Leicester Comedy Festival review: Tom Stade at Just the Tonic at Hansom Hall

Warning: Tom Stade’s show is not for children, the faint-hearted or easily insulted. Stay away for your own safety.

The man enters the room like a washed-up rock ‘n’ roll star would enter the hall of fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Stade. Let’s get on with this already.

Leicester Comedy Festival review: Laurel and Hardy Cabaret at the Guildhall

Laurel and Hardy are undoubtedly a classic comedy duo but they’re an acquired taste in this day and age.

And if I didn’t quite acquire it, it certainly wasn’t for want of trying. I grew up watching them on DVD with my dad. It wasn’t my cup of tea but I sat and watched nonetheless, as he was reduced to hysterics beside me.

Leicester Comedy Festival review: Silver Stand Up Final with Mrs Barbara Nice at Peter Pizzeria

This show was pigging brilliant, as Barbara Nice would say.

And the bubbly, flamboyant Mrs Nice was the perfect host for the Leicester Comedy Festival’s, Silver Stand Up final.

Leicester Comedy Festival review: Jo Enright – Erdington Girl at Holy Trinity Church

In another top-draw performance, Jo Enright gave one of the most entertaining church sermons the Leicester public will have seen in years.

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.