In a completely new effort for their 25th year, Leicester Comedy Festival has launched their crowdfunded programme for discovering, developing and supporting new talent. Breaking away from the  Edinburgh festival mould of (for the most part) hour long shows from established acts and focussing in on the idea of providing more platforms to discover new talent. This has always been a part of the festival, but now it’s a quantifiable stream within the main festival.

There are plenty of acts from across the UK who want to come to Leicester but they are new and don’t have hour long shows. Circuit Breakers aims to benefit comedians like this; the ones who are about to break on the comedy circuit. They want to encourage acts who don’t have full shows to come to the festival and provide them with professional support at the start of their careers.  Circuit Breakers will provide a supportive place for new and emerging acts to perform and develop their networks and contacts.

This years Circuit Breakers are:

Akin Omobitan, Kathryn Mather, Liam Bannigan, Regan MacNeil, Sian Davies & Stephen Harper

Circuit Breakers is at Peter Pizzaria on the 16th and 17th February.

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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