www.philnichol.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Pierre Hollins – White Man Blues

Sex, Drugs, Religion, and devilishly crafted songs. “Hollins deserves to be a big star. Clever, not patronising, bloke-ish but bright, and unafraid to tackle issues... Brilliantly funny material. Warm and honest.” Daily Echo, “An easy going joyful maner laced and juxtaposed with pathos and reality that only an experienced comedian and earthling can bring you.” Taking The Piste Tour.  www.pierrehollins.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4.40pm (5.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

David Johnson & John Mackay present

Piff The Magic Dragon – Jurassic Bark

Piff the Magic Dragon embarks on his first major UK tour accompanied by Mr Piffles the World’s First Million Dollar Chihuahua™. Will Piff find his princess? Will Mr Piffles defy the Cannon of Certain Death? Will you be able to say you were there if he doesn’t? “Cute, Inspired & very funny” Time Out, “A stand out act.” Metro, “An hour with Piff is priceless” The List  www.piffthemagicdragon.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

Rhys Mathewson

Fresh from sell out shows in his native New Zealand, multi-award winning Rhys Mathewson makes his UK debut with a show that’s jam-packed with laughs and guarantees you value for money*. A must-see! *Comedy is subjective. No refunds. “A delightful comedy mastermind” 3news.co.nz www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£6)

Ria Lina’s debut show

Ria Lina – It’s Not Easy Being Yellow

Award-winning stand-up comedian, Ria Lina, uses her first hour of stand-up and songs to address the issue of identity crisis. Bringing her own brand of political incorrectness to the topic she explains why the question “Where do you come from?” is so annoying. “Like a female Reginald D Hunter” **** Scotsman, “not entirely politically correct” **** Three Weeks, “deft songwriting and daring wit” Time Out www.rialina.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Comic Voice Management presents

Rich Wilson: A Jesters Journey

Rich Wilson has often been asked how he became a stand up comedian.In his first ever solo show,Rich Wilson: A Jesters Journey,he explains in hilarious detail how he went from bar man to court jester. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6.15pm (7.25pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Rob Beckett: Being Funny (Work in Progress)

Rob Beckett and his stupid face deliver an hour of stand up comedy. The plan for this work-in-progress show is for you to laugh a lot and leave happier than when you arrived. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Ch4), John Bishop’s Only Joking (SKY), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3). “A little short of a revelation” **** The Scotsman, “Likeable high tempo comic” The Guardian  www.robbeckettcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £8

Rob Deering with a Big Smile presents

Rob Deering – The One

The award-winning comedian, multi-instrumentalist and consummate showman brings his latest, greatest show to Leicester. He’s a one-man-supergroup in a live-music stand-up comedy event; the Best Rob Deering Album In The World – Ever. “A massively engaging intelligent comic offering a cracking mix of songs and silliness” Guardian, “An evening in his company is nothing less than a joy” Independent on Sunday www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £7 (£5.50)

Leicester Central Lending Library present

Rob Gee @ The Library Club – Not a twin set in sight!

Meet local performance poet, comic and reformed psychiatric nurse Rob Gee. Rob has clocked up over 2,000 shows worldwide and he’s at the Central Library Club for an afternoon that’s guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and inspire you to write your own ditty. No shushing at this library everyone welcome. FREE to library members. Not a member then we’ll join you up on the day. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3.30pm)

VENUE: Central Lending Library Grid Ref: B2 (CLL)

ENTRY: FREE

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Lisa Thomas Management presents

Rob Rouse – Life Sentences

Come and see Rob (Mad Mad World (ITV1), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Dave’s One Night Stand) do what he does best – honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up. A father for the 2nd time, to a baby girl, Rob is now a radical feminist, but this isn’t a show about men vs women, more humanity vs insanity. WARNING: Not suitable for children or your prissy Aunty. If you don’t fall into either of these categories, you should love it. www.robrouse.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Rob Rouse – Work In Progress

At time of writing this, October 2012 Rob is touring ‘Life Sentences’ so it goes without saying that he obviously has no idea what will be in this work in progress show and sees no point in lying to you that he may do otherwise. However, it should be a lot of fun for a couple of quid.  www.robrouse.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

Laurie Mansfield Associates presents

Rod Woodward – The Butterfly Effect

Is it really possible that circumstances are ultimately linked to small changes in the past? After an emotional roller coaster of events Rod Woodward set out on a journey to discover whether sh** really does just happen or was he being deliberately goosed by the fickle finger of fate? Winner of the BBC 1 Wales TV series Funny Business. “Just plain-laugh-out loud funniness!” Edinburgh Evening News  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.25pm (10.35pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Lisa Thomas Management presents

Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Com

Romesh Ranganathan (Comedy Store – Comedy Central) delivers his 2013 show for the first time. With a mixture of social commentary and personal anecdotes, Romesh has been hailed as one of the most exciting acts to emerge onto the comedy circuit. Here he agonises over social issues, while struggling to deal with what’s going on in his own house.  www.romeshranganathan.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £3

Russell Kane – Posturing Delivery

Russell Kane, star of BBC Three’s Live At The Electric and Britain Unzipped brings his brand new show to Leicester. ‘What if I’m one of the guys who never has a baby? Why is this not a ‘male subject? I plan to give birth, live on stage, then raise it – in front of you. Come along!’ “More thought and intelligence behind his comedy than most people could ever get near.” The Mirror  www.russellkane.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £17.50

How to book tickets: For the first time, 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

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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Walking Cliché Sad Little Flyer

Sad Little Flyer : This Guy’s The Limit!

Joe Ross-Williams thinks he’s done it all. Yet despite weeing on stage for an entire summer of fringe shows, and having a post church service show on Hospital Radio Swindon, success has still eluded him. With the help of his level headed muso friend Michael Love, could the mother of all sketch comedies make this the year that finally catapults him and them into the stratosphere, or just another cult comedy write-off?  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 17th: 11pm (12am) 22nd: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3.50

Sam Avery – Left Wing Brain, Right Wing Gut

Sam is a nice man. He smiles at pensioners whilst taking out recycling. But lately theres been a twinge in his stomach. A hidden monster waiting to pounce? Or that falafel he had? Bloody foreign food… “Hilarious – Peppered with funny one-liners and easily able to hold your attention for an hour – no mean feat” Leicester Mercury. www.brcomedy.com

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Sanders & Co.

