They say laughter is the best medicine, and if that’s true then Leicester is the place to get your dose in February. Kicking off on 7 February, Leicester Comedy Festival is celebrating its 25 year anniversary this year, and they’re inviting you to join the party… and work those belly muscles along the way! The city will host hundreds of comedians this month across 70 venues. Not sure what to see? We’ve got you covered; have a look at our top picks this for this year’s festival.

Big Difference Company presents… An Interview with Harry Hill

Comedian Harry Hill

Way back in 1994, Harry Hill took to the stage in the first ever Leicester Comedy Festival. So it’s fitting then, that he returns for the 25 birthday party to talk about his journey to become one of the UKs most loved comedians. Join Harry for this in-depth interview with Festival Director, Geoff Rowe on 11 February at Curve.


Heavenly Laughter – a thanksgiving service for Leicester Comedy Festival

Don’t miss this free event at Leicester Cathedral, a unique thanksgiving service celebrating humour, laughter and the contribution the festival has made to Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. Come along and join special guest Nicholas Parsons to give thanks om 25 February.


The UK Pun Championships

Whether they have you in stiches or make you groan, there’s no denying the pun is an art form. Masters of this pun-ishing craft will tell you it’s all about quick-thinking and delivery – so if you want to brush up on your wordplay whilst having a laugh, head over to the UK Pun Championships, taking place on 12 February at De Montfort Hall. Known for showcasing great British humour, grab a seat and enjoy watching contestants from across the UK compete in a head-to-head battle for the chance to be crowned the UK Pun Champion.

UK Pun Championships taking place at DeMontfort Hall

25 acts for £25

Are you indecisive? If you’re flicking through the Leicester Comedy Festival programme and can’t decide which events to attend, then this is the ticket you need! On 17 February, celebrate 25 years of Leicester Comedy Festival with 25 whopping comedians all under one roof, in one night. The evening at Hansom Hall will be hosted by 'top class' stand up Lloyd Langford and star of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, Barbara Nice. The perfect way to get a flavour of the festival!


Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

Hosted by Zoe Lyons (Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Live at the Apollo), this serious comedy competition has a stellar list of past winners including Josh Widdicombe, Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh and Rhod Gilbert. Held in the Y theatre on 24 February, come along and watch as the year’s finest up and coming acts, nominated by top comedy promoters from across the UK, battle it out to be the 24th winner of this award.


Big Difference Company & Equity present… I SAY – the annual comedy conversation ft. Sara Pascoe

Comedian, Sara Pascoe

Join special guest comedian, writer & performer Sara Pascoe in conversation on 16 February in the Hugh Aston building, part of De Montfort University campus. The star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster will chat to Festival Director Geoff Rowe about her career and future plans.


Leicester Comedy Festival’s 25th Birthday Party

In place of the normal finale event, Comedy Heaven, join Leicester Comedy Festival on 25 February – the final night of 2018's mammoth event – to celebrate 25 of years of comedy in Leicester. Featuring an incredible line-up of festival acts and even a special guest or two, this event at the Little Theatre provides the perfect opportunity to laugh one final time before the festival wraps up.

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Touted as "one of the best comedy festivals in the world" by The Guardian, Leicester Comedy festival has a long tradition of bringing some of the country’s biggest TV names along with the most innovative emerging comedy talent to Leicester.

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