Leicester Comedy Festival - 2 - 20 February 2022 - Official Festival Guide

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2-20 FEBRUARY 2022

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

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INFORMATION

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

CONTENTS SPONSORS The great companies that sponsor the festival

WELCOME Welcome from our Founding Director Geoff Rowe

BUSINESS PARTNERS CLUB ROLL OF HONOUR Our local business supporters

WELCOME Welcome from the Chief Executive, Laura Arends

FESTIVAL INFORMATION Useful bits of information

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A-Z OF ACTS Performers names at a glance

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FESTIVAL DIARY Times, events, titles, venues and prices for quick reference

OUR LISTINGS EXPLAINED How the listing section works

SHOW LISTINGS Find out more about the shows

ACCESS GUIDE TO THE FESTIVAL MAPS & VENUE INFORMATION Find your way around the festival

CONTACT & PEOPLE Get in touch with the team behind the festival

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS People and organisations we want to thank

Find all the latest news and gossip from the festival by subscribing to our newsletter.

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WATCH OUT FOR More than your average comedy festival. Here are some things to look out for

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WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF EVENTS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM THIS YEAR! Visit the festival website and use the search facility 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.

COMMENTS

149 150 – 153 154

We work with over 250 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 during the festival.

154 Our contact details can be found on page 154 so please do get in touch!

“An impressive line up” the guardian

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INFORMATION

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

MAIN PARTNERS

FUNDERS

SPONSORS

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HIGHLIGHTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

Grab your tickets online (via www.comedy-festival.co.uk) or call the ticketing team on 0116 456 6812.

WELCOME TO LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL 2022! Hello to you and welcome to Leicester Comedy Festival 2022! We are absolutely thrilled to be back, presenting an incredible programme of shows and events designed to tickle your funny bone. I want to be upfront with you and say that over the past 18 months or so, life for us has been really tough. The pandemic hit us as hard as it did many of our colleagues working in live comedy and festivals. What has been amazing is the support we have received from members of the public, comedians, producers & agents, promoters & venues, our sponsors & partners, as well as lots of other people who have all helped us and ensured we are still here to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Leicester Comedy Festival. We could not do what we do without the support of so many people and we have been really touched by the messages and hard work of so many people within the festival community. THANK YOU ALL! So many people have shown us that they really value the role we play in celebrating British comedy each February, and the support we give to new and emerging talent. These 2 things have been really important to us ever since we were set up in 1994 and will remain the same as we move towards thinking about our 30th anniversary in 2023! But for now, we can focus on 2022 and the incredible line up we have for you. Acts such as Angela Barnes, Ross Noble, Ahir Shah, Pam Ayres, Katherine Ryan, Mark Watson, Rosie Jones, Stewart Lee and Suzi Ruffell are all arriving for the festival. Regular favourites including Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, The UK Pun Championships, Union JACK Radio Circuit Breakers, Silver Stand Up, Beyond A Joke seminar programme and Comedy Heaven are all back. Our UK Kids’ Comedy Festival is also back and you can check out the programme by visiting www.ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk. There are loads of other acts performing and this brochure will help guide you through the 19 day programme.

“A programme bursting with variety” daily mirror

Do continue to support those acts you may not have heard of yet. The festival has developed a really strong reputation as being a supportive and friendly place for comedians to try out their material so help us continue this. Given what life has been like over the last 18 months or so, comedians really need to try out new stuff, and get back on their feet. Leicester Comedy Festival is produced by registered charity Big Difference and we increasingly rely on donations to support the festival and receive these from a number of organisations and individuals. Our main partners for this year are Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and Union JACK Radio. We are also supported by a network of smaller, and more local businesses, as well as our community of comedians, promoters and venues. If you get a chance to support any of these, and say “thank you” to them for continuing to support us, please do; I know they would genuinely appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the festival and together we can sustain Leicester Comedy Festival for many years to come. Thanks so much. Stay safe, smile and enjoy Geoff Rowe BEM Founding Director Leicester Comedy Festival @geoff_rowe

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FEATURE

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

ROLL OF HONOUR PLATINUM MEMBERS

GOLD MEMBERS

SILVER MEMBERS Everards The Rowleys Partnership Red Monkey Play Somerbys Sapphire Wedding Cars Drive My Car Executive

Cool As Leicester The Gresham Aparthotel Mercure Leicester – The Grand Hotel PETER Pizzeria Chutney Ivy Restaurant Leicester Business Festival

CHARITY MEMBERS Menphys

Warning Zone Life Skills Centre

New Dawn New Day

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland

Soft Touch Arts

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WELCOME FROM OUR CEO On behalf of everyone at Big Difference I’d like to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to Leicester Comedy Festival 2022. You may already be aware that Big Difference is the registered charity that produces Leicester Comedy Festival. As a charity our mission is to improve people’s lives through comedy and laughter, and we work year-round to deliver festivals, cultural events and projects with communities in Leicester and beyond. Last year we moved the festivals online and experienced comedy in a very different way. We are very excited that the 2022 festivals will once again be live across the city and county for you to experience in person. We are really looking forward to being back with you once again, so that we can laugh together, in the same room, theatre, pub, library, community centre, or basement club. We are so very grateful to all those organisations and individuals that have supported us through the past year and a half; our Main Partners Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and Union JACK Radio, our many Funders, Sponsors and Business Partners Club members, our individual supporters and our volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy, and to you, our audiences.

Every time you buy a ticket for a show, make a donation or engage with the festivals, you are supporting not only Leicester Comedy Festival, ensuring that this brilliant cultural event continues to thrive, but you are also supporting new and emerging comedians and the work with communities young and old that Big Difference delivers yearround. We really couldn’t do any of our work without you and we are so grateful for all your support. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Leicester Comedy Festival in 2022. Take a browse through this brochure, book a ticket and we’ll see you there! Laura Arends Chief Executive Officer, Big Difference Company

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GOING BEHIND THE SCENES AND EXPERIENCING THE FESTIVAL IN A DIFFERENT WAY?

JOIN OUR TEAM AND HELP MAKE 2022 TRULY MARVELLOUS!

WE WANT YOU!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN US AS: ARTIST LIAISON | STAGE MANAGERS EVENT ASSISTANTS FESTIVAL DRIVERS & MORE! For more information contact us on volunteers@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

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INFORMATION

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

FESTIVAL INFORMATION FESTIVAL TICKET OFFICE: 0116 456 6812 HOW TO BOOK TICKETS: For the past few years, we have been moving to paperless tickets most of our tickets are available as e-tickets sent direct to you by email. Tickets for all festival shows are available from our festival box office at www.comedy-festival.co.uk. If you prefer to book over the phone, please give the helpful ticketing team a call on 0116 456 6812. The ticket office will be open for telephone sales Monday – Friday from 10am-6pm. During the main festival dates, the phone line will also be staffed Saturdays (10am – 6pm) and Sundays (midday – 4pm). Tickets may also be available to purchase direct from the venue/ promoter. Details are listed on pages 150-153. (midday – 4pm).

BOOKING FEES We pass 100% of ticket income on to our venues, acts and promoters have worked hard to keep booking fees as low as possible, working with our ticketing partner Fringe Box Office. In 2022 there is an £1 booking fee charged on all tickets and a maximum booking charge of £5 per transaction. If you have any feedback on our centralised ticket office, do let us know by emailing info@comedy-festival.co.uk If you buy tickets from anywhere else, the booking fees and arrangements may be different so please check the terms and conditions when purchasing tickets. Leicester Comedy Festival is produced by Big Difference Company, a registered charity (1135167). If you want to contact the show promoter directly about tickets, contact details can be found on page 150-153. SPECIAL OFFERS There will be various special offers promoted leading up too, and during, the festival. These are often available via Twitter or Facebook or through our newsletter. For up to date news about the festival subscribe to the newsletter via our website www.comedy-festival.co.uk PRICES & TIMES Prices for events are contained in this brochure; full price tickets are shown and relevant concession/discounted prices are shown in brackets. Discounts vary with different events, so check with the ticket office when booking. Start times indicate the time the performance will start; the venue may open before this, and you are advised to check opening times 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 but we hope the estimates are useful. COVID -19 As a festival we have taken great care to ensure that we adhere to current Government regulations and guidance relating to Covid-19. We are asking all venues to ensure that hand sanitiser is available and regular cleaning processes are in place and upheld. We would like to advise all our audience members to please make use of the hand sanitiser and wash hands regularly. We also respect anyone who wishes to wear a mask in any of our venue spaces. To protect the health and wellbeing of all festival staff and attendees, we ask that anyone who is experiencing any Covid symptoms does not attend any festival events. Thank you all for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.

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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 Festival hotels are The Gresham and Mercure Grand Hotel Leicester. You can find more information about deals and how to book on our website and pages 12-13 of the brochure. UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION: Visit:

www.comedy-festival.co.uk or visit our Facebook page /LeicsComedyFest

Twitter: @LeicsComedyFest Watch:

Search for Leicester Comedy Festival on www.youtube.com

Listen:

Union JACK Radio www.unionjack.co.uk BBC Radio Leicester www.bbc.co.uk/leicester

Read:

Leicester Mercury for interviews, previews & reviews

GET THERE EARLY! Some of the venues have fixed seating and you’ll get issued with a seat number when you buy your ticket. 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. 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 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. We have produced a guide to visiting our venues for people with disabilities and this can be downloaded from our website or by contacting our main festival office. For 2022 we are also working to make sure everyone has a good time at the festival, including those who might have poor mental health. Details are included on the access guide. If you wish to speak to an individual venue about access requirements, you will find their contact details on page 149. VOLUNTEERS Are you interested in going behind the scenes and experiencing the festival in a different way? Join our team and help make 2022 truly marvellous! We have loads of opportunities for people to volunteer and gain valuable experience at one of the largest festivals of its kind in Europe. For more information email volunteers@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk DIRECTIONS We’ve included basic maps (page 150 - 153) 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 250 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 154 so please do get in touch!

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HIGHLIGHTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

WATCH OUT FOR: SPECIAL OFFERS

There will be various special offers promoted leading up to, and during, the festival. These are often available via twitter or facebook or sign up to our newsletter which is the best way to get the latest festival news. You can subscribe to the newsletter via our website www.comedy-festival.co.uk.

THE BIG WEEKEND The BIG Weekends are back in live in towns and villages across Leicestershire. We’re delighted to be taking the BIG Weekends to the Harborough District, Blaby District and North West Leicestershire thanks to our friends at Harborough District Council, and North West Leicestershire District Council and their partners. The BIG Weekends are a great way to experience a taste of the main festival in the county. See page 145 for more details and check out the listings for events outside of the city centre. FREE SHOWS Don’t let the excess of Christmas 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! Many free shows are ticketed so get your ticket (booking fees apply) in advance to guarantee entry. There are also a range of shows which are “Pay What You Want” (PWYW) where comedians will collect money at the end of their shows; please give generously! ROAR WITH LAUGHTER FRINGE The Roar with Laughter Fringe is back, taking over Everards pubs across Leicester & Leicestershire. You’ll get a great night of comedy served alongside a free pint of Tiger. Turn to our advert on page 18 or check out the listings for more information.

LAUGH TERM COMEDY SCHOOL We are bringing back our Laugh Term Comedy School which is an opportunity for young people to learn stand-up comedy and comedy performance skills. This year the “school”, which takes place over half term (gettit?!) will be hosted at Curve – full details are in the listings.

BEYOND A JOKE Following the success in recent years, we continue to organise a series of talks, discussions and seminars aimed at people who want to delve a little deeper into issues linked to contemporary society and comedy. Topics this year include older people & comedy, comedy archives, the psychology of humour and making a living in comedy. THE UK KIDS’ COMEDY FESTIVAL Returning with live events, after the virtual festival in 2021, we are delighted to present The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival. Packed with shows specially aimed at children, young people and their families, there will be a mix of big names in kids comedy including Jonny Awsum, Kyle D Evans, Marcel Lucont, Olaf Falafel and Rosie Jones as well as special events such as Loving Laughing where we will present the award for the Funniest School in Leicestershire. For more information about The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival visit our website. www.ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk

LOOKING AFTER THE FESTIVAL We continue to work with our venues and promoters to improve the sustainability of the festival, from banning plastic straws to increasing local, organic and plant-based menu choices. Please support us, our venues, and others, to help make the festival more sustainable.

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A series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in live comedy. These events provide an opportunity to go beyond the laughter with contributions from comedians, industry professionals and academics. In partnership with Centre for Comedy Studies Research (Brunel University) and www.beyondthejoke.co.uk

AN INTERVIEW WITH AHIR SHAH Saturday 5th February The Y

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OLDER PEOPLE & COMEDY SEMINAR Sunday 13th February PETER Pizzeria

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MAKING A LIVING IN COMEDY Saturday 12th February PETER Pizzeria

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BRITISH COMEDY ARCHIVE Saturday 12th February PETER Pizzeria

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAM AYRES Sunday 13th February Curve

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A–Z OF ACTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

A Aaron Simmonds Abi Clarke Abigail For Laughs

41,96 42

Ashley Haden

49

Christian Brighty

58

Eleanor Conway

65

Aurie Styla

49

Christian Dart

50

Eleanor Morton

66

Christian Reilly

58

Eleanor Tiernan

66

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

58

Eleri Morgan

111

53

Ellie Griffiths

132

B

136

Barbara Nice

Adam Beardsmore

42

Barry Dodds

70

Claire Parry

Adam Flood

49

Becky Fury

54

Claudia Summers

127

Elliot Steel

Adele Anderson

68

Bella Hull

50

Clayton Jones

135

Elliot Wengler

41,42,138

Belszki Prib

53

Colin Chadwick

59

Emily Brady

102,113

Ahir Shah

42,47

Ben Briggs

51

Colin Hoult

59

Emma Wessleus

103,142

Aideen McQueen

43,52

Ben Ennis

69

Conor Lynam

105

Emmanuel Sonubi

Crissy Rock

101

Enzo Palazzoni

Adele Cliff

Alan Seaman Alasdair Beckett-King Alex Bertulis Fernandes

73 43,96 43

Alex Farrow

43,44

Alex Hylton

42,44,85,93,95

Alex Kealy

44

Alex Keen

100,122

Alex Lacey

108

Alex Leam

44,137

Alex Prescot

130

Alexander Bennett

44

Alexandra Krekan

62,124

Alexandra Shaw

135

Ben Macpherson Ben Roberts Ben Target Benjamin Alborough Benjamin Bankole Bello Benjamin Tilley Benji Waterstones Benny Shakes Beth Organ Bexie Archer Bilal Zafar Boyd Branch Brennan Reece

50,68,123,130

51,102 51 51,87

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Eric Rushton

Daman Bamrah

62,114

51

Damien Griffin

94

77

Damien St John

Erica Lear Eryn Tett

142

Eshaan Akbar

135

Dan Barnes

93

Esther Manito

51

Dan Evans

101

50,71

Esyllt Sears

Dan Nightingale

62

Eva Bindeman

103

Dan Tiernan

63

F

138

Dan Walsh

52,133 48

Daniel Nicholas

100 61,63,91

Fatiha El-Ghorri

66 66

66 135 66,129 137 67,138 65,67,133,138,139 136 67,136 67 136

Fella 72

Danielle Downey

61

Fin Macarthur

125

126

Danny Clives

85

Fiona Ridgewell

68

53

Danny Posthill

63

Fran Jenking

69

Danny Ward

63

Frank Foucault

69

Daphna Baram

63

Frank Lavender

69

Darrell Martin

88

Fred Ferenczi

98

Darren Walsh

63

Freddy Quinne

Dave Bibby

64

Friz Frizzle

64

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Alexandria Macleod

61

Brian Bilston

Alexis Dubus

99

Brian Boley

Alfie Brown

45

Bruce Edhouse

Alfie Moore

45

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Ali Brice

45

Carl Donnelly

Ali Woods

45

Carly Smallman

Alice Frick

46

Carolyn Dunn

Alice Moore

132

Catherine Bohart

55

Dave Gotheridge

134

Gareth Joyner

Alice Weleminsky-Smith

113

Cecilia Delatori

46

Dave Longley

121

Gareth White

Alistair Barrie

45

Celia Byrne

40

Dave Wilson

105

Garrett Millerick

55,100

David Bolton

131

Garry Roost

76,130 54 55 55,129 105

Dave Chawner

69,110 61,96,103,140 69,103 130 71

Allan Lear

137

Celya Ab

Allan Smith

134

Cerys Bradley

55

David Houston

113

Gary Jennison

46

Charlie Baker

56

David Mills

64

Gary Tro

140

Amanda-Claire Millington

108

Charlie George

56

David Rees

103

Gauri B

136

Amarjeet Singh

125

Charlie Vero-Martin

Alwin Solanky

Amy Greaves

56,136

David Stanier

64

Gemma Caseley-Krik

58

Cheekykita 56

Di Lorriman

49

Gen Kenny

Andrew Ryan

47

Chelsea Birkby

56

Diane Spencer

64

Geoff Alderman

Andrew White

47,56

Chloe Petts

56

Dickie Dido

93

Geoff Rowe

Andy Barr

48

139 83

99 132 71 47,112

Chris Cooper-Peers

50

Dillie Keane

68

George Lewis

71

Andy Gilbert

134

Chris Kehoe

90

Donna Bond

132

Georgia Thorps

136

Andy Lehrman

113

Chris Leworthy

114

Donna Scott

64

Georgie Morrell

71

Angela Barnes

48

Chris Lumb

131,132

Doug Carter

41

Gerard Harris

72

Ania Magliano

48,68

Glenn Moore

72

Chris McCausland

57

E

Anjali Singh

135

Chris Norton Walker

40,57

Ed Gamble

Anna Clover

113

Chris O'Neill

40,57

Eddie Mullarkey

52,78

48

Anoushka Rava

65

Glenn Wool Good Kids

72 68,70

Chris Phillips

57

Eddie Summers

122,135

Gordon Rideout

132

Ant McGinley

142

Chris Read

74

Eddy Brimson

121,131

Graeme Rayner

124

Apollo Theatre Compaany

118

Chris Slowe

62

Edi Johnston

130

Guy Black

124

Arielle Souma

136

Chris Washington

20

58,70,121

Edy Hurst

61,65

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 H Hannah Fairweather Hannah Platts Hannah Weetman Harriet Dyer Harry Baker

73 78,130,134 129 52,74 74

Jason Simmons

83

Kathryn Mather

Jason Stampe

95

Katie Mitchell

Jeanette Bird-Bradley

89,136

M

89

Mad Ron

98

Maddie Campion

98

102,113

Katie Mulgrew

89

Jed Salisbury

83

Katie Pritchard

61,89,133

Jen Brister

83

Kayleigh Cassidy

Jen Ives

83

Keith Farnan

90,91

Jen Kenny

78

Kelly Edgar

136

Mark Nichlas

78,90

Mark Quinn

61

138

Mark Simmons

99

57,90

Mark Watson

100

Harry Sanders

141

Harry Stachini

74

Jenan Younis

84

Kevin Daniel

Harry Turnbull

48

Jenny Collier

84

Kevin Dewsbury

Hatty Ashdown

75

Jenny Hart

93

Kevin Hudson

Heather Johnson

113

Jerry Bakewell

98

Kevin Precious

Helen Bauer

75

Jes Moon

46

Ki Shah

Helen Duff

75

Jessica Fostekew

Henning Wehn

75

Jim Daly

84

Kip Winter

Henry Churney

93

Jimmy Frinton

46

Kiran Marwaha

Hitz Unadkat

62

Jo Coffey

84

Kirsty Munro

84,133

91,102

99,133

Marilyn Ann Bird

102,113 50

Marouen Mraihii

48

Martin Dewey Findell

102

73

Martin England

87

105

Martin Wallace

54

124

Martin Willis

100

Marty Gleeson

136

52,60,61,91,103,138

Jo Ettrick-Hogg

Holly Mallett

48

Jo Romero

136

Koolgigs 92

Mary Flanigan

100,110

Holly Meechan

113

Jodie Gillies

135

Kuan-Wen Huang

92

Masai Graham

41,52,60,103

Hugh Clark

100

Joe Bates

Kwame Asante

92

Matt Cross

105

Hussein Ali

50

Joe Kent-Walters

Kyle Evans

92

Matthew Highton

101

Matty Hutson

101

Maureen Younger

136

Ian Hall

Joe Rowntree 77,91,139

Joe Thomas

84 119,133 70,85,121 85

Kitty Cassis

91

99

Marcel Lucont

Hobbit 133

I

65,124

Kieran Ahern

61

Maisie Adam

98

L Laura Lexx

Ian Lane

77

Joe Zalias

49,70

Laura Monmoth

Ian Smith

77

John Bond

50

Ian Stone

77

John Morris

85,102

Lauren Pattison

Imran Yusuf

78

John Robertson

85,131

Lee Apsey

Laura Smyth

95

Marvin McCarthy

130

Maya Torralba

95

Michael Akadiri

61,73,95

Michael Brunström

76,130 102

79,134

Johnny T.grrr

93

Lee Lard

95

Mickey Sharma

79,136,138

Jon Matthews

58

Leila Al-Jeboury

91

Micky P Kerr

52,73,86,95

Leila Navabi

75

Mike Cox

Ishi Khan

79

Jon Pearson

Ivo Graham

80

Jonathan Elston

67,94

Lesley Stone

135

Jonathan Hipkiss

86

Liam Webber

61,102,113

Jonny Awsum

86

Lindsey Santoro

59,80

Lindsey Warnes Carroll

102

Michael J Ward

Isabelle Farah

Jack Gleadow

105 101,103

61,103,142

Isa Bonachera

J

78

52,96

Jack Topher

80

Jonny Brook

124

91,122,125

Jacob Hawley

80

Jonny Pelham

86

Linus Karp

76

Jacob Nussey

70 70,121

Mike Simpson

102

Mikey Bligh-Smith

133

Milo McCabe

138

Mo Omar

103

Mungo Tatton-Brown

132

78,125

Josh Jones

86

Lisa Lynn

103

Jake Baker

81

Josh Pugh

86,121,133

Liz Cotton

96

N

Jake Lambert

81

Josh Weller

87

Liza Pulman

68

Nabil Abdulrashid

James Cann

61

Joz Norris

87

Lloydie James Lloyd

113

Nabz Pat

142

James Cook

53,81

Jules Burton

136

Lou Conran

Nadine Bailey

105

James Hawley

39

Jules O'Brian

129

Louise Leigh

97

Narisha Lawson

99

James Shakeshaft

96

Julian Deane

55

Louise Young

97

Natalie Smeaton

131

Jamie D'Souza

81

Julie Flower

48

Lovdev Barpaga

97

Natasha Davison

136

Jamie Macdonald

81

Juliet Meyers

87

Lovell Smith

41

Nate Kitch

104

Jamie Oliphant

81

Juliette Burton

87

Lubna Kerr

136

Nathan Cassidy

Jane Hill

82

K

69

Nathan Caton

Janet Barnes

108

Jarlath Regan

82

Jarred Christmas

70,82,131,133

Lucy Frederick

Kate Lovelock

50

Lucy Ward

Kate Lucas

88

Lukas Kirkby

Kate McCabe

97,125

105 93,94,111

Myra Dubois

Nathan Willcock Neil Shawcross

103,133 65,104,139

104 68,70,105 61 93

93,94

Luke Kempner

97

Niamh Hall

139

Jason Byrne

135

Kate Stokes

127

Luke McQueen

98

Nick Elleray

105

Jason Guest

132

Katherine Ryan

88

Lulu Popplewell

98

Nick Helm

106

Jason Neale

59,73,83,111

Kathryn Bond

66

Lydia Towsey

141

Nick Tyler

102

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A–Z OF ACTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 101

Rachel Fairburn

112

Sam Nicoresti

126

T

68

Rachel Jackson

49,59,70

Sam Rhodes

108

Tal Davies

129

Nicola Lucey

61

Rachel Parris

112

Sam Serrano

73

Tamar Broadbent

126

Nicole Harris

106

Rachel Thorn

100,122,124

Sam Walls

50

Tatton Spiller

Nigel Lovell

132

Rahul Somia

76,112

Sam Williams

119

Tej Dhutia

Nik Coppin

106

Raj Poojara

119

Tez Ilyas

Nina Gilligan

106

Raul Kohli

Nicki French Nicola Dempsey

O Octavia Gilmore Ola Labib

103 62

112 112,113

Samantha Baines Samantha Day

129,133 135

113

Samantha Pressdee

119

Tharun Chelley

136

Sara Barron

119

The Has Bin Theatre

Rebecca Wheatley

101

Sarah Callaghan

119

The Same Faces

134

48

Thomas Green

135

Thomas Hancock

124

107,139

Reg Meuross

105

Sarah Davies

107,130

Reginald D Hunter

113

Sarah Iles

Ollie Horn

54,106,107,110

P

Thanyia Moore

Rebecca Fury

Olga Koch

107

Ria Lina

129

65,114,139

Sarah Johnson

90,91,120

Tiernan Doueib

108

114

Sarah Kempton

61

Tiernan Douieb

76,136

Rich Wilson

114

Sarah Keyworth

120

Tim Key

49

Richard Atkinson

114

Sarah Southern

120

Tom Binns

Pam Ayres

47

Richard Dadd

129

Sasha Ellen

120

Tom Campbell

Pam Ford

136

Richard Herring

114

Scott Bennett

49,70,121

Patrick Clopon

142

Richard Jay

115

Scott Capurro

71

Patrick Spicer Paul F Taylor Paul Flannery Paul Foot

46,108

92

Rich Hardisty

Paddy Young

Patrick Monahan

65,139

108,136

Ray Badran

Olaf Falafel

Omar Ibrahim

76 124

Richard Pulsford

79,114,115

136 79 142

Tom Dowling

73

Tom Lawrinson

111

Scottish Falsetto Sock On The Left

121

Tom Little

137

109

Richard Stott

115

Sean McLoughin

121

Tom Lucy

137

109,139

Richard Todd

115

Seann Walsh

Tom Mayhew

137

92

Richard Wright

115

Sharlin Jahan

43

Tom Stade

137

109

Ricky Balshaw

116

Sheila North

108

Tom Wrigglesworth

116

Si Deaves

122

Tom Young

96,122

Paul Kerensa

49

Riordan Dj

Paul Little

48

Rob Auton

116

Sian Davies

Paul McCaffrey

59

Rob Carolina

103

Sid Singh

123

Tony Carpenter

Paul Merryck

109

Paul Richards

74,109

Rob Gee Rob Halden

47,68,97,141

123,133

Tommy Cummings

70 134 105 74,133

Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes

123

Tony Law

137

100

Simon Brodkin

124

Tony Slattery

137

Paul Rose

109

Rob Kemp

108,116

Sooz Kempner

125

V

Paul Savage

110

Rob Rouse

93,117

Sophie Duker

125

Vic Melody

Pete Phillipson

70

Rob Sedgebeer

141

Stags Woodward

Peter Brush

110

Rob Stamper

117

Stella Graham

126

Vix Leyton

42

Robb Johnson

105

Stephanie Laing

126

W

102,113

Robin Morgan

75,117

Stephen Bailey

126

Wayne Beese

140

Weirdos Comedy

140

Peter Rethinasamy Phil Carruthers Phil Green

39

Roel Fox

Phil Jarvis

61

Roger Swift

Phil Smith

131,132

Philip Hutchinson

74,133

Rosie Dempsey Rosie Jones

48

65,124

Vicky Hawley

61

Steve Bugeja

127

Wendy Wason

140

68

Steve Hall

127

Wesley Mallin

108,140

47,117

Steve Lee

98

Wil Hodgson

98,117

121

Ross Noble

118

Steve McNeil

Philippa Peacock

113

Ross Smith

112

Steve Royle

Piotr Mirowski

48

Russell Hicks

118

Steve Vertigo

127

William Seaward

Pope Lonergan

110

S

Stew Walker

131

Y

127

Priya Hall Professor John Qin Wang

141 49,129

Will Preston

Sabrina Luisi

103

Stewart Lee

127

Yuriko Kotani

Sachin Kumarendran

118

Stuart Goldsmith

128

Z

141

Sally-Anne Hayward

125

Stuart Laws

128

Zayne Fulat

Sam Cochrane

130

Suchandrika Chakrabarti

128

Zoe Bury

105

136

R

Sam Dutton

61

Summer Rae Morgan

Sam Lake

118

Summer Wesley

105

Rach Sambrooks

111

Sam Marshall

102,113

Suzi Ruffell

128

Rachel Creeper

136

Sam Michael

58

Suzy Frost

124

22

Will Mars

75,111,133

Q

103 59,139

Steve Bond

Philip Simon

President Obonjo

136

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141 141 100,141 132 136,142 50 142

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2ND 2022 10:00 10:00 11:00 12:15 18:00 19:00 18:30 19:30 18:30 21:15 19:00 19:50 19:00 19:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 22:00 20:00 22:00 20:00 21:00 20:30 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Business Elevenses - Launch of Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 First Night Funnies Hannah Fairweather: Just A Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge Alternative Business Awards 2022 The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Aaaaaaargh its 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes A PUNchline Hour Midlands Improv SupHERgroup Ian Stone: Expectations Ali Woods: Work in Progress Next Level Sketch Tickled Pink Comedy Night Online Proper Funny Comedy's Festival Launch Party Aaaaaaaaargh It's the One Liner Show FoxyComedy Club Night Lovdev Barpaga: No Joke Ania Magliano: Absolutely no worries if not (WIP) Ki Shah's One Offs Monster Stand Up Show Chelsea Birkby: Sexistentialism NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

LCF Online Events The Big Difference PETER Pizzeria The Globe The Big Difference LCF Online Events Bradders The Exchange Bar Upstairs At The Western PETER Pizzeria Manhattan 34 The Globe LCF Online Events Firebug Bradders Wygston's House The Exchange Bar PETER Pizzeria Upstairs At The Western Bradders Manhattan 34 LCF Online Events

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3RD 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:15 10:45 18:00 19:00 18:30 19:30 18:30 19:30 19:00 19:50 19:00 20:00 19:30 21:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 21:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:30 20:00 22:45 20:30 22:30 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

Coalville Comedy Trail Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition Giggly Wriggly Reader Aurie Styla: Green (WIP) Hannah Fairweather: Just A Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge Ria Lina with Daman Bamrah (WIP) The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Luke Kempner: Macho Macho Man Ed Gamble Auntie's Birth: 100 Years of British Broadcasting - by Paul Kerensa Stokes & Summers: Careering Carl Donnelly and Julian Deane Barbara Nice's Comedy Playground Wayne Beese: Record of Under Achievement Kevin Hudson: Loyalty Card Next Level Sketch Angela Barnes: Work in Progress Roger Swift's Machine Pun Reloaded Danny Posthill: Stand up for the People (Work in Progress) Funhouse Comedy Club The Same Faces: Improvised Comedy Ahir Shah: Dress Will Mars: My Life's A Joke! Josh Weller: Popped Punk (A Work in Progress) Stacey Solo: Strong Female Lead Monster Stand Up Show Jamie MacDonald: Reasonably Adjusted Jason Neale: Sh*t's about to get Neale! NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Escape Coalville LCF Online Events Ashby Town Centre Coalville Library PETER Pizzeria The Globe The Big Difference LCF Online Events The Y Theatre De Montfort Hall St Nicholas Church Upstairs At The Western Black Horse PETER Pizzeria The Exchange Bar Manhattan 34 The Globe The Big Difference Bradders Pied Bull The Lyric Rooms Wygston's House The Y Theatre The Exchange Bar PETER Pizzeria Upstairs At The Western Bradders The Big Difference Manhattan 34 LCF Online Events

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Coalville Comedy Trail Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition Giggly Wriggly Reader A Political Breakfast Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Priya Hall and Eleri Morgan: Power Struggle Ireland's Full of Mullarkey A Comedy Tapas Daphna Baram: Unmuted Zoe Bury : Oversharing Mo Omar: Work in Progress Tiernan Douieb: Work In Progress The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! Alfie Moore - Fair Cop Work In Progress Boorish Trumpson Cheekykita: It Is What It Isn't Knightmare Live The Poetry Teacher MissImp: IT'S A TRAP! The Improvised Star Wars Show Rhinoceros Improvoseros Good Kids: Work in Progress Fiona Ridgewell: WIP Jarlath Regan: In Bits The Only Fools & Horses Comedy Dinner Show (with 3 course Meal) Sketch Up - Live! Riordan DJ: Work in Progress Ahir Shah: Dress 7 Acts for £7 Tickled Pink Comedy Night Anoushka Rava: Melting pot Sachin Kumarendran: Acid Reflux Danny Ward: Good As Gold Friday Night Comedy @ The 1912 Best of Irish Alex Leam: The Joy of Decks Improvoke Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Jarlath Regan: In Bits Patrick Monahan: Leicester Lifetime Lover 2022 Mark Simmons: Setup, Punchline, Laughter, Repeat (Work In Progress) Harry Stachini: Work in Progress Helen Bauer: Good Tit (Work in Progress) Monster Stand Up Show Leicester Fridge: NAKED COMEDY NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5TH 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 11:30 12:30 12:00 13:00 13:00 14:00 13:00 13:30

Coalville Comedy Trail Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Paul Rose caricature artist Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition A Political Breakfast Comedy Club 4 Kids John Robertson: Children's Reading Glenn Moore: Work in Progress Aaaaaaaaargh its 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes

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14:00 14:30 14:40 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:00 16:00 15:30 15:30 15:45 16:00 16:30 16:30 16:30 17:00 17:00 17:00 17:00 17:15 17:30 17:30 18:00 18:00 18:00 22:00 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:30 18:45 18:45 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:30 19:50 19:55 20:00 20:00 20:30 20:00 20:15 20:15 20:15 20:30 20:30 20:30 22:00 21:25 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00

Below The Belt with Benny Shakes Afternoon Jokes On Us Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life National Forest's Funniest Kids Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! An interview with Ahir Shah Jonny Awsum: The Gag Slinging Guitar Hero Benji Waterstones: You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (Work in Progress) Bruce Edhouse: Self Care Fun Fair Sam Lake: Cake A Silly Hour Of Fun Parky Players: Shake It Up Kathryn Mather: Scream Inside Your Heart (WIP) What's in the Box? Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Jokes & Stories with Danny Clives (WIP) Colin Hoult: The Death of Anna Mann Partly Political Broadcast - LIVE Silly Stories and Funny Fables for children Juliet Meyers: This Flipping Rescue dog Has Ruined My Life Hatty Ashdown: The Worry Drawer Georgie Morrell & Benny Shakes: Work in Progress Mad Ron's Character Comedy Showcase Rich and Alf: One Liners Alexander Bennett: Lithe in Leicester (WIP) The Secret Tour Paul F Taylor: The writing is on the Paul (Work In Progress) Maddie Campion of the World (a wip show) Yazzy Yaz & Nabz Pat: Brown and (un)Married Wifi Wars The Hoovering Podcast LIVE with host Jessica Fostekew and super special guests Adele Cliff: In the Dark A Comedy Tapas Daphna Baram: Unmuted Emmanuel Sonubi: You Aren't What You Eat (work in progress) Funny Folk Tales for Grown-ups Mad Ron: Crime School Nathan Cassidy: Observational Chris Norton Walker's : Inside Jokes Tom Stade The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical An A to Z of Fish & Chips Mary Flanigan STANDS Celya AB UP Thanyia Moore: Bully Comedy on the Wolds Joe Thomas: Trying Not to Panic Will Preston Can't Face Reality Isabel Maria: the emotional universe of a melodramatic woman Dr Electric Frog's Improv Experience Rhinoceros Improvoseros Stolen by President Obonjo Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience (Work In Progress) An Evening with Rob Gee The Dark Room: Boss Level ALL DLC 10th Anniversary Arena Spectacular Ross Noble Nathan Cassidy: Bumblebee Tickled Pink Comedy Night Online What the if...? Laughter Loft

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Best of Irish Funhouse Comedy Club Lee Lard - Peter Kay Tribute & Support Comedians Jason Stampe & Jon Pearson 90s Boy: Blair, the Lovegun and Me Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Just The Tonic's Saturday Night Special Richard Stott: Done (WIP) Saturday Night Specials @ The Pied Bull Tim Key: Work in Progress Jen Brister: The Optimist Andrew White: Hard Men Make Good Times Alex Leam: Improv Provocateur Rhymes Against Humanity - The Improvised Musical Eleanor Conway Monster Stand Up Show Helen Bauer: Good Tit (Work in Progress) Let's Get Friz Frizzle, Friz Frizzle, I Wanna Get Friz Frizzle, Let's Get Into Friz Frizzle, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk The Late Night Comedy Club Laugh Till It Hurts: A BDSM Comedy Show Late Night Jokes On Us NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Bradders Century Theatre Conkers Discovery Centre The Globe Manhattan 34 Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall Kayal Pied Bull Firebug PETER Pizzeria Grays@LCB Depot Knight & Garter Upstairs At The Western Just the Tonic at BrewDog Bradders The Big Difference Manhattan 34

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 13:45 14:40 14:00 16:00 14:00 15:00 14:00 15:00 14:00 15:00 14:30 15:30 14:30 15:30 15:00 16:00 15:00 16:00 15:20 16:20 15:30 16:30 15:30 16:30 15:30 16:30 16:00 17:00 16:00 17:00 16:00 17:00 16:30 17:30 16:30 17:30 17:00 18:00 17:00 18:00 17:00 18:00 17:30 18:30 17:30 18:30 17:30 18:30 17:30 18:30 18:00 19:00 18:00 19:00 18:00 19:00 18:30 19:30 18:30 19:30

Coalville Comedy Trail Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition A Political Breakfast Eleanor Tiernan: This Show Is Beneath Us All (WIP) Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Marvel Versus Marvel: The Live Podcast Cards of Misery How Does This Politics Thing Work Then? Kidocracy Colin Hoult: Here I Am (WIP) Liz Cotton: 100% Cotton "Laugh For Life" A Comedy/Charity Event Katie Mitchell: She Festers A Comedy Tapas Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! Rob Auton: 'The Crowd Show' Work in Progress Who Let the Dons Out? Board Game Smackdown Loremen: LIVE Tim Key: Work in Progress Spit or Swallow Podcast: LIVE! Richard Jay. Sex. God (and other things we don't talk about) Yazzy Yaz & Nabz Pat: Brown and (un)Married Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Stella Graham: Porcupine It Just So Happened - an alternative history show Jacob Hawley (WIP) Pick Your Own Escapade with Mary Flanigan Multiverse Musical James Cook: Sarky Bleeder Ricky Balshaw: Work in Progress Keith Farnan: Your words, not mine. Mad Ron's Character Comedy Showcase Hatty Ashdown: The Worry Drawer

Escape Coalville LCF Online Events Ashby Town Centre Knight & Garter Firebug The Globe Attenborough Arts Centre Kayal The Big Difference Black Horse Firebug PETER Pizzeria The Globe Just the Tonic at BrewDog Knight & Garter Bradders The Big Difference Kayal Grays@LCB Depot PETER Pizzeria Firebug Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Exchange Bar Kayal Bradders The Big Difference Wygston's House Firebug Grays@LCB Depot PETER Pizzeria The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at BrewDog Black Horse Bradders Kayal

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Jessica Fostekew: work in progress The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Steve Hall: Tea, Toast and Turmoil (WIP) Matty Hutson: Big Brave Boy Larknado! Live Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is (Work In Progress) MissImp: Larklord Juliet Meyers: (Pro)found Yuriko Kotani: Work in Progress Paul Foot: Swan Power "Laugh For Life" A Comedy/Charity Event Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore (Work in Progress) Best of Irish Mark Watson: This Can't Be It Just The Tonic's Working From Home: Leicester Comedy Festival Special Rob Kemp: Agenda Josh Jones: Waste of Space (Work in Progress) FoxyComedy Club Night Wil Hodgson's Waffle House Monster Stand Up Show Jarred Christmas: Comedy To Make Love To NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

The Big Difference LCF Online Events Firebug Wygston's House Grays@LCB Depot PETER Pizzeria Knight & Garter The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at BrewDog Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall Kayal The Big Difference Bradders The Y Theatre LCF Online Events Firebug PETER Pizzeria Wygston's House Just the Tonic at BrewDog Bradders The Big Difference LCF Online Events

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 7TH 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 18:30 19:30 18:45 19:45 19:00 19:50 19:30 22:10 19:30 20:30 20:00 22:00 20:00 21:00 24:00 01:10

Coalville Comedy Trail Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition Chloe Petts: WIP Geoff Alderman: I work the line The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical The UK Pun Championships Happy Monday Comedy Club Laughter Loft Glenn Wool: The Tiny Kings of Winter NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Escape Coalville LCF Online Events Ashby Town Centre The Big Difference The Globe LCF Online Events De Montfort Hall The Basement (Loughborough Students Union) Black Horse The Big Difference LCF Online Events

