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Festival Contributes £2M to Local Economy


Research into the impact of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival shows that the event contributes over £2M to the local economy.  The independent research, commissioned by Leicester Shire Promotions & Prospect Leicestershire, was completed by academic staff at De Montfort University and has been published today.

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Funny Films on the Big Screen


Big Screen Leicester and Leicester Comedy Festival are looking for short & funny films to play on Leicester Big Screen, Humberstone Gate as part of Leicester Comedy Festival February 2012...

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These Are The Funny People


The winners of Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2011 have been announced at a ceremony that took place in Leicester.  Over 100 festival performers and promoters attended the ceremony, which was hosted by Tom Allen.

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Award Nominees Announced


Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.  Nominees include comedians Mark Olver, Matt Green, David Morgan, Alfie Brown and George Ryegold.  Venues which have been recognised for their contribution to the event include The Crumblin' Cookie, The Criterion, Curve, The Exchange Bar and Firebug.  The awards, set up in 2006, recognise the contribution people make to the February festival and include awards for Best Debut Show, Best Venue, Best New Venue, Best Make Me Happy community project and Contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival 2011.  Winners will be announced at a private ceremony, hosted by comedian Tom Allen, taking place at The Pub, Leicester on Monday 14th March.

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Who Are The Funny People?


The funniest people around will be identified later this week as Leicester Comedy Festival are due to announce the nominees for their prestigious Festival Awards. The Awards, due to be presented later this month at a private ceremony, will recognise the best performers and venues from Leicester Comedy Festival 2011.

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Winners of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Announced


Tom Rosenthal and Ben Target are the joint winners of this year's prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award. Tom and Ben were presented with the award and a cheque for £500 each by compere Jarred Christmas and last year’s winner Josh Widdicombe at The Y in Leicester on Saturday night.

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Festival in the Media


Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 has received stacks of national media coverage.  Media coverage has included mentions in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, BBC Radio 2, 7 & 6, The Sun, The News of the World and Gay Times.  The festival is celebrating its 18th birthday this year and is the longest running comedy festival in Europe.  The 2011 event features an incredible line up of comic talents including Jimmy Carr, Lenny Henry, Sarah Millican, Chris Addison, Phil Cool and Rhod Gilbert.

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Comedy Theatre Shows at Leicester Comedy Festival


Some of the most critically acclaimed theatre shows from Edinburgh Festival 2010 are set to arrive at Embrace Arts as part of this year’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

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She IS amused!


Leicester Comedy Festival has received a message of support from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  The festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday from 4-20th February, is the longest running comedy festival in Europe and features over 370 performances in 17 days.

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Smack the Pony cast reunited for Leicester Comedy Festival


Leicester Comedy Festival is back and celebrating their 18th birthday. De Montfort Hall, as always, will be bringing you a top class comedy line-up and on Friday 4th February the hit show Celebrity Autobiography will be hitting the stage. Even more exciting is the news that the cast of Smack the Pony will be reuniting especially for this show, so you can expect plenty of laughs as Sally Phillips, Fiona Allen and Doon Mackichan join together with Rufus Hound for this not to be missed performance.

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Leicester hosts official tribute to Sir Norman Wisdom


Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 will include an official tribute performance to the late Sir Norman Wisdom, featuring his friends and colleagues.

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Run with a smile on your face!


Runners who have a sense of humour are being encouraged to get involved in a unique charity fundraising project as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2011. 

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Do you remember your first laugh?!


Organisers of Leicester Comedy Festival are asking members of the people for their memories of events and performances from past festivals.

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Leicester Comedy Festival in TV Wrestle for Lottery Winnings


Leicester Comedy Festival has been shortlisted to take part in a TV competition that will genuinely change lives.

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Leicester Comedy Festival celebrates its 18th Birthday in 2011 with 17 days of mirth and hilarity


The longest running comedy festival in the UK turns 18 next year, and to celebrate some of the biggest names in comedy will be converging on Leicestershire from the 4th to the 20th February 2011 for the festivities.

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Wanted: People With GSOH


People who are passionate about comedy are being invited to join an Awards Panel for Leicester Comedy Festival 2011. 

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Additional Funding Secured for Leicester Comedy Festival 2011


Leicester Comedy Festival has secured some additional funding from Leicester City Council to support the 18th festival in February 2011. 

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Comedy in the Dark at the Fringe


The most fun you can have with the lights off, Comedy in the Dark is making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe!

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Lottery Award To Leicester Organisations


What do people of Leicester find funny?

