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January 2018
Sunday 28 January//7:00 pm

Joe Lycett

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Joe Lycett returns to The Cookie for a speical Work In Progress show.

Sunday 28 January//8:00 pm

Greg Davies

De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd
Leicester, LE1 7RU United Kingdom
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Greg Davies, BAFTA-nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years. Join “undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy” (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour and witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies.

February 2018
Friday 2 February//12:00 am

Ain’t it funky

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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Saturday 3 February//8:00 pm

The Same Faces: Improvised Comedy

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Short-form, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" style comedy, from some of the best improvisers in the midlands.

Saturday 3 February//8:00 pm

Jestin’ At The Western

Upstairs @ The Western, 70 Western Rd
Leicester, LE3 0GA United Kingdom
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Dan Nicholas comperes a night of new material with open-mics and a headline comedian

Saturday 3 February//8:30 pm

The Same Faces – Improvised Comedy

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Short-form improvised comedy from one of the midlands' leading improv groups, featuring regulars Tom Young, Allan Smith, & Dave Gotheridge, as well as various guests.

Wednesday 7 February//6:00 am

Make ‘Em Laugh 3

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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A hilarious exhibition of stunning showbiz caricatures, created by TV Times & GQ illustrator George Williams, focusing on the theme of comedians of the UK's stage and screens. Inspired by a display of luvvies at Brighton's Colonnade Bar, this is the third installation of characters, all of whom will be household names and instantly recognisable.

Wednesday 7 February//9:00 am

Clicking Comedians

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit has allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has given him an opportunity to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images of his fellow comedians. The exhibition runs throughout the festival. For one night only, the 20th Feb at 7pm, Steve tells his story behind the photos he’s taken and his Herculean efforts to turn all this into a book.

Wednesday 7 February//12:00 pm

A Funny City exhibition

Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 6TF United Kingdom
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An exhibition charting the history of comedy in Leicester since 1979, and the development of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. We have spent the last 18 months searching through personal archives and public records to find materials which capture comedy shows, venues, promoters, activities and memories and these will be on display in addition to some rare audio and moving images. For further information visit www.afunnycity.co.uk

Wednesday 7 February//12:00 pm

1000 Years DAILY Show

The Guildhall, 11-15 Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ United Kingdom
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The 1000 Years Show is back for a third year of 20 minute shows throughout each day of the festival. Featuring various topics from history slanted to Leicester, the songs can vary from show to show but expect a dose of Richard III, and Lady Jane Grey and if you have a suggestion of a topic for a song (between 1066 and 2066), tweet it to @1000yearsShow in advance and I will attempt to write the pick of suggestions. PLEASE…

Wednesday 7 February//12:30 pm

Loving Laughing

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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An annual showcase of the comedic talents of primary school children from across Leicester and Leicestershire! We have been working with young people to teach them the basics of joke telling and comedy performance and the participants will take to the stage to show off what they have learnt and we will crown one school the “funniest school in Leicestershire”. Supported by #DMULocal

Wednesday 7 February//12:30 pm

Business Lunch

Vijay Patel Building, Mill Lane
Leicester, LE1 9BH United Kingdom
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The launch of Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, to guests and friends from local businesses, at De Montfort University, where the Festival began in 1994. To be held in the Vijay Patel Building Gallery.

Wednesday 7 February//5:00 pm

Si Deaves – Si’s Matters

Broood, 24 King Street
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Nuclear annihilation!! Brexit?! Rabies?? There are so many issues in the world today, yet Si Deaves still finds time to worry about the little things, in his own unique way. Join Si’s world as he tackles public abuse of grammar, superstitions, fears of inadequacy and much more in his official debut stand-up hour, Si’s Matters. (Work-in-Progress)

Wednesday 7 February//6:30 pm

Alternative Business Awards sponsored by Flogas

Curve, 60 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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Join us for the 2nd Alternative Business Awards, celebrating the serious men & women who drive the region’s economy. Following the success of the 2016 event, we’re bringing the awards back and encouraging the local business community to show their fun side and salute individuals and companies in a series of unique categories. Hosted by Patrick Monahan (winner of ITV’s “Show Me The Funny”) In aid of Big Difference Company.

