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Friday 7th February, 7pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
FOSTER’S EDINBURGH BEST COMEDY SHOW – NOMINEE
His wife’s parents have moved in. Permanently. Not so much a show as a person getting out of the house. But fear not, Wozniak has more show business in his moustache than he does in his little finger. Where do you keep yours? Let’s find out if we get around to it.
‘Just could be the new comedy hero.’ Time Out wrote that ages ago. ‘Completely hilarious, highly recommended’ (3 News – they are real and based in New Zealand). Wozniak has a total of 43 stars from an undisclosed number of reviews.
Friday 7th February, 8.30pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
An un-themed collection of thoughts ranging from funerals to fizzy drinks. And stories about Here Krishna removal men, Witnessing the worlds slowest car crash, and going to the Olympic opening ceremony.
Nominated Best Club Comic, 2012 Chortle Awards.
Supported Micky Flanagan on his Out Out tour. ‘Startlingly insightful’ The Guardian.
Saturday 8th February, 7pm
After a stellar year (Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4), Canadian Mae Martin is gleefully reliving the traumas of her melodramatic adolescence, and the disappointment of the 2012 Apocalypse, in Slumber Party. Let’s have a nice time, for once in our terrible lives!
“A natural comic talent” The Skinny
An enchanting performance … she was excellent’ **** BroadwayBaby.com.
‘A dizzying hour’ **** FringeBiscuit
After a successful debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013, strapping sketch comedians Matt Stevens and Glenn Moore (So You Think You’re Funny? 2012 finalist and Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 runner-up) emerge, blinking into the Leicestershire sunlight with their critically acclaimed hour of sketches. Book tickets now and expect a torrent of tight sketches, witty one-liners, and plenty o’ jokes.
“Without question one of the funniest sketch shows on the fringe” – GQ Magazine
“Tight, punchy and solidly funny” – The Guardian
“A fast-paced mix of spiky one-liners and witty parody” – The Daily Telegraph
“Cerebral and quick witted. A Fantastic Debut hour – ****” – The List
As heard on James Acaster’s Findings (BBC Radio 4) and Fresh From the Fringe (BBC Radio 4 Extra). This debut show from the Hackney Empire New Act finalist was named one of the Top Ten Edinburgh Fringe Shows in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards 2013.
“…a very impressive debut” (The Scotsman).
“…the potential is excitingly evident” (Metro).
“Wonderfully quirky” (Time Out).
“Brilliant” (Josie Long).
“Genuinely one of the best five comedy shows I have seen.”“ (Josh Widdicombe).”
A new show from award-winning comedian and warm-up for the Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. Joe plays a hapless climber who retells the story of a treacherous climb.
‘For people who like their comedy funny’ (Matt Lucas).
‘Joe Bor is a must see’ (Alan Carr). ‘Hugely talented character comic’ (Kate Copstick, Scotsman). ‘Very funny, excellent young comic actor’ (ThreeWeeks). Recommended 16+
STUART MITCHELL – finalist NATYS competition in 2012
Glaswegian Stuart’s specialises in sharp one-liners, brilliant turn of phrase and clever wordplay, demonstrating a knack for delivering a whip-smart turn of phrase
FERN BRADY – Finalist So You Think You’re Funny? 2013
Scottish Fern delivers wicked, close to the bone gags with a classy poise, beautiful timing and perfectly pitched delivery.
Work in progress from the TV warm up to The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. As seen on Dave.
‘Joe Bor is a must see’ (Alan Carr)
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ Funny Women
The Scotsman’s Top 21 Jokes of The Edinburgh Fringe.
In February 2013 Martin’s car crashed at high speed on the motorway. Martin is lucky to be alive. How would you react to being given a second chance? Martin reacted by doing what he does best….. by making jokes about it.
A life affirming show about death.
“A comedy institution” Guardian
“Terrifically funny” Skinny
“Hilarious” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Off beat, unusual, outrageous” Time Out.
Mark Cooper-Jones has effortlessly made the transition from classroom teacher to stand-up comedian (Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2012). As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Live at the Electric (BBC 3), Mark is also one third of highly acclaimed sketch group WitTank.
Joining Mark is Jack Barry who recently supported James Acaster on his UK tour and was part of Edinburghs prestigious “Comedy Reserve”.
One of Comedy’s true Stand up Legends. ‘A natural born comedian who can make you laugh the real deal’ – Bill Bailey
‘I have never laughed so long and so hard’ – Sean Lock
‘Flits from sublime to genius to uproar in the blink of an eye’ – Guardian
A double bill featuring work in progress from Sara Pascoe and John Robins…
John Robins – An hour of new material from the award winning Leicester Festival regular.
“Truly Incredible” Chortle
“Sparkling stand-up” The Times
Sara Pascoe vs History
Mostly a show about failed relationships, mine, my parents and Henry VIII’s. Also a bit of feminist rhetoric and a rant about monogamy…
Irish comedian Andrew Stanley makes his Leicester debut. Tackling some of the big issues of the day like misery, confidence and why we all love to moan. This award winning comic promises to deliver a show packed to the brim with laugh out loud comedy.
