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Welcome Hello hello and welcome to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. As the longest running comedy festival in Europe, we’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the best stand-up comedians over the past 19 years. Since we started in 1994 we’ve seen many brilliant shows and acts who have gone on to massive comedy careers. It’s important that the festival remains a critical breeding ground for acts to develop, experiment and move their work forwards.

This year we’re thrilled to have teamed up with the great people at Dave and are working closely with them to develop what we do. You’ll notice some new additions to our live programme in the pages of this brochure, especially the brilliant Dave’s Curry House – a brand new venue at the heart of the festival. We’re also welcoming back favourites such as Comedy in the Dark, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, Hotel D’Comedie & Comedy Heaven.

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Contents Sponsors Welcome 11 things

you may not know about Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

4 A - Z of acts 4&5 Performers names at a glance. Festival Diary 8

How much was a Harry Hill ticket in 1994? Who supported Roseanne Barr in 2006?

Famous friends

of the festival spill the beans

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

Our listings explained

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How the listing section works.

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Show Listings

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All the show information you need.

Rhod Gilbert, Jason Byrne, Jenny Eclair and other comedy stars talk...

Funny words

Watch out for...

The pen is wittier than the sword. Comedy and writing experiences.

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

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Venues

location and information

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All venue location and contact information you will need.

Acknowledgements

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People and organisations we want to thank.

Festival information

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11 things

you may not know about Harry Hill performed at the first ever festival in 1994, supported by Matt Lucas. Tickets were £2.50

Nick Park visited the festival in both 1994 & 1995, bringing with him his original Oscar and plasticine models of Wallace & Gromit

Ross Noble has visited the festival many times; in 2001 you could see him perform in Loughborough for £4!

Alan Carr first performed in the festival in 2002; he returned in 2006 to support Roseanne Barr at De Montfort Hall

What to know what the least amusing sounding event ever to have been promoted as part of the festival? “A debate on the humour of the spoken and written word”. It did take place but didn’t attract a huge audience.

In 2002, we actually promoted a church service as part of the main festival programme. It took place at a Baptist Church and featured various comedians doing short sets. Admission was free.

Surprising acts who have all performed at the festival: Little & Large, Norman Wisdom, Les Dennis, Nitin Sawhney, Bobby Davro, Bernie Clifton, Jethro, Bonnie Langford, David Frost, Prunella Scales, Clive James, John Sergeant & Jeremy Spake

In 2003 we organised the first (& last) Chortle Comedy Conference. No one turned up so we cancelled it and swore never to do anything so silly again.

Cathy Dunning performed in the 1997 festival

as part of a show called “Big White Pants”. She then went on to create The Weakest Link.

Armstrong & Miller performed at the festival club in 1997; tickets were £5

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Sarah Millican performed at Bambu Bar in 2008; tickets were £6. She returned in 2009 for a gig at The Richard Attenborough Centre (now Embrace Arts); tickets were still £6. Tickets for her 2 sell out shows at De Montfort Hall this year cost £20.

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of the festival spill the beans... by Bruce Dessau & Julian Hall

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Rhod Gilbert This year marks 19 years of the festival and the 10th anniversary of Rhod Gilbert’s career in comedy. Rhod was helped along in his comedy career by winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2003, just a year after he had started out. “I remember it vividly, being in the dressing room and everyone feeling very nervous.

It was a big one, and is still considered by new acts an exciting thing to win.” Thanks to this win Rhod has a soft spot for Leicester where Ship of Fools comedy night had already hosted him before the awards. “they saw me in Edinburgh and asked me to do a few gigs and since then I have played most of Leicester’s venues from Bottle Rocket to De Montfort Hall.” Gilbert will return to De Montfort Hall with his latest tour, The Man With The Flaming Battenburg Tattoo, in June.

Rhod’s touring commitments, along with his TV and radio exposure, have increased in recent years as he has become one of a gaggle of comedians caught up in the comedy boom. “It’s gone bonkers. I didn’t notice any changes until around 2009 but then it seemed to explode from then on. How long it will last I don’t know. I worry sometimes about TV gobbling up comedy but it’s going well now so I am just enjoying it.” Despite starting comedy as a relative latecomer, aged 34, Rhod’s rise has been irresistible and he’s passed numerous significant milestones including that Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year win. Meanwhile, his act itself has passed some significant markers too. “I’ve moved from someone who did surreal stories to someone who has tapped into their own personality and created an exaggerated stage persona.” That personality, says the 43-year-old, is “contrary, very contrary argumentative, pernickety, and grumpy.” While none of this is said in pity, he’s not completely kidding either. “If you ask my closest friend Greg Davies he will tell you that I am unbelievably contrary and I’ll argue black is white and that this is all endearing; but it isn’t. It’s not nice. If I wasn’t doing stand up I would have a bit of counseling for it.”

Jason Byrne Jason Byrne’s most memorable festival gig involved a priceless piece of audience participation. “It was about four years ago. Before the interval I asked the crowd to get stuff from the foyer and put it on the stage. I did this all round the country and

Leicester finished top of the leader board. I came back after the break and the place was covered in chairs, desks, cables, plant pots...someone had put a coffee machine there.

It was just insane, a brilliant, brilliant gig.” The flame-haired Dubliner started out as a stand-up in 1995, a year after the launch of the Leicester festival, so they have grown together. In that time Byrne has seen comedy expand

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beyond all expectations: “In 1996 I did the So You Think You’re Funny competition in Edinburgh and came second to Tommy Tiernan, but nobody back then thought you could have a career in stand-up. People like me, Tommy, Dara O’Briain and Johnny Vegas all did stand-up by accident.” Part of him misses those innocent days: “We were just doing it for a laugh and a bit of cash, then out of nowhere it became this massive thing. You see new comedians now and they already have long-term plans.” But part of him thinks that comedians deserve their super-rich status: “People like Cannon and Ball and Little and Large gigged for years for no money, whereas Jimmy Carr and Jason Manford could retire soon.” While many of his contemporaries have been happy to move from stage to TV screen the anarchic 39-year-old has mixed feelings about it. You cannot ask fans to steal things for you on primetime TV. “I love the rawness of live comedy. And British audiences are so up for it they are the best in the world. Going to comedy has become like going to see a band, it has become part of British culture.”

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Jenny Eclair Jenny Eclair has been a regular visitor to Leicester for as long as she can remember. “I’ve done large venues, small bars, lecture rooms, pool halls. I think I did a gig at a fire station once.

I compered at De Montfort Hall for the first time ever. I didn’t realise it was so big and it was terrifying. I’d rather go outside and play with the traffic. My favourite venue is the Y Theatre. I like the size.” The spiky, outspoken stand-up used to be a little wild on the road, but, now 51, she is finally starting to behave herself, albeit reluctantly. On her recent tour, when she revisited the Y, she was typically restrained. “My tour manager drew a line with a black felt tip pen on my bottle of wine and would not let me go past that mark. He didn’t want me hungover in the car next to him between gigs.”

Those heady old days of late-night alcohol-fuelled romps are becoming rarer for the former poet who was originally born in Kuala Lumpur, where her father was an army major. “I’ve got to that point where I’ve become one of those performers who comes down for breakfast at 8am and I see younger comedians who are still propping up the bar.” As a London-based performer Leicester gives Eclair a nice option. “If you’ve had a good gig and there are other comedians around you can stay, but if you’ve had a bad gig it’s not too far to get home from.

Leicester audiences are always very generous. Though you should never jinx yourself by saying audiences are generous because next time they will try and hang you when you leave the theatre. If you die on your arse word gets around very quickly.” Twitter is the biggest change when it comes to comedy gossip: “There is no quiet shame any more thanks to social networking. You can’t hide.”

Stephen K Amos Stephen K Amos has had a long and fruitful association with the Festival starting in 1998 when he was a member of a three act bill to playing the huge De Montfort Hall in 2010 and 2011. In 1999 Stephen performed at the festival in a marquee erected in the beer garden of a city centre pub, unfortunately the tent blew away. It proved not to be an ominous portent, however, as he recalls that it was around this time “my stuff was getting good.” “I was happy doing the circuit but then, about four years ago, I did Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and the Royal Variety Show; all broadcast within a month. I was already on a small arts centre tour then and overnight it became a massive tour, based on this huge exposure.”

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Having been in the thick of the comedy boom of the last five years Stephen notes the ringing of change with a wry eye: “When I started comedy was still seen as alternative but now with TV coverage it’s hit the mainstream. Now some managers insist on their clients wearing suits and looking smart. I was always smart; that was just my thing. Everyone I worked with back in the day wore jeans and a black t-shirt but now everyone is looking corporate.” Stephen approves of Leicester’s smart-casual approach as he has appeared here six times now. “The vibe is great. I

played it quite early on in its history and the show I took up did well. I felt like I had the freedom

to experiment and had a good energy in the room. Everyone is very accommodating and very relaxed and that goes from my experience of playing The Y to playing De Montfort Hall.

Leicester is well-placed for running out an Edinburgh show, but you can’t try out as such, it can’t be half-baked!”

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Greg Davies Greg Davies was a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition in 2003. He can’t remember much about it now, but then he couldn’t remember much about it straight after his set: “I erased memory of all the competitions I was in because Rhod Gilbert always used to beat me,” he laughs. Nerves also contributed to his desire to forget: “I was 34 when I appeared in it, but it reduced me to a jibbering 18-year-old!” The trauma was worth it though. The 6 foot 8 inch jokesmith has gone from strength to strength since then, notching up successes onstage in his solo shows, with sketch group We Are Klang and on TV shows.

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Davies clearly loves Leicester. In fact the day before I interviewed him someone had tweeted that he had been sighted in a local hardware store:

“I’ve just bought a house here. That’s how much I love Leicester.” He has family not far away in Shropshire, so it was an easy decision. He likes the locals too: “I had man round to fix the boiler and he charged me such a small amount I looked at him and he smiled and said ‘you’re not in London now, mate.’” He returns to the Festival this year to do a benefit for The Stroke Association, following a successful 2011 fundraiser: “My dad had a stroke a few years ago, so I was happy to do it.” His progress from newcomer to the city’s biggest venue echoes comedy’s growth over the decade: “It’s an incredible time to be a comedian. We sometimes get told that comedians are tailoring their material for a mass market, but I don’t think that’s the case. You’ve only got to go to a comedy club to see crazy, inventive stuff going on.”

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Arthur Smith first performed at the Festival 16 years ago, on Valentine’s Day, with a show called ‘Love Up The 70s’ at Phoenix Arts.

“Stylistically I’ve noticed that ad libbing and audience participation has come back in style with acts like Adam Riches and The Boy With Tape On His Face. I suppose my early act, based on one-liners was, initially, a kind of reaction to the audience participation that was rife at the time, with people waving their shoes in the air and so on.”

Arthur has since returned to the festival many times (7 in fact) including for his fun-packed ‘Not Really Accurate Ghost Tour of Leicester’ in 2004.

Not only is it a case of ‘what goes around, comes around’ in terms of the tricks of the trade, Arthur believes there’s a cyclical feel to the comedy circuit as a whole. “There’s a comic for everyone these days. So, for every comic doing knob gags there’s a Josie Long or a Robin Ince. What I’m waiting for is a hard-line Christian stand up! I see preachers on the God Channel and think they would secretly like to do stand up, but, they are not quite good enough so they have to do it through god to get an audience!”

Leicester was also the venue for a “secret gig” of Arthur’s in 2009 where he read from imminent memoir, My Name is Daphne Fairfax. “Since that memoir came out I have done more reminiscences in my act. As well as the stand up I now tend to do a song, a dance, some poetry. I’ve become much more of an all-round entertainer” Among his many credits is, of course, writing the West End hit ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’, a work with more than a passing Leicester connection. Meanwhile, the longevity of Arthur’s career puts him in an authoritative position when it comes to a view on how comedy has changed in the last 19 years and indeed longer:

While waiting for this divine intervention Arthur will be busy preparing to host this years’ charity gala, Comedy Heaven. “Leicester is an old-timer on the

festival scene and I have enjoyed playing it, particularly the ‘ghost tour’ I did. As for the city itself, well, Leicester is the finest place on earth after Balham – and I am happy to be quoted on that.”

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Josh Widdicombe “You want me to say ‘I owe it all to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival’ don’t you? Alright, I owe it all to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.” For once stand-up Josh Widdicombe is not joking. The winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award in 2010 is now a regular TV face. Household name status is imminent. Widdicombe might have made it through Leicester, but the funny thing is that he very nearly didn’t even make it to Leicester. “On the night of the competition I was involved in a train crash,” he recalls. He was on his way to the gig when it looked as if his career as well as the train was about to be derailed. “The carriage was shaking, the windows smashed and I thought, this is it, we are going to tumble ten feet into a field.” Eventually the train stopped and Josh was stuck for hours. “By the time I got to Leicester it was just before the interval

and I was first on after the break, which was good as it meant I had no idea how anyone else had done. I didn’t feel I was in competition with anyone. I just went out there and did my best nine minutes of material. Well, actually, I only had nine minutes of material...”. They say timing is everything in comedy and he believes that Leicester gets the timing absolutely right: “In a lot of ways I prefer Leicester to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a pressure cooker, in Leicester you don’t get that stress, the venues are nice, the people running the Festival know and like comedy. “Audiences here seem really comedy-literate so it’s a great place to try out new material.” Widdicombe is back this year, doing a double-header with Seann Walsh, as well as a solo show. He is clearly fond of the city but after some fierce probing he reveals the real reason comedians love the Festival. “We get free meals in Nando’s while the Festival is on. Unlimited free chicken is my most abiding memory of any comedy festival anywhere ever.”

Joe Lycett Joe Lycett is surfing the latest wave of new comedians and returns once again to The Crumblin’ Cookie this year, the site of his debut in 2010. “I’ve been going about 3-and-a-half years. I was studying with the plan that I was going to become an actor but I wasn’t that good at acting. I tried some stuff at a night at the Comedy Store where I had a good gig and I was addicted from that point on.” Lycett’s passion for the art propelled him forward on his journey from student to performer and his voracious appetite has held him in good stead. “I tried to gig as much as possible, I took the attitude of ‘why would I not do it?’ even if it is difficult gigging for free. I can’t imagine how I would live without it, stand up is such a useful outlet for so many things. The year before Joe played Leicester he won the Chortle student final, this was a landmark moment: “it took me from open spots to paid 20 minute spots and after the following Edinburgh I started to work comedy full-time.” Bruce Dessau Bruce Dessau is the Comedy Critic of The London Evening Standard and the author of Beyond A Joke: Inside The Dark World of Stand-Up Comedy (Preface). Bruce is also a regular judge for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition. He is an elusive figure, but can usually be spotted arriving seconds before gigs start. He does laugh, but quietly.

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In between the various milestones of his career, Joe has sharpened his skills. “When I first started I was very energetic, crazed, performer which was just a response to nerves really. I am getting used to be being relaxed on stage, more myself. I’ve also become more camp as I get older!” “The other thing that has changed is, in short, an ability to write gags with punchlines. People always describe me as a whimsical act, and that is accurate in that I was being a bit droll rather than relaying particularly well-crafted jokes, but I have an eye for them now.” Joe is looking forward to displaying his newly-honed skills in Leicester again this year. “Some festivals are really just a pamphlet for what would have been going on anyway. “Leicester is a properly run and well-respected affair.” I particularly love the Crumblin Cookie where I have played for the last three years, the guy who runs it really keen on his comedy and it is really relaxed there.”

Julian Hall Julian Hall is the comedy critic for The Independent and the author of The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy. He has contributed to various television and radio programmes including writing Alexei Sayle’s Alternative Take and David Jason’s Christmas Comedy Classics for Radio 2. He has been on the judging panel for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award on several occasions.

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Watch out for... A Comedy Adventure Fancy a comedy adventure? Join us on The Secret Tour. See three festival shows in one night. The catch? We won’t tell you which shows you’ll be seeing. Take a chance, you won’t regret it. Taking place on Friday 3rd February; a unique way to start your festival off. £20 per person; only available in advance from www.comedy-festival.co.uk

Comic theatre weekend at Embrace Arts

Charity Shows

Embrace Arts bring some of the best short plays that make them laugh from the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival over the middle weekend (10-12th Feb). Check out great shows by Brian Lobel, Misshapen Theatre Company & Michelle Vacciana. Tickets start from just £5 per show.

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

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New for 2012 are some brilliant new venues, offering a huge number of shows to make you smile. Check out the incredible Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy and enjoy some brilliant comedy and a great curry in an environment at created especially for the festival. We also welcome Manhattan34, based in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, who are opening up their basement bar for festival shows.

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Zulu Comedy Festival is a young and vibrant Festival in Copenhagen Denmark. In spite of the fact that the festival is only three years old it has grown and is already the biggest comedy festival in Scandinavia. The programme contains a Comedy Gala show which is broadcast on the network station - TV2 ZULU. The performers at the festival are mainly Danish but visiting acts come from New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Turkey, China, Norway & Britain. We are delighted to be announcing a partnership between Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and Zulu Comedy Festival. The first stage of this partnership is welcoming 4 acts to perform this year in Leicester. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival will then take a selection of acts to Copenhagen in September for the Zulu Comedy Festival.

Comedy on the Big Screen

This year we’ve gone a bit arty and there are more exhibitions for you to enjoy throughout the festival. Check out The Funny Side exhibition on at Embrace Arts, featuring caricatures, cartoons, paintings and sculptures guaranteed to make you smile. Pay a visit to Pedestrian Gallery (based in the Cultural Quarter) where you’ll see a new exhibition by the acclaimed artist Paul Wood who has

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

Partnership with Zulu Comedy Festival

New venues

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worked for Punch, Private Eye, The Spectator, The Sunday Express & The Independent. You’ll also have a chance to see yourself projected as part of our Knight of a Thousand Faces exhibition. If you are a regular attender at our annual Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, check out all the past winners in the exhibition at The Y. Finally, images from past festivals are also being exhibited at The Lansdowne (London Road) and O Bar (Braunstone Gate) where you can also grab yourself a Comedy Cocktail, shaken especially for the festival.

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Come join us for some quirky fun at the Big Screen, located on Humberstone Gate in the centre of Leicester. Each Saturday during the festival, we’ll be showing some great animated interactive games which feature YOU on the huge screen. Confirmed applications include Chris O’Shea’s ”Hand From Above” and Brendan Oliver’s “Festival Spirit”.

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Aaron Twitchen.................................... p25 Abandoman......................................... p25 Adam Buxton....................................... p25 Adam Hess.......................................... p25 Adnan Ahmed................................. p28,49 Al Grant................................................ p25 Al Pitcher............................................. p26 Alex Horne........................................... p26 Alfie Brown.......................................... p26 Alfie Moore.......................................... p26 Alistair McGowan................................. p67 Amadeus Martin.............................. p26,41 Amateur Transplants............................ p51 Andi Osho............................................ p27 Andrew Bird......................................... p27 Andrew Maxwell.................................. p37 Andrew O’Neill..................................... p28 Andrew Ryan ...................................... p28 Andy Zaltzman..................................... p28 Angela Barnes .................................... p28 Anthony King................................... p24,28 Arthur Smith........................................ p34 Bec Hill................................................ p29 Ben Briggs........................................... p29 Ben Ennis............................................. p55 Ben Hustwayte................................ p29,34 Ben Hutchinson.................................... p29 Bennett Arron....................................... p30 Bob Mills.............................................. p27 Brett Goldstein..................................... p30 Brian Lobel.......................................... p30 Brick.................................................... p42 Bridget Christie.................................... p30 BrightSparks........................................ p30 Bruce Edhouse..................................... p24 Caimh McDonnell................................. p31 Cariad Lloyd......................................... p31 Carl Donnelly....................................... p31 Carl Hutchinson.................................... p31 Celia Pacquola..................................... p31 Ceri Dupree.......................................... p31 Charlie Chuck...................................... p32 Charlotte Page..................................... p67 Checkley & Bush.................................. p32 Chris Addison....................................... p32 Chris Boyd........................................... p32 Chris Martin......................................... p32 Chris Mayo........................................... p32 Chris McCausland................................ p33 Chris Ramsey....................................... p33 Chris Stokes.................................... p33,52 Chris Turner......................................... p25 Christian Reilly..................................... p33 Chuckle Brothers................................. p33 Citizen 598.......................................... p54 Clever Peter......................................... p69 Colin Owens......................................... p34 Count Zapiko........................................ p70 Dan Antopolski................................ p36,47 Dan Dappa........................................... p50 Dan Schreiber...................................... p70 Dan Wallbank....................................... p36 Dan Wright........................................... p36 Daniel Simonsen.................................. p36 Danny Deegan..................................... p52 Danny McLoughlin............................... p36 Dave Spikey......................................... p36 David Morgan...................................... p37 David Seymour..................................... p43 David Trent.......................................... p59 David Whitney...................................... p37 Debra-Jane Appelby............................ p37 Diane Spencer................................ p35,38 DMU Footlights............................... p35,41 Doc Brown........................................... p30 Dr Ettrick-Hogg.................................... p38 Dr Phil Hammond................................. p39 Dregs................................................... p39

Ed Gamble...................................... p39,60 Eddie Kadi............................................ p70 Eddy Brimson....................................... p35 Elis James...................................... p30,39 Ellie Taylor........................................... p28 Eric Lampaert...................................... p40 Erich McElroy....................................... p40 Felix Dexter.......................................... p52 Fergus Craig........................................ p40 Fin Taylor............................................. p26 Flange Krammer.................................. p26 Francis Jenking.................................... p40 Gareth Morinan.................................... p41 Gareth Richards................................... p41 Gary Colman................................... p41,42 Gary Delaney....................................... p30 Geoff Norcott........................................ p42 George Ryegold.................................... p42 Greg Davies......................................... p43 Greg Hull.............................................. p27 Gujarati Comedy Group........................ p43

Late Night Gimp Fight.......................... p52 Laurie lorry Theatre......................... p63,74 Laurence Clark..................................... p53 Liam Mullone....................................... p53 Lip Service Theatre.............................. p76 Little Johnny........................................ p69 Loretta Maine....................................... p53 Loughborough Council of Faiths........... p24 Luke Benson........................................ p54 Luke Toulson....................................... p54 Lyra May.............................................. p54 Margaret Wudwud............................... p38 Mark Cram........................................... p49 Mark Dixon.......................................... p50 Mark Olver........................................... p54 Mark Restuccia.................................... p55 Markus Birdman.................................. p55 Marlon Davis........................................ p55 Matt Green........................................... p55 Matt Hollins.......................................... p55 Matt Richardson.............................. p28,55 Matt Rudge.......................................... p56 Matthew Crosby................................... p56 Matthew Highton.................................. p56 Max and Ivan....................................... p56 Max Dickins......................................... p52 Michael Loopin..................................... p56 Michael Topping.................................. p53 Michelle de Swarte.............................. p70 Michelle Vacciana................................ p56 Mickey Sharma.................................... p28 Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip.......................... p76 Mike Newall......................................... p57 Mike Wozniak...................................... p57 Miranda Hennessy............................... p43 Misshapen Theatre Company............... p61 Missy Malone....................................... p51 Mitch Benn.......................................... p57 MJ Hibbett........................................... p57 Mrs Barbara Nice................................. p57 Nat Luurtsema..................................... p47 Nathan Caton....................................... p58 Naz Osmanoglu.................................... p58 New Art Club........................................ p58 New Perspectives Theatre.................... p44 Nick Helm.................................. p37,42,58 Nick Hodder......................................... p58 Nik Coppin........................................... p59 Nish Kumar.......................................... p59

