Leicester Comedy Festival

News: Finalists Announced For Leicester Comedy Festival Competitions

The performers have been announced for 2019's prestigious comedy competitions and events at Leicester Comedy Festival.  The comedians will perform in competitions including Silver Stand Up, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, UK Pun Championships and the Circuit Breakers showcase.  All the shows will be part of Leicester Comedy Festival which takes place from 6-24 February 2019.  Full details about the festival can be obtained by visiting 

News: Awards Panellists Wanted for Leicester Comedy Festival

People who are passionate about comedy are being invited to join the Awards Panel for Leicester Comedy Festival 2019.  The panel, made up of comedy fans from across the UK, will get VIP treatment during the 19 day festival, as they get to see more comedy than most and decide on the final award winners.  The awards will be presented at a special ceremony which will take place after the 2019 festival.  Previous nominees and winners of awards include Jen Brister, Ahir Shah, Romesh Ranganathan & Greg Dav

News: Competitive Comedians – Leicester Comedy Festival Wants You!

Leicester Comedy Festival has opened the application process for comedians wanting to enter competitions being produced at the 2019 Festival.  Eligible comedians can now apply to enter The UK Pun Championships, Silver Stand Up Competition and the second year of the Circuit Breakers development programme set up to support new and emerging comedians from across the UK.  Full details about how to enter can be found by visiting www.

News: New General Manager For Leicester Comedy Festival

Big Difference Company, the charity behind the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, has appointed a new General Manager to lead the organisation and support Geoff Rowe and the existing team in the development of the event and the year round community programme. Helen Tomblin will formally join the organisation on 1st August 2018 and will be based in the main office at LCB Depot, located in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.  

News: Funding Campaign Launched To Support New Comics

Organisers of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival are appealing to comedy fans and members of the public to pledge money to enable the festival to develop their support for new and emerging comedians.

News: Leicester Comedy Festival Awards Handed Out

The Leicester Comedy Festival has hosted its annual award ceremony at The Haymarket Theatre (Leicester) honouring comedians, venues and promoters. The ceremony was hosted by Mark Dolan and attended by Nicholas Parsons who collected the Legend of Comedy Award. Previous legends have included Victoria Wood, Barry Cryer, Rik Mayall, Ken Dodd and Sir Norman Wisdom.

The awards, set up in 2006, recognise the contribution people make to the February festival

Leicester Comedy Festival Sets Up Comedy School

Organisers of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival are setting up a comedy school as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the event.  The Laugh Term Comedy School will run from 12-16th February and will be based at Moat Community College, supported by De Montfort University.

News: Leicester Comedy Festival Celebrates Bumper Year

This year's Leicester Comedy Festival, which finished on Sunday, is celebrating record box office returns, with sales up 22% on last year, reinforcing its position as the leading UK festival dedicated to comedy.

Live Review, UK Pun Championships Final, De Montfort Hall, Leicester Comedy Festival

This year’s UK Pun Championships Final went the full WWF. The eight finalists didn’t perform on a stage, they had their joke-offs in a wrestling ring MC’d by Jason Byrne, who press-ganged audience members – in the nicest possible way –  into announcing each round by running round the ring holding cards up. 

News: Romesh Ranganathan on his Comedy Childhood: “Even then I knew I needed an angle.”

Report by Claire Smith.

Romesh Ranganathan was on the point of giving up comedy after the death of his father, he told an audience at Leicester Comedy Festival. 


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