“…the comedy tsunami that was Andrew Stanley. It’s rare to see a comic so clearly destined for the top with such astonishingly good observational material” Scotsman
Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2013 Runner-Up and NATYS Finalist, Simmons delivers an inventive stream of one-liners laden with quirky quips and slow-burners.
“Simple yet fiendishly clever quips … it is not often you get Tim Vine-style wordplay and a narrative arc sewn so neatly together” Bruce Dessau, The Standard
“Simmons raised the bar with an extensive collection of oblique one-liners” Chortle
Follow Mickey Sharma on his unique journey – an Indian born in Pakistan (its true!!) he then moved to Beijing, Hong Kong, before ending up in the exotic climes of Birmingham.
Having endured various jobs like a waiter, shelf stacker, camera assistant and bouncer, Mickey is now proud to be a Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian*
“A very enjoyable, laugh a minute rollercoaster ride.” The List
*Apologies to Boy George
Chortle Student finalist & musical romantic David Elms uses his stand up comedy, ‘silky voice’,‘eccentric writing’, and ‘flashes of real comic genius’ to bring you a show that’s ‘silly, fun, ridiculous, surprising, and inventive’. ‘Laughter here is guaranteed’. (****Scotsgay,Chortle, Edinburgh Festivals magazine)
Joe Wells is an award winning and critically acclaimed comedian and writer who brings his debut hour long show to Leicester.
‘Night of The Living Tories’ is a stand up show about the gruesome history of the Conservative party from Benjamin Disraeli to David Cameron.
“some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s” – The Guardian
An hour of songs, sketches and silliness from the stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama. “beautiful skits and bonkers characters” ★★★★ (The Times) “A potentially lethal dose of joy to the heart… brilliant” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) “genius” ★★★★★ (Ed Fest) “Excellent… brilliant… a resounding success” ★★★★ (Three Weeks)
Ever wondered if you had what it takes to be a survivor? Can you make tough decisions? Do you know how to make a fire out of a broken chair and some hope?
Jarred Christmas and Tom Davis host a game show like no other as we find out if you’re going to be useful or just a bloody liability. It’s glitzy, it’s glamorous, it’s the end of the world as you know it and there are prizes!
Lyrical anti-lad LIAM WILLIAMS snarls out his sulky debut. An hour of soul-smithied jokes and negative energy. May he keep his demons and his eczema at bay.
Williams, one third of sketch game-changers Sheeps, brings his Edinburgh show to Leicester after a month-long run at the world’s largest arts festival.
Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominee 2013
“The most exciting act from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe” GUARDIAN
Best New Show Nominee (DLCF 2013) and Edinburgh Fringe Top 10 Newcomer 2013 (Time Out) Rhys Mathewson presents Hombre Lobo. It’s a show about transformation, probably.
That might change. The only things Rhys can definitely promise about the show are that it’ll be funny and that afterwards he’ll catch the train home like a normal human, and not have to wait in the 24/7 Mcdonalds for a 4am coach like after last year’s show.
“A guaranteed crowd pleaser” Time Out
Ian Smith is an award-winning comedian, as seen in BBC2 sitcom ‘Popatron’, Sky’s ‘Officially Special’ and ‘BBC Three at the Fringe’.
His debut solo show went very well, so he has decided to do another one. This is a work-in-progress of that decision. It’ll be fun.
“Fantastically funny” – The Times
“Delightfully offbeat writing. A talent for sure” – Chortle
“A highly enjoyable show, not to be missed” – Three Weeks
- Three Weeks, **** Metro, **** Broadway Baby, **** Edinburgh Festivals, **** Informed Edinburgh, **** One4Review, **** The New Current.
When Lost Voice Guy was rushed to hospital during his first Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he became as silent as the ‘P’ in pneumonia. Stuck in bed and miles from home, he began to wonder if laughter really was the best medicine after all.
Then he had morphine and the rest is history. This is a collection of his drug induced experiences.
Nominated for Best New Show at DLCF 2013.
Offbeat sketch comedy from the newly reunited Mitford Sisters. Dominic Allen (“Captivating” – The Scotsman) has received rave reviews for his one man tour, Jenny Collier (“Refreshingly original… Excellent” – Broadway Baby) is the next big thing, Duncan’s pub is going well and Chris Stokes (Dave’s One Night Stand, “Terrific” – The Skinny) has to rebuild his life.
Why DO they want to get back together NOW? Come see.
Danny Mcloughlin is alright. He’s more alright at some things than others, and it’s normally the case that other people tend to be more alright than he is. Join Danny for a new hour of standup where he aims to show that he’s alright. And that it’s alright to be alright.
“McLoughlin’s main weapon is his audacity: he’s so bold he can recite an advertising jingle and still get plenty of laughs” Chortle.co.uk
KWAME ASANTE – Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Finalist 2013
Kwame’s fresh and intelligent comedy touches on his Ghanaian background, his childhood and relationships.