Wednesday 7 February//6:30 pm

The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

The Cosy Club, 68 Highcross St
Leicester, LE14NN United Kingdom
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Alasdair Beckett-King is a legendary comedian, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. But he does exist. He was Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 and his debut show tackles the conundrums of impending extinction and vegan flimflam. Come and see it, please. "Alasdair Beckett-King is a nice man" ***** (EdFestMag) "A singular and truly distinct act" **** (The Scotsman) - "This is a comedy show" **** (One4Review)

Wednesday 7 February//7:00 pm

Oliver Coleman: Right then…

Broood, 24 King Street
Leicester, United Kingdom
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This is Australian comedian Oliver Coleman’s UK debut. He puts on a really tasty comedy show. It’s very modern. There's between 16 and 32 costume changes depending on how he’s going for time. He cried a lot making it so that you would laugh a lot watching it. A fully fact checked show. Hilarity Bites New Act Finalist. **** Funny Tonne. “an awesome powerhouse” squirrel comedy

Wednesday 7 February//7:00 pm

Brett Goldstein – What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Me

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Brett Goldstein - What Is Love Baby Don't Hurt Me Sex. Porn. Love. Addiction. Can you tell the difference? Brett Goldstein, award winning comic, actor and writer, returns to Leicester Comedy Festival with a new stand up show about relationships, psychology, living in a post porn world, and the hell that is being in love. Come help him through this difficult time. A work in progress comedy as therapy show.

Wednesday 7 February//7:00 pm

Lloyd Griffith mucks about for roughly an hour

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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Lloyd Griffith comes back to his favourite Leicestershire city to muck about and try some new jokes in his favourite pub on Silver St. As seen on Taxi To Training (BBC3), Soccer AM (Sky), The Premier League Show (BBC), Strictly Come Dancing (one day). Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett's tour support and Diane Griffith's son.

Wednesday 7 February//7:00 pm

Memoirs Of A Dater

Upstairs @ The Western, 70 Western Rd
Leicester, LE3 0GA United Kingdom
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Samantha Sinyakena (Leicester Comedy Festival)

Wednesday 7 February//7:00 pm

The Oakleys

Wygston’s House, 12 Applegate
Leicester, LE1 5LD United Kingdom
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Duncan Oakley has been a musician since age 6. As an adult, his unique style has brought him to festivals, perform on BBC Radio 4's Shappi Talk, and appear in feature films. However, 19 years into his comedy career, Duncan realises he may not be the funniest person in the family, so he introduces his wife Oli onto the stage to find out. Who knows, maybe their three year old Herbie will get up and prove them both wrong!

Wednesday 7 February//7:15 pm

First Night Funnies

Peter Pizzaria, 9 Welford Place
Leicester, LE1 6ZH United Kingdom
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Celebrate the first night of the festival with The Real Junk Food Project and a few of their funny friends! Headlining this very special event is the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017, Alasdair Beckett-King (***** EdFestMag | **** The Scotsman | **** Fest | **** One4Review | **** Voice | **** Three Weeks). More exciting acts to be announced at www.comedy-festival.co.uk. All profits will be donated to The Real Junk Food Project.

Wednesday 7 February//7:30 pm

Cereal For Dinner

The Exchange, 50 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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"Whats for Dinner mum?" "Cereal son." Chris Young's debut show Cereal for Dinner recalls the life of a young boy desperately trying to escape the clutches of an unforgiving 90's council estate, the kind where to get caught wearing cheap trainers was essentially a death sentence. THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED, UNLIKE THE ENTRY TO "FATHER" ON HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE. "A fresh type of observational comedy has just been seen" - The laughter lounge

Wednesday 7 February//7:45 pm

Hannah Silvester: I’m not too bad thanks

Manhattan 34, 34-38 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Hannah Silvester is feeling not too bad thanks. It’s true that she occasionally struggles with the meaningless nature of all human existence when she feels lost in a metaphorical wilderness, but she’s generally not too bad. Join the award-winning comedian as she returns to Leicester Comedy Festival with a new solo show. "A joy to watch" Notts Comedy Review "All round appeal" The Stand

Wednesday 7 February//8:00 pm

Jonny & the Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017 (with a live band!)

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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???? ‘Brilliant – the closest thing the Fringe has to rock gods' (Fest Mag). Leicester Comedy Festival Award-nominated musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists return with a riotous celebration of the last five years. A joyous night of silly songs and satirical anthems from the iTunes Comedy Chart-toppers and Radio 4 comedy regulars. Performed with a live band! ???? "Broad, daft and punchy" (Guardian). ???? "Wickedly amusing" (Times).

Wednesday 7 February//8:00 pm

Ha Ha Land

The Exchange, 50 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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There’s England. There’s New Zealand. And then there’s Ha Ha Land. Ryan is English, and he’s angry. So angry, he can barely control it. This doesn’t bode well for a do-gooder with a passion for animals. Jake is a Kiwi, and he’s searching for the meaning of life. Not great for a boozy over-eater who is more delusional than ethereal. Join us.