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 2022 10:00 10:00 18:30 19:30 18:45 19:45 19:00 19:50 19:00 20:00 19:30 21:15 19:30 21:30 19:30 20:30 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:30 21:30 20:30 21:30 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Jake Lambert: Work in Progress Geoff Alderman: I work the line The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Maisie Adam: Buzzed (Work in Progress) Round the Horne Blackadder 2 Jokes on Us: New Act Showcase Richard Pulsford: A Bit Rich Comedy Karaoke Thomas Green: Cultivated Martin Willis: Jazz (Work in Progress) Only Sams Ay Up It's Stand Up: Paddy Young & Adam Flood Donna Scott: Weird Sense of Tumour Andrew Ryan: Jungle Box (Work in Progress) NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

LCF Online Events The Big Difference The Globe LCF Online Events Firebug The Little Theatre Loughborough Town Hall The Exchange Bar Manhattan 34 Bradders The Big Difference Firebug The Globe The Exchange Bar Manhattan 34 The Big Difference LCF Online Events

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9TH 2022 10:00 10:00 12:00 13:30 18:00 19:00

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Loving Laughing FINAL Louise Young: Work in Progress

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Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You Geoff Alderman: I work the line The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Sara Barron: Work-In-Progress Aaaaaaargh its 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit A PUNchline Hour Bella Hull: The Unrequited Boner (WIP) Ian Smith: Some Talking, Some Shouting and Some Bits In Between Simon Brodkin: Work in Progress Aaaaaaaaargh It's the One Liner Show Stephen Bailey & Brennan Reece: WIP Ray Badran: WIP FoxyComedy Club Night Only Sams Ay Up It's Stand Up: Paddy Young & Adam Flood The Square Scott Bennett: Live Monster Stand Up Show Charlie Baker: 24 Hour Pasty People (Work in Progress) Katie Pritchard is The Estate Agent (WIP) NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

The Big Difference The Globe LCF Online Events Firebug Bradders Upstairs At The Western The Exchange Bar PETER Pizzeria The Big Difference The Grosvenor Snooker Club Bradders Black Horse Firebug Wygston's House The Globe The Exchange Bar Upstairs At The Western PETER Pizzeria Bradders The Big Difference Manhattan 34 LCF Online Events

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Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Blaby District Fosse Fox trail Harvey Greenfield is Running Late Alex Bertulis-Fernandes & Sharlin Jahan: White Chicks 2 (WIP) A Bellyful of Laughs in Aid of Charity Link Kate Lucas: Work in Progress Geoff Alderman: I work the line Suchandrika Chakrabarti: I Miss Amy Winehouse The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Alistair Barrie: Alistaircratic Kirsty Munro: A Naughty Show Paul Richards: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Drummer Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer's Whodunnit Charlie George & Andrew White: Double Work In Progress Stephen Bailey: Sophisticated Alfie Moore: Fair Cop WIP (Feature Length) George Lewis: Work in Progress Brian Bilston Author Event - Alexa, what is there to know about love? Major Labia Stewart Lee Sasha Ellen: Work in Progress Aaaaa well, it's Doug and Lovell Jen Ives: Peak Trans Tickled Pink Comedy Night Stuart Laws: Putting Zoo Sarah Callaghan: Revolting Adam Beardsmore - You'd All Be Dead If It Wasn't For Me Isabelle Farah: Revolting WIP Myra DuBois: Work In Progress Monster Stand Up Show Tom Mayhew: Ambitious Trash Elliot Steel: Work in Progress NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

LCF Online Events Various locations around Blaby District Wygston's House PETER Pizzeria St Martin's Coffee Shop The Big Difference The Globe Duffys Bar LCF Online Events Black Horse Bradders Wygston's House Upstairs At The Western The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at BrewDog Lutterworth Town Hall PETER Pizzeria Kibworth Community Library Curve De Montfort Hall Manhattan 34 Bradders The Big Difference Wygston's House Duffys Bar Black Horse The Exchange Bar Upstairs At The Western PETER Pizzeria Bradders Manhattan 34 The Big Difference LCF Online Events

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 17:30 18:30 18:00 19:00 18:30 23:00 18:30 19:15 18:45 19:45 19:00 20:00 19:00 19:50 19:00 20:00 19:00 19:30 19:00 20:00 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 20:30 19:30 21:00 19:30 20:30 19:30 21:00 19:45 20:45 20:00 22:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:30 21:30 20:30 21:30 20:30 21:30 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

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Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Blaby District Fosse Fox trail A Political Breakfast Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Eva Bindeman: It's Going Whaley Well Ashley Haden: On the outside pissing in. WIP Ireland's Full of Mullarkey A Comedy Tapas Cultural Comedy Tours The Comedian - A play by Eddy Brimson Bilal Zafar: CARE Comedy Film Night: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert Paul Savage: Well Groomed Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation Geoff Alderman: I work the line The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Alfie Moore - Fair Cop Work In Progress Jamie Oliphant: The Oliphant In The Room Best of Irish Joe Thomas: Trying Not to Panic Rob Stamper: Chips, The Universe and Everything! Amazing Family Prize Bingo Fascinating Aida Implausible Ben Macpherson: Bonfire Man Sikisa: Twerk In Progress Gay Comedy Night Jarlath Regan live at the Hub Union Jack Radio's Circuit Breakers Rachel Parris - I Say, the annual comedy conversation The Lovely Boys Jonathan Hipkiss: High Times from The Wasteland Instant laughs showcase Asfordby Stand Up Comedy Gala Nathan Caton: Let's Talk About Vex Laughter Loft Mountsorrel Comedy Night Foxton Comedy Night Hats Off To Laurel and Hardy Chris Phillips and Kevin Hudson: Half and Half Comedy Film Night: In Bruges Nicole Harris: No Brainer 7 Acts for £7 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: The New Show Sean McLoughlin: So Be It (Work in Progress) Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not (Work in Progress) Amazing Family Prize Bingo Palimpsest Jon Pearson: What You Been Up To Robin Morgan: An Hour Of New Alfie Brown: Sensitive Man Give Me Some Credit Raul Kohli: The Kohli Bible Monster Stand Up Show Let's Get Friz Frizzle, Friz Frizzle, I Wanna Get Friz Frizzle, Let's Get Into Friz Frizzle, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

LCF Online Events Various locations around Blaby District Knight & Garter The Globe The Globe The Globe Bradders Knight & Garter Attenborough Arts Centre Just the Tonic at BrewDog PETER Pizzeria Octagon Films at Harborough Theatre Grays@LCB Depot The Big Difference Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall The Globe LCF Online Events Kayal Grays@LCB Depot Bradders Firebug Knight & Garter Co De Montfort Hall Manhattan 34 Upstairs At The Western Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Y Theatre Menphys PETER Pizzeria Curve Grays@LCB Depot Grays@LCB Depot Lutterworth Town Hall Asfordby Parish Hall The Big Difference Black Horse Mountsorrel Memorial Centre Foxton Village Hall The Guildhall The Globe Octagon Films at Harborough Theatre Bradders Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall Kayal Firebug Knight & Garter Co Upstairs At The Western Manhattan 34 Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Big Difference The Globe Grays@LCB Depot Bradders Manhattan 34

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Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley How comic can you look? Blaby District Fosse Fox trail KoolGigs and The Has Bin Theatre A Political Breakfast Cultural Quarter Earlies: Comedy Festival Special Steve Bugeja: Tried To Start His Own Nickname (WIP) Marcel Lucont: Les Enfants Terribles - A Gameshow For Awful Children Aaaaaaaaargh its 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes It's A Punny Old World...... Afternoon Jokes On Us Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Sarah Johnson: Crafternoon With Carol Kyle D Evans: Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind! An interview with Rosie Jones Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Benji Waterstones: You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (Work in Progress) Flo & Joan: Sweet Release Making a Living in Comedy: Perspectives from the East Midlands A Silly Hour Of Fun Richard Wright: Why am I hitting myself? School's Out Comedy Club The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret Chris Phillips : I Fought the law Single, Married, Divorced Jason Neale: Sh*t's about to get Neale! Best of Irish Alex Kealy: Monopoly (WIP) British Comedy Archive Rosie Jones: Children's Reading Eva Bindeman: It's Going Whaley Well Pigoted Podcast Live Show Daniel Nicholas: Trying and Failing to remember what I did in 2019. Mad Ron's Character Comedy Showcase Sarah Keyworth: Work In Progress Jonny Pelham: Off Limits The Secret Tour Ashley Haden: On the outside pissing in. WIP Josh Pugh: Danger Danger High Loltage (WIP) Tarot, Nice to Meet You Adele Cliff: In the Dark A Comedy Tapas Freddy Quinne: Dance For The Depraved The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret Mad Ron: Crime School Rob Kemp: Armature The Big Comedy Mess Around Dan Nightingale's Working It Out Geoff Alderman: I work the line The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Jack Topher: Obvious Pyramid Scheme The Game For A Laugh Quiz Evening with Supper at All Saints Church Hall, Blaby Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: The New Show Kevin Hudson: Loyalty Card Rahul Somia: Asian Showcase Bad Clowns: Invasion The David Bolton Hypnosis Show Isabelle Farah: Revolting WIP

LCF Online Events Kirby Muxloe Library and Community Hub Various locations around Blaby District Market Harborough Methodist Church Knight & Garter LCB Depot Firebug The Big Difference Bradders PETER Pizzeria Manhattan 34 The Globe Firebug The Big Difference The Y Theatre Bradders Just the Tonic at BrewDog Curve PETER Pizzeria Manhattan 34 The Globe Pied Bull The Guildhall The Big Difference Grays@LCB Depot Firebug Bradders Manhattan 34 PETER Pizzeria Fox Books The Globe Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Big Difference Bradders Grays@LCB Depot Firebug Ssshhhh it's a secret!! The Globe Manhattan 34 PETER Pizzeria Grays@LCB Depot Knight & Garter Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Guildhall Bradders Grays@LCB Depot Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall The Big Difference The Globe LCF Online Events Manhattan 34 All Saints Parish Centre, Blaby Kayal Grays@LCB Depot Knight & Garter Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Little Theatre Upstairs At The Western

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Some-Antics Comedy Night Union Jack Radio's Circuit Breakers Flo & Joan: Sweet Release Katherine Ryan Wrestling with The Champ - LIVE Nicole Harris: No Brainer Tickled Pink Comedy Night Online Let's Get Friz Frizzle, Friz Frizzle, I Wanna Get Friz Frizzle, Let's Get Into Friz Frizzle, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk Instant laughs showcase Laughter Loft HAHA HARBOROUGH Tony Law: A Now Begin In Again Funhouse - Live at the lodge Just The Tonic's Saturday Night Special with Marcus Brigstocke Tal, Jules and Hannah: When Does It Get Good? BAME Of My Existence Co-op Sports and Social Comedy Gala (The Audacity to Call your show) THE BEST OF (When your name is) LAURA MONMOTH Wesley Mallin: Have You Tried Cheering Up? Chris Phillips : I Fought the law Give Me Some Credit Diane Spencer: Slid off the turkey Monster Stand Up Show Rosie Jones: Work in Progress Raul Kohli: Makes It Up As He Goes Along Let's Get Friz Frizzle, Friz Frizzle, I Wanna Get Friz Frizzle, Let's Get Into Friz Frizzle, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk Jason Simmons: Socially Dis-tranced Comedy Hypnosis Show The Late Night Comedy Club Late Night 'Dirty Scrabble' Late Night Jokes On Us NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Cotesbach Educational Trust PETER Pizzeria Curve De Montfort Hall The Globe Bradders LCF Online Events Grays@LCB Depot

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Lutterworth Town Hall Black Horse Harborough Theatre The Big Difference Wycliffe Rooms Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall Manhattan 34 Kayal Co Grays@LCB Depot Knight & Garter Upstairs At The Western The Globe Just the Tonic at BrewDog Bradders The Big Difference Grays@LCB Depot Manhattan 34

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13TH 2022 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 13:00 14:00 13:00 14:00 13:45 14:40 14:00 15:00 14:00 15:00 14:30 15:30 14:30 15:30 15:00 16:00 15:00 15:45 15:00 16:00 15:00 16:00 15:00 16:30 15:20 16:20 15:30 16:30 15:30 16:20 16:00 17:00 16:00 17:00 16:15 17:05 16:30 17:30

Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Blaby District Fosse Fox trail A Political Breakfast Richard Atkinson: A Whole Lotta Roses Jane Hill Has Let Herself Go Older People & Comedy seminar Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: The New Show Kuan-Wen: Ilha Formosa (Work In Progress) Voyage Of The Barnacle - Finding Neenoo The Everyday Psychology of Humour Richard Wright: Why am I hitting myself? SESKA: Frootytooty Richard Atkinson: A Whole Lotta Roses The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show An interview with Pam Ayres in aid of Big Difference A Comedy Tapas Kevin Precious: Teachers and Schools (Work in Progress) Colin Chadwick: Funny T-Shirts Let's Get Friz Frizzle, Friz Frizzle, I Wanna Get Friz Frizzle, Let's Get Into Friz Frizzle, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk Ian Hall: An Hour of (ADHD) Ian Eva Bindeman: It's Going Whaley Well Nick Elleray: Passionate About Compromise (Work in Progress)

LCF Online Events Various locations around Blaby District Knight & Garter The Guildhall Firebug PETER Pizzeria The Globe Kayal The Big Difference Firebug PETER Pizzeria The Globe Just the Tonic at BrewDog The Guildhall The Y Theatre Curve Knight & Garter Kayal The Big Difference Grays@LCB Depot

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Lou Conran: A Show (WIP) Kwame Asante: Living in Sin Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Stella Graham: Porcupine Sian Davies: About Time The Album Launch : Living The Dream Your Flaws: The Musical Sarah Keyworth: Work In Progress Esyllt Sears: Absolutely Not (work in progress) Mad Ron's Character Comedy Showcase Carly Smallman: Noise Pig Jason Simmons: Socially Dis-tranced Comedy Hypnosis Show Wrestling with The Champ - LIVE The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Board Game Smackdown Laura Smyth: Work In Progress Jacob Hawley (WIP) Darren Walsh: Work in progress 2022 Ishi Khan: Love. Desires. Strawberries. The Underdogs: Friendzy Howerds End Stephanie Laing: Chicken Rich Wilson: A Work in Progress Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore (Work in Progress) Alex Farrow: Philosophy Pig Best of Irish Kevin Daniel & Sarah Johnson: Older And Wiser Jack Gleadow: Jack To Reality FoxyComedy Club Night Rich Hardisty: Silly Boy (WIP) Give Me Some Credit Rob Rouse: No Refunds Monster Stand Up Show NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Just the Tonic at BrewDog Kayal Bradders The Big Difference Firebug Grays@LCB Depot PETER Pizzeria The Exchange Bar Just the Tonic at BrewDog Bradders The Big Difference Kayal The Globe LCF Online Events Grays@LCB Depot Firebug Duffys Bar PETER Pizzeria Knight & Garter Just the Tonic at BrewDog Harborough Market Hall The Exchange Bar Black Horse The Big Difference Kayal Bradders Duffys Bar PETER Pizzeria Wygston's House Firebug The Globe Just the Tonic at BrewDog Bradders LCF Online Events

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 14TH 2022 9:30 12:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00 13:00 15:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:30 19:30 18:30 19:30 19:00 19:50 19:00 21:00 19:30 20:20 20:00 21:00 20:00 22:00 20:00 21:00 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 11-14) Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Blaby District Fosse Fox trail Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 15-18) Kids Comedy Cabaret Club School's Out Comedy Club Comedy Singles Party Aaron Simmonds: Hot Wheels The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Live at the Market Hall Eva Bindeman: It's Going Whaley Well Comedy Couples Party Laughter Loft Chris Washington: Proper (Work In Progress) Give Me Some Credit Russell Hicks: The Age of Hicks NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Curve LCF Online Events Various locations around Blaby District Curve Harborough Market Hall Bradders Bradders The Big Difference LCF Online Events Harborough Market Hall The Globe Bradders Black Horse The Big Difference The Globe The Big Difference LCF Online Events

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Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 11-14) Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 15-18)

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School's Out Comedy Club Wendy Wason: Self(ish) Portrait The Big Chilli 2022 - with Olga Koch & Mrs Barbara Nice! Olga Koch: Just Friends WIP The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Tues Night @ Social Club The Total Obvious Comedy Special Luke McQueen: Work in Progress Jokes on Us: New Act Showcase Comedy Karaoke Ivo Graham: Hyper Reality (Work in Progress) Celya AB: Swimming (WIP) WORD! Comedy Special - with Rob Gee and Lydia Towsey Rachel Fairburn: Work in Progress CISter Act Tea With The Devil Seann Walsh: Back from the Bed NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16TH 2022 9:30 12:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:00 13:00 13:00 15:30 13:30 14:30 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 18:30 19:30 19:00 19:50 19:00 20:00 19:00 19:30 19:00 20:00 19:00 20:00 19:30 21:30 19:30 22:00 19:30 20:30 19:30 22:45 19:30 21:30 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 21:00 20:00 22:00 20:30 21:30 20:30 22:00 21:00 22:00 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 21:30 22:30 24:00 01:10

Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 11-14) Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley WAW! We're All Winners (Kids Show) Samantha Baines: Children's Reading Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 15-18) Kids Court Bingo's Adventure Shirley's Pop-O-Rama-Nirvana School's Out Comedy Club Lulu Popplewell: Goblin (Work in Progress) Pottervision The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Harry Baker: Unashamed Aaaaaaargh its 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes How to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit movie musical 'cats' Christian Reilly: 10 Things They Don't Tell You About Economics (WIP) Tony Slattery is Unrehearsable Graduation Night (with Jason Neale) A PUNchline Hour The Great Big Comedy Show supporting Leicester Comedy Festival Michael Fabbri & Dan Evans Frank Foucault: Songs (WIP) Aaaaaaaaargh It's the One Liner Show Chris McCausland: Tour Preview Everards Tiger present Roar With Laughter @ The White Lion, Whissendine Harry and Chris: Absolute Faves FoxyComedy Club Night This.... Monster Stand Up Show CRONE The (Steve) Royle Variety Performance NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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Bingo's Adventure School's Out Comedy Club Silver Stand Up Final Hosted by Mrs Barbara Nice Omar Ibrahim: Decolonise This Mike Simpson: Once in a Generation The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Some-Antics Spoken Word and Comedy Pope Lonergan: Bangin' On (WIP) Gerard Harris: Wank In Progress Jake Baker: Unity (Work In Progress) A Glimpse of Gingham: A Tribute to John Denver Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy'd! Jarred Christmas live at the Hub Nick Helm: Masterwork In Progress 2022 Si Deaves: Si-Clops David Stanier: Just a Pinch! Comedy Singles Party Tom Lucy: Work in Progress Joe Rowntree: Needed a Pandemic The Same Faces: Improvised Comedy How to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit movie musical 'cats' Louise Leigh: Two Thirds Spaniel Ben Roberts: A Star Is Re-Born David Mills: Code Red (WIP) Monster Stand Up Show Alex Hylton: Love, Probably Best of Union Jack Radio Comedy Club NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 11-14) Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen A Political Breakfast Olaf Falafel: Children's Reading Laugh Term Comedy School (Age 15-18) Bingo's Adventure Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life School's Out Comedy Club Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! Laugh Term Comedy School Showcase A Comedy Tapas Nina Gilligan: Late Developer Daman Bamrah and Ola Labib: Wrap Game The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Helen Duff Is The Tits (Work in Progress) Samantha Pressdee: Clown Pray Love (Work in Progress) Alfie Moore - Fair Cop Work In Progress Pope Lonergan: Bangin' On (WIP) Elliot Wengler: Special Features Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Laura Lexx: Some New Some Old Some Really New Like Right Now New Sophie Duker: Work In Progress Laugh Term Comedy School Showcase Ishi Khan: Love. Desires. Strawberries. MATES: The Improvised '90s Sitcom Rahul and Friends Blood, Glorious Blood! a celebration of menstruation

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Triple Threat Comedy Night Henning Wehn Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur Smorgasbord Suzi Ruffell: Work in Progress Laughter Loft Michael Akadiri: Not Ready For This (Work In Progress) 7 Acts for £7 Nik Coppin: Shark Friday Night Comedy @ The 1912 Olaf Falafel: ST.O.A.T Sam Williams and Joe Kent-Walters (WIPS) Best of Irish Cutie & The Freak Alex Leam: The Joy of Decks Sex, Lies & Improvisation Lindsey Santoro looks like a boiled egg C*nt! Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help Si Deaves: Si-Clops Marcel Lucont: Le "Best Of" Monster Stand Up Show Consignia Present: Zen & M's Paul Merryck: Lies, Alibis & Filthy Stories NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

Just the Tonic at BrewDog De Montfort Hall The Y Theatre Grays@LCB Depot The Big Difference Black Horse Duffys Bar Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall Grays@LCB Depot Nineteen Twelve Firebug The Globe Bradders Kayal Knight & Garter PETER Pizzeria Manhattan 34 Upstairs At The Western Just the Tonic at BrewDog Grays@LCB Depot The Big Difference Bradders Duffys Bar Manhattan 34 LCF Online Events

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Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley House of Twaddle A Political Breakfast School's Out Comedy Club Andy Barr presents: Alastair Bridge The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen Fran Jenking: 'Ten Year Franniversary (a.k.a. Surviving The Frandemic)' The 70's Show (1770's!) Aaaaaaaaargh its 101 Clean Jokes in 30 minutes Here to Judge - Live Podcast Eleanor Morton + Kat Bond = 1 Hour of Comedy Afternoon Jokes On Us Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! Richard Herring: RHLSTP Eric Rushton: I Had A Dream And You Were All In It Benji Waterstones: You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (Work in Progress) The Discount Comedy Checkout - Improvised Family Show A Silly Hour Of Fun Ben Target: it is what it is Sarah Southern: Scandalous! The BIG Birthday Show with Magic Gareth (Kids Show) Chris Phillips : I Fought the law Ireland's Full of Mullarkey Artificial Intelligence Improvisation Comedy Arcade Live Stuart Goldsmith: 'A Shared Illusion' (Work In Progress) Raj Poojara and Ross Smith: Work in Progress Jim Daly: Football And Fatherhood (WIP) The Staccatos

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Ali Brice: I Tried To Be Funny, But You Weren't Looking Peter Brush: The Ant That Was Carrying a Pickled Onion The Halls Of Ridiculous - Improvised Sketch Show Steve Vertigo: Full Frontal Newsity Best of Irish The Secret Tour Richard Todd: Hot Bubbly Danger (work in progress) Frank Lavender: Work in Progress Cards of Misery Jason Neale: Sh*t's about to get Neale! Dave Bibby Remakes Jurassic Park While Trying To Bring Up a Baby (WIP) An Austrian and someone from Slough A Comedy Tapas Joz Norris: Blink Ollie Horn: Before/After Stuart Goldsmith: 'A Shared Illusion' (Work In Progress) Juliette Burton: Hopepunk (WIP) Dan Tiernan: A Big Gay Comedy Show MATES: The Improvised '90s Sitcom The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Edy Hurst's Comedy Version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of H.G. Well's Literary Version (Via Orson Welles' Radio Version) of 'The War of the Worlds' Hilly and Hulie An A to Z of Fish & Chips Sasha Ellen: Work in Progress Christian Brighty: Playboy Nabil Abdulrashid: Work In Progress Opportunity Knock Knocks Menopause the Musical 2 The Bean Spillers: The Improvised Musical Tickbox Adele Cliff: In The Dark (Work In Progress) Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Tickled Pink Comedy Night Online Proper Funny Comedy's Saturday Showcase Tragic Mike Laughter Loft Ivan Brackenbury supports Tom Binns: The 'Psychic' Comedium Sisters Karazmatik and Friends, Improv Show Eshaan Akbar: The Pretender Sex, Lies & Improvisation Rob Kemp: Armature Just The Tonic's Saturday Night Special with Johnny Vegas Single, Married, Divorced Saturday Night Specials @ The Pied Bull Jenanistan (Work in Progress) Kehoe's Surgery Weirdos Comedy Presents: The Envelopes Alex Leam: Improv Provocateur Kevin Hudson: Loyalty Card Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help Monster Stand Up Show Nabil Abdulrashid: N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I'd Last) Mickey Sharma: Food & Pussy!! The Late Night Comedy Club Bumble me Tinders! - dating horror stories Late Night Jokes On Us NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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Warhol: Bullet Karma by Garry Roost Directed by Kenneth Hadley A Political Breakfast School's Out Comedy Club Alwin Solanky: What you leave behind - WIP BEN BRIGGS - NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA Artificial Intelligence Improvisation Here to Judge - Live Podcast Missing: Michael Brunström Chris O'Neil: A Stage of My Life Nathan Cassidy: Hot Tub God Nate Kitch is Going in a Field to Lie Down Jeddy Bear & Gary's Picnic Sooz Kempner: PlayStation 2 Mouthed Men A Comedy Tapas Jo Coffey: Ungrateful Bitch (WIP) Dan Tiernan: A Big Gay Comedy Show Joe Bates Speaks Truth To Power Tools Biggest Idiot Podcast Live Matthew Highton: We Are What We Pretend To Be Dave Chawner: Underdog PG Hits! Stand-Up Showcase. Tom Little Makes a Triumphant Return To Stand-Up Ireland's Full of Mullarkey John Morris: The Millennial Bug Benjamin Alborough: Absolute Monopoly Abi Clarke & Peter Rethinasamy: Work in Progress Jamie D'Souza: Work in Progress Ian Lane: How To Get Up In The Morning Cutie & The Freak Double Shot Comedy: with Esquires Coffee Sid Singh: Illegally Funny Aideen McQueen: Slutfragette! Alex Farrow: Stoic Harriet Dyer: Trigger Warning (Work in Progress) The Book of Snorin' - Sleep Apnea the Musical Board Game Smackdown Imran Yusuf: Not Pulling Punches Charlie Vero-Martin: Flippiningo (Preview) Cerys Bradley: Sportsperson (WIP) The Same Faces: Improv Smackdown 2022 Rach Sambrooks: Bad Language Comedy Heaven Nelly - An Evening with Nell Gwynne, Graham Hopkins Katie Mulgrew: Scum In A Cardigan Laughter Loft Gong Show Not My Audience! Patrick Spicer: Who's This All of a Sudden (WIP) Best of Irish Jenny Collier: Work in Progress FoxyComedy Club Night Stan Nycorësti: Cancel Anti-Wokeflake Snow Culture Bilal Zafar: CARE I am not President Obonjo Monster Stand Up Show Up in Smoke: Comedy at Al Jumeirah Shisha Lounge Vix Leyton: Work in Progress NEECHIE-ITAS by Jo MacDonald (Anishinaabe)

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Welcome to the musical comedy REMIX! The critically acclaimed Musical Comedy Award Finalists 2021 bring their hilarious new show to Leicester. Expect beatboxing, rap, poetry, guitar, bass and looping, and of course plenty of opportunities to join in! ***** "Simply fantastic" - BingeFringe "A ***** box of comedy beats!" - The Review Chap "Will have your stomach aching with laughter" - London Theatre Reviews 2mouthedmen.com MUSICAL, SKETCH DATES:

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Just The Tonic present

7 ACTS FOR £7 Just the Tonic brings you 7 comedians each Friday night for only £7. A total bargain of a mixed bill show. "Just the Tonic consistently boast some of the most inserting lineups in the country" The Times. Each week will feature some of the best acts from the UK circuit. A two and a half hour show for £7. Bargain. These shows will sell out, so book early! For individual show listings check online at: www.justthetonic.com MIXED BILL, STORYTELLING DATES:

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90S BOY: BLAIR, THE LOVEGUN AND ME A work-in-progress stand up comedy show from South East New Comedian 2019 finalist Phil Green. Ever been let down by someone you idolised or surprised by people you thought didn't care? Phil takes us through a life of dealing with ADHD, his oddball parents, love/hate feelings towards Tony Blair and seeking solace in long forgotten terrible 90s pop songs. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Charity Link present

A BELLYFUL OF LAUGHS IN AID OF CHARITY LINK Our Leicester Comedy Festival award-winning show is back! Crafty, in St Martins Coffee Shop, will treat you to delicious comfort cuisine in cool & comfortable surroundings, whilst you enjoy a dollop of fun with a range of comedians. You will also have a nice warm feeling knowing you're helping local people & children to be warm, safe and fed - no matter what difficulty they may be facing. Price includes two course meal, comedy & proceeds donated. www.charity-link.org MIXED BILL DATES:

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Jesters in association with Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC

A COMEDY TAPAS This is a fast moving show with a brilliant array of short sharp sets from acts some of whom have full shows and most of whom you will love BUT if you don't there will be another act in 3 minutes! This is fast paced fun that at LCF2020 was rammed so you do need to book some of the 9 different editions that will be happening. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk MIXED BILL DATES:

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Celia Byrne Birdsnest Productions.

A GLIMPSE OF GINGHAM: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER In a show that's a unique blend of music, humour and expressive dance, Funny Women and Time Out Awards nominee Celia Byrne performs John's songs and recalls her teenage struggle to remain a fan in the face of hostility from Punk rockers and derision from New Musical Express. MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOU and Jesters Dublin in association with Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

A POLITICAL BREAKFAST Up to 4 comics/academics talk "Politics" both national and international while those around them have breakfast, coffee and fun! Chaired "effortlessly"* by Chris O'Neill from Jesters in Dublin. *Not true DISCUSSION, SATIRE DATES:

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A PUNCHLINE HOUR Award winning comedian Chris Norton Walker hosts one-liner comedians from all over the UK to come and perform their funniest short jokes! 2019 SELL OUT shows included performers such as Tony Cowards, Adele Cliff and Mark Simmons. Who will turn up this year? Anyone from TV comedians, Award winners and UK Pun Championships Finalists! NortonWalker.com SOLO SHOW, MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us Present

A SILLY HOUR OF FUN The Whirlwind of fun, magician of mirth & Tsunami of songs are back! With more silliness than ever. Puns, gags, games and musical fun from award winning comedians Adele Cliff (Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe '16, '17, '18, '19), Katie Pritchard (Musical Comedy Awards 2019 Winner) and Chris Norton Walker (Leicester Comedy Festival Best Joke Nominee 2018). GAME SHOW, IMPROV DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

AAAAA WELL, IT'S DOUG AND LOVELL

Two of the Midlands' hottest up-and-coming comedians join forces to bring you their first ever festival show. Consecutive winners of "Midlands Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2018 & 2019". MIXED BILL, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

AAAAAAAAARGH IT'S THE ONE LINER SHOW Enjoy an hour of the best up-and-coming one-liner comedians on the circuit in this celebration of puns, one-liners and word play. Hosted by Masai Graham, Joke of the Fringe 2016 Winner, UK Pun Championships 2016 Winner and (Some Guy Called) DAVE Joke of the Fringe 2021 Winner. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Monster Comedy Presents

AAAAAAAAARGH ITS 101 CLEAN JOKES IN 30 MINUTES Award winning gag merchant Masai Graham, UK Pun Championship Winner 2016, Joke of the Fringe Winner 2016 and (some guy called) DAVE Joke of the Fringe Winner 2021, delivers over 100 clean jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one liners and word play in this 3.3 laughs per minute bonanza. "Annoyingly good" Gary Delaney, Mock the Week. "Flashes of Proper Genius" **** Chortle. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

AAAAAAARGH ITS 101 NAUGHTY JOKES IN 30 MINUTES Award winning gag merchant Masai Graham, UK Pun Championships Winner 2016, Joke of the Fringe Winner 2016 and (some guy called) DAVE Joke of the Fringe Winner 2021, delivers over 100 naughty jokes in just half an hour. Expect puns, one liners and word play in this 3.3 laughs per minute bonanza. "Flashes of genius" **** Chortle. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Ltd & Andrew Roach Talent present

AARON SIMMONDS: HOT WHEELS Aaron gained a nickname based on being in a wheelchair. It upset him as there is much more to him than his disability, but annoyingly, it's a cool nickname. Discover the positive side of being disabled, from having a blue badge to sex in disabled toilets and everything in between. Amused Moose Best Show Finalist (2019) As seen on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky 1) & 'Guessable' (Comedy Central) "EASY TO SEE WHY HE'S AN AWARD WINNER" Scotsman SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

ABI CLARKE & PETER RETHINASAMY: WORK IN PROGRESS Join stand-up and social-media star Abi Clarke, trying out new material in her debut Leicester Comedy Festival appearance, alongside the hard hitting, punchy joke teller Peter Rethinasamy recounting hilarious tales of growing up in Northern Ireland. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

ADAM BEARDSMORE - YOU'D ALL BE DEAD IF IT WASN'T FOR ME BBC New Comedian Nominee 2018/19 - British Comedian of the Year Semi Finalist 2021 - When Adam Beardsmore goes, you are all going with him. Through his eyes, in his opinion and from his point of view, the man demanding all your attention is going to explain why he might be the centre of the universe. SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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RBM Comedy and Jokes On Us Present

ADELE CLIFF: IN THE DARK Four time Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe nominee and 2020 UK Pun Champion; Adele Cliff brings her show about the power of knowledge and the power in refusing it to the Leicester Comedy Festival. "Absolutely charming... a skilled performer with real presence and confidence" - The Scotsman. ***** - The Student Newspaper (Edinburgh) SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RBM Comedy Present

ADELE CLIFF: IN THE DARK (WORK IN PROGRESS) Four time Dave's Funniest Joke of the Fringe nominee and 2020 UK Pun Champion; Adele Cliff brings her show about the power of knowledge and the power in refusing it to the Leicester Comedy Festival. "Absolutely charming... a skilled performer with real presence and confidence" - The Scotsman ***** - The Student Newspaper (Edinburgh) SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

AFTERNOON JOKES ON US Not sure who to see? Jokes On Us are proud to present an afternoon showcase of some of our favourite acts appearing at this year's festival to help you make up your mind! Join compere Alex Hylton (Winner Best Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2020) as he hosts this daytime delight. You'll see a range of acts performing short snippets of their shows to help you decide who to see. And it gets better... It's Pay What You Want! The Joke's On Us! STORYTELLING DATES:

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Avalon present

AHIR SHAH: DRESS Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry,personal examination,and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance,insignificance,and scurvy. Ahir's last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show's about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that's less on the nose. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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WANT TICKETS?

visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Avalon present

AHIR SHAH: DRESS Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry,personal examination,and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance,insignificance,and scurvy. Ahir's last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show's about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that's less on the nose. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

AIDEEN MCQUEEN: SLUTFRAGETTE!

Hilarious, Sick-makingly funny feel-good show extoling the joys of chocolate, boys and alcohol! This show is full of terrible life advice, a love story and a get rich quick scheme.. you'll miss out if you don't get on board. Aideen appears regularly on RTE, TG4, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio 4. She is one of the resident comperes at the world famous International Comedy Club in Dublin and has appeared alongside such acts as Sean Hughes aideenmcqueen@gmail.com SOLO SHOW, MUSICAL DATES:

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HD Management present

ALASDAIR BECKETT-KING: NEVERMORE WORK IN PROGRESS A work in progress show from Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year winner Alasdair Beckett-King. A true Renaissance man, Alasdair is 500 years old. **** "Magnificent, wonderful and hilarious" (The Wee Review). **** "A master of comedic storytelling" (Broadway Baby). ***** (Edinburgh49). ****1/2 (One4Review). ****1/2 (Radio Ha Ha). **** (RGM). www.abeckettking.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ALEX BERTULIS-FERNANDES & SHARLIN JAHAN: WHITE CHICKS 2 (WIP) Alex Bertulis-Fernandes (2Northdown New Act Semi-Finalist 2020 and a So You Think You're Funny? Semi-Finalist 2021) and Sharlin Jahan (Funny Women Semi-Finalist 2021) are proud to present White Chicks 2 (Work in Progress), a split hour from two stand-ups who happen to be brown women. Neither of them have seen White Chicks. They have performed their show to sold-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Vaults Festival. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jericho Comedy present

ALEX FARROW: PHILOSOPHY PIG Philosophy Pig is a hilarious investigation into animals and philosophy from rising star Alex Farrow. An excerpt was featured in the Times in 2021 as part of the best jokes of the Edinburgh fringe. Sell-out run at Edfringe 2021. ***** The Scotsman "Like a non-irritating Jack Whitehall crossed with Rob Newman". ***** The Edinburgh Student "packs a philosophical punch" - The Edinburgh Student. Twitter @alex_Farrow Insta @alexfarrowcomedy www.alexfarrow.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jericho Comedy present

ALEX FARROW: STOIC "Stoic" a new stand-up comedy show in 2022. Alex is the host of the award-winning Jericho Comedy in Oxford, as recommended by the Telegraph, the i Paper, Chortle and The Sunday Times. His philosophy themed solo shows have sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and 2021. ***** The Scotsman - "Like a nonirritating Jack Whitehall crossed with Rob Newman". As part of the Kayal All-Dayer www.alexfarrow.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes on Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

ALEX HYLTON: LOVE, PROBABLY

Alex Hylton is almost absolutely certain he's in love. Join the winner of 'Best Show' at Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 as he returns to Leicester and attempts his most ambitious project yet: A 'Stand Up Rom-Com' to re-tell the tale of the best and worst year of his life. A story of love, betrayal, fame, fortune and a small late night takeaway joint on the outskirts of Aylestone. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

ALEX KEALY: MONOPOLY (WIP)

'Rising star of the British stand-up scene' (List) Alex Kealy presents a work-in-progress hour tackling Silicon Valley, advertising, addiction and monopolies with 'perfectly expressed gags' (Chortle.co.uk). A show about connection after a year without it. 'A storming show from the whimsical funnyman' - The Sunday Times, Top 10 Jokes of Edinburgh 2019 - The Guardian, '5 Comedians To See If You Like James Acaster' - Edinburgh Evening News http://www.alexkealy.com SATIRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC presents

ALEX LEAM: IMPROV PROVOCATEUR "This was such good fun, a lovely team, new games, actual physical danger! See it, Play it, Love it!" - Tony Slattery. Panel show that is the illegitimate child of Improv and Stand-up. Four different guest players each night. All are put through various rounds of edgy, original, near the knuckle improvised comedy games, designed to test the bravest of performers. Much sought after 'handsome certificate' for the winner. Humiliation for the loser. www.alexleam.co.uk IMPROV, GAME SHOW DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC presents

ALEX LEAM: THE JOY OF DECKS "Alex Leam is very dangerous, in a good way" - Tony Slattery. "A winning line in self-deprecation" - Chortle. Before he became a stand-up, Alex Leam's first showbiz career was as a mobile DJ. He dreamed of Ibiza but ended up doing weddings and pub quizzes. He came out of DJ retirement as he needed new material. Expect to have your favourite songs ruined. www.alexleam.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ALEXANDER BENNETT: LITHE IN LEICESTER (WIP)

REGIONAL PREMIERE

This is a show about, amongst other things, hating yourself. Work-in-progress. Look me up on YouTube. "Passionate and praiseworthy dark observational comedy" THE SKINNY **** THE STAGE ***** ONE4REVIEW "Courageous and thought-provoking" THE SCOTSMAN "His sharp interpretations of the world around him add a sinister spin to the everyday - Unique and hilarious" THE REVIEWS HUB "A producer and performer of refreshingly different material" CHORTLE https://www.alexanderbennettcomedian.com/

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WANT TICKETS?

visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 ALFIE BROWN: SENSITIVE MAN

Does emotion help us make moral judgments? In this brand new show Alfie will address this question. It will address this questions using jokes. There is a joke about Formula1 that isn't actually about Formula1. There is a joke about shopping in a supermarket that is not really about shopping in a supermarket. There is a joke about parking tickets, and so on. These jokes will weave together to create something greater than the sum of their parts. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Blue Light Comedy present

ALFIE MOORE - FAIR COP WORK IN PROGRESS Join Humberside police sergeant-turned-comedian Alfie Moore again for a hilarious, interactive work in progress ahead of recording the seventh series of his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy show 'IT'S A FAIR COP'. If you'd like to find out what a policeman's lot is actually like and to enjoy an evening with a very funny man get your ticket now before they sell out again! It'd be a crime to miss it! www.alfiemoore.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Blue Light Comedy present

ALFIE MOORE: FAIR COP WIP (FEATURE LENGTH) Join Humberside police sergeant-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for an extended version of a BRAND NEW hilarious, interactive work in progress ahead of recording the 7th series of his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 comedy show 'IT'S A FAIR COP'. If you'd like to find out what a policeman's lot is actually like and to enjoy an evening with a very funny man get your ticket now before they sell out again! It'd be a crime to miss it! www.alfiemoore.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Glorious Management present

ALI BRICE: I TRIED TO BE FUNNY, BUT YOU WEREN'T LOOKING A sincere, heartfelt and silly show about mental health, therapy and sausages. I've worked really hard on this show. It means a lot to me, and I hope you like it. Soon to be seen in new C4 sitcom 'The Curse'. ****** "If I could have given it 7 stars, I would have given it 8" Hilary Napleton ***** "a twinkle-eyed comedy natural" ShortCom.co.uk **** "joyously bonkers" Chortle **** "completely bizarre... deadpan, yet totally off-the-wall" ThreeWeeks www.alibrice.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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ALI WOODS: WORK IN PROGRESS Woods is an exciting new stand-up comedian, having won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2020, and here he will be working on his debut show. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, TalkRadio, TalkSport and hosts his own podcast All I Do Is Fail, as well as written on sketches for BBC Three. His online comedy sketches under the tag @aliwoodsgigs have gained millions of views and likes. "In a world of wannabes, Woods is the real deal." (Evening Standard) https://www.aliwoodsgigs.com/ SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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ALISTAIR BARRIE: ALISTAIRCRATIC Alistair Barrie was taking a show to the 2020 NZ Comedy Festival. That didn't happen. He was also going to the 2020 Edinburgh Festival. And the 2021 Melbourne Festival too. Guess what? He did briefl y manage to take a show to the 2021 Edinburgh Festival (***** - One4Review) until he got Covid. He's really hoping to take this one to the 2022 Edinburgh Festival and not get Covid. 'A no frills master of his art. *****' - The Scotsman www.alistairbarrie.com EVENT DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Big Difference present

ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS AWARDS 2022 Join us for the 4th Alternative Business Awards, celebrating the serious business people who drive the region's economy! Following the success of previous Awards the night returns, encouraging the local business community to show their fun side and salute individuals & companies in a series of unique and comical categories. Hosted by Patrick Monahan. Award Category Sponsorship Packages available at £550 (no VAT applied, as a charity fundraiser). EVENT DATES:

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ALWIN SOLANKY: WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND - WIP

WORLD PREMIERE

It's not easy growing up in one of the only Gujarati speaking refugee families in a small town. Alwin Solanky returns to Leicester with his new show about acceptance, love, family and what it means to find where you belong. A member of award winning Weirdos Collective and Leicester Comedy Festival nominated Consignia, this is Alwin's third solo show at the Festival and his most personal one yet. Come along and join the family. SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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AMAZING FAMILY PRIZE BINGO

REGIONAL PREMIERE

It's bingo with loads and loads of prizes. You get two bingo tickets as part of your entry. If you bring a wrapped prize, you get another ticket. Take your seats, get your dobber ready and let the winning begin. Jes is your game show host. He has crazy bingo variations like you've never seen before. Let's take the excitement through the roof! Oh, did I mention that there are loads of prizes? Just saying, because there are loads of prizes. Www.cahag.org CHILDREN'S, GAME SHOW DATES:

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Jimmy Frinton present

WORLD PREMIERE

AN A TO Z OF FISH & CHIPS

This is deep-fried infotainment with a sprinkling of pure cod-medy. There's plenty to take-away from this fishually stimulating multimedia celebration of the ever-popular Great British dish Fish & Chips, all served with a sprinkling of jokes and a splash of music. This 5 star-fish show is full of fun and you will come away hungry for more. Everybody loves fish & chips, catch it if you can! (Music & video by Pieter Egriega) ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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AN AUSTRIAN AND SOMEONE FROM SLOUGH A lesbian from the Alps who is flattered by the comments of British construction workers, and a middle-aged woman from Slough who has thrown away the knitting needles in exchange for an electric guitar, share the stage one more time. A show filled with Austrian insights and rock! 'Hugely talented' The List http://www.alicefrick.com MIXED BILL, MUSICAL DATES:

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WANT TICKETS?

visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk


EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 AN EVENING WITH ROB GEE

Join Rob Gee (comic, poet & psychiatric nurse) for an evening of storytelling, comedy & poetry that will provide a celebration of the chaos and adventure that lurks behind the veneer of everyday life. All hosted in Newmarket Coalville with a bar and street food available - the perfect evening out! www.robgee.co.uk SPOKEN WORD, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Big Difference present

AN INTERVIEW WITH AHIR SHAH Double Edinburgh Comedy Award 'Best Show' nominee Ahir Shah has been seen on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, and The Mash Report. His sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags. Join him as he chats with Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about his comedy career. DISCUSSION DATES:

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Big Difference present

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAM AYRES IN AID OF BIG DIFFERENCE Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for almost 5 decades. Her radio career includes 6 series of Ayres On The Air, as well as many appearances on Just A Minute, and rarely, 2 appearances on Desert Island Discs. Recent appearances on TV include Countdown, Would I Lie To You, & her own series on Channel 5. She will chat with Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe, about how she got started and developed her career. DISCUSSION DATES:

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Big Difference present

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSIE JONES Rosie Jones has quickly become a must-see act on the UK comedy circuit. She was awarded 2nd place in the Leicester Mercury's New Comedian Of The Year Award 2018 and has gone on to star on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Last Leg, Joe Lycett's Got Your Back, Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle, Mock The Week. Join her as she chats with Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about her career. DISCUSSION DATES:

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ANDREW RYAN: JUNGLE BOX (WORK IN PROGRESS) 2018 Winner of Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Irishman Andrew Ryan returns after a two year enforced, unwanted, career break with a 'Rapturously funny' **** - The List 'hour of hilarious comedy' **** - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine www.andrewryancomedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ANDREW WHITE: HARD MEN MAKE GOOD TIMES Sex, Spreadsheets and Revolution. Andrew White promises it all in this hilarious new show spilling all the secrets of the widely whispered about "gay agenda" - is it as evil as the conspiracists claim? What is the anthem for this LGBT takeover? And will there be biscuits? (All sexualities welcome; there MIGHT be biscuits). An uplifting and hilarious show all about discovering, loving, & expressing yourself. / "Rampantly engaging" **** - The List www.standupandrew.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Andy Barr and the Darkwater DeHavilland Corporation present

WORLD PREMIERE

ANDY BARR PRESENTS: ALASTAIR BRIDGE

Join renowned travel writer, restaurant critic and flaneur, Alastair Bridge - freed from house arrest for one day only - for an exhilarating journey around the world without leaving the comfort of Leicester! Event sponsored by the Darkwater DeHavilland Corporation. Alastair's handler, Andy Barr, has been described as 'off-key delight' (Skinny) whose 'comic timing and gestures are impeccable' **** (List) and an 'Alt-comedy favourite' (Time Out). www.andybarrcomedy.com CHARACTER DATES:

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ANGELA BARNES: WORK IN PROGRESS Join Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Frankie Boyle's New World Order, The News Quiz) as she tries out some new ideas she's had. There will be thoughts, there will be stories, there will be successes, there will be failures, and there will be jokes - so come along to find out which is which... www.angelabarnescomedy.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Avalon Present

ANIA MAGLIANO: ABSOLUTELY NO WORRIES IF NOT (WIP) Ania would love you to join her for an hour of Fun & New thoughts about Jaqueline Wilson, all girls' schools, queerness and literally any other topics she can think of some jokes about. Ania Magliano is one of the UK's most exciting rising comedians, who has already been seen on Dave's The Comedy Guide to Life, and has written shows including Frankie Boyle's New World Order (BBC2) and Yesterday, Today & The Day Before (Comedy Central). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ANOUSHKA RAVA: MELTING POT Good people do bad things and bad people do good things. Anoushka Rava sways brilliantly between both, offering a hilarious mix. French-Iranian, born in London, raised in Paris, this refreshing show tackles current societal matters with lightness and irony. Imagine what comes out of her Jewish, Muslim and Catholic heritage, coping with the most unapologetic family you can only fall in love with. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IMPROVISATION Improbotics is a tech-infused improv and science comedy show. Human actors join artificial intelligence robots on a surreal trip in virtual reality. Featured in the New York Times and New Scientist. **** (Binge Fringe 2020), Most Innovative Show Award (Online Paris Fringe 2020), ***** (Phoenix Remix 2019), **** (Edmonton Fringe 2018), "This could be revolutionary" (Broadway Baby), "I will stick with artificial stupidity" (Colin Mochrie). https://improbotics.org IMPROV, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club present

ASFORDBY STAND UP COMEDY GALA A comedy spectacular coming to Asfordby Village Hall! Britains Got Talent finalist (2020) Steve Royle headlining "a Comedy Masterclass, The Stage" and Live at the Apollo star Scott Bennett part of the Bumper night! Joe Zalias hosting the festivities while we have Rachel Jackson (As seen on The Stand up Sketch Show) completing the nights line up. https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com MIXED BILL, EVENT DATES:

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ASHBY CARTOON TRAIL AND CAFE CAPTION COMPETITION Ashby Cartoon Trail and Cafe Caption Competition - Local artist Di Lorriman will create a free cartoon trail around Ashby Town Centre and there will also be a caption competition to have a go at!

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ASHLEY HADEN: ON THE OUTSIDE PISSING IN. WIP The creator of "The C*nting Trilogy" Ashley Haden is back with his new show covering politics, society and life from the sharp eyes of the comedy outsider.

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Leicester Cathedral Present

AUNTIE'S BIRTH: 100 YEARS OF BRITISH BROADCASTING - BY PAUL KERENSA The First Broadcast: The Battle for the Beeb in 1922 written/performed by Paul Kerensa British Comedy Award-winning writer (Miranda, Not Going Out, TFI Friday) 100 years ago at the Marconi Company, Arthur Burrows seeks to inform and educate, but Peter Eckersley just wants to entertain. Before Reith, who will give The First Broadcast? Based on the British Broadcasting Century Podcast (podfollow.com/bbcentury) "Ingenious" - Evening Standard https://www.paulkerensa.com/cv.php SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Comedymania UK in association with Hannah Layton Management

AURIE STYLA: GREEN (WIP) One of the UK's most charismatic comedians, Aurie Styla, is working on his next solo show GREEN. This comes off the back of his previous sold out tour 'Just Like That', starring in two movies (The Living Dead & On The Other Foot), an array of TV appearances, and presenting his Monday night BBC Radio show 'The Scene'. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

AY UP IT'S STAND UP: PADDY YOUNG & ADAM FLOOD Two 30-minute sets of stand-up from up-and-coming northern comedians, Paddy Young (as seen on ITV2, Sky, Channel 4) and Adam Flood (BBC New Comedian 2019 nominee, winner of BTF World Series Panel Prize). 'Quirky, charming and breathtakingly funny' (Scott Capurro). 'Distinctive one-liners, spontaneously witty moments and a cleverly scripted set. A strong debut must surely be imminent' (Steve Bennett, Chortle) https://www.instagram.com/paddyisyoung/ MIXED BILL, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

BAD CLOWNS: INVASION For many years the Bureau for Alien Defence has kept the world safe from extra-terrestrial threats. Now a mind-controlling alien has infiltrated Earth. And worst of all, it's taken over one of the audience members. Can our intrepid special agents locate and neutralise this alien before it's too late? ***** LondonTheatre1 ***** - West End Best Friend **** - Broadway Baby **** - Threeweeks www.badclownscomedy.com THEATRE, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Creative Chaos Presents

BAME OF MY EXISTENCE Three comedians who are ready to talk about the most controversial topics in today's modern society, Chris, Hussein and Zayne represent a broad spectrum of experiences with their 3 shades of brown. You will soon know what it is like to be part of "the struggle". EVENT, MIXED BILL DATES:

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Ltd present

BARBARA NICE'S COMEDY PLAYGROUND Join Stockport housewife, cleaner to the stars, Take a Break reader and Britain's Got Talent star Barbara Nice for all the best bits of her 25 years of delighting live comedy audiences, as well as new stuff she wrote on the bus. A playful, life-affirming show for all the family. Help top up Barbara's pension by coming along and having a pigging great time. "You are a comedy whirlwind" David Walliams ***** Chortle SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Avalon Present

BELLA HULL: THE UNREQUITED BONER (WIP) Bella Hull is an award-winning stand-up, as seen on the BBC's Stand Up For Live Comedy ITV's Stand Up Sketch Show. She was also Yellow Comedy Young Comedian of the Year 2019, 2Northdown's New Act of the Year finalist 2020, and Funny Women Stage Award finalist 2020. "A disarmingly cheeky style... someone I look forward to seeing more of" The Arts Desk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Ingenious Fools Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

BELOW THE BELT WITH BENNY SHAKES

"The disability Taskmaster!" An hilarious rip-roaring Game Show with humour for all ages. A panel of comedians attempt tasks set for them by their host Benny Shakes, raising awareness of disability. With co-hosts Kate Lovelock and Mark Nicholas, plus four, star guests from across the festival! GAME SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 BEN BRIGGS - NOT EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA

WORLD PREMIERE

After sell out shows at the Leicester Comedy Festival for the last seven years, Ben Briggs brings a brand new hour of stand up comedy in 2022. Brash, confrontational, honest and at times dark, but always very, very funny. Not to be missed. "Inherently appealing style" - Chortle ''a nice cynical sneer' beyondthejoke.co.uk Nominated Best Act - Midlands Comedy Awards 2014, 2015 and 2017. WWW.BENBRIGGS.CO.UK

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BEN MACPHERSON: BONFIRE MAN Surreal character comedy from Ben Macpherson (Newsjack BBC R4). This live mockumentary takes you to the Nevada desert for a look at a festival that's similar but legally distinct from another desert based event. Expect absurd characters, shocking revelations and a bizarre look at how community can light a fire in someones heart. "Like an optimistic League of Gentleman." PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE GIANT LIZARD, he's trying to run a tech company. www.benmacpherson.co.uk CHARACTER, SKETCH DATES:

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BEN ROBERTS: A STAR IS RE-BORN

WORLD PREMIERE

He was a household name, in every house on his street. Then he mysteriously disappeared... But now he's making the greatest comeback since the QR Code, or the country of Germany. Form is temporary, his rash is permanent. Witness the triumphant return of the nation's favourite "whatever-he-was", Ben Roberts, in "A Star is Re-born". SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Ben Target

BEN TARGET: IT IS WHAT IT IS A bedazzling show from 'one of very few comics who manages to do something new with the art form while keeping an audience thoroughly entertained' (Guardian). 'Impressively funny' (Scotsman). 'A breath of fresh, daft air' (List). 'A joy to be part of' **** (Skinny). 'Imagine there was no Ben Target. The world would unquestionably be a darker, less interesting place' **** (Chortle.co.uk). bentarget.com/ ALTERNATIVE, STORYTELLING DATES:

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BENJAMIN ALBOROUGH: ABSOLUTE MONOPOLY

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Monopoly is a terrible game. No-one has ever won a game of Monopoly. It ruins friendships and destroys families. Improving Monopoly has been Benjamin's life goal and he's on the cusp of realising it. Help push him over the edge. This interactive multimedia extravaganza will see the audience join Benjamin in updating the game for the modern neoliberal world - let's make a game that'll ruin more friendships and destroy more families. benjaminalborough.com/comedy-writing GAME SHOW, CHARACTER DATES:

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BENJI WATERSTONES: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones has written a book! Is it really a "modern classic" or are his publishers as deluded as his patients? Make your minds up together as he shares chapters he wrote during lockdown. 'Perfect and hilarious' (Buzzfeed.com) www.benjiwaterstones.com SPOKEN WORD, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Craic Den Comedy Club + Monster Comedy present

BEST OF IRISH Ireland's finest comedians unite at Leicester comedy festival to bring you some belly laughs from across the pond. Line ups of award winning acts from the Emerald Isle and beyond. Brought to you by the masterminds behind the hugely successful Craic Den Comedy Club in Dublin. Presented by Eddie Mullarkey and Aideen McQueen. craicdencomedyclub.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Union Jack Radio and Big Difference Productions present

BEST OF UNION JACK RADIO COMEDY CLUB The monthly comedy club comes back this February with a best of the acts who performed across the country over the last 6 months. Come have a laugh with us and enjoy talented comics hand picked by the festival team. Line up to be announced, check comedy-festival.co.uk for more details. www.unionjack.co.uk/comedyclub MIXED BILL DATES:

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BIGGEST IDIOT PODCAST LIVE The Biggest Idiots are back! The award winning podcast is doing a live show! Who would have thought that was a thing, for Idiot Stories, Idiot Ideas and just plan old silliness for one hour with Jon Pearson, Harriet Dyer and Lindsey Santoro. Join the live Podcast recording PODCAST, DISCUSSION DATES:

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BILAL ZAFAR: CARE

WORLD PREMIERE

CARE is Bilal Zafar (Edinbugh best newcomer and Hackney Empire New act of the year 2016) about when he worked in a care home for very wealthy people whilst he was on minimum wage. "Witty and absorbing... highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next" - Dominic Maxwell, The Times "Delivers big laughs" - Brian Logan, The Guardian "Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure" - Ian Jones, i-D BilalZafarComedy.com

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Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

BINGO'S ADVENTURE

Bingo the clown is going on an adventure to find Bongo and Bango, and he needs your help kids! If you like funny stuff, being noisy and making a mess then come along on Bingo's Adventure! (Parents crèche provided - aka the bar). CHILDREN'S, CHARACTER DATES:

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BLABY DISTRICT FOSSE FOX TRAIL This comedy festival the Blaby District Fosse Foxes have been telling jokes! Scan the QR code by the fox for a comedy story or joke. For fox locations see www.visitblaby.org.uk/fosse-foxes

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 By Arrangement with United Artists

BLACKADDER 2 Based on four episodes of the legendary BBC TV sitcom, this hilarious show transports you back to Elizabethan England where the scheming Lord Edmund Blackadder exploits his withering wit and cowardly cunning to seek his fortune at court. The Festival Players are delighted to be back at Loughborough Town Hall with this timeless classic which features four of the funniest episodes from the second series. www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk THEATRE DATES:

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BLOOD, GLORIOUS BLOOD! A CELEBRATION OF MENSTRUATION From the first historical reference to a menstrual product in Ancient Greece, to present day vulva-care tips with social media influencer 'Adriana Mole'. Humour and history collide in this taboo-busting multimedia performance, celebrating menstruation. Edu-tainment, musical mash-ups, movie clips. "A show that was empowering to experience on both a humorous and serious level. Definitely not to be missed" ***** Broadway Baby https://www.annabelszki.com THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

BOARD GAME SMACKDOWN Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, the funniest Leicester Comedy Festival performers play classic and new board games. See website or venue for details. www.jamescookcomedian.com boardgamesmackdown.com GAME SHOW, IMPROV DATES:

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BOORISH TRUMPSON An interactive, music and clowning-filled interrogation of power and those who wield it created by critically acclaimed Lecoq-trained clown Claire Parry. You are the orchestra. Boorish Trumpson is your rehearsal-conductor, just your rehearsal-conductor, no other ambitions, nope. Boorish just wants to Make Music Great Again. 'phenomenal performance' Chortle, 'a top-notch comic performer and writer' Fringe Review, 'hilarious' Wee Review www.claireparry.co.uk CLOWN, CHARACTER DATES:

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Kibworth Books present

BRIAN BILSTON AUTHOR EVENT - ALEXA, WHAT IS THERE TO KNOW ABOUT LOVE? Come and celebrate the paperback launch of Brian Bilston's latest poetry collection, "Alexa, what is there to know about love?" with the author himself, in conversation with Debbie James from Kibworth Books. Just in time for Valentine's Day! Brian, frequently described as the 'Poet Laureate of Twitter' will be signing and dedicating copies of his books bought from the bookstall at the event. www.kibworthbooks.com EVENT DATES:

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Big Difference present

BRITISH COMEDY ARCHIVE A panel discussion exploring the value & significance of British comedy archives. In 2021 Leicester Comedy Festival donated its archive of materials to De Montfort University who are now cataloging and preserving items as part of their special collections. A lose collective of academics is emerging to consider ways in which the Festival archive can be joined with others across the UK, and how they might extend the group. DISCUSSION DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 TripleCeePee present

WORLD PREMIERE

BRUCE EDHOUSE: SELF CARE FUN FAIR

Once a stalwart of the Leicester comedy scene and one half of Club Smashing, Bruce is now a practicing psychotherapist. (Honestly, he really is. This isn't just a character act, y'know!) And he's on a mission to get people thinking about self care and how it's really good for your mental health. So come and join us for a mildly interactive hour of guilt-free fun and nonsense, and learn some genuine psychotherapeutic techniques along the way! IMMERSIVE, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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RGB Monster in association with Patrick Melton present

BUMBLE ME TINDERS! - DATING HORROR STORIES The risqué sensation is here! After years of sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Perth Fringe World festivals, the interactive circus of debauchery comes to Leicester! Watch comedians share stories, lead audience games, provide good and bad dating advice, and much more. Never the same show twice, Bumble Me Tinders offers hilarity and surprises for audiences of all backgrounds: singles, couples, young, old, kinky, prude or rude! ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Big Difference & De Montfort University present

BUSINESS ELEVENSES - LAUNCH OF LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL 2022

WORLD PREMIERE

The official business launch event of Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 - a celebration with guests and friends from businesses and organisations from across Leicester, Leicestershire & beyond. In partnership with De Montfort University, where the Festival first began in 1994. EVENT DATES:

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Hermetic Events

C*NT! C*nt! A show by a brown, enby bird. Powerpoint and profanity collide in this love letter to the c- letter. C*nt is an irreverent exploration of the history (or herstory) of this most maligned and loved of words, and an opportunity to indulge in the simple pleasure of calling people c*nts. "Funny, uncompromising, took my breath away with her ingenuity" Lancs Post "C*nt' seduces, slowly but surely." Three weeks C*nt! whats' missing? It's you! https://www.instagram.com/becky_fury CLOWN, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Martin Wallace Comedy & NCF

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CARDS OF MISERY

A Comedy Experience where the audience helps to pick the show. There are a number of cards all with different topics. Audience members will pick a card and that will choose the topic up for discussion. There are enough topics to ensure a different show every night. Please note that the show on 6th Feb is part of the Kayal All Dayer. Www.Martinwallace.rocks SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 CARL DONNELLY AND JULIAN DEANE

Two of the UK's finest comedians who also happen to do a podcast together (TVI) bring you a night of stand-up and hilarious chat!. Carl Donnelly has won a number of awards and appeared on television shows (Mock The Week, Russell Howard's Good News etc). Julian Deane has supported the biggest names in comedy and you may have recently seen him on Sky's The Russell Howard Hour. Come and see them as they stop off at the Leicester Comedy Festival. ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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CARLY SMALLMAN: NOISE PIG

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An hour of Carly's funniest thoughts, which are then said out of her mouth. The Leicester Comedy Festival favourite returns with a brand new must-see show featuring her most hilarious jokes and all-new routines. "Smutty outspoken jollity" (Telegraph). "A bundle of energy" (The Sun). "Downright hilarious, Smallman is a must see" (GQ). www.carlysmallman.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Chambers Touring Present

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CATHERINE BOHART: THIS ISN'T FOR YOU

Catherine Bohart loves control, hates change and is a serial planner. It's been an interesting couple of years. A blisteringly funny new stand-up show filled with horrendous life advice, cheery nihilism and reluctant self-discovery from one of the UK and Ireland's most exciting comics. As seen & heard on The Mash Report, Immaculate (Comedy Special) on Amazon Prime Video, A League Of Their Own, Mock The Week & The Guilty Feminist Podcast www.catherinebohart.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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CELYA AB: SWIMMING (WIP) Originally from Paris, Celya AB is a fast rising writer-performer, with a magnetic stage presence and brilliantly crafted material bringing a debut hour (WIP). Winner of the Breaking Talent Award in 2019(Birmingham Comedy Festival) and a finalist in the 2019 Funny Women Awards, Celya recently appeared as a guest correspondent on Comedy Central, appeared on BBC 2, BBC One and has written for BBC Radio and Comedy Central. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

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CERYS BRADLEY: SPORTSPERSON (WIP)

Join Cerys (Soho Theatre Young Company, Amused Moose Semi-finalist 2020) as they tell you about playing sport, fi tting in and how they are quite bad at both of those things. It's also about being non-binary, wearing lycra and how spending your whole childhood in a car whilst your brother plays football (and rugby, tennis and cricket) definitely doesn't leave you with a massive chip on your shoulder. As seen on BBC Wales. ***** Diva Magazine SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

CHARLIE BAKER: 24 HOUR PASTY PEOPLE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Wasson? Award winning comedian and Talksport host Charlie 'Bulletproof' Baker brings an hour of brilliant, manure, cider and clotted cream drenched stand up to his favourite Leicester comedy festival. Job's a good'un. www.charliebakercomedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Chambers Touring Ltd Present

CHARLIE GEORGE & ANDREW WHITE: DOUBLE WORK IN PROGRESS Charlie George is an award winning stand-up comedian and writer. A talented and accomplished writer, Charlie was chosen to feature in Charlie Brooker's writers room for Cunk & Other Humans 2019, AntiViral Wipe 2020 (Lockdown Special) and Death to 2020. Flamboyantly repressed and optimistically cynical, "Andrew White's comedy act is not to be missed!" (Daily Record). He'll be working out his best bits, soon-to-be bits, and never-said-again bits! MIXED BILL DATES:

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CHARLIE VERO-MARTIN: FLIPPININGO (PREVIEW)

WORLD PREMIERE

A brand new show from Funny Women Shortlisted comedian Charlie Vero-Martin. Weaving stand-up, character comedy and puppetry Flippiningo will make you snort your drink through your nose. With her charming, skittish and delightful brand of comedy, Charlie could burn your house down and you would forgive her. ****Broadway Baby ****Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ****The Phoenix Remix www.charlieveromartin.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Tickled Pink Comedy Night present

CHEEKYKITA: IT IS WHAT IT ISN'T Join multi-award winning comedian, Cheekykita, on a one woman tour de force nonsense ride, where will we end up? Who knows? Maybe she doesn't even know. But we will go somewhere and it will be fun. Hell ya, a lot of fun and silly, very silly, dancing, songs, creatures and maybe some hooves., we might go to space, why not? ***** Funny Women ***** Silliest, maddest, funniest hour I have ever spent, and it is fantastic. Fringe Review ALTERNATIVE, CLOWN DATES:

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CHELSEA BIRKBY: SEXISTENTIALISM

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Philosophy and pop culture combine in SEXISTENTIALISM - a fun and thoughtful show about sexuality, shame and the self. "I guarantee anyone at the fringe will enjoy" **** - Mumble Expect "good gags" (Chortle), and a "gently incisive take" (**** - Bath Echo), from this three-time-competition-finalist "one to watch" Chelsea Birkby. Directed by Alex Farrow following his sell-out, fi ve-star fringe run of Philosophy Pig. www.chelseabirkby.com SOLO SHOW, MUSICAL DATES:

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Avalon Present

CHLOE PETTS: WIP Join Chloe Petts (as seen on Dave's Hypothetical and Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club) as she presents an hour of new jokes on all manner of pertinent issues including the darts and loud snores on public transport. Chloe takes a look at her inability to enjoy anything because of an impending sense of doom that it will one day end (but funny). "Petts... is confident, laid-back, casual - and very funny." (The Guardian) SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Chris McCausland presents... Himself!

CHRIS MCCAUSLAND: TOUR PREVIEW You may have seen me multiple times across shows such as Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, QI, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Blankety Blank, Hypothetical, Celebrity Mastermind, and a whole load more shows as well. In fact, if we're honest, you might be sick of the bloody sight of me. If not, you can see me previewing my stand-up show before heading out on a national tour. www.chrismccausland.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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CHRIS NORTON WALKER'S : INSIDE JOKES

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The now award winning comedian presents a gloriously inventive hour of one liners, jokes and puns, gags, and wordplay. "Hilarious to watch" - LocalSecrets. com , "A fun, teasing way of keeping the audience on their toes" - Chortle/Steve Bennett , "Cementing his reputation as one of the best up and coming acts around" NortonWalker.com

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Jesters

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CHRIS O'NEIL: A STAGE OF MY LIFE

After 63 years of life and 13 years gigging Chris O Neill is doing a solo show. This is a WIP show which will reveal something to the audience and the performer but there will be laughs as 63 years olds need to have fun. You should come to see what emerges. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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CHRIS PHILLIPS : I FOUGHT THE LAW

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New York , London , Paris ,Newport, now Chris returns to Leicester with more tales of post punk comedy crime . Lock him up and throw away the key ? We'll let you be the judge of one of Wales' most softly spoken story tellers ... SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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CHRIS PHILLIPS : I FOUGHT THE LAW

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New York , London , Paris ,Newport, now Chris returns to Leicester with more tales of post punk comedy crime . Lock him up and throw away the key ? We'll let you be the judge of one of Wales' most softly spoken story tellers ... SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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CHRIS PHILLIPS AND KEVIN HUDSON: HALF AND HALF

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'One of the top three living Welsh comedians' (Gary Philpott - Off The Fence Theatre) and 'Leicester's favourite poet-comedian-accountant' (Leicester Mercury) join forces for an evening of funny stories. Chris's Cambrian tones will delight with his own special brand of tale-telling, while Kevin's vaguely Brummie twang (been gone 30 years, still got the accent) will remind you why the Men of the Midlands chose Brew XI. STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 CHRIS WASHINGTON: PROPER (WORK IN PROGRESS)

WORLD PREMIERE

Just a man trying his best to tell you some proper funny stories about his life for about an hour. Since his last show he's got married, become a dad, worked gritting roads through the cold winter during a global pandemic and become a Costco member, so there's plenty to talk about. Support for Kevin Bridges, John Bishop & Jason Manford. As seen on Mock The Week, Live from the BBC & House of Games. "A Master of Storytelling" The Times. www.askjeeves.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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CHRISTIAN BRIGHTY: PLAYBOY

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Bridgerton meets clowning in an absurd love letter to play, romance and stupidity. Lord Christian Brighty is the county's most notorious rake. But when this saucy libertine falls for a Duchess, can he reform himself? Watch award-winning "genius" ***** (Mumble) Christian Brighty make you swoon, and then elope with your daughter. "Hilarious" (The List) "Very Silly" (Time Out) "Talent and quick wit" (The Scotsman) "Great fun" (Chortle) bit.ly/brightybuoy CLOWN, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Foxy Comedy present

CHRISTIAN REILLY: 10 THINGS THEY DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT ECONOMICS (WIP)

WORLD PREMIERE

After years of research and conversations with economists from around the world, Christian aims to share his fascination and demystify the dismal science for festival-goers. "A charmingly confident performer and a clever comic" The Scotsman SATIRE, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

CHRISTOPHER MACARTHUR-BOYD: A new hour of stand-up from the biggest wee fanny in Scottish comedy. Guaranteed to include jokes about sex, drugs and pasta. As seen on BBC Scotland's Up For It and The Comedy Underground. 'Endlessly enjoyable... the personal and political housed seamlessly' **** (Skinny). 'Intelligent, articulate, and incredibly funny' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Genius writing' **** (List). 'Total commitment to the act of joking around' ***** (ShortCom.co.uk). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes on Us present

CISTER ACT CISter Act: A vaguely political comedy show from some vaguely political comedians. Jon Mathews "Punchlines you can feel smart for getting" (Chortle) and Sam Michael "hilarious" (BBC Radio) dissect British life and culture over the past few years from two very different perspectives. From pandemics to FIFA, to shagging politicians and Love Island; no stone is left unturned. SATIRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club present

CO-OP SPORTS AND SOCIAL COMEDY GALA Star of Impractical Jokers UK and Live at the Apollo Paul Mccaffrey headlines our bumper night along with Jason Neale hosting the proceedings. Leicester Mercury of the Year winner Jack Gleadow opens the festivities with Rachel Jackson (As seen on ITV'S Stand up sketch show) rounds up out bumper line up at the Co-op Sports and Social Club. We return to action in the festival for our 3rd time and what a treat it is we have! https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Escape Coalville Escape Rooms

COALVILLE COMEDY TRAIL Help! Escape Coalville has been saving up jokes for the Leicester Comedy Festival but have managed to drop the punch lines across Coalville town centre. Can you solve the clues and piece the jokes together before it's too late? Designed by Escape Coalville Escape Rooms, this free event is suitable for the whole family. www.escape-coalville.co.uk EVENT DATES:

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COLIN CHADWICK: FUNNY T-SHIRTS This moron wearing all of his t-shirts at once has got layers, watch him peel himself like a very funny sentient onion that won't make you cry. The evolution of an Irishman's funny t-shirt collection. The highs, the lows, from ascendancy to dependency and ultimately, what happens when the laughter stops. As seen on RTÉ Two and BBC Three and heard on BBC Radio 2 and 4extra. "Awesome" - Hotpress, "packs in the punchlines" - Chortle www.colin.ie STORYTELLING, BURLESQUE DATES:

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Berk's Nest present

COLIN HOULT: HERE I AM (WIP) After years of playing characters, Colin Hoult (Ken in Afterlife) is finally playing himself. With a few characters thrown in, of course. Come hear the story of his life with songs! A show about surviving family scars growing up in Nottingham and navigating the world when you have no idea how. Can he find a way to truly say 'here I am'? As seen in Being Human, Harry Hill's Club Nite and Derek, and as Anna Mann on The Russell Howard Hour. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Berk's Nest present

COLIN HOULT: THE DEATH OF ANNA MANN Join actress, singer, welder (gotta have a back up) Anna Mann, star of stage and screen as she recalls some wonderful tales from a life in the arts - and faces her final moments. This will be visceral, real and incredibly brave. You will leave screaming 'F--- off I love it!' As seen on The Russell Howard Hour and Harry Hill's Clubnite. 'Hugely enjoyable' **** Times 'Smart, absurd, and unpredictable' **** Chortle www.twitter.com/colinhoult SKETCH DATES:

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Neon Flamingo Present

COMEDY ARCADE LIVE Part game show and part chat show. Your host, London Welsh comedian Vix Leyton, holds an ever-changing numbered list of 30 possible subjects - from everyday to current affairs - and invites three comics to compete to take the mic with stories, anecdotes, jokes or even songs, like a parlour game at the best fantasy dinner party you could ever imagine. The game - fun. The rules - highly convoluted. The laughs - constant. www.comedyarcadepodcast.co.uk PODCAST, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Comedy Club 4 Kids Ltd present

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families... but without the rude bits! It's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like "why is that your face!?" demontforthall.co.uk CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

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COMEDY COUPLES PARTY

Join comedy couple Masai Graham and Kirsty Munro as the audience takes sides to determine who wins the arguments in this comedy showdown. Masai Graham, Joke of the Fringe Winner 2016 and 2021 and Kirsty Munro "Fantastically Funny" Arts In Magazine, team up to celebrate Valentines with jokes, digs and banter. MIXED BILL, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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COMEDY FILM NIGHT: IN BRUGES In Bruges tells the tale of the fates of hit men Ray and Ken (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson). After a difficult job in London, the two-man hit team is ordered by their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heels in Bruges. When their stay in Bruges takes a turn for the worst, Ray and Ken realise Harry may have plans for them other than the simple vocation. Octagonfilms.org.uk EXHIBITION DATES:

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COMEDY FILM NIGHT: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transexual (Bernadette) contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they've contracted with is Anthony's wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them. Hilarious! octagonfilms.org.uk EXHIBITION DATES:

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Big Difference present

COMEDY HEAVEN The spectacular finale show for Leicester Comedy Festival 2022, returns to its spiritual home of Curve, in aid of local charities. Some of the best acts of the festival gather to raise money for good causes and see the festival out in style. Hosted by regular MC Mark Olver, featuring Aaron Simmonds, Priya Hall, Friz Frizzle and more special guests to be announced! In aid of Big Difference Company & Prostaid. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

COMEDY KARAOKE

Three top class comedians perform their set and favourite Karaoke number, you vote for the winner to be crowned Comedy Karaoke Star. To top off the show you could be singing a duet with the winning comedian in the ultimate finale! Sing your heart out in the post show karaoke party at Bradders. MIXED BILL, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 COMEDY ON THE WOLDS

Comedy on the Wolds returns for its third year with a mixed bill of comedians in the Leicestershire village of Waltham on the Wolds. Join us for a night of laughter and entertainment, hosted by Katie Pritchard ("An explosion of joyful lunacy" (Shortlist)), featuring award winning Friz Frizzle, Lauren Pattison and Britain's Got Talent finalist Nabil Abdulrashid. Licensed bar also available at the venue. Suitable for age 16+ only. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

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COMEDY SINGLES PARTY

A comedy show with games for single party people! Bring a mate, bag a hot date - it might be fate! Kirsty Munro will hook you up even if you've been ghosted more times than Patrick Swayze. Bring your wing mate, gal pal or bromance, win prizes and laugh your way into the arms of your one true love. "Fantastically funny" Arts In Magazine. SOLO SHOW, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Consignia & CCCP Present

WORLD PREMIERE

CONSIGNIA PRESENT: ZEN & M'S "They actively want you to walk out." **** Chortle

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Jokes on Us Present

CRONE Since the dawn of time, those brave of heart have ventured into deep, dark, woods to gain supernatural knowledge from the creatures within. Tonight, it's you who enters the witch's lair. Bring her a gift and she will commune with the great beyond for you in this interactive horror comedy. The ether will be read. Your fortunes will be told. But such knowledge comes at a price... Give nothing you want returning. "Excitingly peculiar" - The Scotsman CHARACTER, HORROR DATES:

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The Chandeliers present

CSI: CRIME SCENE IMPROVISATION Mirth meets murder in the world's daftest whodunnit. Following fi ve-star sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation returns to Leicester with a rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot. A fully improvised, witty and absurd murder mystery. No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast! 'A spectacular must see' ***** (Bunbury) 'A novel idea, executed superbly' ***** (The Wee Review) www.crimesceneimpro.com IMPROV, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Cultural Comedy Tours Present

CULTURAL COMEDY TOURS Cultural Comedy Tours brings together hilarious comedians with fascinating art galleries, exhibitions and museums to take you on a journey of discovery, halftruths, full-truths and an unforgettable tour. Described as 'fun, relaxed, silly , informative', join us as a comedian takes you on a tour of the Undiscovered Island installation and see it through their eyes. Previous comedians include Charlie George, Foxdog Studios and Rob Kemp. culturalcomedytours.com EXHIBITION, IMMERSIVE DATES:

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"Every February Leicester really comes to life" the guardian

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 LCB Depot present

CULTURAL QUARTER EARLIES: COMEDY FESTIVAL SPECIAL Join us for some live kids comedy, get creative with your best jokes in our mini comedy club Take The Mic, show us your craziest moves at the Daft Disco and join us for loads more silly activities. Plus get lunch at Grays and explore creative activities across the rest of the Cultural Quarter. CHILDREN'S DATES:

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CUTIE & THE FREAK

WORLD PREMIERE

1st generation immigrant Alexandra Krekan and 2nd generation immigrant Hitz Unadkat bring you their hilarious stand-up comedy World Premiere of... "Cutie & The Freak!" With special guest MC's, Alex and Hitz will bring you stories from their backgrounds, dating and work lives and you'll be surprised at who actually is the Cutie and who is the Freak! Or are they both freaks? You decide! PS You will be very disappointed if you think this is a musical! STORYTELLING, SATIRE DATES:

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CUTIE & THE FREAK

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1st generation immigrant Alexandra Krekan and 2nd generation immigrant Hitz Unadkat bring you their hilarious stand-up comedy World Premiere of... "Cutie & The Freak!" With special guest MC's, Alex and Hitz will bring you stories from their backgrounds, dating and work lives and you'll be surprised at who actually is the Cutie and who is the Freak! Or are they both freaks? You decide! PS You will be very disappointed if you think this is a musical! STORYTELLING, SATIRE DATES:

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UTC Artist Management Present

DAMAN BAMRAH AND OLA LABIB: WRAP GAME Stars of The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (Ch4), Daman Bamrah and Ola Labib bring their debut collaboration to LCF! BBC New Comedy Awards 2021 semifinalist Daman Bamrah is best known for his raw wit and acute observations. Rising star and Funny Women Awards 2021 runner up, Ola Labib is known for her infectious charm and edgy comedy material. Together they'll perform a hair-raising hour that will leave you laughing long after it's 'wrapped'. https://www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk MIXED BILL DATES:

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DAN NIGHTINGALE'S WORKING IT OUT

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Dan Nightingale's Working It Out. An hour of very funny stand-up comedy from one of the very best circuit comedians in the UK. After the huge success of Dan's podcast 'Have A Word', he'll be going out on a national tour in the Autumn of '22, but before he does he'll be developing that hour of comedy and what better place to start than the incredible Leicester Comedy Festival. Tickets will sell fast for this. It's going to be a Smasher. www.dannightingale.com SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 DAN TIERNAN: A BIG GAY COMEDY SHOW

Award Winning comedian and certified gay lord Dan Tiernan presents an hour of queer comedy. Dan was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award this year and then won The SAM Award for best LGBTQ+ ensemble show at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe. Join him as he hosts an hour of camp comedy featuring some of his favourite Queer comedians performing at the festival. MIXED BILL, BURLESQUE DATES:

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Ingenious Fools

DANIEL NICHOLAS: TRYING AND FAILING TO REMEMBER WHAT I DID IN 2019.