Ray Peacock................................... p60,62 Rebecca Shorrocks.............................. p27 Rich Fulcher.................................... p30,37 Richard Herring.................................... p63 Richard Peel......................................... p57 Richard Rycroft.................................... p71 Rob Beckett......................................... p63 Rob Coleman....................................... p71 Rob Deering......................................... p71 Rob Gee............................................... p30 Rob Heeney......................................... p63 Rob Rouse...................................... p37,63 Romesh Ranganathan..................... p28,63 Ronnie Golden...................................... p63 Rosie Wilby.......................................... p42 Rudi Lickwood................................ p52,64 Ryan McDonnell................................... p64 Sally-Anne Hayward............................. p64 Sam Avery........................................... p64 Sara Pascoe......................................... p65 Sarah Archer........................................ p65 Sarah Millican...................................... p65 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre. p65 Sean McLoughlin............................ p52,65 Seann Walsh........................................ p65 Shappi Khorsandi................................. p66 Shirley and Shirley............................... p66 Silky.................................................... p66 Simon Munnery.................................... p67 Sir Richard Swan IV.............................. p69 Spiky Mike................................. p34,52,66 Steven Shapland.................................. p43 Steven Worbey..................................... p76 Stuart Black......................................... p66 Stuart Goldsmith.................................. p68 Sunna Jarman..................................... p68 Susan Murray...................................... p68 Suzi Ruffell...................................... p42,68 Talulah Blue......................................... p51 Tania Edwards..................................... p69 Terry Alderton...................................... p69 The Dog-Eared Collective..................... p70 The History Girls................................... p70 The Urban Shaman.............................. p72 Tickled Pig Showcase.......................... p72 Tiernan Douieb..................................... p72 Tiffany Stevenson................................ p72 Tom Adams......................................... p72 Tom Allen....................................... p42,73 Tom Craine.......................................... p47 Tom Davis............................................ p70 Tom Deacon........................................ p73 Tom Price............................................ p73 Tom Roche.......................................... p71 Tom Wrigglesworth.............................. p73 Tom Young..................................... p40,73 Tony Hawks......................................... p73 Tony Jameson................................ p35,74 Tony Law............................................. p36 Tony Tinman........................................ p68 Topping & Butch............................. p42,74

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Harriet Dyer......................................... p29 Hatty Ashdown..................................... p43 Helene Murray..................................... p43 Henning Wehn..................................... p44 Iain Stirling........................................... p45 Ian Stone........................................ p37,45 Idiot Of Ants.................................... p45,52 Imran Yusuf......................................... p28 Ishi Khan-Jackson................................ p24 Isy Suttie.............................................. p45 James Acaster..................................... p46 James Beckett..................................... p50 James Campbell.................................. p46 James Dowdeswell.............................. p46 James Hately....................................... p46 James Mullinger.................................. p46 James Sherwood................................. p47 Jane Hill............................................... p71 Jarred Christmas................................. p47 Jason Cook.......................................... p47 Jason John Whitehead......................... p47 Jim Smallman............................ p35,43,48 Joe Bor................................................ p48 Joe Lycett............................................ p48 Joel Dommett...................................... p48 John Constantine................................. p70 John Hegley......................................... p48 John Kearns......................................... p24 John Moloney...................................... p27 John Robins......................................... p49 John van der put.................................. p61 Johnny Sorrow..................................... p69 Jon Williams........................................ p49 Jonathan Elston................................... p49 Jonathan Lampon................................ p38 Jonathon Mayor................................... p42 Josh Widdicombe....................... p37,49,65 Josie Long........................................... p49 Juliet Meyers....................................... p50 Justin Cliffe.......................................... p50 Kat B.................................................... p52 Kate Copstick....................................... p53 Kate McCabe....................................... p38 Katherine Ryan..................................... p51 Katie Mulgrew...................................... p74 Keith Farnan................................... p42,51 Kevin Dewsbury................................... p51 Kevin Farrell......................................... p76 Kevin Precious..................................... p51 Kirsty Munro................................... p38,54 Kitty Cointreau..................................... p51

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

P-Q

Paddy Lennox...................................... p59 Pam Ayres........................................... p27 Pappys................................................. p59 Pat Cahill............................................. p24 Patrick Monahan.................................. p59 Paul Chowdhry..................................... p52 Paul F Taylor................................... p27,60 Paul Foot......................................... p37,60 Paul Sinha............................................ p60 Paul Sweeney...................................... p40 Peter Antoniou..................................... p60 Peter Buckley Hill................................. p60 Phil Nichol....................................... p37,61 Quincy................................................. p62

U-Z Unidentified Flying Improv.................... p75 Veronica Lee........................................ p58 Vikki Stone........................................... p75 Wil Hodgson......................................... p75 Wit Tank.............................................. p76 Wobulous Discombobulous.................. p40 Woody................................................. p27

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Amuseum Studies The Funny Side exhibition The Secret Tour 2Funny’s Ishi says I AM HAPPY! Al Pitcher: Apolaustic (ap-ah-los-tik) Devoted to Enjoyment Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy here Tania Edwards - Killer Instinct Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Friday) Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary Ceri Dupree - The Ladies I Love Liam Mullone’s B&H Stuffed Toy Militia Gay Comedy Night Alpine Action with Fin Taylor & Flange Krammer David Morgan... Or Am I? Giraffe Suzi Ruffell: Work In Progress Zulu Comedy: Special Aid Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave Sex Money Death Ed Gamble - Sloven Alfie Brown Comedy Talent Nights Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Friday) Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show Hotel D’Comedie Late Night Comedy @ The Cookie Jar Late Night Laughter

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Amuseum Studies Internationalism and Comedy Does the Gay Comedy Night have a future? Ceri Dupree - The Ladies I Love National Identities and Comedy Liam Mullone’s B&H Stuffed Toy Militia Nathan Caton : Get Rich Or Die Cryin Tom Allen’s Society Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy here Tania Edwards - Killer Instinct Max and Ivan are Holmes and Watson Paul F Taylor - The Pauly Show The Milky Drink Kids Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Saturday) Ceri Dupree - The Ladies I Love Tom Deacon - Can I be honest? Juliet Meyers is Out of the Hutch A Finger of Judge Abandoman Kitty Cointreau’s BraHaHa George Ryegold - The Talented Dr Ryegold Mitch Benn & The Distractions Sean McLoughlin: Gut Feeling Vikki Stone So On And So Forth: Human Era Zulu Comedy: Special Aid Sex Money Death Ed Gamble - Sloven Alfie Brown Chris Stokes: An Opera Written On Napkins Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show

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Friday 3rd February 9.00am 6.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.45pm

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Saturday 4th February 9.00am 9.00am 11.30am 2.30pm 2.30pm 6.30pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.50pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.30pm

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Saturday 4th February continued 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.50pm 11.00pm

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Hotel D’Comedie Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Saturday) Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation Peacock and Gamble

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Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough (work in progress) Mark Olver: Dancing About Architecture Erich McElroy - The Brit Identity - Preview Ben Briggs - Solo Traveller Geoff Norcott is in The Recovery Position Group Therapy with Jim Smallman & Guests Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy here Matt Green: Playful Matt Rudge: Rudge Against The Machine Reshape While Damp Paddy Lennox: Live Leicester Comedy Tonight John Robins : Incredible Scenes! Alex Horne - Seven Years in The Bathroom Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish Finale David Whitney: Struggling to Evolve Chris Martin George Ryegold - The Talented Dr Ryegold Jason John Whitehead: Letters from Mindy Daniel Simonsen - Ridiculous

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Amuseum Studies Trifle! Reshape While Damp Lyra May - Her Dark Material Michael Loopin and his Poetic Adventures for World Peace Andi Osho - All The Single Ladies Topping & Butch - Notes from the Purple Diary Colin Owens - When you live alone it is possible to fall out with yourself An Audience With:Two Men & A Little Lady Danny McLoughlin Hatty Ashdown:Nan-child & other workings Jon Vs Mark: We’ll Fix it Later Matt and Ben are at it again!

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Amuseum Studies Old Tings V Young Tings:The great Debate Phoenix Films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michael Loopin and his Poetic Adventures for World Peace Helene Murray: Country Curiosity Withering Looks Andrew O’Neill: Alternative Comedy in The Basement Dr Ettrick-Hogg Presents Manly Stand-Ups How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won The FA Cup WORD!...with ‘Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip’ Colin Owens - When you live alone it is possible to fall out with yourself Hatty Ashdown:Nan-child & other workings Joe Bor: Son of a Hoarder Mike Newall’s Get Better Box

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Sunday 5th February 2.00pm 3.00pm 3.20pm 4.00pm 4.40pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.20pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

3.00pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 6.30pm 7.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.10pm 10.00pm 8.45pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 10.00pm

Monday 6th February 9.00am 9.30am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.30pm

5.00pm 10.15am 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.45pm

Tuesday 7th February 9.00am 3.00pm 6.15pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

5.00pm 4.00pm 8.15pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm

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

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Tuesday 7th February continued 8.30pm 8.30pm 10.30pm

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Other Side The Secret Diary of Lester aged 13¾

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Amuseum Studies Trifle! Phoenix Films: Where Eagles Dare Helene Murray: Country Curiosity B&H - Laughter Kills Dissecting Comedy Mark Restuccia - Marksquerrade Teenage Kicks Livestand New Art Club: A Quiet Act Of Destruction Nish Kumar and David Trent Dave’s Comedy Society: Rich Fulcher’s Tiny Acts of Rebellion Laurence Clark - Health Hazard! Wit Tank Carl Hutchinson - Taking His Time Late Night Kicks Lovely Laughs Marlon Davis James Mullinger 2012 Tour

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Amuseum Studies Tony Hawks Talks Books B&H - Laughter Kills A Bellyful of Laughs in aid of Leicester Charity Link Rob Heeney in Vincible Sarah Archer: Constant Craving Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Tom Price: Say When Monsterdrome The Best of Clever Peter Tiernan Douieb Schmiernan Schmouieb Idiots Of Ants Dave’s Comedy Society: Rich Fulcher’s Tiny Acts of Rebellion Keith Farnan: Money Money Money Late Night Gimp Fight! MAN Sam Avery - Rock N’ Dole 2Funny Comedy Cabaret in Laffboro Andrew Bird’s Village Fete Clean(ish) Comedy! Should I Stay or Should I Go? Competition Marlon Davis Al Grant’s: Don’t Poop Your Pants Matthew Crosby

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Amuseum Studies Silver Comedy One Day Stand Up Course Sarah Archer: Constant Craving Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Chris Mayo’s Identity Crisis Luke Benson - Backseat Hero Pappys The Comedy Curry Cook Off

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Wednesday 8th February 9.00am 9.30am 6.15pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

5.00pm 10.15am 8.15pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 9.30pm 9.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 9.15pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm

Thursday 9th February 9.00am 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm

5.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 00.00am 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 10.30pm 9.00pm 10.30pm 9.00pm 10.00pm 9.15pm 11.00pm 9.30pm 11.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm

Friday 10th February 9.00am 10.00am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

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Friday 10th February continued 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.25pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.50pm

8.00pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 9.45pm 10.30pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 11.00pm 10.35pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 00.00am 00.00am 11.50pm

The Magic, Comedy & Mind-Mysteries Show Cariad Lloyd - Lady Cariad’s Characters Gareth Richards: It’s Not The End of The World Roll Out The Beryl Bottle Rocket Comedy Club Bridget Christie Sarah Millican - Thoroughly Modern Millican Giraffe Moon Horse vs The Mars Men Of Jupiter Rob Rouse: Life Sentences (Work in Progress) Markus Birdman: A Stroke of Luck The Rob Deering Experience The Urban Shaman UFi - Kissed and Made Up Susan Murray’s Photo Booth Comedy in the Dark Iain Stirling - Happy to Be The Clown? Comedy Talent Nights Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show Silky Will Break Your Heart

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Amuseum Studies James Campbells’s Comedy 4 Kids Speed drawing workshop Francis Jenking: The Absolutist James Acaster : Amongst Other Things Chris Mayo’s Identity Crisis Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Crazy As You Like Shirley and Shirley 110% Pat Cahill and John Kearns Justin Cliffe: The Life and Times of Albert Lymes Gareth Richards: It’s Not The End of The World Henning Wehn Paul Sinha: Looking at The Stars Adam Hess & Chris Turner Sarah Millican - Thoroughly Modern Millican Moon Horse vs The Mars Men Of Jupiter Rob Rouse: Life Sentences (Work in Progress) Charlie Chuck!! James Sherwood Last Laugh Katherine Ryan - Little Miss Conception Susan Murray’s Photo Booth Comedy in the Dark Brian Lobel: BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer The History Girls Ray Peacock - Here Comes Trouble Paul Sinha: Looking at The Stars Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show Iain Stirling - Happy to Be The Clown? Silky Will Break Your Heart

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Alfie Moore - I Predicted A Riot! Chuckle Brothers in The Return of Pirates of The River Rother 2 (In Stranger Tights) Adam Hess & Chris Turner James Dowdeswell:Gonzo-Not Just A Muppet Matt Rudge: Rudge Against The Machine

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Saturday 11th February 9.00am 2.30pm 3.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.50pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 9.25pm 9.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.30pm 9.45pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 10.50pm

5.00pm 4.30pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm 8.45pm 8.50pm 9.45pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 8.50pm 9.00pm 11.30pm 9.30pm 10.35pm 10.30pm 10.10pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.45pm 00.00am 11.00pm 11.50pm

Sunday 12th February 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.20pm 4.40pm 5.30pm

3.00pm 4.30pm 4.20pm 5.35pm 6.30pm

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

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Sunday 12th February continued 6.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.20pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

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Luke Toulson: Laid-Back Grouch Tickled Pig Showcase Chris Ramsey: Offermation Gary Colman is... Still Rarely Rong. Matthew Highton’s Shadowed Vagary Phillipa and Will Are Now In A Relationship Ryan McDonnell: Dealing with issues, badly Asian Persuasion Fergus Craig Is Still Having A Bash At The Old Comedy Simon Munnery Michelle Vacciana: Fakebook James Hately - I am not the walrus Tom Wrigglesworth What’s Up Doc? James Acaster (Work In Progress) Amadeus Martin Is Trying Not To B Clever Christian Reilly: Honeymoon on Alderaan Joe Lycett Performs Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need to Talk to You The History Girls

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Amuseum Studies Gary Colman is... Still Rarely Rong Peter Buckley Hill and a certain jnsq Rob Beckett & Romesh Ranganathan: Work in Progress Aaron Twitchen: Quarter Life Crisis Greg Davies and Friends Sincerely Noël Amadeus Martin Is Trying Not To B Clever Emergency Comedy! Ben Hustwayte and Friends Checkley & Bush - Keep Calm & Carry On! Double Mint - Munro & McCabe

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Amuseum Studies Tom Adams: Gentle Songs Tony Jameson & Katie Mulgrew ‘do jokes’ Sing-Along-A Grease Hennessy & Friends: A Valentines Day Massacre! Shappi Khorsandi Comedy in The Basement Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Valentine’s Special Dr. Phil’s Rude Health Show Jason Cook - Love and all that nonsense Sally-Anne Hayward: Stewed Apple Checkley & Bush - Keep Calm & Carry On! Gareth Morinan - Truth Doodler Kiss Me Burlesque

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Amuseum Studies Graphic Novelist - Brick Funny Women 10 Year Celebration Angela Barnes, Ellie Taylor & Matt Richardson B&H - Laughter Kills Tony Jameson & Katie Mulgrew ‘do jokes’ Ronnie Golden: First A Fender - A Beginners Guide to Rock

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Monday 13th February 9.00am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.30pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

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Tuesday 14th February 9.00am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

5.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 10.30pm 8.45pm 10.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 9.50pm 9.00pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 11.00pm

Wednesday 15th February 9.00am 12.30pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

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Dregs Sketch Show & Max Dickins - ‘Love Is God’ Richard Herring - What Is Love Anyway Chris Addison - The Time is Now, Again Dave’s Comedy Society: Nick Helm: This Means War! Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier! Comedy at the Cookie Quincy: I Told You So (work in progress) Just an Hour of Cribbage..?

Belmont Hotel Curve De Montfort Hall Dave’s Curry House The Exchange Bar The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion The Looking Glass

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Amuseum Studies Peter Buckley Hill and a certain jnsq Mike Wozniak: The Substitute Astronaut Phil Nichol - The Simple Hour The C Word What have you done with Denise’s 30p ? Dave Spikey - Words Don’t Come Easy Stuart Goldsmith: Another Lovely Crisis Hotel Paradiso Dave’s Comedy Society: Nick Helm: This Means War! An Evening with Bob Mills & John Moloney Battle of the Sexes - Girls Vs Boys Josie Long - The Future is Another Place Seann Walsh & Josh Widdicombe Jonathan Elston - WIP Phoenix Films: Back to the Future Dan Antopolski and Tony Law Jigsaw Joel Dommett - Ridiculousness Kevin Dewsbury: In...Sane

LCB Depot The Looking Glass The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Manhattan34 The Crumblin Cookie De Montfort Hall Belmont Hotel Curve Dave’s Curry House Loughborough Town Hall Interlude Firebug The Little Theatre The Exchange Bar Phoenix Square The Y The Crumblin Cookie The Criterion Belmont Hotel

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Amuseum Studies B&H - Laughter Kills Francis Jenking: The Absolutist The C Word Eric Lampaert and Paul Sweeney Paul Foot Silver Comedy Competition Chris McCausland: Big Time The Vagina Monologues Elis James - Do You Remember The First Time? Hotel Paradiso Cosby Comedy Club Sunna Jarman and Tony Tinman Terry Alderton Andrew Ryan Celia Pacquola - Delayed Giraffe Joe Bor: Son of a Hoarder The Bob Blackman Appreciation Society UFi I-Prov Shuffle Debra-Jane Appelby Peter Pan Generation Jarred Christmas - Let’s Go Mofo! Comedy Talent Nights Jonathan Elston and Adnan Ahmed Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show Gagging for Attention Hotel D’Comedie Late Night Laughter

LCB Depot The Looking Glass The Crumblin Cookie Manhattan34 The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Embrace Arts The Little Theatre Curve Belmont Hotel Curve Cosby Village Hall Kayal The Y The Crumblin Cookie Belmont Hotel Level 1, De Montfort Student Union The Criterion The Looking Glass Manhattan34 Kayal Belmont Hotel Curve Belmont Hotel Dave’s Curry House The Crumblin Cookie Hotel Maiyango Kayal

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Thursday 16th February 9.00am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm

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Friday 17th February 9.00am 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 9.25pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.45pm

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

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Amuseum Studies Funny Old World - Tea and Biscuits Seminar John Hegley - Animal Alphaboat Workshop and Show John Hegley - Animal Alphaboat Workshop and Show Wil Hodgson - Care Bear Punk Gareth Morinan - Truth Doodler Paul Foot Peter Buckley Hill and a certain jnsq The C Word BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum COFILMIC ‘Best of the Festival’ Tour! Gary Colman and Amadeus Martin Gujarati Comedy Night John Hegley - The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet The Dog-Eared Collective - You’re Amazing. Now Look At Me. “Aladdin” - A Multi Faith Pantomime An Audience With Pam Ayres Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Piff The Magic Dragon Worbey and Farrell: Well Strung! Bennett Arron is JEWELSH Elis James - Do You Remember The First Time? Hotel Paradiso Mrs Barbara Nice in Hiya and Higher Nick Helm - Dare to Dream Naz Osmanoglu - 1000% Awesome Bec Hill: Blueprints Diane Spencer: Double Dose Joe Bor: Son of a Hoarder Charlie Chuck!! Nik Coppin’s Caricatures Patrick Monahan:Hug Me I feel Good Josh Widdicombe: Work-In-Progress Tiffany Stevenson - Uncomfortably Numb Brett Goldstein’s New Story Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show Shaggers

LCB Depot Embrace Arts New Walk Museum & Art Gallery New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Firebug The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie The Looking Glass Manhattan34 Leicester Guildhall Phoenix Square The Crumblin Cookie Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Belmont Hotel Hodson Hall Curve The Y The Little Theatre Embrace Arts Kayal Belmont Hotel Curve Loughborough Town Hall Firebug The Crumblin Cookie Belmont Hotel Manhattan34 The Criterion The Looking Glass Kayal The Little Theatre The Crumblin Cookie Belmont Hotel Belmont Hotel Dave’s Curry House Kayal

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Laughter Lines Lunchtime Showcase Folded Feather: Suitcase Circus Kevin Precious: Not Appropriate Chris Boyd: Filthy Dan Wright: Michael Jackson touched me Gujarati Comedy Night Anthony King - Songs of Love and Death Dan Wallbank - Laugh, You Bastards Peter Antoniou - Psychic Detective Just an Hour of Cribbage..? Matt Rudge: Rudge Against The Machine Matt Richardson: You’re the Kind of Morons I Want as an Audience (Free) The SomeNews.co.uk Live Show Tom Young’s Fantasy Life Comedy Heaven Sara Pascoe The Musical! Jarred Christmas - Let’s Go Mofo! Diane Spencer: Double Dose Ian Stone: Stoney Baloney Jim Smallman: Kestrels Rudi Lickwood Food For Thought Daniel Simonsen - Ridiculous

Kayal Embrace Arts Kayal The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Kayal The Crumblin Cookie Kayal The Looking Glass The Criterion The Crumblin Cookie Kayal The Y Curve Belmont Hotel Firebug Manhattan34 The Musician The Crumblin Cookie Kayal The Looking Glass

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Saturday 18th February 9.00am 11.00am 11.00am 2.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.15pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.15pm 9.15pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 10.45pm

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Sunday 19th February 2.00pm 3.00pm 3.20pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.40pm 5.30pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 7.20pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.40pm 9.00pm

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Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Information

Reach Marketing… making Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival all knight! We have marketed the festival since 1996. Supplying on and off-line campaigns which have contributed to its continued growth and success. We were delighted this year at the opportunity to brand ‘Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival’ and play a part in this significant festival development. Reach was founded on arts marketing and it still has a special place at the heart of our business.

reachmarketing.co.uk 0116 233 5565

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

Approximate finish time

Weekends in bold

Concessions price

Refers to map on page 70 Signifies letter and colour change in listings

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

Reserved / non reserved seating

Differing times on certain dates

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Events A

110% Pat Cahill and John Kearns

WORLD PREMIER

Pat Cahill and John Kearns present a tag team half-hour each of dedicated stupidity. Pat brings pockets full of unpretentious absurdity, and John shows us a satchel stuffed with surreal flights of fancy. John – “brings big belly laughs…spectacular style” British Comedy Guide. Pat – Amused Moose Laugh Off Winner 2011, BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist, “A star in the making” Timeout DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.15pm (8.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £5

2Funny Comedy

2Funny Comedy Cabaret in Laffboro

Hot! Hot! Sizzling! Now for something completely different! Comedy Cabaret! Alternative Comedy night! Starring brilliantly hilarious talent! Stand up comedy, poetry, music & much more 2 tickle, entertain & hilaritize! Roll up! roll up! Laff urself Ha! Ha! Ha! pp Hee! With Resident MC Ishi Khan-Jackson.  www.swanintherushes.co.uk & www.facebook.com/2FunnyComedy DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Swan and Rushes Grid Ref: C2 (SWA)

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 01509 217 014

2Funny Comedy

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

2Funny’s Ishi says I AM HAPPY!