No nonsense monologues. Sanders & co are full of beans. Well, a few are a bit jaded, but non the less it’s: Fun with a capital F … Well I suppose it is? No frills baked beans, that’s it, in an absurdist comedy sauce!! WARNING: flatulence may result. You’ll never see life in quite the same way after 5 minutes with this “mature” and sassy crew of … well, I don’t want to ruin it … see for yourself!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Sara Pascoe Vs The Truth

Nothing in life is certain. Everything we believe is subjective. Evidence can be manipulated by predispositions and prejudices. Maybe you’re just a brain in a lab being stimulated by electrical impulses? Or, if every cell in your body is replaced every year, maybe you are not even you anymore, like the Sugababes? She will be attempting to make all of the above, funny. 

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£5)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Sarah Campbell: Experiments in Fun

The Have I Got News For You & Russell Howard’s Good News writer presents a stand-up show about not enjoying the things you’re supposed to and vice versa. Agony, ecstasy, and the one where you can’t decide whether it’s agony or ecstasy and you have to call your mum. **** The List, **** The Skinny, “One of the stand-out stand-ups of the future” British Comedy Guide  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £3

International Arts Centre presents

Saturday Night Live @ International Arts centre

Andrew Watts – “Posh and witty” Time Out, As seen on FHM’s Stand-up Hero (ITV4) Grainne Maguire – “Can employ understatement with the dry mastery of a Father Ted script.” Chortle, Ian Crawford – “Hilarious character comedy” Curve Theatre, Comedy Talent Competition winner compere Alan Seaman – “You are the perfect compere for me” Lewis Schaffer, NY comic www.internationalartscentre.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: International Arts Centre Grid Ref: A2 (IAC)

ENTRY: £9

International Arts Centre presents

Saturday Night Live @ International Arts centre

Marc Lucero – “brilliantly inventive gags, comic master” Steve Bennett, Chortle, Anthony King – “Dark and hilarious Songs of Love and Death Like a stand-up Rupert Everett” – The Guardian, Ben Davids – “Dry one-liners and hilarious two-liners”, Compere Alan Seaman – “You are the perfect compere for me” Lewis Schaffer, NY comic www.internationalartscentre.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: International Arts Centre Grid Ref: A2 (IAC)

ENTRY: £9

Regent College present

School Showcase

Students from across the city come together to showcase their comedy talents. Sir Johnathan North Community College, St Paul’s School and Bushloe High School are amongst the contributers to the show. It is guaranteed to to tickle your funny bone. 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Regent College Studio Grid Ref: C3 (REG)

ENTRY: £2

Funhouse Comedy presents

Scott Bennett & Phil Pagett – True Bromance

Two of the country’s brightest new comedic talents take to the stage for an hour of stand-up. ‘True Bromance’ showcases Scott Bennett and Phil Pagett, both multi-award winning and acclaimed acts. The pair peddle vastly different styles of comedy, but are united in their aim to bring guffaws, giggles and wherever possible, sexual gratification to the people of Leicester, and beyond.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3.10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Scottish Falsetto Socks... In Space

The Scottish Falsetto Socks, stars of stage, screen, & Doctor Who DVDs present their brand new sci-fi themed show for 2013. With songs, sketches, socks & violence. Ages 12+ “Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried.” ***** Edinburgh Evening News 2012, “I haven’t laughed this hard is ages” ***** A Younger Theatre 2012, “Superbly written, crafted and performed show” ****The Punch Adelaide 2012  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8th: 7.45pm (8.55pm) 9th: 6.30pm (7.40pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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Events

Sean McLoughlin: Backbone

Comedy is easy if you’re good at it. Life is hard if you’re bad at it. Sean McLoughlin returns to Leicester with another hour of top stand-up. **** “A painful genius...he’s brilliant” Broadway Baby, “A joy to watch” Fest, “A comedy colossus” Latest 7, “A delicious edge to his delivery, showcasing a sardonic wit” The Scotsman, **** Scotsgay  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Just The Tonic Comedy Club present

Seann Walsh – Seann To Be Wild

Star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week and Dave’s Argumental is back with an all-new hour of “Sharp, creative observational comedy from a precocious newcomer. See him now, before the stadium tour” Sunday Times. Supported by Leicester favourite Romesh Ranganathan  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.45pm (9.45pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Susquehanna Hats presents

Set List

The second they walk on stage, comics get a brand new, never before seen “setlist” of topics projected onstage and perform as if it is their own, to create spontaneous standup. The audience sees their favourite comics as they’ve never been seen before… makes world class comedians feel like it’s their first time on stage. ***** The Scotsman  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £15 (£13)

Nik Coppin presents

Shaggers

A worldwide hit show, Shaggers has been entertaining audiences over the years in the UK and Australia with comedians telling hilarious jokes and anecdotes about that joyous subject, shagging! “A brilliant tour-de-force of laughter-filled mischievous comedy” ***** Arts In Leicestershire 2012, “The best value show at the festival. Cannot recommend it enough” **** Herald Sun, Melbourne Festival.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.45pm (11.55pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

Nik Coppin presents

Shaggers: Valentine’s Special

The worldwide hit comedy show returns to Leicester for more cheeky comedy festival fun. Have a meal and a nice bottle of wine, then come along and listen to comedians talk about what you should (or probably shouldn’t) be doing later in the bedroom. What more could you and your partner ask for from a Valentines night? “A brilliant tour-de-force of laughter-filled mischievous comedy” Arts In Leicestershire www.shaggerscomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.55pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

Off The Kerb Productions present

Shappi Khorsandi: Dirty Looks And Hopscotch

When she was little, Shappi dreamed impossibly romantic dreams. She still does. But a love affair with a Rockstar left her thinking what on earth she was doing, thinking and in heaven’s name, wearing? She’s feisty, and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. “Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick” The Guardian w  ww.justthetonic.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

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

ENTRY: £12.50 (£11)

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Shaving Goats

Shaving Goats are an exciting new sketch group, join them for an hour of sketch including such delights as a Dracula love story, Snow White with explosions and Mr Dooooooonkey-cock. No goats were harmed in the making of this sketch show. Well alright one was hurt a little bit. ...when I say a little bit I mean quite badly actually, but the person who did it is really very sorry and has promised not to do it again.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 11pm (12am)