WORLD PREMIERE

Daniel Nicholas (est.1991) was making this cool stand up comedy game in 2019 about the different generations and their attitudes. But now 2 years on he's not sure if that's the right thing to be making. It will probably still be that show, but with some new bits. We're talking silly characters, intriguing movement, audience games that may have a subtle political message if you like to look for those things. And the macarena blindfolded. www.danielnicholas.co.uk GAME SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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DANNY POSTHILL: STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Since his first show "That Bloke Who Does Voices" Danny Posthill has decided to put the world to rights with a new show "Stand Up for the people". Danny thought how good would that be if comedians ran this country? From Michael McIntyre putting fines in place to people who hand mugs of tea over non handle way round, to Alan Carr being the minister of transport, Lee Evans dealing with the foreign affairs! https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Dan Dude present

WORLD PREMIERE

DANNY WARD: GOOD AS GOLD

Award winning Danny Ward returns! And this time he's got a TV credit! Have some of that! DIY Pundit on BT Sports if you're interested. Come and see the Amused Moose Peoples Champion (okay it was 2013 but imagine how good he'll be now!?!) with his brand new show, same inimitable style. "Delightfully clever punchlines...It's clever stuff." "Slick, quick, and packed with funny material" **** 3 Weeks Magazine. Watch the old man and his Filofax go! www,dannyward.org SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Daphna Baram

DAPHNA BARAM: UNMUTED Two years indoors left Daphna Baram, a sociable animal even at the worst of times, compelled to spend the first year of her 50s chatting with her unforgiving self. When she ran home to mummy in Jerusalem, she found herself in the middle of a war. 'Supremely talented.' (DailyInfo.co.uk). 'Masterful...' ***** (Bunbury Magazine) * * * * "Amazing" (The Wee Review); "Fascinating" (Chortle); "A lovely Variety of funny" (One4Reviews) Www.missdcomedy.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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DARREN WALSH: WORK IN PROGRESS 2022 Join award-winning punslinger Darren Walsh (Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2019 - BEST JOKE) for some new jokes. UK's first Pun Champion, WINNER - Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, WINNER -, Dave's top 10 jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2018. You get the idea basically, there's a lot of jokes. I've got 151 characters left. Ah now it's 121. 104 now. Ah no only 95 characters left. 64! Just 69 characters left now. 31. 27 characters! That went qu darrenwalsh.co.uk SOLO SHOW, IMPROV DATES:

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"The festival offers big names...and innovative curios" the times

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Momentum Artist Management & Jokes On Us Present

DAVE BIBBY REMAKES JURASSIC PARK WHILE TRYING TO BRING UP A BABY (WIP)

WORLD PREMIERE

A show about parenthood through the eyes of a complete manchild aka multi-award-winning comedian, Dave Bibby. An anarchic horror-comedy packed with songs, sketches, characters & a total reshaping of the classic movie. Performed with Hugh Jorrection. "A highly capable performer who could very plausibly develop cult status" Broadway Baby **** As seen on Channel 4, Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Hulu. A comedy show 65 million years in the making. www.DaveBibby.com SOLO SHOW, SKETCH DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

DAVE CHAWNER: UNDERDOG A timely show about dogs, defeat and determination by award-winning comedian, best selling author and underdog Dave Chawner. As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 4. As heard on Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 4. "Hilariously entertaining" (Mail On Sunday). "Quirky, moving and hilarious" (Indy 100) * * * * (The List) * * * * (Edinburgh Festival Magazine) * * * * (Three Weeks) * * * * (Broadway Baby) * * * * (Wee Review) * * * * (Broadway Baby) www.DaveChawner.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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DAVID MILLS: CODE RED (WIP) Life lessons for a world in perpetual crisis. Comedy raconteur, David Mills shares his survival guide for our apocalyptic times. A wander through our terrifying 24-hour, reality television cartoon dystopia - with laughs! 'A superior act. Mills is an archduke of comedy with the emphasis on 'arch'. CHORTLE David Mills is a class act. His jokes are beautifully crafted, sparkling little missiles loaded with wit. SCOTSMAN www.itsdavidmills.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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DAVID STANIER: JUST A PINCH!

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Yowch! I'm not dreaming! It's the premiere of David Stanier's online comedy special 'Just a Pinch!'. Get ready to be gripped between a confident index finger and a big ol' thumb by this brand new online show. "Stanier has a knowingness behind the daftness...lovely, feelgood stuff" Chortle "Stanier cuts an immediate contrast to most of his fellows... an intrinsically silly human being" The Skinny www.davidstanier.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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DIANE SPENCER: SLID OFF THE TURKEY Comedian and YouTube starlet Diane Spencer delivers an hour of delightfully shocking stand-up on family anecdotes, sexual preferences and her theories on the evolution of dick graffi ti. Search "Diane Spencer comedian" on YouTube to watch 8 previous shows, so you know what you're in for! Blue but not coarse, non-political, chirpy comedy. Over 6M views on YouTube. "Not to be missed" 5 stars, ThreeWeeks www.dianespencer.tv SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

DONNA SCOTT: WEIRD SENSE OF TUMOUR

Bewildered comic Donna Scott (BBC New Voices Final 10; Apple Podcast Stand-Up Comedy Charts Top Ten) ponders childlessness, her Black Country roots, being an unlikely genius and her incredible journey of self-discovery since finding out she was a freakish medical anomaly. No, it's weirder than that! You'll be in stitches - the good kind. www.donna-scott.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Esquires Coffee present

WORLD PREMIERE

DOUBLE SHOT COMEDY: WITH ESQUIRES COFFEE

A good time's a brewing at Esquires Coffee. Join us for a mug full of belly laughs from some of the circuit's tastiest acts. Including Ria Lina, Eshaan Akbar, Nabil Abdulrashid (Britains Got Talent finalist 2020) & your host Tez Ilyas (Live at The Apollo - BBC Two & Man Like Mobeen - BBC Three). All washed down with a hot cuppa. Our coffee shop is in the heart of the action at the bottom of New Walk - we can't wait to show you around! EVENT DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

WORLD PREMIERE

DR ELECTRIC FROG'S IMPROV EXPERIENCE

Improv, theatre and madness meet whilst audience and performer boundaries blur. For one night only, Electric Frog and his cohorts create improvised movie scenes from audience suggestions, as well as the opportunity for a brave few audience members to take part in the show. Bizarre and crazy improv show framed through a career retrospective interview of a maverick film-director. Come with an open mind, leave with a broken one. www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk IMPROV, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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ED GAMBLE After a sell-out tour of his house in 2020 (extended into 2021 due to popular demand), Ol' Broken Pancreas is charged up and ready to flick the switch on another night of attention seeking. As seen and heard on Mock the Week (BBC2), Live At the Apollo (BBC), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You (BBC) and Sunday mornings on Radio X alongside Matthew Crosby. demontforthall.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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EDY HURST'S COMEDY VERSION OF JEFF WAYNE'S MUSICAL VERSION OF H.G. WELL'S LITERARY VERSION (VIA ORSON WELLES' RADIO VERSION) OF 'THE WAR OF THE WORLDS' Heard on BBC Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra "Bursts with Comedic Joy" **** (The Skinny) "Gloriously Silly Musical Comedy" (The Wee Review) "Funny. Quirky, Deep. Seamless" **** (The Lancashire Post) www.edyhurst.co.uk

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Rebellious Productions present

ELEANOR CONWAY With millions of views over lockdown for her blunt takes on dating & being a child-free badass, Eleanor Conway returns in 2022 & asks... 'How can women negotiate equal pay in the boardroom if they cannot negotiate equal orgasms in the bedroom?' Conway is an internationally touring comedian that does filthy, hilarious shows about sex, addiction & dating. You may also recognise her from The Guardian, Woman's Hour, Stylist, Grazia & BBC 4 Extra. www.eleanorconway.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 ELEANOR MORTON + KAT BOND = 1 HOUR OF COMEDY Two brilliant stand-up's bring you half an hour each of new funnies. Fresh, offbeat and funny, Morton assembles a variety of ideas from the past year and tries to make something of it. **** Fest This years Funny Women Award Winner Kat Bond brings her 'Offbeat Brilliance' to Leicester as she guides the audience through her overwhelming emotions, her need to please and her unique blend of stand-up and character comedy. www.kathrynbond.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Avalon Present

ELEANOR TIERNAN: THIS SHOW IS BENEATH US ALL (WIP) Deeply uncouth hour with feelings, sincerity and even, Lord have mercy on our souls, mental health. Really vulgar stuff. May also contain some of that deeply unfashionable self-deprecation. Your patience is appreciated. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

ELLIOT STEEL: WORK IN PROGRESS Marked as 'One to Watch' by the Independent, Elliot Steel is a rising talent on the UK's comedy circuit. Receiving critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show Merked in 2019, you won't want to miss this brand-new work in progress show. 'Astute quips which leave us all in tears from laughing' ****1/2 - Short Com 'His millennial pearls of wisdom definitely deserve bigger crowds' **** - The List As seen on Comedy Central's Roast SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

ELLIOT WENGLER: SPECIAL FEATURES There's only one thing that'll stop Elliot telling you stories of working for Nando's by accident, Pokemon championships, and chicken culls for sake of democracy... HIMSELF! Luckily he's got his inner monologue on display to help him out. Come see a live comedy show with DVD special features; audio commentaries, gag reels, and more! 'likeable performer; nice ideas' - Broadway Baby. 'truly funny stories; a real treat' - Concrete. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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GetComedy proudly present

EMMANUEL SONUBI: YOU AREN'T WHAT YOU EAT (WORK IN PROGRESS)

WORLD PREMIERE

The past year Emmanuel has witnessed a social media boom that has been shaping the way we all live our lives. From teenagers to pensioners our daily routines are being dictated and manipulated by the way we are fed information via the tiny screens we can't live without. As seen on the recent series of 'Live at the Apollo' 'Comedy Centrals Stand-Up UK' and the 'Stand-up Sketch Show' "The bloke has got funny bones" Romesh Ranganathan SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ERIC RUSHTON: I HAD A DREAM AND YOU WERE ALL IN IT

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020 Eric Rushton brings his highly-anticipated debut hour to the festival. Ever since he was a little boy, Eric has dreamt of being a commercially-viable stand-up comedian that could effortlessly entertain both you and your extended family. This is his chance to make that dream come true. Expect salty language, sweet facial expressions, and hand gestures with far too much oregano on them. ericrushton.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 RBM Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

ERYN TETT FINDS HER AUDIENCE (WORK IN PROGRESS)

An alternative stand up comedy show which earnestly takes an entirely literal approach to the common comedian advice of 'find your audience'. With a style that toes the line between straight stand up and absurdism, misfi t and newly proactive Eryn Tett (Cherry Comedy Breakout Act of the Year Winner '20/Funny Women Stage Award Runner-up '20) is collecting important data in the search of her perfect audience. SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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ESHAAN AKBAR: THE PRETENDER Eshaan Akbar (QI, Mock The Week, Comedy Central) returns to Leicester with underformed jokes and an overformed ego. See if he finds a happy medium with his latest ideas, thoughts and observations. Particularly about crisps.

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

ESYLLT SEARS: ABSOLUTELY NOT (WORK IN PROGRESS) It is possible to spend too much time in the bath and end up organising the media relations around your own eventual death. Esyllt has provided tour support to Elis James and Jen Brister and presents The Xennial Dome podcast. She has performed on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio Wales in English and S4C in Welsh. She's also written for The Now Show and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4); Elis James' Welsh sketch series and his stand-up special (S4C). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ESYLLT SEARS: ABSOLUTELY NOT (WORK IN PROGRESS) It is possible to spend too much time in the bath and end up organising the media relations around your own eventual death. Esyllt has provided tour support to Elis James and Jen Brister and presents The Xennial Dome podcast. She has performed on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio Wales in English and S4C in Welsh. She's also written for The Now Show and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4); Elis James' Welsh sketch series and his stand-up special (S4C). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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EVA BINDEMAN: IT'S GOING WHALEY WELL 5 years ago Eva decided to become an entertainer. But with no singing or dancing ability the only path left was to join a whale pod in Scotland. "It's Going Whaley Well" is the hilarious true tale of beachings, teachings and swimming away from the crowd. Eva Bindeman is a Bristol based comedian with a warm and whip-smart sense of humour. Funny Women 2019 semi finalist, So You Think You're Funny 2019 semi finalist. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Laughter Craft Comedy

EVERARDS TIGER PRESENT ROAR WITH LAUGHTER @ THE WHITE LION, WHISSENDINE Roar with Laughter at this established comedy night as part of the Everards Tiger Roar with Laughter Fringe. Enjoy four hilarious comedians, and your ticket price includes a free pint of Tiger making this a roarsome night out! www.whitelioninn.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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"Three weeks of laughs in Leicester" the mail on sunday

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

FASCINATING AIDA After a sell-out in Spring 2020 and due to popular demand Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are returning to De Montfort Hall. With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven't heard before and some you wish you'd never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical - the glamour is unstoppable. demontforthall.co.uk MUSICAL DATES:

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FIONA RIDGEWELL: WIP Fiona Ridgewell is 'Feeling Zen' or at least she's trying. After years or self help her outside world isn't reflecting what's going on inwardly! Join Fiona as she questions the expectations put on us and if she'll ever meet the societal norms... .. In February 2020 her show "Contender" was nominated for best debut show at Leicester Comedy Festival. "Fiona has a direct cheeky sense of humour" Steve Bennett Chortle SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Big Difference present

FIRST NIGHT FUNNIES Celebrate the first night of the festival with an incredible line up of comedians, including Mrs Barbara Nice (Britain's Got Talent), Ania Magliano ( Funny Women Finalist 2020), Good Kids (Nominated Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020), Nathan Caton (as seen on Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week), and more to be announced! MIXED BILL DATES:

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Avalon present

FLO & JOAN: SWEET RELEASE Multi-award winning musical comedy duo Flo & Joan are climbing out of their pits, armed with a piano and percussion section to bring you a brand new show of their critically acclaimed songs and comedy. Their unique, sharp-tongued style has taken them around the world and now they are back with their biggest ever UK national tour, poking around all the classic topics of the day: over-thinking, alien lovers and fringes. * ** * The Telegraph https://www.floandjoan.com MUSICAL DATES:

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Rob Gee present

FORGET ME NOT: THE ALZHEIMER'S WHODUNNIT A murder mystery set on a dementia ward. ***** "Hilarious and heartbreaking" Victoria Times. ***** "Smart, witty and razor-sharp" Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ***** "Wonderful!" Theatre in London. "A comedy, meditation on human dignity and at its heart, a love story... remarkable." Orlando Sentinel. "A disturbing masterpiece." Gig City, Alberta. Winner: Best of Fest, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary Fringe Festivals. robgee.co.uk SOLO SHOW, THEATRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 FOXTON COMEDY NIGHT

Join us for a comedy night with all proceeds in aid of the refurbishment of the Foxton Village play area. Featuring talented comics handpicked by the festival team, your night will be hosted by Leicestershire's very own Sarah Johnson, and will include musical performance by award-winning comedian Kate Lucas and more special guests to be announced! MIXED BILL DATES:

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FoxyComedy present

FOXYCOMEDY CLUB NIGHT Join us for big laughs every Wednesday and Sunday throughout the Festival with top club comedians. Featuring great headliners, set in an intimate room within the historic Wygston's House. Check Foxy Comedy Facebook page for updated line-ups. MC Ben Ennis, plus special guests! ALTERNATIVE, MIXED BILL DATES:

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KM Comedy Management present

FRAN JENKING: 'TEN YEAR FRANNIVERSARY (A.K.A. SURVIVING THE FRANDEMIC)'

WORLD PREMIERE

Nobody saw it coming... it is quite unbelievable... the whole world has been affected by it... that's right...... your favourite man of mirth, Fran Jenking is finally back for another fun hour of new material and daft-silly shenanigans!! "Fabulous flights of fancy from an amenable onstage presence" - BBC.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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FRANK FOUCAULT: SONGS (WIP) Frank Foucault is a serious musician now. No more stupid stuff. Honestly. He's a serious musician. Take him seriously. "Frank Foucault spends fully six minutes of the hour simply saying the word "smart"." 4****- The Scotsman. www.frankfoucault.com MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

FRANK LAVENDER: WORK IN PROGRESS Comedian par excellent, misogyny apologist and inevitable sex symbol FRANK LAVENDER springs forward from the smoky Working Men's Clubs of South Yorkshire for an evening's 'work in progress' alongside his wife, the lovely Rose Lavender. Character comedy from Gareth Joyner and Lucy Frederick. "Pinsharp material" - The Scotsman www.myradubois.co.uk/ CHARACTER DATES:

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FREDDY QUINNE: DANCE FOR THE DEPRAVED

WORLD PREMIERE

Multi-award-winning comedian Freddy Quinne is one of the most sought after acts in British comedy. Combining a frank, no-holes-barred delivery with an acerbic view of the world, he is known for comedy that pulls no punches. His comedy has been featured in Ladbible, The Independent, The Express and The Mirror, and his viral videos have amassed over 100 million views. www.freddyquinne.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club present

FRIDAY NIGHT COMEDY @ THE 1912 Comedy Festival nights are returning to the 1912 after a long time away! On Friday 4th February Joe Zalias ic coming to host the night bringing Pete Phillipson as the opening act, Chris Washington headlining with a guest act to be confirmed. Friday 18th February we are bringing you a treat, Joe Rowntree will be the host for the evening with Mike Cox. Rachel Jackson and Scott Bennett (as seen on Live at the Apollo) headlining. https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Funhouse Comedy and Live at the Lodge

FUNHOUSE - LIVE AT THE LODGE An evening of the best in stand-up comedy featuring Dominic Holland (father of Spiderman actor Tom Holland), Dan Nightingale, Shazia Mirza and James Dowdeswell. MIXED BILL DATES:

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FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB Funhouse Comedy has been running shows at countless venues across The Midlands and beyond since 2003., twice winning Best Club at The Midlands Comedy Awards. This show features: TOM WRIGGLESWORTH Wonderful wordsmith with several highly popular Radio 4 series under his belt MICKY P. KERR Very funny musical comic, who made the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2018. Plus incredible alternative comedy musical duo Good Kids and compere Barry Dodds. https://centurytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ EVENT, MIXED BILL DATES:

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FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB Funhouse Comedy has been running shows at numerous venues across The Midlands and beyond since 2003 and twice been voted Best Club at The Midlands Comedy Awards. This show features the brilliant Nathan Caton, who has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week and countless other TV shows. There will also be 3 top support acts plus compere Spiky Mike. https://funhousecomedy.co.uk/venues/ashby-comedy-club/ EVENT, MIXED BILL DATES:

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Menphys: Supporting Leicestershire Children and Young People with Disabilities present

WORLD PREMIERE

FUNNIER THAN YOU THINK - COMEDY WORKSHOP & SHOWCASE

Menphys present a comedy workshop dedicated to showcasing the funny side of disability. A workshop led by the excellent Jarred Christmas to develop young people's comedy skills and give them an experience of performing live to their families and carers. Places are limited, please contact Liam.Deacy@menphys. org.uk to book your young person's place. Suitable for children & young people with disabilities, aged 13-25. £25/workshop place. CHILDREN'S, IMPROV DATES:

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The Moira Furnace Museum Trust Present

FUNNY FOLK TALES FOR GROWN-UPS Join Tom the Tale Teller for a good old-fashioned story walk around the beautiful grounds of the Moira Furnace. The walk will explore the area with regular stops along the way on which Tom will regale the group with traditional tales and folklore that will tickle your sides and bring a smile to your face, no matter what the weather. STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

Avalon present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

GARRETT MILLERICK: JUST TRYING TO HELP

The world's angriest optimist returns for another bash at sorting out life's complications. It's stand up comedy for people who like to keep things simple. 'Big hitting stand up' The Guardian. 'This brave and winning hour certainly pulls no punches' The Times. 'He's just fantastic' Frank Skinner. As seen on: Conan, SiriusXM, 800 Pound Gorilla Records & The Laughable Podcast (50 Funniest Podcasts of 2021 - The Guardian). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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GAY COMEDY NIGHT The longest running (we think) Gay Comedy Night is back, showcasing excellent LGBTQ+ comedians for 25 years! To celebrate we've invited the headline for our very first night, Scott Capurro, surrounded by an exciting mix of comedic talent, including Sian Davies, winner of Best Debut Show at LCF 2020. From warm hearted and engaging, to sharply focussed wit and a verbal tapestry of vulgar pub jokes, we've got a good giggle for anyone! www.ytheatre.co.uk MIXED BILL DATES:

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GEOFF ALDERMAN: I WORK THE LINE

WORLD PREMIERE

Like proper jokes? Geoff Alderman has hundreds. (Some of them quite dark.) "...robust gagsmith... solid punchlines... deliciously mean." Steve Bennett, Chortle. The show runs from Monday 7th, to Saturday 12th of February at 6.45pm. https://www.theglobeleicester.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

GEORGE LEWIS: WORK IN PROGRESS George Lewis (tour support for Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Russell Kane & Josh Widdicombe) is back with a brand new show about the future. It's where you're headed, so you better listen up. George has recently appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and the Stand Up Sketch Show. He has written for Radio 4, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You and his own weekly football column 'Funny Old Game' in the Times, so you're in safe hands. www.georgelewiscomedian.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

WORLD PREMIERE

GEORGIE MORRELL & BENNY SHAKES: WORK IN PROGRESS

A stand-up comedy split bill. Benny is a powerhouse of funny built on a foundation of clever joke writing, from the daily struggles of living with a disability to his observations on Midlands red neck life. Georgie is a regular on the UK stand up circuit. Known for her own brand of gossipy humour and disabled banter, she is one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming acts. "The perfect mix of feistiness and resignation" ****The Reviews Hub SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 That's Enough Drama present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

GERARD HARRIS: WANK IN PROGRESS

Join me for an hour of the all best jokes I've ever written - plus so many others. There's no fancy theme, clever storyline or actual public masturbation, it's really just about the things which it's about, so if you like things, THIS IS THE SHOW FOR YOU "Very funny" Pioneer Press, Minneapolis "Hilarious" Dominion Post, Wellington "A brilliant, engaging, dynamic and hilarious performer" Visitorium, Ottawa gerardharrisdotcomistaken.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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GIGGLY WRIGGLY READER Calling all under 5's, bring your grown-ups and your smiles to Giggly Wriggly Readers. There will be funny stories and songs to laugh and dance along to. Who can make the funniest elephant noise and who will have the best giraffe dancing legs? Light-hearted picture books and silly songs to enjoy at Coalville & Ashby Libraries! STORYTELLING DATES:

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GIGGLY WRIGGLY READER Calling all under 5's, bring your grown-ups and your smiles to Giggly Wriggly Readers. There will be funny stories and songs to laugh and dance along to. Who can make the funniest elephant noise and who will have the best giraffe dancing legs? Light-hearted picture books and silly songs to enjoy at Coalville & Ashby Libraries! STORYTELLING DATES:

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Fella

REGIONAL PREMIERE

GIVE ME SOME CREDIT

The proper army wouldn't have her but Fella still found herself behind enemy lines. On the dole and ready to mole, she turned to the only place that'd hire her: the government. Her mission? Destroy the system from within and earn enough money for new knockers. Was it a success? What do you think. At least her show's a good laugh - as Chortle said, Fella's 'living proof of the power of energy, enthusiasm and charisma in comedy'. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Avalon Present

GLENN MOORE: WORK IN PROGRESS Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The News Quiz, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), brings a brand new work-in-progress to Leicester, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we've learned to accept from him. 4 stars - The Guardian, Chortle, The Telegraph SOLO SHOW DATES:

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GetComedy proudly present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

GLENN WOOL: THE TINY KINGS OF WINTER

Glenn has burned his party lifestyle to the ground and from the ashes emerged a phoenix of personal responsibility that includes a wife, two kids and a nice little house in the countryside. It's an hour of unsettling stories about settling down. Growing up, growing out and dropping off (kids at school), getting older, dumber and wiser in equal measures. 'Effortlessly funny with affability other comedians can only dream of' (Guardian). BOOK NOW! www.glennwool.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 GOOD KIDS: WORK IN PROGRESS

The new work-in-progress hour from the offbeat double act. Expect songs, sketches, characters and a flippin' great time. Nominees - Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020. Nominees - Best Musical Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2020. "Good Kids are a total blast!" - Fringe Guru "A really fab little sketch act" - Joe Lycett "They're stupid, daft, at times nonsensical. Funny yes but daft as brushes. Just how I love my comedy." - Johnny Vegas www.goodkidcomedy.co.uk ALTERNATIVE, MUSICAL DATES:

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Jason Neale present

WORLD PREMIERE

GRADUATION NIGHT (WITH JASON NEALE)

Come see the stars of tomorrow. Upstairs At The Western proudly presents the graduates from its Spring 2022 comedy workshops as the support acts for the evening's headliner. Come watch our new stand-up stars as they take to the stage for the first time. All held together by local comedian (and their tutor for the past 6 weeks) Jason Neale. www.upstairsatthewestern.com THEATRE DATES:

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Ship of Fools Comedy present

HAHA HARBOROUGH A great night of top stand-up stars featuring JOSH PUGH , winner of English Comedian of the Year, plus master of dry humour and subtle anecdotes MATT BRAGG, also cutlery safety expert IAN CRAWFORD and regular compere ALAN SEAMAN ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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HANNAH FAIRWEATHER: JUST A NORMAL GIRL WHO ENJOYS REVENGE Hannah Fairweather was the 2019 Rising Star New Act of the Year, a semi finalist in the BBC NCA, SYTYF, Leicester Square and Komedia New Comedian Awards, and was selected for the Angel Comedy Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. She has been heard on Union Jack Radio, BBC Sounds and Radio4 and has written for The Now Show and Mock The Week. "Absolutely cracking jokes, delivered with aplomb and a devilish grin" - Lloyd Langford, Comedian. www.hannahfairweathercomedy.com

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Loughborough Student Union present

HAPPY MONDAY COMEDY CLUB Loughborough Students Union hosts a very special one hour show featuring 3 fantastic stand-ups handpicked just for you by the Festival organisers! Hosted by Jon Pearson ("A natural ability for working an audience" - EdFringeReview.com), featuring Sam Serrano ("killer lines... a lot going for them, expect to see more" Chortle) and multi award winner Lauren Pattison (as seen on Comedy Central & BBC1) MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 HARRIET DYER: TRIGGER WARNING (WORK IN PROGRESS)

WORLD PREMIERE

Harriet Dyer is an award winning comedian, mental health advocate, author and experience to behold. Here doth lie quite the harrowing tale, one you won't forget in a hurry. Far funnier than it should be. "Harriet Dyer was one of the stand out superstars for me of this years Edinburgh Fringe. She's insightful, unique, peerless, extraordinary and... well, maybe a little unhinged." BBC Radio 4 Extra www.harrietdyer.com STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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HARRY AND CHRIS: ABSOLUTE FAVES

WORLD PREMIERE

It's been a rough old ride eh? After four years of taking shows up to Edinburgh via Leicester, we had a delightful little break where we weren't allowed to touch each other which Harry probably enjoyed more than Chris. Needless to say we're back doing what were love, bringing some of our (and hopefully your) all-time fave songs with masterful lyrics, catchy riffs, outrageous puns, and a whole lot of heart. "Soulful... Perfect" ***** Broadway Baby MUSICAL, IMPROV DATES:

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HARRY BAKER: UNASHAMED

WORLD PREMIERE

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker had a lot of time to think about the important things in life during lockdown(s), such as making German pop bangers and reviewing toilet seats online. A show of new poems and realisations celebrating the little things in life that make us who we are. His most playful, heartfelt, uplifting, unashamedly Harry Baker show yet. "Simply put... The greatest performer on Earth" ***** - Scott Mills Show, Radio 1. www.harrybaker.co SPOKEN WORD, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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HARRY STACHINI: WORK IN PROGRESS Harry Stachini is the comedian to watch in this new decade. Having established a reputation as an exciting young comedian with an impressive easy-going style. His warm and friendly stage presence comfortably leads us through hilarious and skilful storytelling, which is beyond his years. He performed his debut solo show 'Tigers Don't Cry' to sold-out audiences at Edinburgh Festival and now returns with his second work in progress solo show. https://www.harrystachini.com/ SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Ibic Productions

HARVEY GREENFIELD IS RUNNING LATE A frantic comedy play about a man trying to please everyone. Meet Harvey Greenfield - a successful, bright, mid-thirty-something who just doesn't have the ability to say no. Is it possible to please everyone, all of the time? "Like an alternative Ferris Bueller... the escalating web of chaos is skilfully scripted in the vein of a classic film comedy. ****" - The Scotsman THEATRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Lucky Dog Theatre Productions present

HATS OFF TO LAUREL AND HARDY The award-winning Lucky Dog bring their internationally renowned biopic about the best-loved comedy duo of all-time back to Leicester Guildhall. Widely regarded as being the most accurate show ever written about The Boys, it is the closest thing you can get to seeing the original pair in action. Be prepared to laugh your socks off before having your heart broken. ***** FringeReview. ***** RemoteGoat. ***** LoveFringe. ***** FringeGuru. www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com THEATRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 HATTY ASHDOWN: THE WORRY DRAWER

WORLD PREMIERE

"Wonderfully inventive, consistently funny"- Time Out. The worry drawer is a place to pop your problems to take them off your mind. Join Hatty (co-writer of Comedy Central's Give Out Girls, host of Funny Mummies on Soho Radio) as she opens the drawer and finds the fun in how we cope with the tough and the tedious, considers if grief and emptying the dishwashers are the same, and wonders if her mum held the secret to a worry free life all along. hattyashdown.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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HATTY ASHDOWN: THE WORRY DRAWER

WORLD PREMIERE

"Wonderfully inventive, consistently funny"- Time Out. The worry drawer is a place to pop your problems to take them off your mind. Join Hatty (co-writer of Comedy Central's Give Out Girls, host of Funny Mummies on Soho Radio) as she opens the drawer and finds the fun in how we cope with the tough and the tedious, considers if grief and emptying the dishwashers are the same, and wonders if her mum held the secret to a worry free life all along. hattyashdown.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Blue Book Artist Management present

HELEN BAUER: GOOD TIT (WORK IN PROGRESS) Nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, sweet angel stand up comedian Helen Bauer presents a work in progress show of her new thoughts and feelings on pretty much everything. "What follows is an hour of comedy so perfectly put together, you'd be forgiven for doubting this could possibly be someone's debut show." (The Skinny). As heard and seen on BBC Radio 4, BBC2, BBC3 and Comedy Central UK. www.helenbauer.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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HELEN DUFF IS THE TITS (WORK IN PROGRESS) And she doesn't give a damn who knows it. A show with songs that tickles the senses and strokes the soul. Bossing birth may also be mentioned. WIP. 'Bold, subversive and very funny' **** (Scotsman). 'Deserves any and all praise that comes her way' **** (Skinny). 'Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). As seen on BBC III, BBC Two's 'The Mash Report', and alongside Will Ferrell in 'Holmes & Watson'. www.helenduff.com CLOWN, STORYTELLING DATES:

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HENNING WEHN Watch German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn give everything a good rinse and witness him wring sense out of the nonsensical. An unbiased look at a certain virus might be inevitable but Henning has no agenda; he just happens to be always spot on. It's a curse.. demontforthall.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Little Wander present

HERE TO JUDGE - LIVE PODCAST Leila Navabi (Tourist Trap, The Leak with Tom Price), Priya Hall (Who Said That?) & Robin Morgan (The Now Show, Romesh Presents...) scour the internet for disturbing dilemmas to dish out advice and decide who's to blame. Different quandaries every show from "Is it ok if my partner doesn't let me upstairs in the house we own together?" to "My friend refuses to make to make my dog a birthday cake & now we're not speaking". https://littlewander.co.uk/little-wander-podcasts/here-to-judge/ PODCAST DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes on Us present

HILLY AND HULIE George and Rahul met at UCL Comedy Club and embarked upon a career in comedy after graduating. George has already reached the final of the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2021 and has been described as a "skilled joke craftsman" with "to-die-for punchlines" by Chortle. Leicester-born Rahul has written for Mock the Week and reached the semi-finals of So You Think You're Funny? 2021. They now come together to see how their lives are going. STORYTELLING DATES:

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Lord Rodney and Lord Russell present

HOUSE OF TWADDLE Following a sell-out show at the UK Kids Comedy Festival 2020, this award nominated duo bring bring their unique Georgian gameshow to the Guildhall. If you don't know the difference between Bum Fodder, Fartleberries and Twiddle Poop then this fun-packed show will entertain children and adults alike. Nominated for the Leicester Comedy Festival 2019 Best Improv/Musical Show. CHILDREN'S DATES:

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HOW COMIC CAN YOU LOOK? Dress up and come along in your funniest outfi t. It can be made out of anything and be as quirky as you like - the aim is to make other people smile and for you to have fun wearing it. There will be a prize for the funniest costume in each of the following age groups: Under 5; 5-7; 8-11. There will also be a tiny prize for everyone who takes part. Refreshments available to purchase at the event. CHILDREN'S, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Simple Politics and Comedy Club 4 Kids present

HOW DOES THIS POLITICS THING WORK THEN? Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults. Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC's The Slammer) know exactly how and will show you over 60 minutes just how to make sense of it all. "Really funny, and also educational for the kids great, and inclusive."' Egg Theatre, Bath http://www.politicsforkids.co.uk/ CHILDREN'S, THEATRE DATES:

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Awkward Productions present

HOW TO LIVE A JELLICLE LIFE: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE 2019 HIT MOVIE MUSICAL 'CATS' Following 5-star reviews, two sold out runs and a national tour the jellicle show is back! A show that provides a jellicle discussion about the jellicle aspects of the jellicle cats in 'Cats' and how you can apply them to your life in order to make it truly jellicle. Expect jellicle laughs, jellicle dance and a very jellicle PowerPoint presentation. www.linuskarp.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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HOWERDS END This brand new play takes you to the heart of Frankie and Dennis' clandestine relationship, which lasted from the 1950s until Frankie's death in 1992. It also affords a glorious opportunity to encounter Frankie in full-flight stand up mode. Packed with laughter, unafraid of truth, Howerd's End portrays two humans' journey through closeness, love, grief, and all the other things that make life worthwhile. THEATRE DATES:

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EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

Benjamin Bankole Bello

I AM NOT PRESIDENT OBONJO The man behind the creation President Obonjo the Original African dictator, steps out of his creation's shadow to reveal the man behind the throne.

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Club Smashing present

WORLD PREMIERE

IAN HALL: AN HOUR OF (ADHD) IAN

Ian always felt a bit different. On impulse he started doing stand-up, replete with slapstick, cardboard and 20-odd different characters. Somehow AN HOUR OF IAN won Best New Show here in 2014. He diverted into kids comedy, including a double act with his daughter - and got diagnosed with ADHD. This is one Ian's story about the ups/downs of being neurodiverse, a bit desolate and lot daft. 'Something for just about everyone' Leicester Mercury ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

IAN LANE: HOW TO GET UP IN THE MORNING

The average Brit takes 49 minutes to get ready for work in the morning. In this work-in-progress stand-up comedy show, autistic multimedia comedian and world record speedrunner of retro video games Ian Lane investigates how to cut this time down in a post-Covid world where getting out of bed now seems futile. 'A densely layered yet consistently funny set' **** Comedy To Watch 'Powerful, provocative stuff' - Disability Arts Online. ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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IAN SMITH: SOME TALKING, SOME SHOUTING AND SOME BITS IN BETWEEN Multi-award winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and The Now Show) returns with a work in progress of a brand new show. Amused Moose Comedy Award and Three Weeks Editors' Award Winner 2017. "Catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time" The Telegraph "A riot of sprightly silliness" **** Chortle "An effortlessly brilliant stand-up show" **** The Scotsman www.iansmithcomedy.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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IAN STONE: EXPECTATIONS After his stand-out performance at the Gala Preview Show and sell out shows in 2020 and a break for you know what in 2021, Ian returns with another hour of blistering stand up. This show is about expectations. Are they helpful or do they just set us up for massive, overwhelming disappointment? Expect jokes, expect laughs, expect entertainment, but don't expect snacks or a lift home. SOLO SHOW, SATIRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us present

IMPLAUSIBLE Jokes On Us are delighted to bring you Jacob Nussey and Kevin Daniel, two of the rising stars from the Midlands comedy scene. Jacob and Kevin have combined forces to delight you with an hour of masterful storytelling and joke filled comedy. Grab a ticket fast for this guaranteed sell out show. Not to be missed under any circumstances, I'm telling you, you'll regret it if you do, dont say we didn't warn you. STORYTELLING DATES:

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IMPROVOKE The mashup of improv and karaoke you never knew you needed! Enjoy musical mayhem made up on the spot by madcap wonder duo Jen Kenny & Hannah Platts and their randomised playlist of karaoke backing tracks. Witness the hilarity as these improv maestros put their fates squarely in the hands of the shuffle gods... "Chaos, utter chaos: it's brilliant" "Hilarious - can't recommend enough!" IMPROV, MUSICAL DATES:

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IMRAN YUSUF: NOT PULLING PUNCHES Imran Yusuf is not pulling punches with his brand-new show of heavyweight headlines! A show of both aspirational left-wing ideals and unapologetic rightwing righteousness, for the finely-tuned funny truth that makes our world. Putting the perennial problems of our people into perspective, this humbling hour of honesty, humiliation and hardcore truths, refines jokes into jewels that will evoke the soul-affirming belly-aching laughter you desire. www.imranyusuf.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Instant laughs present

INSTANT LAUGHS SHOWCASE Prepare for an unforgettable and memorable evening of entertainment as Instant laughs bring you a variety show with a difference. The show features some of the best up-and-coming, unique and entertaining performers from this year's Leicester Comedy Festival. instant-laughs.com MIXED BILL, CLOWN DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

IRELAND'S FULL OF MULLARKEY

Eddie Mullarkey brings you on an hilarious, almost entirely honest, and wild journey of growing up as a Mama's boy in the west of Ireland, being a failed Catholic, and coming to terms with the old Irish tradition of repressing your feelings. Follow Eddie's European history of broken romance, the different versions of love at the root of Brexit and how to avoid having a baby. 'Skill of an old PRO', 'A brilliant talent' - International Comedy Club www.eddiemullarkey.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 ISABEL MARIA: THE EMOTIONAL UNIVERSE OF A MELODRAMATIC WOMAN

Isabel Maria is trapped in a real-life soap opera surrounded by campy Andalusian women, and she loves it. You are invited to explore the emotional universe of melodramatic women in this comedy show about cultural campiness and embracing the drama of life. 'jokes and punchlines which really hit you with laughter' **** (Broadway Baby). 'thought-provoking and unapologetically dark' **** (Entertainment Focus). https://isabonachera.com/ SATIRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ISABELLE FARAH: REVOLTING WIP Join Woke Millennial (Daily Mail, 2021) Isabelle Farah on a journey exploring revolution, apathy, and musicals. What do we care about any more? What will make us care? Do other people care more? Can you hear the people sing? www.isabellefarah.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

ISHI KHAN: LOVE. DESIRES. STRAWBERRIES. A late-starter comes out about her first kiss, desires and strawberries. Join multi-award nominee, internationally acclaimed Ishi as she develops a show exploring love, break-ups and happily ever after. A kiss and tell tale of bursting out of sexual repression. Show is suitable for lovers, non-lovers and strawberries. www.2funny.org.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Mirth of Forth Productions present

IT JUST SO HAPPENED - AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY SHOW Stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford (Top 10 Edinburgh Fringe jokes 2019 and 2021) hosts this show for history fans, back in Leicester for the fourth year. 3 guest comedians / history buffs perform short stand-up sets based 'on this day' in history before exploring some possible alternative histories of Leicester people and events. Recorded for the It Just So Happened history podcast. See Twitter @ItJustSo1 and website for details of the panel. www.itjustsohappened.co.uk HISTORICAL, PODCAST DATES:

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Big Difference present

IT'S A PUNNY OLD WORLD...... Join Dr Oliver Double and a panel of comedians chat about all things punny.... Celebrating the publication of All Puns Blazing (a pun joke book published by Penguin Books raising money for Leicester Comedy Festival) the discussion will explore how puns are written, the history of puns, different audience reactions and are puns a specific British thing. Groans not included. DISCUSSION DATES:

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IVAN BRACKENBURY SUPPORTS TOM BINNS: THE 'PSYCHIC' COMEDIUM Multi award winning comedian Tom Binns has performed his 'Psychic' Character Ian D Montfort to 5 star reviews around The World and in the smash hit British film "Eaten by Lions" Tom will be supported by 8/10 Cats Do Countdown, Dictionary Corner favourite and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee - Hospital Radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury. CHARACTER DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

IVO GRAHAM: HYPER REALITY (WORK IN PROGRESS) More frenetic life updates from the critically acclaimed anecdotalist/prank victim. Previously nominated for 'Best Show' at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, and as seen/heard on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Fighting Talk, and Quickly Kevin: The Steffa Barnsa Tapes. 'Has star in the making coming off him like steam' **** - Telegraph 'A hugely enjoyable hour of stand-up comedy' **** - Times ivograham.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jacks Dad present

WORLD PREMIERE

JACK GLEADOW: JACK TO REALITY

The Leicester Mercury Winner returns fresh from sell out shows on his laptop. He brings jokes, gags and funny sentences. Jack has achieved many amazing things in his comedy career (2nd Place Scunthorpe Comedian of The Year) but now he has big dreams such as winning a Pride of Britain Award and being in A West End Musical, after a year in lockdown are these dreams any closer to becoming true? '' An Absolute Natural'' Chortle www.jackgleadow.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JACK TOPHER: OBVIOUS PYRAMID SCHEME Be your own boss and accept this once in a lifetime opportunity to be entertained with an array of side splitting tales and questionable life lessons. Leicester's rising star brings his debut hour to the Leicester Comedy Festival, with a unique perspective and hilarious delivery, this is a performance not to be missed. *Definitely not a Pyramid Scheme.* STORYTELLING DATES:

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JACOB HAWLEY (WIP) Jacob hasn't written much stand-up comedy in the last year because what an insane response to a global pandemic that would be. In the before times he spoke about love, death, social class and phones. Since then he has (... I have) also written something about protests. As heard on BBC Sounds' Jacob Hawley: On Love and Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, and Radio 4's Welcome To Britain and Class Act. "Already shaping up as a must-see staple" List www.jacobhawley.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Country Mile Productions present

JACOB HAWLEY (WIP) Jacob hasn't written much stand-up comedy in the last year because what an insane response to a global pandemic that would be. In the before times he spoke about love, death, social class and phones. Since then he has (... I have) also written something about protests. As heard on BBC Sounds' Jacob Hawley: On Love and Jacob Hawley: On Drugs, and Radio 4's Welcome To Britain and Class Act. "Already shaping up as a must-see staple" List www.jacobhawley.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes on Us present

JAKE BAKER: UNITY (WORK IN PROGRESS) Join this award-winning comedian for an hour of laughs as he tries to unravel the great issues of our time like: what to say to a flat-earther, how to win gold at the Olympics and what to do with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Danny DeVito! 'Endearingly offbeat, great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind' **** - The Edinburgh Reporter www.jake-baker.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

JAKE LAMBERT: WORK IN PROGRESS Jake Lambert (Tour support for Michael McIntyre, Romesh Ranganathan & Jack Dee) has a new 'Solidly Entertaining' (The Scotsman) show, and it's called Shimmy Shake! The 'Fringe Favourite' (Broadway World) returns with another 'Highly entertaining hour' (One4Review) packed full of 'Subtlety and wit' (LondonTheatre1), which 'Catalyses laughter that cannot be contained' (EdFest) in his most honest show yet. www.jakelambertcomedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

JAMES COOK: SARKY BLEEDER

Cursed with a sarcastic tone of voice, award-winning comedian James Cook returns to his favourite festival with true life tales that no-one will believe are genuine. 'A top class comic' - Birmingham Mail. jamescookcomedian.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JAMIE D'SOUZA: WORK IN PROGRESS Join 'Leicester Comedy Best Festival Appearance Nominee' Jamie D'Souza as he performs a work in progress of his highly anticipated debut stand-up show about his first school crush. He's definitely over it. Expect a mix of short stories, hilarious one-liners and award-nominated musical comedy. Or as one reviewer actually wrote, 'his material is nice and mixed... just like his race' 'I guarantee anybody at the Fringe will enjoy' **** MumbleComedy.net www.twitter.com/jamie_dsouza SOLO SHOW, MUSICAL DATES:

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Ltd & Andrew Roach Talent present

JAMIE MACDONALD: REASONABLY ADJUSTED Blindingly funny jokes aren't enough these days - comedians must have a personal struggle now. Jamie wants some of that action! Irritatingly he can't see anything tragic about his life. He's 41, married, with no kids - bliss! Is he simply blind happy or is he a blind psychopath? Either way Jamie MacDonald needs to find an emotional struggle if he's to be any type of soul bearing modern clown! **** telegraph **** Guardian **** The Times SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Red Mongoose present

JAMIE OLIPHANT: THE OLIPHANT IN THE ROOM An affable dweeb but misanthropic cyclist, Jamie will explain how a head on collision with a car changed his world view. "Put everything down, take a deep breath and go see Jamie Oliphant" Deadline News. www.jamieoliphantcomedy.com STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 TripleCeePee present

WORLD PREMIERE

JANE HILL HAS LET HERSELF GO

Post-menopause and post-lockdown, Jane has really let herself go. And she highly recommends it. She's stopped counting her chins and started getting righteously angry. Frank, funny, relatable and only occasionally heart-warming, this is a rare opportunity to see and hear an actual 57-year-old woman with opinions. Finalist, Old Comedian of the Year. "The audience enjoyed her so much they almost forgot to drink their pints!" ***** One4Review www.janehill.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Menphys Hub present

WORLD PREMIERE

JARLATH REGAN LIVE AT THE HUB

Multi-award winning Irish comedian, writer, organ donor, basketball lover and podcast sensation Jarlath Regan brings his show to the Menphys hub for one night only. A regular of the festival, Jarlath will be making you laugh whilst raising vital funds that will allow Menphys to continue to provide life changing opportunities to children and young people with disabilities. EVENT DATES:

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Avalon Present

JARLATH REGAN: IN BITS "As seen on Russell Howard's telly shows, Live At The Palladium and The Apprentice You're Fired, the LCF Best Show Nominee, Jarlath Regan (The Irishman Abroad) returns with a brand new hour of on the money observational standup. "A master at work" - Patrick Kielty. Tour support for Jack Whitehall, Marc Maron and Ardal O'Hanlon. "More laughs in the first 15 minutes than most comedians can muster in an hour" The Metro. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Menphys Hub present

WORLD PREMIERE

JARRED CHRISTMAS LIVE AT THE HUB

New Zealander Jarred Christmas brings his dynamic onstage persona and unique storytelling comedy to the Menphys hub for one night only. His passion and charisma will take you on a hilarious ride of laughs and gasps, whilst raising vital funds that will allow Menphys to continue to support children & young people with disabilities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. "One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone" - Time Out, London. EVENT DATES:

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Blue Jeans Management proudly present

JARRED CHRISTMAS: COMEDY TO MAKE LOVE TO Stories to spoon to. Jokes to cuddle to. Laughs to form a deeper connection with your soul mate to. None of this is guaranteed. But Jarred is funny, and he has made love. TV, radio, podcasts, big venues and small venues across the world (not recently. Obvs. Lol. Awks), Jarred has done it all and has some funny stuff to say. "Utterly hilarious" Time Out. "Spreads joy in microseconds" Chortle. "Dynamite. A Master of Comedy" EdFest. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Proper Funny Comedy present

WORLD PREMIERE

JASON NEALE: SH*T'S ABOUT TO GET NEALE!