“I AM HAPPY!” Ishi Khan-Jackson’s 1st 1 woman show! An energetic show, about the secrets to happiness! “Ishi may be small but her energy & positivity certainly makes up for it! …you come out of Ishi’s show feeling uplifted, if not wanting to get up on stage and join her in dancing!” Nottingham Comedy Festival Sept 2011. “Hotter than a hot Madras!” Laffacino’s @ Birmingham Comedy Festival 2010. thecrumblincookie.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Loughborough Council of Faiths present

“Aladdin” a multi faith pantomime

Loughborough Council of Faiths present their second amateur multi faith pantomime production involving members of the local faith communities. Representatives from local faiths have come together to produce this wonderful inter faith pantomime which includes all the usual pantomime characters. OH YES IT DOES! www.lborofaiths.org.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Hodson Hall Grid Ref: A1 (HOD)

TIME: 7.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 01509 261 651

ENTRY: £5

Leicester Charity Link

A Bellyful of Laughs in aid of Leicester Charity Link

Come and enjoy a bellyful of laughs... and food in aid of Leicester Charity Link. Bistro Live will treat you to an extra special comedy experience with local comedian Anthony King and you will have a nice warm feeling knowing that proceeds raised will help local vulnerable people and children who are experiencing poverty, hardship and crisis. Ticket price includes a two course meal, comedy night and disco. www.charity-link.org/events DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Bistro Live Grid Ref: B2 (BLI)

TIME: 7pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 222 2212

Come and point...

ENTRY: £20

WORLD PREMIER

A Finger of Judge

Join 4 of the Midlands finest comedians as they complete challenges to entertain, amuse, or just bribe you into pointing the Finger of Judge favourably towards them! Featuring award winners, nominees, and stars of sell-out shows, it’s an interactive multimedia extravaganza (i.e. it’s got Powerpoint), presided over by your genial host Bruce Edhouse. Expect the sublime AND the ridiculous. And presents!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

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TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


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Aaron Twitchen: Quarter Life Crisis

REGIONAL PREMIER

Ever felt crazier than Mel Gibson in a synagogue? You may have had a quarter-life crisis! Over-qualified, over-confident and under-achieving, Aaron Twitchen is a 20-nothing having a quarter-life crisis. Join him as he tackles his issues and diagnoses yours. Scotsgay pick of the free fringe 2011. “...certainly something to look out for.” Artshub.co.uk www.iloveaaron.co.uk/quarter-life-crisis DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

CKP present

Abandoman

Last years’ sell-out smash hit show, Abandoman, are back for 1 night only! Following appearances on Radio 1, 6Music, BBC1 and BBC3 plus a recent tour of North America, the Hackney Empire New Act competition winners will present a hip-hop mash-up of the best new tunes that have never previously been written. Book early to avoid disappointment. “Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile” “Nothing short of genius.��� Chortle robbroderick.com/about/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Adam Buxton: BUG

Come feast your eyes – and, of course, your ears – as the BFI’s sell-out BUG music video show returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for a third year. Hosted by the brilliant comedian, writer, and video director Adam Buxton, this special edition of BUG at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012 promises more outstanding clips plus some incredible online discoveries – all with insightful and hilarious contributions from Adam. BUG is back by popular demand, book early to avoid disappointment. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 6pm (7.15pm) & 8.30pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £15 (£12)

Adam Hess & Chris Turner

Join award-winning comedians Adam (Chortle Student Comedian of the Year) and Chris (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist) for an hour of jokes, sketches and songs. “Beautifully crafted one-liners, witty wordplay and deadpan delivery” BBC. “Virtually batters the audience into laughter” Chortle. “A masterclass in audience interaction...A great show” **** The Skinny. www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.50pm (8.50pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Adam Hess & Chris Turner

Join award-winning comedians Adam (Chortle Student Comedian of the Year) and Chris (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist) for an hour of jokes, sketches and songs. “Beautifully crafted one-liners, witty wordplay and deadpan delivery” BBC. “Virtually batters the audience into laughter” Chortle. SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the shows at Kayal as you like for FREE! www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Manly Productions Proudly present...

ENTRY: £8

WORLD PREMIER

Al Grant’s: Don’t Poop Your Pants

Music, Magic & Mayhem. That’s what you’ll get. He is not Justin Lee Collins. Following on from last year’s critically ignored hour show, Al Grant returns with the intensity turned up two whole notches. How many artistes have experienced strange men filling their own trendy trousers with their own rancid bum fruits. Al Grant is imploring you not to re-enact this as a manic story unravels before your very eyes. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

A genuine triumph. Evening Standard

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Events JBJ Management Proudly present

REGIONAL PREMIER

Al Pitcher, Apolaustic, Ap-ah-los-tik – Devoted to Enjoyment

Born in Huddersfield, growing up in New Zealand and now living in Stockholm. Big laughs and hilarious stories from a comedian who really wants to make you laugh. Winner of awards in UK, Sweden and Australia and of Best Show at this very festival in 2009. But that doesn’t matter now, come judge him on this spanking hour. “Al Pitcher is a truly hysterical comedy force” - Time Out DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Avalon Promotions present

Alex Horne – Seven Years in The Bathroom

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

REGIONAL PREMIER

This is an ambitious and unprecedented comedy show; I’m going to recreate your entire life in one hour. In an average lifetime you’ll spend two years shopping, two weeks kissing and eighteen months looking for lost things. You’ll also spend quite a while eating, queuing, crying and googling yourself. I’m going to squeeze all those things into one show and it’ll be very funny. So come and laugh at your life. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Man And Beast Productions present

ENTRY: £10

WORLD PREMIER

Alfie Brown

This show investigates the human struggle to reconcile its animal instincts with its civilised state; the man and the beast. It serves to show that there is no such thing as a wholly virtuous ideology, only a virtuous idea. Morality is not a human construct and exists as part of the universe. www.alfiebrown.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Blue Light Comedy present

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Alfie Moore – I Predicted A Riot!

A laughter-filled whistle stop tour of riots and protests throughout history. Featuring a cast of thousands from Romans to students. Against a backdrop of riots during the summer of 2011 serving cop Alfie takes a witty and often gritty look at riots past and present. He shares his mordantly funny first-hand experiences of riots during his eighteen years’ police service. www.alfiemoore.com/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Alpine Action with Fin Taylor & Flange Krammer A magnificent double-header from rising stars, Fin Taylor and Flange Krammer! Fin Taylor – ****ThreeWeeks.“a natural talent and a bright future ahead” **** Broadway Baby. “Impressive newcomer…very, very good” LondonisFunny.com. Flange Krammer – “The second funniest member of the German Winter Olympic Team” Ski DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

WORLD PREMIER

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Amadeus Martin

Amadeus Martin Is Trying Not To B Clever

Award-winning Amadeus has performed internationally, including Sydney Comedy Festival, Berlin Maulhelden Festival, New York Comedy Cellar, Melbourne Festival and most notoriously a windy gig in Barrow-In-Furness. “One of the most confident and competent shows I’ve seen this year” ***** Thin Evenings “Satirically addressing, his comedy deserves respect” **** On The Fringe “Critic’s Choice” Time Out. www.amadeusmartin.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

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TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6.50 (£5)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Amuseum studies

Nationally acclaimed cartoonist Woody (whose work has appeared in Punch, Private Eye, The Sunday Express & The Independent) has captured some of Leicester’s flagship buildings and added some quirky twists to give them a flavour of famous past masters. The gallery space will also be home to the “knight of a thousand faces” – if you are caught on camera come and find your face in the rolling gallery!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: LCB Depot Grid Ref: B2 (LCB)

TIME: 9am (5pm)

FOR TICKETS: N/A

ENTRY: FREE

An Audience with Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Curve following the recent publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Since her first appearance on the ITV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, over 35 years ago, Pam has been an audience favourite for her observations on the comic details of everyday life. Pam has sold millions of books, albums, CDs and DVDs over the years, and she is still a regular on TV and Radio.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

An Audience With: Two Men & A Little Lady

ENTRY: £18.50

REGIONAL PREMIER

Prepare to be transformed into various different types of spectator, one minute you will be part of a crowd on a Jack the Ripper tour, the next you will be a thrill seeker on a malfunctioning flight simulator. An Audience With ‘Two Men & A Little Lady’ is a laugh out loud sketch show packed with high energy performances, ludicrous characters and a unique audience experience. Featuring Greg Hull, Paul F Taylor & Rebecca Shorrocks DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

An Evening with Bob Mills & John Moloney

ENTRY: £6

WORLD PREMIER

Star of Radio 5’s Fighting Talk and a British comedy award nominee come together to offer an evening of comedy, chat, music and storytelling. These two hugely experienced and influential performers promise audiences a unique night to remember. For anyone with a passion for comedy over the last 25 years, this is a truly unmissable night. “A master of charm and genial wit” Time Out  www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9.40pm)

FOR TICKETS: 01509 231 914

ENTRY: £16.50

Andi Osho – All The Single Ladies

Andi Osho stand up show is a brutally honest dissection of the perils and pitfalls of dating. Andi is a regular on BBC2’s Mock The Week and featured in Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week. “Hers is a solid, slick set of stand up.” Chortle.  www.curveonline.co.uk

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

Red Comedy proudly present

ENTRY: £15

REGIONAL PREMIER

Andrew Bird’s Village Fete

It’s been a busy year since Andrew’s last visit to Leicester. A new house, a new baby and his show, Andrew Bird’s Village Fete, was a total sell-out at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe. Following his world village tour last year, (well, Northamptonshire) he’s bringing his show about the day to day happenings of a small village to a wider audience (well, Leicester). “Comedy gold” The Scotsman “Funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert thecrumblincookie.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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Events Best Medicine Management present

Andrew O’Neill: Alternative

Funny comedy show by long-haired man (includes short play about gravy). All styles of comedy covered, guaranteed (some twice). As seen on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, heard hijacking the Radio One Rock Show and satirising on Radio 5 Live, and read in Terroriser magazine. **** Fest. **** Chortle. **** The List. **** Three Weeks. **** Metro. “a comedian with his own, unique voice... O’Neill is admirable” The Scotsman. www.andrewoneill.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07970 529 760

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan returns to The Crumblin Cookie after appearing in 2010 with fellow comedian Joe Lycett. This is Andrew’s debut solo show ‘Bemused’ an hour of tackling the big issues. The Irishman has built up a fierce reputation in the UK & Irish comedy scene, with his relaxed and likeable style, audiences are swept along by his charm and eye for the absurd. “Utterly Brilliant, going to be a huge star” Time out  www.andrewryancomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

The disenfranchised masses of the world have risen against oppression and fought for freedom. Zaltzman taps his coffee table in approval, and wonders if he’d have the balls to do likewise. Co-star of worldwide smash hit podcast ‘The Bugle’ and regular on BBC’s ‘7 Day Sunday’, Andy returns to Leicester following a total sell-out one-night tour of Bangladesh’s only comedy club. “Political comedy at its best” Sunday Times www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.55pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Lisa Thomas Management present

Angela Barnes, Ellie Taylor & Matt Richardson

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

WORLD PREMIER

Join three of the hottest new comedians on the circuit – Angela Barnes (BBC New Comedy Award 2011 Winner), Ellie Taylor (ITV’s Show Me The Funny & 8 Out Of 10 Cats) & Matt Richardson (Radio 2 & multi competition finalist) for an hour of hilarious stand-up.  lisathomasmanagement.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Funhouse Comedy present

Anthony King – Songs of Love and Death

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

In the last year, Anthony has been introducing a string of dead-pan songs to his stand-up set. This is his latest collection of stand up songs for the slightly warped. Many of the songs have a twist in the head as well as in the tale. SPECIAL OFFER. If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE! www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 4.40pm (5.40pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Asian Persuasion

After last years sell out show, Asian Persuasion returns with the very best in Asian comedy talent. Imran Yusuf is renowned for his lyrical street-slang and super-high energy performance. Fast and furious yet charmingly endearing, his is a unique voice on the comedy circuit. As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. And featuring rising stars Mickey Sharma, Romesh Ranganathan and your host Adnan Ahmed. www.y-theatre.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

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TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

B&H – Laughter Kills

Warning: Funny bones may shatter! Pacey personal palavers from Ben Hutchinson and Harriet Dyer, the chalk and cheese of the comedy world. “Funny stuff!” FHM “She’s got funny bones!” Kevin Bridges www.harrietdyer.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: On the door

ENTRY: FREE

B&H – Laughter Kills

Warning: Funny bones may shatter! Pacey personal palavers from Ben Hutchinson and Harriet Dyer, the chalk and cheese of the comedy world. “Funny stuff!” FHM “She’s got funny bones!” Kevin Bridges  www.harrietdyer.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 9002

ENTRY: FREE

Stand Up Combat present

Battle of the Sexes – Girls Vs Boys

Witness the fitness! The ultimate battle of the sexes in a stand up comedy showdown; Boys Vs Girls. The competition will be fierce as 8 new acts go head to head in this immense comedy challenge. Will the girls get the giggles or the boys bring the banter? Vote for the funnier sex that makes you laugh the most. Let’s settle this once and for all – Who is funniest? Girls or boys, lads or wags, kings or queens – you decide! www.munrokirsty.wordpress.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Interlude Grid Ref: C1 (INT)

TIME: 8pm (9.50pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £3

Bec Hill: Blueprints

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans,” unless you’re as disorganised as Bec, whose plans extend only as far as this paragraph. This show is a ‘work-in-progress’ for disorderly people everywhere and the people who remind them to see it. ***** “A must see.” EdinburghGuide.com, **** “An act to watch out for.” Chortle ***** ThreeWeeks. **** The List. www.bechillcomedian.com www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Ben Briggs – Solo Traveller

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

Ben’s debut hour show is an angst filled and honest hour of comedy about how we relate and affect each other in our brief interactions as we stumble through this world. Truthful and real but most importantly very funny. Not to be missed. “inherently appealing style” Chortle  www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

FOR TICKETS: On the door

ENTRY: FREE

Ben Hustwayte and Friends

Ben Hustwayte takes to the stage with half an hour of new stand up comedy, with the support from his funny friends. Ben Hustwayte is fast establishing himself on the circuit with his observational tales and quick wit. Knitwear connoisseurs welcome! “a blinding young comedian” Demon FM. “a firm favourite” The Crumblin’ Cookie.  www.benhustwayte.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Bennett Arron is JEWELSH

REGIONAL PREMIER

Bennett Arron is both Jewish and Welsh, which means he’s never quite sure why he’s being beaten up. Following his sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival and having supported Ricky Gervais on some of his tour dates, Bennett brings his new show to Leicester. ‘Had the room creased up with laughter’ **** The Scotsman “Genuinely original and funny” The Times www.jewelsh.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Bottle Rocket club

Featuring Doc Brown, Rich Fulcher, Gary Delaney and Elis James five amazing acts in a truly unmissable lineup! Ace rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown, with his extraordinary mix of hip-hop and stand-up. Rich Fulcher best known as Bob Fossil in The Mighty Boosh and as co-creator of Snuff Box. PLUS razor sharp one-liner merchant Gary Delaney, Elis James (as seen on Dave’s One Night Stand) and Angela Barnes (BBC New Comedy Award Winner) www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

SFTW present

ENTRY: £13 (£11)

WORLD PREMIER

Brett Goldstein’s New Story

Brett Goldstein returns to Leicester with a brand new story. Last year he came to Leicester with his debut show. It went very well. He specifically said, “Wow, I like Leicester. What a great crowd.” He liked Leicester so much, he’s coming back to it to premiere his brand new show. So why not come along and be nice again. He’s got a lot to live up to. But then again, so do you. It will be a corker. In theory.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Brian Lobel: BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to perform a self-exam. In 2001, at the tender age of 20, Brian Lobel was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Brian’s charming style infuses the “cancer story” with an urgency and humour which is sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always, above all else, honest and open. For more info please visit www.blobelwarming.com “raw, powerful … a runaway hit” The Guardian Theatre. w  ww.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 9pm (10.10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Bridget Christie

Join Bridget Christie as she hands out communion wafers, eats a banana, explains religion, suggests how Ken Clarke should eat a toad in the hole, and re-enacts The Ascension of Christ using a fishing rod. Housewife Surrealist was recently comedy pick of the week in The Sunday Times and the Guardian. “True, beautiful insanity” Sunday Times. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

BrightSparks: Comedy Asylum

ENTRY: £12

WORLD PREMIER

A comedy cabaret presented by members of BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group. Hosted by Rob Gee, the show will feature sketches, stand up, songs, poetry and all sorts! The evening will be held in a relaxed atmosphere with free food, providing an opportunity for mental health service users themselves to come along with family and friends. *Free to mental health service users and their families and friends! brightsparks.wordpress.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Leicester Guildhall Grid Ref: B2 (LGU)

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TIME: 7pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07795 475 806

ENTRY: £3* (£1)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Fluid Thinking present

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Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation

Join Irish comedian, BAFTA nominee & writer on the forthcoming Sarah Millican TV Show, Caimh McDonnell on an entertaining trawl through the debris of his own social ineptitude. This is a show for anyone who has ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time. “a standout act” Daily Telegraph. “blessed with natural charm” BBC.  www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 10.50pm (11.50pm) 5th: 6.30pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

JBJ Management Present

Cariad Lloyd – Lady Cariad’s Characters

Fresh from her Fosters Best Newcomer nomination, the award-winning Cariad Lloyd makes her Leicester debut with her sold-out Edinburgh Fringe show. Join Jacque Le Cock, the French parkour expert; Andrew the seven year-old stand up; Cockney Sam with his murderous old time music hall classics; Judith who’s in a cult but only does the admin and Alison the world’s worst magician’s assistant. “Priceless ****” Guardian.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier!

Multi-award winning comedian Carl Donnelly (as seen on Mock The Week, Stand Up For The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News) returns to Leicester with the best bits from his 2011 Edinburgh show. “sharper than I have ever seen him” Chortle, “one of the most assured and accomplished comedians you will see this year” Edinburgh Evening News. www.carldonnelly.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Carl Hutchinson – Taking His Time

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Multi-award winning comedian, as seen on ITV’s FHM Comedy Hero “Effortlessly hilarious” Three Weeks. “He captivates the audience with his perfectly timed suspenseful silences and plain-talking sense-making.” Three Weeks. “His overriding quality was his reactive nature to the audience.” Open Mic Productions. www.carlhtchinson.net DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

JBJ Management Present

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Celia Pacquola – Delayed

Tales of international dickheadery. Multi award winning Aussie comic Celia Pacquola never thought she would travel, let alone move to another country. She also never thought squirrels were real. In 2010, Celia moved to the UK and was wrong on both counts. About being away, fitting in and starting over when you’re a bit of an idiot. As seen on the Rob Brydon Show and Chris Addison’s Show and Tell.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Ceri Dupree – The Ladies I Love

Ceri Dupree returns to the Curve studio with his show “The Ladies I Love” Featuring everyone from Jordan to Joan Collins, Lady Gaga to Cher, Camilla P B to Shirley Bassey and many many more!! All combined with jaw dropping costumes, stand-up comedy, impersonations, songs, outrageous send-ups and heart felt tributes, to the showbiz ladies, we are sure you will also love! Ceri’s show last year sold out, so book early not to miss this sumptuous visual spectacle!! www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

4th: 2.30pm (4.30pm)

TIME: 3rd  & 4th: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Charlie Chuck!!

The legendary Charlie Chuck, anarchic star of TV’s Reeves and Mortimer, performs at one of Leicester’s most intimate venues for two nights only – don’t miss this chance to feel the real force of his madness at close quarters! Prepare for modern and medieval mayhem! “Like most geniuses, probably dangerous. See him!” (Sunday Times)  charliechuck.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 TIME: 11th:8pm (8.50pm) 18th: 9pm (9.50pm)

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

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Macfarlane Chard Present

Checkley & Bush – Keep Calm & Carry On!

The brilliant sketch duo Checkley & Bush are back with their fourth show ‘Keep calm & carry on’. Only this time they’re sleeping in their car, splitting shifts on a burger van and rinsing out their knickers in the local pub loo. **** Threeweeks. “Joyfully Surreal” Chortle. **** ScotsGay  www.checkleyandbush.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £11 (£7)

Chris Addison – The Time is Now, Again

Fresh from The Thick of It, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and his sell-out 2010 tour, Chris Addison, the man who put the ‘Chris Addison’ into, “I see Chris Addison is touring again,” is touring again, with a brand new show. Top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around. You should come and see him. “Exquisite, super-smart solo show … gloriously funny” Time Out. www.demontforthall.co.uk *Tickets subject to £1.50 booking fee on credit/debit cards. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 233 3111

ENTRY: £20*

Chris Boyd: Filthy

BBC New Comedy Award nominee and Chesterfeld’s finest purveryor of shambolic daftness, Chris Boyd returns to Leicester after last year’s sell-out show with 50 minutes of jokes about the ins and outs of his declining health. “Brilliant” - Leicester Mercury. “Experimental, witty and bemusing” - Three Weeks  chrisboydknowsyou.tumblr.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Chris Martin

Brand new show from ‘Slick, young comedy star’ (Time Out) Chris Martin. ***** ‘Pushes every comedy button…sheer genius…if you see one person this August, make it Chris Martin’ Edinburgh Guide.com ****‘A well-deserved sell out…there’s no denying his obvious talent’ Edinburgh Evening News.  www.chrismartin-comedy.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

ENTRY: £5

WORLD PREMIER

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Chris Mayo’s Identity Crisis

ENTRY: £7.50 (£6.50)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Hello I’m comedian and actor Chris Mayo, at least, I think I am. I spend most of my time pretending to be someone else for the entertainment of others. Join me for my new stand up show as I unpick all the different identities I have inhabited, and aim to discover which one, I think, is the real me. **** “This is a hilarious, animated spectacle” Three Weeks. “A stick of charm who lights up the room” Russell Kane  www.chrismayo.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Beyond Compere present

Chris McCausland: Big Time

When Chris McCausland was a kid a year took forever. Now, life is a cycle of Birthdays and Edinburgh Festivals. Each birthday cake is a bigger fire hazard and each Festival comes closer to killing him. How has he survived the last twelve months? Chris has featured in “Unwrapped”, BBC’s “Me Too!” and “The Comedy Store”. **** (Chortle) chrismccausland.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £10

Beyond Compere present

Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough (work in progress)

It’s good to have a unique perspective on the world. Especially if you’re a comedian. Chris McCausland is the world’s only blind stand up. So how does he feel to be told he’s not blind enough! “Timeless comedy” ***** Culture Vulture “Balls-Out Funny!” ****Chortle. SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE! DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 2pm (3pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Avalon Promotions present

Chris Ramsey: Offermation

Offermation (n): Information that is given without being asked for; especially information that is useless or is unwanted. (Urban Dictionary) Following a nomination from the hugely prestigious Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Chris brings his critically acclaimed show to The Crumblin’ Cookie. He has previously appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Comedy Rocks (ITV1), and Russel Howards Good News (BBC3) www.wegottickets.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £10

Chris Stokes: An Opera Written On Napkins

Debut solo show from Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Chris Stokes (“Hilarious” The Scotsman) encompassing a shedload of geekiness, a distinct lack of manliness and a run of spectacularly bad luck. Chris is nothing but a disappointment to his macho manly family. Come and see why. “Effervescent & charismatic... His mischievous and playful daring was intoxicating” (Leicester Mercury).  www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Barking Mad Comedy present

Christian Reilly: Honeymoon on Alderaan.

