What To See At Leicester Comedy Festival 2018

November 20, 2017

I've been taking shows to Leicester Comedy Festival for the last four years, from a sloppy work-in-progress in 2014, to a couple of one-off, never-to-be-performed-again, bespoke nonsense shows in 2015 and 2016 (a production of the ELO Musical I wrote when I was fourteen; and a daft, anarchic site-specific piece to be performed in two venues at the same time), to an actually quite-good work-in-progress of my new show this year. For the first time since I first made Leicester one of the regular events in my comedy calendar every year, I won't be taking a show there in 2018. That's for all sorts of reasons - it's a bit too close to the performance date for the new theatre show I'm making for VAULT Festival in early February and I don't want to spread myself too thin; and I'm just generally a bit exhausted by writing and performing a new solo comedy show every year. I'm really enjoying the new territory I'm exploring with this VAULT show, and for various reasons to do with how the show works it's not a show I could perform at a comedy festival, and in general I'm just trying to have a year of avoiding the usual territories and contexts my brain goes to in order to create things, as an attempt to challenge myself into new areas, be that theatre, film, TV, whatever. Jury's out as to whether that'll mean no Edinburgh for me next year, too, but that's all a decision to be made later on. I'll certainly be coming back to live comedy sometime, but not in time for Leicester. I will, however, be going up to Leicester for at least one weekend for the festival in order to watch a bunch of great shows and maybe even do the odd cameo in something. I'm really looking forward to actually getting to enjoy a comedy festival just as an audience member and basking in the creative brilliance of all my friends' new shows. If you're planning on being up in Leicester for the festival too, and are in the least bit sad that you won't get to see a new Joz Norris show there, why not go and see one of the following shows at the festival, which will all be great?

  1. THE ALASDAIR BECKETT-KING MYSTERIES - 7th February, 18:30, Cosy Club

  2. BRETT GOLDSTEIN: WHAT IS LOVE BABY DON’T HURT ME - 7th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  3. JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE BE ST OF 2012-17 (WITH A LIVE BAND!) -7th February, 20:00, The Cookie

  4. BOB SLAYER: BOBBY’S INNER CIRCLE – 7th-11th & 22nd-24th February, 22:45, Heroes @ The Criterion

  5. SEAN MORLEY: I APOLOGISE FOR MY RECENT BEHAVIOUR - 8th February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  6. CHRISTIAN BRIGHTY’S FREE WILL - 8th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  7. PAUL SAVAGE: PERFORMATIVE WOKENESS - 8th February, 19:45, Manhattan 34

  8. ROB KEMP: THE ELVIS DEAD - 8th February, 20:00, The Y

  9. TOM BINNS: THE CLUB SETS - 8th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  10. ALEX HYLTON: I CAME, I SAW, I COMPLAINED - 8th February, 21:00, The Needle And Pin

  11. RICHARD TODD: SELLOTAPE - 8th February, 21:15, Manhattan 34

  12. TWONKEY’S NIGHT TRAIN TO LIECHTENSTEIN - 9th February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  13. ROB AUTON: THE HAIR SHOW - 9th February, 18:00, The Cookie

  14. BIG HOWARD & LITTLE HOWARD: MAN & BOY - 9th February, 18:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  15. PHIL KAY: EUPHORIC - 9th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  16. ROB KEMP’S WHEEL OF SHOWS - 9th February, 19:00, Manhattan 34

  17. SEAN MORLEY: EARNED HELPLESSNESS - 9th February, 19:15, Two Queens – Project Space

  18. MARK STEEL: EVERY LITTLE THING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT - 9th February, 20:00, Loughborough Town Hall

  19. RICHARD HERRING: OH FRIG, I’M 50 - 9th February, 20:00, The Cookie @ O2 Academy

  20. THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE: COLD HARD CACHE - 9th February, 20:00, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  21. TOM BINNS IS IAN D MONTFORT WHO IS ACTUALLY PSYCHIC - 9th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  22. NATHAN CASSIDY: IF I CAUSED THE FINANCIAL CRASH OF 2008 (PREVIEW) – 9th-10th February, 21:00, The Cookie @ The Globe

  23. HELEN BAUER: YELLOW FLOWER - 9th & 24th February, 21:30, Grays @ LCB Depot

  24. HELL TO PLAY - 9th-10th February, 22:00, Manhattan 34

  25. STUART GOLDSMITH: ONE NIGHT ONLY WIP - 10th February, 14:20, Heroes @ The Criterion

  26. MARC BURROWS: MIND YOUR HEAD - 10th & 22nd February, 15:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  27. LOUISE REAY: GASLIGHT - 10th February, 16:40, Heroes @ The Criterion

