All shows

February

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  • Comic Trans

  • Thursday 7 February, 8pm – 10.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 18+
  • £5 / £15 Party of Four
  • Featuring the award-nominated Laura Monmoth and headlined by everyone’s favourite Bethany Black (as seen on Chanel 4’s Cucumber and BBC’s Dr Who), plus support from Jessie Johnson, Ava Liversidge and many more. This is truly going to be a night to remember.
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  • The Comedy Asylum

  • Friday 8 February, 7.30pm – 9pm
  • Suitable for ages 13+
  • Pay What You Think
  • We cannot believe this is BrightSparks Comedy Asylum’s eleventh Leicester Comedy Festival show! Congratulations! With Rob Gee’s expert guidance, the group write and produce a comedy show that has us all amazed, confused, entertained and wowed by these masters of improv.
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  • Free Comedy Art

  • Gallery Tours
  • Friday nights 6.30pm – 7pm
  • 8, 15, 22 February
  • Suitable for ages 15+
  • When’s the last time you laughed your socks off in an art gallery? Join our award-winning comedians Helen Duff, Daniel Nicholas and Edy Hurst as they take inspiration from our exhibition to give you a gallery tour like no other. Make sure to stay for our fresh Friday acts in our theatre.
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  • The Big Lebowski

  • Presented by Edy Hurst and Cinema
  • Para-Discount
  • Saturday 9 February, 7pm – 9.30pm including interval
  • Suitable for ages 18+
  • Free
  • We’ve asked comedians to create an immersive experience backdropped by their favourite film. Armed with a guitar, loop and props, award-winning Hurst brings The Big Lebowski to life with an alternate soundtrack, comic commentary and interactive games.
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  • Richard Wheatley Is Blindingly Obvious

  • Sunday 10 February, 1pm – 2pm
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • £5 / £15 Family of Four
  • Funny, fast and friendly, Richard mixes anecdotes from a unique life with off the- cuff audience interactions for high energy hilarity. Mostly clean, always funny, Richard prefers quick and clever wordplay over simple vulgarity.
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  • Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

  • Sunday 10 February, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £10 / £8 concession
  • 1 in 6 people suffer from hearing loss. Two of those people are Ray Bradshaw’s parents. Full of hilarious, tales about growing up with deaf parents, Deaf Comedy Fam is a first for comedy as Ray simultaneously performs in both spoken English and British Sign Language.
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  • Joe Sutherland: Toxic

  • Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Suitable for ages
  • £5 / £15 Party of four
  • Joe Sutherland brings his glitteringly glamorous and deeply dark, razor-sharp jokes and stories to a stand-up show all about gender. Tackling gender, veganism and bogies; we love Joe’s hilarious cynicism and shrewd sarcasm.
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  • Juliette Burton: Working Stuff Out

  • Friday 15 February, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • £8 full / £5 concession
  • We welcome back Juliette Burton following sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe from 2015-18 and a UK tour of her critically acclaimed show Butterfly Effect. The award-winning comedian, writer and mental health campaigner brings us a work in progress performance of her brand new show.
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  • Luke Rollason’s Planet Earth III

  • Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Suitable for all ages
  • £5 / £15 Family of Four
  • Set in a future where thousands of endangered species are extinct following ecological collapse, including the BBC. But one plucky and unpaid intern isn’t giving up, and right on programming schedule Luke will perform series three of Planet Earth.
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  • How Deep Is Your Duff

  • Saturday 16 February, 9pm – 10pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £8 / £7 concession
  • Helen Duff is back for another shamelessly silly yet socially conscious show that creates a level of intimacy that most acts wouldn’t dare. We dive deep as Duff gives us exploding storytelling with boundless energy, clowning, and whip smart comedy.
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  • Odd Encounter

  • BSL interpreted
  • Thursday 21 February, 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 12+
  • £5 / £15 Party of Four
  • In a mash-up of cabaret theatre show and wedding reception, we ask if the whole idea of finding ‘The One’ has always been a bit misguided and is simply a bit old fashioned now. In a show for the age of Harvey Weinstein and #metoo, sit back and enjoy cake and bubby (yes, really) as we lift the lid on love and sex, beginnings and endings, and the passage of time.
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  • Stevie Martin Vol. 1

  • Friday 22 February, 7.30pm – 8.20pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £8 / £7 concession
  • We’ve read Stevie’s lifestyle writing published in The Guardian, Elle, Grazia, Vice, Shortlist, and Stylist, and have loved watching her perform comedy as part of Massive Dad. Now she brings us her inventively funny solo show filled with sketches, characters and silliness.
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  • Rob Auton: The Talk Show

  • Saturday 23 February, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £8
  • The Talk Show’ is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking by award winning writer and performer Rob Auton. Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking. Since 2012 Rob has chosen a specific theme for his shows and challenged himself to create an hour of material about each subject. These shows have given rise to sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe as Rob continues to build his audience through his unique use of words and humour.
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  • Daniel Nicholas: Eugene

  • Saturday 23 February, 9pm – 10pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £5 / £15 Party of Four / £10 with Rob Auton: The Talk Show
  • In the not too distant future, millionaire and inventor (think Elon Musk with a further attitude problem) called Hugh, ‘Hubris’ too his friends, is launching the first superhuman, artificial intelligence at a press conference. And we’re invited. This is a show about what happens when we give technology the power over us, with an anthropomorphic power point. Think the Greek Myth Icarus meets the Terminator.
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  • Chris Chopping’s Lonely

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  • Sunday 24 February, 1pm – 2pm
  • Suitable for ages 15+
  • £5 / £15 Family of Four
  • Last year, we were happy to hear that Chris Chopping was finally feeling happy and well adjusted. He even wrote a song about it. This year, he’s a mess again, which we’re ashamed to say should be more fun to watch! Chris gives us another pithy, witty hour of petty insecurities and impotent rage in a stand up about break ups, sangria and microwave dinners.
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  • Zahra Barri

  • Sunday 24 February, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 16+
  • £5 / £15 Family of Four
  • Zahra has never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie; she’s more likely to stand in front of the mirror and ask herself to make a change. From Kim Kardashian’s career to Kim Jong Un’s Korea, the world is a constant mix of war and peace, and Zahra really wants to be a warrior not a princess. After all, Mohammed Ali arguably the greatest warrior in the world said, “My way of joking is to tell the truth, that’s the funniest joke in the world”. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio, Zahra’s smart and cutting stand up is one to watch.
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