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Life’s great. The Free Market is leading to a higher quality of life for all, the cleverest people on the planet are constantly coming up with new ways to keep us safe and... wait- what’s that big silver ball in the sky? Chortle/Perrier Award winner, star of Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me and part of the 99%. “If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re probably a Christian Reilly fan already” The Guardian www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Chuckle Brothers, The Return of Pirates of The River Rother 2 (In Stranger Tights)

Ahoy there landlubbers! A vast behind and prepare to splice the main brace as the boys go on a full blown swash-buckling adventure at sea! Paul and Barry are visiting a theme park for the day and decide to brave going on one of the daring water rides. Once inside, they are leaning on a wall when they accidentally fall through and find themselves magically transported back in time in to a world of pirates and sunken treasures. Disabled 2 for 1 is available. www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 2.30pm (4.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 233 3111

ENTRY: £14 (£13.50)

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Funhouse Comedy present

Clean(ish) Comedy! Should I Stay or Should I Go? Competition

15 new comedians battle it out in comedy’s answer to Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor, however in this show they have to do it without swearing or using offensive material! There are 5 selected audience judges with red and green glowsticks who decide whether to keep them on or send them off! Compere is mirthmeister Spiky Mike. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

COFILMIC Comedy Film ‘Best of the Festival’ Tour

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

COFILMIC ‘Best of the Festival’ Tour!

The very best of the UK’s first comedy short film festival along with live comedy acts. See our award winning short films, sitcom pilots and sketches as judged by top comedy industry professionals, such as Charlie Hanson, producer of ‘Life’s too Short’ and ‘Extras’ and Henry Normal from multi-award winning Baby Cow. There is also an opportunity to vote for your favourite film! www.cofilmic.co.uk/best-of-the-festival-film-programme/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 7pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Colin Owens – When you live alone it is possible to fall out with yourself

When you live alone it is possible to fall out with yourself!! The world looks a different place when you get dumped! Thrust back in to society against your will. How do you help yourself? When you meet a new girl do you ask them to wear your exes underwear? When she goes on a date with someone else do you tag along? Do you delve in to the depths of the internet to find the answers and end up spending a total of £678 downloading self help literature? Let me explain what happened!!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

The Crumblin’ Cookie present

Comedy at the Cookie

The Crumblin’ Cookie (winner, Best Venue, Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2011) present their renowned new act/material night. See the rising stars of British comedy before everyone else. Comedy at the Cookie is hosted by Leicester’s own rising star…Ben Hustwayte.  www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £5

Comedy Heaven

The spectacular finale show for Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival starring Arthur Smith, in aid of Amnesty International and Prostaid. Other acts to be announced!  www.curveonline.co.uk

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

The Orange Tree Group present

Comedy in The Basement

Comedy in The Basement is a brand new night of brand new comedy. The newly refurbished Basement on Wellington Street returns to DLCF with an eclectic mix of comedy from 10 up and coming comedians. Catch them now before they’re famous! www.thebasementbar.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Basement Grid Ref: C2 (BAS)

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TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Comedy in the Dark

Comedy in the Dark returns to Leicester after sell-out shows in the UK and Europe. Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival presents what is a truly unique comedy experience where comedians take on the challenge of performing in the pitch black. Your favourite stand ups, one hour, no lights! “Destined to become one of the most talked about shows” (Time Out). **** (Metro). www.comedy-festival.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

CurveBall present

Comedy Talent Nights

Does everyone you know think you could cut it on the stand up circuit? Here’s your chance to find out... We’re seeking up and coming stand up artists for Live Talent Nights that will run in Feb 2012. This could be your chance to make it BIG! Entrants must upload a 2-3 minute film of their act to our Facebook event page or tweet your link to @CurveLeicester. Heat 1: Fri 3 Feb. Heat 2: Fri 10 Feb. Final: Fri 17 Feb. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 10pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: FREE

Giggling Badger Comedy Club present

Cosby Comedy Club

Cosby receives its annual dose of comedy as the Giggling Badger returns to the Village Hall! Headliner EDDY BRIMSON (“the crowd loved him” - The Guardian) is joined by 2011 Chortle Best Newcomer DIANE SPENCER and rising Geordie star TONY JAMESON. Compere for the night is local boy gone wrong JIM SMALLMAN. Every previous show has sold out so make sure you get your tickets in advance! www.gigglingbadger.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Cosby Village Hall Grid Ref: B1 (COS)

TIME: 8pm (10.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07967 077 236

DMU Footlights present

ENTRY: £12

WORLD PREMIER

Crazy As You Like

After their successful début at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival the people behind De Montfort University’s one and only comedy society have decided to turn their comedic talents to sketch writing. This brand new sketch show promises to find the funny in everything from the mundane to the surreal by way of the super natural.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £3

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because there is so much excitement from the performers, organisers, venues and audiences – there is so much to see and get involved in. I love that I live in Leicester so that I can be involved in such an exciting festival. Cassie Soulsby

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

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Dan Antopolski and Tony Law

Two of the circuits finest stand ups on one amazing double bill... Join Tony Law for an evening of off-the-wall, boundary-defying stand-up comedy and find out why it is that he’s regarded as one of the finest performers on the comedy circuit by audiences and peers alike. As seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Who’s the comic with an ear for dialogue and a bod for sin? Triple Perrier Award nominee, veteran Fringe sell-out and winner of the 2009 Dave Award for Funniest Joke of the Fringe Dan Antopolski Jokes? Yes sir. Raps? Almost certainly. Fun? You bet your mum it will be fun. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £10

Dan Wallbank – Laugh, You Bastards

A one-man musical comedy extravaganza covering such diverse topics as the world of work, fetishes and dating the undead. Join Dan and his guitar for an hour of strummed fun.  www.danwallbank.com

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Dan Wright: Michael Jackson touched me

ENTRY: FREE

REGIONAL PREMIER

For the last 20 years, I’ve followed my icon around the world, trying to persuade everyone in my way he’s not the man the media has made out. Not only has it annoyed the hell out of my friends and family, it’s now annoying me. So what do I do? Is it time to hang up that white glove for the last time and accept people’s opinions or should I be proud and stand up for what I believe in?  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 4pm (5pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

PBJ Management present

ENTRY: FREE

REGIONAL PREMIER

Daniel Simonsen – Ridiculous

Norwegian stand-up comedy from the winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2008 examining the ridiculous anxieties of everyday life before filming for Russell Howard’s Good News and setting off on tour supporting Simon Amstell this spring. “Look out for this brilliantly offbeat upcoming Norwegian stand-up, who mixes surreal stuff with dry-as-a-bone gags.” The Guardian. “Funny bones” Karen Koren, Gilded Balloon www.pbjmgt.co.uk/artist/daniel-simonsen DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Danny McLoughlin

After supporting the likes of Micky Flanagan, Sean Lock & Justin Moorhouse on tour in the last year Danny’s stock is rising. Join one of the best of the new crop of acts breaking through for a debut hour of stand up and see why he’s widely tipped as a name to look out for. “McLoughlin’s main weapon is his audacity: he’s so bold he can recite an advertising jingle and still get plenty of laughs” Chortle.  www.fluid-thinking.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Dave Spikey - Words Don’t Come Easy

Inspired by the amazing audience reaction to his deconstruction of song lyrics in his “Best Medicine Tour” combined with his fascination with the vagaries of the English Language , Dave’s hilarious new show examines many more situations in life where words really don’t come easy.  www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 233 3111

ENTRY: £18.50

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

DAVE’S COMEDY SOCIETY: NICK HELM: THIS MEANS WAR! (WORK IN PROGRESS)

Fresh from losing another batch of awards Nick Helm picks himself up and dusts himself down as he takes you on a tour of duty through the carnage filled, blood spattered battlefields of his love-life in an early preview of a show that will be totally different by the time its finished in August. NOMINEE BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS 2011 - NOMINEE LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL BEST SHOW 2011 DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Dave’s Comedy Society: The Late Show

Dave, the home of witty banter, is pitching up at the festival with The Late Show. Every Friday and Saturday night see some of Dave’s favourite acts, handpicked for your pleasure. Acts include Paul Foot (as heard on the Dave Weekly Podcast), Josh Widdicombe (as seen on Live at the Apollo), Phil Nichol (Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner), Rob Rouse, Andrew Maxwell, Ian Stone + many, many more! www.comedy-festival.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £15

Dave’s Comedy Society: Rich Fulcher’s Tiny Acts of Rebellion

Rich Fulcher, from THE MIGHTY BOOSH and SNUFF BOX, demonstrates how to stick it to the Man. In this day and age, it’s very difficult to topple dictators or even smoke a parking meter. But through a series of videos, audience experiments and petrified yogurt cups, Rich shows us how we can fight the madness simply by being ourselves. ***** from Spoonfed “brilliant adaptation of Fulcher’s book” www.richfulcher.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Best Medicine Management present

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

WORLD PREMIER

David Morgan... Or Am I?

Brand new show from 2011’s ‘Best New Show’ nominee. As seen on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, Tweet Of The Year, and the BBC’s Eurovison Song Contest coverage. ***** One4Review. **** ScotsGay. **** Fringe Review. **** EdinburghIsFunny. **** Three Weeks. **** Hairline. “David Morgan is Funny. That’s right, with a capital F” Attitude. “highly entertaining” Gay Times. “star of the future” Bent Magazine. www.thisisdavid.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Oldman Management present

David Whitney: Struggling to Evolve

David’s material is a fine blend of political satire and pure filth, making him the thinking person’s comic. So long as that person is thinking of something satirically filthy at the time. “Elegant, and carries disguised spin….Huge laughs…. A Silver-tongued warrior”. THE SPECTATOR  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102302

Beyond Compere Present

Debra-Jane Appelby: Peter Pan Generation

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

Leicester Mercury comedian of the year winner Debra-Jane Appelby is back again! Whether you never grew up or wonder why you can’t get dad off the xbox, the self appointed spokesperson for the Peter Pan generation, explains it all. Appearances on Comedy Central, BBCR4 & BBC 5 Live “intelligent and original”, Leicester Mercury “razor sharp ... never misses a beat ... has won a stack of awards. Go see why”, ScotsGay www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 9.25pm (10.25pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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

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Events Best Medicine Management present

WORLD PREMIER

Diane Spencer: Double Dose

2011’s breakout comedy star serves up 2 hours of award-winning stand-up. Book early! 1st: her sell-out Edinburgh Festival show “All-Pervading Madness”. 2nd: a preview of her brand new show. “Spencer’s way with words and her delivery are absolutely superb” (EdinburghIsFunny). ***** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. ***** The New Current. ***** Scottish Express. **** Chortle. **** Fest. **** British Comedy Guide. **** Metro. www.difunny.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Dissecting Comedy

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

E.B. White once wrote: “Humour can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” Russell and Woodward aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. JOIN THEM.  www.tomorrowsstanduptoday.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £4 (£3)

Does the Gay Comedy Night have a future?

The Gay Comedy Night has been a regular feature of the festival since 1995. Over the years, the night has showcased some of the best stand-ups including Graham Norton, Stephen K Amos, Scott Capurro, Tina C, Pam Ann, Zoe Lyons & Paul Sinha. This public discussion will explore whether the show is still appropriate in 2012, what is the point of the night and what are the “rules” in terms of the booking policy. Is it OK for the night to include straight comedians? Hosted by Jonathan Lampon. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 11.30am (1pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: FREE

4 Boobs 1 Mic present

Double Mint – Munro & McCabe

A double helping of fresh, minty comedy in fabulous female form. Kirsty Munro accelerates towards her dirty thirtieth birthday in her Edinburgh Fringe Preview Show “Thirsty 30”. “Hugely funny. Reminds me of Jo Brand” Arts In Magazine. American Comic Kate McCabe resides in Manchester and is happy to be appearing in her first Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. “Delivers strong material with aplomb” Three Weeks. www.munrokirsty.wordpress.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Dr Ettrick-Hogg Presents Manly Stand-Ups

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy an evening of manly mayhem with Dr Ettrick-Hogg, and his enigmatic assistant Margaret Wudwud, where only the most “manly” (in his warped opinion) stand-ups will perform in a warped, shoddy, wild and raucous extravaganza, returning to Leicester for the third year running. Alternative, cutting-edge mayhem to tickle your manly bones. Anything could happen. Be there.  www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Valentine’s Special

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

Love is in the air for Dr Ettrick-Hogg in this exciting, one night only, Valentine’s spectacular where he celebrates love and manliness with his exotic assistant Margaret Wudwud and the alluring selection of stand-ups he has enticed to perform. Whether you’re taking your partner out for a Valentine’s show or better still, single and on the prowl, don’t miss out on this night of alternative, shoddily “romantic” mayhem.  www.ettrick-hogg.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

RBM present

Dr. Phil’s Rude Health Show

Make an appointment with Dr. Phil Hammond, GP, writer, broadcaster and comedian. The satirical medic is rude about everything, (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex), and is sure to inform and entertain in equal measure. If you see only one doctor this year, make it Dr Phil. *****(The List). d rphilhammond.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9.50pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £15 (£12)

Dawn Sedgwick Management present

Dregs Sketch Show & Max Dickins - ‘Love Is God’

Max Dickins “Love is God”. Star of The Lunchtime Club, and The Sun’s 2011 Comedy Picks, Max Dickins presents a first look at his debut stand-up show at Edinburgh 2012. Hotly tipped comedy sketch double-act Dregs present a “best of” compilation of their sell-out debut Edinburgh show (recommended in The Independent,Guardian & Time Out) and brand new show for 2012. w  ww.brcomedy.com; www.dregscomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

I love

TIME: 7.45pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7.50 (£6)

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it crams a stupidly large amount of top class comedy into one unfeasibly small 17 day period. My favourite festival show of all time is Greg Davies’s Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog because it was an amazing hour of comedy that debuted in the festival and went on to tour nationally and be released on DVD. Adnan Ahmed

Ed Gamble – Sloven

REGIONAL PREMIER

Ed Gamble (Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand, mustard stain on his front) returns with brand new bits and some of his old classics (you can’t prove they’re not classic.) He supports Greg Davies and Russell Kane on tour, does the cult favourite Peacock & Gamble Podcast and once made a full sandwich whilst still in bed. “Moments of stupendous invention” The List. “Hilarious” Chortle  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

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TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

Elis James – Do You Remember The First Time?

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

REGIONAL PREMIER

A chance encounter with a celebrity, an accident at a wedding and the good old-fashioned drunkenness of others make this show by Fringe favourite James one to remember. This is another hour of hilarious, freewheeling storytelling from one of Welsh comedy’s rising stars, as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News. “Complete joy” (Time Out), “Charming, impish, excruciatingly funny” (The Scotsman). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

A genuine triumph. Evening Standard

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

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Events The Y present

Emergency Comedy!

If you want to see some exciting new comics this festival, then The Y is the place to be. Emergency Comedy! is an extension of our seasonal platform event, that gives local artists the chance to showcase their work & get friendly feedback. Now the emphasis is on local Comedians! Our regular Emergency compere Tom Young will return once again to navigate us through a line-up that will have you in fits of laughter! www.ytheatre.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

Eric Lampaert and Paul Sweeney

Masters of mayhem Eric Lampaert & Paul Sweeney bring you comedy the likes of which have never been seen before. Performing a split bill giggle fest of high octane tomfoolery, not to be missed.  www.ericlampaert.com www.paulsweeneycomedy.co.uk

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7.50 (£7)

Beyond Compere present

Erich McElroy – The Brit Identity – Preview

American Erich McElroy is more British than you. Not surprising, he revised for it, swore an oath and learned all the verses of the national anthem. Is that enough? If you don’t think he’s right and wish to complain – join the queue. You’ll enjoy it. “Hilariously insightful” The List SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE! www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

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TIME: 3.20pm (4.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Fergus Craig Is Still Having A Bash At The Old Comedy

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

REGIONAL PREMIER

So called comedian Fergus Craig will talk for an hour. He will try to make you laugh whilst maintaining a modicum of dignity. Subject matters not confirmed at time of writing. As seen in funny but ultimately cancelled television programmes Star Stories (Channel 4), Popatron (BBC2), Sorry I’ve Got No Head (CBBC). “He is a complete natural on stage with a brilliant grasp on observation” Chortle w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Folded Feather: Suitcase Circus

Meet Wobulous Discombobulous, the anarchic sock, as he presents a line-up of extraordinarily talented performing objects, all with their own unique and captivating storylines. Includes the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek. “outstanding” Time Out London. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

Francis Jenking: The Absolutist

ENTRY: £8/£28 (family/4)

WORLD PREMIER

Dark, yet inspiring tales from one of the UK’s fast-rising stand ups. Drawing similarities to Tony Hancock & Frank Skinner, Francis will be performing a work in progress preview of his debut solo show, ‘The Absolutist’ – an insight into his everyday struggle with his past & ego, as well as addressing society and morals. As seen at Just The Tonic and Glee Club. Support from young & discontented stand up Oliver Sillito.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 11th: 6pm (7pm) 17th 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Funny Old World: Tea and Biscuit Seminar

For the past few years we have been working with partners on various projects which explore how older people connect with comedy. This year we have made the exciting addition of the Silver Comedy competition, awarding a prize to the best stand up aged over 55. This seminar will explore what we’ve learnt so far, what partners think and how we might continue this work in the future. Come along to find out more.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 11am (1pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: FREE

Funny Women 10 Year Celebration

Join Funny Women in celebrating 10 years of bringing you the best in female comedy for a champagne reception and fantastic stand-up.  www.funnywomen.com

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Hotel Maiyango Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

TIME: 6pm (7.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 02089 484 444

DMU Footlights present

ENTRY: £10 (£9)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Gagging for Attention

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After a very successful run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, DMU Footlights society brings its’ stand-up comedy showcase ‘Gagging for Attention’ to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Featuring an hour and a half of the freshest and finest young stand-up talent De Montfort University has to offer, our premier show will have you in stitches! “Hilariously funny! A must see!” LoveFringe.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

a comedy / data-analysis / animation extravaganza

ENTRY: £4

WORLD PREMIER

Gareth Morinan – Truth Doodler

YES! The ONLY comedian/data-analyst/animator currently working in the UK (probably) presents a show which examines the TRUTH about society (through pictures, pie-charts and a charming haddock). You may have seen him on BBC2 in “Life’s Too Short” and “Short Work” (yes, he is very short... this may have influenced the show). “Clever, funny and original. Gareth Morinan is going places – see him now!” (The Skinny). YES! www.gMorinan.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 14th: 8.30pm (9.30pm) 18th: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Gareth Richards: It’s Not The End of The World

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

There are predictions that the world will end in 2012, Gareth Richards, 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, as heard on Frank Skinner’s ‘Absolute Radio Show’ is prepared to stick his neck out and say that it won’t. Join Gareth for a show about how the world is going to continue to exist.It will include more engaging observational comedy, inspired one-liners and songs played on the Omnichord. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

Electric Mouse Comedy present

Gary Colman and Amadeus Martin

Catch a sneaky preview show featuring the hottest two comics in the festival... and all for free. Gary Colman (“One of the hardest working and funniest comics on the circuit, he’s the best deadpan act since Jack Dee so it’s unsurprising that Frank Skinner’s a fan” GQ) and Amadeus Martin (“Amadeus blends intellectual sparkle with off the cuff twists. Definitely worth seeing. Five stars!” Fringe Review). www.garycolman.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

ENTRY: FREE

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Events electric mouse comedy present

Gary Colman is... Still Rarely Rong.

Acclaimed comedian Gary Colman (“Quality Geordie Stand-up” TNT MAGAZINE) returns with his all new show. To paraphrase that other great thinker, Jefferson, “All men are created equal... then some of us have kids”. A cute, heartwarming show about the eviscerating horror of family life. “The best deadpan act since Jack Dee so it’s unsuprising Frank Skinner’s a fan” GQ. “Utterly charming performer” TIME OUT www.garycolman.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6

The Y present

Gay Comedy Night

This year The Y kicks off its comedy festival in fine style with the return of the Gay Comedy Night. Hosting the evening will be the fabulous Jonathon Mayor bringing a mix of glamour & comedy onto the stage. Joined by the award-winning satirical music act duo Topping & Butch. The charming & witty Rosie Wilby. Rising Star & Award Nominee Suzi Ruffel & Comedy Award Winner & star of his own TV Documentary Tom Allen!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £14 (£12)

Comic Voice Management

Geoff Norcott is in The Recovery Position

“A near master of anecdotal story telling” Edinburgh Festival Magazine Geoff’s life hit an iceberg and then stepped in dog poo on the way to the lifeboat. How the hell do you turn things around when the mucky stuff hits the fan? There must be a perfect balance of meditation, counselling and sunbeds to get your mojo back. www.geoffnorcott.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 4.40pm (6pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

George Ryegold – The Talented Dr Ryegold

ENTRY: £8

WORLD PREMIER

Winner of ‘Best Show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 Toby Williams returns as George Ryegold. “Tremendous fun…it’s stuff like this that makes the Fringe great” ***** Three Weeks. “As sick as Jim Jeffries, but with the vocabulary of Stephen Fry...the most hilariously bad-taste lines of the festival” **** Chortle. “As if scripted by Herman Melville, in a voice as rich as David Attenborough’s” The Guardian.  www.tobywilliamscomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

DSU present

Giraffe

Fancy a Giraffe? DSU presents its now established comedy night each Friday of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, featuring the best in headliners and up and coming acts. Confirmed acts include Nick Helm (Russel Howard’s Good News, BBC3) and Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, BBC1). DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Level 1 Grid Ref: C1 (LEV)

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Graphic Novelist – Brick

Back by popular demand. Illustrator, political cartoonist and graphic novelist Brick will caricature some of our customers. Available strictly by booking only (as Brick’s caricatures are very detailed and can take a while to do!).

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Leicester Central Library B2 (LCL)

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TIME: 12.30pm (3.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 299 5401

ENTRY: Free

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Greg Davies and Friends

Greg Davies (Mock the Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee) returns to De Montfort Hall for another spectacular gala in aid of The Stroke Association. Greg invited his stand-up friends for a comedy love in, all in the name of charity. Not to be missed! Disabled 2 for 1 is available www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 233 3111

ENTRY: £20

Best Medicine Management present

Group Therapy with Jim Smallman & Guests

Join Jim Smallman and three carefully-selected comedy chums as they share their own problems, solve the audience’s, and dispense advice as only a group of four ill-qualified comedians can. The show is unpredictable, the problems unimaginable, the advice unreliable! Follow @jimsmallman or find him on Facebook for more info. www.jimsmallman.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Gujarati Comedy Group (Leicester) present

Gujarati Comedy club

A family show in Gujarati. Entertaining Leicester’s diverse community with hilarious sketches that will touch the hearts of all the family. Based on everyday situations these extraordinary characters tell stories of traditional thinking in modern times where East meets West. The miscommunication and in some cases total lack of understanding will keep you roaring with laughter all the way home and leave you wanting more.... www.gujaraticomedygroup.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME:18th 7pm (9.15pm) & 19th 4pm (6.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07877 567 289

Hatty Ashdown: Nan-child & other workings

ENTRY: £4

WORLD PREMIER

After a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe 2011, Hatty would love you to join her for a work in progress ahead of her 2012 debut hour. “Anecdotal humor that never feels stilted or scripted ...makes Ashdown one to watch” **** Three weeks 2011. “Warm, infectiously funny and brilliant” Josie Long. “Hatty Ashdown’s brain is made up of funny molecules. She makes me laugh. And Laugh. And then Laugh” Ch4 – Robert Popper. hattyashdown.wordpress.com/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Helene Murray: Country Curiosity

Helene is an Aussie lass with country roots. She’s quite vague BUT curious about many things. Like, why does she swell up in all kinds of places? Why do cows chew their cud mostly in a clockwise direction? And why is name dropping so much fun? Helene will do her darndest to provide an answer to these questions and many more.  helenemurraycomedian.blogspot.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Dawn Sedgwick Management present

Hennessy & Friends: A Valentines Day Massacre!

