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February 2018
Wednesday 21 February//6:00 am

Make ‘Em Laugh 3

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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A hilarious exhibition of stunning showbiz caricatures, created by TV Times & GQ illustrator George Williams, focusing on the theme of comedians of the UK's stage and screens. Inspired by a display of luvvies at Brighton's Colonnade Bar, this is the third installation of characters, all of whom will be household names and instantly recognisable.

Wednesday 21 February//9:00 am

Clicking Comedians

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit has allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has given him an opportunity to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images of his fellow comedians. The exhibition runs throughout the festival. For one night only, the 20th Feb at 7pm, Steve tells his story behind the photos he’s taken and his Herculean efforts to turn all this into a book.

Wednesday 21 February//11:00 am

A Funny City exhibition

Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 6TF United Kingdom
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An exhibition charting the history of comedy in Leicester since 1979, and the development of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. We have spent the last 18 months searching through personal archives and public records to find materials which capture comedy shows, venues, promoters, activities and memories and these will be on display in addition to some rare audio and moving images. For further information visit www.afunnycity.co.uk

Wednesday 21 February//12:00 pm

1000 Years DAILY Show

The Guildhall, 11-15 Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ United Kingdom
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The 1000 Years Show is back for a third year of 20 minute shows throughout each day of the festival. Featuring various topics from history slanted to Leicester, the songs can vary from show to show but expect a dose of Richard III, and Lady Jane Grey and if you have a suggestion of a topic for a song (between 1066 and 2066), tweet it to @1000yearsShow in advance and I will attempt to write the pick of suggestions. PLEASE…

Wednesday 21 February//12:00 pm

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy

Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road
Leicester, LE1 7HA United Kingdom
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The lunchtime comedy club for parents and their babies is coming to Leicester! Enjoy the funniest comedians at the festival without needing to book a babysitter! With top comedy for mum and dad, plus toys, soft flooring and more for baby ... this show is a top night out during the day! "Promises to leave at least one of you crying with laughter" - Mother and Baby Magazine. Ages 16+ and under 12 months. www.byobcomedy.com/leicester for details.

Wednesday 21 February//5:50 pm

Matt Kinson: Endorphin Alchemist

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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After years in the wilderness, Matt Kinson has discovered something. He misses stand up comedy. Bad. Since his debut show he's got divorced, moved in with and out of his parent's house, got a new job and had some very strange thoughts. He'll probably be banging on about some or all of that. IDK. He's also resisting doing the joke where he mentions writing about himself in the third person. He is weak and he failed.

Wednesday 21 February//6:30 pm

Suzi Ruffell: Work in Progress

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Suzi Ruffell returns with a brand new hour of stand-up comedy following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As seen on Channel 4, E4, BBC3, Comedy Central, Dave and heard on BBC Radio4."Ruffell has nabbed the working class comedy crown for her generation. Sparky, energising, fun, an accomplished act who knows how to engage an audience" - Chortle "Classy stand-up from an emerging star" **** - The Scotsman

Wednesday 21 February//7:00 pm

Angela Barnes: Work In Progress

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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BBC New Comedy Award winner, Angela Barnes, returns to Leicester with a brand-new hour of jokes. A regular on Mock The Week and host of BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, Angela has also appeared on R4’s Newsquiz, and sold out her run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” The Guardian

Wednesday 21 February//7:00 pm

Best of the Stand Up Challenge

Peter Pizzaria, 9 Welford Place
Leicester, LE1 6ZH United Kingdom
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Every autumn we challenge members of the the local business community to do their very first 5 minutes of original stand up comedy. Over the years 20+ brave (foolish?!) people have taken to the stage and tonight you lucky people can see some of the best. In aid of Big Difference Company.

Wednesday 21 February//7:00 pm

Helen Duff: How Deep is Your Duff?

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Whip smart, stream of consciousness comedy from "master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning" Helen Duff ????( BroadwayBaby). Dive deep as Duff "creates a level of intimacy that most acts wouldn't dare" (???? TheSkinny), slipping beneath the skin of standard storytelling to explode paradigms with the precision of a paint gun pellet. "Her energy is endless and boundless, and it’s a joy to behold" ???? EdFestMag. (WIP).

