The UK Pun Championships return to Leicester’s comedy festival

By Jacob Moseley

With applications for Monday’s (FEB11) UK Pun Championships now closed, contestants are preparing for a testing battle of wit and speed in front of a large audience.

The event has sold out for the past four years, with 2018’s winner, Robert Thomas, described by The Evening Standard as: “The sharpest, smartest routine of the night.”

In a boxing ring surrounded by an audience in De Montfort Hall, contestants will perform a rap battle.

Joe Smith is one of the lucky audience members who is hoping to hear some “ruthless rhymes” as he described it.

De Montfort Hall

Classic venue: De Montfort Hall promises to host a linguistic sparring match

Joe said: “I am looking forward to hearing the talent on show in De Montfort Hall, I heard last year’s comedians were really good.

“I haven’t been to many comedy festivals but I’ve heard that Leicester’s is meant to be quite renowned for having a lot of talented comedians.”

The competitors will be judged by the level of applause or boos they receive from the crowd, with the winner going to the next round until there are two finalists remaining.

De Montfort Hall sign

Busy schedule: De Montfort Hall

Joe warned comedians: “I’m going to boo if I don’t think it’s funny, you have to be honest, I think that’s all part of the fun.”

De Montfort Hall played host to leading Bristol comedian Edd Hedges who captivated audiences in yesterday’s show.

Joe said: “I think comedy is a very important part of society and I think comedians should be given more praise for what they do.”

For more information on the upcoming Pun Championships contact or visit the UK Pun Championships website.


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