ENTRY: FREE

REGIONAL PREMIER

Lonely hearts and smug couples. Spurned lovers and badgers. All will have their moment at this sketchtacular love in! – Just don’t expect roses and love hearts. Meet a host of brand new comedy characters as they fight their way through this Valentine’s Day. Hilarious, surreal and often violent sketch show from Miranda Hennessy (C4’s PhoneShop). Also starring David Seymour (Love Bite) and Steven Shapland (Harry & Paul). www.brcomedy.com; www.mirandahennessy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Henning Wehn

You may well have heard Henning on BBC Radio’s Unbelievable Truth, News Quiz, Now Show and Fighting Talk or seen him on QI, Dave’s One Night Stand or Edinburgh and Beyond – now’s your chance to see the self-appointed German Comedy Ambassador to the UK in the flesh in his sell-out Edinbugh show, “No Surrender”. Tuetonic jolliness at its best. Come along … or else. Deutschland über alles! www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Hotel D’Comedie

Check in at Hotel D’Comedie and experience a series of unique comedy moments in one of Leicester’s swankiest hotels! Take a tour of the hotel’s luxurious suites to encounter and interact with a variety of intriguing comedy acts. Set in different rooms throughout Hotel Maiyango, this is an interactive show where the four comedians perform outside of their comfort zones. Not to be missed! www.comedy-festival.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Hotel Maiyango Grid Ref: B1 (MAI)

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Famile Floz present

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Hotel Paradiso

Strange things happen at “Hotel Paradiso” a time-honoured mountain resort kept alive with some difficulty by an old lady and her family. While a mineral spring promises relief from physical and mental pain and the hotel proudly boasts four stars, dark clouds are nevertheless gathering in the bright sky. A dramatic nightmare steeped in balck humour with a hint of melancholy... Discounts available. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £18.50/£14.50/£10.50

New Perspectives Theatre present

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup

Could a humble village team really have taken on football’s finest and triumphed? When an enigmatic trainer with revolutionary theories, two of the best players ever to have disappeared from football’s top flight, and a chairman of Napoleonic ability all find themselves in the same place at the same time, it just might be! This is a joyous tale of the unstoppable rise of the ultimate underdog. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

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TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £12

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it provides brilliant opportunities for our arts management students to get invaluable hands on experience promoting venues and comedy nights as part of their degree. Tony Graves Subject Leader and Principal Lecturer in Arts and Festivals Management, DMU

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Leicester Libraries and Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

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I Love Reading Competition

Celebrate with Leicester Libraries and Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and win your Top Ten favourite paperbacks. Tell us which book makes you happy, and why, in no more than 50 words. Prizes for under-12s & adults. Not a member? Join now, it’s free! Closing date for competition: Saturday 24th March 2012. Entrants must be library members. For more information on the competition visit us online. www.leicester.gov.uk/libraries DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Leicester Central Library Grid Ref: B2 (LCL)

TIME: N/a

FOR TICKETS: 0116 299 5483

Iain Stirling – Happy to Be The Clown?

ENTRY: FREE

REGIONAL PREMIER

Iain Stirling has travelled the world, gigged in Leicester Square on a bed and even become the face of children’s television where he spends his days talking to a dog. Is he nothing more than a humble clown? This hour hopes to decide just that... Oh and there are lots of jokes as well. YALDY! “Hugely talented rising star” Time Out. “Exceptional talent” The Herald  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 TIME: 1 0th: 9.30pm (10.30pm) 11th: 10pm (11pm)

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy present

Ian Stone: Stoney Baloney

Topical and “Seriously Funny” Guardian. “One of the top ten comedians in the country” Independent. Member of The Cutting Edge team at Comedy Store. Credits include Tuesday Club - top rated podcast with Alan Davies, regular on Rock ’n’ Roll Football on Absolute Radio with Ian Wright and Fighting Talk on R5. www.getcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Idiots Of Ants

The Ants – 2010 Chortle Award Winners and 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees, have spent the last 12 months gigging all over the UK and recording their own radio programme (Totally Gizmo). They bring their fifth brand-new full-length show to Curve. A show that answers all the big questions: What’s small, pink and should never be juggled? It’s the only show performed enitrely at gunpoint.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Playing for Laughs present

Internationalism and Comedy

As London (if not the UK as a whole) prepares to put its best face and plimsolled foot forward to the world, Playing For Laughs 2012 asks what constitutes the comic character of a nation? Through papers, presentations, performances and discussion, this year’s comedy conference explores topics that include: national and/or international comic identities; importing and exporting comedy; the globalisation of the comic.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: PACE Grid Ref: C2 (PAC)

TIME: 9am (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 257 7896

ENTRY: £25

Live Nation / MHA / United Agents present

Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave

This extraordinary new one-woman comedy show tells the story of the part Isy played in two people’s blossoming internet romance whilst on her own treacherous search for true love. Bursting with hilarity and genuinely touching, this beautifully nuanced show flits between stand-up, music and character comedy. Also known as Dobby in Peep Show (C4). Double British Comedy Award Nominee. “A real gem” The Guardian. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

James Acaster (Work In Progress)

James Acaster performs his stand up comedies for you in the form of a brand new show. He is looking forward to this very much. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) & Chris Addison’s Show and Tell (E4) and on tour with Milton Jones & Josie Long. “A unique insight that searches for the most wonderfully funny experience worth sharing” Edinburgh Evening News *****. “An undeniable and wickedly original talent” Fest ****. www.brcomedy.com

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DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £3.50 (£3.50)

Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

James Acaster: Amongst Other Things

After a fantastic year touring the UK supporting Milton Jones and Josie Long, James Acaster brings his exciting debut show to Leicester. Expect gangly limbs, fond memories and references to Weetabix. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand. ‘Inherently funny, the merest gesture can have the audience laughing out loud’ (BroadwayBaby.com). “Delightful” (Time Out). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell is a stand up comedian for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. His show may cover ways to make parsnips interesting, how to look a chicken in both eyes at the same time and why owls don’t like Easter. James may also attempt a new world record in badger hurdling and doing loop the loop with his 93 year old Auntie Histamine.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 2.30pm (4.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

James Dowdeswell: Gonzo-Not Just A Muppet

ENTRY: £6

WORLD PREMIER

James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories. He is a headline act at most top comedy clubs. This show is inspired by the antics and musings of Hunter S Thompson and Bruce Robinson. As seen on the most recent series of Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Extras (BBC).  www.jamesdowdeswell.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 4.40pm (5.35pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

James Hately – I am not the walrus

WORLD PREMIER

ENTRY: £8

REGIONAL PREMIER

If you want a show that’s like a defragmented gospel spoken through the mouth of a flouncing giant who wisps his words (and limbs) through the room like the very dreams of an uncontained snake then this is that show.  www.derbycomedy.co.uk www.facebook.com/jameshately

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

RIP Productions present

ENTRY: £3

REGIONAL PREMIER

James Mullinger 2012 Tour

James Mullinger brings an hour of brand new hilarious & insightful storytelling that led the Evening Standard to describe him as “something of a sensation. Expect the anecdotes to come thick, fast and raucously funny.” He tells all on being a new father, why Kate Winslet stopped returning his calls and how he came to sing for Paul McCartney. All this and more in an unforgettable show! “A great stand up” Jimmy Carr. www.jamesmullinger.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 9002

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Best Medicine Management present

James Sherwood

James Sherwood returns to Leicester with an hour of his award-winning best bits from a decade on the stand-up circuit. As heard on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. CD ‘At The Piano’ available now! “fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original” The Guardian. “non-stop invention and brilliant comic craft” The Scotsman. “too good to miss” Hairline. “pure comedy gold” Edinburgh Guide. www.sherwoodcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

JBJ Management Proudly Present

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Jarred Christmas – Let’s Go Mofo!

You’ve seen him on Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Argumental, Dave’s One Night Stand, and dancing as Madonna on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief. He’s the guy with the side burns and glasses...that’s right, Jarred Christmas! He has jokes, he has stories, he has energy, he has personality, and he has one helluva show. Fast, funny and in demand. Let’s Go MoFo! “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” Time Out w  ww.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

JBJ Management proudly present

Jarred Christmas – Let’s Go Mofo!

You’ve seen him on Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Argumental, Dave’s One Night Stand, and dancing as Madonna on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief. He’s the guy with the side burns and glasses...that’s right, Jarred Christmas! He has jokes, he has stories, he has energy, he has personality, and he has one helluva show. Fast, funny and in demand. Let’s Go MoFo! “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” Time Out www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

Jason Cook – Love and all that nonsense

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

REGIONAL PREMIER

This Valentines Day why not have a laugh together. Award winning comedian and star of festival world wide brings us a night of stories about love, laughter and life. Perfect for couples and lonely singles alike. “His delivery is as smooth as brown ale…buttock-clenchingly funny” ***** The Herald  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy present

Jason John Whitehead: Letters from Mindy

“Intensely likeable and seriously funny” The List. “This really is a delightful show” The Scotsman. They say there’s a downward spiral, they say there are five steps to recovering from heartbreak, they say a lot of things, but one thing they can definitely say is that award-winning Canadian comic Jason John Whitehead has returned with another uncompromising stand up show.  www.getcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Jigsaw

Dan Antopolski (Triple Perrier Nominee, Dave Award Winner 2009 “Hilarious, imaginative and wonderfully cheap” Independent) joins forces with Tom Craine (Times Top Five 2010 “Wise, funny and lyrical” Observer) and Nat Luurtsema (Chortle Newcomer Nominee 2008 “Disgustingly talented” Guardian) to culture an hour of smart, stupid sketches for your entertainment. www.jigsawcomedy.com/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Best Medicine Management present

WORLD PREMIER

Jim Smallman: Kestrels

Leicester’s own tattooed idiot debuts his brand new show in his home town. Kestrels will feature in one way or another. As heard on 5 Live’s Fighting Talk, 4Extra’s The Boat Show and seen on Sports Tonight Live and WrestleTalk TV. ***** The New Current. **** Informed Edinburgh. “tales full of warmth, wit and occasional poignancy” Chortle.  www.jimsmallman.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Joe Bor: Son of a Hoarder

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

Joe Bor is the son of a hoarder. After 30 years in London, Joe’s family have moved to the country. They have a mammoth task. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee and Winner of Leicester Comedy Festival - Best Value Show. “Joe Bor is a must see.” Alan Carr.  www.joebor.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Chambers Management Present

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

WORLD PREMIER

Joe Lycett Performs

Award winning humourist Joe Lycett performs an hour of his comedy in Leicester for the first time. He’s appeared on television (Channel 4’s ‘8 out of 10 cats’ and more) and would really like it if you attended. “Already possesses the relaxed, homely charm of an old campaigner” The Times  www.joelycettcomedy.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Lisa Thomas Management Present

ENTRY: £6

REGIONAL PREMIER

Joel Dommett – Ridiculousness

After a hugely successful run at Edinburgh Festival of his debut show ‘Neon Hero’ Joel Dommett (MTV News, E4s Skins, BBC2s Popatron) returns with his new show – Ridiculousness. Joel has had a ridiculous year to talk of… including strangely being selected as opening act for Justin Beiber, Chatting to Lady Gaga and getting dumped on a rollercoaster. SCOTSMAN ****. TIME OUT ****. THREE WEEKS ****. joeldommett.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7.50 (£7)

John Hegley – Animal Alphaboat & Workshop Join renowned poet and performer John Hegley for a creative workshop and performance of his amazing Animal Alphaboat show as part of Animal Stories 2012. Animal Alphaboat is a special family interactive show, including clapping games, animal poems, poetic genius and general silliness. Hailed by The Guardian as one of the ten best kids’ shows at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival - but suitable for people of all ages! www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Grid Ref: C2 (NWM)

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TIME: 11am (1pm) & 2pm (3pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 225 4920

ENTRY: £ 4/£6/£8 (£3/£5/£6)

I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it’s genuinely original; good for Leicester; a massive highlight in the entertainment calendar and above all it’s always funny. Gary Love

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

John Robins: Incredible Scenes!

REGIONAL PREMIER

All new work in progress from Leicester Comedy Festival Award winner. Provisionally titled ‘Incredible Scenes!’ Join John Robins for a no-holds-barred-giggle-fest. Fresh from Russell Howard’s Good News he has brand spanking stories to tell. “Captivating” Chortle. “A Complete and Utter Natural” Russell Howard. “One of the Most Naturally Talented Comedians I’ve Seen” Telegraph. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Free hour long stand-up show.

ENTRY: £6

WORLD PREMIER

Jon Vs Mark: We’ll Fix it Later

FREE SHOW! There are a lot of issues in the world today, but Jon Williams and Mark Cram are talkers, not doers, so they’ll fix them later.‘Jon Vs Mark’ will showcase these two up-and-coming comics best stand-up, and it’ll all end in them taking each other on in a challenge suggested by the audience. Who will win? Who is funnier? Does their relationship even class as friendship? LET BATTLE COMMENCE!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: On the door

ENTRY: FREE

Comic Voice Management Present

Jonathan Elston – WIP

After this year’s success at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the prestigous AAA showcase Jonathan Elston is now working on producing his first solo show. At just 22 years of age, Jonathan Elston is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic with a youthful likability that charms his audience and endears him to any room. “A young comic with incredible talent” The Guardian. www.JonathanElston.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Jonathan Elston and Adnan Ahmed

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Don’t miss this double bill of two of the circuits hottest rising stars. At just 22 years of age, Jonathan Elston is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations to charm any audience. “One of the best new acts I have seen” Gary Delaney. Adnan Ahmed takes a witty sideways glance at being British and Asian, his comedy ticks all the boxes. “Really very funny” City Life www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 10pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Off The Kerb present

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Josh Widdicombe: Work-In-Progress

Join star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and Channel 4’s ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Josh Widdicombe as he tries out new material. Following on from his ‘Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer’ nominated show Josh returns to Leicester to road test material for his brand new show.  www.joshwiddicombe.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £7

Josie Long – The Future is Another Place

Josie Long is back again with her fifth solo show. Come along! This is a show about feeling newly tormented by the world around you and about optimism and despair. But that sounds more serious than it is. It’ll be a silly, manic round up of all kinds of things. “Josie Long’s new show couldn’t be any better. Josie Long is poised to become the most important voice in British comedy” THE SKINNY.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Evil Bast*rd Corporation present

WORLD PREMIER

Juliet Meyers is Out of the Hutch

Juliet returns to Leicester with her new show on the joys of being made redundant from a ‘proper job’, discovering who you really are when you have too much time of your hands, crossing some of the things off the ‘things I’ve always wanted to do’ list (in some cases wishing she hadn’t) and enjoying being both more liberated and irritated. “Exceptionally funny” Independent. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.50pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Cribbage Comedy present

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Just an Hour of Cribbage..?

Cribbage is an ancient, dark-arts card game of tactics played by generations before us in order to fill the gap in time before the invention of television. James Beckett, Mark Dixon & Dan Dappa invite you to take a hilarious journey into the world of 3 complete (but loveable) idiots as they jockey, cajole, lie & cheat their way to victory over each other- which one will prove his worth and become... THE WINNER! www.cribbagecomedy.co.uk/festivalshows.html DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 15th: 9pm (10pm) & 19th: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Tin Shed Theatre Company present

Justin Cliffe: The Life and Times of Albert Lymes

Albert Lymes has lived a less-than-extraordinary life – until today. Arriving home to find his dog has left him, his wife has been replaced by a coconut and his father’s ashes are in a plastic bag on the porch, he embarks on an adventure of self-discovery. For more information please visit www.tinshedtheatrecompany.com “A hyperactive little one-man psychological comedy!” Three Weeks. www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

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TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it’s got the feel good factor. Gillian Garratt Marketing Manager, Embrace Arts

I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it’s the first festival of the year so often the first proper outing of a comic’s latest hour show.  My favourite festival venue is Kayal because it’s a good comedy room, great meeting spot and you can have a cracking curry after the show. James Dowdeswell

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

MHA Present

Katherine Ryan – Little Miss Conception

REGIONAL PREMIER

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The product of a strict Irish father and a glitzy Canadian ‘stagemom’, Katherine Ryan won neither friends nor pageant titles growing up. A dazzling debut with hilarious stories, twisted observations, and invigorating pop music parodies from this fresh, award-winning newcomer. As seen on C4’s CAMPUS. “Warped wit...striking presence...killer lines...calm confidence” Scotsman. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

The Y present

Keith Farnan: Money Money Money

Irish wit just doesn’t suffice for this comedian from the Emerald Isle. You’re sure to ‘laugh out load’ as Keith Farnan tells you of his cunning plan to end the debt crisis in Ireland & you’ll undoubtely go away with a belly full of laughs as Keith’s thought provoking stand-up resonates long after he’s left the stage. “If Eddie Izzard had been Irish, he’d surely have turned out a lot like Keith Farnan” (The Scotsman). DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

Kevin Dewsbury: In...Sane

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

REGIONAL PREMIER

An autobiographical show about a nervous breakdown and a journey to recovery. A few years ago Kevin was gigging constantly, married and owned property in London. He even had two balconies, designer furniture and a pedigree cat, all was looking good. Then suddenly one day he turned into a gibbering nervous wreck on a hotel room floor an hour before he was due on stage. He’s alright now, probably... www.tongueincheekcomedy.com/comedian-profile/kevin-dewsbury DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Barnstormers Comedy present

Kevin Precious: Not Appropriate

Not Appropriate is the most overused term of disapproval in the teacher’s canon. A stand-up comedy show about teaching; parts of which are not appropriate. “Jam-packed with observational humour that everybody recognises from their school days, and has you laughing when reliving those hilariously awkward school moments”. Leicester Mercury. OFFER Buy this ticket, watch the other 5 shows at Kayal for FREE on the 19th. www.kevinprecious.com/not_appropriate.html DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 3.20pm (4.20pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8

Talulah Blue present

Kiss Me Burlesque

You are in your a treat with Missy Malone, this burlesque megastar is adored by other performers for her impeccable style, bump and grind burlesque and well put together acts, you need to see this lady perform! Talulah Blue from Britains Got Talent 2011, started performing a year ago, she is now an international performer, has had her creations in YOU magazine and This Morning (ITV). www.wegottickets.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07970 529 760

ENTRY: £8 adv/£10 door

Kitty Cointreau for Cat’s Cradle Comedy present

Kitty Cointreau’s BraHaHa

The critically acclaimed burlesque & comedy revue direct from UK sell-out success returns to Leicester for the 3rd year. With award-winning comedians, international burlesque beauties & cabaret stars, there’s tease, tassels & titters not to be missed! Featuring award-winning stand-up magician Piff the Magic Dragon, cutting edge musical comedy from Amateur Transplants, Kitty Cointreau herself & much more...! DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £12/£10 (£11/£9)

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

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2Funy present

Last Laugh

Athena is set to host a rip-roaring event as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012. Last Laugh will feature sterling performances from The Real McCoys “Felix Dexter”, “Rudi Lickwood”, “Paul Chowdhry” (Stand Up For The Week) and a whole host of other comedians, compered by MTVs “Kat B”. Last Laugh is a pre-Valentine’s day treat. The event kicks off at 8pm (doors 7pm). www.2funkyarts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Athena Grid Ref: B2 (ATH)

TIME: 8pm (11.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 2616 824

ENTRY: £20/£15

The Laughing Penguin present

Late Night Comedy @ The Cookie Jar

Come and join us for an hour of late night comedy at The Cookie Jar. Chris Stokes, Sean McLoughlin, Max Dickins and Danny Deegan will be on hand to supply the funnies to get your Friday night swinging in style. All these acts are currently flying high on the UK comedy circuit, so you know you’re in for treat. This promises to be a showcase like no other! www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 10.30pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £6

Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

Late Night Gimp Fight!

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees 2010 and Chortle Award Winners are back with a brand new hour of fast paced, inventive and deliciously dark sketches. Expect off-the-wall sketches, inspired songs and of course... gimps. Total sell out 2010. “Sketch comedy doesn’t get much better than this” **** (Scotsman). “Nothing short of genius” ***** (Three Weeks). “All hail Late Night Gimp Fight” **** (Independent). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Regent College present

Late Night Kicks

The Idiots of Ants perform again at Regent College. Gracing us with their presence for another year these hilarious chaps have a big treat in store for you at this more intimate venue. Sketch show based comedy with some possible adult themes and language an age restriction of 16+ is advised. These guys have never failed to have us in stitches. DO NOT MISS THIS!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 4629

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Funhouse Comedy present

Late Night Laughter

Compere Spiky Mike introduces 3 of our favourite acts from the festival, who join us for some late night revellery. May include stars making secret appearances. Will definitely feature funny people that will make you laugh! Acts to play in previous years include Shappi Khorsandi and Hal Cruttenden.  www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 10.45pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Laughter Lines Comedy Present

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Laughter Lines Lunchtime Showcase

Several (def 3, more likely 4, possibly as many as 6) of the circuits brightest talents form the bill for this comedy gig. Just like any regular comedy gig. Only in a restaurant. At lunchtime. On a Sunday. May contain mild peril, light swearing & the odd mention of genitalia. And some jokes. SPECIAL OFFER: If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day as you like for FREE! www.laughterlinescomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

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TIME: 2pm (3pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Laurence Clark – Health Hazard!

Star of recent BBC1 documentary. Inspired by the furore over health reforms, Laurence heads off, camera in hand, to find out exactly how the Americans view our NHS. As seen on BBC, C4 & ITV. “a laugh a minute… Seriously funny” ***** CultureVulture; “has the whole room in stitches” ****Three Weeks; “intelligent & incredibly mischievous” **** Metro; “Dangerously funny” **** The Scotsman www.laurenceclark.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

The Y in association with Terry Finnegan present

ENTRY: £12

REGIONAL PREMIER

Leicester Comedy Tonight

The ideal start to the 2012 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival: 12 of the best acts previewing their shows (& give away tickets) in a ‘tapas style’ roller coaster of comedic talent all under the watchful eye of the formidable Kate Copstick (ITVs Show Me The Funny) who will be chatting & challenging them in her own inimitable way! Musical interludes from Grand Doyenne of musical comedy Michael Topping (Topping & Butch). DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

Now in its 18th year, the stellar list of winners include Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Mitch Benn. Join us as we present this years finest up and coming acts, nominated by 5 top comedy promoters and agents from across the UK. A serious comedy competition where contestants compete for the title and £1000. With special guest compere Jarred Christmas!  www.comedy-festival.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £15 (£13.50)

Beyond Compere present

Liam Mullone’s B&H Stuffed Toy Militia

Liam returns with a show about conflict. In the world. At home. And in his childhood bedroom, where intruders faced 150 teddies armed to the teeth by a leading tobacco conglomerate. “The Venn-diagram overlap between Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran. An intellectual bruiser of a comedian.” (Chortle) “Impressive verbal dexterity and an astounding knowledge of everything” (Three Weeks) LCF Best New Show nominee 2010. www.mullone.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 3rd: 7.45pm (8.45pm) 4th: 6.30pm (7.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Livestand

The very best in live comedy coming at you RAW! For the first time ever in-conjunction with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, witness history in the making as we bring something fresh to the UK comedy scene. Brace yourself for an evening of hilarious comedy that will knock you off your seat, with some of Britain’s award winning comedians bringing it to you RAW. FIVE BRILLIANT COMEDIANS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £12.50

Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need to Talk to You

Loretta Maine returns to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival after touring her hit musical extravaganza “I’m not drunk I just need to talk to you” and a couple of stints in rehab. She brings some new stuff and some old stuff. See if you can tell which is which.  www.lorettamaine.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

A genuine triumph. Evening Standard

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07970 529 760

ENTRY: £5

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Events Firm Hand Shake present

Lovely Laughs

Her Majesty’s gorgeous gags, sassy satire, sexy songs and scandalous sketch comedy. Get laughed up ‘n’ loved out in our naughty cabaret oozing with funny delights. Hosted by Kirsty Munro followed by karaoke after party. “A great comedy variety show” FD2D Magazine www.munrokirsty.wordpress.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 780 404

RBM present

ENTRY: £5

WORLD PREMIER

Luke Benson – Backseat Hero

What is six-time finalist (including Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year) and one of LondonIsFunny.com’s picks for 2011 talking about? It’s about heroism & anti-heroism in a show mixing his experience & society’s perception of both. That sounds pretty gag heavy, it sure is. “He looks the part, he’s got the talent & it’s easy to imagine him on the telly” SundayTimes.  www.rbmcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Barking Mad Comedy Present

ENTRY: £6

WORLD PREMIER

Luke Toulson: Laid-Back Grouch

Perrier Nominee, Luke Toulson (“a gifted comic” The Sunday Times), returns to Leicester with a beautifully observed and fabulously silly show about life’s little obstacles: children, girlfriends and alcohol. Sometimes it helps to be a little laid-back. Luke has appeared on BBC Radio 4 & 5, and has written on STAND UP FOR THE WEEK. “in terms of laughs-per-minute, the show scores well” The Daily Telegraph. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Lyra May – Her Dark Material

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

WORLD PREMIER

Lyra May presents a banquet of horror where the dishes are best served chilled and are guaranteed to make you feel a little bit sick. Vampires will be your wine waiters and zombies will be bringing round the dessert trolley. The Gothic clown from Hades explores the lighter side of darkness...and some of the darker sides too. 