Wednesday 21 February//7:00 pm

Jacob Hatton: Ozymandias

Broood, 24 King Street
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Epic Comedy for Kings. Stand up and sketches for Emperors and madfolk from up and coming surrealist and wild-man Jacob Hatton (BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre Young Company). Come for sagas of great men, heroic deeds, love and er... Old Macdonald. Comedy for the brave, chivalrous and true. "The hour flew past... I can't wait to see what he does next," Edinburgh Fringe Audience Review. "In touch with the human psyche" Broadway Baby.

Wednesday 21 February//7:30 pm

Five Reasons Why (I Quit Teaching)

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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When Martin Goodman waves goodbye to a twenty-year career as a special needs teacher and joins the academic staff of his local university for a fresh start, he discovers a whole new parallel universe. Join us for his inaugural lecture: 'Five Reasons Why I Quit Teaching'. A two-act comedy written and produced by Paul Gosling (Massive Number 2, Canvas No 9, Magic Number 6). Directed by Carolos Dandolo.

Wednesday 21 February//7:30 pm

Phil Cooper : Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool

Queen of Bradgate, 97 High Street
Leicester, LE1 4JB United Kingdom
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Phil grew up with no money, living in a post-Thatcher mining town in the South Wales valleys. However, by 2017, Pontypridd boasts such luxuries as an outdoor heated swimming pool – funded by the EU. In the face of political uncertainty, Phil’s show explores his own anxieties, his childhood, and the effect of global politics on the future of Wales. “Made comedy look simple, fantastic talent” (Fosters Comedy)

Wednesday 21 February//7:45 pm

Becky Fury: Apocoloptimist

The Cosy Club, 68 Highcross St
Leicester, LE14NN United Kingdom
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Double Malcolm Hardee Award winning Becky Fury presents the results of this year's Edinburgh WIP. The show formerly known as Molotov Cocktail Party, Apocoloptimist. Based on Fury's trip to the Calais jungle this show explores what happens when you try to do the right thing and it goes wrong with hilarious consequences. "A Rollercoaster ride of a story" "Finest sticks of comedy dynamite to be found for love or a suggested donation" (Scotsgay)

Wednesday 21 February//7:45 pm

Chris Washington: Everyman (Work in Progress)

Manhattan 34, 34-38 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Join 2017 Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee, Chris Washington for an hour of brand new stories, ideas and (hopefully) laughs. Not here to challenge the way you think or tackle any of the world's big issues, just here to (try his best to) be funny. Tour Support for Jason Manford and Tom Stade . “Gaining big laughs from the really small things in life” – **** The List

Wednesday 21 February//8:00 pm

Find The Right Words

Upstairs @ The Western, 70 Western Rd
Leicester, LE3 0GA United Kingdom
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Jess Green comperes Leicester's best performance poetry and rap night

Wednesday 21 February//8:00 pm

Jen Brister – Work in Progress

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Jen Brister is back with a brand new work in progress that at the time of submission she hadn't started writing yet. No doubt it'll be HILARIOUS* (*I can't promise that.)"Look out for Jen Brister, long-championed by the comedy cognoscenti as someone who richly deserves a mainstream breakthrough." The Guardian "Gorgeously talented" Time Out "A truly natural and gifted performer" The List "Outrageously Funny" Metro

Wednesday 21 February//8:00 pm

Tony Jameson – Idealist

The Exchange, 50 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Tony Jameson returns to Leicester Comedy Festival with a brand new solo show from one of the north easts most natural story tellers. He's been described as 'like hanging out with one of your mates'. Tony is refreshingly honest in tackling everyday subjects aswell as some slightly more thought provoking ideas as he searches for an idealist lifestyle. "Wonderful, terrific, life affirming stuff... " The Skinny "Painfully funny... " The List

Wednesday 21 February//8:15 pm

Valdemar Pustelnik: 53 Minutes about 52 Sheep (60 Minutes long)

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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An hour of absurdist, political, ridiculous clowning and storytelling.Danish comedian, actor, 4th generation immigrant and viking-look-a-like Valdemar Pustelnik presents a show about national identity, history, war, democracy, religion and "Hygge". "Spirited and quirky", "Garners the laughs" Chortle