Wednesday 7 February//8:00 pm

Asian Persuasion

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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Asian Persuasion returns to present another top line up of the very best in comedy talent... Headlining is Tez Ilyas - sharp and astute crowd-pleasing stand up from this TV and radio regular... Star of BBC Radio 4 and as seen on BBC One,BBC Two, BBC Three, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, Comedy Central and Sky Arts. Support from Bilal Zafar (Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee), Rahul Kohli and Sunil Patel. Previous acts include Romesh Ranganathan & Nish Kumar.

Wednesday 7 February//8:15 pm

Oh, you people…

Broood, 24 King Street
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Adrian doesn't like people very much, and as such, he notices all sorts of stuff wrong about them. This is a show that may offend, upset, and poke fun at things you or someone you know does. Don't expect laddy, chavy, or a bellend type of humour here. Instead, bring your thinking cap, if you have one.

Wednesday 7 February//8:15 pm

Proper Funny’s Festival Launch Party

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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The "Proper Funny Launch Party" is back to kick Leicester Comedy Festival off with a bang! The evening includes sets from a variety of acts, ranging from previous Festival Award Winners/Nominees to some of the very finest emerging acts. The whole thing's seamlessly held together by Jason Neale (MC). The show's sold out for the last 3 years running. so book your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 7 February//8:30 pm

Lloyd Griffith mucks about for roughly an hour

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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Lloyd Griffith comes back to his favourite Leicestershire city to muck about and try some new jokes in his favourite pub on Silver St. As seen on Taxi To Training (BBC3), Soccer AM (Sky), The Premier League Show (BBC), Strictly Come Dancing (one day). Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett's tour support and Diane Griffith's son.

Wednesday 7 February//8:30 pm

Memoirs Of A Dater

Upstairs @ The Western, 70 Western Rd
Leicester, LE3 0GA United Kingdom
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Memoirs of a Dater is a modern day spoken word performance about the trials and tribulations of a young woman and her dating disasters. Inspired loosely from the Vagina Monologues, this funny but truthful rendition of dating in the modern age is sure to have every woman in the room reflecting on their dating history in a comic way!

Wednesday 7 February//9:00 pm

Brian Damage and Krysstal

Wygston’s House, 12 Applegate
Leicester, LE1 5LD United Kingdom
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Brian & Krysstal have entertained and delighted all kinds of audiences far and wide. Regular fixtures at The Edinburgh Festival , the duo have worked all over the UK as well as Germany, South Africa, Gozo, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and, of course, Peckham. Brian is infamously grumpy and deadpan, while his assistant Krysstal is glamorous but ditzy. A headline set from this unique act, with support from Ben Ennis, Mark Docker, Kevin Hayes.

Wednesday 7 February//9:15 pm

SCOTT BENNETT: SCOTT VS SCOTT

Manhattan 34, 34-38 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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A new stand up show from the Amused Moose Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Panelbeaters show regular and tour support for Rob Brydon. Scott is a dad, a husband and a born worrier and now he’s suddenly decided to follow his dreams. In the follow up to his acclaimed debut “About a Roy” he looks at what it means to take a risk later in life, the various roles he has to take on each day and the conflicts with his…

Wednesday 7 February//9:30 pm

The One Liner Show

The Exchange, 50 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Why are one-liners better than anecdotes? Well, long story short... Puns, gags, jokes, word play and quips galore! And nothing more.Join us as the best pro-comedians from the circuit do their finest short jokes all in one place: silly, rude, weird- all fantastically funny. Hosted by Chris Norton Walker - "Hilarious One Liners” – Barbican Theatre (Plymouth)

Wednesday 7 February//10:45 pm

Bob Slayer: Bobby’s Inner Circle

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Bob Slayer's infamous late night lock-in: Storytelling, yarn-spinning and a right good laugh. Anything can happen if you let it. "Spirit of the Fringe... " (Guardian). "Everyone should spend an hour with Bob... " (The List) "Not as daft as he looks?" (The Times) Until Late! Latecomers very welcome.

Thursday 8 February//12:00 am

Lloyd Griffith

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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Thursday 8 February//6:00 am

Make ‘Em Laugh 3

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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A hilarious exhibition of stunning showbiz caricatures, created by TV Times & GQ illustrator George Williams, focusing on the theme of comedians of the UK's stage and screens. Inspired by a display of luvvies at Brighton's Colonnade Bar, this is the third installation of characters, all of whom will be household names and instantly recognisable.

Thursday 8 February//9:00 am

Clicking Comedians

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit has allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has given him an opportunity to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images of his fellow comedians. The exhibition runs throughout the festival. For one night only, the 20th Feb at 7pm, Steve tells his story behind the photos he’s taken and his Herculean efforts to turn all this into a book.

