Leicester Comedy Festival Launches With Record Number of Shows

Leicester Comedy Festival Launches With Record Number of Shows

Hosting over 700 shows throughout the month!

Leicester Comedy Festival has launched its brochure featuring a record-breaking 708 registered shows, surpassing the 631 shows in 2023 and even exceeding the pre-pandemic level of 684 shows.

The 2024 event will welcome hundreds of comedians and shows, taking place in venues across Leicester.

Hosts include Sindhu Vee hosting the Gala Preview Show on 12 January at De Montfort Hall and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean hosting Get Off Comedy Fundraiser on 8 February at the Y Theatre. 

Myra Dubois will host the fundraiser event Live at De Montfort Hall on 16 February, with special guests. Founder Geoff Rowe returns to the Festival with a new series of in-depth discussions with comedians in aid of Big Difference Company. He’ll be hosting a special fundraiser for Warning Zone, a Leicester-based Charity dedicated to teaching life skills and safeguarding children, talking about the history of the festival on 15 February at the Warning Zone… Life Skills Centre. 

Jason Byrne will also return to host The UK Pun Championships on 12 February.

Comedians performing at the various venues in 2024 include Kieran Hodgson, Daniel Sloss, Sophie Duker, Ross Noble, Stewart Lee, Count Arthur Strong, Ania Magliano, Catherine Bohart, Garth Marenghi, Eshaan Akbar, Sikisa and Daliso Chaponda.

The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival will be packed with events aimed at children and young people. There will be a mix of big names in kids comedy, including Marcel Lucont, The Dark Room, Shelf, Jarred Christmas performing with world champion beatboxer Hobbit.

There will also be special events such as Loving Laughing, where Big Difference will present the award for the Funniest School in Leicestershire. The Kids Gala Preview, hosted by Bec Hill is on 3 December at The Y.

Leicester Comedy Festival’s main partners are De Monfort University and Leicester City Council. The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival is sponsored by De Montfort University and NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Patrons of Leicester Comedy Festival are: Eshaan Akbar, Stewart Lee, Jo Brand, Sikisa, & Tony Slattery.

For more information, please visit https://comedy-festival.co.uk/

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