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Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival

Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival (formerly known as The Leicester Comedy Festival’) is back for 2016 and is set to showcase over 780 events in more than 60 venues across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Festival kicks off on Wednesday 3rd February and runs until Sunday 21st February.

There are some exclusive events set for this year which include The UK Pun Championships, Odd Couples, The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and aslo Q&A’s with Johnny Vegas and Nicholas Parsons.

Tickets are now on sale for all events throughout the festival.

History of Leicester Comedy Festival

The Leicester Comedy Festival started back in 1994 where there was 40 events shown at 23 venues around Leicestershire over 7 days. The first festival attracted an audience of 5,000 and received a modest amount of media attention.

Since the first show, the festival has got bigger and better each year, and has regularly featured some of Britain’s biggest names in stand-up comedy such as Jack Dee, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Russell Brand.

The second Comedy Festival held the first ‘Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year’ award, which continues to take place each year. The first award in 1995 was won by Stevie Knuckles but other winners have included Johnny Vegas (1997) and Josh Widdicombe (2010).

By 2007, the festival had grown so big that the ‘Best of Leicester Comedy Festival’ went on tour around Derby, Nottingham and Leicestershire, which saw its audience and media attention grow hugely.

A big highlight in the history of the festival was back in 2001 when a letter was received from The Queen wishing everyone involved good luck.

In 2012, the festival partnered with the TV channel Dave, which resulted in a slight change in the name. It is now known as ‘Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.

Last year’s festival (2015) saw a whopping 630 events shown in 47 venues. The festival was even extended by two days for the first time ever and ran for 19 days. A highlight of the festival was a tribute to the late Sire Norman Wisdom OBE, who was a festival patron.

Comedy Festival faces

The Leicester Comedy Festival boast great line-ups of comedians throughout the last 20 years. Here is a selection of those who have featured at the festival:

Jo Brand
Andy Parsons
Michael McIntyre
Jack Dee
Sarah Millican
Micky Flanagan
Rory Bremner
Russell Brand
The Mighty Boosh
Alan Davies
Dara O’Brain
Simon Pegg
Jeremy Hardy
Lee Mack
Harry Hill
Johnny Vegas
Julian Clary
Graham Norton
Jimmy Carr
Frankie Boyle
Stephen K Amos
Jason Manford
Jon Richardson
Andi Osho


Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

This year’s Comedian of the Year takes place on Saturday 20th February at 7:30pm at The Y. Tickets are £16.

Over the years, over 170 comedians have entered the competition. Previous winners include Steve Knuckles (first winner in 1995), Johnny Vegas (1997 winner), Jason Manford (2000 winner), Rhod Gilbert (2003 winner), Sean Walsh (2009 winner) and Romesh Ranganathan (2013 winner).

Some highlights of the competition include Jimmy Carr performing a rap when he entered in 2001. The Leicester Mercury reporting “we think we’ll be hearing more from him in the future” after John Bishop entered in 2001. And Leicester based comedian Matt Hollins beating Russell Kane in 2003.

Leicester Comedy Festival Tickets

Tickets are now available for the Comedy Festival and you can buy them through the official ticketing partner Curve Tickets here.

If you have any problems booking tickets online, or if you have any questions regarding tickets, please email

You can also purchase tickets at The Curve box office which is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am until 8:00pm. In addition, tickets can be purchased from The Highcross between the hours of 9:30am and 7:00pm (11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday).

The prices for tickets vary for each event and some events are free.

On each day of the festival, there are a limited number of 2-4-1 tickets available from midday. These are available to buy at The Highcross.

Leicester Comedy Festival venues

Below is a list of all the venues where the Festival’s events will be held:

Leicester City Centre

  • Attenborough Arts Centre

Address: Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA

Tel: 0116 2522455


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  • Barley Mow

Address: 149 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6FE

Tel: 0116 2557722

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  • BBC Radio Leicester

Address: 9 St. Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 5LB

Tel: 0116 2516688

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  • Bob’s Blundabus

Address: Parked outside ‘The Criterion’ – 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester


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  • Central Baptist Church

Address: Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1LA

Tel: 0116 2552520


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  • Chutney Ivy

Address: 41 Halford Street, Leicester, LE1 1TR

Tel: 0116 2511889


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  • The Curve

Address: 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Tel: 0116 2423560


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  • De Montfort Hall

Address: Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU

Tel: 0116 2333111


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  • Duffy’s Bar

Address: 18 Pocklingtons Walk, Leicester, LE1 6BU

Tel: 0116 2553316

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  • Firebug

Address: 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN

Tel: 0116 2551228


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  • Grays @ LCB Depot

Address: 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

Tel: 0116 2616800

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  • Heroes @ The Criterion

Address: 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN

Tel: 0116 2625418


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  • Hugh Aston Building

Address: De Montfort University, The Newark, Leicester, LE2 7BY

Tel: 0116 2506077

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  • Juke Box

Address: 35 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD

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  • Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall

Address: Wellington Street, Leicester, LE1 6HL

Tel: 0115 9100009

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  • King Richard III Visitor Centre