Wednesday 21 February//8:45 pm

A Verbal Tightrope Walk

Broood, 24 King Street
Leicester, United Kingdom
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There’s a fine line between the sublime and the ridiculous. This one-liner comic has no idea where it is but has fun finding out. Wordplay and nonsense teetering on the boundary between daft and dafter. “Superbly formulated and consistently funny one-liners” – BSH Magazine. “Left me wondering just what he was going to say next” – Notts Comedy Review “A host of inventive gags doused in wordplay and performed with aplomb” – Stage Fright Comedy

Wednesday 21 February//9:00 pm

1000 Years HOUR Show

Wygston’s House, 12 Applegate
Leicester, LE1 5LD United Kingdom
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The first full hour 1000 Years Show at the festival featuring themes such as Richard III, Lady Jane Grey, The Magna Carta and Famous Leicester. It's hystorical! The 1000 years covers 1066 to 2066 so expect the odd current and/or future topic. This show is 'clean' so if you're tired of constant swearing and crudity this is the show for you. It's okay for children too, although it might not be their kind of thing.

Wednesday 21 February//9:00 pm

Joe Sutherland: Model/Actress 2.0

Queen of Bradgate, 97 High Street
Leicester, LE1 4JB United Kingdom
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A former model turned aspiring model, Joe Sutherland started from the bottom now he's..here. The tale is less rags-to-riches, more would-like-to-meet-riches. As seen (briefly) in the movie Pride and supporting Ellie Taylor, Joe has taken the comedy circuit by the balls, and the circuit liked it. 'Model/Actress 2.0' is the re-vamped, Blue-Ray edition of Joe's 2017 Edinburgh debut. Expect sharp stand-up, sketches and tantrums from this rising star.

Wednesday 21 February//9:00 pm

The 1000 Years Show

Wygston’s House, 12 Applegate
Leicester, LE1 5LD United Kingdom
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A chance to see Anthony King's full musical history show. 1000 Years in 60 minutes!

Wednesday 21 February//9:00 pm

Tom Lucy: Work In Progress

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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After winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2016, Tom Lucy has gone on to support Jack Whitehall on his recent arena tour and sold out his entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Join Tom as he debuts his brand-new hour of stand up at Leicester Comedy Festival. “Watch him live and you’ll quickly understand the excitement’ The Guardian “The best new comedian I’ve seen in ages.” Jack Whitehall

Wednesday 21 February//9:15 pm

Graham & David Can’t Go On Like This

Manhattan 34, 34-38 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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A couple of embittered, lonely, depressed men somehow, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, think someone out there might give a s*** They've written a sketch show about loneliness and unhappiness to take their minds off the crushingly brutal way life has repeatedly let them down. Please be a part of the audience. It'll be the only genuine human connection they will experience in 2018. Help them feel emotions again by laughing at them

Wednesday 21 February//9:30 pm

Danny Clives and his Comedy Chums

The Little Theatre, Dover Street
Leicester, LE1 6PW United Kingdom
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Joe Lycett tour support and called 'hilarious' by Lenny Henry, Danny Clives brings together a show with his Comedy Chums

Wednesday 21 February//9:30 pm

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Tales Part II (Work in Progress)

The Exchange, 50 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Last year, it was stories about being pissed on by a dragon, near killed by a fire breathing dragon, and accidentally joining a Romani Gypsy Drug Smuggling Ring. This year it's a brand new hour of true stories including: Spekky Rizwan Goes To Jail, how Rahul communicated with the dead via , and how he unwittingly befriended a convicted paedophile (SPOILER ALERT: Its' not Rizwan) As seen on BBC Big Asian Comedy Night As heard on BBC Radio 4 &…

Wednesday 21 February//9:30 pm

Sarah Callaghan: Work In Progress

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan returns to Leicester Comedy Festival with some brand new jokes, fresh from two hugely successful shows and tours of Australia. As seen on @elevenish (ITV2) and Virtually Famous (E4). “Fiercely impressive” ???? Scotsman “A powerhouse – an utter natural” ???? Chortle “Armed with bags of attitude, she’s a refreshing working-class comedy voice... reminiscent of a young Kathy Burke” ???? - The Herald