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

ENTRY: £4

Shazia Mirza: Cuckooland

‘Cuckooland’ - Anyone can be anything, do anything and say anything. Who cares what anyone thinks you’re going to say it anyway? You have to be a bit deluded but some people are just living in Cuckooland! Hilarious brand new show from internationally acclaimed award winning stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza. “Clever, groundbreaking and very funny” Evening Standard, “Mirza the Lenny Bruce of female stand-up” Metro  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

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

ENTRY: £10 (£6)

CKP presents

Sheeps: Dancing with Lisa

Sheeps are really going to try their best this year to put on a funny comedy show. The make-up will be roughly half skits and half sketches. This time, it’s also got a bit of a story, which is about a dream riddle. Sheeps are still Daran Johnson, Alastair Roberts and Liam Williams. We’re talking three good lads and three proud mums. “One of the strongest new acts around” Sunday Times www.ckproductions.co.uk/portfolio-item’sheeps/ DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £7/£5

So Comedy presents

Shirley & Shirley: Unleashed

Shirley and Shirley filter our world through fabulously twisted minds delivering a ‘mash-up’ of sketch, character and physical comedy. “I was quite simply left wanting more.” **** Three Weeks, “A sassy and inventive tour de force of a show.” **** The List “You won’t have time to draw breath between belly laughs.” **** Scotsgay  www.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

Short & Curly : A Ripe Pear

Sketch comedy duo Short & Curly are back with another mind bending hour of high energy interactive mayhem. New characters, new locations, new shoes! She’s Short, he’s got curly hair. They really are a ripe pair! WARNING: THIS SHOW CONTAINS SCENES OF A COMICAL NATURE  www.shortandcurlycomedy.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Funhouse Comedy presents

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Gong Show

Comedy’s answer to the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. 12 new comedians try to survive 5 minutes on stage, but will the audience judges with red and green glowsticks keep them on or send them off. Lots of fun and Laughs. Compere is Nottingham’s master of mirth and merriment, Spiky Mike. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.20pm (11.15pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Events

Silver Stand Up Competition

Following huge success in 2012, 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.” Alexei Sayle If you have a strong funny bone and would like to enter contact: info@comedy-festival.co.uk  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5 (£3.50)

Simon Day: Comedy and Error

Simon Day,is a gentle,intelligent comedian, a master of quick repartee, and the vivid and totally honest author of his well received autobiography ‘Comedy and Error.’ He starts the evening off with some witty, gentle stand up, then reads selected passages from his autobiography ‘Comedy and Error’ which tells his fascinating life story from borstal to success. The show ends with a book signing.  www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Loughborough Town Hall Grid Ref: A1 (LTH)

ENTRY: £15

Him Off the Viz presents

Simon Donald’s School of Swearing

A journey to the four corners of the four-letter word. What makes a word offensive? Swearing is meaningless to some people, yet it has the power to make little old ladies vomit in bus stops. Why? “Genuinely interesting & utterly hilarious, leaving us paralysed with laughter” **** Broadway Baby. “Subversive, very clever cerebral filth” The List. “Gloriously improper” The Skinny. “Superb, inventive comedy” The Stage. www.simondonald.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Show and Tell present

Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker

Experimenting with a tiny camera and big screen, multi award-winning Simon Munnery is Fylm-Makker. Presenting a beautiful mix of visual sketches, handcrafted animation, music and stand-up, all created and performed live on screen. This is “one of the most consistently original and imaginative minds in comedy” Guardian. “A comic genius” ***** Scotsman.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

Hathi Music present

Sing-A-Long-A-Dylan & Other Stories

Hathi Music and comedy present the immortal maestro bootleggers in Sing-A-Long-A-Dylan & Other Stories. Re-united for the festival, this unforgetable beat, progressive, art rock, heavy metal, punk, new romantic combo brings you a unique karaoke comedy rock event. www.hathiproductions.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.45pm)

VENUE: Symphony Rooms Grid Ref: D1 (SYR)

ENTRY: £5

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Socks... In Space Matinee

The Scottish Falsetto Socks, stars of stage, screen and Doctor Who DVDs, present an extra-specially family-frinedly new hour of sci-fi themed songs, sketches, socks & violence.“Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried.” ***** Edinburgh Evening News 2012, “I haven’t laughed this hard in ages” ***** A Younger Theatre, Edinburgh 2012, “Superbly written, crafted and performed show” **** The Punch

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (3.10pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 [All day ticket] (£6 [All day ticket])

Want tickets?

Call the Box Office 0116 242 3595 or visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

A Stellar Show

Stella Graham – A Pint of Stella

How can a bad haircut cause a fight? Join Stella Graham for a hilarious journey from Coventry to Los Angeles, Thailand, New Zealand, Brazil and beyond. Work in progress, no passport needed. **** FringeGuru, “If you’re a TV executive, drop what you’re doing and go see her now” The Skinny, “Fun and original… everything a good comedian should be: self-assured, likeable and, crucially, funny” BroadwayBaby www.stellagraham.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8th: 7pm (8pm), 10th: 4pm (5pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

Glorious Management present

Stephen Carlin in Pandas Vs Penguins

Why must there be all this tension? Why can’t we all get along? Like cats and dogs or English and Scots? Stephen Carlin hopes he can redefine gross oversimplifications to a simple, universal principal. After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Zulu Festival in Copenhagen, Stephen Carlin brings his show Pandas vs Penguins to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Herald ***** www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Kneehigh & West Yorkshire Playhouse present

Steptoe and Son

Two men. Two world wars. Two lives knitted together as tight as a thrice darned sock. Based on the original scripts by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson, Emma Rice’s adaptation gives Steptoe and Son the Kneehigh treatment in this new production which charts the surprising dance of father and son. *Discounts apply. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 1 2th,13th,14th,15th, 16th: 7.30.pm (9.30.pm), 13th & 16th: 2.15.pm (4.15.pm)

ENTRY: £18.50-£26.50*

Sunday Sketch Show – So On And So Forth

As seen on Comedy Central & the BBC Culture Show, award winning So On & So Forth present Human Era, bursting at the seams with material. They lead the audience on a merry dance, through a minefield of human stupidity, whilst simultaneously attempting to explain why 25% of their gags were seized by the courts in a bitter legal battle that rages still. “A must-see” **** Fringereview.co.uk, “Ingenious Skits” The List  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£3.50)

