Ben Target: Work in Progress

Exquisite new ideas from ‘maverick physical comedian (and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee) Ben Target’ (Guardian). Winner, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2011. ‘Bewildering fun’ (Scotsman). ‘A joy to be part of’ ****...

Michael Brunström: World of Sports

Surrealist caper. Michael Brunström is an athlete striving for gold medal glory. Follow him on his sporting journey to the podium of victory as he competes in the triple jump, the badminton, the archery, the cake decorating, the chess, etc. – culminating in a...

Cassie Atkinson: Swan Songs

Join Cassie for a few ditties, a little bit of death and a whole lot of fun in this dark comedy. Words on BBC Radio 4, Comedy Central and popped up on BBC3, ITV and E4. Musical Comedy Awards 2018 2nd place. “Hilariously dark… incredibly funny… a true...

Kat Bond: Emotion in Progress

A call out to anyone with feelings? Award winning comedy idiot and one of life’s fighters Kat Bond becomes your therapist for the evening. A bad one, but she’s trying. Critically acclaimed writer of hit show Loo Roll and Stage Award Winning actress is back...

Sam Nicoresti: U.F.O.

In 1991 Sam Nicoresti was abducted by aliens. Come join him on a heart-warming journey to the centre of a galactic conspiracy as he exposes our corrupt paymasters and provides the concrete evidence that ‘They’ don’t want you to see. GCHQ and the army...

Gabby Best – 10,432 Sheep

Gabby’s still not sleeping. She still feels like a ghost and looks like a shoe. She’d like to talk about this some more… if she has the energy. Stand up and storytelling from Funny Women Award Winner – as seen on Morgana Robinson’s...

Andy Barr: The Ruby

With his father recently deceased, minor aristocrat, Andy Barr, stands to inherit his fortune, his estate, his magnificent ruby and its curse. Andy Barr is an ‘innovative rising star’ (Time Out) and an ‘off-key delight’ (The Skinny) whose...

Lucy Pearman: Work in Progress

Complete idiot, Lucy Pearman will be trying out some new ideas. There will be a bag, a song, a leg, some tears and probably blood. It will be a silly old muddle but we will get through it. EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE “She is a performer brimming...

Ali Brice: A Line of Late Afternoon Sun

Copy and paste the description of the show here! Book Now Apres Lounge Suitability 18+ Feb 23rd £5 or PWYW 16:40 1 hour 0 minutes Group: Madame Tussauds and Peter Kay ← Matthew Highton: The Horror Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle →...

Matthew Highton: The Horror

Horror maestro Matthew Highton (Chortle winning Weirdos Collective and Chortle nominated Comedians Cinema Club) hilariously dives into the on and off-screen world of macabre, where dread lurks behind every turn, taking you on a surreal, spooky thrill ride that might...

Roisin and Chiara: Back to Back

A bubbling, slightly twisted blend of The Mighty Boosh, House of Pain and James Joyce. Call it stream-of-consciousness, messy art-house disco funk comedy. A two-woman character sketch comedy bonanza. These ‘improvising geniuses’ (FunnyWomen.com) guarantee...

Ban*na C*nts

A banana-split bill of high-concept, absurdist, unrelatable comedy for nihilist witches. Child-turned-retired-child Siân Docksey presents a Freudian shitcircus of all the things she’s had to explain to her parents. Zoë Tomalin has decided kooky is the most...

Lucy Hopkins: Secrt Circl

Calling the courageous, faithless and broken to the late-night, interactive ceremony of love we always hoped we’d never need. Hosted by award-winning priestess/shapeshifter/person Lucy Hopkins. Everything is sacred. Magic is reality. ‘Hopkins is...

Helen Duff: Daft

Daring, audacious, unflinchingly domestic, stay at home spy Helen Duff is about to crack the most explosive case of her career. Will West Berwick survive the blast? WIP. “Bold, subversive and very funny” (**** SCOTSMAN) “Master of shamelessly silly...

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef

Following their sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run, tech comedy duo Foxdog Studios bring their critically-acclaimed Robot Chef to Leicester Comedy Fest. Join rock ‘n’ roll IT consultants Pete & Lloyd to celebrate the end of their IT contract in Stoke....

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop

Pearman brings her critically acclaimed, sell out 2018 Edinburgh show to Leicester. The charming story of a worm who has completely misunderstood her existence. As seen on Spencer Jones The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk (BBC) and heard on Tim Key’s Late Night...

Tash Goldstone: Super Soaker

Tash Goldstone, as seen on Comedy Central online and Vice, comes of age in a show exploring childhood obsessions, daddies, and why you should never eat glitter. “Very unique… one to watch” (Broadway Baby). “Top oddball stand up” (Laugh...