Wednesday 21 February//9:30 pm

Trevor Lock’s Community Circle

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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The show that never begins that you won't want to end, and leaves you feeling like you're friends with everyone in the audience. An immersive show like no other, it's only interactive if you want it to be, but you will want it to be.WARNING: THIS SHOW CONTAINS NOTHING. "Utterly improbable, absolutely entertaining" (Independent). "An absolute masterclass in comedy performance" (The Scotsman)

Thursday 22 February//6:00 am

Make ‘Em Laugh 3

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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A hilarious exhibition of stunning showbiz caricatures, created by TV Times & GQ illustrator George Williams, focusing on the theme of comedians of the UK's stage and screens. Inspired by a display of luvvies at Brighton's Colonnade Bar, this is the third installation of characters, all of whom will be household names and instantly recognisable.

Thursday 22 February//9:00 am

Clicking Comedians

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit has allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has given him an opportunity to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images of his fellow comedians. The exhibition runs throughout the festival. For one night only, the 20th Feb at 7pm, Steve tells his story behind the photos he’s taken and his Herculean efforts to turn all this into a book.

Thursday 22 February//11:00 am

A Funny City exhibition

Soft Touch Arts, 50 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 6TF United Kingdom
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An exhibition charting the history of comedy in Leicester since 1979, and the development of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. We have spent the last 18 months searching through personal archives and public records to find materials which capture comedy shows, venues, promoters, activities and memories and these will be on display in addition to some rare audio and moving images. For further information visit www.afunnycity.co.uk

Thursday 22 February//12:00 pm

1000 Years DAILY Show

The Guildhall, 11-15 Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ United Kingdom
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The 1000 Years Show is back for a third year of 20 minute shows throughout each day of the festival. Featuring various topics from history slanted to Leicester, the songs can vary from show to show but expect a dose of Richard III, and Lady Jane Grey and if you have a suggestion of a topic for a song (between 1066 and 2066), tweet it to @1000yearsShow in advance and I will attempt to write the pick of suggestions. PLEASE…

Thursday 22 February//5:30 pm

Grays Comedy Café

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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Grays@LCB presents a bevy of Comedy Cafe shows

Thursday 22 February//5:50 pm

Nicholas Holt Does Improv At Every Venue: The Criterion!

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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Improv like you’ve never seen it before. Featuring local lads Lewys Holt (does comedy but is also a professional dancer... whaaaat?) and Daniel Nicholas (a comedian mildly obsessed with animal print shirts) They’ll be writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously on stage. Sometimes funny. Sometimes something... .else. Expect crazy characters, unusual moves, and homoerotic behaviour. Who knows what will happen? They don’t.

Thursday 22 February//6:00 pm

Silver Stand Up Final hosted by Mrs Barbara Nice

Peter Pizzaria, 9 Welford Place
Leicester, LE1 6ZH United Kingdom
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This unique evening showcases the selected finalists aged 55+ vying for the Silver Stand Up of the Year award.“Anything that provides an antidote to all the young upstarts taking over the comedy scene has to be a good thing” Alexei Sayle. In aid of Big Difference Company registered charity 1135167. If you would like to enter the competition please call us on 0116 261 6812

Thursday 22 February//6:30 pm

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

The Cookie, 68 The High Street
Leicester, LE1 5YP United Kingdom
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Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, BBC R4’s The News Quiz, host of Newsjack on BBC R4Extra) is back after a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run with her new show “Fortitude”. “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic”  The Guardian

Thursday 22 February//6:30 pm

Sasha Ellen: No Man’s Land

BrewDog, 8 Friar Lane
Leicester, LE1 5RA United Kingdom
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In 2010 the island of Herm declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. It was all Sasha’s fault. A stand-up show of how Sasha brought a part of the world to a complete halt. A tale of an engagement, a missing person and a near catastrophe which explores love, loss and the pitfalls of drinking. "Genuinely fresh" The Scotsman ???? “Honest, hilarious and horrifying... the comedy future looks good for Ellen"- Canal-St

Thursday 22 February//6:30 pm

Unhinged

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RE United Kingdom
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We are Unhinged, a 5 piece female/male stand up group. We offer a variety of acts from a variety of backgrounds. Taking you on a comedic journey from Israel, through Lebanon to London. Via parenthood, singledom and good old fashioned desperation. Our unique mix offers something for all audiences.

