The festive season may have sucked your wallet dry and your January loan may already by dwindling, but do not be downhearted dear reader, as Dave’s Comedy Festival has kindly accommodated for the penniless students! With so many gigs coming in at a fiver and below, with some completely free, there really is no excuse not to join in with one of the UK’s best comedy festival!
Leicester Fridge: Battle for Leicester
6 Feb, 8pm @ Manhattan34 – £3
Like a rap battle, just a little less serious. Teams from four of Leicester’s regular comedy nights will be using the power of puns, wit and humour in this challenge for 2015’s Finest Funny Night crown.
6 Feb, 10.30pm & 21 Feb, 6pm @ Exchange Bar- FREE
Brennan Reece has feature on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky One, and now he’s coming to Leicester to perform his highly-anticipated 45 preview ‘Smirk in Progress’ show! This guy is renowned for his funny face. He has won many awards for his funny face. And now you can come and see him do his award winning comedy with his funny face.
Ben Briggs: It’s not all about you
7 Feb, 12pm @ Crumblin’ Cookie- FREE
Ben returns after 3 consecutive sell-out shows at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now he’s back and promising another hour of pure stand-up comedy to tickle your funny bone. ‘It’s not all about you’ explores the self-obsessions of modern society and narcissistic nature of our world.
7 Feb, 8.30pm @ Heroes LCB Depot- Pay what you want
Beth Vyse’s humour has compared to the weird and wonderful style of The Mighty Boosh. This loud and proud working-class girl is nothing far off marvellous and ambitious- we predict a rising star in the making!
Andrew Ryan: Work in Progress
8 Feb, 7.30pm @ Criterion – £5
Some may recognise him from Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store or BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live. Fresh-faced Andrew Ryan is making a stop-off at Leicester for a show testing some brand new material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe- not one to miss!
16 Feb, 9pm @ Crumblin’ Cookie- £3
Hot on the heels of her sell-out debut Edinburgh hour, Abi makes a return to Leicester with a new Work in Progress show which promises a whole host of new voices, some interesting surprises and an insight into her ever unique outlook on the world.
Elliot Steel- Work in Progress
17 Feb, 7.30pm @ The Cooking Comedy Club, The Globe- £5
Following his impressive performances at The Latitude, V and Reading Festivals in 2013, Eliot is back. And what’s most impressive is his age- this 18 year old comedy genius promises to bring wit, humour and stage presence behind his years.
19 Feb, 7.30pm @ Duffy’s Bar- £5
Some may know Best Boy from their hilariously funny Richard III sketch which hit the fabled airwaves of BBC Radio 4- but this sketch wasn’t done exactly how they wanted it. Now their coming to Leicester for their last chance to set it right. Join this double-act for an hour of punchy skits and witty-set pieces, with a humour compared to Billy Conolly and Blackadder.
20 Feb, 6pm @ Crumblin’ Cookie – £5
Crazy Canadian Bobby Mair has appeared on Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats, BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy, Sweat the Small Stuff and E4’s Virtually Famous– Phew! This brilliant stand-up comedian is predicted to very soon be a huge comedy star, or ‘the funniest homeless man ever’ (Jimmy Carr)- Don’t miss it!
20-22 Feb, 4pm @ Heroes LCB Depot – FREE
This is a show about Feminism, but not in the way that you would expect. Andrew Watts, described as ‘exquisitely funny’ (Time Out), has only just realised he’s a feminist until now. Come along and join Watts, with a healthy dosing of intelligent wit, to see how chaps like him can change the world!