Address: 4a St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB

Tel: 0300 300 0900


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  • Maiyango

Address: 13-21 St Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD

Tel: 0116 2518898


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  • Manhattan 34

Address: 34 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RD

Tel: 0116 2628855


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  • Peter Pizzeria

Address: 9 Welford Road, Leicester, Le1 6ZH

Tel: 0116 2545333


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  • Phoenix

Address: 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

Tel: 0116 2422800


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  • Ramada Encore

Address: 84-90 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1GE

Tel: 0116 3660150

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  • Regent College Studio

Address: Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7LW

Tel: 0116 2554629

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  • Soft Touch Arts

Address: 50 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 6TF

Tel: 0116 2552592


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  • St Martins Coffee Shop

Address: 2-6 St Martins Walk, Leicester, LE1 5DG

Tel: 0116 2512879

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  • The Belmont Hotel

Address: 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester

Tel: 0116 2544773


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  • The Cookie

Address: 68 High Street, Leicester, LE1 5YP

Tel: 0116 2531212


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  • The Cookie Comedy Club @ Globe

Address: 43 Silver Street, Leicester, LE1 5EU

Tel: 0116 2539492

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  • The Exchange Bar

Address: 50 Cultural Quarter, Leicester, LE1 1RD

Tel: 0116 2513434


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  • The Guildhall

Address: Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ

Tel: 0116 2532569

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  • The Little Theatre

Address: Dover Street, Leicester, Le1 6PW

Tel: 0116 2542266


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  • The Musician

Address: 42 Crafton Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE

Tel: 0116 2510080


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  • The Regent Sports and Social Club

Address: 102 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 7DA

Tel: 0116 2238006


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  • The Soundhouse

Address: 28 Southampton Street, Leicester, LE1 1SJ


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  • The Y

Address: 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY

Tel: 0116 2556507


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  • Trinity Chapel

Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE2 7DR

Tel: 0116 2506090

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  • The Black Dog

Address: 23 London Road, Oadby, LE2 5DL

Tel: 0116 2102479

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  • The Black Horse

Address: 65 Narrow Lane, Leicester, LE2 8NA

Tel: 0116 2837225

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  • Church of the Martyrs

Address: Westcotes Drive, Leicester, LE3 0QT

Tel: 0116 2555921

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  • LOROS Hospice

Address: Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QE

Tel: 0116 2318431

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  • Newfoundpool Working Men’s Club

Address: 55 Beatrice Road, Leicester, LE3 9FJ

Tel: 0116 2627230

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  • O2 Academy

Address: Percy Gee Building, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: 0116 2231111


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  • Rutland County Museum

Address: Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW

Tel: 01572 758440

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  • Stamford Arms

Address: 2 Leicester Road, Leicester, LE6 0DJ

Tel: 0116 2875616

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  • Strugess Suzuki

Address: Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7NQ

Tel: 0116 3660342


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  • The Cricketers

Address: 1 Grace Road, Leicester, LE2 8AD

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  • The Fairfield Inn

Address: Gloucester Crescent, South Wigston, LE18 4YE

Tel: 0116 2786937

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  • The Rose and Crown

Address: 45 Main Street, Thurnby, LE7 9PJ

Tel: 0116 2419075

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  • The Royal Oak

Address: 35 Main Street, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester, LE9 2AN

Tel: 0116 2393166

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  • The Star and Garter

Address: 114 Leicester Road, Wigston, LE18 1DS

Tel: 0116 3191626

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  • The West End Centre

Address: Andrews Street, Leicester, LE3 5PA

Tel: 07739186948

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  • Upstairs at The Western

Address: 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA

Tel: 0116 2545287


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  • Warning Zone

Address: 30 Frog Island, Leicester, Le3 5AG

Tel: 0116 2629739


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Melton Mowbray

  • 54A King Street Coffee Shop

Address: 54a King Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1XB

Tel: 01664 480234

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  • Melton Theatre

Address: Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ

Tel: 01664 851111


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  • More Coffee Co

Address: 16 Market Place, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Le13 1XD

Tel: 01664 560310

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  • The Noels Arms

Address: 31 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1AE

Tel: 01664 562363


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  • Echos

Address: 5 Biggin Stree, Loughborough, LE11 1UA

Tel: 01509 213887


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  • Holywell House

Address: 68A Leicester Road, Loughborough, LE11 2AG

Tel: 01509 731894


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  • Loughborough College Arts Academy

Address: Radmoor Road, Loughborough, LE11 3BT

Tel: 01509 618375

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  • Loughborough Community, Library and Learning Centre

Address: Granby Stree, Loughborough, LE11 3DZ

Tel: 0119 3052420


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  • Loughborough Town Hall

Address: Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB

Tel: 01509 231914


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  • The Swan in the Rushes

Address: 21 The Rushes, Loughborough, LE11 5BE

Tel: 01509 217014

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Britain's longest-running comedy festival
Starts: 02/03/2016 12:00 am
Ends: 02/21/2016