  28. ALEXANDER BENNETT SCREAMS INTO THE VOID (YOU) – 10th February, 18:30, Manhattan 34

  29. PETER BRUSH: WHAT TO DO WITH A DRUNK SPARROW - 10th February, 18:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  30. JOHN KEARNS: DON’T WORRY THEY’RE HERE - 10th & 24th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  31. STUART GOLDSMITH: LIKE I MEAN IT - 10th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  32. DARREN WALSH: MASSIVE PUNT - 10th & 24th February, 20:30, Peter Pizzeria

  33. BOBBY MAIR - 10th February, 21:00, The Cookie

  34. JACK BARRY - 10th February, 21:00, The Cookie @ The Globe

  35. LUCY HOPKINS: POWERFUL WOMEN ARE ABOUT - 10th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  36. TONY LAW: ABSURDITY FOR THE COMMON PEOPLE - 10th February, 21:30, The Cookie

  37. AN INTERVIEW WITH HARRY HILL - 11th February, 14:00, The Curve

  38. BIG HOWARD’S LOLTASTIC YUK-FEST FOR KIDS AND WELL-TRAINED ADULTS - 11th February, 14:00, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  39. SAM GOLIN & BISHA K. ALI: CULT COMICS - 11th February, 14:00, The Exchange Bar

  40. SHIRLEY & KEN’S LUCKY DIP - 11th February, 14:00, Broood @ Vin Quatre

  41. CHRISTOPHER BLISS: WRITING WRONGS - 11th February, 15:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  42. COLIN HOULT/ANNA MANN: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 11th February, 15:30, Firebug

  43. FERN BRADY: SUFFER, FOOLS – 11th February, 17:00, Firebug

  44. NATHAN LANG: THE STUNTMAN - 11th February, 17:00, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  45. LUKE ROLLASON’S PLANET EARTH (IS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 11th February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  46. AUSTENTATIOUS: AN IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN NOVEL - 11th February, 19:00, Sue Townsend Theatre

  47. JAYDE ADAMS IS JAYDED - 11th February, 19:20, Kayal

  48. GEORGE RIGDEN: LOVE PLUS NONE - 11th February, 19:45, Cosy Club

  49. COLIN HOULT/ANNA MANN IN HOW WE STOP THE FASCISTS - 11th February, 20:00, Firebug

  50. LUCY PORTER: CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES - 11th February, 20:00, The Cookie

  51. LUCY HOPKINS: SOMEWHERE ON THE SPECTRUM OF DEVELOPMENT – 11th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  52. AMY HOWERSKA IS A GODDESS *UNLESS TIRED OR HUNGRY – 12th-13th February, 19:30

  53. JODY KAMALI: HOTEL YES PLEASE - 12th-13th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  54. MAWAAN RIZWAN: TWERK-IN-PROGRESS - 13th February, 18:30, The Cookie

  55. CATRIONA KNOX: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 13th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  56. JORDAN BROOKES - 13th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  57. JOE BOR: A ROOM WITH A JEW - 14th February, 18:30, The Cookie

  58. TIM FITZHIGHAN: KAMA SUTRA-TACULAR: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL - 14th February, 19:00, Peter Pizzeria

  59. LUCA CUPANI: WORDS IN PROGRESS (WIP) - 14th-15th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  60. JAMES ACASTER: WIP - 14th February, 20:00, The Cookie

  61. JACOB HATTON: OZYMANDIAS - 14th & 21st February, 20:30, Broood @ Vin Quatre

  62. SCARLETT SOHANDSOME’S VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE - 14th February, 21:00, Manhattan 34

  63. LOU SANDERS: SHAME PIG - 15th February, 18:30, The Cookie

  64. SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL - 15th-16th February, 19:00, The Curve

  65. SHAPPI KHORSANDI: MISTRESS AND MISFIT - 15th February, 19:30, The Little Theatre

  66. BEN VAN DER VELDE: SIDEKICK - 15th-16th February, 19:45, Manhattan 34

  67. ED GAMBLE: MAMMOTH – 15th February, 20:00, Sue Townsend Theatre

  68. JOHN ROBINS: THE DARKNESS OF ROBINS - 15th February, 20:00, The Y

  69. ADAM HESS: CACTUS - 15th February, 20:00, The Cookie

  70. JASON NEALE: HAPPY TO HELP - 15th & 20th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  71. DAN ANTOPOLSKI: RETURN OF THE DAN ANTOPOLSKI - 16th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  72. HELEN DUFF: HOW DEEP IS YOUR DUFF? - 16th & 21st February, 19:00, Attenborough Arts Centre