Sunday Sketch Show – The Silky Pair

Hot new duo The Silky Pair perform a fast-paced set of character, sketch and musical comedy. Likened to Flight of the Conchords and French and Saunders, 2012 saw them reach the Funny Women Awards Finals and receive critical acclaim for their show, Happy to Help. “Look out for their future success”***** The Sunday Times “A sublime female duo to embrace” Broadway Baby **** The Skinny **** Fringe Guru  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£3.50)

Sunday Sketch Show – CASUAL VIOLENCE

Award-winning, critically lauded sketch bastards CASUAL VIOLENCE, “the next stars of the genre” ***** ThreeWeeks, present a uniquely twisted hour of monsters, madmen and miserygutters: their boldest, bleakest and best characters from the past 3 years. This deluxe edition of Casual Violence’s “best of” compilation encompasses material from their award-winning, five star and multiaward nonominated Edinburgh shows www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£3.50)

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Susan Murray: Eyes Down For A Full Murray

Now a stalwart of the UK and international circuit, Susan returns to DLCF for the 8th time with a brand new show. Come watch the Less Fertile and highly volatile Miss Murray as she rails against middle age, ticks in her belly button and a plethora of other sundry complaints in her full frontal assault on a laundry list of petty and infuriating grievances.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.15pm (10.25pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7

Off The Kerb Productions present

Suzi Ruffell – Let’s Get Ready to Ruffell

“A real stand-up gem” The Guardian. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Latitude New Act of the Year Finalist, Suzi Ruffell, is bringing her hotly anticipated debut show to Leicester. Tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out Ruffell opens the door on her inability to grow up, her social ineptitude and desperate need to fit in. “This is what talent looks like before it hits big” London is Funny. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Suzi Ruffell: Work in Progress

Join Suzi Ruffell as she tries out material for her brand new show. Suzi Ruffell began her stand-up career at just 23 years old. Suzi was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011 and awarded second place in the Latitude Festival New Act Competition 2011. Her successful debut Edinburgh show in August 2012 saw her receive rave reviews and star in BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live www.suziruffell.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Phil McIntyre Management presents

Suzy Bennett – Dancing on Thin Ice

Suzys ambition is to become a minor celebrity in order to fulfil her dream of appearing on Dancing On Ice. failing that, she will accept anything that requires a sparkly costume… Come and join winner of Funny Women, Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol finalist and star of The Comedy Reserve 2012 for her hilarious debut solo-show.  www.mcintyre-ents.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

Events

Tania Edwards – Immortal

The new stand up comedy show from Tania Edwards, comedian and television comedy writer (credits inc Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week) “very punchy stand up… and her banter is incredibly quick” Three Weeks, “akin to a female Simon Evans… a bit posh and something of a sociopath… fantastically seamy side to the material… sublime… brilliant” Chortle, “hilarious… totally at ease… electrifying” Broadway Baby  www.taniaedwardscomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Taylor Glenn – Reverse Psycomedy

Ever feel like the craziest person in the room? That’s not a good sign when you’re a psychotherapist. Award-winning comedian’s journey from one delightfully insane profession to another. Frank, revealing, and hilarious.**** “A considered experience which leaves you with food for thought” Funny Women, “Excellent storytelling” The List, “A comedy rollercoaster” Glee Club, “A worthwhile hour” The Skinny  www.taylorglenncomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Regent College present

Teenage Kicks

A new generation of stand up comedians start life here. Regent College students observe the life of teenagers and offer it up for public consumption. Supported by professional comedians, Elliott Tiney and Andrew Spiers, they develop sketches and stand up material worthy of any professional show… we hope!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Regent College Studio Grid Ref: C3 (REG)

ENTRY: £3

Beyond Compere and Lisa Thomas Management present

Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton

As seen and heard on BBC’s Mock The Week & Radio 4, Nathan Caton brings his amiable & personal story-telling skills and witty social commentary to deliver an hour of laughs that justifies why so many regard him as one the hottest rising stars of UK comedy. “Compelling, well-observed stand-up” The Guardian  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Terry Alderton

Following his critically acclaimed smash hit Edinburgh shows & national tours in 2010, 2011 & 2012 award-winning comedian Terry Alderton is back on tour! Expect a night of: the noises, the voices, the shoes, incredible physicality & a mind-blowing insight into the inner workings of a fantastic comedy mind. Don’t miss your chance to welcome back to The Y one of comedys most inventive & side-splittingly funny acts.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £14 (£12)

De Montfort University and LCB Depot presents

The Big Laugh

An off the wall exhibition by De Montfort University’s Graphic Design and Graphic Design and Illustration class of 2014. Come and see their proposals for posters for next year’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Meet the designers and vote for your favourite poster.  www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9am (3.30pm)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: FREE

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Events Just the Tonic presents

The Big Value Comedy Show Auditions

Every year Just the Tonic audition acts from around the country to take part in our Edinburgh Fringe Showcase ‘The Big Value Comedy Show’ In recent years our line ups have included the following (before they were famous): Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Josie long, Pat Monahan, Seann Walsh… This Your chance to see some of the best new acts getting their feet onto the comedy ladder. £3 – drink or snack included www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3 (£3)

Bottle Rocket Comedy presents

The Boom Jennies – Mischief

Riotous sketch comedy from this critically acclaimed, feel-good fun confederacy. Party style and jam-packed with jokes and silliness, these stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama radiate so much energy you’ll need sunglasses. “A high quality all-female sketch group ... a big future” Guardian, “Delightfully silly” Telegraph, ***** “Be blown away by The Boom Jennies” Scotsgay, **** List, ***** “Hilarious” Argus. www.theboomjennies.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5pm (6pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

De Montfort University

The Business Breakfast Launch

The delicious launch of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 to an audience of well-fed business people at De Montfort University, where the festival began back in 1994. It’s been making money for local businesses ever since; the festival contributes over £2m to the local economy.  www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30am (8.45am)

VENUE: Hugh Aston Building Grid Ref: C1 (HAB)

ENTRY: FREE

The Ceri Dupree Show

The faaabulous Ceri Dupree is back on the road in 2013 with his one-man, 21-woman show. The star of Hot Stuff returns to Curve with an evening of hysterical comedy, amazing vocal impersonations and jaw-dropping costumes. Performing his unique tribute to the greatest divas of our time including Cher and Lady GaGa, Ceri brings the magic and glamour of Las Vegas to life with buckets of style and boundless energy.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.45pm (9pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom at the Theatre

