Just a week in to it’s crowdfunding campaign, Leicester Comedy Festival have announced thet ‘Circuit Breakers’ has hit the first landmark, with £1000 raised to support emerging comedy talent. Their aim is to raise £10,000 by the end of the campaign.

Watch their pitch video here:

“Projects such as Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Silver Stand Up and UK Pun Championships and our annual Awards Ceremony are all examples of how we have supported comedians.  These projects have helped to launch the careers of comedians including Romesh Ranganathan, Johnny Vegas and Jason Manford.  We know the festival is a great platform for emerging comedians and we want to continue to provide this. Sponsors and funds are increasingly difficult for us to sustain but we want to continue our commitment to support new talent.  Recent feedback from our audience has shown that a significant number massively valuethis part of the festival and want to support new talent themselves.  Hundreds of comedians attend the festival each year but we want to specifically support those who don’t have full shows yet, and allow them to benefit from being part of the longest running comedy festival in Europe.

 So, we are asking for support from you our audience, and comedy fans across the UK, for Circuit Breakers.  If you support our mission of continuing to provide a platform for new comedians, please support Circuit Breakers.”

Support the Circuit Breakers campaign at Crowdfunder.co.uk

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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