  73. PHIL WANG: KINABALU - 16th February, 20:00, Sue Townsend Theatre

  74. OLAF FALAFEL PRESENTS THE MARMOSETS OF MY MIND - 16th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  75. AHIR SHAH: CONTROL - 16th February, 21:00, The Cookie

  76. COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS - 17th February, 14:00, De Montfort Hall

  77. SAM & TOM: INTERVIEW - 17th February, 16:40, Heroes @ The Criterion

  78. DAVID MCIVER: BIG STRONG BOY - 17th February, 17:00, Manhattan 34

  79. HARRIET KEMSLEY - 17th February, 17:00, The Cookie

  80. DAVID TRENT: LET ME DAVIDTAIN YOU - 17th February, 18:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  81. SARA PASCOE: LADSLADSLADS - 17th February, 18:30, The Curve

  82. ANNA MORRIS: BITCHELORS - 17th February, 19:00, Firebug

  83. IAN SMITH: SNOWFLAKE - 17th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  84. KNIGHTMARE LIVE - 17th February, 19:00, Sue Townsend Theatre

  85. CHRIS BETTS: WORK IN PROGRESS - 17th February, 20:00, Manhattan 34

  86. TONY LAW: CHAT SHOW - 17th February, 20:00, The Cookie

  87. DAVID EARL IS BRIAN GITTINS: DON’T FEED THE MONKEY MAN - 17th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  88. HEIDI REGAN VS SHARKS: WORK IN PROGRESS - 17th February, 20:30, Attenborough Arts Centre

  89. PAUL CURRIE: CATS IN MY MOUTH - 17th February, 20:30, Firebug

  90. TOM ALLEN: ABSOLUTELY - 17th February, 20:30, The Curve

  91. JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS: LOOK ON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR! (ALL IN CAPS) - 17th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  92. SUNIL PATEL - 17th February, 21:30, Manhattan 34

  93. DANE BAPTISTE: G.O.D. (GOLD. OIL. DRUGS.) - 17th February, 21:30, The Cookie

  94. ED NIGHT: ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH - 18th February, 15:30, Attenborough Arts Centre

  95. PETER FLEMING: HAVE YOU SEEN? - 18th February, 15:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  96. NORTHERN POWER BLOUSE - 18th February, 15:45, The Soundhouse

  97. SPRING DAY: HELP! I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE AND I CAN’T GET UP! - 18th February, 16:40, Heroes @ The Criterion

  98. SIMON CAINE: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST PLACEBO - 18th February, 17:00, The Exchange Bar

  99. STEFFAN ALLUN: ROMANTIC COMEDY - 18th February, 17:00, Chuckle Busters @ Queen of Bradgate

  100. HOLLY BURN’S B LIST CELEBRITY FLOOR SHOW - 18th February, 17:00, The Cookie

  101. BISHA K. ALI’S LIFE IS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 18th February, 18:00, The Cookie

  102. MICHAEL LEGGE: JERK - 18th February, 18:30, Firebug

  103. TIM RENKOW HAS ACCEPTED SATAN AS LORD AND SAVIOUR - 18th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  104. CHRIS BETTS: BEWILDERBEEST - 18th February, 19:30, Cosy Club

  105. SOOZ KEMPNER: SUPER SONIC 90s KID - 18th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  106. BEC HILL: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 18th February, 21:00, Chuckle Busters @ Queen of Bradgate

  107. IAN SMITH: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 18th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  108. CHRIS BETTS VS THE AUDIENCE - 19th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  109. IVO GRAHAM: TAKE ME TO YOUR BUTLER (WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 19th February, 19:30, Chuckle Busters @ Queen of Bradgate

  110. YURIKO KOTANI: GREEN IN ENGLISH, BLUE IN JAPANESE (WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 19th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  111. JAMALI MADDIX: WORK-IN-PROGRESS – 19th-20th February, 20:30, The Cookie

  112. ALEX HYLTON: EVERYBODY’S DIFFERENT, AND I’M THE SAME - 19th February, 21:15, The Exchange Bar

  113. DESIREE BURCH: NEW SH!T (WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 20th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  114. ALFIE BROWN: LUNATIC (WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 20th February, 19:00, The Cookie

  115. NATHAN WILLCOCK: HOLLAND, 1980 - 20th February, 19:45, Manhattan 34

  116. HOLT AND TALBOT: MANSPLAINING FEMINISM - 20th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  117. SUZI RUFFELL: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 21st February, 18:30, The Cookie

  118. VALDEMAR PUSTELNIK: 53 MINUTES ABOUT 52 SHEEP (60 MINUTES LONG) - 21st February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  119. JOE SUTHERLAND: MODEL/ACTRESS 2.0 - 21st February, 21:00, Chuckle Busters @ Queen of Bradgate

