Leicester Comedy Festival review: Chris Betts at Manhattan 34

You know those odd thoughts you have in the shower that often trickle down the drain faster than the water?

Canadian stand-up Chris Betts catches those ideas and expands on them in a way that is so bizarre but intriguing that it’s hard to decipher if he’s unhinged or a genius. His comedic ramblings are like the conversation you have with your best friend at 4am, examining the weird and wonderful rollercoaster that is modern life.

Leicester Comedy Festival review: CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation at the Y Theatre

A locksmith, murdered by a teddy bear… can it get more random than that?

When the audience set the occupation and method of death in this murder-mystery improv play, I was sure the show was going to flop. ‘There’s no way they can make this work,’ I thought to myself, but lo and behold – they did.

Leicester Comedy Festival review: Eric Rushton at Manhattan 34

Review by Sofia Luis-Hobbs The name of Eric Rushton’s show had me feeling like I’d guessed what was coming even before I’d even set foot in the venue. After all, you’d expect a routine called Convict to be brimful of jokes about jail and inmates, right? Wrong. As Rushton stood before us in an orange […]

Leicester Comedy Festival review: BBC Radio Leicester Presents… at the Cosy Club

Review by Olivia Maclaughlin In a line-up that boasted of Leicester Comedy Festival’s international reach and recognition, the Cosy Club hosted the final of three shows put on by BBC Radio Leicester. For the past two Tuesdays, The A Show has offered a mixed bill of handpicked comedians but in this week’s show, the comedians […]

Leicester Comedy Festival review: Tez Ilyas and more at A Latte Laughs with Esquires Coffee

Review by Kinga Ludwin A Latte Laughs with Esquires Coffee in Leicester was a good night led by Tez Ilyas (Mock The Week, The Last Leg), who told us what’s about to happen. In an audience we had kids, pianist, teachers, pharmacist, driving instructor, IT guy and me  – all of us were expecting an […]