News: Leicester Comedy Festival Confirms 2021 Shows

Big Difference Company, the charity that has produced Leicester Comedy Festival every February since 1994, and The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival since 2019, has announced that both festivals will be returning in 2021, running from the 3-21 February, with special measures in place to comply with current government COVID-19 Secure guidelines.  


News: More Comedy Companies Receives Lifeline Grants

Big Difference Company, the registered charity which produces the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, has been awarded £105,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.  The funding will help sustain the festival through the current crisis and will also allow the charity to work with more comedians who have had their work massively r


News: Leicester Comedy Festival Teams Up With Octopus Energy

Leicester Comedy Festival has formed a partnership with Octopus Energy which will support comedians from across the UK, provide entertainment for employees and make a donation to support the Festival, which is produced by registered charity Big Difference Company.


News: Leicester Comedy Festival Carries Out Survey Assessing Impact Of Coronavirus On Comedy Industry

The Leicester Comedy Festival has revealed the results of their survey carried out to assess the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on the live comedy sector.


News: Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 Awards Ceremony To Broadcast Online

The annual Leicester Comedy Festival awards ceremony will this year be broadcast live on Facebook from 7pm on Monday 30th March.  Comedians and venues who took part in the festival have previously been announced as nominees and are being encouraged to tune in online and join in by dressing up and sharing pictures using #comedyawards


News: Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 Award Nominees Announced

Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.


News: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Final – Results

The final has taken place of this year's Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Comedians chosen by promoters around the UK competed for the prestigious title previously won by stars including Josh Widdicombe, Johnny Vegas, Seann Walsh, Rhod Gilbert, Miles Jupp and Jason Manford.

DJ Geoff Lloyd and previous winner Tom Rosenthal commentated on the event for a live broadcast on Union Jack Radio.

The final took place at The Y Theatre in Leicester.


News: Jenny Bolt Wins Silver Stand-Up Competition

Comedian Jenny Bolt has won this year's Silver Stand-Up Competition at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

The competition is open to aspiring comedians over 55 years old.

The final took place at Peter Pizzeria in Leicester and was hosted by Mrs Barbara Nice.

The Festival finishes on Sunday. This weekend's highlight is the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Final at the Y Theatre in Saturday night. 

More details here.


News: Comedians Raise More Than £20,000 For Leicester Comedy Festival

Jo Brand, Arthur Smith, Hal Cruttenden, Milton Jones, Lost Voice Guy, Phil Nichol, Ivan Brackenbury and Eshaan Akbar have all helped raise thousands of pounds to support Leicester Comedy Festival and the registered charity that produces it, Big Difference Company.  All the acts took part in fundraising shows and events for the festival, which runs until Sunday 23rd February 2020.



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