Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival: There’s still time!

You’re telling me you haven’t been to a single show in this year’s Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival? What are you playing at, it’s been on since 4th February!

Never fear, it’s not too late! By my reckoning we’ve got a week left and there are still over 100 rib-tickling events that you can get stuck into. Even if you’re not local to Leicester, it’s definitely well worth the trip as the longest-running Comedy Festival in the land.

Here are a few of my picks for the final week of chortles and guffaws:

Big Names

Wednesday 18th February
Mark Thomas: Cuckooed
£12-£16, Curve
Mark Thomas is a friggin’ genius. Nuff said.

Price of dinner

Saturday 21st February
Neil Innes
£12, Leicester Guildhall
Comedy singsmith, Neil, is best known for his work on Monty Python and quite frankly the ‘Camelot Song’ should be enough to make you want to go see him perform his latest material live. However, the Guardian also recently described a performance of Innes’ quality comedy Beatles tribute act, The Rutles as ‘a spoof crafted with rare affection.’ High praise indeed.

Price of a lunch

Thursday 19th February
Keith Farnan – Anonymous (work in progress)
£6, The Belmont Hotel
Examining where we are with privacy. Now that’s the sort of comedy I like – global conspiracy and humour. Time Out magazine calls him ‘brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny.’ Check out this test show for a fraction of the price you’ll pay to see him in That London later this year.

Footloose and free

Tuesday 17th February
Pesha Lily and Jared Shooter – 100 Bourbons Tall
FREE, Manhattan 34
Relative unknowns, but winners of Bradford’s charity Comedy Hat event these two are surely worth a punt. Anyone that uses biscuits as a unit of measurement deserves my attention. Plus, if they’re rubbish, you can spend the cash you would have spent on tickets and whatnot on some of Manhattan‘s delicious cocktails. In fact you should try the cocktails anyway, Comedy Festival or no.


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