Double Trouble at Leicester Comedy Festival

Posted by es328 at Jan 23, 2017 10:07 AM |
The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre will take part in Leicester Comedy Festival this February to host 18 new shows by local favourites and new emerging comedians

Issued by University of Leicester Attenborough Arts Centre on 23 January 2017

The festival kicks off with The Comedy Asylum on Friday 10 February to deliver a comedy horror spectacular featuring Rob Gee and mental health service members. Our first weekend double-bill on Saturday 11 February welcomes back Helen Duff, with a bold, subversive and very funny new stand-up show Helen Duff: Open Secret about life as a fully exposed idiot! Sleeping Trees: WESTERN? perform on the same evening to showcase an unlikely hero whose day quickly turns sour when confronted by native Indians, talking wasps and one of the most majestic tumbleweeds ever seen in the west in this theatre comedy show.

Comedy isn’t just for grownups; we have three wonderful shows delivered by loveable comedians as part of February half term on Wednesday 15 February to keep children aged between 3 – 7 years entertained. As part of Mini Fridge in association with Leicester Comedy Festival we are hosting Hannah Silvester: Comedy for Whippersnappers, which will include a mixed bill of comedy acts specifically for kids. The Further Adventures of Shirley is a great chance to take part in an interactive workshop, dress up and dance whilst award-winning comedy performer Lindsey Warnes Carroll tells some funny and fascinating stories. Kid’s Court returns to put the parents in the dock and the kids are in charge! Children get the chance to put their parents or older siblings on trial and decide a suitable penalty for their misdemeanours!

The second week of the comedy festival is jam-packed and so is our line-up. We are offering comedy festival goers the opportunity to see more for less with our comedy festival double-bills!

We are proud to be showcasing an English Comedian of the Year double bill with Jack Campbell (awarded in 2014) in Boy Girl Brain to take you on a journey of a 25 year old’s life including his childhood to break-ups and falling in love and Everglow with Brennan Reece (awarded in 2015) who will bring his debut show to Leicester where it previously sold out in Australia and Edinburgh, whose ‘baby-faced rudeness is delightfully wrong’ (Journal) on Thursday 16 February.

If you like your comedy intimate, innovative and exciting this show is for you. Join Aaron in HIGH-Larious on Saturday 18 February in this aerial-circus, stand-up fusion show as he mixes “Jaw-dropping stunts on the aerial silks with relatable stories of friendship, love and wine.” BBC Radio 4.

On the last day of Leicester Comedy Festival we have a double bill of comedic storytelling with Playlist, a one-man show in which Matt Watts uses his voice, looped sounds, sampled music and his iPod, to tell some whimsical stories. Followed by The 2016 Chortle Award Best Newcomer nominee Jordan Brookes in a boundary-pushing, high wire stand-up act of silly faces, uncomfortable poses and unnecessary confessions in Jordan Brookes: The Making Of.

Double-bill discounted tickets are available when you book for the following shows together at the same time. Double bill tickets are available to purchase in person at Attenborough Arts Centre, over the phone: 0116 252 2455 or on our website:

Double-bill ticket comedy shows at Attenborough Arts Centre

  • Saturday 11 February, £10 Helen Duff: Open Secret and Sleeping Trees WESTERN?
  • Thursday 16 February, £8 Boy Girl Brain and Brennan Reece – Everglow
  • Friday 17 February: Scripted (Immersive Remix) and How To Win A Pub Quiz
  • Sunday 19 February, £10 Jack Britton: Britt Pop and Double Dose of Absurd Words featuring Oh Standfast & Poetman
  • Thursday 23 February, £10 Improvisations with Nicholas Holt and Shirley’s Velvet Curtains
  • Sunday 26 February, £10 Matt Watts: Playlist and Jordan Brookes: The Making Of

Tickets are available on our website: and at our Box office: 0116 252 2455. Use #doubletrouble to share your comedy experience at Attenborough Arts Centre.


Notes to Editors:

Further details are available at, tel (0116) 252 2455.

The February comedy programme at Attenborough Arts Centre is as follows:

  • Friday 10 February at 7pm Comedy Asylum
  • Saturday 11 February at 7pm Helen Duff: Open Secret
  • Saturday 11 February at 8.30pm Sleeping Trees: WESTERN?
  • Wednesday 15 February at 11am Mini Fridge presents: The Further Adventures of Shirley
  • Wednesday 15 February at 1.30pm Mini Fridge presents: Hannah Silvester: Comedy for Whippersnappers
  • Wednesday 15 February at 3.30pm Mini Fridge presents: Kids’ Court
  • Thursday 16 February at 7pm Boy Girl Brain
  • Thursday 16 February at 8.30pm Brennan Reece- Everglow
  • Friday 17 February Scripted at 7pm (Immersive Remix)
  • Friday 17 February at 8.30pm How To Win A Pub Quiz
  • Saturday 18 February at 7pm HIGH-Larious
  • Sunday 19 February at 8.30pm Jack Britton: Britt Pop
  • Sunday 19 February at 7pm Double Dose of Absurd Words featuring Oh Standfast & Poetman
  • Thursday 23 February at 6.30pm Improvisations with Nicholas Holt
  • Thursday 23 February at 8pm Shirley’s Velvet Curtains
  • Friday 24 February at 8pm Parkin & Deans present A Comedy Special introducing ‘Benji Tranter & The Well Adjusted Individuals’ with support from Robyn Lowe
  • Sunday 26 February at 7pm Matt Watts: Playlist
  • Sunday 26 February at 8.30pm Jordan Brookes: The Making Of

About Attenborough Arts Centre

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. With over 19 years of experience, the programme offers courses and workshops, contemporary art, performance and live art, theatre and comedy, live music and jazz, dance, activities for children and families, and more. It is proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led performance companies, supporting those starting their careers. Its outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised, through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, British Council, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Its audience has grown to 55,000 people over the last year.

Attenborough Arts Centre is part of the University of Leicester’s Division of External Relations. Its new exhibition programme will significantly contribute to the University’s corporate social responsibility, wider public engagement and strategic research goals. It will specifically explore issues of human identity and inter-cultural interactions, promote inter-discipline, attract high-calibre collaborators, and encourage new imaginative approaches that culminate in exhibition projects.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


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