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Award Nominees Announced


Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2010 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.

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Programme alterations


Please keep checking for any cancellations or changes to the festival line up.

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Leicester Comedy Festival hits the big screen!!


'Hand from above' touches Leicester Comedy Festival

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A Running Joke


Leicester's very own distance runner to complete a Festival marathon...

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Leicester Comedy Festival comes to London


Leicester Comedy Festival announces first London Previews in association with Absolute Radio!!

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Extended festival news


The UK's longest running comedy festival just got longer...

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Get involved with Leicester Comedy Festival


Interested in getting involved with Leicester Comedy Festival? We have some exciting volunteer opportunties available

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Jimmy Carr says Leicester Comedy Festival is his “4th favourite thing about Leicester”


Comedian Jimmy Carr has praised the annual Leicester Comedy Festival by saying it is his fourth favourite thing about Leicester “after Gary Lineker, crisps and Kasabian”.

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Comedy Festival Show Wins Award


A comedy show which was premiered at Leicester Comedy Festival 2009 has helped a major UK theatre win the Theatrical Management Association's Eclipse award at a ceremony in London

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Leicester Comedy Festival extends


Exciting news about LCF2010 can now be revealed...

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Leicester Comedy Festival announces new name!


Leicester Comedy Festival Ltd, the company behind the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, has never been limited to laughter; the company has always aspired to creatively use humour to help make a big, and lasting, difference to people’s lives.

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Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year Results


And the Winner of The 2009 Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year is...

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Funtastic Special Offer


A special promotion that allows discounted entry to see Funtastic!, every day at Gilded Balloon at the City Rooms, Hotel Street Leicester at 4.30pm...

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Extra Shows Added To Festival


Extra Show added to Festival Lineup including Tim Minchin at De Montfort Hall on Thursday February 12th...

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Edinburgh\'s infamous Gilded Balloon to be part of Leicester Comedy Festival!


Edinburgh's renowned comedy venue the Gilded Balloon heads south for the very first time to take up residence in the comedy capital of the uk for the 2009 Leicester Comedy Festival!

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Leicester Comedy Festival seeks public opinion!


Help us pick the best bits of Leicester Comedy Festival 2009! We require a team of people to help judge some performances during the festival...

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A Comedy Show Featuring The Young Ones


A showcase to feature the freshest new comedy talent in the UK!

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LCF09 Annoucement


Leicester once again becomes the comedy capital of the UK for the 16th annual Leicester Comedy Festival

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A serious discussion about comedy


De Monfort University and Leicester Comedy Festival are working together to organise the successful conference 'Playing for Laughs'

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Greening the Laughs


Organisers of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival believe they are developing another national first as they join forces with environmental groups

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John Ryan hits Edinburgh


A double dose of 'healthy comedy' with John Ryan.

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Henry is the winner!


Henry Paker wins Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2008

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House of Common Shares in Joke


Leicester Comedy Festival 15th Birthday recognised in Parliment

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The Contact Project


Silly Sunday Sketch Show and Rob Gee Ate My Hamster The Contact project based in St Matthews celebrates 10 years of important and ground breaking work with children and young people in Leicester.

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Leicester’s Talking about Sex and Relationships


Comedy Film Workshops on sex and Relationships...

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John Lewis sponsor Make Me Happy


John Lewis have confirmed their support of an arts and cultural programme which will help us make thousands of people from across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland happy over the next few months.

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Hunt for missing stand up after 12 years


The hunt for Award Winning Stevie Knuckles is on for a 15th Birthday reunion...

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Happy Birthday to You!


Leicester Comedy Festival is seeking out those people who are celebrating a 15th anniversary next February and wants to join in the 15th birthday celebrations of the annual event...

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Playing for Laughs


A unique national conference focusing on comedy in performance will take place as part of Leicester Comedy Festival 2008 and organisers are now seeking contributions from comedians, performers and academics.

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The Winners Are Laughing


The winners of the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards are...

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Carl Donnelly wins Comedy prize


Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year In Assocation With Equity 2007

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From Little Acorns...


A unique opportunity to catch some of the best, rising talent in the Everards Fringe!

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Special Offers


Some very special late offers...Discounted tickets aplenty!

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Podcasts Parts 1 and 2


The brand new offical and shiny Leicester Comedy Festival Podcast has arrived

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10 Days & MySpace


Join us at MySpace and check out our new festival newspaper...

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Website Relaunch


Our website has undergone some work...Ooh Fancy!

