Comedy Festival 2012 comes to Embrace Arts

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 02, 2012 05:40 PM |
Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival is here and as usual there’s a plethora of comedy gigs at Embrace Arts.

Tickets for all Comedy Festival shows are available from the Embrace Arts box office on 0116 252 2455. Make sure you check out the current Embrace Arts exhibition, The Funny Side, while you’re there.

NB. All these shows except Suitcase Circus are part of Embrace Arts’ ‘Fiver’ scheme, offering reduced tickets to students (current holders of student UK university cards and NUS members).

Please note that the Speed Drawing event on 11 February has been cancelled.

And don’t forget to Cheer Up Leicester!


The Best of Clever Peter sketch show

Thursday 9 February, 7.30pm, £7

With a BBC Radio 4 series for 2012, the award-winning sketch group performs some of the best from its three highly-acclaimed live shows. Expect fast-paced delivery, daft slapstick and clever wordplay in a bizarre look at life, men and women.

  • “Monty Python meets The League of Gentlemen” The List
  • “A flair for high-energy silliness” The Guardian


Justin Cliffe in The Life and Times of Albert Lymes

Saturday 11 February, 7.30pm, £6

Albert Lymes has lived a less-than-extraordinary life – until today. Arriving home to find his dog has left him, his wife has been replaced by a coconut and his father’s ashes are in a plastic bag on the porch, he embarks on an adventure of self-discovery. Albert tells you his hilariously twisted, profoundly insane and possibly moving story – because sometimes you have to lose your mind to find yourself. Beautiful imagery, inventive staging and a surrealist wit make this one-man show stand out. 


Brian Lobel in BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

Saturday 11 February, 9.00pm, £6

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to perform a self-exam.In 2001, at the tender age of 20, Brian Lobel was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Cue chemo, frozen sperm and a host of cancer clichés. Unexpected, quirky and provocative, this is a performance about illness and the changing body over time that goes beyond stories of hospital treatments to explore sexuality, gender and politics. Brian’s charming style infuses the “cancer story” with an urgency and humour which is sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always, above all else, honest and open.


Misshapen Theatre Company presents Phillipa and Will Are Now In A Relationship

Sunday 12 February, 7.00pm, £5

Meet Phillipa and Will: an oversexed, over-sharing Romeo and Juliet for the internet age. Follow these indiscreet young lovers through their courtships, break-ups, tantrums and make-ups, all told entirely through a Facebook wall-to-wall. This funny, filthy and bittersweet romance was an outstanding hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.

  • “Utterly cringeworthy and brilliant – highly recommended ****” Edinburgh Fringe Review
  • “OMG ROFL ” The Financial Times


Michelle Vacciana in Fakebook

Sunday 12 February, 8.00pm, £10/£8

Seyonsay Knowall is a woman about to go over the edge. She loves her daughter, but her daughter loves Facebook more. Hear Seyonsay’s story as she faces a lesson which takes her down the e-corridors of dodgy connections and interesting quick bytes. We all know mums like Seyonsay, but what price should a mother pay to win her daughter back? This quirky one-woman show is packed with a multitude of characters, social media networking dilemmas and comedy mishaps.


Russell Garnett for Objective Talent Management presents Worbey and Farrell: Well Strung!

Saturday 18 February, 7.30pm, £13/£11

Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell make up one of the world’s most entertaining and certainly unique piano-comedy double acts. Formerly known as Katzenjammer, their mix of barbed wit, jaw-dropping playing and breathtaking cabaret – all with four hands on one grand piano – has gained them a dedicated following across the world. Expect exquisite musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and a breathtaking display of gymnastic piano playing talent as they take a hilarious look at the instrument’s most famous pieces and players.

  • “virtuosity, creativity and throwaway humour *****” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
  • “Incredible” ITV1’s This Morning


Folded Feather in Suitcase Circus

Sunday 19 February, 3.00pm, £8 (family of four £28)

A delightfully heartwarming and interactive family-friendly spectacular. Meet Wobulous Discombobulous, the anarchic sock, as he presents a line-up of extraordinarily talented performing objects, all with their own unique and captivating storylines. Includes the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek. As with all quality circuses, there is a wonderful musical accompaniment.

  • “outstanding” Time Out London
  • “fantastic puppetry act” Lucy Ribchester, The British Theatre Guidenline

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