Edy Hurst: Hurst Schmurst

Award Winning Comedian Edy Hurst brings his musical comedy, loop pedal nonsense and stand up to answer the age old question: ‘What’s the deal with Edy Hurst? Who even is he? Where am I? What?’ As heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC New Act Nominee, Finalist in...

Lemons

Doctor Klevemark isn’t a real doctor, but she believes in the power of positive thinking. Her own depression is not going to stop her from telling people how to be happy, and what they’ve been doing wrong so far. Find happiness with Doctor Klevemark! Book...

Alex Black’s Record Collection

Can music give you hope? Breaking Talent 2017 nominee Alex Black puts his teenage heroes to the test as he navigates heartbreak, existential crisis and the tribulations of Aldi checkouts by squeezing new meaning out of his record collection. Catch one of...

Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down

Comedy’s one rule is ‘no punching down’. Tim Renkow is a crippled, redneck, Mexican Jew. It’s hard for him to find a group he is not allowed to make fun of, which is insulting. Join Tim as he tries to find a group that is off-limits and prove...

Joanna Neary Presents The Crab Prince

Scuttle the crab rescues a beach ball from his rock pool and it ruins his life. Comedy with puppets, songs and a chance to save the day. Joanna starred in CBBC series “So Awkward” as Mrs Jones. “Jo’s sense of humour is infectious and...

Grant Busé: Touché Busé

Awarding winning Australian comic Grant Busé debuts at Leicester with his “ingenious comedy music” ***** (Tulpa). There will be no parrying of Buse’s disarming charm, sharp wit and hit tunes. So raise your guard as Grant goes on the offensive in this...

Ian Smith: Work in Progress

Multi-award winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC3’s Sweat the Small Stuff) returns to Leicester with a work in progress of his sixth solo show. Amused Moose Comedy Award and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award Winner 2017. “Fantastically funny” – The...

Phil Ellis is Dead Funny

Phil Ellis is funny. Come and see him be funny. He’s funny on radio 4 and on Comedy Central. He’s also funny on stage. Funny guy. You like laughing? This is the show for you. “Much cleverer and much more stupid than you might think’ ****...

Maddie Campion: Truly Maddie Deeply (WIP)

On a whim Maddie Campion went to see a psychic. He told her she had a good soul, but an old man’s ghost is having sex with her and it’s keeping living men away. In this show Maddie ponders; is it her, or is it the ghost? Maddie is a BBC New Comedy Award...

Rob Pybus: Daze of Slime

Rob Pybus has a very important job to do. He is key to a smooth and functioning society. For him every day is battle with slime. Except one day…just when he thought the battle was won he embarks on an adventure like no other. Using projected cartoons to build a...

Luca Cupani: Work in Progress

The Italian who was too funny for his own country brings to Leicester Comedy Festival his new work in progress. A natural storyteller, Luca is ready to entertain you with his gentle, endearing dark humour. There will also be room for improvisation and audience...

500 Bens of Shannon

Join Ben on the eve of his 26th birthday to find out about the 500 or so shows he’s performed at so far in what some would call ‘A career’ and others would call ‘A fling’. Cats will be mentioned, there will be noises with multiple...

Eddie Fortune: The Waiter

EDDIE FUCKING HATES BEING A WAITER AND HE HAS TO WORK VALENTINES DAY. DESPISES IT. KAREN FROM HEAD OFFICE COMES IN, SHE HAS A NEW BOB AND KITTEN HEELS. HE HAS TO PARMESAN HER GLUTEN FREE PASTA. WILL HE SERVE HIS VEGAN EX WHO HAS HORRIBLE FEET? HIS MANAGER SEXY...

Laura Davis: Cake in The Rain

Dark, bold and razor sharp, Laura Davis makes her Leicester debut with Cake in the Rain. With a refreshing disregard for convention shining through her work, Davis’s brand of joyously cathartic stand-up will twist its way into the shadowy recesses of your psyche...

Club Smashing Festival Special

A night of truly unique alternative comedy funs featuring Club Smashing’s favourite off-kilter comedians, including LCF Best Show winners and nominees. Headliner Olaf Falafel “absurdity so well-crafted silly doesn’t do it justice” (Evening Standard). Plus Ben Target...

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse Exists! (WIP)

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse did a show last year about being imaginary, and realised along the way that it was a massive manifestation of all her insecurities!! Hooray!! Now she’s trying to accept that she might actually be real, and face the horrid truth of being a...

