Wednesday 11th February

The winner of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show 2012 and the handsome one from Derek  brings his stand-up show to the festival. You’ve got to respect a well executed, if sinister sounding, Manic Street Preachers reference.

Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next

The Cookie

18:30 – 19:30

As seen on Mock the Week and as heard on BBC Radio 4’s sitcom ‘Can’t tell Nathan Caton Nothing’, Nathan Caton is performing his work in progress show in the festival.

Nathan Caton – Work in Progress

The Cookie Comedy Club @ The Globe

19:30 – 20:30

Thursday 12th February

Who’d have thought Thursday was such a chocka-bloc day of comedy? Not I. Mark Watson, the man renowned for his 24 hour and above endurance shows is showing some restraint and only performing for a measly hour and a half. He’ll give it you straight, like a pear cider made of 100% pear.

Mark Watson: Flaws

The Cookie

19:45 – 21:30

In and amongst these big names are DMU Comedy alumni Celia Wilding and Reuben Williams-Smith, who are performing and stand-up three hander with friend of the society Alex Hylton. These musketeers of comedy are generously bringing you this fantastic show completely free of charge!

Last Minute Hour

The Exchange Bar

20:00 – 21:00

It seems somewhat ironic that Simon Munnery’s show is clashing with Stewart Lee’s when Lee regularly cites Munnery as one of his favourite comedians. What a decision to make,  it’s times like these that you wish you had Sky+ for real life, or at least some form of time travel. You could always watch an hour of Munnery and then an hour of Lee! Make sure you check out our interview with Stewart Lee (INSERT LINK).

Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard


20:00 – 21:00

Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew

De Montfort Hall

20:00 – 22:00

Friday 13th February

When he’s not dressing up as Richard the Third on our front cover, Tim Renkow is a stand-up comedian. I saw him robbed of the Chortle Student Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years back – he is a very funny guy and a great way to start your evening of comedy.

Tim Renkow: I Don’t Know Jack

Heroes@LCB Depot

18:00 – 19:00

After that there’s another enigmatic listing which is too tempting to not include in this guide! The Secret Tour promises three festival shows in one night only you won’t know which shows you’ll be seeing. Very mysterious. You have to book ahead for this one as its location is also secret.

The Secret Tour

It’s a secret

18:30 – 00:00

James Acaster is performing his solo stand-up show ‘Recognise’ which was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. I won’t give away the central theme, but it’s original, quirky and very funny.

James Acaster: Recognise

The Cookie

19:45 – 20:45

Comedy Society alumni Dan and Lydia desperately want you to go and see their stand-up and sketch show. It’s bound to be a funny and strange evening if Dan’s cult Conversation Garden shows are anything to go by. Go along and support local live comedy.

Yours Desperately, Dan and Lydia

Upstairs at the Western

20:00 – 21:00

And to round off your evening, go and see the cult hit of the Edinburgh Fringe: Comedian Rap Battles. It turns out that comedians, with their quick wits and ability to improvise, are excellent and brutal rap battlers.

Comedian Rap Battles

Just the  Tonic at Hansom Hall

22:25 – 23:45