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Jimmy Carr- Extra Date


An Extra Date has been added for Jimmy Carr on Thursday 15th February at De Montfort Hall

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Accommodation Deals


LCF 07 is delighted to be working in partnership with the Best Western Belmont House Hotel.

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Fish will fly through the air to launch Leicester Comedy Festival


An internationally respected outdoor theatre company, who have performed at both Sydney and Barcelona Olympics, will lead the opening night celebration for Leicester Comedy Festival.

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The longest running comedy show in the UK is back!


Tickets for the launch show on 19th Jan are now on sale.

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The Line Up Announced!


Now in its 14th year - Leicester Comedy Festival returns with a multi-cultural programme that showcases the best Leicester has to offer.

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We want YOU!


Organisers are seeking individuals who will let them know what they think of the event.

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Comedian wins £1000 in comedy competition


James Branch won the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition

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Leicester Comedy Festival announces debate in cathedral


The relationship between religion, faith and comedy will be debated as part of LCF 06.

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Doctor, Doctor!


People will be given the chance to laugh themselves to a healthier lifestyle thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

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Children enouraged to Ditch the Chips


Leicester Comedy Festival and Phoenix Arts are set to unveil a short film, using comedy and animation to encourage children to eat healthily and take more exercise.

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IT Contractor Wins Comedy Competition


A 38-year old, female IT Contractor won the title of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2005 at the recent Leicester Comedy Festival.

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Comedy trinity established


Phoenix Arts, The Little Theatre and The Y have teamed up with, the commuters' favourite free newspaper, to provide an extra special welcome when you step inside their doors

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Comedy-health show is male equivalent of vagina monologues


John Ryan has led this series of heated discussions with men of all shapes and sizes, as part of Hurt Until It Laughs, a men's comedy-health project managed by Phoenix Arts and Leicester Comedy Festival.

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Cartoonists and Facilitators Wanted


Are you an experienced Cartoonist or Facilitator with a healthy sense of humour?If so, Leicester Comedy Festival would like to hear from you.

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Laugh at safe sex!


Leicester Comedy Festival and Phoenix Arts have join forces to use comedy to convey safer sex messages and explore issues surrounding alcohol, in a twenty minute film.

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Radio Ha Ha


Our friends at BBC Radio Leicester have put most of the interviews they did during LCF04 on-line. So you can now listen to them whenever you like! All you need is Real Player and speakers....

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Comedian crowned Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and wins £1000


Matt Hollins, aged 29 from Leicester, won the competition which took place as part of the 11th Leicester Comedy Festival.

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Funny Fotos


During Leicester Comedy Festival 2004 there will be many funny people around, whether they are on stage, in bars, in restaurants or generally hanging around.

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Take part in LCF04


We have a number of "open spots" available across the Festival and these are open to anyone who wants to have a go.

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Everards Fringe 2004


Pubs from across Leicestershire are due to take part in the LCF 04.

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Late Night Laughs


Laughter will continue late into the night throughout the Festival.

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Taste Comedy


Taste Comedy is a unique and exciting range of comic events.

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Leicester Funnier than London


Leicester has been declared the 3rd funniest city in the UK.

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Comic Birthday Parties


Two Leicestershire organisations are working together to celebrate their 10th birthdays

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Young Film Stars Attend Screening


The stars of a Leicester-made film are expected to be inundated with requests for autographs

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Leicester Writer Wins Comedy Competition


Leicester writer Chris Sewart has won the prestigious Writing Comedy for Radio Competition

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Men In Coats arrive in Leicester


Men in Coats' debut full-length show was the most critically acclaimed production at this year's Festival

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Festival ends with new talent found


The winner of the 2003 LM Comedian of the Year Competition has been announced as Rhod Gilbert.

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Jest the ticket!


February will see Melton's biggest ever series of events as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

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BBC New Comedy Awards


BBC is about to start trawling the nation to find Britain's freshest stand up comedians.

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Fancy reviewing the Festival?


BBC Leicester is offering you the chance to gain some valuable internet and radio broadcasting experience.

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Everards Fringe


Everards pubs from across Leicestershire are due to take part in the 10th birthday celebrations of LCF.

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Leicester Comedian Gets Biggest Gig Of His Life!


Leicester comedian Gary O'Donnell will appear as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival Preview Show.

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Industry attracted to Leicester


Representatives from the Comedy Industry are set to visit Leicester during the 10th birthday celebrations of LCF.

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Award Nominees Announced


Comedians and venues who took part in Leicester Comedy Festival 2010 have been announced as nominees in the annual awards organised to celebrate the event.

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