Posters and Photos we collected –
Historical Video Footage –
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
2011 – Leicester Comedy Festival received a letter from The Queen wishing them luck.
2012 – Leicester Comedy Festival was renamed as Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival as they entered into a partnership with TV channel Dave. The festival included Sarah Millican, Arthur Smith, Greg Davies, Russell Howard, Pam Ayres and Shappi Khorsandi. The festival launched on the 3rd February with a Guerrilla Knitting attack across the city centre and Shelly Bridgman won the first Silver Comedy Competition for comedians aged over 55.
2013 – Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year was won by Romesh Ranganathan. Dave’s Curry House had a surprise visit from Al Murray. as part of the Comedy Cook Off and Hotel D’Comedie. Throughout the festival there was a photographic exhibition at Leicester train station featuring comedians who had performed in the Leicester Comedy festival over the past 20 years. The Silver Stand Up competition was won by Marc Lucero and Sir Norman Wisdom (patron of the festival since 1994) was awarded with the new Legend of Comedy award.
2014 – Leicester Comedy Festival had grown to 627 events across the 17 days. Highlights included Russell Kane, The Inaugural UK Pun Championships (hosted by Lee Nelson & won by Darren Walsh.) Ken Dodd turned up at the Awards Ceremony to accept his Legend of Comedy Award. The Silver Stand Up competition was won by Peter Callaghan.
2015 Leicester Comedy Festival were proud to host an exhibition celebrating the life of Festival Patron Sir Norman Wisdom, curated by his son Nick.
2016 – The first ever #UKPunDay campaign trended on twitter. At Leicester Comedy Festival original comedy events included live Q&A’s with Johnny Vegas and Nicholas Parsons, Silver Stand Up Competition, Comedy in a Car, Hotel D’Comedie and new shows Odd Couples, Paul Foot’s Game of Dangers & Euroversity Challenge.
2017 – Leicestershire Police Constabulary commission a comedy film to tackle radicalisation amongst young people. The Leicester Comedy Festival brochure cover reflected a year of political upheaval.
Numerous promoters and comedians keep the comedy spirit going throughout the year, and the city’s main venues now play host to regular comedy nights. The city embraces comedy and that humour is an important element across the community.