In this new adventure The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom!, a theatre manager is in trouble because a ghostly presence is scaring all the people away! He calls Paul and Barry for help and asks ‘Have you got any ideas?’ Of course they have because they are The Chuckle Brothers, although things might not exactly go to plan? Songs, slap-stick, spectacular magic, u/v puppets and fun for all the family. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 2pm (4pm)

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

ENTRY: £14 (£13.50)

The Circus Of Horrors

18 years after its conception at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival the show has gone on to tour the World achieving cult status and dragging Circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. Featuring acts from all four corners of the world that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat when not falling off them with laughter all of course blighted by The Curse of the Devil Doll.  www.circusofhorrors.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £25 (£22)

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Miranda Kane presents, for your amusement & delight.

The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex-Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

Fat girls have all the fun. And none more so than Miranda, who became Melody – a £2000 a night escort for seven years, and weighed over 300lbs to boot. In this tell-all comedy, she exposes the truth about sex workers, their clients, and all the hilarious, heart-warming and often bizarre moments in a unique career. www.coinoperatedgirl.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7.50

De Montfort Student Union

The Comedy Crawl

De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and its Comedy Society join forces to stage entertainment with professional comedians and its own stars at each of three bars around campus. Look forward to 30 minutes of comedy at each venue, as well as time to buy for a round of drinks. www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/events-calendar.aspx DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £10

The Crumblin’ Cookie present

The COOKIE JAR COMEDY CLUB - New Act Night

For the fourth year running, The Crumblin’ Cookie hosts its fantastic New act night, featuring some of the newest talent around the country. A sure fire way to see emerging comedic talent at the venue that has been voted Best of at the Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, for the past two years.  www.thecookiejarleicester.co.uk/events DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

The Dog-Eared Collective – Skit Stirrers

Anarchic funnymongers The Dog-Eared Collective unleash more supercharged sketch silliness. So switch your fun guns to left-field and they promise to blow your funny bone to smithereens. Sunday Times Critic’s Choice (Brighton Fringe 2011) “Give this group a sketch show” The Sunday Times www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

HandMade Theatre in

The Flying Machine

Be a member of the crew on a journey through the skies in this interactive theatre session, with lots of fun props for children and their families to play with. 4-9 years. Younger children with an adult welcome. SEN school and community group sessions available Wed 20-Fri 22 Feb, as part of the Embrace Take Part programme. www.handmadetheatre.co.uk www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2pm - lasts 45mins

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £5 (£15 party of four)

Obie presents.

The Forest Gump Tour.

Obie is performing the first date of his Forest Gump tour at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Over the years Obie has performed solo shows at festivals in Scotland & Australia. This show is a warm up show for a tour later in the year where he will be performing 40 gigs and 40 marathons in between for charity. Most people think he is mad. Maybe he is. It will make for a great show. “Laugh out loud comedy” Three Weeks www.obiethecomedian.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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Events Zulu Comedy Festival present

The Geeks Strike Back

A long time ago on a comedy stage not so far away… It is a bright time for geeks and stand-up comedy. Danish comedians Niels Forsberg, Morden May, and Mads Brynnum have been hiding in a secret base for the past year. Now they’re ready with a show that’s guarantied to score a critical hit. A show about all the important things in life: zombies, Death Stars, board games, and evil plans of world domination.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

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

TIME: 15th: 8.30pm (9.30pm) & 16th: 7pm (8pm) ENTRY: £5

The Horne Section

Gathering together the UK’s finest musicians and throwing them on stage with the world’s most exciting comics, Alex Horne has created a truly unique comedy experience. A heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent, the Horne Section bring their indomitable late night fanfare to Leicester.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £15

The Ladykillers

Following a critically acclaimed and sell out West End season, the celebrated Ealing comedy The Ladykillers comes to life on stage in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted/The IT Crowd) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote). *Discounts apply. “A glorious, madcap night out. A joy from start to finish” Daily Express www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm), also 2.15pm on 9th

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £16.50-£26.50*

The Mitford Sisters

The Mitford Sisters

Brand new sketch comedy from cheeky, daring and hilarious new comedy collective The Mitford Sisters. Comprised of Belt Up Theatre’s Dominic Allen (“A delight” The Stage), The Globe’s Duncan Preston (“Cheek-achingly funny” Seren), and last year’s festival’s Best Show award-winner Chris Stokes (“Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet” The List), The Mitford Sisters present their debut Festival show. www.themitfordsisterscomedy.blogspot.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door are one of U.K’s leading comedy troupes and in the last three years, they have taken the comedy world by storm, leaving audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning fast wit and totally original comedic talents. “Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos” Daily Telegraph ****, “Performances such as these are simply beyond the capability of mortals” ThreeWeeks *****, “Pure genius” Fringe Review *****  www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Miss India Starr presents

The Peacock Lounge Burlesque: It’s Comedy Dave, but not as we know it.

For our third show and first show as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, The Peacock Lounge Burlesque brings you an extraordinary treat! Great laughs from cabaret singers, variety acts and burlesque artists. For your delectation we present special guest Joe Black, Kiki Kaboom, Betty Blue Eyes, Lily Laudanum, Velma Von Bon Bon & guests www.peacocklounge.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £12.50-£22 (£10.50-£20)

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The Red Light Comedy Show

A comedy fundraiser for British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It Red’ Day. All proceeds to BHF. Free drink & bike parking included. A bike light lit extravaganza in the haunted basement of Leicester Town Hall.

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

VENUE: Bike Park Grid Ref: B2 (BIP)

ENTRY: £5



The Rubberbandits

Their riotous, satirical hit single Horse Outside became a global 10m hit YouTube sensation with follow ups Spastic Hawk, Blackman, showing that these boys were no one trick ponies. With sold-out shows from New York to Newcastle, now these urban Hip-Hop plastic-bag-heads from Limerick make their Leicester debut. “The clattering beats + rascal humour stack up to a wild hour of comedy” The Guardian  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £12.50 (£11)

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents

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 2012. Take a chance, you won’t regret it. Tickets are only available in advance. Exciting huh?! 

DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (12am)

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

ENTRY: £25

Gareth Berliner and Kiruna Stamell present

The Short and Long of it

A raucous romp of rudeness and hilarity that challenges assumptions we all make. This new romantic comedy written and performed by newly-weds Gareth Berliner and Kiruna Stamell exposes the hidden discrimination facing the disabled community in matters of love. 16+ years. May cause offence.  www.embracearts.co.uk www.kirunastamell.net www.garethberliner.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

ENTRY: £10 (£8 and NUS extra card holders £5)

The cream of Leicester’s crop

Three men... and another man

Three men... and another man is a FREE show brought to you from denizens of the Leicester underground. Featuring the insightful observations, witty anecdotes and righteous rants of Ben Clark, Aaran Mooney and Vinnie Vitriol, this flying party boat of comedic pomposity is captained and compered by the mighty Matt Hollins, winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2004.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

TPP presents

Tickled Pig

Tickled Pig returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival to showcase some of talent it’s found over the past year. You’ll find some of the best unsigned acts on the circuit as well as a great headliner. There’ll be plenty of laughs, and your own bodyweight in Percy Pigs!  www.tickledpig.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

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

ENTRY: FREE

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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So Comedy by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management presents

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb

The battle against ageing is more than skin deep. The 2012 Spirit Of The Fringe Award winner goes beneath the grimy epidermis to uncover class hatred, racism and sexism. Maybe it’s time to start giving a shit... “A stroke of genius. Witty, well constructed and full of jokes” **** Sunday Telegraph, “Brilliant” **** Metro, “Mouthy, cynical and sexually frank, she left us wanting more” Guardian www.socomedy.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6

RBM presents

Tom Allen’s Society

Multi-award winning comedian Tom Allen brings back his hit chat show ‘Tom Allen’s Society’ to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival! Tom will be talking to performers and celebrities as well as performing his own inimitable brand of stand-up. Join Tom & guests for an anarchic but civilised evening of stand-up, chat and perhaps even a parlour game or two. “Otherworldly, a delight of raconteurship” The Scotsman www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

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

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Tom Deacon – Deaconator

This year Tom returns with his third solo show ‘Deaconator’. Star of Dave’s One Night Stand and The Rob Brydon show. So what’s the show about? This year Tom hit his quarterly life crisis. He shan’t take this lying down he has an idea to prove himself. The quest show of all quest shows. Will he complete his 2010 world cup sticker album or not?!  www.tomdeacon.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Feature Spot Presents

TOM ROSENTHAL

One of the fastest rising comic talents in the country does an hour of work in progress material. WINNER: Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2011 and Paramount Funniest Student Award 2009. NOMINATED: Best Breakthrough Act, British Comedy Awards 2011. Star of Friday Night Dinner (C4) and Plebs (ITV). As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4) and Dave’s One Night Stand. www.tomrosenthal.net DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Feature Spot Presents

TOM ROSENTHAL

One of the fastest rising comic talents in the country does an hour of work in progress material. WINNER: Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2011 and Paramount Funniest Student Award 2009. NOMINATED: Best Breakthrough Act, British Comedy Awards 2011. Star of Friday Night Dinner (C4) and Plebs (ITV). As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4) and Dave’s One Night Stand. www.tomrosenthal.net DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £8 (£6.50)

The Y presents a Double Bill with...

Tom Young & Kate Fox

Two shows for the price of one! Join us as Tom discusses the oddities of fashion, trends, & social convergence for his third consecutive appearance at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Whilst Comedian and Radio 4 regular Kate Fox ponders her own ‘oddity’ of never wanting children. Selfish or sensible? A funny feel good exploration of the meaning of life, yeast & sea monkeys! www.ytheatre.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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Events

TC Productions present

Tony Cowards: The Bespoke Joke Show

The only stand up comedy show that is specially written and performed for the audience, containing ‘Bespoke Jokes’ based on suggested topics, this is the show where YOU provide the inspiration for the funnies. “A beaut of a one-liner merchant” londonisfunny.com, “The best joke-writer around” James Mullinger, GQ Magazine *** Orion’s Belt, **** Petrol, ***** Band from the 80s www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_leicester.htm DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4.40pm (5.50pm)

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Show and Tell presents

TONY LAW – MAXIMUM NONSENSE

Join Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2012, Mr Tony Law, for some gloriously absurd, loud and ridiculous comedy. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and more. “Form-busting and hugely enjoyable” **** The Times. Chortle Award Winner 2012. “Law’s genius for the random makes Salvador Dali look about as abstract as Constable” ***** Metro. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 14th: 8pm (9pm) 15th: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

MJ Hibbett (and Steve) present

Total Hero Team

The new two-man rock opera from the team who brought you ‘Dinosaur Planet’ and ‘Moon Horse VS The Mars Men Of Jupiter’. It features superheroes, robots, sing-a-longs, a way to justify enormous wealth, ukuleles, Boris Johnson, the purpose of human existence and Fufu The Future Kitten. “Like two drunk dads picking up a guitar at a party” Radio One. www.totalheroteam.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Michael Darren presents

Traces of Nuts – Comedy Sketch Show

Featuring sketches and songs from the Traces of Nuts comedy team, one of the most popular audio comedy podcast teams in Britain. Also broadcast on regional BBC Radio the show has been a permanent fixture in the iTunes UK comedy top 100. Now for this year’s festival the team go LIVE on stage premiering a brand new show. “It promises good – it delivers brilliant–Funny. Very funny” iTunes. www.michaeldarren.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £7

Leicester’s Festival has more gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh. Sunday Times

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Events Unidentified Flying Improv present

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UFI: Mission Impro-ssible

Unidentified Flying Improv, a group of award-winning comedians and performers, returns triumphantly to the festival with this fabulous, fully made-up-on-the-spot show. Come and marvel at the verbal dexterity, the imaginative whimsy, and the comic agility as UFI improvise their way into your heart. Featuring classic games from shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? as well as brand new ones created by the cast.  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

Valentines Comedy Burlesque

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This February 14th The Musician has the burlesque shows of all burlesque shows. With your host and international performer Talulah Blue, we have a mix of showgirls, live music, boylesque with Doc Leroc and comedy with the award winning Kiki Kamboom! This is a must see, bringing the fun back into Valentines. For more info see www.talulahblue.com.circuit. Plus The JailHouse Rockers Elvis Show. DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

