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Leicester Comedy Festival 2023

9 February – 26 February 2023
Leicester Comedy Festival is back for its 30th year bringing you the most celebrated comedy in Britain. This year we are taking part by hosting 23 must-see performances, with all the basis covered from hilarious shows, family entertainment and important discussions of the comedy sector today.

Explore below to see all our our shows or click the buttons to be taken to specific sections. Book your place before they sell out soon!

Comedy Events

Comedy Asylum

Thursday 9 February
7pm – 9:30pm
Pay What You Can
In their sixteenth glorious year, Comedy Asylum presents sketches, songs and stand-up from a team of comedians, writers and mental service users in this thoroughly inclusive and entertaining night.

Cultural Comedy Tour

Friday 10 February
6pm – 6:30pm
Free
Comedians are your guides as they take you on a fun tour around the centre, showing all the nooks and crannys you never noticed before in this hilarious – and free – tour.

Helen Duff presents Lullabies

Friday 10 February
7pm – 7:50pm
£7/£5
It’s Duff’s first show post baby and Oh Mama is she itching to blow off some steam. Strap in for some seriously moving mayhem.

Any Suggestions Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody

Saturday 11 February
2:30pm – 3:30pm
£10/£8/£30 for Family of four
A brand new, never before seen, entirely improvised episode of Doctor Who with a live radiophonic workshop, wacky props and a collection of hilarious improv comedy performers.

Drag Queens Vs Zombies

Saturday 11 February
7pm – 8pm
£10/£8
A comedy horror play where the fate of the audience is in the fabulously manicured hands of two hapless drag queens.

Clowntographer

Sunday 12 February
1pm – 2pm
£2.50
Clowntographer is a documentary that follows comedian and photographer, Steve Best, as he interviews and photographs comedians and more to find out what makes a great comedy photograph.

The Oldest Comedy Pub in Britain

Sunday 12 February
5:30pm – 6:30pm
£2.50
A documentary about the iconic comedy venue Downstairs at The Kings Head, the oldest comedy club in Britain.

Potatohead

Friday 24 February
7pm – 8pm
£8/£6
The starry-eyed Charlotte potato is rooting to become a national treasure but how does a couch potato become a golden wonder?

Family Shows

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 February
11am – 12pm & 1pm – 2pm
£6/£5/£15 for family of 4
Three companions of Baron Munchausen, the greatest adventurer the world has ever seen, tell tales of their exploits in an attempt to discover who actually the Baron in disguise is.

Lindsey Warnes presents Shirley’s Pop-tastic Vinyl Revival

Wednesday 22 February
1pm – 2pm
£5/£15 for family of 4
Join in with the fabulous Shirley and her interactive show experience for all the family, featuring her favourite new and retro songs.

This is Your Laugh Presents This Is Your Trial

Wednesday 22 February
3:30pm – 4:30pm
£5/£15 for family of 4
With a group of local comedians, children get the chance to put their parents or older siblings on trial and decide a suitable penalty for their misdemeanours, with you helping to decide.

Mr Sleep Bum's Stupid, Silly Dreams

Thursday 23 February
3pm – 3:45pm
£5/£20 for family of 4
Do you have stupid, silly, weird dreams that don’t make sense? Then come and join Mr Sleepy Bum in a sleep adventure as he re-enacts some of his favourite dreams.

Ingenious Fools presents Blue Badge Bunch

Friday 24 February
11am – 11:55am
£5/£20 for family of 4
BSL Interpreted
A hilarious gameshow where each game represents a different disability, giving kids and grown-ups the chance to learn about Autism and Cerebral Palsy, among others.

Family Extravaganza - Playing in Wonderland

Saturday 25 February
11am – 3pm
Free
Come for a fun filled day with a range of activities for all the family, during our new exhibition, Mohammad Barrangi ‘Playing in Wonderland’.

Beyond A Joke

The Future of the LCA

Saturday 11 February
2pm – 3pm
Free
Does the sector need a membership body to help advocate for, and support, those working in live comedy? Join a panel who will discuss what the future might look like.

Future of Edinburgh Fringe

Saturday 11 February
4pm – 5pm
Free
Join Kate Copstick, Sian Davies and our panel for a chat about what the problems are with Edinburgh Fringe and how we might work together to fix them.

Who Cares

Sunday 12 February
2pm – 3pm
Free
The Beyond A Joke Series has become a key part of the overall programme but who really cares about these discussions? Join the panel for this lively discussion.

Making Films About Comedy

Sunday 12 February
4pm – 5pm
Free
An exclusive opportunity to learn more about the films and work created by Joe Bor, an award winning film maker who has developed a niche in creating films about comedy.

Behind The Scenes: Comedy and Mental Health

Saturday 18 February
11am – 12pm
Free
Have you ever wondered how comedy affects a comedian’s mental health? Join us for an open, honest & insightful discussion around mental health behind the comedy curtain.

The Point of Laughter

Saturday 18 February
2pm – 3pm
Free
Join Simon Fanshawe OBE and Sophie Scott CBE, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL & regular on Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, as they discuss the point of laughter.

Get Off! Live Comedy

Saturday 18 February
4pm – 5pm
Free
Join comedians Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Nina Gilligan as they chat about Get Off! Live Comedy, an independent organisation with the aim of eradicating Sexual Harassment within Live Comedy.

Do You Mind If I Laugh?

Sunday 26 February
2pm – 3pm
Free
Comedy Clubs, pubs and theatres work great for comedy, but as soon as you change the setting peoples’ perceptions change. This panel explores why certain places give you permission to laugh and others do not.
Outside shot of Gallery 1, including the courtyard.

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