PIERRE NOVELLIE – Amused Moose Laugh-Off Winner 2013
Born in Johannesburg but moved to the Isle of Man, Pierre’s slick and slightly offbeat style of comedy touches on his background, racism and learning to be British.
Ever wondered what a comedian gets up to when they’re not on stage? Ever wondered how they come up with material? Well now’s your chance to find out, as Mark reveals what the life of a comedian is really like.
A brand new show from the UK’s foremost guitar-wielding, loop-layering stand-up comedian – and erstwhile Leicestermeister – Rob Deering.
“As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army Knife” – The Independent
Thursday 20th February, 7.30pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Here begins a labyrinth of both strange and silly tales of mirth, that will one day become ‘Jessanory’. Nerds welcome. There will be (fake) blood.
From Jessica Fostekew, star of Knightmare Live and writer of R4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, Now Show and Dilemma.
“Consistently Hilarious” – Fest
“Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff” – Guardian
““Intelligent humour and sharp, insightful stand up” – Evening Standard
Thursday 20th February, 9pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
‘Wonderful observations’ LGBTtheatre.com ‘Great punchlines’ Broadwaybaby.com Kevin is a proper bloke, he likes football, beer and…sexy men. He ‘came out’ a few years ago and dived immediately into the ‘gay scene’.
In this critically acclaimed show he explores stereotypes, prejudices, relationships, equal marriage and bigotry. Expect songs, jokes, stories and some tales of a rather graphic nature.
Friday 21st February, 7pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Sad there’s no big election this year? Me too. Join me as I condense all the fun of staying up late to watch democracy in process. Expect needlessly complicated graphics, politicians dancing awkwardly and humiliated grownups trying not to cry in public. There will be Swingometers…
Fresh from supporting Rob Delaney, you may have heard Gráinne on R4’s “Now Show” and “An Idiot’s Guide”. Or not. We all have busy lives.
“Excellent” Chortle ****
“An Exceptional Comedy Mind” The Skinny
“A total riot, whether she’s talking politics or bum wriggling” Rob Delaney
Buy Tickets £6/£5 Concessions
Friday 21st February, 8.30pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
The quirky stand up and winner of Bath New Act Of The Year, blends her innocent edge with razor sharp gags.
“A very funny new stand up” Time Out
Friday 21st February, 10pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Sunday 23rd February, 9pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Slacker Manifesto is Canadian Bobby Mair’s followup show to his smash hit ‘Obviously Adopted’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which was immediately taken to the prestigious Soho Theatre in London.
Bobby moved to London on a whim after winning $10,000 in a comedy competition, and since then has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, 8 out of 10 Cats and BBC3’s Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular.
Saturday 22nd February, 5pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Join this raucous buffoon & critically acclaimed star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable as she takes her riotously silly characters through seven circles of hell. Prepare to be played. ‘Pitch perfect’ ***** (The New Current),‘Endlessly entertaining’ **** (Chortle.co.uk), ‘A peerless character comedy show’ **** (The List), **** (TV Bomb), **** (ThreeWeeks),‘excruciatingly impressive’ **** (Fest).
Saturday 22nd February, 7pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Returning to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival for the 3rd year in a row, this year he’s bringing his debut warm-up tour show. Sure it’s a rough cut, but it’s packed with gold. Bring your fun time Charlie faces with you.
Fresh from doing the Melbourne Comedy Festival Road Show, Dave’s One Night Stand, Rob Brydon Show, Fake Reaction. Also Youtube’s “The Eurofan”. “Mighty fine comic” – The Guardian
Saturday 22nd February, 8.30pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
An hour of stand up from TT, discussing being one’s own harshest critic yet also biggest fan and the conflict that comes with it.
“Humour from the heart” Three Weeks
LOADED LAFTAS SEARCH FOR A STAR – Runner Up
“Star of the first half was undoubtedly the charmingly ironic Tom Toal…..The T-Dog is certainly one of the most promising of today’s emerging comics.” Steve Bennett – Chortle
Saturday 22nd February, 9.45pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Winner of the Loaded Laftas Rising Star Comedy Award, Jason is one of the most hilarious performers on the circuit and has previously supported comics Imran Yusuf and Ava Vidal on two nationwide sell out tours and London.
“Brilliant observations backed by a perfectly measured delivery and an assured stage presence” Comedy Central Live
“Oozes confidence that gives him instant authority” Chortle
Sunday 23rd February, 7pm – Belmont Hotel, Leicester
Michael Legge – Free WiFi Look! Free WiFi! Everyone likes free WiFi. As long as we have free WiFi, everything else can fat off. I mean, who doesn’t like free WiFi?
Look life is flipping hard but as long as we’ve got free Wi-Fi we won’t make a fuss.
This is shouty comedian Michael Legge’s third solo show. Maybe he’ll be cheery in this one? (He won’t). ‘Hugely enjoyable’ Independent.