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£3)

Citizen 598 present

MAN

Citizen598 bring their comedic storytelling style of performance, exploring man’s journey from parental concept. We grow old. We get grey hair. We sell our Star Wars toys at the car boot sale. The journey from childhood to adulthood never runs smooth. We will share our experiences and listen to yours, and together we can get through it... www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

Mark Olver: Dancing About Architecture

ENTRY: £8

WORLD PREMIER

“Dancing About Architecture” … its going to be a chat show for geeks and enthusiasts and comedy fans and comedians about comedy itself. Discussing and analysing and going far deeper than we should into what makes things funny, why jokes work and don’t, and how to become a comedian. Its a proper geek fest! 

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 3pm (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Mark Restuccia – Marksquerrade

WORLD PREMIER

This is an hour of stand-up comedy that won’t be restricted to a theme and therefore be made less funny due to said restriction. This is Mark Restuccia’s debut solo hour show and will contain stand-up comedy that’ll be much funnier than it would have been if there was a meaningless three word caption attached… Mark has been a finalist in 4 major competitions including the BBC New Comedy Awards 2011. www.markrestuccia.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Red Comedy proudly presents

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

Markus Birdman: A Stroke of Luck

Globetrotting comedian and UK headliner Markus Birdman brings his deeply personal show to Leicester. Life begins at 40. Then you have a stroke... It’s about Life, Love and Death. It’s about laughing in the face of it all. It’s about an hour. “Beautifully captivating, genuinely charming and absolutely funny.” The Skinny “Controversial, witty, hip and silly. Made me laugh so hard it hurt.” BBC www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Off The Kerb Productions present

Marlon Davis

‘Marlon bursts onto the stage like a breath of fresh air, with an impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style’. FHM Stand Up Hero Winner and rising comedy star, Marlon Davis brings his warped and funny observations to The Criterion for the first time. Marlon has recently supported Alan Carr, Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges on tour. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Matt and Ben are at it again!

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Following the success of their 2008 show Matt and Ben’s Sunday Roast, local comedians Matt Hollins and Ben Ennis return to the festival. Ennis burst onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has been wowing audiences ever since with his wordplay and one-liners. Hollins is a dour deadpan giant of a man, who won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year award at the 2004 festival. “A Genuine Original” Leicester Mercury.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 9.30pm (10.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

RBM Presents

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Matt Green: Playful

Matt returns to Leicester with another brilliant hour of jokes, stories, swearing, fun and games. (May not include actual games. Unless you bring some). Best New Show Nominee 2011. “If you want an hour of classic stand up expertly delivered then this is the show for you.” Broadway Baby **** The List **** Ed Fest Magazine **** ThreeWeeks **** One4Review **** www.mattgreen.org DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Matt Richardson: You’re the Kind of Morons I Want as an Audience (Free)

ENTRY: £6

REGIONAL PREMIER

Join multi-award winning 20 year old Matt Richardson as he explains why you’re an idiot. But don’t worry, he’s one, too – and that is the reason he wants you to come to his show – so we can revel in it together. Star of Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (Radio 2). “Poised to be the next bright, young sensation on the circuit” The Guardian  www.mattrichardsoncomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

ENTRY: FREE

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Matt Rudge: Rudge Against The Machine

WORLD PREMIER

After a sell out show at last years Festival, and a hit run at Edinburgh Festival, Award winning BAFTA Nominated Matt Rudge is back, and this time he’s angry. About everything! Aren’t you? “TERRIFIC” The Times. “Consistently funny throughout and immensely talented. Recommended” **** Broadway Baby. “One to watch” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.  www.mattrudge.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 5th: 7pm (8pm) 12th: 5.30pm (6.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

Matthew Crosby

As seen on 8 out of 10 Cats & Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Total Sell Out Edinburgh 2011. Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee (with Pappy’s). Chortle Award Winner (with Pappy’s). The short one with glasses and a beard from sketch favourites Pappy’s performs an hour of stand-up comedy. “Groucho Marx trapped in the body of Woody Allen” Bruce Dessau, London Evening Standard.  www.twitter.com/matthewcrosby DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Matthew Highton’s Shadowed Vagary

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Expect offbeat storytelling like no other, then pick up those expectations and smash them. Then pick up the bits and grind them to a fine powder, finally blow that powder into the air and watch the effect. “Something quite special” Chortle. “Wonderful surrealism” The Guardian. “Warm, intelligent and beautifully written” The List. “Weird and wonderful… an absolute pleasure to behold” **** www.matthewhighton.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Dawn Sedgwick Management present

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

Max and Ivan are Holmes and Watson

The world’s greatest detective tackles Chicago’s murky underworld in his final thrilling escapade, recently discovered by award-winning comedy duo Max & Ivan (Time Out Critics’s Choice, Fosters Edinburgh panel prize winners). In an hour of deftly interwoven narrative lunacy, Max & Ivan spin a prohibition-era tale of revenge, whiskey and javelins. “An hour of fast-paced brilliance” - Three Weeks ***** www.brcomedy.com; www.maxandivan.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

The Unfortunate Michael Loopin present

Michael Loopin and his Poetic Adventures for World Peace

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Come and spend some time with Michael Loopin...please... he’s unfortunate. He has an unfortunate face, lives in his parents loft and was recently visited and touched by God (not in a sex way). Let him tell you of his intergalactic adventures for world peace and through his stories, poems and songs, you’ll learn of his accidental encounters with scat, electrocution and space travel. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Michelle Vacciana: Fakebook

Seyonsay Knowall is a woman about to go over the edge. She loves her daughter, but her daughter loves Facebook more. Hear Seyonsay’s story as she faces a lesson which takes her down the e-corridors of dodgy connections and interesting quick bytes. This quirky one-woman show is packed with a multitude of characters, social media networking dilemmas and comedy mishaps. For more info visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk  www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

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TIME: 8pm (8.50pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: £10 (£8/£5)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Mike Newall’s Get Better Box

Can we dictate happiness or is life just a series of good and bad luck? A self-confessed idiot reflects on a topsy-turvy year with stand-up, stories and the rediscovery of his Get Better Box, something created as a child to keep happy memories. “His timing is pin sharp, his control is deft and his hair is immaculate” Scotsman. “Effortlessly likeable” List.  www.mikenewall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

JBJ Management Present

Mike Wozniak: The Substitute Astronaut

Comedy. Experiments. Stuff. One huge story or lots of tiny jokes. Or something in-between. Or miscellaneous. Special guest? Unlikely, but possible. Spaceman? Maybe. Meat raffle? No chance. Time Out New Act and if Comedy Newcomer Nominee 2008. Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Winner with Henry Paker 2010.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

IMWP present

Mitch Benn & The Distractions

Is it a gig or a comedy show? So musically adept are Mitch Benn and the Distractions, and so droll their parodies, you get the best of both worlds. From U2 to Guns ’N’ Roses to Lloyd Webber, each transformation is funnier than the last. The set divides between original comic songs and direct send-ups and when the spoof tunes begin, the audience are in his thrall. www.mitchbenn.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07970 529 760

Richard Peel present

ENTRY: £ 10 adv/ £12 door

WORLD PREMIER

Monsterdrome

In a future world ruled by vampires, only one man is brave enough to stand up and fight them. He is Kane, the baddest criminal ever, and he drives a monster truck full of special gadgets and weapons. This and other tales of corruption and savagery are brought to life using a secret 3D-technology that plugs into the human brain and makes beasts and phantoms seem real in front of your eyes. www.richardpeel.com/monsterdrome/index.html DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

MJ Hibbett (and Steve) present

Moon Horse vs The Mars Men Of Jupiter

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

An action-packed two-man science fiction rock opera featuring tap dancing, the secret truth about the moon landings, cowboys, Margaret Thatcher, killer robots and who really designed the Selfridges Building, from the local indie legend who brought you ‘Dinosaur Planet’, ‘Hey Hey 16K’ and ‘The Lesson Of The Smiths’. www.moonhorse.net DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Presented by Lakin McCarthy Entertainments

Mrs Barbara Nice in Hiya and Higher

“A hybrid between Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton” The Times. Mrs Barbara Nice – Stockport mother of five – is worried that we are living in a world of ever diminishing friendliness. She wants us all to stand proud, be open and look the world right in the eye – or we won’t feel the benefit. Expect a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with home truths, great timing and unique comic insights into the human condition. www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9.40pm)

FOR TICKETS: 01509 231 914

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

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Phil McIntyre Entertainments Present

REGIONAL PREMIER

Nathan Caton: Get Rich Or Die Cryin’

An evening of laughs from the award-winning comedian Nathan Caton, as seen and heard on Mock the Week, ITV’s FHM Stand-Up Hero & BBC R4, tackles everything from race to school yard jokes in a hilarious show that will leave you in no doubt why. Caton regarded as one of the hottest rising stars on the scene with a glittering career ahead! “Confident, charismatic and upbeat.” Chortle. “Compelling stand-up” The Guardian. www.nathancaton.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Playing for Laughs present

National Identities and Comedy

In advance of the world descending on London for the Olympics, we present a panel discussion exploring how, and in what ways, comedy unites and divides us. Do stereotypes have any truth in them? Is anything universally amusing? Journalist Veronica Lee, award-winning writer and critic who contributes on theatre and comedy to the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, leads the conversation with international comics.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: PACE Grid Ref: C2 (PAC)

TIME: 2.30pm (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 257 7896

Naz Osmanoglu – 1000% Awesome

ENTRY: FREE

WORLD PREMIER

After a successful sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with both WitTank and his solo show ‘1000% Awesome’, Naz Osmanoglu returns to Leicester to peform a brand new hour of stand-up. Half-English, half Turkish and all beard... Featured on Russell Howard’s Good News. “Impressively macho... remarkable panache” - The Guardian. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

New art club: Quiet Act Of Destruction

An energetic and hilarious rampage through the placid Cambridgeshire village of Meldreth. Against an exhilarating soundtrack, chaos bubbles in the church tea-rooms and revolution leaks from under the post office door. Farms and yoghurt become sources of emotional break downs and along the way new rules are created, bent, broken and ignored in a vain attempt to take control of the situation. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

Glorious Management Present

ENTRY: £15

REGIONAL PREMIER

Nick Helm – Dare to Dream

Multi award-losing comedian and professional dick-kicker Nick Helm will sweat in a room above a pub for an hour as he stamps out broken dreams and crushed hopes and dares you to Dare to Dream. Comedy, poetry, music, volume. Book early. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News’ BBC3. Chortle Best Breakthrough Act 2011 nominee. Edinburgh Comedy Award 2011 nominee. “Thrilling” (Times). “Nonsensical joy” (Time Out). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Nick Hodder

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

WORLD PREMIER

Nick Hodder: Insert Comedy here

Most people put many, many months, if not years of hard work into creating a festival show. Tirelessly writing hours and hours of material, working late into the night. After years of toil, heartache and depression, they’ll finally have a show, a show that they can be proud of. That sounds really hard. So, I bought my show off the internet. nickhodder.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Nik Coppin present

Nik Coppin’s Caricatures

Nik Coppin returns to Leicester following more full houses at Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh festivals. He brings with him a colourful, hilarious new and original show where he juxtaposes cartoons and caricatures penned by his own hand with his inimitable style of banter and anecdotal stand-up comedy. “Super funny, super fun and charisma up the wazoo. Nik’s awesome!” 9/10 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. w  ww.nikcoppin.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 9.15pm (10.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Nish Kumar and David Trent

A stupendous double bill featuring Nish Kumar who has generated a tremendous reputation on the live comedy circuit. He regularly delights audiences at venues such as Banana Cabaret, XS Malarkey and Up The Creek with his own brand of “funny and clever” stand up (New Shopper). On the night he will be joined by David Trent who has a computer and a projector which he uses to make phenomenal comedy. He was in the Barbican New Act of the Year final. “His use of video, animation and repetition is brilliant and unique…genuine originality.” Chortle DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Regent College Present

Old Tings V Young Tings: The great Debate

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

REGIONAL PREMIER

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How long before comedy goes past its use by date? Does grey hair make you dull and boring? Or does swagger and being ‘sik man’ automatically make you funny? Come along, join in the debate and have your say! A panel of comedians will argue the case for young versus old, which will be interspersed with clips of comedians and our very own home grown talent. There’s only one way to decide... JOKE OFF!  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 3pm (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 4629

Paddy Lennox: Live

ENTRY: FREE

WORLD PREMIER

Paddy Lennox brings laughs and giggles to the Festival in an hour of silliness and joy. Observations and jokes will tumble forth in no particular order. “Simply a scream” The Telegraph. “Excellent stand-up, Paddy Lennox is laid back and charismatic. Vastly Entertaining” Three Weeks. “Beautifully played and surprisingly moving” The Stage. SPECIAL OFFER. If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE! www.paddylennox.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.20pm (8.10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

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Pappys

2007 PERRIER AWARD NOMINEES. 2008 CHORTLE AWARD WINNERS. 2011 LOADED LAFTA AWARD NOMINEES. From Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC3, Pappy’s are “the funniest sketch group on the Fringe” (Scotsman). You may have heard their award-nominated podcasts Flatshare Slamdown or Banger’s & Mash, or seen their E4 show Mr and Mrs Hotty Hott Hot. ***** The Mirror. ***** Independent on Sunday. ***** Metro. ***** Chortle.co.uk www.pappyscomedy.com/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

Vivienne Smith Management present

Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I feel Good

Patrick, winner of the 2011 ITV talent series “Show Me Funny”, brings his hilarious new show to Leicester. As a comic storyteller, Patrick is without equal; he’s been described as “wonderfully unique” (Metro) and “one of the smartest comics on the Fringe” (Scotsman). Share the love and get ready to laugh and be hugged at the same time!  www.patrickmonahan.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9.15pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £12

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

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Paul F Taylor – The Pauly Show

As a child Paul F Taylor used to perform shows in his lounge for his supportive parents. Now as an adult he brings his own parentally acclaimed sitcom to the stage. Convinced his show is going to be picked up by TV executives. Expect canned laughter, cheesy music and some mind blowing CGI. The Pauly Show is filmed before a live studio audience! www.what-the-f.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

IMWP present

Paul Foot

Expect the unexpected as Mr Foot returns to magnificent Leicester for two nights to enjoy the curry houses, pork pies, endless fields of pylons and fragile watercolours depicting savage scenes of fox-hunting. When not savouring these delights, he will be performing. Not to be missed. “Inspired, surreal and incomprehensibly funny. Don’t question it, just go with it.” Chortle***** www.paulfoot.tv DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Paul Sinha: Looking at The Stars

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

REGIONAL PREMIER

He recently became one of the stars of ITV’s quick fire quiz The Chase. A while ago he became an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. A long time ago he became a doctor. He remains gay, Asian, an all-round good egg and one of the most critically celebrated comedians of recent years. ‘Quite magical’ Fringe Guru ‘Brilliant’ The List ‘Witty and smart’ Chortle ‘Another humdinger’ Edinburgh is Funny www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm) & 9.45pm (10.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Peacock and Gamble

Ray Peacock (idiot) and Ed Gamble (writes the blurbs) touch down in Leicester for a late night demonstration of their irresponsible and juvenile double act. 90% bollocks. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News. “A gloriously silly hour in the company of two overgrown toddlers” Chortle www.brcomedy.com

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 11pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Peter Antoniou – Psychic Detective

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Award-winning comedy mind reader Peter Antoniou guides you through his world of psychic weirdness in his brand new show. A unique blend of documentary and jaw-dropping mind reading all wrapped up with Peter’s trademark humour, this show is bound to leave you asking, is your mind safe? SPECIAL OFFER. If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal for FREE. www.isyourmindsafe.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

Peter Buckley Hill and a certain jnsq

Founder of the Free Fringe in Edinburgh, veteran Peter Buckley Hill also does shows. This is one of them. A little physics, a few knob gags and songs about the events of 2006. And various other things, which will emerge in the course of the show and may come as a surprise to the performer. “ ***** a uniquely funny hour” The Scotsman.  pbh@buckers.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: On the door

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Glorious Management Present

Phil Nichol – The Simple Hour

Phil Nichol, one of the UK’s finest comedians, brings his 2011 Edinburgh show - The Simple Hour - to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. A joke-filled sandwich of simple, clean(ish), straight-forward stand-up comedy and ridiculously silly songs. There’s no huge theme, no complex premise, just an hour of easy-going, good-natured fun from the brilliant winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2006. www.gloriousmanagement.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

Misshapen Theatre Company

Phillipa and Will Are Now In A Relationship

Meet Phillipa and Will: an oversexed, over-sharing Romeo and Juliet for the internet age. Follow these indiscreet young lovers through their courtships, break-ups and make-ups, all told entirely through a Facebook wall-to-wall. This funny, filthy and bittersweet romance was an outstanding hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. “Utterly cringeworthy and brilliant – highly recommended ****” Edinburgh Fringe Review www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 7pm (7.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

PHOENIX FILMS: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

As chosen by Josh Widdicombe: “I don’t tend to watch films more than once but this is one I will never tire of, a perfect examination of what it is like to be in an intense if shitty relationship and what we take from it after it is over. And we can all get on board with that, right?” DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 6.15pm (8.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £6

PHOENIX FILMS: BACK TO THE FUTURE

As chosen by Chris McCausland: Who’d have thought that a time travel film about a teenage boy trying to avoid having sex with his own Mum would have been such a hit. Ok let’s forget the Mum-sex thing, it’s a small detail. I am a fan of good writing and this is one of the finest scripts to have ever been committed to moving pictures. It’s the perfect combination of humour, adventure, geeky science stuff... oh and not forgetting the incest. I just wish I could go back in time myself and watch the whole trilogy again for the first time. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 8.15pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

PHOENIX FILMS: WHERE EAGLES DARE

WORLD PREMIER

ENTRY: £6

REGIONAL PREMIER

As chosen by Toby Williams (George Ryegold): “I loved it when I was a child and it’s still good to this day. A fantastic action/thriller from the opening bars of the forbidding theme tune to ‘Broadsword calling Danny Boy’ to Richard Burton attempting to pass himself off as Himmler’s brother ‘Bernard’.”

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 6.15pm (8.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £6

Industry Music present

Piff The Magic Dragon

Enter the Dragon! 2011 Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year John van der Put dons green velour to become Piff, a dragon with a penchant for princesses who combines deadpan humour with stunning magic. This Fringe favourite has delighted Penn and Teller. He doesn’t do children’s parties! “Cute, inspired and very funny” (Time Out). www.piffthemagicdragon.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (8.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £10

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Beyond Compere present

Quincy: I Told You So (work in progress)

Award-winning comedian, Quincy, takes us on a comical journey spanning two generations of fatherly advice. From grandad to father to son. Why did Quincy`s dad tell him about the birds and bees after he found out he was to become a grandfather? Is it wrong that Quincy told his children that only parents benefit from Child Benefit? Can Quincy`s son grow up without hearing the magic words “I told you so”? www.beyondcompere.com & www.qsclub.co.,uk

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DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

I love

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because it’s the best comedy festival in the UK and shows off the fantastic community of Leicester. Susan McEniff

I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because in February in Leicester: instead of teeth chattering we’re tittering. My favourite festival show of all time is Brightsparks Comedy Cabaret because The Guildhall is packed and my ribs ache afterwards. It’s actually hilarious. Alison Dunne

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Ray Peacock – Here Comes Trouble

REGIONAL PREMIER

“Combining the childish mischief of John Belushi with the victimised protestations of the underdog” The List, “Immaculately funny” Time Out, “Immensely talented – demands to be seen” Sunday Times. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Doctor Who.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Reshape While Damp

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Two funny women, two monologues, two songs. Naomi ponders on what to do with the man on the doorstep, what’s the best way to get out more, and what’s a nice Jewish girl like her doing in a place like this? Jenny as Dolly Grip gives you her thoughts on mothers, sexual healing and where to find the best pic n’ mix now that Woollies has gone. ‘The comic timing here is sublime.’ Recommended show (fringereview.co.uk 2011).  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Richard Herring – What Is Love Anyway

Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of the award winning podcast As It Occurs To Me and Radio 4’s Richard Herring’s Objective seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again. Does Richard’s dry-cleaner genuinely love him? How could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rochers get dangerously out of control?  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Lisa Thomas Management present

Rob Beckett & Romesh Ranganathan: Work in Progress

Two of comedy’s rising stars each present half an hour of funny for your delectation. Rob as seen in hit TV comedy Fresh Meat and Romesh from Soccer AM and E4 have both been making huge waves on the circuit, and present an opportunity to see just what all of the fuss is about. Enjoy the juxtaposition of multi award winning Rob’s upbeat ‘whip sharp’ writing with Romesh’s sardonic observations.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

The Funny Side Artist Management present

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Rob Heeney in Vincible

Rob Heeney makes his hotly anticipated debut at the Festival with the world première of his new show. Turning 40 and in the throes of a mid-life crisis, Rob threw himself head-first into a sporting attempt to cling on to his youth. His decaying body decided otherwise and promptly left him laid up for three months to “have a bit of a think about it all”. “Hilarious” Kate Copstick. “A definite must-see” Chortle www.robheeney.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0844 477 1000

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Lisa Thomas Management present

Rob Rouse: Life Sentences (Work in Progress)

I am in a state of torpor. Only 48 hours ago I was, ‘down the business end’, whilst my girlfriend squeezed out our second child, a beautiful baby girl. Ronnie, our faithful mongrel, has emitted a gas with a smell akin to the concentrated odour of the unwashed penises of 1,000 madmen. Come and see if I discuss all, some or none of the above in my new show.  www.robrouse.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

LaureLorry Theatre present

Roll Out The Beryl

Roll Out The Beryl... A Beryl full of Life, Love and Laughter. A rich menu of theatre, pleasantry and humour are brought to the table that celebrates the late great British Comedy Actress Beryl Reid. Beryl’s vivacious character is brought to life as she entertains with bravado and a sparkling spirit. Her desire to love and to be loved is of paramount importance.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3295

ENTRY: £15

Ronnie Golden: First A Fender – A Beginners Guide to Rock

After quarter of a century of working with others - Barry Cryer, Arthur Smith, Rich Hall et al – Ronnie finally finds a reason to do his first solo musical comedy show. Part rock n roll guitar masterclass, part autobiography, and part complete bollocks. This show will put you on the first rung of the rock n roll ladder. Put the hard work in now and the chicks, the booze and the drugs will come later! www.ronniegolden.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Musician Grid Ref: B3 (MUS)

TIME: 8.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07970 529 760

ENTRY: £7 adv/£9 door

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events Comic Voice Management present

Rudi Lickwood Food For Thought

B.E.C.A Award Winner makes his full length Leicester comedy debut at this year’s festival, at the Kayal Indian Restaurant. ‘Food For Thought’, A circuit veteran, festival virgin and a granddad too boot he’s, a man full of contradictions, this extremely funny man is a force to be reckoned with! As seen this year on ITV Show Me the Funny “…He’s an intelligent one of a kind with something to appeal to everyone” CHORTLE. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 8.40pm (9.40pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£1)

Ryan McDonnell: Dealing with issues, badly

Ryan McDonnell – Dealing with issues, badly. Stories of me tackling life issues through comedy, most times without hitting the intended mark. A light hearted and hilarious show brought to you by the rising star of the emerald Isle with “Apollo quality live comedy” Three Weeks. If you buy a ticket for this show, you can watch as many of the other 5 shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE!  www.ryanmcdonnell.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

I love

ENTRY: £8

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I love Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival because I made my festival debut last year performing my teaching show ‘Not Appropriate’ to a very well attended and appreciative room, largely consisting of... yes, teachers.  It all happened pretty much as I envisaged it and - might I add - on a reasonable budget.  Job done. Kevin Precious

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Sally-Anne Hayward: Stewed Apple

WORLD PREMIER

Award winning Comedian Sally-Anne Hayward returns to Leicester with an hour of excellent stand up comedy. Sally-Anne will be examining the minutae of life including her cat, her boyfriend and her yoga. Sally-Anne is able to mix a butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth appearance with an underlying acid wit. “Exceptionally funny” The Independent. “Clever observations and sharp punch lines.” **** Three Weeks.  www.sallyannehayward.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Sam Avery – Rock N’ Dole

Sam Avery wanted to be a rock star. It nearly happened. Sort of… Despite being signed up by BMG Records at the age of 17 (he had to resign from his beloved paper round), and tours with Motorhead and Ice T, the story soon took a familiar turn. Join Sam as he tells the story of how he aimed for the stars but somehow ended up in the gutter… “An upbeat raconteur…destined for bigger things” CHORTLE. www.facebook.com/samaverycomedian DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 8.15pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Sara Pascoe The Musical!

