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. 

Entry to the competition is open to any comedian who is currently performing regularly in the UK.  All puns used as part of the competition must be original and no competitors can have performed stand up on TV.  To enter, comedians must submit 5 original puns on any subject, together with a short biography and the selected applicants will be confirmed later this year.

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 full details and to apply, please contact

Past winner: Darren Walsh (2014)


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