Circuit Breakers: Leicester Comedy Festival launch fund raising campaign to support emerging comedians

(c) Andy Hollingworth Archive

Organisers of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £3,000 to continue their support of new and emerging comedians.

The festival, which is produced by registered charity Big Difference Company, are appealing to comedy fans and members of the public to pledge money to enable the festival to develop their support for comedians breaking onto the UK comedy circuit.

“Circuit Breakers” is a development programme which will benefit comedians who are just starting out and enable them to perform at the festival, which takes place again in February 2020.

The programme first took place as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, and took place again in 2019, following successful crowd funding campaigns where members of the public donated money.  Each year, producers of the festival have been inundated with applications from emerging comedians from across the UK so have decided to run the programme again, but need financial support to enable this to happen.

Members of the public who pledge money will receive a range of exclusive rewards, including discounts on festival tickets and invitations to private events.

The annual festival is a great showcase for performers and “Circuit Breakers” is an opportunity for newer acts to benefit from taking part in the longest running comedy festival in Europe.

Applications from comedians who want to apply to benefit from Circuit Breakers 2020 will open later this year.

Leicester Comedy Festival will run from 5-23rd February and the full programme will be announced at the end of October.  Further information will be available from

Pledges can now be made via

Main Image: (c) Andy Hollingworth 

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