DMU students at the forefront of the Leicester Comedy Festival

By Matthew Knight

DMU students are helping run Peter Pizzeria’s comedy venue across the two-and-a-half week comedy festival.

The festival runs from 8-26 February and welcomes a wide range of comedy to cater for every possible audience.


Abigail Jade Taylor, an Arts and Festival Management student at DMU, is one of the students on the team.

She said: “Over the course of the comedy festival different venues are holding different kinds of comedy, so you’ve got big ones at De Montfort Hall like Jimmy Carr. There’s a lot of smaller ones that are trying out different material in smaller venues.”

In 2015, more than 780 events took place in 65 venues across the 19 days. There’s only room for growth and improvement, and the students at DMU are helping this happen.

Abigail added: “The first year students who are doing Arts and Festival Management at De Montfort are running Peter Pizzeria, so we’re in charge of the whole venue from when it starts to when it finishes. So we’re looking after the acts, making sure the audience is in, selling tickets and doing front of house.”

From the world-class comedian to the local-pub joker, this family friendly festival aims to have enough to keep you entertained for hours.

Abigail added: “Tickets range in price, some of them are free, and then you’ve got bigger comedians who are charging a bit more, but there’s something for everyone.”

Visit the website at for all the information about ticket prices and what’s going on.

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