If you've enjoyed any of the other shows I've done, there's a good chance you will enjoy this one (as it's me again talking and stuff). If you've not seen me before it's going to be a gamble for you.... but (despite the show's title) it's definitely NOT Puns. (Winner of Blah blah, nominated for etc, etc. It doesn't matter does it? You're probably not even reading this are you? Unless you are..... in which case come along, it'll be a laugh) www.jasonneale.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Proper Funny Comedy present

WORLD PREMIERE

JASON NEALE: SH*T'S ABOUT TO GET NEALE!

If you've enjoyed any of the other shows I've done, there's a good chance you will enjoy this one (as it's me again talking and stuff) . If you've not seen me before it's going to be a gamble for you.... but (despite the show's title) it's definitely NOT Puns. (Winner of Blah blah, nominated for etc, etc. It doesn't matter does it? You're probably not even reading this are you? Unless you are..... in which case come along, it'll be a laugh) www.jasonneale.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JASON SIMMONS: SOCIALLY DIS-TRANCED COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW Join Hypnotist Jason Simmons as he takes you on a journey into the depths of your mind, stripping back the layers of your reality in a family-friendly, fastpaced, fun-forgettable show. A highly interactive, entertaining and immersive experience where your family, friends, colleagues and even you can become the star of the night. A show like no other, that guarantees to be the talk of the town for many years. This is your trance to shine!! www.jasonsimmons.co.uk INTERACTIVE, IMMERSIVE DATES:

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JEDDY BEAR & GARY'S PICNIC If you go down to PETER Pizzeria on this day you're in for a big surprise! Hull's comedy duo Jed and Gary, were nominated for 'Best Kids Show' at the Leicester Comedy Festival & UK Kids' Comedy Festival awards 2021. They are back to tell you a story, well that is until a very naughty bear storms the stage! Mayhem and madness ensue, there'll be music, dancing, and pie facing madness! CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Ebdon Management present

JEN BRISTER: THE OPTIMIST If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it's that she's no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.) Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she's always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let's just hope she can make it funny. "Furiously funny." The Guardian www.jenbrister.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JEN IVES: PEAK TRANS As the discourse on trans people becomes more toxic in the UK - comedian, trans-woman & nuisance Jen Ives is here to sort it all out, hun. Is JK Rowling The Devil? Can a man love a trans-woman and still truly be straight? And how long can Jen get away with taking maternity leave from work? SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 JENANISTAN (WORK IN PROGRESS) BBC New Voices winner, Amused Moose National New Act Finalist and 99 Comedy Club Bursary Nominee, Jenan brings you a work-in-progress show of what it means to be "ethnic" in Britain. Her dad is Palestinian, her mum Iraqi, but the closest to the West Bank she's got to is the west bank off the River Thames. Growing up Middle Eastern in middle class middle England makes it pretty tricky being your ethnic self. "Sharp, hip, smart comedian" The List www.jenanyounis.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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UTC Artist Management Present

JENNY COLLIER: WORK IN PROGRESS As seen on The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (C4), Jenny Collier is a multi-award winning Welsh comedian who has played landmark venues around the world, including the Adelaide Fringe where she won the Percy Award. Jenny has supported Jason Manford, John Bishop and her credits include The Rhod Gilbert Show (BBC Wales), The Leak (BBC Wales) and more! Unapologetically bold and brilliant, join Jenny for her exciting new Work in Progress show! www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk/artist/jenny-collier/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Ebdon Management Present

JESSICA FOSTEKEW: WORK IN PROGRESS A new show about curiosity, change or pride or altruism or maybe about pulling a bus. Not a euphemism. You've seen Jess on BBC's QI and Live at the Apollo. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast. Jess' last show Hench is an Amazon Prime stand up special, a BBC R4 special called 'Powerhouse' and it was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award - Best Show 2019. www.jessicafostekew.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JIM DALY: FOOTBALL AND FATHERHOOD (WIP) Award winning (and he will prove it) comedian Jim Daly (50+million views online) presents his first solo standup show. This work-in-progress show combines Jim's two loves: his 18-month old daughter and football. He negotiates the first year and a half of being a new dad through jokes, stories and songs with the help of his love of the beautiful game and one of its most interesting players; Ireland legend Tony Cascarino. jimdalycomedy.com SATIRE, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

JO COFFEY: UNGRATEFUL BITCH (WIP)

In the past year Jo Coffey (NATYS finalist) has had a sandwich bought for her by a stranger, a McDonalds thrust at her and a massive step constructed for her, all without her asking or wanting it. She's starting to wonder if these random acts of kindness were for her benefi t or theirs? "Won over the audience hook, line and sinker" The List SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOE BATES SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER TOOLS

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Joe Bates (BBC Radio 4Extra, Chorts finalist) has found a solution to the bleak state of the world: pretending that things are fine. In this satirical stand-up show he finds the positives in the dystopia of 2022 and talks about his own personal journey (spoiler alert: it was on a southbound Megabus in 2010).

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club and Star of Dave's One Night Stand present

JOE ROWNTREE: NEEDED A PANDEMIC Join rising star Joe Rowntree for an evening hot pot of stand-up comedy- talking pain, pandemic and parenting, plus all the madness from the last 2 years in his brand-new show. Joe is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. His television career started writing put-downs for Anne Robinson on "The Weakest Link." He has hosted 2 UK tours of "Brainiac Live" which culminated at the Hammersmith Apollo. https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOE THOMAS: TRYING NOT TO PANIC Joe Thomas is a 37 year old, weary, cheeky young anxious, old upstart who once played Simon in inbetweeners and then played Simon in some other shows and now plays no-one. This is his debut stand-up show called Trying Not To Panic. Joe talks about subjects including childhood, fame and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Leicester Comedy Festival Award Nominee 2021. www.pbjmanagement.co.uk/artists/joe-thomas SOLO SHOW DATES:

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NCF Comedy present

JOHN MORRIS: THE MILLENNIAL BUG Join John Morris as he takes a comedic dive into the ways technology has integrated itself into every part of our lives: from dating, to exercising, to socialising, and much more. John will also explore being a millennial in 2021 and all the nonsense that comes with that honour. "Gag heavy & covering a wide range of topics, John will have you laughing & making you feel better about your own life." Greg Philips, Laffa Cake Comedy. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOHN ROBERTSON: CHILDREN'S READING Join John Robertson in an exclusive reading of his debut novel "The Little Town Of Marrowville". The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a signing with John. "10/10 makes kids laugh so hard that snot comes out their noses and reminds adults how to have fun" - Starburst Magazine https://ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/ CHILDREN'S, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JOKES & STORIES WITH DANNY CLIVES (WIP) Join Dudley's comedy sweetheart Danny Clives (Pleasance Comedy Reserve, Guz Khan Tour Support, Soho Theatre Labs, Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian Finalist) as he tries out some new well crafted jokes and stories from his life. Expect jokes about goldfishes, frisbees and temporary tattoos. 'Brilliantly observed gags" - Joe Lycett, "Hilarious" - Lenny Henry, "Downbeat geek" - Chortle. www.dannyclives.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

JOKES ON US: NEW ACT SHOWCASE Want to see some fresh new comedy talent? Nothing to do on a Monday? Enjoy rhetorical questions in bios? Boy, have we got the show for you! Here at Jokes on Us we're always on the look out for rising stars and we've invited some of our favourite new comedians to perform short spots in one of our favourite venues, The Exchange. Join host Alex Hylton in this Pay What You Want treat. STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 A Rush Of Laughter Present

JON PEARSON: WHAT YOU BEEN UP TO Jon has had 14 months to write new jokes, instead he has decided to stretch the old muscles by making this years show, CROWD WORK ONLY. Nothing but his quick wit, no preparation, no script, no safety net! Jon knows how to test himself as he asks everyone, What have they been up to? https://www.jonpearson.co.uk SOLO SHOW, IMPROV DATES:

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JONATHAN HIPKISS: HIGH TIMES FROM THE WASTELAND Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show 2019 Nominee Jonathan Hipkiss returns with a new hour of high octane silly and gleeful joy. Starring a smorgasbord of stories from local news heroes to Hitler trying his luck on Tinder and personal accounts from a stint in a Belgium rehab thrown in for good measure. All that matters now is laughter! Alumni of Chicago's The Second City. "Great work" - Jack Whitehall / "Laugh out loud funny" - Jon Richardson SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Ltd present

JONNY AWSUM: THE GAG SLINGING GUITAR HERO WINNER of 'Best Kids Show' at Leicester Comedy Festival 2021. Jonny Awsum is bringing his award-winning show to Leicester 2022. It's a show for kids of all ages from 5 to 105! Featuring 'This is a Musical' and 'The Triangle Song' as seen on Britain's Got Talent plus the very best of Jonny's live shows. Followed by a meet and greet session. "Brilliantly funny...we couldn't want for anything more!" David Walliams CHILDREN'S, MUSICAL DATES:

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Avalon present

JONNY PELHAM: OFF LIMITS Jonny has something to say that's usually off-limits for dating, family gatherings, hanging out with mates and most social situations really... So what better place to talk about it than in a comedy show with a bunch of strangers? Off Limits is a personal, provocative and hilarious hour that should not be missed. WINNER: Herald Angel Award 2019. NOMINATED; Chortle Comedy Awards Best Show 2019. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOSH JONES: WASTE OF SPACE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Debut show from BBC New Comedy Award finalist and one of the most refreshing and original comedic voices to emerge from the North-West in recent years. Fast becoming a TV regular Josh has recently made breakthrough appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (E4), Reality News (E4), Undeniable (Comedy Central), Fast Food Face Off (BBC Three), CelebAbility (ITV2) and Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club (ITV). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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REGIONAL PREMIERE

JOSH PUGH: DANGER DANGER HIGH LOLTAGE (WIP)

Brand new work in progress show from Multi-Award Winning Comedian Josh Pugh. An hour of ideas and stories from a man who "finds laughs in unusual places." "A classy hour of charming left-field stand up." Chortle. Josh is a sought after writer and comic and returns to his favourite festival with his best show yet (probably) "Pugh proves that semi-surrealism is alive and well." The list. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Avalon Present

JOSH WELLER: POPPED PUNK (A WORK IN PROGRESS) As seen on this season's ITV Stand Up Sketch Show Josh Weller is a failed musician turned comedian, comic book author and podcast host. Weller's high energy brand of cleverly self-deprecating stand-up landed him on pro bills after just one year on the circuit He currently writes on Spitting Image and has written for The Now Show and Radio 4's Peer Group. His dark comedy graphic novel 'Die Already' was published by CollegeHumor in 2019. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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JOZ NORRIS: BLINK Every time you blink, it's a signal of a new internal thought. Joz Norris has made the perfect comedy show that can choreograph the inner worlds of a group of people. This show will make its audience blink in unison. Comedians' Choice Award-winner for Best Show at EdFringe 2019-22 Nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality Writer and star of BBC Radio 4's "A Small Talk On Small Talk" and upcoming "The Dream Factory" www.joznorris.co.uk ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes on Us present

JULIET MEYERS: (PRO)FOUND Stand-up/Storyteller Juliet Meyers (writer on Sarah Millican's Radio 4 show Elephant in The Room) presents her work-in-Progress show about travelling to India to trace her Iraqi-Jewish family tree, and unleashing family feuds, furious monkeys, culture shock, an 'awkward toilet incident', weird sex gurus, and nearly dying twice. 'Devilish coy look. Excellent material' (The Scotsman) 'Insightful and delightful' GQ SPOKEN WORD, STORYTELLING DATES:

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JULIET MEYERS: THIS FLIPPING RESCUE DOG HAS RUINED MY LIFE Juliet Meyers (writer on Sarah Millican's Radio 4 show) and her needy rescue dog Homer have issues. This is a show about loving and cursing (mostly loving) a dog, canine pee and being a wolf! Homer will be at the show to shake hands, and to upstage Juliet. He hates being left out. ***** 'Riotously funny, heartwarming and hilarious' ' (Northwestend.co.uk) 'Smart and very funny' (Independent) 'Absolute charmer' (Review of Homer - Chortle.co.uk) SPOKEN WORD, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

JULIETTE BURTON: HOPEPUNK (WIP) In a world where everything often seems miserable, it's an act of rebellion to be hopeful. Need a dose of resolute optimism? We're about to celebrate kickass acts of kindness and the punk-rocking power of positivity from award-winning comedian and mental health activist Juliette Burton as she explores trauma and how to recover. Ed Fringe sell-out shows (2015-2018). As seen on BBC1 and ITV. ***** Daily Mirror ***** EdFestMag ***** Voice Mag https://www.julietteburton.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Just The Tonic Presents

JUST THE TONIC'S SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL Just the Tonic Comedy Club presents another one of our fine mixed bill line ups. At time of going to print we are keeping this one a surprise. Please check www.justthetonic.com for details nearer the time. 'Consistently boasting the most interesting line ups in the country' (The Times). Early Bird price listed below. Price is subject to change depending on acts booked. www.justthetonic.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Just The Tonic Present

JUST THE TONIC'S SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WITH JOHNNY VEGAS Just the Tonic Comedy Club presents another one of our fine mixed bill line ups with a special headline set from Johnny Vegas. Also Featuring Simon Lomas, "the writing is strong, efficient and offbeat, with an enviable hit rate" Chortle, and Aideen McQueen, "One of comedy's undiscovered talents" ...Hot Press. Guaranteed to sell out fast. 'Consistently boasting the most interesting line ups in the country' (The Times). www.justthetonic.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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JUST THE TONIC'S SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL WITH MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE Just the Tonic Comedy Club presents another one of our fine mixed bill line ups. Featuring a special headline set from Marcus Brigstocke, 'Sharpest oneliner merchant', The Sunday Times. Also Featuring: Jarred Chistmas, 'Likeable, intelligent and full of unpredictable energy' The Scotsman, Lou Conran, 'An appealing mix of charm, cheeriness and cheek' Chortle. 'Consistently boasting the most interesting line ups in the country' (The Times). www.justthetonic.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Just The Tonic Present

JUST THE TONIC'S WORKING FROM HOME: LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL SPECIAL Just the Tonic have brought back their ramshackle livestream comedy events. If you have not watched before, do not expect straight standup. Expect fun. If you have watched before,... then you have an idea already. Chaos, sketches, pre-recorded bit, live chat. As we are trying some new etc, come with your mind open. "It's great fun" **** The Guardian Full lineups will be announced closer to the event. Check www.justthetonic.com for more details www.justthetonic.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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UTC Artist Management Present

KATE LUCAS: WORK IN PROGRESS "A true musical genius" (Ed Fest Mag), award-winning comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor-sharp wit and deliciously dark songs and has supported Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour. Kate's debut show met with critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, with a hit Soho Theatre run to follow, and in 2019 her second show also achieved fi ve star reviews at the Fringe. Join Kate as she workshops her anticipated new show in this Work in Progress. https://www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk/artist/kate-lucas/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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KATHERINE RYAN Creator and Star of Netflix smash hit The Duchess, comedian and TV's Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show, Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love, accidentally. A lot has changed for everyone and we can look forward to hearing Katherine's hilarious new perspective on life, love, and what it means to be Missus. demonforthall.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 KATHRYN MATHER: SCREAM INSIDE YOUR HEART (WIP)

In 2020, Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan reopened, asking patrons on the rollercoasters to Scream Inside Your Heart. Oh boy, have we all been doing a lot of that lately. Come join award winning comedian Kathryn Mather, and may our hearts scream in unison. www.KathrynMather.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Ingenious Fools Present

KATIE MITCHELL: SHE FESTERS Fantasy, escapism, stand-up comedy. She Festers is an increasingly unhinged whirlwind of characters, storytelling, and actual good n proper jokes, like what they had in the olde days. It's silly, it's heartfelt, it's got Vlad the Impaler in it. It's a heck of a show that you won't wanna miss. "A bottomless well of whimsy, with immaculately crafted jokes, and a delivery that could sell the weirdest jokes to the rowdiest audiences."-Blizzard Comedy SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

KATIE MULGREW: SCUM IN A CARDIGAN

Katie Mulgrew is posh scum. She went to a private school but did not fi t in. She loves Paris but also loves Benidorm. Now with kids, she's back at the school gates and caught between two worlds of parenting. The gobby Mums and the liberal Mums. And again, she doesn't fi t in. A new show from award winning writer and stand up, Katie Mulgrew exploring class, gender and motherhood. **** FEST **** THE SKINNY SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

KATIE PRITCHARD IS THE ESTATE AGENT (WIP) A musical comedy horror show. Ever gone through the Battle-Royale-esque rigmarole of trying to rent or buy a house? Ever heard the bloodcurdingly loud clip-clopping of an estate agent's shoes? Ever wanted to know what it takes to be a hell bound house hound? Well, this is the show for you! Get a peek behind the curtain of the cursed & get inducted into the Estate Agents Hall of Flames. "An explosion of joyful lunacy" (Shortlist) https://www.katiepritchard.co.uk/ MUSICAL DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

KATIE PRITCHARD: DISCO BALL Brand-new "explosion of joyful lunacy" (Shortlist) from human disco ball Katie Pritchard. The Musical Comedy Award Winner tries to figure out "who she is" while possibly dressed as a pavlova. Femedy - "Fantastically weird" Broadway Baby - "Inventive and hilarious" Chortle - "A veritable Sizewell B" Female Arts Magazine - "Always original and entertaining" https://www.katiepritchard.co.uk/ MUSICAL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us present

WORLD PREMIERE

KEHOE'S SURGERY

Chris Kehoe invites you to an appointment to discuss your* many grievances with modern life. Using his attuned legal mind to dissect the issues of the day, this heady mix of surreal philosophy, acerbic wit and barely concealed contempt at state of the world comes from the barrister turned comic who has played to sold-out rooms across the country and has provided tour support for the likes of Geoff Norcott and Paul Sinha in recent years. *his SATIRE, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Sukie Productions present

WORLD PREMIERE

KEITH FARNAN: YOUR WORDS, NOT MINE.

Irish comedian Keith Farnan (Montreal Comedy Festival, Michael Mcintyre's Comedy Roadshow) returns to the Leicester Festival with a show that tries to give a voice to the audience and bring people together in a way that the internet refuses to. "Artful, satirical... with a lightness of touch and a hefty helping of roguish Celtic charm" THE SUNDAY TIMES keithfarnan.com SOLO SHOW, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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TripleCeePee Present

KEVIN DANIEL & SARAH JOHNSON: OLDER AND WISER TripleCeePee are delighted to bring you Sarah Johnson & Kevin Daniel who will be performing their double header show Older & Wiser at Duffy's Bar on 13th Feb. Two Leicester based comics who have combined forces to bring you an hour of stand up comedy that's guaranteed to amuse, entertain and leave you desperate for more. This will be Sarah's 5th year performing at the Leicester Comedy Festival and Kevin's 2nd having made his debut back in 2020. STORYTELLING DATES:

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Jokes on Us in association with hudsonfrancis present

WORLD PREMIERE

KEVIN HUDSON: LOYALTY CARD

Five-times Silver Standup finalist (never won, lower your expectations) Kevin Hudson is back, and this time he's telling stories of romance, football, supermarkets and the best crisps in the world. He went to school with Duran Duran and was Jeremy Kyle's accountant. Come and listen to him telling stories for an hour without mentioning either of those facts*. Get your card stamped and get your 10th show free! *He may actually mention those facts. STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes on Us in association with hudsonfrancis present

WORLD PREMIERE

KEVIN HUDSON: LOYALTY CARD

Five-times Silver Standup finalist (never won, lower your expectations) Kevin Hudson is back, and this time he's telling stories of romance, football, supermarkets and the best crisps in the world. He went to school with Duran Duran and was Jeremy Kyle's accountant. Come and listen to him telling stories for an hour without mentioning either of those facts*. Get your card stamped and get your 10th show free! *He may actually mention those facts. STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes on Us in association with hudsonfrancis present

WORLD PREMIERE

KEVIN HUDSON: LOYALTY CARD

Five-times Silver Standup finalist (never won, lower your expectations) Kevin Hudson is back, and this time he's telling stories of romance, football, supermarkets and the best crisps in the world. He went to school with Duran Duran and was Jeremy Kyle's accountant. Come and listen to him telling stories for an hour without mentioning either of those facts*. Get your card stamped and get your 10th show free! *He may actually mention those facts. STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Barnstormers Comedy present

KEVIN PRECIOUS: TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS (WORK IN PROGRESS) Former Religious Studies Teacher turned stand-up comedian Kevin Precious turns his hand to examining his former profession, and takes a sideways look at the teaching and schools more generally. A work-in-progress show from a seasoned professional who previously toured the UK's theatres and arts centres with a show dedicated to precisely the same subject. 'Instantly recognisable stage presence and boundless wit' (Leicester Mercury) www.kevinprecious.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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KI SHAH'S ONE OFFS Join Leicester's very own Ki Shah for a warm and welcoming evening of improv joy: a one-time only one-woman improvised one-off sketch show, inspired by one-word with no script, and no-one to step in if it all goes wonky! Ki has been performing improv for 6 years, regularly guesting with improv groups around the country as well as teaching workshops and even recording improv for radio. IMPROV, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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KIDOCRACY "Funny, interactive, lively, intriguing and democratic" - Fest Kidocracy is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow). Appearing as his alter ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, the show introduces children to some very simple concepts relating to politics and governing while having fun at the same time kidocracy.co.uk CHILDREN'S, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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KIDS COMEDY CABARET CLUB A hour of the best comedy cabaret for kids and families. Featuring the animated stand-up hilarity of Big Howard & Little Howard (CBBC, The Slammer), high-fl ying tricks and deadly card throwing fun with Card Ninja and held together by that bouncing ball of compering fun Mr Ben Van der Velde. Hilarious fun suitable for family audiences aged 6+ CHILDREN'S, MIXED BILL DATES:

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KIDS COURT The award nominated Kids Court is back! Parents sit in the dock, in the court where the kids are in charge! With a Judge, Prosecution and Defense played by local comedians, children get the chance to put their parents or older siblings on trial and decide a suitable penalty for their misdemeanours, with you helping to decide whether they are guilty or not. CHILDREN'S, GAME SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

KIRSTY MUNRO: A NAUGHTY SHOW

Kirsty Munro talks about naughty stuff, overshares and gets saucy. Asking the important questions of a modern day feminist like; hairy or bald fanny? Am I too wasted to do a slut drop? If I have a baby at 40 will I still be a MILF? "Fantastically Funny" Arts In Magazine. "Feisty, funny and dirty" FD2D Magazine. SOLO SHOW, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 KNIGHTMARE LIVE Knightmare Live the award winning stage adaption of the cult television show Knightmare is back! After a long temporal disruption the quest is on giving YOU the chance to don the iconic Helmet of Justice and try your luck against Lord Fear's Dungeon. Volunteers will be guided round our three levels by two special guests; will they survive? Probably not. They will face off against evil magic, terrifying monsters... and word puzzles. www.knightmarelive.com GAME SHOW, IMMERSIVE DATES:

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KOOLGIGS AND THE HAS BIN THEATRE

WORLD PREMIERE

Terry is a small-town trolley with dreams of making it BIG in a city SUPERMARKET! But things aren't always what they seem, big isn't necessarily better and there's a scary thing called climate change on it's way. Join the acclaimed children's concert series KoolGigs and the ever adaptable Has Bin Theatre as they bring loveable Terry's roller-coaster journey of discovery to life. Expect live music, puppets and lots of laughter! www.babygigs.co.uk CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Blue Book Artist Management present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

KUAN-WEN: ILHA FORMOSA (WORK IN PROGRESS)

"Taiwanese force of nature" by one Chortle review, but brushed off by online audience reviews as "basically a bit of a Chinese Alan Carr", Kuan-wen welcomes you to the work in progress show of his first hour to judge yourself and to show why he, and his beloved Taiwan, are arguably fabulous. New Acts of the Year FINALIST 2019. As heard and seen on BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 and Comedy Central UK. http://www.kuanwenhuang.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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KWAME ASANTE: LIVING IN SIN The unachievable expectations of African Jesus! The unholy shame of premarital cohabitation! The unwavering healthcare professionals who dare to oppose the will of God! Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and medical doctor Kwame Asante is living in sin, and has come to preach to the choir! As part of the Kayal All-Dayer. www.kwamedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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KYLE D EVANS: MATHS TRICKS TO BLOW YOUR MIND!

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Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind is a frantic hour of mind-bending maths, interactive demos and wicked humour from award-winning science communicator and entertainer Kyle D Evans (Leicester Comedy Festival best show nominee 2020, Swindon Fringe best stand-up winner 2018, Famelab UK winner 2016.) Kyle D Evans is a comedian, musician, teacher and writer who has taken entertaining maths shows to all corners of the UK. www.kyledevans.com CHILDREN'S, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us Present

LARKNADO! LIVE Starring Neil Shawcross and Dan Barnes. Larknado! Live brings you a heady mix of Stand Up and special guests with the odd song for good measure. Barnes and Shawcross (Shawcross and Barnes if you ask Neil) pool their varied comedy influences and decade long comedy careers to put together a fun and entertaining show with something for everyone in it. Come and join Larknado! Live for the best 60mins of that hour of your life! ALTERNATIVE, SKETCH DATES:

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Rob Rouse present

LATE NIGHT 'DIRTY SCRABBLE' Late Night Dirty Scrabble is THE ULTIMATE LATE NIGHT GAMESHOW. Nominated for best Comedy Show at Buxton Fringe 2021, It's the most fun you can have at 10.30PM in Leicester with your clothes on. The Game is simple. Rob Rouse introduces 3 top comics who simply have to put down dirty words on the board and if they can't put down a dirty word, they have to find a way to make it dirty! Unhinged purile fun. 18+ www.robrouse.com ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

LATE NIGHT JOKES ON US Join compere Alex Hylton as he presents a selection of some of the finest acts of the Festival in this late night, no-holds-bar, 'anything can happen' showcase at Manhattan34. Leave your inhibitions at the door and find us downstairs. How much is it for this late night delight? It's Pay What You Want. That's right. The Jokes' on Us. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Henry Churniavsky Production

REGIONAL PREMIERE

"LAUGH FOR LIFE" A COMEDY/CHARITY EVENT

"Laugh For Life Comedy" is a Comedy/Charity Event in aid of Mental Health Awareness. We will feature a collaboration of 4 comedians, some who have suffered with mental health issues. There will be stand up, character and musical comedians (Henry Churniavsky, Dickie Dido, Johnny T.Grrr & special guest Jenny Hart) for your entertainment. So come along for some laughs with all profi ts from the show going to MH Charities: YoungMinds & Jami. www.cuecomedy.co.uk EVENT, IMPROV DATES:

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Henry Churniavsky Production

REGIONAL PREMIERE

"LAUGH FOR LIFE" A COMEDY/CHARITY EVENT

"Laugh For Life Comedy" is a Comedy/Charity Event in aid of Mental Health Awareness. We will feature a collaboration of 4 comedians, some who have suffered with mental health issues. There will be stand up, character and musical comedians (Henry Churniavsky, Dickie Dido, Johnny T.Grrr & special guest Jenny Hart) for your entertainment. So come along for some laughs with all profi ts from the show going to MH Charities: YoungMinds & Jami. www.cuecomedy.co.uk EVENT, IMPROV DATES:

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Big Difference in partnership with Curve present

LAUGH TERM COMEDY SCHOOL (AGE 11-14) A dedicated "school" for aspiring teenagers to develop their skills and experience of performing live comedy. Join the school each day and work with real life comedians to develop your very own comedy performance which will be performed on the Friday night in front of a live audience. Suitable for young people aged 11-14. ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/laugh-term-comedy-school CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Big Difference in partnership with Curve present

LAUGH TERM COMEDY SCHOOL (AGE 15-18) A dedicated "school" for aspiring teenagers to develop their skills and experience of performing live comedy. Join the school each day and work with real life comedians to develop your very own comedy performance which will be performed on the Friday night in front of a live audience. Suitable for young people aged 15-18. ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/laugh-term-comedy-school CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Big Difference in partnership with Curve present

LAUGH TERM COMEDY SCHOOL SHOWCASE Join us for the culmination of our Laugh Term Comedy School. A showcase of young talent as participants from the School take to the stage and perform comedy, some of them, for the very first time. These 11-14-year-olds have been working all week with professional comedians to learn the tricks of the trade. Come and spot the stars of the future. ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/laugh-term-comedy-school CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Big Difference in partnership with Curve present

LAUGH TERM COMEDY SCHOOL SHOWCASE Join us for the culmination of our Laugh Term Comedy School. A showcase of young talent as participants from the School take to the stage and perform comedy, some of them, for the very first time. These 15-18-year-olds have been working all week with professional comedians to learn the tricks of the trade. Come and spot the stars of the future. ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/laugh-term-comedy-school CHILDREN'S DATES:

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LAUGH TILL IT HURTS: A BDSM COMEDY SHOW Like 50 Shades Of Grey, but funny on purpose. The story of one man's adventure into the dark and crazy world of BDSM and kink. The show has been updated with new jokes and stories following a packed performance at the 2020 Leicester Comedy Festival. Experienced kinksters will enjoy the many bizarre yet true tales of sexual deviance and for the curious newbie there are plenty of hot tips to help you begin an adventure all of your own. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Laughter Craft Comedy

LAUGHTER LOFT Best Small Venue Leicester Comedy Festival 2017, 2019, 2020 returns with it's incredible Laughter Loft shows. Every show has four of the best comedians from the UK Comedy Circuit (You'll even have seen some of them on your TV) performing in the best pub in Leicester is a recipe for success and that's why these shows sell out. https://www.blackhorseaylestone.co.uk/ MIXED BILL DATES:

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LAUGHTER LOFT GONG SHOW The award winning Laughter Loft brings you it's first ever Gong Show! 10 acts go up against each other to try and win the prize! If the audience aren't impressed then they will be Gonged off! Who wins? You decide! https://www.blackhorseaylestone.co.uk/ MIXED BILL DATES:

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EVENTS

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 LAURA LEXX: SOME NEW SOME OLD SOME REALLY NEW LIKE RIGHT NOW NEW

Spend an evening with Laura Lexx (Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Hypothetical, Roast Battle) as she whirls through some new ideas, some old ideas and some ideas based on whoever is in the front row. Laid back, funny and friendly.