Thursday 8 February//12:00 pm

Shakespeare Martineau (Comedy) Curry Club

Chutney Ivy, 41 Halford Street
Leicester, LE1 1TR United Kingdom
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Join Shakespeare Martineau for hilarious comedy, amazing food and serious networking for the region's professionals. Featuring a very special guest! For further information please contact Rumena Rahman – rumena.rahman@shma.co.uk

Thursday 8 February//12:00 pm

A Funny City exhibition

Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 6TF United Kingdom
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An exhibition charting the history of comedy in Leicester since 1979, and the development of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. We have spent the last 18 months searching through personal archives and public records to find materials which capture comedy shows, venues, promoters, activities and memories and these will be on display in addition to some rare audio and moving images. For further information visit www.afunnycity.co.uk

Thursday 8 February//12:00 pm

1000 Years DAILY Show

The Guildhall, 11-15 Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ United Kingdom
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The 1000 Years Show is back for a third year of 20 minute shows throughout each day of the festival. Featuring various topics from history slanted to Leicester, the songs can vary from show to show but expect a dose of Richard III, and Lady Jane Grey and if you have a suggestion of a topic for a song (between 1066 and 2066), tweet it to @1000yearsShow in advance and I will attempt to write the pick of suggestions. PLEASE…

Thursday 8 February//5:30 pm

Grays Comedy Café

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Grays@LCB presents a bevy of Comedy Cafe shows

Thursday 8 February//5:50 pm

Sean Morley – I Apologise For My Recent Behaviour

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Thank you. Thank you so much. I'm so glad you took the time to read about my show and once again I am so incredibly sorry for my recent behaviour. I promise you I have put all that behind me now. "Setting the bar for alternative comedy" (Broadway Baby) "Giddily hilarious. And he told not one joke" (Vibrations Magazine) Nominated Best Show - Leicester Comedy Festival 2017

Thursday 8 February//6:00 pm

Adam Rowe: Work In Progress

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Viral sensation, Liverpool Comedian Of The Year Winner & English Comedian Of The Year Finalist brings his Work In Progress show to Leicester Comedy Festival, ahead of his Australian tour, Edinburgh Fringe Festival dates & a nationwide UK tour. This is brand new material from one of the country's fastest rising stars. ???? - The List ???? - The Hook "True Comic Brilliance" - The Liverpool Echo "Extremely strong routines" - Fest Mag

Thursday 8 February//6:30 pm

1 Woman, A High-Flyer And A Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines

BrewDog, 8 Friar Lane
Leicester, LE1 5RA United Kingdom
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Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (Call the Midwife, UK Pun Championship Finalist 2017, BBC Radio 4) returns to Leicester after a smash-hit, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run. This year she's exploring the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. 'One of the ones to watch' (Evening Standard). 'Very funny' (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk). 'One of the punniest comedians in the land' (Metro).

Thursday 8 February//6:30 pm

Dale Harris

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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New stand up comedian from Leicester putting a funny twist on his life experiences. No matter what the situation, if there's a joke to be found, Dale will find it.

Thursday 8 February//7:00 pm

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road
Leicester, LE1 7HA United Kingdom
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Join Juliette as she finds out whether kindness holds the power to change lives, cure mental health conditions, restore hope and dispel despair, end poverty and even defeat death.

Thursday 8 February//7:00 pm

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Dryden Street Social, 24 Dryden Street
Leicester, LE1 3QE
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John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Thursday 8 February//7:00 pm

David Morgan – Buttons (work in progress)

Peter Pizzaria, 9 Welford Place
Leicester, LE1 6ZH United Kingdom
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David Morgan (I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, Safeword) brings his brand new show to Leicester. It'll be really funny and there will be actual buttons. “David Morgan is Funny. That’s right. Capital F.” Attitude.“A joy to behold” Metro. Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Award Nominee.

Thursday 8 February//7:00 pm

Christian Brighty’s Free Will

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Law graduate Christian Brighty presents a show about what he knows best: law. Hold on to your horsehair wigs as this “hilarious legal advisor” (The List) takes us on the most legally rigorous comedy show Leicester has ever seen. Guaranteed valid will on exit! Disclaimer: Christian Brighty is not a qualified lawyer. It is advised you get your will made by a Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme accredited solicitor.

Thursday 8 February//7:00 pm

Marlon Davis: Work In Progress

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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Happy go lucky comedian Marlon Davis (Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Safeword (ITV2)) debuts at Leicester Comedy Festival following a life changing experience. Davis presents tales of his road to recovery. "A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity" Scotsman. ???? ThreeWeeks. ???? BroadwayBaby

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