REGIONAL PREMIER

Sara Pascoe the Musical is the story of a lady who lived from the 1980’s until the 2050’s. It’s a great story with some catchy tunes and many morals. Sara Pascoe’s life features such great TV credits as Stand Up For The Week, Campus, Free Agents (C4) and Being Human, The Thick of It and Twenty Twelve (BBC). 

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Lemon Squeeze present

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

WORLD PREMIER

Sarah Archer: Constant Craving

Do you want to be more than just another noodle in a big bowl of pasta? Join the club. Sarah has a head’s award from middle school, a fancy pen and some more funny stories. All this and she’s still found wanting. “Insightful jagged barbs” (The List) “A surreal edge, terrific original ideas and hearty belly laughs” (Scotsgay) “A bubbly story-teller” (FringeGuru).  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Sarah Millican – Thoroughly Modern Millican

After selling out all 120 dates on her debut tour, Sarah Millican is back on the road with a new show. Ever wondered how to make a home made treadmill? The practicalities of an orgy? Or what to do when you don’t like parties but do like party food? Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up. “Watch her transition to national treasure begin here.” Sunday Times. www.demontforthall.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (9.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 233 3111

ENTRY: SOLD OUT

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre present

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

BEST SHOW Nominee – Leicester Comedy Festival 2009. “The Abbott & Costello of the sock world” (Time Out), stars of stage, screen & Youtube bring you a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence. “Endlessly barmy” The Independent 2011. “An absolute winner” Chortle.  www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Sean McLoughlin: Gut Feeling

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

WORLD PREMIER

Ever thought you might be wrong about everything? Sean McLoughlin brings his debut show to Leicester. You’ve probably never heard of him, in fact he’s kind of banking on it... “A painful genius...he’s brilliant” Broadway Baby. “A comedy colossus” Latest 7. “Offers some fine laughs...Powerful stuff” Chortle. “endearing and amusing” Scotsgay.  www.facebook.com/seanmcloughlincomedian DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Off the Kerb present

Seann Walsh & Josh Widdicombe

Two past winners of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year team up for one incredible evening of razor-sharp stand-up. TV regular Seann is one of the most frighteningly precocious talents on the comedy circuit. Josh’s set is a hilarious dissection of life’s irritations; his charm and charisma mark him out as a fast-rising star.  www.offthekerb.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8pm (10.20pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

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

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Events Sex Money Death

Stuart Black takes a political and personal look at society and the politics of Sex, Money, and Death. “Warm, engaging and dangerously funny.” Rip it up Magazine, Adelaide. “...skilful delivery, matched with a care in choosing his language and imagery… one to watch.” chortle.co.uk  www.stuart-black.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 9.15pm (10.05pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Nik Coppin present

Shaggers

The world’s most fun-filled comedy cult hit show returns for yet more late night comedy jolliness in Leicester. Join some of the best comedians around as they tell stories, jokes and sing comedy songs about that cheeky and joyous pursuit – shagging. “Spectacular...amazing...the perfect way to close a night at the fest” ***** Melbourne Comedy Festival 2010 “Comedy Gold. A damn fun time” Adelaide Fringe 2010 www.shaggerscomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 10.45pm (12.15am)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£6)

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi: Me and My Brother In Our Pants, Holding Hands. British Comedy Award Nominee 2010. Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Shirley and Shirley

After storming the Edinburgh Fringe, with rave reviews from the critics, Shirley and Shirley (not their real names) filter our world through fabulously twisted minds and deliver a ‘mash-up’ of sketch, character and physical comedy. “Characters that make you think I wish I’d thought of that” MacKenzie Crook. **** “These girls are going all the way” The Herald. **** Three Weeks. www.shirleyandshirley.com & www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Funhouse Comedy present

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Comedy’s answer to X-factor and Britain’s Got Talent. 15 new comedians battle it out. Each gets 2 minutes and then 5 selected audience judges brandishing red and green glowsticks vote on whether to keep them on or send them off! Lots of fun and laughs. Compere is Nottingham’s master of mirth and merriment Spiky Mike.  www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 8.30pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Silky Will Break Your Heart

As Seen on BBC1 & Paramount. ‘a very, very funny fella … just brilliant’ - JOHN BISHOP. ‘funny & clever’ - TIM MINCHIN. ‘Always brilliant’ – METRO. ‘Amazing’ LIVERPOOL DAILY POST. www.silkythecomedian.com

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

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TIME: 10.50pm (11.50pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Silver Comedy in association with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Silver Comedy Competition

Do you have a particularly strong funny bone? Do you make people laugh? Will you be over 55 by February 2012? Then enter this brand new competition to find the best Silver Stand Up and Silver Stand Up Newcomer. Heats will take place during the afternoon  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 7pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: £5

Silver Comedy in association with Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

Silver Comedy One Day Stand Up Course

Will you be over 55 by February 2012? Come and develop your stand up act, work on material, gain insights into your persona and learn useful technical skills with comedy tutor Chris Head. For more information call George Baddeley or visit www.silvercomedy.co.uk

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 10am (4pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07525 154 616

ENTRY: £25

Simon Munnery

Simon Munnery presents a brand new show. It’s an extravagant mess of foaming bubble hats, superlative jokes, bad guitar riffs, delightful monologues, hand-made engineering feats and an overly ambitious one-man punk musical about the R101 airship of the 1930s. All performed with a plum. Or some other fruit.  www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Clive Conway present

Sincerely Noël

TV impressionist Alistair McGowan, joined by soprano Charlotte Page, pays tribute to Noël Coward in a sparkling evening of witty dialogue and song. This show enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival and is sure to delight Coward aficionados and Coward virgins alike! With piano accompaniment and many laughs, “Sincerely Noël” features the Master’s greatest hits and some unmissable impressions too. www.celebrityproductions.info DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7.30pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 1302

ENTRY: £15

Sing-a-long-a productions present

Sing-Along-A Grease

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-Bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars, and remember Grease is the word... The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warmup before they show you how to use your free goody bag during the film. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

So On And So Forth: Human Era

From the 2011 winners of the Comedy Film awards comes a 55 minute live show bursting at the seams. If you enjoyed the wheel, fire and Venetian blinds, you’ll love our sketch, ‘The burning tyre and the near-sited Italian’. ‘A wonderfully constructed, written and performed sketch show’ **** Three Weeks ‘A must see for lovers of sketch comedy and old school British humour’ **** Fringe Review  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

A genuine triumph. Evening Standard

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

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Speed drawing workshop

You’ve heard of speed dating – now try speed drawing. With tutor Shelley Hughes. A humorous twist on the traditional event where you get to take home lots of scribbly portraits of you done by strangers instead of phone numbers – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Half-price tickets for that evening’s comedy theatre shows just for workshop participants.  www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 3pm (6pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

Red Comedy proudly present

Stuart Goldsmith: Another Lovely Crisis

ENTRY: £38 (£20)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Star of Show Me The Funny (ITV1) and 2010 Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee. Whether cheering up a distressed child, helping prevent a riot, or genuinely saving another human’s actual life, Stuart Goldsmith is excellent in a crisis. When the chips aren’t down however, it’s a very different story... Exhilarating stand-up about embracing anxiety, conquering indecision, and getting Tasered. www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

Sunna Jarman and Tony Tinman

Sunna Jarman is a captivating mix of grace, glamour, and grime. Sultry, sweet, and beguiling on the outside. Venomous and naughty on the inside. “very funny and charming, creates a great atmosphere” …Scott Capurro. If Tony Tinman were any more bitter he’d be a lemon. His fearless brand of astringent comedy is not for the faint hearted. “One of the funniest new acts on the comedy circuit” …Sol Bernstein. www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Red Imp Productions present

ENTRY: £6

REGIONAL PREMIER

Susan Murray’s Photo Booth

Every face tells a story and for the past 25 years Susan has been collecting passport photographs resulting in a hilarious rogue’s gallery of friends, family, strangers, lovers, killers, stalkers – every mugshot, a memory. So, adjust your seat and join Susan as she explains how she set fire to her hometown, started a riot without realising and grew her very own ‘Hitler Scab’. “hilarious and horrific.” ****The Skinny www.funhousecomedy.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 9.25pm (10.35pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Off The Kerb present

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

WORLD PREMIER

Suzi Ruffell: Work In Progress

Join this hot young starlet as she tries out new material in preparation for her debut hour show. Suzi’s innovative style capitivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude, overbearing parents and stories of desperately trying to fit in. “Suzi’s great. A lovely stage persona, hugely likable and definitely one to watch!” Time Out  www.suziruffell.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Criterion Grid Ref: C2 (CRI)

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TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6

Favourite venue is The Crumblin Cookie because it’s ran by people with a real passion for comedy. Leanne Mckie

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Tania Edwards – Killer Instinct

Stand up comedy from 5 x comedy finalist (including Hackney Empire NATY 2011) Tania Edwards – “born to perform” The List, “hilarious” Three Weeks, “very talented” Time Out, “one to watch” Chortle, “urban sharpster” The Stage.  www.taniaedwardscomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

WORLD PREMIER

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Regent College present

Teenage Kicks

Comedy for students by students. With help from The Idiots of Ants the students of Regent College present an evening of sketch shows and stand-up. From witty commentaries on life at a sixth form college, through what it’s really like to have Asian parents, to some light-hearted musical fun. May contain language that could cause offense; an age restriction of 16+ is advised.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 4629

ENTRY: £3

The Y in association with CKP Present

Terry Alderton

As Seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Gala, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand and Comedy Central. Winner of The Three Weeks Critics Award. Best International Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild. Terry is back on the road with a brand new show, he’s a unique and unforgettable comedy performer whose popularity grows day by day.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

In association with “Word”

The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet

The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet is a tale of a Frenchman with a dog called Chirac. There is a love interest which seems rather one sided, and a scene depicting the ‘tapping’ of a television set. There are also songs And Other Stories with no televisions. Some community singing, little dancing. With support. www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Grid Ref: C2 (NWM)

TIME: 7pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 225 4917

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

The Best of Clever Peter

With a BBC Radio 4 series for 2012, the award-winning sketch group performs some of the best from its three highly-acclaimed live shows. Expect fast-paced delivery, daft slapstick and clever wordplay in a bizarre look at life, men and women. For more information please visit: www.cleverpeter.com “Monty Python meets The League of Gentlemen” The List. “A flair for high-energy silliness” The Guardian www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

A Little Johnny Production

The Bob Blackman Appreciation Society

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

2011 Malcolm Hardee Award winner, Johnny Sorrow, along with Sir Richard Swan IV and Little Johnny bring you a tribute to legendary Bob Blackman, who became a celebrity by banging his head with a tray while singing Mule Train. “It’s great fun”, Kate Copstick (The Scotsman). tbbas.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

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Events John Noel Management present

The C Word

C is for... Comedy? The C Word is brought to you by London based talent agency, John Noel Management, home to famous faces such as Russell Brand and Karl Pilkington. Come and see the latest line-up of filthy gorgeous new stars of the comedy scene: Dan Schreiber, Tom Davis, Michelle de Swarte & Eddie Kadi. www.johnnoel.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 7pm (8.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

Such Small Portions present

The Comedy Curry Cook Off

Two top comedians turn up the heat by battling to cook up one of Leicester’s hottest curries in front of a live audience. With instructions from the head chef of the Chutney Ivy restaurant, they will attempt to recreate a culinary delight (or disaster) within an hour – and be judged by a panel of comedy and gourmet critics. Come and tuck into one of the hottest shows in Leicester this year. www.suchsmallportions.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management present

The Dog-Eared Collective – You’re Amazing. Now Look At Me.

ENTRY: £8

REGIONAL PREMIER

Following critical success in 2011 (Sunday Times ‘Critic’s Choice’, ***** WhatsOnStage) anarchic funnymongers The Dog-Eared Collective are back to seduce you with silliness. See Super Swedes Abba go head-to-head in a steam room smack down, while The Girl Guides dance a political hot potato and Granny goes topless from beyond the grave. www.dogearedcollective.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

The Funny Side exhibition

Take a glimpse into the worlds of five Midlands artists who use humour in their work. Their caricatures, cartoons, satirical paintings, sculptures from found objects and quirky imagery are guaranteed to make you smile inside – maybe even laugh out loud. Some images may cause offence. Free Preview party – all welcome, Friday 3 Feb, 6pm – 8pm. Including a dance performance from Richard Peel. Exhibition ends 9 March.  uk.patronbase.com/_EmbraceArts/Productions/WO83/Performances DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 6pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

The History Girls present

ENTRY: FREE

WORLD PREMIER

The History Girls

Enter the skewed universe of the History Girls as they take their world and put a wig on it… Hailed as a female Monty Python with “a firm command of the ridiculous” (Chortle), this award winning trio rock up in Leicester, fresh from being voted audience favourites at Manchester’s CoFilmic Comedy Festival. The BBC have already snapped up their distinctive sense of offbeat humour. www.thehistorygirls.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

The Magic, Comedy & Mind-Mysteries Show

Comedy magician John Constantine will tickle your funny bones whilst the mysterious Count Zapiko will fry your brains! You will be left wondering if you have free will and if your thoughts are truly your own. John Constantine & Count Zapiko will both astound AND amuse you in this unique show. There will also be world-class close up magic at your table for early birds (come early!) and at the end of the show.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

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TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

Custard Comedy present

REGIONAL PREMIER

The Milky Drink Kids

Four comedians with a combined age of 188, the Milky Drink Kids have one unifying theme: they’re proud to be middle-aged in a world dominated by young men with skinny jeans and edgy haircuts. Richard Rycroft, Jane Hill, Rob Coleman and Tom Roche all took up comedy at an age when most people are thinking about pensions and their first divorce.  www.facebook.com/milkydrinkkids DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Nando’s present

The Other Side

As the famous joke goes, “why did the chicken cross the road?” Well in this case it’s to our Highcross restaurant for an evening of comedy and enough delicious flame grilled PERi-PERi chicken to ger your laughing gear around. You’ll be treated to 4 outstanding comedians, along with 20% off at Nando’s on the day of the show!  www.nandos.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Nando’s, Highcross Grid Ref: B2 (NAN)

TIME: 8.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

The Rob Deering Experience

ENTRY: £11

REGIONAL PREMIER

In a Leicester full-to-bursting with comedy there really is nothing like this; a one-man band and all round entertainer, in one cheeky-faced package. The Rob Deering Experience combines barnstorming music with effortlessly scalpel-sharp stand-up to create a feel good hour guaranteed to send you energized if achy-faced into the night. “In a parallel universe, he is the king of Saturday night televison” Stewart Lee  www.robdeering.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £9 (£7)

The Secret Diary of Lester aged 13 3/4

Throughout January 2012 the great people of Leicester, together with the odd comedian, have been writing their diary entries for the hapless Lester. Come and hear extracts from his diary, did he stick to his New Year Resolutions? Has he found love yet? What revelations will there be? 

DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 10.30pm (11.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 261 6812

ENTRY: FREE

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival present

The Secret Tour

Fancy a comedy adventure? Join us on The Secret Tour. See three festival shows in one night. The catch? We won’t tell you which shows you’ll be seeing. Take a chance, you won’t regret it. Tickets for “The Secret Tour” are only available in advance.  www.comedy-festival.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Various

TIME: 6pm (12am)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £20

Mr Steve N Allen present

The SomeNews.co.uk Live Show

Would you shoot a burglar? Which of Jedward would you eat first in a celebrity version of the film ‘Alive’? Find out the answers at the SomeNews.co.uk Live Show. We’ll get to the dirty under-bottom of the recent news, via stand-up, sketches and more. “Biting satire and gleeful mud-slinging” ****Three Weeks SPECIAL OFFER. Buy a ticket for this show and see as many other shows on this day at Kayal as you like for FREE lcf.somenews.co.uk/ DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Kayal Grid Ref: C2 (KAY)

TIME: 7.20pm (8.20pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

ENTRY: £8 (£7)

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Events A Thunder Cloud present

WORLD PREMIER

The Urban Shaman

Delivering laughter like a doggy treat, only when absolutely necessary, to reward good behaviour, as we journey to the centre of the mind. Prepare to be dazzled misfits! Juicey wine.  www.stabbinggoblin.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 9pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £8 (£5)

The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring three amazing actresses from the world of TV andstage. An unmissable show for every generation - bring your mum, your best friend, your sister or even your gran – this is the ultimate girls night out! www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.30pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3565

ENTRY: £18.50

Tickled Pig Productions present

Tickled Pig Showcase

Now in its 5th year, the friendliest student stand up competition is coming to Leicester. For one night only we are delighted to bring you an exciting selection of previous Tickled Pig winners to the Crumblin’ Cookie.  www.tickledpig.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy present

Tiernan Douieb Schmiernan Schmouieb

Back once again like the Renegade Master, beverage heretic, action calligrapher and all round comedian person Tiernan Douieb returns for an hour of jokeries on subjects ranging from Arctic creatures to the crap state of the nation. Expect lots of words. “Gets the juxtaposition between heavy context and winning punchlines right when it is most needed” **** Fest www.getcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

Brett Vincent for Get Comedy present

Tiffany Stevenson – Uncomfortably Numb

ENTRY: £6 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

After an amazing 2011, Tiffany Stevenson, star of Show Me The Funny, is ready to take on 2012. She will be performing a one hour show as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. With jokes about ageing, boyfriends, dictators, abortion, Scotland, religious fashion, cats, gussets and marriage, all the former being reasons that the latter may never happen for her. “She is clearly a rising star” Evening Standard www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 9.30pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Tom Adams: Gentle Songs

From the Mervyn Stutter ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award Winner 2010, the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2009 and support act to Simon Munnery, comes a gentle show with whimsical, comedy songs. The perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. “Charming, funny, original” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman. “His delicate but witty tunes are no shallow spoofs, but full-on comic stories.” Steve Bennett, Chortle. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

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FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Want tickets? Check www.comedy-festival.co.uk


Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events

RBM present

REGIONAL PREMIER

Tom Allen’s Society

Top festival performers join multi award-winning Tom Allen for an anarchic but very civilised hour of stand-up, chat and perhaps even a parlour game or two. Previous guests include Miles Jupp, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican & Matt Smith so expect some real treats! “Delightful, perfect material on a chat show” **** Chortle. “An absolute must see” **** Three Weeks. “Impeccable” **** The Age (Melbourn)  www.tomindeed.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

Tom Deacon – Can I be honest?

ENTRY: £7 (£5)

REGIONAL PREMIER

Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon, returns with a brand new show. In the last year, he has picked up some pet hates and a new girlfriend from the north of England – well, we all need to do our bit. He’d like to be honest with you, if you’re ready for it. “Looks, confidence, charm and great material, expect other comics to lynch him” (Sunday Times). www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Belmont Hotel Grid Ref: C3 (BEL)

TIME: 7.45pm (8.45pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

Lisa Thomas Management present

Tom Price: Say When

Tom Price (Torchwood BBC1; Holy Flying Circus BBC4) presents his highly-anticipated debut Edinburgh solo show: Say When. Can optimism, hope and love survive perm clubs, broken arms and his mother on a battery powered wagon playing chicken with a school bus? Don’t miss this likeable fool take on the Gods of Shit Happening, and beg them to say when. www.tompriceless.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: £8

Tom Wrigglesworth

Tom Wrigglesworth has taken the circuit by storm, wooing audiences far and wide with his inspired, distinctive style and assured delivery. An articulate and natural raconteur, he possesses an innate ability to riff with an audience like they are old friends. With a combination of an impossibly likeable persona and first class material, his set is littered with stylish one liners. “The ultimate crowd pleaser” Guardian  www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

The Y present

ENTRY: £8 (£6)

WORLD PREMIER

Tom Young’s Fantasy Life

Tom’s always had a very active imagination & so has the giant purple slug-monkey that lives in his garden. In this new show, Tom discusses imagination, science fiction, fantasy & aspiration... & superheroes; there’ll be quite a lot about superheroes. A brand new show from Leicestershire’s own Tom Young, following on from last year’s sell-out show, Tom Young’s Social Network. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 7.30pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

Leicester Libraries present

Tony Hawks Talks Books

Comedian & quixotic quester Tony Hawks, author of Round Ireland With a Fridge - also known for pianos and playing the Moldovans at tennis – will be coming to Leicester Central Library to talk about his writing and his life. *Get a ticket for £3 if you show your library card!  leicester.gov.uk/libraries DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Leicester Central Library Grid Ref: B2 (LCL)

TIME: 6pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 299 5401

ENTRY: £5 (£3*)

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

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Events The Laughing Penguin present

Tony Jameson & Katie Mulgrew ‘do jokes’

REGIONAL PREMIER

The Laughing Penguin present an hour of stand up featuring two of the countries hottest up-and-coming comedy talents. Tony Jameson and Katie Muglrew will guarantee laughters throughout. Both of these acts have made strides through the UK comedy circuit and will only get bigger. Tony and Katie are also taking this show to Edinburgh in August, so catch them now while they’re still FREE. www.tonyjameson.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

ENTRY: FREE

The Y in association with Terry Finnegan Present

Topping & Butch – Notes from the Purple Diary

The award winning, comedy duo have consistently enthralled audiences worldwide with their take on current affairs, life, love and celebrity gossip. For the first time, they open their eyes, hearts, and minds as they dip into their diary to see what gossip falls out. A sharp, wry and sexy mix of high camp and spot on stand-up, creating an exciting, sassy and fast-paced performance that will have you in stitches! DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £12 (£10)

Laurielorry Theatre Company present

Trifle

A performance built on a bed of cake and full of surprises. Trifle serves up the steps to healthy eating and is a demonstration of delight that tickles those taste-buds and reaches the parts that no other trifle can! Healthy eating has never been so full of giggles, joy and cheer... this is not only food for thought but brings laughter into learning. This is kindly funded by Midlands Co-operative Member Relations. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Water Leys Primary School

TIME: 9.30pm (10.15am)

FOR TICKETS: Invite Only

ENTRY: NA

Laurielorry Theatre Company present

Trifle

A performance built on a bed of cake and full of surprises. Trifle serves up the steps to healthy eating and is a demonstration of delight that tickles those taste-buds and reaches the parts that no other trifle can! Healthy eating has never been so full of giggles, joy and cheer... this is not only food for thought but brings laughter into learning. This is kindly funded by Midlands Co-operative Member Relations. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Elizabeth Woodville School

I love

TIME: 9.30pm (10.15am)

FOR TICKETS: Invite Only

ENTRY: NA

...