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United Artists present

LAURA SMYTH: WORK IN PROGRESS Laura Smyth is a comedian and winner of The Funny Women Awards 2019. This, her first WiP comedy hour, explores all the advice she has ever been given and ignored, or attempted and forgotten. You haven't heard of her, but people you have heard of have. As seen on Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club (ITV). "A Naturally Funny Woman" Jo Brand. "A force of nature." Steve Bennett, Chortle. "Sounds like she has been doing it all her life." Bruce Dessau. www.laurasmyth.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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LAUREN PATTISON: IT IS WHAT IT IS (WORK IN PROGRESS) Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows and international touring, proceeded by a lengthy period of watching the world unravel, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison is back with a brand new show. She is reluctant to say what it is about because if the last year has taught her anything, it's life can change pretty fast ... it is what it is. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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LEE LARD - PETER KAY TRIBUTE & SUPPORT COMEDIANS JASON STAMPE & JON PEARSON A Night Full of Comedy! Lee Lard is the most authentic and enjoyable impressionist of the comedian, Peter Kay. He offers stellar routines and witty gags performed in the same vein as the Bolton born star. He performs with a true likeness, endearing attitude and quick wit! Joined by support comedians Jason Stampe & Jon Pearson www.visitconkers.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Fridge proudly present

LEICESTER FRIDGE: NAKED COMEDY Watch a mixed bill of comedians perform totally starkers for charity! After last year's unforgettable event became one of the most talked about shows of LCF18, Naked Comedy is back! Male and female comedians will face their biggest fear and take to the stage 'au naturel' to raise money for Mind. Like 'Leicester Fridge' on facebook for line-up announcements. Advance tickets only - no door sales. Not for the easily offended! MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival present

LEICESTER MERCURY COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR Now in its 29th year, the stellar list of past winners include Josh Widdicombe, Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh and Rhod Gilbert. Join us as we present this year's finest up and coming acts, nominated by top comedy promoters from across the UK. A serious comedy competition, hosted by Sikisa (nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2021, as seen on ITV and Comedy Central). MIXED BILL DATES:

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"The splendid Leicester Comedy Festival" metro

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

LET'S GET FRIZ FRIZZLE, FRIZ FRIZZLE, I WANNA GET FRIZ FRIZZLE, LET'S GET INTO FRIZ FRIZZLE, LET ME HEAR YOUR BODY TALK

Friz Frizzle (Winner of the Leicester Comedy Festival Best Musical Comedy Show 2020) has some stories to tell and some songs to ruin. Journey through the spangled mind of a parody musician as they mangle pop songs, pitch ideas for movies and tell you about an owl. It's better than it sounds. "A master of musical MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW comedy" - Comedy Central. th DATES: 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Time: 12 20:00 (21:00) & 13th 16:00 (17:00)

Venue: Grays@LCB Depot

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

LET'S GET FRIZ FRIZZLE, FRIZ FRIZZLE, I WANNA GET FRIZ FRIZZLE, LET'S GET INTO FRIZ FRIZZLE, LET ME HEAR YOUR BODY TALK

Friz Frizzle (Winner of the Leicester Comedy Festival Best Musical Comedy Show 2020) has some stories to tell and some songs to ruin. Journey through the spangled mind of a parody musician as they mangle pop songs, pitch ideas for movies and tell you about an owl. It's better than it sounds. "A master of musical MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW comedy" - Comedy Central. th th DATES: 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Time: 5 & 12 22:00 (23:00) & 11th 22:30 (23:30)

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Jokes On Us Present

LINDSEY SANTORO LOOKS LIKE A BOILED EGG Comparing her face to the humble boiled egg, come and join Lindsey Santoro for her debut solo stand up show as she recounts tales of her idiocy for your amusement in her own daft and dirty way. Also she has had a baby and won't shut up about it.. Please note doors open at 8.45pm. https://www.lindseysantoro.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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LIVE AT THE MARKET HALL Live at the Market Hall returns to the BIG Weekend in Harborough for the third time headlined by Seann Walsh (Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 cats, Stand Up Central), featuring Aaron Simmonds (The Russell Howard Hour, The Stand Up Sketch Show) and more to be announced! Join us for an incredible evening filled with laughter in the unique setting of the Harborough Market Hall which will be transformed into a theatre for the evening. MIXED BILL DATES:

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LIZ COTTON: 100% COTTON . Tender, honest and naughtier than ever, the story of a classical guitarist and her unbecoming career as a secret rude songwriter. ***** 'Utterly delightful' (Feminist Fringe); **** 'Expertly crafted... highly enjoyable' (Deadline News); 'Clever, charismatic performer' (Fringe Review) www.lizcotton.com MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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LOREMEN: LIVE Loremen is a podcast about local legends and obscure curiosities from days of yore (Rated 4.9/5 on Apple Podcasts). Comedians James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King "investigate" funny and forgotten folklore. Previous mysteries include the Ghost Duck of Stoke, the London Monster and Gef the Talking Mongoose. And who could forget, the Mickleton Hooter? Join us for a Leicester special! www.loremenpodcast.com PODCAST, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Rhupa Bhati Management Present

LOU CONRAN: A SHOW (WIP) Lou Conran muddles her way through a work in progress show built primarily on coffee, good will and lunacy. As voted Best Compere 2021 by her peers she is a superlative storyteller and masterful at spinning a yarn. As seen on BBC, CH4 & ITV. As heard on R4 Extra, R4 and notably for her critically acclaimed podcast "Spit or Swallow." www.louconran.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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LOUISE LEIGH: TWO THIRDS SPANIEL

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Louise Leigh is a forty-something mum on the outside, spaniel on the inside. She sniffs the bum of life, she chases it into the undergrowth, she fetches it again and again and again, she licks it in the face. But as midlife bites can she retain her buoyancy and still be the most fun thing in the park? **** "A sparky performer, able to energise a room" - The Wee Review "Super mature in the home, buoyant in the field" - Dogcrunch.com www.funnylouiseleigh.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

LOUISE YOUNG: WORK IN PROGRESS An hour of stand-up from a rising-star in the world of comedy, join Newcastle's hilarious Louise Young (nominated at last year's Leicester Festival for Best Stage Appearance, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020 nominee and So You Think You're Funny finalist 2019) as she tries out new material! SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

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LOVDEV BARPAGA: NO JOKE

Lovdev is a Birmingham based one-liner comic but this year his trying something a little different, he's going to do stories yes that's right actual story telling... . Let's hope he doesn't throw any actual jokes in. As seen on - BBC Asian Network Comedy No Puns Intended - UK Pun Champion 2017 "One of the most brilliant daft comics you will ever see"- Joe Lycett "The 21st Century Asian Ken Goodwin" - Chortle SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Big Difference Present

LOVING LAUGHING FINAL An annual showcase of the comedic talents of primary school children from across Leicester and Leicestershire! We have been working with young people to teach them the basics of joke telling and comedy performance and the participants will take to the stage to show off what they have learnt and we will crown one school the "The UK's Funniest School". ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/loving-laughing CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Avalon present

LUKE KEMPNER: MACHO MACHO MAN Star of Spitting Image, Steph's Packed Lunch and with over 10 million views of his online videos, Luke Kempner is one of the UK's hottest mimics and stand-up comics. With a hilariously razor sharp roster of contemporary impressions, Luke has become a household name and is bringing his highly anticipated brandnew show, Macho Macho Man on the road. Don't miss this remarkable one-man show from one of Britain's most exciting, new comedy talents. lukekempner.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 PBJ Management

LUKE MCQUEEN: WORK IN PROGRESS I've got one bit of material that's been described as "quite powerful" so if all else fails I'll just repeat that for 45 mins so the message gets through. This is very much a work in progress but truth be told, they're often my most enjoyable shows. It's all new to me, it's all new to you, none of it works and we all go home. See you there! 'McQueen knows the rules of comedy and he enjoys burning them' Broadway Baby www.mrlukemcqueen.com/ SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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LULU POPPLEWELL: GOBLIN (WORK IN PROGRESS) Stand-up that looks at how a hand-break career turn helped me get a better handle on sex, work, relationships, self-esteem, boundaries, female friendships, privilege (gross, sorry) and my funny little bod. I did the sex work so you don't have to. No one has to bang me in the show, it's fine. Unless you want to but let's be honest you couldn't afford me. Also there's stuff about how I was in Love Actually as a kid. People seem to like that. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy and A Rush of Laughter Present

MAD RON'S CHARACTER COMEDY SHOWCASE Mad Ron - Uxbridges third hardest man introduces a hand picked selection of character comedians - each show will feature short sets by some of the following Fred Ferenczi (previous winner of Leicester Comedy Festival Silver Comedian of the Year) Jerry Bakewell (Yorkshires least successful Mexican Wrestler) Kitty Cassis (Beauty therapist and Busy Body) and Roger Swift (Prop and Pun Mayhem) plus others. www.madroncomedy.com CHARACTER, MIXED BILL DATES:

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Monster Comedy and A Rush of Laughter Present

MAD RON: CRIME SCHOOL Stand Up Comedy from Mad Ron - the third hardest man in Uxbridge. He shares his opinions and secrets of life with a few tips and tricks thrown in. ......told a joke that made me snort so much beer through my nose that it foamed up in my sinuses and I struggled to breathe - Richard Stott www.madroncomedy.com SOLO SHOW, CHARACTER DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

MADDIE CAMPION OF THE WORLD (A WIP SHOW)

Maddie Campion ("very inventive and dry writer" **** (Funny Women)) has a tasty new show where she sinks her teeth into good intentions, bad mistakes (she's made a few), and some dodgy family history. Campion has previously been a 2Northdown Finalist, shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award and has been seen/heard on BBC Three, Comedy Central online, Buzzfeed. www.maddiecampion.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 PBJ Management

MAISIE ADAM: BUZZED (WORK IN PROGRESS) Fresh from Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week, and The Last Leg, Best Newcomer nominee Maisie Adam is back with a brand new show for 2022, 'Buzzed'. Rammed with witty observations, high-octane energy and some right good jokes. This high-energy show promises to be better than whatever else you had planned (unless you had plans to go dancing with Cher). www.twitter.com/MaisieAdam SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Major Labia present

MAJOR LABIA Major Labia is a comedy collective of witty women here to tackle inequality through vaginal comedy. Meet fan favourites Mary Berry (rapping about the pastry-archy), Felatia and Dr Mattie (inappropriately honest children's TV presenters) and more! Major Labia are here to titillate till late. To make your funny bones gyrate. To watch your bike tyres inflate. So grab a mate, jettison the hate and be sure to hydrate, 'cos bitches, we're back! SKETCH DATES:

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Dr Claire Sedgwick present

WORLD PREMIERE

MAKING A LIVING IN COMEDY: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE EAST MIDLANDS

A seminar exploring how comedians make a living through comedy, drawing on the findings from a project on the Cultural Economy of Comedy in the East Midlands. Whilst the COVID pandemic has brought issues of inequality & financial precarity into sharp focus, stand up comedy has always been a precarious industry, and one that is often harder to navigate for some. Dr Sedgwick will chat to comedians from the region as they discuss their experiences. DISCUSSION DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

MARCEL LUCONT: LE "BEST OF" Britain's favourite French comedian presents his greatest oeuvres from the past decade. Expect deadpan wit, supreme sex poetry, soaring miserablist chansons and Gallic superiority. "Fresh, accessible and hilarious" - The Guardian. "Excellently dry" - The Times. "Wonderful French wit... Superb stuff" - Time Out. As seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Set List (Sky Atlantic) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3). www.marcellucont.com SOLO SHOW, CHARACTER DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management present

MARCEL LUCONT: LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES - A GAMESHOW FOR AWFUL CHILDREN

WORLD PREMIERE

The UK's favourite Frenchman channels his acerbic humour and quickfire wit into a family gameshow, pitting children against adults and each other. Come and experience what happens when international insouciance meets infantile exuberance. As seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Russell Howard's Good News and BBC1's The John Bishop Show. "Wonderful French wit... superb stuff" - Time Out "Fresh, accessible and hilarious" - The Guardian www.marcellucont.com CHILDREN'S, GAME SHOW DATES:

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RBM Comedy

MARK SIMMONS: SETUP, PUNCHLINE, LAUGHTER, REPEAT (WORK IN PROGRESS) Mark Simmons (Mock The Week, BT Spot DIY Pundit, Dave's top jokes of the fringe 2017 & 2019) returns to Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 with a Work In Progress of his brand new show. Setup, Punchline, Laughter, Repeat promises to be a brilliant hour of stand-up full of the exceptionally sharp one-liners Mark is known for. "Master of one liners" one4review 'A talented comic with an artisan's grasp of joke-writing' Chortle SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Impatient Productions present

MARK WATSON: THIS CAN'T BE IT We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one. www.markwatsonthecomedian.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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An Objectively Funny Show

MARTIN WILLIS: JAZZ (WORK IN PROGRESS) Martin Willis is a mixed-race bisexual with a penchant for Miles Davis and a great relationship with his mum. Somewhere in all that is this, his debut hour. Formerly of double act Loose Brie ("the banter is quick and easy... some of the jokes are impeccably dumb" **** - EdFringe Review). Founder of Objectively Funny ("a compassionate approach to creating shows" - Guardian). SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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MARVEL VERSUS MARVEL: THE LIVE PODCAST Will Preston is a comedian who has never read a Marvel Comic in his life. He's watching everything Marvel have ever made & quizzing Marvel expert and comedian Rob Halden. Together they explore the rich history & trivia from 50 years of the Marvel Universe. In their first-ever live podcast, Rob and Will explore the Disney Plus series "What If?" by looking at a world where the Avengers were never formed. https://marvelversusmarvel.podbean.com PODCAST DATES:

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MARY FLANIGAN STANDS CELYA AB UP A hilarious split bill, fresh from a sell-out run at the Birmingham Comedy Festival Originally from Paris, Celya AB is Winner of the Breaking Talent Award in 2019 (Birmingham Comedy Festival) and a finalist in the 2019 Funny Women Awards and 2021 BBC New Comedy Award Hailing from Belfast, Mary Flanigan (Birmingham Breaking Talent Award 2019 Commended) has starred in shows for Radio Ulster and is a member of the BBC NI Comedy Writersoom. maryisfunny.biz MIXED BILL DATES:

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MATES: THE IMPROVISED '90S SITCOM The one with the improvised comedy! Don your sweater-vest and your Rachel hairdo, and get ready to relive the '90s. Inspired by you, improvised by us, could this sitcom BE any funnier? From the award-winning minds behind CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation, Stealing The Show and Sex, Lies & Improvisation. **** "The three actors have a masterful handle of comedy." A Younger Theatre. **** "Laugh-out-loud." The Phoenix Remix www.matesimprov.com IMPROV, THEATRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 MATTHEW HIGHTON: WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE

WORLD PREMIERE

Look I've got 450 characters to get you into this show. I've done comedy for a while and I got pretty good at it. This isn't going to be your usual comedy show. But it's not going to be so unusual you sit there going 'make it end, please.' It's going to be fun, I promise. I borrowed the title from a Kurt Vonnegut quote, with that in mind here's a picture of a bumhole (_*_) "An enviably prolific comic." British Comedy Guide www.matthewhighton.co.uk SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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MATTY HUTSON: BIG BRAVE BOY Life can be scary, but Matty Hutson (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2017/18/19) has decided to be brave, and he's doing a show about it . "Emotional but hilarious" (British Comedy Guide). He'll be playing the guitar, playing the piano and most importantly playing on your heartstrings, all in a very funny way. 'Proper songwriting' (Chortle) MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL 2 Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), and Nicki French (Eurovision), it's our brand-new show, Cruising Through Menopause. In the hysterical sequel to the smash-hit show Menopause The Musical®, we fast forwards fi ve years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on the high seas. demontforthall.co.uk MUSICAL DATES:

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MICHAEL AKADIRI: NOT READY FOR THIS (WORK IN PROGRESS)

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Michael Akadiri is an award-winning, fast-rising stand up comedian who has been seen/ heard on LadBible, Times Radio and has recorded for ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show. Despite his success on the circuit, he also finds himself as a junior doctor on the NHS front line. How did he get here? Now he's here, is he ready for this? Find out how this 'sharp witted everyman' (Chortle) traverses the challenges of everyday life and his work in the NHS. linktr.ee/michaelakadiri SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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MICHAEL FABBRI & DAN EVANS Two shows from these fearless fi xtures of the live comedy scene - For the price of just one! MICHAEL FABBRI (Star of Radio 4's Dyslexicon) delivers news from the front line of failure. 'Exceptionally funny, extremely sharp, hugely enjoyable' The Scotsman. DAN EVANS spouts some more of his accessible but childish surrealism. 'Originally ridiculous. Silliness taken to the nth degree' Milton Jones. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On us present

MICKEY SHARMA: FOOD & PUSSY!! Every pursuit and conflict in life can be traced back to either Food or.......Pussy! www.mickeysharma.com SOLO SHOW, IMPROV DATES:

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MIDLANDS IMPROV SUPHERGROUP Improv comedy from an all-female team of improv all-stars - part of an ongoing performer-led initiative to support and celebrate women improvisers in the Midlands. Featuring fantastic performers from well-loved Midlands improv groups including the Same Faces, Box of Frogs, MissImp, Foghorn Unscripted, Tiny Stories, Coventry Improv, and others, as well as new up-and-coming talent. Where are the women in improv? We're right here! IMPROV DATES:

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MIKE SIMPSON: ONCE IN A GENERATION

WORLD PREMIERE

Thirty-fi ve years after his brief stand-up career, Mike returns for a one-off gig. Has he wasted his life when he could have been a comedy star? Or was he right to retire at 19? Mike's not on YouTube, he's not on the circuit. This could be your only chance to see the Greatest Stand-Up Who Never Was. Or could be a waste of an evening. You won't know unless you're there. Support from Thomas Simpson (18), a graduate of the Laugh Term Comedy School. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

MISSIMP: IT'S A TRAP! THE IMPROVISED STAR WARS SHOW A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... IT'S A TRAP! The Improvised Star Wars Show drops out of hyperspace to land at Leicester Comedy Festival. This fan tribute to George Lucas' universe is packed with belly laughs, lightsabres and ineffective stormtroopers. Light versus Dark, weird aliens and desperate missions, this show has it all. "The bright centre of the universe" Notts Comedy Review. Better than the Prequels. www.missimp.co.uk IMPROV, THEATRE DATES:

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MISSIMP: LARKLORD Throughout lockdown the Larklord has kept the creative juices flowing for dozens of improvisors and comedians. Who can do the best thing with an Egg? What is the Best Sidekick? Who can make the greatest piece of art using a single sheet of toilet paper? Now, the search for the best-of-the-best continues in front of live audiences. As four brand new funny faces compete, who will be crowned champion and who will be left wanting? www.missimp.co.uk/larklord IMPROV, GAME SHOW DATES:

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TripleCeePee present

WORLD PREMIERE

MISSING: MICHAEL BRUNSTRÖM

Michael Brunström is missing. Did he simply wander off, or is he trapped down a well? Has he been stolen? Or is he stuck underneath a large heavy object? What will it take to find him and bring him back? Another surrealist caper from the creator of 'Parsley', 'The Great Fire of London' and 'World of Sports', and Winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. ***** 'Stunning' (Comedy to Watch). **** 'An artistic genius' (Skinny). ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

MO OMAR: WORK IN PROGRESS Somali-born, Cardiff-raised and London-based, Mo Omar is a fast-rising talent with a unique perspective. The personification of driving with the handbrake on. Recently making his TV debut on Harry Hill's Clubnite on Channel 4, Since then he has made a half hour show for BBC Radio Wales called Becoming Welsh and appeared on BBC Presents Stand Up for Live Comedy (BBC One). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

MONSTER STAND UP SHOW Feast on fi ve of the tastiest up-and-coming comedians on the circuit in this stand-up comedy showcase including your award-winning host, Masai Graham (UK Pun Champion 2016, Joke of the Fringe Winner 2016, (some guy called) DAVE Joke of the Fringe Winner 2021). Showcasing a different line-up every day featuring the best of the fest. MIXED BILL DATES:

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MOUNTSORREL COMEDY NIGHT A top line up of stand up comedy featuring Komedia New Comedian of the Year 2020 Michael Akadiri and Friz Frizzle (Winner of the Leicester Comedy Festival Best Musical Comedy Show 2020). More acts to be announced, check www.comedy-festival.co.uk for more details.

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LALL present

MULTIVERSE MUSICAL One choice creates two wildly different lives in this hilarious, uplifting and 100% improvised musical. Inspired by your suggestions, Multiverse simultaneously create and perform a brand new musical every show starring top UK performers. "...musically dynamic ... clever wordplay - especially impressive when you consider that they were making it up on the spot." - **** Everything Theatre "Dynamic musical theatre experience" - **** Broadway Baby www.multiverseimpro.com MUSICAL, IMPROV DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

MYRA DUBOIS: WORK IN PROGRESS The internationally celebrated actress, television personality, film star, singer, muse, poet, wellness facilitator and energy worker MYRA DUBOIS treats Leicester to a sneak preview of her next soon-to-be-legendary theatrical presentation! Character comedy from comedian Gareth Joyner. As seen in the Everybody's Talking About Jamie movie and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist 2020. "Acid tongued, funny to the bone" -Time Out www.myradubois.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW, CHARACTER DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Chambers Touring Present

NABIL ABDULRASHID: N.A.B.I.L. (NOBODY ACTUALLY BELIEVED I'D LAST) From growing up under military rule in northern Nigeria to teenage legal trouble in south London, expect a night of "unapologetically funny" (Telegraph) stand-up as Nabil charts his journey from humble beginnings (and middles) to one of UK comedy's most talked about rising stars. Guardian 10 Funniest Comedy Shows 2020. Britain's Got Talent Finalist 2020. "Too funny. A really refreshing comic voice" - David Walliams nabilabdulrashid.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Chambers Touring Ltd Present

NABIL ABDULRASHID: WORK IN PROGRESS Join Nabil Abdulrashid (Britain's Got Talent, BBC Funny Festival Live) as he tries out some new stand-up material. Finalist: Britain's Got Talent 2020. Guardian Top 10 Comedy Shows 2020. 'Urgent, uncompromising and refreshingly radical fare... unapologetically funny' - The Telegraph. 'His set - edgy, thoughtful, beholden to no one - raised the roof' - The Guardian. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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NATE KITCH IS GOING IN A FIELD TO LIE DOWN Nate Kitch: the comic (Me) is going in a field to lie down, because that is what the show title is. The basically award-winning individual will explore ideas using instinct, artistic license & inexperience which will all result in something happening on a stage as you watch it. There may be a joke in it | "A real WTF? comic" - Chortle | "Offbeat...he might come up with something very special" - Beyond the Joke | As part of the Kayal All-Dayer www.natekitch.co.uk SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

NATHAN CASSIDY: BUMBLEBEE New show from Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show Nominee 2020. You get home, the door is smashed, a burglar flees. You chase - to the backing of 'Flight of the bumblebee'. And then... a sting in the tale - let's play. Host of global hit podcasts Psycomedy and Daily Notes. Off Fest Awards Nominee 2021. Best Show Nominee Greater Manchester Fringe / Buxton Fringe 2021. "Funny, astute and surprisingly warm-hearted" **** (NWE UK Manchester 2021) www.nathancassidy.com/bee SOLO SHOW DATES:

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The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

WORLD PREMIERE

NATHAN CASSIDY: HOT TUB GOD

Newer(!) show from Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show Nominee 2020. The world is f*cked. Who can save us now? God/Nathan Cassidy might be our only hope. Immaculately conceived stand-up from award-winning comedian and writer of 'Resurrection' and 'Believing in God' (Amazon). **** "A very talented and funny man" (NWE UK Manchester 2021) **** "The best show at this year's Fringe" (The Times 2020). Total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2021. www.nathancassidy.com/god SOLO SHOW DATES:

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NATHAN CASSIDY: OBSERVATIONAL Nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2020, catch this uplifting, magical and critically acclaimed show again as it is filmed for a special! With a crippling bad back, Nathan joins a gym and a big, strong man changes his life forever. The only live show Edinburgh Fringe 2020. "A classic, structured, rollercoaster fringe hour" **** (The Times 2020) "An extraordinary story richly accessorised with laughter" (The Scotsman 2020) www.nathancassidy.com/AL SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

NATHAN CATON: LET'S TALK ABOUT VEX A lot has happened since Caton last hit the road with his sensational The Pursuit Of Happiness tour. As ever, he's got it all tackled in this hilarious show, covering topics such as race, politics, his passion for scented candles and being in lockdown with his girlfriend. www.nathancaton.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Century Theatre present

NATIONAL FOREST'S FUNNIEST KIDS Back once again after a sell-out 2019, the biggest comedy competition in North West Leicestershire boasts grand prizes and an amazing opportunity to perform on a professional stage. Stand-up, sketches or a good old-fashioned comedy song, we love it all. Grab a ticket and enter your young person for a chance to shine! Email century.theatre@leics.gov.uk to register your interest in performing. centurytheatre.co.uk CHILDREN'S DATES:

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Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

NEECHIE-ITAS BY JO MACDONALD (ANISHINAABE)

Jilted bride Spencer marks each year of her would-be wedding date binge-watching period piece movies in her $5000 wedding dress. To cheer her up, her Neechies plan a weekend of nightlife and dancing. But chaos ensues. Spencer's ex-fiance appears at the dance club, a mystery arrow is shot in his direction and probable cause lands the Neechies in jail. This Indigenous comedy examines the enduring power of love and Indigenous sisterhood. https://okindigenoustheatre.com THEATRE DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC presents

NELLY - AN EVENING WITH NELL GWYNNE, GRAHAM HOPKINS Nell Gwynne is the classic rags-to-riches story of a woman born into poverty who ended up being the most famous woman of her day. An orange seller at the theatre, she became its leading comedy actress and then mistress to King Charles II. And she was funny. Samuel Pepys called her "pretty witty Nell". It's said the whole world knows Nell Gwynne. Our folk musical comedy tries to show you why. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk MUSICAL, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Next Level Sketch

NEXT LEVEL SKETCH Next Level Sketch are a sketch comedy group from London, bringing a mix of wit, surreal and stupid to the stage. Featuring! Birds taking over the world, horse holidays, dog pay negotiation, and so on. Warning: some sketches also feature humans (relatable content). nextlevelsketch.com SKETCH, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

NICK ELLERAY: PASSIONATE ABOUT COMPROMISE (WORK IN PROGRESS) In this show, Nick Elleray talks about love, feelings and a third, silly thing that undermines the earnestness of the 'love and feelings' bit. **** 'Brilliantly penned gags.' - The List **** 'A cracking display' - Three Weeks **** 'A fantastic Fringe experience' - Short Com **** 'A brilliant blend of jokes' - Edinburgh Festivals www.nickelleray.com SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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"Every February Leicester really comes to life" the guardian

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Glorious Management present

NICK HELM: MASTERWORK IN PROGRESS 2022 As the survivors of a deadly pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society - what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light? Join critically acclaimed and multi-award winning comedian Nick Helm as he starts work on a new show that is sure to be so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fi x all of society's problems and lead the way to a new plain of existence. http://www.nick-helm.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

NICOLE HARRIS: NO BRAINER The best thing about live comedy is that you never really know what will happen, so join award winning comedian Nicole Harris as she takes you with her on a hilarious journey into the unknown. Nicole will entertain you with her unique comedy style, finely tuned gags and improvised material based on what's happening around her. It's a show of fun and madness that you need to see live. It's simply a No Brainer! "A Force of Nature" (Arthur Smith) SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Art of Comedy and Jokes On Us Present

NIK COPPIN: SHARK The UK-based international comedian brings hilarious anecdotes of his many travels around the globe, as well as an insight into the world of comedy and performing shows to many audiences around the world. Amazingly funny stories, wickedly clever insights and a sense of fun that will drag anyone in. Super funny, super fun and charisma up the wazoo" **** 1/2 - Melbourne International Comedy Festival www.nikcoppin.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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NINA GILLIGAN: LATE DEVELOPER

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Nina Gilligan is a Late Developer by any standard definition; It's taken a very long time for her to reach a place that she feels happy and confident with enough money to buy shoes, but at 50 is it too little too late? As she enters the third act she has the distinct impression as one door closes so does another. Hope and panic in equal measure. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award WINNER 2021 SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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RGB Monster present

NOT MY AUDIENCE! The cult hit stand-up panel show where the audience can join in the fun without being picked on! Enjoy three top stand-ups answering the daft questions that have been picked using our exclusive anonymous app, then vote on how they will to impress you with our fiendish stand-up challenges. Total sell out at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-2021. https://notmyaudience.com GAME SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Big Difference present

OLAF FALAFEL: CHILDREN'S READING Join comedian, author, illustrator and holder of Dave's Joke Of The Fringe as he reads from some of his current children's books and also gives you a sneak peek into some that will be out later on in the year. This event will definitely contain jokes, farts and drawing! https://ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/ CHILDREN'S, STORYTELLING DATES:

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OLAF FALAFEL: ST.O.A.T Olaf Falafel is the holder of 'Dave's Best Joke Of The Fringe' but more importantly he is also the holder of 'Person Whose Show Description You Are Currently Reading And Are Tempted To Book Tickets For'. Olaf guarantees two things - It will be stupid and it will be funny. www.olaffalafel.com ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Big Difference present

OLDER PEOPLE & COMEDY SEMINAR Join comedian & author Pope Lonergan as he chats with Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about his career working in care homes, as a comedian and his book "I'll Die After Bingo - The Unlikely Story of my Decade as a Care Home Assistant". Pope has produced a touring comedy show in UK care homes, including at Leicester Comedy Festival, and they will chat about the value of our elderly, and also the carers who look after them. DISCUSSION DATES:

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OLGA KOCH: JUST FRIENDS WIP Star of Mock The Week, QI, Late Night Mash & Richard Osman's House of Games, your favorite comedian/sleep paralysis demon Olga Koch is finally doing her Marina Abramovic hour. Strap the f*ck in. NB This show is a work-in-progress and so is she. www.rocknrolga.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RGB MONSTER PRESENT

OLLIE HORN: BEFORE/AFTER A feel good stand-up show all about what happens when you let yourself try new things. Total sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021, Before/After is the follow up to Ollie Horn's critically-acclaimed debut stand-up hour that enjoyed a 12-country sell out tour, cementing Ollie Horn's position as one of the most exciting storytellers on the UK circuit. "Ollie Horn is a natural" **** (BroadwayBaby.com). https://olliehorn.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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OMAR IBRAHIM: DECOLONISE THIS

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An idiot's attempt to further the cultural conversation. Omar Ibrahim is back with another ridiculous attempt to resolve the wounds of human history within an hour of stand up. Nonsensical sense-making from a philosophical fool, offering a unifying tonic for polarised times. *Tonic not drug related. 'Brilliantly original material' Theatre Weekly SOLO SHOW DATES:

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"One of the highlights of the comedy calendar" the independent on sunday

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 ONLY SAMS Sam Rhodes is a Musical Comedian who's toured internationally, made specials for the BBC, and 'Americanarama' on Amazon Prime. Easy going, fun and endearingly weird, Sam's mix of whimsy, music and Dad jokes is hilarious and unique. Samantha Day shows you how to get on in life without all the hassle of hard work. Find out how caring and pretending to care are basically the same thing. "Always has our audiences in stitches" - Flock Comedy MIXED BILL, MUSICAL DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC present

OPPORTUNITY KNOCK KNOCKS An eclectic combination of up-and-coming and just-starting-out comedians hand picked by Furthest from the Sea, champions of home-grown music, comedy and arts and founded in Derbyshire. Hosted, compered and encased by the outrageously direct Wesley Mallin, this showcase will preview new comedy and spoken word material wrapped up in the same old bad language and an hour of laughter. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk MIXED BILL DATES:

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What About The Woo Productions present

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PALIMPSEST

Jess meets Jim. He thinks she's amazing; she thinks he's a tool. Blah blah blah, here we go again. Not just another bullsh*t rom-com, Palimpsest considers what happens when a trope is entirely derailed and a show gets possibly too meta for its own good. Will they get back on track? Are they getting enough vitamin C? Will the tech ever get a pint? None, all, or some of these questions may be answered during the course of a very silly show. THEATRE DATES:

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Ingenious Fools & Dan Webber Present

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PARKY PLAYERS: SHAKE IT UP

A fiercely funny, no holds barred comedy about modern life living with Parkinson's. When a local community group turn up for their weekly meeting, they are surprised to find themselves in the fantasy world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Be prepared to expect the unexpected and have your awareness of Parkinson's raised - along with a big smile! Developed with National Lottery funding from Arts Council England. THEATRE, SATIRE DATES:

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PARTLY POLITICAL BROADCAST - LIVE A live version of the comedy politics podcast hosted by comedian Tiernan Douieb. It will contain jokes about whatever awful things the government have done that week, and will probably have some local guests to talk about current political issues. www.partlypoliticalbroadcast.co.uk Top Ten Politics Podcasts - The Observer partlypoliticalbroadcast.co.uk SATIRE DATES:

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PATRICK MONAHAN: LEICESTER LIFETIME LOVER 2022

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Comedy Gold from the Leicester Comedy Festival's Lifetime Contribution Award Winner! Join Patrick as he performs a medley of hits from over the years as well as some brand new material! Not to be missed. 'Terrific comic' Scotsman 'Fringe legend', Mirror ����, 'A definite must see' Edinburgh Festivals Magazine **** 'Plays to packed audiences", One4Review, 2019 **** patrickmonahan.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Blue Book Artist Management present

PATRICK SPICER: WHO'S THIS ALL OF A SUDDEN (WIP) Patrick Spicer (Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee) brings a work-in-progress of his debut Edinburgh hour, which at the time of writing will absolutely probably be something to do with; being a hero, going to the doctors, eating cheese, losing his virginity, estate agents, and being a smash-lord. (As seen on The Mash Report (BBC One), BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 Online.) www.patrickspicer.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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PAUL F TAYLOR: THE WRITING IS ON THE PAUL (WORK IN PROGRESS)

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Maverick comedian Fool F Taylor returns... Expect hilariously surreal imagery, insightful observations and later an award nomination. As seen on Harry Hill's Club Nite, Channel 4. "Should be required viewing for all wannabe surrealists" The Skinny **** "Relentlessly daft absurdism" The List **** www.paulftaylor.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Live Nation Present

PAUL FOOT: SWAN POWER The multi-award winning comedian presents his brand new show. Tired of the goose? Swan Power is here. Paul opens his beak and explores topics including Nanna on the rack, murdering Santas and interfering ambulance drivers (self-appointed busybodies!) Plus Billy Zane's Valuable Diamond (c/o RMS Titanic). Live by the swan, fl y by the swan. "Like a rare exotic bird, he's special" The Daily Express https://www.paulfoot.tv/ SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

PAUL MERRYCK: LIES, ALIBIS & FILTHY STORIES And from the darkness of the marshes and swamps of the Essex hinterland there came the light....Paul Merryck performing his hilarious new show 'Lies, Alibis & Filthy Stories' for the first time at the Leicester Fringe. "The Essex bloke is something of a geezer ... plenty of showbiz patter... . gag-focussed delivery... . high laugh rate... . you'd think that the spirit of Mike Reid is alive and well" Steve Bennett - Chortle July 2018 www.paulmerryck.com CHARACTER, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Paul Richards

PAUL RICHARDS: THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE DRUMMER

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Award-winning comedy writer/performer Paul Richards literally can't stop drumming! He's gigged all over the world and eaten more Ginsters slices than could be considered healthy. But is all that driving, alone, late at night, drum kit in the boot, odd smoke coming from the engine, all that time to...think, good for your health? A comedy show with a groove! MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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PAUL ROSE CARICATURE ARTIST Have your portrait created for free by Paul Rose a Caricature Artist. Paul will be in the Colliery Cafe, Snibston and Newmarket Coalville

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"It's the place to watch big name comics and get a taste of the future" the guardian

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 PAUL SAVAGE: WELL GROOMED

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Paul Savage wants to write a fun, silly show. But he's noticed a trend for deep shows about trauma doing better. So he's going to try and write a fun, silly show about his trauma. He's also bought a gold embroidered tuxedo jacket to wear on stage so it gets written off as a tax expense. "A world class comedian" Melbourne Funny Tonne Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe: The Guardian, The Mirror, Esquire, Shortlist, British Comedy Guide " paulsavagecomedy.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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PETER BRUSH: THE ANT THAT WAS CARRYING A PICKLED ONION

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Award winning jokesmith Peter Brush presents a new gag packed show about cyber-criminals, drunken impulse buys, time travel, Greek myths, and the time he saw this ant carrying a pickled onion. Tour support for Alexei Sayle. 'I love Peter Brush, what a comic' - Jason Manford 'An hour of killer gags, with no let up in quality' - Fest 'Compellingly hilarious.. an original and achingly funny voice' ****½ - Chortle www.peterbrushcomedy.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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RGB MONSTER PRESENT

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PG HITS! STAND-UP SHOWCASE.

A hilarious stand-up comedy compilation show that leaves out the really rude bits, so the whole family can enjoy the show. Join resident MC Ollie Horn ("It's impossible not to like Ollie Horn" - Mumble Comedy") as he introduces fi ve top comedians to perform their best comedy routines, just without the swearing! https://pghits.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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PICK YOUR OWN ESCAPADE WITH MARY FLANIGAN Take control of your destiny with an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure comedy Show! As seen on Mark Watson's Charity Watsonathon Mary Flanigan (Birmingham Breaking Talent Award 2019 Commended) guides you through a weird and wonderful story, via jokes, sock puppets, and very bad accents. She lays out the choices but YOU decide what happens! maryisfunny.biz ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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PIGOTED PODCAST LIVE SHOW Award-winning comedy debate podcast "Pigoted" comes to Leicester comedy Festival for it's very FIRST live show! Having been described as "the perfect balance between brains and bullsh*t", Pigoted is a show that brings comedians and academic experts together. From astrophysicists to climate change specialists, from vegans to anti-vaxxers, and everything in between, Pigoted is a podcast like no other. PODCAST, DISCUSSION DATES:

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Hannah Layton Management present

POPE LONERGAN: BANGIN' ON (WIP) Pope Lonergan is a comedian, Quaker, (recovering) drug addict and creator of 'Pope's Addiction Clinic' and 'The Care Home Tour'. In this show he'll talk about elderly care, opioids and accidentally breaking a woodlouse's pregnancy sack. In 2022 he has a book coming out. It's a funny memoir called 'I'll Die After Bingo' (Penguin / Ebury). "Outrageous material [...] matched by a rambunctious delivery" ~ The Guardian STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 POTTERVISION

Four performers are set to recreate Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone but, when two of them drop out on the day (and take all the props and costumes), Tom and Lukas must go it alone with the limited resources they have. With DIY props, charity shop costumes and performers playing multiple characters, Pottervision is a wig-changing, audience-immersing Ford Anglia ride through all the ridiculousness of that first magical movie. www.pottervision.com SKETCH, THEATRE DATES:

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PRIYA HALL AND ELERI MORGAN: POWER STRUGGLE Watch two of Wales' most promising (and more importantly - most attractive) comedians battle it out for attention - often at the detriment of themselves, and those around them. Priya Hall is a comedian and writer as seen on BBC Three Stand Up for Live Comedy, BBC Radio 4 Fred at the Stand, BBC 2 Wales Beena and Amrit. Eleri Morgan is a comedian, writer and actor as featured on BBC Wales Tourist Trap, S4C Ni Hefyd, BBC Radio 4 The Now Show. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Proper Funny Comedy present

PROPER FUNNY COMEDY'S FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY The "Proper Funny Launch Party" returns to kick the Leicester Comedy Festival off with a bang! As always the show includes sets from a wide-variety of acts, ranging from previous Festival Award Winners/Nominees to some of the very finest emerging acts. All of which is held together seamlessly by Leicester's own Jason Neale (MC). The show has SOLD OUT for the last 6 years running so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment! MIXED BILL DATES:

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In Association with the good people at TripleCeePee

PROPER FUNNY COMEDY'S SATURDAY SHOWCASE What better way to spend the final Saturday of the Festival than seeing a number of the finest Professional Acts on the UK Comedy Circuit? Proper Funny bring some of the finest comedy shows to the Midlands throughout the year. For the last 6 years they've opened the Festival with a Sold-Out Launch Party and, once again, they're teaming up with Firebug and CCCP to see the festival out with an absolute belter of a show! Book Early!!! MIXED BILL DATES:

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Gerty Words present

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RACH SAMBROOKS: BAD LANGUAGE

What happens when you can't find your words? Rachel is all about language - a poet, stand up comic and English teacher but when her daughter couldn't talk it started a spiral into the world of special needs parenting and how language affects us all. Poems and funny stories around communication barriers. Contains bad language. 'Wonderful Tales' **** London Theatre 1, 'Brilliant!' Radio 5 Live, One to Watch Funny Women, Sunday Times podcast pick www.rachelsambrooks.com SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 PBJ Management

RACHEL FAIRBURN: WORK IN PROGRESS Join Rachel as she tries some brand new material. She's no idea about what yet but she's bound to be peeved about something. As seen on the BBCs Funny Festival Live and Stand Up for Live Comedy. Co host of hit podcast All Killa No Filla. "Huge presence in a pint-sized frame" **** Chortle "Bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable" **** Skinny "Gag-heavy, opinionated and smart" **** Funny Women linktr.ee/RachelFairburn SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Big Difference & Equity present

RACHEL PARRIS - I SAY, THE ANNUAL COMEDY CONVERSATION Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian, actor, improviser, and presenter. She has appeared on Live At The Apollo, QI, Would I Like To You & Mock The Week as well as The Now Show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue & The News Quiz. She is also from Leicester. Join her as she chats with Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe about her comedy career. DISCUSSION DATES:

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Jokes on Us present

RAHUL AND FRIENDS Leicester born-and-raised Rahul Somia offers a handful selection of his favourite comedians from this year's festival.

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts presents

RAHUL SOMIA: ASIAN SHOWCASE A flavour of the best comics of Asian origin on the UK comedy scene hosted by Rahul Somia. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk MIXED BILL DATES:

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RAJ POOJARA AND ROSS SMITH: WORK IN PROGRESS A Hindhu and an atheist walk into a bar, in Leicester, on the 19th February, at 4pm. Join Raj Poojara and Ross Smith for a split bill hour that promises entertainment and laughs a plenty from two of the UK's most exciting emerging acts. Raj is Finalist at 'Rising Star' New Comedian of the Year. Semi Finalist at Get Up! Stand Up! New Comedian of the year and 'So You Think You're Funny?' rajpoojara.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RAUL KOHLI: MAKES IT UP AS HE GOES ALONG

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Raul Kohli does an hour of crowd interaction because after 18 months selling himself on webcam like a budget pornstar, he's come to the realisation that comedy means nothing without you. ***** NextUp 'Inspiringly Intelligent' - Paul Sinha 'A powerful, passionate, open-minded, intelligent voice. It is superb political comedy and commentary' - The Scotsman 'Irritating fraud' - The Scotsman www.raulkohli.com SOLO SHOW, EVENT DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 RAUL KOHLI: THE KOHLI BIBLE

Raul Kohli was going to do his show in 2020 about finding God... but then God decided to do his show about losing every single one of us. Still the pandemic only reinforced Raul's belief in. the power of... well belief: whether it's religion, a political party, or that vaccines are a trick set up by Bill Gates to put 5g signal up your butt, Raul will spend his new hour arguing that all these beliefs are in fact rational. ***** NextUp **** Fest Www.raulkohli.com SATIRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Avalon Present

RAY BADRAN: WIP Hi my name is Ray, I am a comedian from Australia that lives in London. I will now tell you about some stuff I've done in comedy to try to convince you to buy tickets to my show. In Aus I performed at the Sydney Comedy Festival gala twice, I made a webseries for Comedy Central. In the UK, I have performed on the Jonathan Ross Comedy Club (itv), written for NewsJack and NewsQuiz (BBC). Come watch me try some material to varying degrees of success. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Mick Perrin

REGINALD D HUNTER: BOMBE SHUFFLEUR Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the Bombe Shuffleur. Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there's no time for niceties. Searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it. www.ytheatre.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RHINOCEROS IMPROVOSEROS

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Rhinoceros bring their almighty sell out comedy improv show from London's big smoke to Leicester's big joke. The Rhinos make up witty scenes and hilarious characters, creating unique improvised shows with their effervescent signature style. It's like watching an episode of 'Friends' but without the nice tooshies and hairdos. The team is made up of comedians, actors and writers. Each show is unscripted, unrehearsed and underwritten by twits. www.rhinocerosimprov.com IMPROV, SKETCH DATES:

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RHYMES AGAINST HUMANITY - THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL Rhymes Against Humanity is the Midlands' highly acclaimed, award nominated, improvised musical. A non-stop joyride of musical hilarity that's all being created in the moment. The show starts with the title of a brand-new musical being picked from a hat full of audience suggestions. Then, from the opening number through to the very last note of the finale, everything is being created on the spot. This is improvised comedy at its most thrilling. https://rhymesimprov.com/ IMPROV, THEATRE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 UTC Artist Management Present

RIA LINA WITH DAMAN BAMRAH (WIP) TV sensation Ria Lina warms up for her next tour, with support from rising-star Daman Bamrah. Ria Lina is quickly becoming the Queen of topical comedy with appearances on Live at The Apollo (BBC Two), Mock The Week (BBC Two) and Have I Got News For You (BBC One). Daman Bamrah, BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC iPlayer), is smashing the competition circuit with his acute observations as seen on The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (Channel 4). MIXED BILL DATES:

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RICH AND ALF: ONE LINERS 1-liners, puns, wordplay, props and songs from two of the UKs leading shortform joke masters with 7 UK Pun Championships final appearances between them. ALF, as seen on Britain's Got Talent, "A Very funny man" (David Walliams), "Utter Chaos" (Jethro) and RICH - "Dave's" Top Ten EdFringe Jokes 2019 and 2021 and The Mirror's Funniest Jokes 2019, "You're sure to want to try to remember some of his jokes to pass off as your own later" (Chortle 2021). MIXED BILL DATES:

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PBJ Management

RICH HARDISTY: SILLY BOY (WIP) In his intimate debut hour "SILLY BOY" Rich Hardisty takes us on a journey through the highs and the lows of his unusual life. Expect anecdotes and observations about mental institutions, missing dads and mania, all from his warm/inquisitive/childlike perspective. In the show Rich tries his best to convey what mental illness really looks and feels like. But you won't find any self pity or loathing here... www.pbjmanagement.co.uk/artists/rich-hardisty ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RICH WILSON: A WORK IN PROGRESS An hour of laughs from one of the UK's finest comedians. Join Rich as he ruminates on the complexities of life and how no matter how hard we try, there's always a new lesson to be learned. www.richwilsoncomedian.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RICHARD ATKINSON: A WHOLE LOTTA ROSES

WORLD PREMIERE

Join Richard Atkinson for a swashbuckling examination of the Wars of the Roses. After a successful 2019 show Richard will examine the key aspects of the conflict and attempt to link them to the modern day. From Richard Duke of York to Andrew Duke of York and Jane McDonald! Take a sideways look at history in the historic setting of Leicester's Guildhall. The characters, the battles, the fake marriages, disappearing children, the fun is endless! HISTORICAL, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Avalon present

RICHARD HERRING: RHLSTP Richard Herring has enjoyed phenomenal success as a writer and performer and is an innovator in the world of podcasts. RHLSTP sees him interview top comedians in front of a live audience for his podcast, but includes all the chat that is too controversial for broadcast. Previous guests include Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Katherine Ryan, Dawn French, Stephen Merchant, Kathy Burke, Grayson Perry, Nish Kumar and James Acaster. www.richardherring.com PODCAST DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 JOU present

RICHARD JAY. SEX. GOD (AND OTHER THINGS WE DON'T TALK ABOUT) Richard is a fat, 68 year old man. He's a baby-boomer not a "Sex God" and he knows it! His show jokes about the things that many of us feel awkward discussing. Like sex. And God. And a fair few other things... He ponders on why we don't talk about them, and why we should or shouldn't. It's a gag-laden show based around Richard's life experiences and observations - with a fair bit of darkness thrown in. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

RICHARD PULSFORD: A BIT RICH One-liners and light-hearted jokes from the 6-times UK Pun Championships finalist. Alternative Dave's Top Ten Jokes Edinburgh Fringe 2021. Dave's Top Ten jokes Edinburgh Fringe 2019. The Mirror's funniest jokes 2019. "You're sure to want to try to remember some of his gags to pass off as your own later... delivers exactly what's promised: a LOT of gags" (Chortle, 2021) "A likeable stand-up comedian with great material" (Buxton Fringe, 2018) www.richardpulsford.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

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RICHARD STOTT: DONE (WIP)

In 2019, Richard received a glowing review, saying "maybe now Stott can put his personal circumstances (his disability) in the 'done' folder and move on with his promising career". His disability, believe it or not, did not fi t in the 'done' folder, and has remained very much part of his promising career. As seen on The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2). Runner-up, Dave's Joke of the Ed Fringe 2019. "Definitely one to watch out for" **** Broadway Baby SOLO SHOW DATES:

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RICHARD TODD: HOT BUBBLY DANGER (WORK IN PROGRESS) A slipped disc, a burst eardrum, heroic reveries shanghaied by harsh reality; in a bid to recapture what was, ageing bath-time fantasist Todd makes a Faustian pact with the train station's lost property attendant and finds himself up to his neck in it... hot bubbly water (and hot bubbly soul-sucking danger). A new show from acclaimed stand-up Richard Todd (**** The Skinny, Chortle, The List, The Scotsman, Fest). richardtoddcomedy.com STORYTELLING, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Unnecessary Pretence Productions

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RICHARD WRIGHT: WHY AM I HITTING MYSELF?

