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SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS
1979 – Margaret Thatcher is voted into power. The phrase alternative comedy is coined by Tony Allen (Malcolm Hardee later claims its invention.) It is a welcome end to mother-in-law and milkman jokes.
1982 – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3⁄4, written by Leicester author Sue Townsend, hits the bookshelves: it becomes the biggest selling book of the 80s
Through the 80’s Leicester’s Magazine Pub plays host to a series of ‘alternative’ comedy nights, including The Magazine Jokespace and later The Monkhouse Comedy Club, run by Kev Sutherland and Alan Seaman.
The Monkhouse brought then unknowns like Jo Brand, Hattie Hayridge, Linda Smith and Mark Lamarr to Leicester, for the princely sum of £2 / £2.50
1989 – Leicester firm, Invicta Plastics Ltd, are chosen to produce the 2nd Comic Relief Red Nose. 7.18 million noses are sold