ENTRY: £9

Walking Cliché presents

Variety Box! featuring Raphael Attar

As heard on Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1) a hip-hop show like no other! From dancehall to free jazz via dinosaurs, robots, Liam Neeson’s Taken, sockpuppet Brian Harvey and the Quantum Leap theme, this show has it all ... or, at least, some of it. Deft wordplay meets absurd comedy and absurder music, all wrapped in a Gary Barlow T-shirt, this is not to be missed. Very special guests TBA! “Charmingly ramshackle” Observer www.papertigerband.co.uk/about/raphael-attar/ DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (11pm)

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

Vikki Stone – Hot Mess

Award-winning musical comedy and stand-up from the “hilarious and brilliant” (Heat) Vikki Stone. As seen on This Morning, MTV’s Flashprank and Richard Hammond’s Secret Service (BBC1). Fresh from a sold out Edinburgh run, don’t miss your chance to see this “super funny new girl on the block” The Sun. Soho Theatre One Night Stand Award Winner. www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £8.50 (£6.50)

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

Vikki Stone – Work-In-Progress

Brand new work-in-progress show from the award-winning Vikki Stone. As seen on This Morning (ITV1) MTV’s Flashprank, Britain in Bed (BBC3) and Richard Hammond’s Secret Service (BBC1) “Super funny new girl on the block” The Sun  www.objectivetalentmanagement.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

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Check out our new website

Events

We have hundreds of events for you this year! You can now use our search facility on our website to filter your choices. Tick the boxes next to the dates, start times or venues to find events at the time and place to suit you, or use our keyword search to find an event if you know the title or performer. Once you find an event – make a night of it using our suggestions for other events before and after the event you’re interested in.

www.comedy-festival.co.uk Live, from the villages of Fetlock Magma and Minge Harcourt, it’s..!

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What You Could Have Won

A brand new collection of sketches, songs and silliness from 4 of Leicester’s finest comic talents. Starring Bruce Edhouse and Ian Hall (A Finger of Judge), Neil Johnston (What Have You Done With Denise’s 30p?), and Lindsey Warnes Carroll (UFI). Featuring guest appearances by Jon Pertwee, Blake Incarcerated, Camilla Parker Parcel, Ultravox, Horton Market, and of course, The Elephant Man!  DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Just the Tonic presents

Wil Hodgson: Kidnapped by Catwoman

From Catwoman to Samantha Fox Strip Poker via Frenchie’s slumber party and Hattie Jacques Bed Bath, the crushes, fantasies and desires of a geeky 80s/90s childhood explored in a confessional new show by Chippenham’s cult storyteller Wil Hodgson. “An inspired storyteller, an urban warrior on behalf of all those who don’t fit in” Scotsman, “This is punk rock, this is how it should be” Mark Thomas, “Genius” Russell Howard www.justthetonic.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 4.15pm (5.15pm)

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

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Will Marsh’s Americana (Preview)

A show about how America changed the world. Well, how America changed the world for one man. Not that having your world changed is a good thing. Sometimes it is but sometimes it’s not. Let’s just say it’s a show about how America did something, to someone, once upon a time. Will Marsh is “Fearless” The List, “Engaging” Chortle, and writes jokes that “Take us out of our mundane reality” The Guardian.  www.willmarsh.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5

Will Marsh’s Ruination

Britain has broken down and it needs a jump start. Will Marsh has discovered the real causes and salvation comes with shocks. “Fearless dissection of the absurd” The List, “Full of intelligent observations” Broadway Baby, “Brilliant lines” Chortle. It even contains Dave’s 3rd funniest joke of the Edinburgh fringe 2012! www.willmarsh.com DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

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

ENTRY: £5

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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Events Wit Tank

Like a battering ram to the funny bone, stars of BBC3’s Live at The Electric bring their lavish parade of inventive characters and sketch magnificence to venues nationwide. Hotly-tipped as ones to watch for the future, why not catch them now, in the present? “A definite must-see” ***** British Comedy Guide www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

ENTRY: £12

Woodward & Jeffery: Laughter on the Outskirts Over the course of an hour, comedians Scott Jeffery & Mags Woodward will take it in turns to try to make the assembled audience laugh, almost entirely by the effect of words they say. “Thank f**k for Scott Jeffery” Susie McCabe. Woodward; “A twinkling charm” ThreeWeeks, and “A talented bleeder” Dr Ettrick-Hogg www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

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

ENTRY: £3 (£2)

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent presents

Zoe Lyons – Pop-Up Comic

A mixture of silliness, satire and caustic one liners from one of the UK’s favourite comedians. She won’t change the world but she will ask the big questions such as Dog Prams: why? As seen on the BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand and The Wright Stuff. “Achingly funny – A cracking show” The Melbourne Age www.objectivetalentmanagement.com

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DATES: 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

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

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

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One of the best comedy festivals in the world. The Guardian

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Make Me Happy Thousands of people from across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland take part in this unique programme of workshops and events promoted under the banner of Make Me Happy – www.makemehappy-online.co.uk Developed from Leicester Comedy Festival’s Community & Education programme, which has existed since the festival began in 1994, Make Me Happy is an innovative and engaging programme which aims to broaden the grin started by the main festival. Make Me Happy encourages community groups to adopt comedians, and works with schools and other organisations to develop performance skills with young people. The programme also works with older people and people with disabilities to deliver performances and debate issues linked to humour and comedy. All this allows the festival to remain “a pretty broad grin” (The Guardian) for as many people as possible.

Silver Stand Up & Old Folks Telling Jokes Started as a direct response to a conversation about “older people don’t go to comedy clubs”, these projects aim to get people aged over 55 involved as stand up comedians. The Silver Stand Up Competition started in 2012 and received a huge response from people who wanted to give it a go. The national competition is running again this year, with an additional celebratory show “Old Folks Telling Jokes” taking place in the festival and across the UK throughout the year.

I love Apex & Little Blaby We’ve formed an exciting new partnership with Apex Works, an organisation based in Leicester who work with people who face some barriers or difficulties to finding training, skills and employment. The organisation is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013 and we’re working with them to celebrate their work and engage more people with their services. We’re also proud to be working with Blaby District Council on the launch of their Little Blaby comedy DVD which has been created by mental health service users to help explode a few myths about mental illness.