Richard Wright is a man that firmly believes that comedy should be diverse as possible. Richard Wright is a 38 year, straight, white, middle class man. Who would like a career. So how does he make that happen when he believes that the thing he wants a career in should have less people like him? SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Andrew Roach Talent Ltd & Ingenious Fools Present

WORLD PREMIERE

RICKY BALSHAW: WORK IN PROGRESS

BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist Ricky Balshaw is a former Paralympic, World Championship and European Championship dressage medallist, and sports pundit, with a penchant for dark humour. Join Ricky for a reliably twisted and hilarious look at the unique social and physical challenges he faces a disabled person as well as having his masculinity challenged just because he rides horses. As seen on BBC One, BBC Three and Channel 4. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

RIORDAN DJ: WORK IN PROGRESS Riordan DJ is a comedian and junior doctor. He won the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2017 and was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award 2019. SOLO SHOW, EVENT DATES:

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Avalon Present

ROB AUTON: 'THE CROWD SHOW' WORK IN PROGRESS 'The Crowd Show' is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about crowds. This is a work in progress of the show. 'The Crowd Show' is a show suitable for anybody who has been in a crowd or wants to be in the crowd for this show. Rob Auton is an award-winning writer, actor and podcaster, named the 'Brian Cox of Comedy' by the Guardian. Rob has written eight hit Edinburgh Fringe shows, which have led to nationwide tours and television/radio appearance. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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TripleCeePee present

ROB KEMP: AGENDA Ed Fringe Best Newcomer-nominated, multi-award-winning comedian Rob Kemp would like to tell you a story about shame, identity, gender expectations, and being true to yourself. Expect sequins, and reference to Big Trouble in Little China. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Joke's On Us presents

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ROB KEMP: ARMATURE

You see before you an armature, a framework upon which the clay of amusing notions will be hung, and whilst now it doesn't look like much, eventually it will reveal a majestic fl ying horse of a show. Which is a wanky way of saying, I will almost certainly have notes. LCF Best Show-winning comedian Rob Kemp is up to his nonsense again. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Joke's On Us presents

WORLD PREMIERE

ROB KEMP: ARMATURE

You see before you an armature, a framework upon which the clay of amusing notions will be hung, and whilst now it doesn't look like much, eventually it will reveal a majestic fl ying horse of a show. Which is a wanky way of saying, I will almost certainly have notes. LCF Best Show-winning comedian Rob Kemp is up to his nonsense again. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 ROB ROUSE: NO REFUNDS

Winner of Best Comedy Performer at Buxton Fringe 2021 Rob is delighted to bring "No Refunds" to The Leicester Comedy Festival. In March 2020 Rob was onstage playing to sell out audiences in London's West End in Upstart Crow The Stage Show. Then lockdown happened and something new was spawned! "No Refunds" "REALLY ZINGS WITH UNRESTRAINED SILLINESS" CHORTLE "HE'S A MAN WITH GENUINELY FUNNY BONES" THE SUNDAY TIMES www.robrouse.com ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC presents

ROB STAMPER: CHIPS, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING! A comedic look at life, love and politics through the medium of Chips. In this one man show Rob will take you on a journey where the humble chip meets Meteorology, Seaside resorts, Tourism, Beer, Englishmen, Fine dining and Aliens, with a wassock or two thrown in on the way. No chips will be harmed during the performance, but the truth could be battered. The world is indeed his chip pan! Welcome to his universe. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk SPOKEN WORD, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Sophie Chapman Talent present

ROBIN MORGAN: AN HOUR OF NEW Robin Morgan (as seen on 'Mock The Week') has an hour of new jokes and stories. Writer for 'The Mash Report', '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'Have I Got News For You'. Tour Support for Ellie Taylor, Rachel Parris and Iain Stirling. Warm-up for 'The Graham Norton Show'. "Bloody funny. He must surely be on the verge of nationwide fame." (Chortle) **** Sunday Times www.robinjmorgan.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Monster Comedy Present

ROGER SWIFT'S MACHINE PUN RELOADED UK Pun finalist and writer of one of Dave's Best Jokes of the Fringe; Roger Swift resurfaces with an updated version of his whirlwind rollercoaster ride of nonstop corny jokes, puns, one-liners, wordplay, home-made props and PowerPoint slides. Expect intentionally bad jokes told by a shameless wazzock, going out of his way to be daft. DO NOT expect slick observational comedy or cutting-edge satire. 'He's a demented genius' (Notts Comedy Review) www.rogerswift.webs.com SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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ROSIE JONES: CHILDREN'S READING Join Rosie Jones in an intimate reading of her debut book "The Amazing Edie Eckhart". The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a signing with Rosie. "Fresh, funny and ultra cool" - Jacqueline Wilson https://ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/ CHILDREN'S DATES:

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ROSIE JONES: WORK IN PROGRESS After a second sellout run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'wickedly funny' Rosie Jones returns with a brand-new show, packed with jokes, mischief and probably, a bit of beef. As seen on 'Live At The Apollo', '8 Out Of 10 Cats' and 'Last Leg'. "A masterly performer" One 4 Review. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Mick Perrin Worldwide present

ROSS NOBLE What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn't a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it. "He is pure delight." The Times "Thrilling to watch... weepingly funny." Mail on Sunday demontforthall.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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ROUND THE HORNE From 1965 to 1968 there wasn't a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters it was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today, 50 years on. So come and take a step back in time to the BBC's Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic live. 5 Stars - London Theatre 1 www.thelittletheatre.co.uk EVENT DATES:

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UTC Artist Management Present

RUSSELL HICKS: THE AGE OF HICKS 2017 Leicester Comedy Festival Best Improv Show Nominee, Russell Hicks has gained legendary status in British comedy for his masterful improv and crowdwork skills, but how did he get there? This coming-of-age show reveals the truth behind the legend; what makes him tick and why he is who he is. A rare glimpse behind the anarchic curtain, Russell lays everything bare in this highly-anticipated showcase of skill, comedy and honesty. https://www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk/artist/russell-hicks/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

SACHIN KUMARENDRAN: ACID REFLUX A Finalist in the national standup competition Jason Manfords New Act of the Year, a comedy writer for the Labour Party during the 2017 General Election (an election they lost, but by less than expected), and having performed an hour show for the Standup.tv platform (a low rung on the streaming platform ladder, but a paid rung nonetheless); Sachin is no stranger to missing out on top-tier success by an impressively narrow margin. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Hannah Layton Management present

SAM LAKE: CAKE Award Winning stand-up and nice young man Sam Lake presents an hour of stand-up shaped into a heart-warming love story, talking about his life goals, and how he copes with succeeding and (more often) failing at them. As well as starring in All4's 'The Joy of Missing Out' & Dave's 'The Comedy Guide to Life', Sam has written for Newsjack & Mock The Week and is the winner of Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian of the Year. samlakecomedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 SAM WILLIAMS AND JOE KENT-WALTERS (WIPS)

WORLD PREMIERE

Chortle Student Comedy Award Winner Joe Kent-Walters and Runner-Up Sam Williams join forces to bring you an absolute home run of a comedy show, covering two bases, Stand-Up and Character Comedy. Don't worry their comedy is much better than that baseball metaphor. Classic Stand-Up meets alternative madness in this show from two of the UK's hottest new comedy voices. "Incredibly Funny" Voice Magazine "Good Jokes" Chortle MIXED BILL, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Big Difference present

SAMANTHA BAINES: CHILDREN'S READING Join the author for an intimate reading of the book "The Night The Moon Went Out", a heart-warming adventure story by award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster, hearing-aid wearer and author of Harriet Versus the Galaxy, Samantha Baines. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a signing. https://ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/ CHILDREN'S, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Love Muffin Productions

SAMANTHA PRESSDEE: CLOWN PRAY LOVE (WORK IN PROGRESS) Divorced Sammie searches for love, laughter and divine purpose. She chants MMMBop with Hanson in Jamaica, finds clown guru Philippe Gaulier in France, but the real adventure starts within. (It had to, Liz Gilbert didn't have to "find herself" in lockdown!) "Excellent storytelling, very funny" **** (One4Review) "A socio-political and cultural butterfl y" **** (Mumble Comedy) As seen on RT and GB News. Heard on Talk Radio www.samanthapressdee.co.uk CLOWN, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Avalon Present

SARA BARRON: WORK-IN-PROGRESS Edinburgh Comedy Awards Nominee and star of Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You, and Frankie Boyle's New World Order, Sara Barron returns with a blistering hour of standup. Guilt, desire, smart sex, dumb kids, conception, rejection and wine in a can. These are the targets in this new show that asks: Where is the space for self-preservation in the sentence "Family is everything"? SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Hannah Layton Managment present

SARAH CALLAGHAN: REVOLTING Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, returns to the Leicester Comedy Festival with a brand new hour of comedy laced with raw honesty. Packed with gags, poetry and music this is not to be missed! Sometimes the biggest act of rebellion is telling the truth... However revolting. 'The instant she steps on stage you know you're in the presence of someone new and special' ***** The Mirror 'A powerhouse. She's an utter natural on stage' **** Chortle http://www.sarahcallaghan.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 TripleCeePee

REGIONAL PREMIERE

SARAH JOHNSON: CRAFTERNOON WITH CAROL

Self-acclaimed Craftaholic, Carol, has been influencing the creative minds of multiple people for weeks now. Her work has been featured on all her own social media platforms. Carol's mission - 'Inspire many humans to feel joy and confidence through cutting and sticking'. So why not join this phenomenal multicrafter, in her Crafternoon Masterclass and take-home skills you never wanted. "Johnson is an excellent performer" 4.5****(One4Review) sarahljohnson.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW, CHARACTER DATES:

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Chambers Touring Ltd Present

SARAH KEYWORTH: WORK IN PROGRESS An hour of new material from Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Sarah Keyworth. Winner: Herald Angel Award. Winner: Pleasance Best Newcomer Award. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, The Stand Up Sketch Show and The Now Show. ***** Herald **** Times **** Telegraph SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Chambers Touring Ltd Present

SARAH KEYWORTH: WORK IN PROGRESS An hour of new material from Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Sarah Keyworth. Winner: Herald Angel Award. Winner: Pleasance Best Newcomer Award. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, The Stand Up Sketch Show and The Now Show. ***** Herald **** Times **** Telegraph SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SARAH SOUTHERN: SCANDALOUS! Sarah Southern presents her work in progress show Scandalous! Political scandal never stops but what happens when you're the centre of it? Sarah's gripping storytelling takes you from being on front pages & the lead story on the Ten O'Clock News to what happens next. Funny Women Best Show Finalist 2019, 'Whatever your political persuasion, do catch this humorous and insightful performance' **** Three Weeks. sarahsouthern.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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SASHA ELLEN: WORK IN PROGRESS A brand new hour of comedy from the hilariously funny, aggressively nerdy and down right adorable Sasha Ellen. "Honest, hilarious and horrifying... the comedy future looks good for Ellen" (Canal-St.) "Genuinely engaging" (Broadway Baby) "Smart, self-possessed and with great heart... comedy done well" **** (TheStudentNewspaper) Material heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra www.sashaellen.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SASHA ELLEN: WORK IN PROGRESS A brand new hour of comedy from the hilariously funny, aggressively nerdy and down right adorable Sasha Ellen. "Honest, hilarious and horrifying... the comedy future looks good for Ellen" (Canal-St.) "Genuinely engaging" (Broadway Baby) "Smart, self-possessed and with great heart... comedy done well" **** (TheStudentNewspaper) Material heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra www.sashaellen.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club present

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIALS @ THE PIED BULL Two fantastic mixed bill shows coming to the Leicester Comedy Festivals "New Venue of the Year 2019". Saturday 5th brings you Joe Rowntree, Josh Pugh ( English Comedian of the Year Winner), headline act being Eddy Brimson with guest acts completing the line up. Saturday 19th February we find Dave Longley hosting the night bringing with him Mike Cox and Chris Washington headlining (who has featured on Stand up Sketch show, ITV2) plus guests. https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com MIXED BILL DATES:

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Philip Simon present

SCHOOL'S OUT COMEDY CLUB Keep your little ones giggling more than that time they saw their teacher's dirty washing on Google Classroom with Philip Simon's hilarious comedy show where the kids are the stars. The BBC called him "the Comedy World's Joe Wicks", & you'll see why when your kid takes to the stage to tell their own jokes. Nominated for the Best Kids' Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2021. Find previous YouTube shows by searching "School's Out Comedy Club" www.philipsimon.co.uk CHILDREN'S, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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The Doorstep Comedy Club present

SCHOOL'S OUT COMEDY CLUB Keep your little ones giggling more than that time they saw their teacher's dirty washing on Google Classroom with Philip Simon's hilarious comedy show where the kids are the stars. The BBC called him "the Comedy World's Joe Wicks", & you'll see why when your kid takes to the stage to tell their own jokes. Nominated for the Best Kids' Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2021.Created during lockdown to entertain children bored with homeschooling https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com CHILDREN'S, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Blue Book Artist Management and Fluid Thinking Proudly Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

SCOTT BENNETT: LIVE

As seen on "Live at the Apollo" (BBC One) and tour support for Jason Manford, John Bishop and Rob Brydon. A regular on The News Quiz and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Scott is an act whose star is most definitely on the rise. Join him for a night of brilliant stand up comedy, with a show packed full of his favourite routines from the last few years. "Great material, great delivery, a very funny man" Rob Brydon. www.scottbennettcomedy.co.uk SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

WORLD PREMIERE

SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE: THE NEW SHOW

Earth's funniest footwear have only missed one Leicester Comedy Festival in 15 years, and we think you know which one. Now they're back with the nonsense they made up while they were away. Unmissable work, very slightly in progress. **** "The absolute essence of the Edinburgh Fringe" - Everything Theatre 2020 **** "A distracting tonic for the times" - The Scotsman 2020 . Please note: performance on the 13th is part of the Kayal All-Dayer scottishfalsettosocks.com SKETCH, PUPPETRY DATES:

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PBJ Management

SEAN MCLOUGHLIN: SO BE IT (WORK IN PROGRESS) International microstar Sean McLoughlin is back on the road with a scintillating new stand-up show. The world may be a strange and scary place but there's no need for the bastards to get you down. Come sit in a dark room and listen to some jokes told by "an impassioned and uniquely brilliant talent" (The List) Widely acclaimed for his hilarious and incisive stand-up, Sean has recently supported Ricky Gervais in arenas across the globe. seanmcloughlincomedy.com/about/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Off The Kerb Productions present

SEANN WALSH: BACK FROM THE BED Hello, Seann here. Did you know that the comedians have to write their own blurb? I find that absolutely insane. What am I meant to say? "I'm fantastic, come and look at me talk"? I don't know. It's me. I do stand-up. As seen on The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Netflix's Flinch, Live At The Apollo (BBC2), Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), 'Unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation' - The Guardian https://seannwalsh.com/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SESKA: FROOTYTOOTY

WORLD PREMIERE

When SESKA comes to town, kids laugh out loud, dads f*rt out loud, and mums faint at his feet! Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge turbo-charged Seska throws buckets of happiness into the air, in this brilliantly inventive magical show for all ages. Entertaining crowds from Mumbai to Trinidad. A firm favourite at Camp Bestival. Super-hilarious magic. Don't miss it! http://www.thecomedycats.com/ CHILDREN'S, MAGIC DATES:

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SEX, LIES & IMPROVISATION A dark comedy about lying together. Inspired by an anonymous lie chosen by the audience, each show reveals why we lie to the people we love. From the award-winning comedians behind CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation and Sturike Comedy. Act Of The Year 2019. ***** "You're hooked into the narrative of the dark comedic play like nothing I've ever seen. Live entertainment at its best." Demon Media ***** "Oozes creativity. See it." Phoenix Remix www.sexliesimprov.com IMPROV, THEATRE DATES:

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LWC present

WORLD PREMIERE

SHIRLEY'S POP-O-RAMA-NIRVANA

Dynamic, quirky and full of joy, the delightful Shirley invites audience members of all ages to join in, dance, sing along and make props to re-create their favourite pop videos. Get crafty, join in with a mass dance flash mob and play dress up with one of the East Midlands' most loveable performers. Perfect family half term fun! CHILDREN'S, IMMERSIVE DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

SI DEAVES: SI-CLOPS

In 'Si-Clops' comedian Si Deaves talks about becoming briefl y monocular as the result of a surgery and the aftermath that has led to his impressively moderate vision and the perspective he has found in other elements of his life along the way. https://www.sideaves.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

SI DEAVES: SI-CLOPS

In 'Si-Clops' comedian Si Deaves talks about becoming briefl y monocular as the result of a surgery and the aftermath that has led to his impressively moderate vision and the perspective he has found in other elements of his life along the way. https://www.sideaves.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Best In Class present

SIAN DAVIES: ABOUT TIME Best Debut Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2020. Growing up is hard, but most people manage it. Sian Davies (Funny Women runner up 2019 and Hilarity Bites Winner 2018) waited until she was 27 to grow up. Everyone agreed, it was about time. "Simultaneously warm and sharp, she's what Jason Manford would be if he was a Liverpudlian lesbian, with a broad appeal and snappy jokes." Chortle. "A cross between Peter Kay and Zoe Lyons." Beyond The Joke. siandaviescomedian.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Glorious Management Present

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SID SINGH: ILLEGALLY FUNNY

After helping beat Donald Trump in court one last time, Sid Singh (BBC, Comedy Central, Comic Relief) is back with his brand new show Illegally Funny all about geniuses, idiots, and conspiracies! Come watch the show that will make you laugh and hopefully make you wonder if its possible to hack the US Supreme Court! Sid's shows have sold out all across America and the EU so what's your excuse? SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SIKISA: TWERK IN PROGRESS From South London, Barbadian citizen Sikisa (as seen on ITV, BBC, Comedy Central) presents her work-in-progress show. Always the life of the party, Sikisa just wants to make sure that everyone is happy, but how can everyone be happy when the world is not perfect. She explores the brutal but funny truth about herself, her life and how the world really see her as she remembers an epic house party. Parties are always fun.... right? www.sikisacomedy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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The Moira Furnace Museum Trust Presents

SILLY STORIES AND FUNNY FABLES FOR CHILDREN Have you ever made soup from a stone? Have you ever beaten a cyclops in a porridge eating contest? Have you ever had a troop of monkeys steal your hat? In this hour-long performance for the whole family, join Tom the Tale Teller as he tells tales that will have you rolling in laughter. These traditional stories are told without books or a script, but maybe a few furry friends and props will enthral and delight both young and old. CHILDREN'S, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Big Difference present

SILVER STAND UP FINAL HOSTED BY MRS BARBARA NICE This unique evening showcases the selected finalists aged 55+ vying for the Silver Stand Up of the Year award. "Anything that provides an antidote to all the young upstarts taking over the comedy scene has to be a good thing" Alexei Sayle. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 The Doorstep Comedy Club Present

SIMON BRODKIN: WORK IN PROGRESS Named "the world's most famous blagger" by The Daily Telegraph, untameable prankster & acclaimed character comedian Simon Brodkin has hit global headlines multiple times for his high-profile stunts. Most famously he handed Prime Minister Theresa May a P45 form during her keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference & showered disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter with hundreds of dollar bills in bribe payments "for the 2026 World Cup bid". SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SINGLE, MARRIED, DIVORCED

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Three of Leicester's best up and coming comedians, Alexandra Krekan, Tej Dhutia and Thomas Hancock talk about their struggles with relationships from three wildly different points in their relationship status. This unlikely trio will have you laughing, relating, empathising and second guessing their every line. Not for the easily offended, this night guarantees to entertain every relationship status out there. MIXED BILL, STORYTELLING DATES:

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SINGLE, MARRIED, DIVORCED

WORLD PREMIERE

Three of Leicester's best up and coming comedians, Alexandra Krekan, Tej Dhutia and Thomas Hancock talk about their struggles with relationships from three wildly different points in their relationship status. This unlikely trio will have you laughing, relating, empathising and second guessing their every line. Not for the easily offended, this night guarantees to entertain every relationship status out there. MIXED BILL, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

WORLD PREMIERE

SISTERS KARAZMATIK AND FRIENDS, IMPROV SHOW

If you like your improv sassy and sharp, and just a little outré, then join the Sisters Karazmatik and friends for an hour of fresh and exciting improv. The show will be a series of totally improvised sketches, inspired entirely from audience suggestions. A perfect introduction for newcomers to improv, as well as a fabulous show for those with more... discerning tastes. www.the-bite.co.uk/karazmatik IMPROV, CHARACTER DATES:

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Rachel E. Thorn present

SKETCH UP - LIVE! The original radio sketch show, performed in front of a live audience. Witty, intelligent and irreverent, we take a sideways glance at modern living. If you like John Finnemore, you'll love "Sketch Up!" As heard on BBC Upload. **** "A delight...with bite!" The Phoenix Remix. ***** "Deliciously witty. Rachel E. Thorn is a brilliant writer." Alistair McGowan. Suitable for visually impaired audiences. SKETCH DATES:

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Gag N Bone Man Comedy present

SMORGASBORD Gag N Bone Man Comedy are proud to bring you 4 of Yorkshire's up and coming comic talents, serving up a comedy buffet with their new show "Smorgasbord"., featuring tales of disability, depression, sexual frustration, ordnance survey maps and hip-hop agriculture. This adults only show has a little something for everyone, except the easily offended. www.gagnboneman.com/smorgasbord MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Some-Antics

SOME-ANTICS COMEDY NIGHT Some-Antics is Leicester's third best poetry night and will be bringing some of the East Midlands' finest comedy acts to Cotesbach Educational Trust! Not to be missed! https://www.someantics.co.uk/ MIXED BILL DATES:

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Some-Antics

SOME-ANTICS SPOKEN WORD AND COMEDY Some-Antics is Leicester's third best poetry night. Join us for an evening of open mic spoken word and comedy, up and coming comedian Jacob Nussey featuring and Ninja Bob playing tunes! Both poets and comedians are welcome in the open mic. https://www.someantics.co.uk/ MIXED BILL, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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SOOZ KEMPNER: PLAYSTATION

WORLD PREMIERE

Award-winning viral sensation Sooz Kempner got a PlayStation, the first adult console, in 1998 and finally felt grown-up. Is she? Growing up in a stand-up show for anyone who remembers the 90s and had big dreams as a kid. Suitable for gamers and non-gamers alike! "a new wave of comedy" The Guardian "incredible...it shouldn't work but it really, really does" The Independent "brilliant" Chicago Tribune Top Shows of the Fringe 2018 (Comedy Central) SPOKEN WORD, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Avalon Present

SOPHIE DUKER: WORK IN PROGRESS Duker's in town to tell jokes, break hearts and marinate her new show in Leicester's unique flavour. Not getting a ticket for this would be silly. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4), Mock the Week (BBC2), Frankie Boyle's New World Order (BBC2) and Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club (ITV). Winner of 2021 Funny Women Best Comedy Writer Award, and Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Nominee with her show Venus. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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SPIT OR SWALLOW PODCAST: LIVE! Join comedians Lou Conran & Sally-Anne Hayward for a chat over a drinkiepoo of their guests choosing. Secrets & stories shared culminate in a final decision by Lou & Sally, as to whether their guests drink of choice is a spit or a swallow. LIVE RECORDING! https://linktr.ee/Spitorswallowpodcast PODCAST, EVENT DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Tamar Broadbent present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

STACEY SOLO: STRONG FEMALE LEAD

A strong female lead (detective) faces the toughest case of her career in this fast-paced, action-packed and utterly ridiculous character comedy show from Tamar Broadbent (BBC Radio 4, Boom Chicago). 'Presence and charisma to burn' **** Chortle. 'Brings the house down' **** The Skinny. 'Impeccable comic timing' **** The Stage. 'A genuine triple threat.' **** Fest Mag. www.tamarbroadbent.com CHARACTER, THEATRE DATES:

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BETA PROCUCKTIONS PRESENT

WORLD PREMIERE

STAN NYCORËSTI: CANCEL ANTI-WOKEFLAKE SNOW CULTURE

"They thought they could cancel ME?! Why? Because of the direct consequences of the things I said and did?? Pah-ha-ha... Let them try!" The host of multimillion subscriber 'Global Trigger Warming' podcast and Telegram mega-star brings his sold-out worldwide tour to Leicester (UK) to ask why he has been no-platformed. Tickets sell fast so buy now! WARNING: This show is NOT a satire that could horribly backfire. samnicoresti.com IMMERSIVE, SATIRE DATES:

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STELLA GRAHAM: PORCUPINE

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Sunday! Catch another banging hour of stand-up from Coventry's Stella Graham "If you're a TV executive, drop what you're doing and go see her now" - The Skinny. This show is mutating. May contain traces of the sell out 2021 Edinburgh Fringe show www.stellagraham.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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STEPHANIE LAING: CHICKEN Steph is scared of taking risks, not taking risks, woodlice, armadillos (giant woodlice), the inevitable rise of the machines and smelling really bad but nobody telling her. How do you decide which fears to listen to and which to ignore? And why is it she can do stand-up to thousands of people but not tell boys she likes them? "Gloriously silly, wonderfully unpretentious" (Broadway Baby) stephanielaing.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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STEPHEN BAILEY & BRENNAN REECE: WIP

WORLD PREMIERE

Stars of Live At The Apollo, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Celebrity Coach Trip and Roast Battle - Stephen Bailey & Brennan Reece are bringing you a double header, full length 'Work In Progress'. Join these best buddies as they serving up 90 minutes of brand new jokes before they head off on their UK Tours. Expect to see their usual quick wit, audacious crowd work and working class gossipy humour. MIXED BILL DATES:

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UTC Artist Management present

STEPHEN BAILEY: SOPHISTICATED Live at The Apollo star, Stephen Bailey was recently told that he is not sophisticated - and he was wearing bronzer. Tired of being the "GBF" (Gay Best Friend), his mission is to simply be Stephen. This preview unpacks his life as a queer, working-class man in a predominately straight, middle-class man's world. TV credits include Celebs on The Farm, Roast Battle and Celebrity Coach Trip. "A superstar in the making" British Comedy Guide. https://www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk/artist/stephen-bailey/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Avalon Present

STEVE BUGEJA: TRIED TO START HIS OWN NICKNAME (WIP) One of comedy's most exciting rising stars, Steve Bugeja (AKA 'The Mighty Booj', 'Moulin Booj', or - for December only - 'Ebenezer Booj') is bringing his brand new show for 2020. A familiar face on TV and radio, Steve hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles, and has made numerous appearances on TV shows such as The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Avalon Present

STEVE HALL: TEA, TOAST AND TURMOIL (WIP) The sh*t one from beloved sketch losers We Are Klang has spent a long time writing on The Russell Howard Hour, raking in that sweet cash. But now he's back with a new show, in which he considers moving with his Australian wife to live in Melbourne, following Brexit: If he has to live in a racist country, it might as well be the sunny one. "Russell Howard's fine support act" (The Times) "Nothing short of hysterical" (The List) SOLO SHOW DATES:

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STEVE VERTIGO: FULL FRONTAL NEWSITY

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Steve Vertigo performs everybody in this surreal show that looks at what the hell we've become. He finds the stories no-one knew they cared about, and talks to the people on the street for the real insights. With random adverts, political analysis, fascination with flags, and sharp stand-up thrown in, everything's covered. www.stevevertigo.com SATIRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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STEWART LEE Snowflake, will be heavily rewritten in the light of the two years the show has been laid off, looking at how the Covid-Brexit era has impacted on the culture war declared on lovely woke snowflakes by horrible people. Tornado, questions Stew's position in the comedy marketplace after Netflix mistakenly listed his show as reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise again. Nobody on the Eastern Seaboard is safe. demontforthall.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

STOKES & SUMMERS: CAREERING In the immortal words of Britney Spears, "You want a Lamborghini? Sippin' martinis? Look hot in a bikini? You better work, bitch." Stokes & Summers don't necessarily want Lamborghinis, they just want to pay their rent.* Evening Standard TikTok Breakout Star and Funny Women Award nominees Stokes & Summers present a new show about the quirks and perks of the modern workplace. *They would also like to sip Martinis, but that's beside the point. stokesandsummers.wordpress.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Lafta Republic Comedy Congress Present

STOLEN BY PRESIDENT OBONJO The Original African dictator fights back to stop the attempted coup organised by the West fighting for social iustice in the process he becomes the hero fighting for fairness and equality in comedy. SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Chambers Touring Ltd Present

STUART GOLDSMITH: 'A SHARED ILLUSION' (WORK IN PROGRESS) Sort of scaffolding really, but made of the poles they use for pole-vaulting. Did a WIP in 2019, world ended, still got loads, written loads more. Open-hearted, honest and *guaranteed* potentially funny. Host of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast. As seen on Conan (TBS), As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). ***** (Independent). 'Truly a comedy masterclass... Endlessly inventive' **** (List). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Chambers Touring Ltd Present

STUART GOLDSMITH: 'A SHARED ILLUSION' (WORK IN PROGRESS) Sort of scaffolding really, but made of the poles they use for pole-vaulting. Did a WIP in 2019, world ended, still got loads, written loads more. Open-hearted, honest and *guaranteed* potentially funny. Host of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast. As seen on Conan (TBS), As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). ***** (Independent). 'Truly a comedy masterclass... Endlessly inventive' **** (List). SOLO SHOW DATES:

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TripleCeePee present

STUART LAWS: PUTTING ZOO It's putting as in golf, not to move or place in a particular position. Stuart is an observational comedian who doesn't fully understand what he's observed. This is a new show that will presumably continue in this tradition: "The classic Laws tropes are all here: the wearing of the gilet and the constant mispronunciation of a word to the point where you end up believing that to be the correct way to say it." The List www.stuartlaws.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Writing By Moonlight present

SUCHANDRIKA CHAKRABARTI: I MISS AMY WINEHOUSE Suchandrika (British Comedy Guide Pro Performance Awards runner-up 2021, Funny Women Stage Awards semi-finalist 2020, writer on Radio 4's The News Quiz) invites you to join her in missing Amy Winehouse. Expect 2000s nostalgia, tales of partying hard and a fond goodbye to print media. Quizzes too! "This is intelligent comedy that embraces the silly and channels the power of time travel" - Stephanie Ressort, View From The Outside. suchandrika.com SOLO SHOW, THEATRE DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

SUZI RUFFELL: WORK IN PROGRESS Suzi's last show was a complete sell out, got heaps of great reviews and was recommended by the British Comedy Guide, Scotsman and Sunday Times. It's important to remember that this is an early preview so might be a bit all over the shop but there will be moments you really enjoy! As seen on Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week. "Ruffell really does have funny bones" (Evening Standard) "Do you have to keep doing my voice?" (Suzi's Mum) suziruffell.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

Jokes On Us present

TAL, JULES AND HANNAH: WHEN DOES IT GET GOOD? Three generations of funny women, three wildly different perspectives on the world. From embarrassing stories to sharp one-liners and surreal observational gags, there's something here for everyone as we cover life, death and everything in between, with a smile, a wink, or an obscene hand gesture (depends who's on stage at the time). STORYTELLING DATES:

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TAROT, NICE TO MEET YOU

WORLD PREMIERE

Want to know your future? 'Cause we already do... You're in for a night of comedy and tarot! Comedians Carly Smallman and Sarah Iles are joined by a special guest for a 100% real, 100% hilarious tarot reading. These sexy witches will pull cheeky cards for you (the audience) too, in this fully interactive hit show that encompasses all things fun and witchy. Come and see what the cards have in store for you... www.youtube.com/carlysmallman MIXED BILL DATES:

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TEA WITH THE DEVIL

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Eric Rushton (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020) has started having regular philosophical chats with the Devil. Or at least he thinks he has. Maybe he's losing his grip on reality. Join him for a pot of tea with Beelzebub Himself (manifest within the earthly form of comedian Richard Dadd) as they probe the darkest corners of the human psyche, in this special live edition of the hilarious Satanic podcast. anchor.fm/teawiththedevil PODCAST, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Hannah Layton Management present

THANYIA MOORE: BULLY What's worse - being a bully or being bullied? In this debut hour, Thanyia Moore explores this question whilst talking about her childhood and how its impacted her adult life. www.thanyiamoore.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex Ltd present

THE (STEVE) ROYLE VARIETY PERFORMANCE Following his successful 2021 UK tour, Britain's Got Talent top three finalist, comedian, juggler and variety star Steve Royle brings his "Royle Variety Performance" to the Leicester Comedy Festival. A fun-filled show for all the family combining stand-up comedy, audience participation and juggling. "You're naturally funny, end-of-the-pier British which is what I like." Simon Cowell "A Brilliant Comedian." Peter Kay SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Lord Rodney and Lord Russell Present

WORLD PREMIERE

THE 70'S SHOW (1770'S!)

Following a sell-out show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2019, this award nominated duo return to the festival in 2022 with a unique 70s gameshow. If you remember Flares and Donny Osmond but don't know the difference between a Cackling Fart, a Flying Pasty and Bum Fodder then this engaging show will be for you. Nominated for the Leicester Comedy Festival 2019 Best Improv/Musical Show. HISTORICAL, GAME SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

THE ALBUM LAUNCH : LIVING THE DREAM

Why did the Musical Comedian make an album? No, I'm not sure either. But it's a question The Edi Johnston Bit had to ask himself. Why do this? What's the point? No one buys albums anymore, especially not Ukulele based Musical Comedy Hiphop Pop Folk albums - So why bother? Having finished the album in amongst the wreckage of 2020/21, this is a show about that process along with songs about Gingers, Ninjas, Tea, Cake and Jaffa cakes. www.edijohnstonbit.com MUSICAL, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

WORLD PREMIERE

(THE AUDACITY TO CALL YOUR SHOW) THE BEST OF (WHEN YOUR NAME IS) LAURA MONMOTH Why do we all make ourselves out to be better than we really are? Why do we boast about every tiny achievement like it's some Earth-shattering event? Why is everything you remember about your favourite kids show a lie? All this may be answered. Possibly. Another hour of multimedia nonsense from the Birmingham Comedy Festival award winner and Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show award nominee... and ZX Spectrum 'Garfield' world record holder. ALTERNATIVE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Gigglemug Theatre present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

THE BEAN SPILLERS: THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL

Farting at a funeral. Calling your teacher 'Mum'. Farting at your teacher's funeral then calling the Vicar 'Mum'! We've all heard some juicy gossip, but have you ever wondered if there's more to the story? Following the success of their fi ve-star hit Timpson: The Musical, Gigglemug Theatre (Winners of The Stage Edinburgh Award) bring you a brand-new improvised musical based on gossip from the audience. https://gigglemugcomedy.com IMPROV, MUSICAL DATES:

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The Doorstep Comedy Club present

THE BIG BIRTHDAY SHOW WITH MAGIC GARETH (KIDS SHOW) 'Do you have a birthday coming up or did you have a birthday last year... ? Then this family magic show is for you! Magic Gareth is here to celebrate your 'big days' with this family magic show full of tricks, balloons, games and nonsense! The List and The Scotsman 4* Reviews during the Edinburgh Fringe. 'Magic Gareth takes you back to believing magic Gareth exists!' - Mollie Green, BBC Radio' https://www.thedoorstepcomedyclub.com CHILDREN'S, MAGIC DATES:

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The Miller Partnership and Pattersons Commercial Law present

WORLD PREMIERE

THE BIG CHILLI 2022 - WITH OLGA KOCH & MRS BARBARA NICE!