Daniel Nicholas: Lessons in Nostalgia

Newish show. If you long for the days of MSN and video game sound tracks from the 90’s, then this is for you. With the country, more than ever feeling nostalgic for ‘the good old days’ Daniel Nicholas the ‘Prince of Peculiar’ (Great...

The All New Ten Commandments

2017 NATYS Finalists and 2016 London Sketchfest ‘Featured Act’ The Monks present comedy sketches based around those famous rules as set out in the bible. “That rarest of things in comedy, a Christian sketch group” Time Out; “…...

Yuriko Kotani: Overwork in Progress

Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Kotani now lives in the UK. Using her unique perspective, she is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts as a work-in-progress. Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2015 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016...

Stepdads

The first step to having fun… is Stepdads. Get ready for an activity-filled weekend with two men who wish they were your dad (but who are glad he went to prison.) A surreal fever dream of a double act filled with songs, stupidity and the sanctity of marriage....

Ali Woods: Work in Progress

BBC New Comedy Award 2018 Nominee and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 Runner-up Ali Woods is on a crusade for people to complain less and help more, he’s arrogant but with a heart of gold… he thinks. “His vigor wins over the...

Comedian’s Karaoke

When all the cows are slee-ping, and the moon has gone to bed…the finest comedians gathered in the city head to The Criterion Free House! Comedians will sing, audience members will sing, bar-staff will sing… everybody’s welcome to do a turn or just...

Sarah Johnson: Mum’s Going to Ibiza

If you were invited to a 50th birthday party in Ibiza, would you go? To help you make your mind up, Sarah takes you on her journey and it’s one you’ll never forget. “Johnson is an excellent performer, and this well-crafted hour is definitely worth...

Wingrid

How does a shy Norwegian from the fjords end up leaving home and becoming a unique award-winning comedian in the UK? Surely there’s more to it than simply putting a W in front of your name to becoming the winner you were meant to be? “Such a joyous show,...

Joe Jacobs: Cracker

Join the saltiest cracker in town for a brand new, heady mixture of stand up and rap interludes. Expect relaxing grime and compelling comedy from a man breaking it down and breaking down, quicker than a thin, crisp wafer. ‘Rising star combines sharp gags with a...

Peter Bazely: Interpreted

Half traditional entertainer, half mystical, deadpan soothsayer ‘AAA stand-up’ Peter Bazely incorporates songs, audience interaction, and killer one-liners. Stand-up comedy accompanied by a sign language interpreter (BSL Level 3). Edinburgh Fringe SELL OUT...

Rob Kemp: Moonraker 2: Moonrakerer

Rob Kemp heads to space. Nah. It’s not that. Honestly, I wasn’t going to do a show this year, then my girlfriend registered a show on a whim, and as I lay in bed I started thinking about the possibility, had a couple of dumb ideas and decided, ‘If...

Jason Neale’s All Over The Place

Leicester’s own Jason Neale brings his BRAND NEW 1-Hour show to Leicester Comedy Festival. It will, as the title suggests, be all over the place, delivered in his usual no-nonsense style with plenty of laughs throughout! “A very likeable, easy manner and...

Pat Cahill: Clagnut (WIP)

Come and see Pat Cahill with his favourite nuggets of neo-music hall entertainment, old clags, new dingles and some ridiculous chunks he just can’t jiggle away. ‘Stand-up with a difference… Reminiscent of the old great comics’...

Michael Clarke: Tribute

The UK’s number one Michael Clarke tribute act hits Leicester for one night only! Prepare to relive all of your favourite Michael Clarke moments in an evening of “unbridled” (The Leicester Jester), “unbelievable”...

Charmian Hughes: What-Not

What-not: (Oxford Dictionary) ‘a small set of shelves.’ What-not: (Dictionary of Charmian’s Mum) ‘gay, foreigner, vagina,’ Furniture shopping with mother didn’t always go well. ‘A class above other stand ups- great entertainer...

Susan Murray’s Blunt Force Trauma

‘Blunt Force Trauma’, is the brand new show by this insatiable comedian, described as a cross between Frankie Boyle and Julie Walters. Quality dark gags: plane crashes, mosh pits, the Highways Agency. “Cynicism that could fell a rhino at 1000...

Danger Brigade: The Rats of Dargun

Germany. 1943. War? The fate of a nation lies in the hands of a bouquet of losers. As a terrifying danger spreads through Europe, they must set aside their differences to save mankind. Will Captain McCoy bury his past? Will Chester Daggerboot unearth the truth? Will...

