Competitions at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2016

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is one of the premier incubators and producers of new comedy talent. This is celebrated through the many Festival Awards and through various Competitions. This year Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival will be hosting three key comedy competitions. Information and details on how to apply can be found below.


Dave present The UK Pun Championships

The search for the 2016 UK Pun Champion has been launched by TV channel Dave, as part of their continued support of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. 

The 3rd UK Pun Championships will take place on Punday 8th February in Leicester. The winner of this hugely anticipated event will follow in the footsteps of previous winner Darren Walsh and Leo Kearse.

The competition, 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. Audiences vote for their favourite pun (by way of woops & cheers) and the winner goes through to the next round.  After a full evening of pun based comedy, 2 finalists then fight it out until a winner is crowned.  

Past winners: Darren Walsh (2014) & Leo Kearse (2015)

How to apply

To apply for UK Pun Championships 2016 please send the following to

1)      Your name (and act name if different)

2)      A brief summary of your professional experience

3)      Five of your best puns

Entries must be received by 20th December 2015

If shortlisted you must be available to compete on Punday 8th February

Let others know you’ve applied by using #UKPunday 


Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

One of the longest running comedy competitions in the UK, the prestigious LMCOTY takes place on Saturday 20th 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, Tom Little


Silver Stand Up

The Silver Stand Up Competition, organised in partnership with Silver Comedy, will take place on Thursday 18th 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 2016 title.

Registration deadline is Friday 8th January 2016.

Further details are available by contacting

Past winners: Shelley Bridgman, Marc Lucero, Peter Callaghan & Ed de Cantor