  120. TREVOR LOCK’S COMMUNITY CIRCLE – 21st-23rd, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  121. SASHA ELLEN: NO MAN’S LAND - 22nd February, 18:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  122. KIT SULLIVAN: VILLAIN - 22nd February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  123. JAMES MEEHAN: GAZ - 22nd February, 19:45, Manhattan 34

  124. PAUL FOOT’S GAME OF DANGERS: BIGGER AND MORE DANGEROUS - 22nd February, 19:45, The Curve

  125. KATHERINE RYAN: GLITTER ROOM - 22nd February, 20:00, De Montfort Hall

  126. BARRY FERNS: BARRY LOVES YOU - 22nd February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  127. FAYE TREACY WORRIES - 22nd & 24th February, 21:00, Chuckle Busters @ Queen of Bradgate

  128. THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 22nd February, 21:15, Manhattan 34

  129. ALISON THEA-SKOT THROUGH THE HEART AND YOU’RE TO BLAME - 23rd February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  130. GARRETT MILLERICK: FACTS I WISH I’D INVENTED - 23rd February, 18:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  131. KATE LUCAS: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 23rd February, 18:30, The Cookie

  132. ALEX KEALY: LEAVE THEM WANTING NOT LESS - 23rd February, 19:00, Manhattan 34

  133. ALI BRICE’S LEMONADE STAND - 23rd February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  134. JORDAN BROOKES: BODY OF WORK - 23rd February, 19:00, Attenborough Arts Centre

  135. ANDY BARR: NEUSTADT - 23rd February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  136. MICKY OVERMAN: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 23rd February, 21:00, The Cookie @ The Globe

  137. STEPHEN BAILEY: CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT - 23rd February, 21:30, Just The Tonic @ Brew Dog

  138. ANDREW O’NEILL’S HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL: FULL BAND SHOW! - 23rd February, 21:30, The Cookie

  139. IT’S ME, KAT BOND, COME HOME NOW, SO COLD (A WIP) - 24th February, 13:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  140. MARNY GODDEN PRESENTS FLAP ‘EM ON THE GATE: THE RETURN - 24th February, 14:20, Heroes @ The Criterion

  141. BETH VYSE AS OLIVE HANDS IN THE HAND THAT ROCKED THE CRADLE (WIP) - 24th February, 15:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  142. OH STANDFAST: A FISH? - 24th February, 15:30, Manhattan 34

  143. 110% JOHN KEARNS AND PAT CAHILL – 24th February, 16:40, Heroes @ The Criterion

  144. IAN LANE: BODILY… - 24th February, 17:00, Manhattan 34

  145. ANDREW O’NEILL: WIP - 24th February, 17:00, The Cookie

  146. LUCY PEARMAN: GREAT GRAPES - 24th February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  147. EVELYN MOK: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 24th February, 19:00, The Cookie @ The Globe

  148. PAT CAHILL: THE FISHERMAN - 24th February, 20:15, Heroes @ The Criterion

  149. DAVID MILLS: RUMOUR HAS IT - 24th February, 20:30, The Little Theatre

  150. ROBIN INCE: PRAGMATIC INSANITY - 24th February, 21:00, The Cookie

  151. ADAM LARTER: BOOGIE KNIGHTS - 24th February, 21:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  152. HANNAH CAMERON & CHARLIE MILLER: MAKING IT - 25th February, 13:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  153. MATTHEW HIGHTON: PLEASE COME TO THE SHOW, THEY HAVE MY KIDS! - 25th February, 14:20, Heroes @ The Criterion

  154. ALWIN SOLANKY’S SPANISH OMELETTE - 25th February, 15:30, Heroes @ The Criterion

  155. EVELYN MOK: HYMEN MANOUVRE - 25th February, 15:30, Attenborough Arts Centre

  156. THE DARK ROOM FOR KIDS - 25th February, 16:30, Firebug

  157. BEN TARGET: WORK-IN-PROGRESS - 25th February, 16:40, Heroes @ The Criterion

  158. MICHAEL BRUNSTROM: THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON - 25th February, 17:50, Heroes @ The Criterion

  159. ALASDAIR BECKETT-KING: FULL VELVET JACKET (WIP) - 25th February, 18:00, Cosy Club

  160. LAURA LEXX: LIVE (WORK-IN-PROGRESS) - 25th February, 18:00, Kayal

  161. CONSIGNIA’S PANOPTICON - 25th February, 19:00, Heroes @ The Criterion

  162. THE DARK ROOM - 25th February, 19:30, Firebug

  163. BOBBY MAIR: LOUDLY INSECURE - 25th February, 21:00, The Cookie @ The Globe

 

 

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