Mark Cram: Horse Costume

Being dumped is hard. Being dumped on the same day you purchased a two-person horse costume is harder. Join Mark Cram for an hour of comedy about searching for that missing something in your life. That little thing that’s lacking, be it romance, money or worse....

PROPER FUNNY’S FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY

The “Proper Funny Launch Party” returns to kick the Leicester Comedy Festival off with a bang! The show includes sets from a wide-variety of acts, ranging from previous Festival Award Winners/Nominees to some of the very finest emerging acts. All of which...

DAVID MILLS IS WORKING IN PROGRESS

The best-dressed man in comedy is back with more comedy rants, witty repartee and cocktail swagger. Known for his razor-sharp suits and cutting humour, Mills is a class act. A unique mix of bold American and refined British. A superior act. Mills is an archduke of...

Yuriko Kotani: Moreish

Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Kotani now lives in the UK. Please come and join her new work-in-progress show! Using her unique perspective, she is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts. As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Pls Like...

Wigwam Wonder Jam

Earlyish late-night comedy tent party! A marshmallow melt of mirth, music and mayhem in the Spiegelyurt. The canvas is blank and water-resistant. Join the ‘hilarious’ (List, Christian Brighty), ‘Stellar’ (Cherwell, Tom Curzon), ‘hugely entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk,...

Von’s Midnight Madness

The Antipodean madman known as Von, shall be performing his fabled loops upon his eight-string guitar and telling his extraordinary tales with a twist of adult comedy and burlesque upon the hour of midnight in the infamous Black Medicine Basement. Joining Von’s...

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

‘Exceptionally talented’ (Advertiser, Adelaide) co-creator of EastEnd Cabaret and Fringe Wives Club makes her solo debut! This biracial, bisexual multi-instrumentalist is an accidental self-contradiction. Too white to be brown, too femme to be queer, she’s...

Tessa Waters: Fully Sik

Turbo-charged physical comedy kween Tessa Waters packs a non-stop rollercoaster ride of LOLs into one high-octane hour of sketch and improv. Heaps of fun and all audience interaction is consensual (hooray!). ‘Incredibly funny’ (Sydney Morning Herald)....

Sam & Tom: Interview

After reviewing your application, Sam & Tom are pleased to offer you the opportunity to interview for the position of audience in their new cult comedy show. Sam & Tom are an upstart company specialising in audience-oriented comedy deliverance. They’ve...

Sam Nicoresti’s Bedtime

The hypnopompic boy king slam-dunks a sleepover-themed show so hard the hoop disintegrates. Comedy PR is 50% meretricious fighting talk, 50% photoshoot: so move over everyone – there’s a new confident cop in the dreamery. The jokes’ll be lucid and respectful....

Phil Kay: Songer-Singwriter

Phil Kay 2.0 – Progress in work. Come be in a yurt and watch simply the best ad-libbing, extemporising, finger-picking, folk guitar shredder, tunesmith he can be. Mind-boggling. Psyche-skimming river of consciousness. Victor Borg and John Martin wrestle beneath a...

Phil Kay: Lighter Hour

See Phil nails all today’s major issues in play in his fast not furious, voiced-based show… Master of mirth and energy, skipping from one thing to the next: a wheelbarrow display team, dog bites in Bangkok, being a swineherd. Relax, yet be riveted, as Phil...

Paul Patin: Angelo

Paul Patin is a French actor/singer/dancer who has performed around the world with international companies for more than 10 years. Discovered as an insane clown by Lucy Hopkins, he started to create cabaret solo shows. Angelo is a fallen angel from the sky. He finds...

Paul Currie: Hot Donkey

Come take the laugh less travelled and treat yourself to the brand new absurdist show from this turbo fool. Strap in for sparkling surrealism as the entire audience is whisked into a true circus of existential nonsense and solid gold silliness. Sell-out show at...

Pat Cahill: Clagnut

Come and see Pat Cahill ride the midnight Blundabus with his favourite nuggets of neo-music hall entertainment, old clags, new dingles and some ridiculous chunks he just can’t jiggle away. ‘Stand-up with a difference… Reminiscent of the old great...

Michael Clarke: Felt

Michael Clarke has felt something. He’d love to share that with you. Debut hour from 2017 Amused Moose and NATY finalist about childhood, memory and a terrifying darkness woven into the fabric of reality. Sponsored by the good people at Felta Skelta....

Marny Godden: Marny Town

Come on down to Marny Town! Join Marny as she performs some of her favourite characters and, for the first time, she gives us fascinating insight into the real-life inspiration behind them. Take the hand of a spinning lampshade and journey through the coloured clouds...