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

Alvvays

O2 Academy Leicester, Percy Gee Building, University Road LE1 7RH United Kingdom + Google Map

Indie-pop heroes, Alvvays are making their Leicester in February and will play the historic Academy 2 hot on the heels their second album, Antisocialites, that was released early September!

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (NT Live)

Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece stars Sienna Miller, alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

George Lewis: Work In Progress

The Globe, 43 Silver Street
Leicester, LE1 5EU United Kingdom
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Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

Kit Sullivan: Villain

The Criterion, 44 Millstone Ln
Leicester, LE1 5JN United Kingdom
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I'm a bad person, villainy is my ideal job role. Help me achieve my dreams by destroying yours. fun fun fun!!"With sketch groups it is often easy to see antecedents but this act came out of nowhere. Not surreal in a Vic and Bob way or a Monty Python way. I guess the nearest comparison is Noel Fielding, but even that isn’t close." BeyondTheJoke.co.uk "I wish I could be him, just for a day. Wow! That would be amazing" BAFTA-nominated…

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

Marc Burrows – Mind your Head

BrewDog, 8 Friar Lane
Leicester, LE1 5RA United Kingdom
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Journalist, musician and stand-up Marc Burrows presents a personal trek through his mental health history, including his time in a psychiatric ward, suicide attempts, depression and bipolar diagnosis. But with jokes. A bittersweet, life-affirming show, part storytelling, part stand-up. ****(TheNewKid.co.uk). "A festival highlight... a confident and seasoned performer" *****(RemoteGoat.com)

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

Marc Burrows: Mind Your Head

Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road
Leicester, LE1 7HA United Kingdom
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Take a very personal trek through Marc’s mental health history, including his time in a psychiatric ward, suicide attempts, depression and bipolar diagnosis. BUT WITH JOKES. A bitter-sweet, life-affirming show, part story-telling, part stand up.

Thursday 22 February//7:00 pm

The Clones: An Improvised Show

Upstairs @ The Western, 70 Western Rd
Leicester, LE3 0GA United Kingdom
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Never-seen-before... Never-to-be-seen-again! Witness the incredible as improv duo "The Clones" take to the stage. With no script, no staging, and only a pair of chairs for a set, they spin a simple audience suggestion into hilarious, spontaneous entertainment. Plots and sub-plots galore, and a whole cast of characters effortlessly juggled by the two improvisers. You will laugh, you may cry... Who knows what'll happen? They sure don’t.

Thursday 22 February//7:30 pm

Shunted Again – Steve Gribbin

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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Thursday 22 February//7:30 pm

SHUNTED AGAIN! Steve Gribbin’s real story of the railways

The Y, 7 East Street
Leicester, LE1 6EY United Kingdom
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Veteran train traveller and highly experienced stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain’s Railway system. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael Portillo.

Thursday 22 February//7:30 pm

The Not So Game Show with Ross & Josh

Queen of Bradgate, 97 High Street
Leicester, LE1 4JB United Kingdom
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Join Ross & Josh, hosts of the UK's finest alternative comedy chat show The Not So Late Show, for a multimedia game show extravaganza. Games! Games! More Games! Comedians take on audience members, audience members take on inflatable dinosaurs and chaos invariably ensues "Heavily influenced by Vic & Bob, Ross and Josh could be a similar cult-in-waiting" - Chortle

Thursday 22 February//7:45 pm

James Meehan – Gaz

Manhattan 34, 34-38 Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 1RD United Kingdom
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Who Am I? A brand new stand-up comedy show from multi-award winning comic James Meehan (Gein's Family Giftshop, Funz and Gamez). "A smart and honest comic, Meehan is fast becoming one of this city’s favourite stand ups" - Manchester Wire “More than great comedy, it is a call to stand up for others and ourselves.” - Ed Fest Mag ????? As seen on Inside No 9, Drunk Histories and heard on NewsJack.

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