The Leicester Comedy Festival is the biggest comedy festival in Europe and as such, it gets some of the biggest stars of stand-up coming to Leicester. Take a look at our pick of the shows that we consider unmissable!

Star of Man Like Mobeen and Taskmaster, Guz Khan is hot property right now, and is also branching into film work, with appearances in Netflix’s Army of Thieves and The Bubble. You can catch him at De Montfort Hall on the eve of the Comedy Festival. There’s only a few seats left, so snap them up now!

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Some of the most fascinating parts of the comedy festival are the ‘In Conversation With’ shows. These are hosted by Festival founder Geoff Rowe, who knows a thing or two about comedy. They kick off this year with Perrier Award and Time Out Critics Choice winner Mark Watson who will be at the Y Theatre on 7 February discussing his varied career, before a full stand-up show! Get a joint ticket for both interview and performance for just £26

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Romesh Ranganathan is a household name, staple of comedy panel shows, TV presenter and BBC Radio 2 DJ. He’s also a former Leicester Comedy Festival Comedian of the Year (2013). He’s doing two shows at De Montfort Hall on 7 and 8 February and we’re sorry to say they’re completely SOLD OUT. But if you’ve managed to bag tickets, you’re in for a treat!

The Leicester Comedy Festival is the place to find the next big thing, we remember watching Frankie Boyle in a small venue many years ago, and this year is now different. Ali Woods is a TikTok sensation and was a nominee for Best Show at last year’s Comedy Festival. He’s at the Big Difference venue on 8 Februry.

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Lily Philips is a BBC New Comedy Award finalist Lily Phillips and she brings her work in progress show to The Big Difference on 9 February. Catch her before she blows up!

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Fesshole is one of the the most popular social media accounts out there, with more than a million X followers thanks to its revealing and sometimes unimaginable confessions, and its creator Rob Manuel, who was also behind internet sensation B3TA, comes to the Y Theatre on 10 Febraury.

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QI, Just a Minute, Have I Got News For You, his own sold out tours up and down the country. Ross Noble has to be one of the most popular comedians on the circuit and he’ll be at De Montfort Hall on the 10 February with his new show Jibber Jabber Jamboree.

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Jason Byrne has an inspired, original brand of high-energy intelligent lunacy which ensures that there is no other comedian like him. His sell out shows have earned him the highly coveted Perrier Newcomer Award Nomination in 1998 and the Perrier Award Nomination in 2001. He’s in conversation with Geoff Rowe about his career at the Big Difference on the 11 February.

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Rosie Jones is one of the best female comedians out there and she’s got a couple of appearances this year. Firstly, as part of the UK Kids Comedy Festival she’s showcasing her brand new children’s book character Edie Eckhart at the Y Theatre on 11 February. Then later that same day you’ll have the chance to see her perform he stand up show Triple Threat, guaranteed to be full of unapologetic cheekiness, nonsensical fun and unadulterated JOY. Book your tickets here.

It's one of the annual highlights of the comedy festival and it’s back again in 2024. The UK Pun Championships, where quick witted comedians verbally duke it out in an actual boxing ring is at De Montfort Hall on 12 February.  

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Making a come back from his Dark Place, Garth Marenghi is horror literature’s greatest living author, and makes a rare public appearance at De Montfort Hall on 17 February to mark the release of his long-lost multi-volume horror epic TerrorTome.

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The elder statesman of stand up Arthur Smith brings his Audience With to the Big Difference on 18 February. Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, celebrity gossip and songs (at least 1 from Leonard Cohen)

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Stewart Lee has been at the top of his comedy game for many years and after a decade of ground-breaking high concept shows involving overarched interlinked narratives, massive sets and enormous comedy props, he enters the post-pandemic era in streamlined solo stand-up mode. The show, on 18 February is preceded by an on stage interview with Stewart and Geoff Rowe. You can get a combined ticket for the two shows for £40.50, saving you a fiver!

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Mitch Benn is the country’s leading musical satirist (and another former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year), and he’s coming to the Big Difference Venue on the 20 February with his critically acclaimed Edinburgh 2023 Fringe show "The Point".

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Stewart Lee’s mate, critically acclaimed by just about everyone who matters and everyone’s favourite meVme snooker commentator, Richard Herring is doing a live recording of his Leicester Square Theatre Podcast right here in Leicester!

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It’s the climax of this and every other Leicester Comedy Festival, The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition. Previous winners include Romesh Ranganathan, Jason Manford, Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe. And the list of losers is even more star studded, including Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall, Greg Davis, Russell Kane and Rob Beckett!

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