My favourite festival memory is seeing the new breed of comedians live at the festival before they go on to TV fame and success. Pre-Mock The Week Russell Howard was absolutely fantastic upstairs at Firebug. Simon Gribbon

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Events

Unidentified Flying Improv present

UFi – Kissed and Made Up

Unidentified Flying Improv, a group of award-winning comedians and performers, triumphantly return to the festival with this fabulous, fully made-up-on-the-spot show. Come and marvel at the verbal dexterity, the imaginative whimsy, and the comic agility as UFI improvise their way into your heart. Featuring classic games from shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? as well as brand new ones created by the cast.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 9pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

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Unidentified Flying Improv present

UFi I-Prov Shuffle

Unidentified Flying Improv, a group of award-winning comedians and performers, triumphantly return to the festival with this fabulous, fully made-up-on-the-spot show. Come and marvel at the verbal dexterity, the imaginative whimsy, and the comic agility as UFI improvise their way into your heart. Featuring classic games from shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? as well as brand new ones created by the cast.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Manhattan34 Grid Ref: B2 (MAN)

TIME: 9pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 08444 771 000

Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management present

ENTRY: £6 (£4)

WORLD PREMIER

Vikki Stone

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Brand new show from the award-winning “hilarious and brilliant” (Heat) Vikki Stone. Winner 2011 Soho Theatre One Night Stand, Observer Top 5 Best Comedy Acts (Edinburgh 2011), Independent Top 10 to Watch (Edinburgh 2011), Best Show Nominee(Leicester 2011). “Hugely entertaining… Good, clever, catchy stuff. Funny, fresh and occasionally truly heartfelt…She is a woman to watch” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman. www.vikkistone.com/home.html DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 8.30pm (9.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 253 1212

What have you done with Denise’s 30p ?

ENTRY: £7.50 (£6.50)

WORLD PREMIER

Join Leanne and Sooz as they take you on a journey into their brains circa 1994. There will be local celebrity guests, ghosts, badges, quiz shows, prizes, chocolate gunge, badly sungalong singalongs, tashes, puppets and maybe a film, if we can find Sooz in time to make it. Bring Emergency ponchos and your favourite plaggy bag, if you do so wish. DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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

TIME: 7pm (8pm)

FOR TICKETS: On the door

What’s Up Doc?

ENTRY: FREE

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WORLD PREMIER

Following on the heels of award winning, nationally acclaimed Hurt Until it Laughs, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is working with NHS Leicester City to produce a new show about health and early detection signs for cancer. Comedians have been consulting people from across the city to find out about personal experiences and stories of survival. This will be the premier performance to an invited audience only.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 8pm (9pm)

FOR TICKETS: Invite Only

ENTRY: FREE

Wil Hodgson – Care Bear Punk

Punk storyteller as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and heard on Radio 4. “Genius” - Russell Howard. “The light at the end of the tunnel for British Comedy” Mark Thomas, “a sort of urban warrior on behalf of all those who don’t fit in…His words are full of fire and beauty” Scotsman.  www.brcomedy.com DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Firebug Grid Ref: B2 (FIR)

TIME: 6pm (7pm)

FOR TICKETS: 07526 102 302

ENTRY: £5

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

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012

Events The Y present

Wit Tank

With a 2011 Best Show Nomination & an array of rave reviews, WitTank hurtle back to the Leicester with a whirlwind of colossal characters, rakish charm, & sketch magnificence. Book now to join the screaming throng; mammoth belly laughs await. Spruce yourself up & you might even pull. We have that effect on people. That and laughter. “A dazzling display of sketch genius” ***** The List DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

TIME: 8pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £10 (£8)

LipService Theatre present

Withering Looks

Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, are back with their cult Brontë spoof Withering Looks. This comic duo just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at rained-lashed windows in a pale and decorative manner. Don’t miss this chance to share in the silliness too! Withering Looks takes an “authentic” look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters. www.curveonline.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Curve Grid Ref: B2 (CUR)

TIME: 7.45pm (10.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 3595

ENTRY: £15

Russell Garnett for Objective Talent Management present

Worbey and Farrell: Well Strung!

Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell make up one of the world’s most entertaining and certainly unique piano-comedy double acts. Expect exquisite musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and a breathtaking display of gymnastic piano playing talent as they take a hilarious look at the instrument’s most famous pieces and players. For more information please visit www.worbeyandfarrell.com  www.embracearts.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Embrace Arts Grid Ref: D2 (EMB)

TIME: 7.30pm (9.15pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 252 2455

ENTRY: £13 (£11/£5)

WORD! present...

WORD!...with ‘Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip’

A strange and beautiful beast of a band, ‘Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip’ are a cathartic blend of rock and roll, stand up, improvisation and poetry. With a following that includes – Jonny Vegas, John Cooper Clarke, The Kaiser Chiefs and Vivienne Westwood (to name but a few!) seeing is believing. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to do so as they headline WORD! – the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands. www.wordpoetry.co.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: The Y Grid Ref: C2 (YLE)

I love

TIME: 8pm (10pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 255 7066

ENTRY: £5 (£4)

...

My favourite festival show of all time is Antics Roadshow with Ray Peacock a couple of years ago where my current girlfriend met my ex-girlfriend and her Mum. It’s one thing swearing at strangers for money, but that was awkward. Either that or the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition years ago where Jason-John Whitehead and I had fun and Jimmy Carr and Jason Manford did the big business. Where are they now?!! Silky

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Events

Zulu Comedy Festival present

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Zulu Comedy: Special Aid

As a live improv comedy group Special Aid consists of 4 of Denmark’s finest improv artists. The group is the new big hit in Comedy in Denmark and was nominated for the Läkerol Talent Award at the Zulu Comedy Gala 2011. Last autumn (2011) the group hosted their own comedy show in the biggest comedy club in Copenhagen with major Danish stand-up comedians participating.  DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 3rd: 9pm (10pm) 4th:8.30pm (9.40pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

Zulu Comedy Festival present

Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Friday)

ENTRY: £5

REGIONAL PREMIER

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has twinned with the Zulu Comedy Festival (Copenhagen). We’re proud to be showcasing the best in Danish Stand-Up (shows presented in English). Featuring the world’s only Bagpipe playing comedian, Claus Reiss, and the story-telling genius of Anders Stjernholm! phoenix.org.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 7pm (8pm) & 10pm (11pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £5

Zulu Comedy Festival present

Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish (Saturday)

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has twinned with the Zulu Comedy Festival (Copenhagen). We’re proud to be showcasing the best in Danish Stand-Up (shows presented in English). Featuring the world’s only Bagpipe playing comedian, Claus Reiss, and the story-telling genius of Anders Stjernholm! phoenix.org.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

TIME: 7.30pm (8.30pm) & 10.30pm (11.30pm)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

ENTRY: £5

Zulu Comedy Festival present

Zulu Comedy: The Best of Danish Finale

The last show of the festival for the contingent of Danish acts who have been showcased by the Zulu Comedy Festival, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival twin in Copenhagen. We’re proud to be showcasing the best in Danish Stand-Up (shows presented in English). Featuring the world’s only Bagpipe playing comedian, Claus Reiss, the story-telling genius of Anders Stjernholm and the hilarious sketch group, Special Aid!  phoenix.org.uk DATES: 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

TIME: 8pm (9.30pm)

VENUE: Phoenix Square Grid Ref: B3 (PHO)

FOR TICKETS: 0116 242 2800

I love

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ENTRY: £5

My favourite festival show of all time is Pam Ann because she’s always hilarious, and I saw her here just before she went huge! Paddy Ratliff

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

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To mark the fact that 2012 is an Olympic Year,

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival will have its own Olympic Torch* relay! Sort of.

Last year’s Running Jokers, Adrian Jarvis and Kate Owen, are enlisting a team of runners to run in relay from London to Leicester - a bit like the Olympic Flame being carried round Britain prior to launching the Olympics. Leaving London on the morning of Wednesday 1 February, the runners will be covering well over 100 miles, and will arrive in Leicester to kick off the Festival on Friday 3 February. Just like the Olympic Flame being lit to start the Games! (Ahem). * Not really a torch. Given that the run is daft enough without adding combustibles to the mix, it won’t be a flaming torch being carried. It’ll be a rubber chicken

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A genuine triumph. Evening Standard

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Board member WANTED Deadline Monday 20th February Big Difference Company, the charity behind Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, are seeking individuals to join the Board of Trustees. You will need to be well connected within your sector and be prepared to advocate for the range of work the organisation delivers. In addition to running the comedy festival, Big Difference Company manage and deliver a range of events and projects across the UK. Recent examples include the public celebrations for the opening of Highcross Leicester, the Social Programme for Special Olympics Leicester, the inaugural SO Festival in Skegness and the Make Me Happy community programme. We are especially interested in people with HR knowledge or experience of working in education or with children and young people. The role is voluntary and requires a minimum commitment of attending quarterly board meetings held in the evening as well as a willingness to take an activity part in the governance and development of the organisation.

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These are the funny people… Awards

The winners of the 2011 awards were:

Best New Venue: The Exchange Bar

Best Venue: The Crumbin Cookie

Best New Show: Mark Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer “Winning the award for best new show was incredibly important to me. Leicester is the only festival in the country where I could have done a show like this to such a great crowd so early in its creation.”

Best Show: George Ryegold: The Ordeal of Dr Ryegold “It was fantastic to win Best Show in 2011. Fantastic and unexpected. My act often polarises audiences so I was amazed that a consensus was reached amongst the esteemed judging panel, although I was pleased to hear that Contribution to LCF11: Bruce Edhouse, Roo Peake Rosie a question raised around the table was, ‘Is this show too dark to win?’. Obviously not, so let’s see if we can Harbor, Jo Brannigan, Nicola Upe, Amy Bowyer & Lois rectify that in 2012.” Anyan-Needham for Midas and The Exchange Bar Make Me Happy community project:

Gujarati Comedy Group 

The Green Room Award: O2 Academy

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we make a big difference We design and deliver a range of events and projects including: • Dave’s Leicester Comedy Fesival • Comedy in the Dark • Summer Sundae Weekender Comedy Tent • Arts Fresco • Make Me Happy • Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition • Wimbledon Bookfest Comedy Tent Our clients include global property developers, local authorities, community organisations and festivals. www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk Registered charity 1135167

www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk A veritable smorgasbord of mirth and merriment. Attitude

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Funny Words... Funny Words Funny. Chortle. Chuckle. Giggle. Laugh. Joke. Tee hee. For many years we have worked with the lovely people at Leicester libraries on a variety of projects, involving people from across the City, raising the odd smile. This year there will be more than ever going on in libraries across Leicester as well as on-line activity and the odd tweet & facebook group.

The Secret Diary of Lester, aged 13 ¾ Throughout January 2012 the great people of Leicester, together with the occasional comedian, will be asked to fill in the diary, which will be left in cafes and festival venues across the City. The plan is we produce a city-wide diary of the hapless Lester, with people guiding his story and building his character. It’s up to you whether Lester sticks to his New Year Resolutions, finds love or what he gets up to across the first month of 2012. Find the diary, make an entry and it may end up in the final public reading, taking place on Tuesday 7th February.

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My Favourite Funny Book We’re working with Leicester Libraries to find out what books makes the great people of Leicester laugh. Tying in with World Book Day, we’re asking people to tell us which book makes them happy and why, in no more than 50 words. Closing date is Saturday 24th March and you must be a library member to enter. Everyone who submits a book will enter a prize draw to win your Top Ten favourite paperback books. Further details are available from www.leicester.gov .uk/libraries

Tony Hawks Quixotic quester Tony Hawks, best known for fridges, pianos and Moldovans will be coming to Leicester Central Library to talk about his writing and his life on Thursday 9th February. Ten years ago, a foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet resulted in Tony Hawks embarking on one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling companioncum-domestic appliance - i.e. his fridge - he found himself in the midst of a remarkable, inspirational and, at times, downright silly adventure round the coast of the Emerald Isle. His journey was chronicled in a book that would go on to be an international bestseller - Round Ireland with a Fridge. Since then, he’s gone on more adventures including Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, One Hit Wonderland and A Piano in the Pyrenees. Come and hear him talk about his comedy, his writing, his performance and his love of tennis.

Silver Comedy As an antidote to all the young upstarts taking over the comedy scene , many of whom were not alive when comedy was proclaimed ‘the new rock n’ roll’, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival has teamed up with Silver Comedy, a specialist comedy training company working with older people, to launch The Silver Stand Up of the Year Competition open to any comedian, established or up and coming over the age of 55. Main heats for the competition will be held on Friday February 17th with winners being selected by a panel of judges the same day. Watch out for some taster sessions at Leicester libraries towards the end of January.

All in all, a pretty broad grin. The Observer

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PLEASE NOTE: The following details are provided for those looking for venue information. For more specific ticket information please check the booking number next to each event listing in the main brochure. Tickets may not be available in advance for some events.

ATH Title: Athena 

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DMH Title: De Montfort Hall

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Ref: D2

Address: Queens Street, Leicester LE1 1QD Info: 0116 262 6556 Email: sandeep@athenacb.co.uk Web: www.athenacb.co.uk

The Ale Wagon Address: 14 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 262 3330 email: akstandup@googlemail.com.co.uk/ Web: www.alewagon.co.uk/

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The Basement Bar Ref: C2 Address: 1 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HH Info: 0116 254 6978 Web: www.thebasementbar.co.uk Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre Ref: A2 BNC Title: Address: Rothley Street, Leicester LE4 6LF

BEL Title:

The Belmont Hotel Address: De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GR Info: 0116 254 4773 Email: info@belmonthotel.co.uk Web: www.belmonthotel.co.uk

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Embrace Arts Address: Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA Info: 0116 252 2455 Email: arts-centre@le.ac.uk Web: www.embracearts.co.uk

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Ref: B2 The Exchange Bar Address: Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD

FIR Title: Firebug

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Address: 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 255 1228 Email: info@firebugbar.co.uk Web: www.firebugbar.co.uk

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Hodson Hall (Loughborough Grammar School) Address: 3 Burton Walks, Loughborough, LE11 2DU

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Bistro Live Ref: B2 Address: 89-91 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FA Info: 0116 254 4773 Web: www.bistrolive.com Cosby Village hall Address: Park Road, Cosby, Leics LE9 5JL

Address: Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU Info: 0116 233 3111 Email: dmh.office@leicester.gov.uk Web: www.demontforthall.co.uk

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Interlude Ref: C1 Address: No 2 Eastern Boulevard, Leicester LE2 7DR

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Kayal Address: 153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE Info: 0116 255 4667 Web: www.kayalrestaurant.com

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The Crumblin’ Cookie Address: 68 High Street, Leicester LE1 5YP Info: 0116 253 1212 Email: katinncc@googlemail.com Web: www.thecrumblincookie.co.uk

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CUR Title: Curve Address: Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB Info: 0116 242 3560 Email: enquiries@curvetheatre.co.uk Web: www.curveonline.co.uk

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The Criterion Address: 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN Info: 0116 262 5418 Email: thecriterion1@yahoo.co.uk Web: www.criterionvenue.co.uk

Dave’s Curry House at Chutney Ivy Address: 41 Halford Street, Leicester LE1 1TR Info: 0116 251 889

LCB Depot Address: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Info: 0116 261 6812 Email: info@comedy-festival.co.uk Web: www.lcbdepot.co.uk Leicester Central Library Address: Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AA Info: 0116 299 5401

Leicester Guildhall Address: Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ Info: 0116 253 2569 Email: ladln001@leicester.gov.uk Web: www.leicestermuseums.ac.uk

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Information Level 1 Address: De Montfort University Student Union, 1st Floor, Campus Centre Building, Mill Lane, Leicester LE2 7DR Info: 0116 255 5576 Email: WGreasley@dmu.ac.uk Web: www.mydsu.com

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The Little Theatre Address: Dover Street, Leicester LE1 6PW Info: 0116 255 1302 Email: admin@thelittletheatre.net Web: www.thelittletheatre.net

The Looking Glass Ref: C1 Address: 68-70 Braunstone Gate, Leicester LE3 5LG Info: 0116 255 9002 Email: shipoffoolscomedy@yahoo.co.uk Web: www.ship-of-fools.org.uk

Loughborough Town Hall Address: Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3EB Info: 01509 231914 Email: townhall@charnwoodbc.gov.uk Web: www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

Regent College Studio Ref: C3 Address: Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7LW Info: 0116 255 4629 Web: www.regent-college.ac.uk Swan In The Rushes Ref: A1 SWA Title: Address: 21 The Rushes, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5BE Info: 01509 217014

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The Y Leicester Address: 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY Info: 0116 255 7066 Email: theatre@leicesterymca.co.uk Web: www.ytheatre.co.uk

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Maiyango Ref: B1 Address: 13-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 4LD Info: 0116 251 8898 Web: www.maiyango.com

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Manhattan34 Address: 34 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RD Info: 0116 251 8898

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The Musician Ref: B3 Address: 34 Clyde Street (off Humberstone Gate), Leicester LE1 2DE Info: 0116 283 5533 Email: rideout@stayfree.co.uk Web: www.themusicianpub.co.uk

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Nando’s Address: Highcross, Shires Walk, Leicester LE1 4FP Info: 0116 251 9672 New Walk Museum Address: 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA Info: 0116 255 7066

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Phoenix Square Address: 4 Midlands Street, Leicester LE1 1TG Info: 0116 242 2800 Web: www.phoenix.org.uk

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Contact Big Difference Company, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE Registered charity 1135167 Tel: 0116 261 6812 info@bigdifferencecompany.co.uk www.bigdifferencecompany.co.uk

People Festival Patrons:

Sue Townsend, Sean Hughes, Tony Slattery, the late Sir Norman Wisdom O.B.E

Board of Directors: Clare Hudson (Chair), Jenny Pearce, Helen Taverner, Hilary Campton, Chris Maughan, Asgoo Pirbhai, John Stobart

Staff: Director Project Managers Partnership Manager Administrator Finance Manager Arts & Health work Sponsorship PR Manager Volunteer Manager Awards Panel Print design and production Print Distribution

Geoff Rowe Andy Leitch, Maya Biswas, Anna Peavitt Lucy Pitchford-Todd Ashley Scattergood John Symonds Adam Clarke Sparkle Productions www.sparkle-productions.com Arthur Leone PR www.arthurleone.com Amy Dillon Sean Tizzard Reach Marketing www.reachmarketing.co.uk SLB Distribution www.slb-leaflet-distribution.co.uk

Business Partners Club members Tetenal Sempervox.net Harvey Ingram LLP Solx Consulting 24 Seven Sameday Ltd

rg+p Somerbys Federation of Small Businesses Reach Marketing NHS Stop Smoking Campaign

SLB Distribution Promotion Services Ltd Trident Design and Print Ramada Encore Leicester The City Rooms

Thanks to Steve North, Will Gunton, David Ritch, Laura McTurk, Hayley Dodd, Rachel Tate, Zoe Clapp, Simon Cooper, Aatin Anadkat & everyone at Maiyango, Andy Jones and everyone at Phoenix Square, Julie Smith, Peter Leone, Adnan Ahmed, David Pepworth, Pete Mitchell, Robbie Kerr and Brian Lisowy at De Montfort Hall, Steve Bennett, Deb Watson, Fiona, Paul, Stella, Iain and everyone at Curve, Martin Jinks, Anna Arthur & Lana Lay, Paul, Sue, David, Peter & everyone at LCB Depot, Karen Jennings, Jon Restell & Marisa Howes, Julia Meynell and Karen Gordon, Sarah Harrison, Greg Davies, Lynne Richards, Dominic Shellard, Heidi Macpherson, David Carrott, Jo Griffin at DMU, Joanna Smith at The Y, John Coster & Citizens Eye, Jeanne Jenner, Kate Owen, John Stobart & Harvey Ingram, Amy Hopwood, Sir Peter Soulsby, Rory Palmer, Ted Cassidy, Andy Keeling, Sarah Levitt, Tess Booth, Maggie Shutt, Alastair Reid, Mike Candler, Liz Blyth, Alison Colledge and everyone at Regeneration & Culture, David Simms and everyone at Leicester Mercury, James & Alison at The Belmont, Martin, Simon, Janine and everyone at Leicester Shire Promotions, Tony Graves, Ian Borley & Ann Lamin, Louise Grainger, Asgoo, Gary, Paul, Lucy, Adam, Owain, Juliette, Mandi, Dan and everyone at Reach, Michaela Butter, Louisa Milburn & Embrace Arts, Liz & Ken, Richard Bucknall, Caroline Edwards, Richard Clark, Ed Smith, Tim Parsons, Mick Perrin, Justin Bones, Martyn Weston & everyone at BBC Leicester and all promoters, volunteers, venue staff and performers!

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

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Festival Information How to Book Tickets:

Special Offers:

Tickets for lots of events are available from our website www.comedy-festival.co.uk Visit the site and click on the relevant link on the homepage. You’ll then be able to select tickets for a variety of events/venues. This is the only centralised booking system. Other tickets are available from the individual box office/promoter so please do not contact the Festival Office as we do not sell tickets for any events! Relevant contact details are shown on page 24 - 77.

Check out the daily special offers available via Leicester Tourist Information Centre based in Town Hall Square in the city centre. Make sure you stay in touch via Facebook: go Leicestershire Twitter: @loveleics

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

Accommodation: If you’re coming from out of town, there are several hotels in Leicester where you can stay and catch some laughs late into the night. Our official hotel is Belmont Hotel (www.belmonthotel.co.uk) and our website has information about deals and how to book.

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

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

Access for People with Disabilities: All the promoters and venues that put on events try and ensure that everyone is able to attend Festival events and have a comfortable time when they get there. If you want to discuss this further, contact the relevant promoter (details are shown on page 24 - 77).

Directions: We’ve included a basic map (page 86) 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 100 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 89 so please do get in touch!

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