The Miller Partnership & Pattersons Commercial Law present an evening of fine food and fiery female comedy with Olga Koch and Mrs Barbara Nice. Celebrating the legacy of the wonderful Tracey Miller and supporting Soft Touch Arts. Come, convivialise and chill/i. Tickets £49 each or £450 for a table of 10. Contact chris@soft-touch.org.uk for tickets. EVENT DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Blue Jeans Management Present

THE BIG COMEDY MESS AROUND Award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and world-champion Beatboxer Hobbit bring you a joyful mess of a show! Comedy, beatboxing and some classic audience interaction featuring 'The Wheel of Limited Fortune', 'Hobbit's Mystery Music Round', songs about pancakes and a whole heap of dicking around! Genuine prizes to be won and genuine laughs to be had. There is no other show like this. Brace yourself for controlled chaos at it's hilarious best! www.bluejeansmgmt.com GAME SHOW, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Stew Walker present

THE BOOK OF SNORIN' - SLEEP APNEA THE MUSICAL Australian musical comedian Stew Walker has sleep apnoea and snores a LOT! His snoring is so loud his wife has banished him to the bungalow and the neighbours have lodged noise complaints with the police. This hilarious show follows Stew on his quest to treat his sleep apnoea and escape the bungalow blues. "One of the best comedies I've seen at the Fringe" - Buxton Fringe Reviews 2020. Sold out at 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival stewwalker.com MUSICAL, CABARET DATES:

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Eddy Brimson

THE COMEDIAN - A PLAY BY EDDY BRIMSON Eddy Brimson knows a thing or two about comedy: The ups, the downs. It's importance and it's audience. It's a funny old game, well most of the time it is. If only you knew what we thought of you! A new one man play from this award winning comedian and critically acclaimed playwright. "If there's a school of comedy in the UK, Brimson would be top of the class" Sydney Herald "A hugely entertaining and adult bit of theatre." Assoc Press 2019 www.eddybrimson.com THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Gag Reflex present

THE DARK ROOM: BOSS LEVEL ALL DLC 10TH ANNIVERSARY ARENA SPECTACULAR

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YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! Come play the world's only live-action text adventure! Will you: A. Find Light Switch? B. Win terrible prizes? C. Die? It's a choose-your-own-adventure, so choose it! Now celebrating its 10th year, this videogaming improv cult classic is the most interactive and insane game show on the Festival circuit. "NOT TO BE MISSED" Guardian ***** "utterly unique" Skinny **** Den Of Geek www.thejohnrobertson.com/thedarkroom/ GAME SHOW DATES:

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THE DAVID BOLTON HYPNOSIS SHOW Have you always wondered what it would be like to be hypnotised? Have you always wanted to be the star of the show? Then now is your chance! Be a star for the night and explore the power of your own imagination at the David Bolton Hypnosis Show. You will be experiencing one of the great mysteries of our time... hypnosis! Some of the funniest sketches will come to life as you become the star of the show! www.thelittletheatre.co.uk INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Shoe Cake Comedy & The Discount Comedy Checkout present

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THE DISCOUNT COMEDY CHECKOUT - IMPROVISED FAMILY SHOW

This show is all about children's ideas and stories being brought to life before your very eyes with the help of three talented comedy improvisers - Chris Lumb, Natalie Smeaton and Phil Smith. A big hit with festivals and schools, all the stories and ideas the kids (and adults) come up with will be created in front of your very eyes, however, the children are the real stars of the show as they are encouraged to join in and take to the stage! www.comedycheckout.com CHILDREN'S, IMPROV DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Big Difference present

THE EVERYDAY PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMOUR Have you ever wondered what's going on when you crack a joke? Made a joke and thought "where did THAT one come from?" This discussion, led by comedian and psychotherapist Bruce Edhouse, will look at this from a psychological perspective - the things that make people to try to be funny, how the unconscious mind informs the jokes we make, and the therapeutic benefi ts of humour. (And we'll also find out what comedians and therapists have in common!) DISCUSSION DATES:

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Oh So Funny Comedy present

THE EXTRAORDINARY TIME-TRAVELLING ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN Amazing tales elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisors tell extravagant stories all based on the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, and duels, and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true. Leicester Comedy Festival "Best Children's Show 2020" WINNER. "All of the show was brilliant!" Festmag. "Excellent!" BBC Radio Leicester. www.timetravellingbaron.com CHILDREN'S, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Blaby Mind Matters present

THE GAME FOR A LAUGH QUIZ EVENING WITH SUPPER AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL, BLABY The Game For A Laugh Quiz Evening with Supper is sure to make you think, make you smile and warm the cockles, with our supper.

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Big Difference & DLT Entertainment present

THE GREAT BIG COMEDY SHOW SUPPORTING LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL Join us for the first ever Great Big Comedy Show featuring an incredible line up of comedy, all to raise money to support Leicester Comedy Festival & The UK Kids' Comedy Festival. Joining host Hal Cruttenden ("the funniest he's ever been" The Times) will be Adam Kay (author & comedian), Lost Voice Guy ("laugh out loud funny" The Independent), Sikisa (Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show 2021) & special guests. MIXED BILL DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

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THE HALLS OF RIDICULOUS - IMPROVISED SKETCH SHOW

The Halls of Ridiculous are a lively Northern double act who push the boundaries of improv sketch and character creativity to the limit with quick thinking scenes, zany special guests, and a quirky approach to performance. Feat: Chris Lumb (Russell Howard's Good News, Discount Comedy Checkout) and Phil Smith (BBC1's This is MY House, Discount Comedy Checkout, Ted Hanky). "Very funny ... a Vic & Bob for the younger generation" - Shoe Cake Comedy IMPROV, SKETCH DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

THE HOOVERING PODCAST LIVE WITH HOST JESSICA FOSTEKEW AND SUPER SPECIAL GUESTS The podcast all about eating: LIVE. With Jessica Fostekew (QI regular, Live at the Apollo, Prime Stand Up Special). Jess joins a panel of brilliant stars with a connection to Leicester from the worlds of comedy, food and beyond. Join them while they share their most funny stories and some amazing and interesting food. This show will make you peckish, so bring snacks. Recommended on BBC R4 and in The Independent & The Guardian. PODCAST DATES:

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Big Difference present

THE LATE NIGHT COMEDY CLUB Fancy some late night laughs in the festival's quirkiest venue? Of course you do... Each Saturday we present a selection of handpicked festival acts guaranteed to make you giggle. Guests include Eshaan Akbar, Josh Pugh, Thanyia Moore, Jessica Fostekew, Katie Pritchard, Sian Davies, Bilal Zafar, Priya Hall, Myra Dubois and more to be announced! MIXED BILL DATES:

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Lucky Dog Theatre Productions present

THE LAUREL & HARDY CABARET Lucky Dog are the award-winning team behind the internationally-renowned and award-winning HATS OFF TO LAUREL AND HARDY. This spin-off cabaret is a bumper package of routines, sketches, songs and dances from The Boys' lengthy career which you won't find in the biopic. Including all their Music Hall scripts from their UK Tours between 1947-1954 and a lot of other rare material, it's the closest you will get to seeing the original pair in action. www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com SKETCH DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

THE LOVELY BOYS Joe and Mikey are Lovely Boys. They want to show off their jumpers, and play with their toys. Expect silly fun and games from these creepy couple of mama's boys in this absurd clownish bonanza. The Lovely Boys consists of northern alternative comics Joe Kent-Walters ('The star of the show, hitting every beat and owning the stage every second he's on it'- The Gryphon) and Mikey Bligh- Smith. https://www.instagram.com/thelovelyboyscomedy/ CLOWN, SKETCH DATES:

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Blue Jeans Management proudly present

THE MIGHTY KIDS BEATBOX COMEDY SHOW Are you a kid? Do you like music, laughing and whack-a-doodle-noodle craziness? Grab your pet adult and join us! New show from award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and world champion beatboxer Hobbit packed with interactive jokes, silly billyness, beatboxing, and epic sounds created by you! Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival, UK tour and 'Sleeping Beauty' at DeMontfort Hall (Jarred). As recommended in The Week Junior. mightykidsbeatboxcomedy.com CHILDREN'S, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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THE ONLY FOOLS & HORSES COMEDY DINNER SHOW (WITH 3 COURSE MEAL) You will simply love this hilarious tribute featuring all of your favourite bits from the classic sitcom. There's everything from BATMAN and ROBIN to BLOW UP DOLLS, from HOOKY GOODS to club singer, TONY ANGELINO's infamous performance of 'Crying'. DEL BOY's up to his old tricks, RODNEY's on the run from DAMIEN, TRIGGER's lost his broom and UNCLE ALBERT's desperate to sing his sea shanty. Classic comedy chaos as only the Trotters could serve up. www.visitconkers.com MIXED BILL, EVENT DATES:

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THE POETRY TEACHER The UK's self-proclaimed No 1 poetry teacher returns with a masterclass for poets of all levels. Even if you hate poetry, his unique teaching methods will change your mind. While many people in poetry circles consider Gilbert to be vulgar and deluded, his sincerity cannot be doubted.

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The two-time Leicester Comedy Festival award nominees present

THE SAME FACES: IMPROV SMACKDOWN 2022 The Same Faces are proud to present Improv Smackdown 2022, returning to Leicester for a sixth year. Refereed by The Same Faces' own, Tom Young, 8 of the country's best improvisers go head-to-head, in order to be declared the Smackdown Champion of 2022. But here's the twist: it's an improv show, so they have to work together! Reigning champion Hannah Platts will be back to defend her crown, but can she retain it for a second consecutive time? www.thesamefaces.co.uk IMPROV, GAME SHOW DATES:

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The two-time Leicester Comedy Festival award nominees present

THE SAME FACES: IMPROVISED COMEDY Leicester's own improv group, The Same Faces return for their seventh year at Leicester Comedy Festival, with another round of improvised silliness. This short-form show will feature scenes, games, songs and one liners, all completely made up on the spot. Regulars Tom Young, Allan Smith, and Dave Gotheridge will be joined by some of their talented friends, in order to bring you some of the best improvisation in the midlands, if not the country! www.thesamefaces.co.uk IMPROV DATES:

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Big Difference present

THE SECRET TOUR Fancy a comedy adventure? See a selection of festival shows in 1 night, with just one catch - we won't tell you which shows you'll be seeing in advance! A complete sell out in past years, meet at a secret location and trust your guide to lead you through the streets of Leicester. Take a chance, you won't regret it. Tickets are only available in advance. Exciting huh?! EVENT DATES:

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THE SQUARE One day a mysterious black square appeared in the sky. This was neither a good thing or bad thing; it was just a thing that happened. Without missing a beat, the entirety of humanity freaked out and some terrible decisions were made. Find out what happened next in this comedy show about the way we deal with the unknown. **** (Entertainment Focus) **** (Three Weeks) **** (Broadway Baby) ***** (The Awkward Corner). https://isabonachera.com/ SATIRE, SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 THE STACCATOS

REGIONAL PREMIERE

An evening of musical comedy you've never heard before, and will never hear again! Watch your suggestions and anecdotes transform into one-of-a-kind musical masterpieces in this high-energy, improved show. Expect improvised comedy sketches, scenes and original songs, all made up on the spot in front of your very eyes! https://flow.page/staccatos IMPROV, MUSICAL DATES:

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THE TOTAL OBVIOUS COMEDY SPECIAL Tharun Chelley presents the Total Obvious Comedy special. Joined by a group of the finest comedians in the Midlands, the show is set to be a spectacular of different comedians and thoughts. Audience interaction will be encouraged as well as a lot of fun games. This will be a great show of laughter discussing everything from politics to custard creams. IMMERSIVE, CHARACTER DATES:

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Big Difference & De Montfort Hall present

THE UK PUN CHAMPIONSHIPS A total sell out for the past 6 years, The UK Pun Championships returns to De Montfort Hall as the culmination of #UKPunDay. A celebration of the great British pun featuring contestants from across the UK. "a pantomime atmosphere" www.chortle.co.uk www.comedy-festival.co.uk EVENT DATES:

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THE UNDERDOGS: FRIENDZY

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Everything on the planet is afraid of dying, whether it's a cat, a mosquito, a squirrel, or a turtle... but not an Underdog. The Underdogs laugh in the face of danger and death. These fabulous, fearless comedy magicians bring you drunken knife throwing, mind-blowing mindreading, life-threatening tricks, terrible dancing, unexpected lettuces and absurdly cool tricks with a hoover! Rising stars, hair-raising stunts... Go get tickets! https://www.killerfruitcabaret.com/ MAGIC, CLOWN DATES:

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Jokes On Us

THIS.... A journey of discovery through my life to explain... THIS.... Why, what and where and most importantly....how did "This" happen?

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Get Comedy present

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THOMAS GREEN: CULTIVATED

A story you won't believe is true. Thomas Green makes his Leicester Comedy Fest debut with his astonishing hour that took Australian audiences by storm. Tour Support for Jason Manford and Russell Kane. Sell out Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth & Melbourne Comedy Festival runs. "Truly impressive" ****½ The Advertiser (AUS) "Outstanding" ****½ Rip It Up (AUS) "Ingenious" **** The List (UK) thomasgreencomedy.co.uk SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Q Room at the International Arts Centre presents

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TICKBOX

A semi-autobiographical, bilingual, one woman play, in Scots-English and Urdu. "Tick box" combines theatre, storytelling and comedy to interweave the journeys of two Scottish Pakistani women born in different countries but united by blood, passion and determination. There is a QA after the show for up to 30mins. www.lubnakerr.co.uk THEATRE, STORYTELLING DATES:

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Tickled Pink All Star Female Comedy Night Leicester present

TICKLED PINK COMEDY NIGHT This is a comedy night with a difference. I curate and host an all female line up. If you can't see it, you can't be it. I feel it allows these talented comedians to shine. Tickled Pink Comedy Night occurs on a monthly basis: online and in live venues. There are normally 5-8 comedians to entertain the audience. I have successfully put on Tickled Pink Comedy Nights since September 2018 and this is my fourth time at the Leicester Comedy Festival MIXED BILL DATES:

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Tickled Pink All Star Female Comedy Night Leicester present

TICKLED PINK COMEDY NIGHT This is a comedy night with a difference. I curate and host an all female line up. If you can't see it, you can't be it. I feel it allows these talented comedians to shine. Tickled Pink Comedy Night occurs on a monthly basis: online and in live venues. There are normally 5-8 comedians to entertain the audience. I have successfully put on Tickled Pink Comedy Nights since September 2018 and this is my fourth time at the Leicester Comedy Festival MIXED BILL DATES:

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Tickled Pink Comedy Night present

TICKLED PINK COMEDY NIGHT ONLINE Tickled Pink Comedy Night has been showcasing women in comedy for three years and it is still going places. It was nominated for Best Promoter Award at Leicester Comedy Festival 2021. Online shows bring people together from across the lands and so I invite you to stay in the comfort of your home and join a mixed bill of comedy and performance. Bring your friends, family and pets along for a feel good time. MIXED BILL, EVENT DATES:

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TIERNAN DOUIEB: WORK IN PROGRESS

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A work in progress new hour from comedian Tiernan Douieb which will likely be about the absolute state of politics, parenting a chaotic 3 year old and having a weird obsession with hot sauce. Regular support for Frankie Boyle and conversely also a writer on Hey Duggee because that's how life works. "Very friendly but fiercely political" Time Out www.tiernandouieb.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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PBJ Management present

TIM KEY: WORK IN PROGRESS Key will plod about in his velour tracksuit/read his little poems/bleat etc. Lockdown themed most probably, like his book He Used Thought as a Wife. There might be little films. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner years ago. Key has appeared in Taskmaster and Inside Number 9 and the Alan Partridge franchise. 'This is one art house form-buster who can really give you a good time.' ***** Times 'He is a genius plain and simple.' ***** Time Out www.timkey.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW, SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 TOM LITTLE MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO STAND-UP

Tom Little once won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and never stopped going on about it. Reviews say he's 'the real deal. An instinctive comedian' (The Spectator). 'Inventive, unexpected and often very silly... . he surely can't remain a hidden treasure for long' **** (Chortle). 'His elevation to TV panel show favourite is surely only a matter of time' **** (The Wee Review). 'A huge talent' (The Scotsman). So there. https://thisistomlittle.wordpress.com/ SOLO SHOW, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Off The Kerb Productions present

TOM LUCY: WORK IN PROGRESS Join Tom Lucy as he tests brand new material for an upcoming show. Star of Comedy Central and ITV. Tour support for Jack Whitehall and Aziz Ansari. 'Tom Lucy offers a sparkling mix of youth and slightly old-fashioned comedy' **** - Sunday Post 'Charismatic and extremely funny stand up show... wonderful new talent' - Scottish Sun 'Watch him live and you'll quickly understand the excitement' - Guardian tomlucy.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us Present

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TOM MAYHEW: AMBITIOUS TRASH

Tom Mayhew (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2017), fresh from his Radio 4 series, brings a brand new WIP show to the Leicester Comedy Festival. He's proper excited about it. www.tommayhew.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Blue Jeans Management proudly present

TOM STADE Following his last smash-hit UK tour, the legendary Canadian comic returns with a new work-in-progress show. Featuring greatest hits and plenty of new bits. As engaging and innovative as ever. As seen on Ch4's Comedy Gala, BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo. "Sack loads of charm. Poise and free-flowing spontaneity. Mischievous, no nonsense stand-up from an expertly skilled pro" Chortle tomstade.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Ebdon Management present

TONY LAW: A NOW BEGIN IN AGAIN Tony Law 'A Now Begin In Again' Neanderthal Canadian Trinidadian Norn Iron Loon Law brings his half baked thoughts on the last couple of years and a little time travel to boot. It might not always make sense but it's always funny. Farm boy blue collar surreal absurdity in his own very unique style. For those with a different take or taste in comedy. Plus a lot of works on progress www.mrtonylaw.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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111Miles Events present

TONY SLATTERY IS UNREHEARSABLE Star of stage and screen Tony Slattery is back from the dead. In an attempt to put off writing his memoirs he is bringing his unique take on a variety show to a wider audience. Unrehearsable offers a special insight into Tony's life, career and the demons that continue to dog his footsteps. There will be interviews, comedy, Q&As, and lots of laughs, and we guarantee that no two shows will ever be the same! IMPROV DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Monster Comedy Present

WORLD PREMIERE

TRAGIC MIKE

Tragic Mike Live will get your heart racing with raunchy, grinding, thrusting comedians and burlesque acts. This is the hottest comedy show in town, guaranteed to have you climaxing through laughter. BURLESQUE, CABARET DATES:

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RBM Present

TRIPLE THREAT COMEDY NIGHT Discover some fabulous new talent on the comedy scene with these three funny women taking the stage to entertain you. Introducing... Adele Cliff, UK Pun Championships Winner, an accomplished joke writer (Dave's Jokes of the Fringe) as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 5 Live. Eryn Tett, born and raised in Singapore, as seen on BBC Three and Funny Women's Stage Award Runner-Up. Isabelle Farah, British Lebanese actor. MIXED BILL, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Curtis Brown and Live Nation present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

TROY HAWKE: SIGMUND TROY'D!

2020 Leicester Comedy Festival best show nominee 2020 Perth Fringe World Comedy Weekly Award winner and main award shortlist 2019 Perth Fringe World Comedy Weekly Award winner and main award shortlist 2019 Total sellout run Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Top 40 Best reviewed comedy shows Edfringe 2019 Fresh from finding and proving decisive links between IKEA, the CIA and the Nazi's, Troy Hawke returns to battle the demons in his mind. And yours... www.milomccabe.co.uk CHARACTER DATES:

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Hannah Layton Management Present

TUES NIGHT @ SOCIAL CLUB Best Debut Show nominees at Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 and a sell out at EdFringe 2021. Join Your Dad's Mum - Northern club comic, Pat Bashford and over-woke barmaid Cheri-Anne for an explosive, gag-packed sketch comedy game show. 'A LOT OF SILLY CHARM, RAUCOUS FUN' Steve Bennett, Chortle 'THIS SHOW PACKS IN THE PUNCHLINES, THE DUO CAN CERTAINLY CRAFT A GOOD GAG' The Skinny 'ENCHANTINGLY DELIGHTFUL, EXCEPTIONAL COMEDIC TALENTS' Broadway Baby SKETCH, GAME SHOW DATES:

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Big Difference & Union JACK Radio present

UNION JACK RADIO'S CIRCUIT BREAKERS THE chance within the festival to see the stars of the future from the best of emerging UK comedians. We have carefully selected those acts who have been gigging for a while but have yet to break into the big time. Trust us; you'll be seeing these acts in arenas soon so come and see them so you can tell your friends you saw them before they were famous... Hosted by the brilliant Eshaan Akbar (QI, Mock The Week, Comedy Central). MIXED BILL DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Al Jumeirah present

WORLD PREMIERE

UP IN SMOKE: COMEDY AT AL JUMEIRAH SHISHA LOUNGE

Joining us tonight will be your host Tez Ilyas (Live at The Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three)); along with acts Ria Lina, Eshaan Akbar & Nabil Abdulrashid (A fresh comic voice... unapologetically funny - The Sunday Telegraph, Britain's Got Talent finalist 2020). All served up alongside our flavoursome shisha, delicious snacks and tons of tasty desserts. See you there! EVENT DATES:

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Neon Flamingo Present

VIX LEYTON: WORK IN PROGRESS Discovered by Mark Watson on Twitter, Welsh comic Vix Leyton is a natural storyteller with a keen eye for observation, combining warm, whimsical charm with biting wit as the self-styled Princess of Petty. In this Work in Progress, Vix takes you on a fun, entertaining journey through her French farce life. SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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VOYAGE OF THE BARNACLE - FINDING NEENOO

WORLD PREMIERE

Olaf Falafel and Paul F Taylor have both been nominated for 'Best Show' at the Leicester Comedy Festival in the past - neither have ever won. Join them as they try to rectify this situation in their first ever family friendly show. They WILL tell stupid jokes, they WILL search for a lost fish, they MIGHT get your dad in a headlock. Be there or be a rhombus. CHILDREN'S, ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Garry Roost

WARHOL: BULLET KARMA BY GARRY ROOST DIRECTED BY KENNETH HADLEY

REGIONAL PREMIERE

A darkly witty take on the American pop art icon Andy Warhol and the woman who shot him, Valerie Solanas. Lou Reed, Capote, Edie Sedgwick; see what they all have to say about him and what HE says about them! "A masterclass in bold simplicity and is worth any theatre goers time." Voicemag UK Edfringe 2021 **** "It takes guts to take on Warhol. Garry Roost not only takes him on. But masters him." **** Broadwaybaby GMFringe 2021 www.garryroost.co.uk SOLO SHOW, THEATRE DATES:

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Ian and Niamh Hall present

WORLD PREMIERE

WAW! WE'RE ALL WINNERS (KIDS SHOW)

Everyone's a winner in this jam-packed jamboree of daft games, dances, songs, slapstick and cardboard. Dad-and-daughter double act Ian and Niamh present a fun, feel-good show with lots of joiny-in bits for children (adults too if you like). Never win anything? Not today. We're ALL Winners this Wednesday! Twice Best Kids Show nominees at this Festival. "Brilliantly daft. Get caught up in the infectious, participatory bubble" Leicester Mercury CHILDREN'S, INTERACTIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 WAYNE BEESE: RECORD OF UNDER ACHIEVEMENT When Wayne Beese left school in 1996, as Head Boy and with a load of GCSEs, his tutor said "the world was his oyster". A few career changes and 25 years later, its not really gone to plan. Join Wayne for this brand new show as he uses the contents of his original Record of Achievement to regale hilarious stories from his school days, as well as his journey post-education through factories and newspaper offices to his present home on the stage. www.waynebeese.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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In Association with the good people at TripleCeePee

WORLD PREMIERE

WEIRDOS COMEDY PRESENTS: THE ENVELOPES

This is all you need to know about the Envelopes. The audience are each sent an envelope in the post before the show. Each envelope is different and only that audience member knows what is in it. Nominee: Best Show - LCF 2021, Winner: Event of the Year - Chortle Awards 2018 "the Blazin' Squad of leftfield comedy", Comedy.co.uk "Some of the silliest, funniest and most innovative shows on the circuit", Timeout IMMERSIVE, CHARACTER DATES:

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Corrie McGuire Management Present

WENDY WASON: SELF(ISH) PORTRAIT Who are we? Not the "we" on social media. The real us? Why is there a difference? We have a lot to deal with. From parents and kids, friends, neighbours, to colleagues. Why do we then worry about how we look on top of that? Can red wine really help? Wendy peels back her façade with some entertaining and occasionally uncomfortable home truths. "A natural on stage with bags of charm" Chortle "She's charming, clever and funny" The Sunday Times www.wendywason.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts present

WESLEY MALLIN: HAVE YOU TRIED CHEERING UP? Wesley Mallin shares the stupid questions he's been asked about his mental health including "Have you tried not being sad?" and gives answers like "Have you tried not being a dick?". Channelling pure manic energy he'll take you on a comic tour of his oddly wired head. Beware, it's dark in there, but so is all the best comedy, right? Sit back, laugh and prepare to say "what the f@ck?" Crippling psychological distress has never been this funny. www.furthestfromthesea.co.uk SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Jokes On Us present

WHAT THE IF...? Embark on a journey through the Multi-verse, guided by The Watcher; a cosmic-being able to view the infinite possibilities of alternative realities. Based on audience suggestions, the cast of What the If..? perform an interwoven series of stories based on everyone's favourite nerdy franchises; What if Iron Man was played by Tom Cruise? What if Darth Vader had the infinite stones? What if Doctor Who killed Frodo? What if..?? IMPROV DATES:

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX? What's in the Box? is a panel show where nobody knows what's going to happen - even the host! Bring an item to put in the box, and host Friz Frizzle will create games on the spot for our three guest comedians. Hilarious, improvised chaos that will leave you with a smile on your face. ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 NCF present

WHO LET THE DONS OUT? Incurable academics by day and stand-up comics by night, Dr Harry Sanders and Professor John step bravely into the real world to reveal darkly comic secrets of their quirky lives. Ageing, work and sex all come under psychologist John's pedantic microscope, whilst ecologist Harry explores the darker side of environmental science that the textbooks never told you. It's the only show with a reading list. As part of the Kayal All-Dayer. ALTERNATIVE DATES:

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WIFI WARS WiFi Wars is the World Record-Breaking live comedy game show where the entire audience play along. Log in with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes! Hosted by comedian and regular video-games commentator Steve McNeil (Team Captain on hit TV show Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit), the show was first developed at the prestigious Royal Institution. www.wifi wars.co.uk/ INTERACTIVE DATES:

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WIL HODGSON'S WAFFLE HOUSE Chippenham's premier rambling gender fluid punk storyteller returns to LCF with a few yarns and plenty of obscure pop culture references "genius" - Russell Howard "this is punk rock" - Mark Thomas

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Jokes On Us Present

REGIONAL PREMIERE

WILL MARS: MY LIFE'S A JOKE!

The Edinburgh Fringe hit show of 2021. Will Mars is a supercharged combination of one-liner joke telling and modern, autobiographical wit. **** "A fearsome comedy creation ... This has to be the apotheosis of one-liner comedy." The Scotsman **** "It's a daring concept ... a true story delivered in the format of a series of one-liners." EdFringe Review **** "If the world was fair, he would be getting plenty of recognition" The Student www.willmars.com SOLO SHOW DATES:

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WILL PRESTON CAN'T FACE REALITY Reality is overrated. Why bother with work, relationships, and mental health concerns when escapism is king? Will Preston, self-confessed geek and gaming addict, explores his love of geek culture, as well as his normal life that he tries to escape from. Will he keep his face against the screen, or will he finally face reality? "Slick, surprising, and acutely aware" - Objectively Funny. "Energetic and lovable" - Joey Page. https://will-preston.co.uk/ SOLO SHOW DATES:

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Foxy Comedy and WORD! present

WORD! COMEDY SPECIAL - WITH ROB GEE AND LYDIA TOWSEY WORD! - a spoken word and poetry organisation presenting one of the longest running spoken word nights in the UK - presents an evening of high jinx and hilarity. Featuring - Guardian, Kew Gardens and Royal Albert Hall commissioned, Lydia Towsey - and Rob Gee "Seriously funny" - the Mirror... "The kind of performer you pray you'll discover." - Orlando Sentinel. With an open mic of the region's finest, funny ha ha, funny strange - and free sweets! https://www.wordpoetry.co.uk/ SPOKEN WORD DATES:

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 Pub Wrestling Federation present

WRESTLING WITH THE CHAMP - LIVE Join the Ginger Ninja for a WRESTLING 101 MASTERCLASS! Uncover secrets from the squared circle as Rochdale's most infamous son lifts the lid on an explosive Pub Wrestling Federation career. Learn skills to help you survive in and out of the ring. Have you got what it takes to become a PWF Superstar? This Pub Wrestling Federation event is a Leicester Comedy Festival exclusive not to be missed. Brace yourself for the funniest ride in wrestling. www.champpod.com PODCAST, SATIRE DATES:

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YAZZY YAZ & NABZ PAT: BROWN AND (UN)MARRIED Yaz and Nabz are swapping candy for candid talk about life before and after the coveted prize of getting married. From the unavoidable aunties, rishtas and other desi ways of the south asian community. Expect some before and after pot shots at being British, Asian and living in the patriarchy. So all in all - a fun hour filled with blunt, brutal and honest storytelling. Please note: performance on the 6th is part of the Kayal All-dayer. SOLO SHOW, MIXED BILL DATES:

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YOUR FLAWS: THE MUSICAL

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Darkly hilarious and unexpectedly heartfelt: That describes you, the audience. Self-described shortcomings inspire a new musical every show from the cocreator of fi ve star, multiple Fringe sell-out hit CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation, a classically trained opera soprano and a jazz piano savant. Their shows have been called 'Innovation and top tier entertainment' ***** (The Wee Review) and 'A spectacular must see' ***** (Bunbury) MUSICAL, IMPROV DATES:

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YURIKO KOTANI: WORK IN PROGRESS Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and Time Out's One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts as a work in progress in her "second language". As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Pls Like (BBC3) and Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (Channel 4). www.yurikokotani.com SOLO SHOW, STORYTELLING DATES:

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ZOE BURY : OVERSHARING

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Join Zoe- mum-of-three, nurse, and visually impaired- as she overshares the cringeworthy moments that life throws at her. From finding herself glued to a patient, to the darkly funny aspects of her recently acquired disability. A warm and witty glimpse into how we are all just trying to fi t in.

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Our son really enjoyed the experience. He was offered great support throughout the week and during the showcase performance when nerves got the better of him! The workshop leaders were fabulous and the evening showcase was well organised and managed. Frankie’s mum

A DEDICATED HALF-TERM PROGRAMME FOR ASPIRING TEENAGERS TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE OF PERFORMING LIVE COMEDY. From Monday 14th February until Friday 18th February 2022 Curve Theatre Suitable for 11-18 year olds 9.30am – 12pm (ages 11-14) and 1pm – 3.30pm (ages 15-18) £25 for the week (daily sessions) Showcase: Friday 18th February 5.30pm & 7pm (tickets £5)

The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival present

JOKE SPOT

A touring roadshow giving young people the opportunity to take to the stage, stand behind a microphone and tell their favourite joke! Get your kids ready with their jokes, come along and join in the fun.

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Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

ACCESS GUIDE We have produced an access guide to the festival, which can be downloaded from www.comedy-festival.co.uk/access or you can contact us via email at access@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk The Access Guide provides information about physical access to the majority of our participating festival venues. For specific venue questions, please contact the venue direct. All venue contact details can be found at the back of this brochure. To assist with your festival visit, you may also want to visit www.disabledgo.com which contains access details about Leicester City Centre and some of the venues.

WELLBEING

We have produced a MentalHealth and Wellbeing toolkit, which can be downloaded from www.comedy-festival.co.uk/wellbeing or accessed via wellbeing@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk This will provide a guide to ensure that the festival is accessible and supportive to those who may be experiencing a difficult time. It will also provide contact details of organisations which can provide Mental Health support.

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VENUE INFORMATION PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ARE PROVIDED FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR VENUE INFORMATION (PARKING, FOOD, BAR DETAILS). FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO BUY TICKETS, PLEASE CALL THE FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE ON 0116 456 6812. 1 Title: AL JUMEIRAH SHISHA LOUNGE Address: 203 Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1 3HT Info: 0116 429 9232

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65 Narrow Lane, Aylestone, Leicester LE2 8NA 0116 283 7225 blackhorseaylestone@yahoo.co.uk www.blackhorseaylestone.co.uk

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33 Market Street, Leicester LE1 6DN 0116 296 5929 kmunrok@gmail.com

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8 Title: CENTURY THEATRE Address: Snibston Colliery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville LE67 3LN Info: 01530 278 444 E-mail: sam.girdham@leics.gov.uk Web: centurytheatre.co.uk

CHUTNEY IVY

41 Halford Street, Leicester LE1 1TR 0116 251 1889 www.chutneyivy.com

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Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4DE 0116 267 4059 adam.doorstepcomedyclub@gmail.com

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High Street, Coalville, LE67 3EA 0116 305 3565 coalvillelibrary@leics.gov.uk www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/ libraries/find-a-library/coalville-library

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Address: Loughborough Student Union, Ashby Road, Loughborough LE11 3TT Info: 01509 222948 E-mail: luarts@lboro.ac.uk 14 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

CONKERS DISCOVERY CENTRE

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Rawdon Road, Ashby DE12 6GA 01283 216 633 info@visitconkers.com www.visitconkers.com

15 Title: COTESBACH EDUCATIONAL TRUST Address: Cotesbach Educational Trust, Main Street, Cotesbach, Nr. Lutterworth LE17 4HX Info: 01455 558 373 E-mail: hello@cotesbacheducationaltrust.org.uk Web: www.cotesbacheducationaltrust.org.uk

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DUFFYS BAR

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16 Title: Address: Info: Web:

Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB 0116 242 3595 www.curveonline.co.uk

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Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU 0116 233 3111 dmh-office@leicester.gov.uk demontforthall.co.uk

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8 Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester LE1 6BU 0116 255 3316 info@firebugbar.co.uk www.facebook.com/pg/duffysleicester

19 Title: ESCAPE COALVILLE Address: 21 New Broadway, Belvoir Shopping Centre, Coalville LE67 3XA Info: 07557 877 987 E-mail: info@escape-coalville.co.uk Web: www.escape-coalvillr.co.uk

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FIREBUG

1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN 0116 255 1228 info@firebugbar.co.uk www.firebugbar.co.uk

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MAP 1 - A2 22 Title: FOX BOOKS Address: St Martin’s Square, 9 Silver Walk, Leicester LE1 5EW MAP 3 23 Title: FOXTON VILLAGE HALL Address: Middle Street, Foxton, Market Harborough LE16 7RE Web: foxtonvillagehall.org.uk 24 Title: GRAYS@LCB DEPOT Address: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 261 6827 25 Title: Address: Info: Web:

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WANT TICKETS?

HARBOROUGH MARKET HALL

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Northampton Road, Market Harborough LE16 9HB 01858 465 206 www.harboroughmarket.co.uk

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153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE 0116 255 4667 info@kayalrestaurant.com www.kayalrestaurant.com

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Paget Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0HW 0116 279 2228 valeriemoore@btinternet.com www.kibworthcommunitylibrary.org.uk

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KNIGHT & GARTER MAP 1 - A2 Knight & Garter, Hotel Street, Leicester LE1 5AW 0116 303 3310 sam@beautifulpubs.co.uk www.knightandgarter.co.uk/gallery-venue

33 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE 0116 261 6800 info@lcbdepot.co.uk www.lcbdepot.co.uk

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LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL

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Market Place, Loughborough LE11 3EB 01509 231 914 box.office@charnwood.gov.uk www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

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HIgh Steet, Lutterworth LE17 4AT 07496 860 236 www.luterworthtownhall.org.uk

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37 Title: MANHATTAN 34 Address: 34 Rutland Street, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester LE1 1RD Info: 0116 262 8855 Web: www.manhattan34.com

MAP 1 - A3

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METHODIST CHURCH

Northampton Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9HE 01858 463834 info@babygigs.co.uk www.babygigs.co.uk

39 Title: MENPHYS Address: Bassett Street, South Wigston LE18 4PE Info: 01455 323020

MOUNTSORREL MEMORIAL CENTRE

MAP 2

NEWMARKET, COALVILLE

MAP 4

40 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

105 Leicester Road, Mountsorrel LE12 7DB 0116 230 4877 reception@mountsorrelmc.co.uk www.mountsorrelmemorialcentre.co.uk

41 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

10 Marlborough Square, Coalville LE67 3WD 01530 454773 markets@nwleicestershire.gov.uk www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/newmarket

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42 Title: NINETEEN TWELVE Address: 26 Cossington Road, Sileby LE12 7RS Info: 01509 816470

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HARBOROUGH THEATRE

Church Square, Market Harborough LE16 7NB 01858 463 673 boxoffice@harboroughtheatre.com www.harboroughtheatre.com

PETER PIZZERIA

9 Welford Place, Leicester LE1 6ZH 0116 254 5333 www.peterpizzeria.co.uk

MAP 1 - A3

45 Title: PIED BULL Address: 49 Belton Street, Shepshed LE12 9AA Info: 01509 503707

MAP 2

46 Title: ST MARTIN’S COFFEE SHOP Address: St Martin’s Square, Leicester LE1 5DG Info: 0116 243 8716

MAP 1 - B1

47 Title: ST NICHOLAS CHURCH Address: 156-140 St Nicholas Walk, Leicester LE1 4LB

MAP 1 - A1

THE BIG DIFFERENCE

48 Title: Address: Info: E-mail:

68 High St, Leicester LE1 5YP 0116 261 6812 charlotte@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

49 Title: Address: Info: Web:

THE EXCHANGE BAR MAP 1 - A3 The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD 0116 251 3434 www.exchangeleicester.com

50 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

43 Silver Street, Leicester LE1 5EU 07766 212 630 TheGlobe@EverSosensible.com www.theglobeleicester.com

WANT TICKETS?

THE GLOBE

MAP 1 - A2

MAP 1 - B1

visit www.comedy-festival.co.uk or call 0116 456 6812


INFORMATION

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MAP 4

55 Title: THE MOIRA FURNACE MUSEUM

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W elland Park Rd

Address: Moira Furnace Museum Trust, Furnace Lane, Moira DE12 6AT Info: 01283 224 667 E-mail: office@moirafurnace.org Web: moirafurnace.org

Address: Garden Street, Leicester LE1 3UA E-mail: enquiries@theq-room.com Web: www.theq-room.com 57 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

White Lion, 38 Main Street, Whissendine LE15 7ET 01664 474 233 info@whitelioninn.com www.whitelioninn.com

58 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY 0116 255 7066 theatre@leicesterymca.co.uk www.ytheatre.co.uk

59 Title: Address: Info: E-mail: Web:

70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA 07979 779 551 comedy@upstairsatthewestern.com www.upstairsatthewestern.com

MAP 1 - C1

NORTHWEST LEICESTERSHIRE DISTRICT

Address: Goadby Road, Waltham on the Wolds LE14 4AG E-mail: wvh.bookingclerk@gmail.com Web: www.walthamvillagehall.co.uk

WYGSTON’S HOUSE

Applegate, Leicester LE1 5LD 0116 296 4301 foxycomedy@gmail.com www.wygstonshouse.co.uk

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1269 Melton Rd, Syston LE7 2EN 0116 260 2503 www.thegrosvenorsyston.co.uk

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THE GROSVENOR SNOOKER CLUB

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INFORMATION

Leicester Comedy Festival 2022

CONTACT Big Difference Company, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Registered charity 1135167

Email: info@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk Website: www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

PEOPLE FESTIVAL PATRONS:

TONY SLATTERY, THE LATE SEAN HUGHES, THE LATE SUE TOWNSEND & THE LATE SIR NORMAN WISDOM OBE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Martyn Allison (Chair), Asgoo Pirbhai, Max Schurer, Andrew Brown, Emma Anderson, Jonathan Kerry, Laura Hailstone, Julian Haywood. With thanks to Steph Osborn.

STAFF:

PR MANAGER: PRINT DESIGN & PRODUCTION:

CEO

Laura Arends

Founding Director

Geoff Rowe

Senior Producer

Charlotte Laidet

Partnership & Events Associate

Katherine West

Finance Manager

Asma Manjothi

Marketing & Development Manager

Caroline Taylor

The BIG Weekend producer

Mark Makin

The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival producer

Chris Butler

Special Projects Assistant

Alex Johnson

Gaby Jerrard PR

Gaby@gabyjerrardpr.com

Reach Marketing

www.reachmarketing.co.uk

THANKS TO Sir Peter Soulsby, Piara Singh Clair, Mike Dalzell, Joanna Jones, Maggie Shutt, Sarah Harrison, Brian Lisowy, Andy Salkeld and everyone at Leicester City Council, Professor Katie Normington, Sarah Thomson, Mark Charlton, Laura Hailstone, Jeremy Clay, Tony Graves, Jennie Jordan, Louise Peacock, Sunita Patel, Emma Breward, Fi Donovan, Katharine Short and everyone at De Montfort University, Donnach, Ian, Caroline, Owen & everyone at Union Jack Radio, Julie Smith, Peter Leone, Antony Flint, Pete Mitchell & everyone at De Montfort Hall, Chris, Nikolai, Claire everyone at Curve, Marcus Dockerty, Chris, Nichola & the whole Sturgess team, Erika, Claire & all at Everards, the team at Mercure Leicester – The Grand Hotel, everyone at The Gresham Apart Hotel, Jo & Sam at Highcross, Gaby Jerrard & Amee Smith, James, Paul, Sue, David & everyone at LCB Depot, Colin Bowles, Matt & everyone at Firebug, Michael & everyone at The Y, Adam Moss and everyone at Leicester Mercury, Michael Day, Pete Miller, Asgoo, Gary, Owain, Lucy & everyone at Reach, Katie Holtom & Richard Haswell, Simon Jenner & BID Leicester, Michaela Butter & Attenborough Arts, Lis & Ken, everyone at BBC Leicester, Chris Perkin, Gabby Miller & Cool As Leicester, Sharon Lockyer, Oliver Double, Alex Hylton, Helen Stead, Jason Neale, Fern Beard, Lee & Bethan and everyone at GagReflex, Donald Taffner Jnr, Hollie & Tamara and everyone at Ebdon Management, Flo, Kitty, Holly & everyone at Off The Kerb, Lydia & everyone at UTC Artists Management, Darrell Martin, Martin & everyone at Just The Tonic, Claire Collins and everyone at Penguin Books, everyone at PETER Pizzeria, Lindsey, Fee, Martin & everyone at Fringe Box Office, Claire Cannell, Erika Hardy & Everards, Wendy May, Lucy Brown & everyone at North West Leicestershire District Council, David Wright & everyone at Harborough District Council, Sam Clarke & everyone at Blaby District Council, Pope Lonergan, Rob Gee, Daniel Nicholas, Dudley Russell, Pam Ayres, Ahir Shah, Rachel Parris, Rosie Jones and all promoters, volunteers, venue staff and performers!

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