The Young Ones A major part of Make Me Happy is engaging with children and young people and encouraging them to get involved in comedy performance. These projects help develop confidence and communication skills, as well as allowing the participants to have a laugh and a giggle. We’re delighted to develop our partnership with Regent College and their annual Teenage Kicks performance, showcasing the talents of students. The college will also be hosting a spectacular Schools Showcase where young people from across Leicester and Leicestershire schools will perform comedy and sketches.

Let’s Be Clear & What’s Up Doc Our partnership with Leicester City NHS develops with 2 performances aiming to raise a laugh and awareness of the early signs and symptoms of cancer. The shows have been developed across 2012 and now tour to community venues and settings spreading important health messages. The project was nominated for an NHS Innovation Award in 2012.

Disability & Comedy We’ve worked for a number of years with various partners exploring how we can try and make the festival more accessible for people with disabilities. The festival was one of the first major UK festivals to introduce BSL interpretation for some shows, and we continue to support comedians with disabilities. This year we’re developing our partnership with Embrace Arts to present a show by Abnormally Funny People in addition to sharing the work by Dr Sharon Lockyer in researching disabled comedians, their performances and audience’s responses.

Second only to the Edinburgh summer jamboree as a showcase for comedy talent. The Guardian

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

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Venue information PLEASE NOTE: The following details are provided for those looking for venue information. For more specific ticket information please check the telephone number next to each event listing in the main brochure. Tickets may not be available in advance for some events. APE Title: Apex Works Address: Apex House, 74 – 76 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FB Info: 0116 261 6510 Email: info@apex-works.co.uk

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BBC Radio Leicester Address: 9 St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 5LB Info: 0116 251 6688 Bike Park Address: Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 9BG Info: 0116 299 1234 Email: cycle-city@leicester.gov.uk Web: www.leicester.gov.uk/bikepark Bistro Live Address: 89-91 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FA Info: 0845 331 1500 Web: www.bistrolive.com

LCL Title: Central Lending Library Address: Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AA Info: 0116 299 5401 Web: www.leicester.gov.uk/centrallibrary/

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Curve Address: Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB Info: 0116 242 3595 Email: enquiries@curvetheatre.co.uk Web: www.curveonline.co.uk

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Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Address: 41 Halford Street, Leicester LE1 1TR Info: 0116 251 1889 Web: www.chutneyivy.com De Montfort Hall Address: Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU Info: 0116 233 3111 Email: dmh.office@leicester.gov.uk Web: demontforthall.co.uk De Montfort University Campus Address: Leicester LE1 9BH Info: 0116 255 5576 Web: www.demontfortstudents.com

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Embrace Arts Address: Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA Info: 0116 252 2455 Email: arts-centre@le.ac.uk Web: www.embracearts.co.uk

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Firebug Address: 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 255 1228 Email: info@firebugbar.co.uk Web: www.firebugbar.co.uk

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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

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Entropy Restaurant Address: 42 Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 0RB Info: 0116 225 9650 Email: mail@entropylife.com Web: www.entropylife.com

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International Arts Centre Address: Garden Street, Leicester LE1 3UA Info: 0116 262 2279 Web: www.internationalartscentre.co.uk Just The Tonic Address: 30-32 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 1DE Info: 0116 262 5050 Email: laura@justthetonic.com Web: www.justthetonic.com Kayal Address: 153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE Info: 0116 255 4667 Web: www.kayalrestaurant.com LCB Depot Address: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 262 6800 Email: info@comedy-festival.co.uk Web: www.lcbdepot.co.uk

LCA Title: Leicester Cathedral B2 Address: St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ Info: 0116 261 5200 Web: http://www.cathedral.leicester.anglican.org/

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Leicester Guildhall Address: Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ Info: 0116 253 2569 Web: www.leicester.gov.uk Leicester Train Station Address: London Road, Leicester LE2 0QB

Leicester’s annual bag of snakes is bursting with colour. The Independent

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Loughborough Town Hall Address: Market Place, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3EB Info: 01509 231914 Email: townhall@charnwoodbc.gov.uk Web: www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk Maiyango Address: 13-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 4LD Info: 0116 251 8898 Web: www.maiyango.com

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Manhattan 34 Address: 34 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD Info: 0116 262 8855 Midas Cafe Bar Address: 27 Yeoman Street, Leicester LE1 1UT Web: www.midascafebar.co.uk Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Address: Pool Road, Leicester LE3 9GH Info: 0116 222 1036

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PAC Title: PACE Address: PACE Building, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH Info: 0116 255 1551 Web: www.dmu.ac.uk/arts

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Address: 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA Info: 0116 255 7066

Phoenix Square Address: 4 Midlands Street, Leicester LE1 1TG Info: 0116 242 2800 Web: phoenix.org.uk/ Ramada Encore Address: 84-90 Charles St, Leicester LE1 1GE Info: 0116 366 0150

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EXC Title: The Exchange Bar Address: The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD Info: 0116 251 3434

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Regent College Studio C3 Address: Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7LW Info: 0116 255 4629

The Crown Inn Address: 1 Coston Road, Sproxton LE14 4QB 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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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

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The Y Address: 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY Info: 0116 255 7066 Email: theatre@leicesterymca.co.uk Web: www.ytheatre.co.uk

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The Criterion Address: 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 262 5418 Email: thecriterion1@yahoo.co.uk Web: www.criterionvenue.co.uk

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The Griffin Address: 174 Main Street, Swithland, Leicester LE12 8TJ Info: 01509 890 535 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

The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe Address: 35 Main Street, Kirby Muxloe LE9 2AN Info: 0116 239 3166

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TRH Title: Trinity House & Chapel Address: De Montfort University, The Newarke, Leicester LE1 9NH Info: 0116 255 1551

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Symphony Rooms Address: 121 Burnmoor Street, Leicester LE2 7JL Info: 0790 376 3333

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 Brant Address: Leicester Road, Groby, Leicester LE6 0DU Info: 0116 287 2703

TBH Title: The Bulls Head – Whetstone D2 Address: 44 Victoria Road, Whetstone, Leicester, Leicestershire LE8 6JX C&H Title: The Coach & Horses – Lubenham Address: 54 Main Street, Lubenham, Leicestershire LE18 9TF Info: 01858 463183

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013

A genuine triumph. The Guardian

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