New Act Competitions at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2015

Silver Stand Up

The Silver Stand Up Competition, organised in partnership with Silver Comedy, will take place on Thursday 12th February as part of the annual Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Comedians aged over 55 are encouraged to enter for the chance to win the 2015 title and register before the deadline on Friday 9th January 2015.

Further details are available by contacting

Past winners: Shelley Bridgman, Marc Lucero, Peter Callaghan


Dave presents The UK Pun Championships

The search for the 2015 UK Pun Champion has been launched by tv channel Dave, as part of their continued support of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. 

The 2nd UK Pun Championships will take place on Thursday 12th February in Leicester and follows the hugely successful inaugural championship which took place in 2014.  The winner of the first competition was Darren Walsh, who went on to take part in the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships in Austin, Texas. 

The competition, due to be hosted by Lee Nelson, is a major part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and follows the format of a rap battle.  Topics are picked randomly on the night and competitors then take it in turns to pun about that particular topic.  The audience vote on the night for their favourite and the winner goes through to the next round.  After a full evening of pun based comedy, 2 finalists then fight it out until the winner is voted for by the crowd. 

For details please contact

Past winner: Darren Walsh (2014)


The finalists for 2015 are:

Darren Walsh

Rob Thomas

Tony Cowards

Richard Woolford

Martin Croser

Leo Kearse

Richard Pulsford

Rob Coleman


Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

One of the longest running comedy competitions in the UK, the prestigious LMCOTY takes place on Saturday 21st February as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. The event is an annual sell out as part of the festival and entry is via nomination by one of the selected comedy promoters. There is no open entry process so do not contact us. The nominating promoters will be announced soon together with the judging panel.

Tickets are on sale via

Past winners: Stevie Knuckles, Jo Enright, Johnny Vegas, Mitch Benn, Patrick Kitterick, Jason Manford, Miles Jupp, Matt Blaize, Rhod Gilbert, Matt Hollins, Debra Jane Appleby, James Branch, Carl Donnelly, Henry Paker, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Ben Target &Tom Rosenthal, Matt Rees, Romesh Ranganathan, Kate Lucas


Toilet Duck DLCF

Established alongside Tedfest in 2007 to acknowledge the legacy of Stand-Up in the original TV series, The Toilet Duck Award has become Ireland’s leading competition for emerging talent and now makes its debut at DLCF with the prize of almighty bragging rights and a Headline slot at Tedfest Edinburgh on Saturday July 4 (Fee £150 plus £50 expenses)

The 16 Contestants chosen will compete in the Final on Friday 20 February at The Cookie (9.30pm) hosted by Joe Rooney. Using the Galway format, two Contestants go head to head in each round with an audience shout-out to decide who goes through. Brutal but good to watch in a Roman night out sort of way.    

To enter please send a brief CV email, along with any performance links to

Entries close on Monday 9 Feb. Finalists announced the day after. Good luck.