Leicester Comedy Festival returns for 26th year

By Samuel Gill

Leicester Comedy Festival is set to return for a 26th year with as usual big names aplenty descending on the month-long event known to many as a mini Edinburgh.

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Acts include Josh Widdicombe and Jason Manford as well the likes of Russell Howard, Nish Kumar and Tom Rosenthal all performing Work in Progress shows before arena dates and/or Edinburgh at the end of the year.

Also the likes of Jo Brand and Tom Allen are taking part in the annual A Conversation With.. shows which take place at Curve Theatre and attract large crowds to see the big names in comedy interviewed by Festival Director Geoff Rowe.

Shows take place at intimate venues such as The Cookie and Firebug as well as the likes of De Montfort Hall and the aforementioned Curve, giving comedy fans the chance to see stars in both an intimate and larger setting over the course of the festival.

Mr Rowe spoke to Leicestershire Press about the festival and what it means to him going into it’s 26th year.

“I think it’s the way it helps to bring the city alive,” he said.

“People tell me the buzz about Leicester during the festival, the excitement, the energy around it are all things that make it special to me after a long time.”

In terms of who to look out for this year, he spoke of how all shows are seen as big as each other.

“We don’t have headline acts, all 840 shows are as important to each other. So for some people Nish Kumar or Jason Manford will be the highlight.

“While some people will get excited about the smaller venues and the smaller acts so I think it’s important the festival doesn’t have a headline act.”

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