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12 comedy shows to book now

There's a month-long worth of belly laughs to be had as the Leicester Comedy Festival is back in town. Here's a few highlights to watch out for this February.

Featuring three American comics who have been thrust into living in the UK and are now dealing with the laughable aftermath: Fresh off his UK stand-up tour with “The Yank is a Manc”, Californian filmmaker/comic Hopwood DePree; Award-winning New York comedian Spring Day, and comedian Will Franken who studied 18th Century British Literature before he fled his native Missouri. Tickets £7.

Ishi Khan: Love is…various dates and venues

Local Leicester lass, Ishi is talking all about her firsts. She fell into comedy completely by accident when she went to went along to cheer and support stand up comedians as they developed their material on a comedy course (I didn’t know there was such a thing!). She fell in love with the laughter, caught the comedy bug and has been sharing the love ever more since! Free event.

Egg Comedy, Pizza Pizzeria, Leics, 12 Feb

Comedy duo, Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini are brining off-beat observations, beautiful sketches, witty repartee, intense social commentary and crackling sexual chemistry. If that sounds like what you were expecting, expect the expected. 8.30pm. £7. (PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED)

We Are Four Lions, Harborough Theatre – Theatre, 14 Feb

Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging – and entirely plausible – farce. 6pm. £7.

Sue Townsend Mole Rides, Town Hall Bike Park, various dates

Discover Sue Townsend’s Leicester! Adrian Mole Rides Again with a free interactive story-telling tour of the city. A 90 minute guided ride of locations from the books of Mole, dodgy impersonations and book-reading. Rickshaws and adapted bikes are available for people who need extra help, email for details.

Comedy in the dark, Phoenix Cinema, various dates 

This unique comedy experience returns to the Leicester after sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. At Comedy in the Dark, the audience’s senses are heightened – things look and sound different. Guests include Helen Bauer, Pascal Cameron, Laura Davis, Stuart Goldsmith, Mitch Benn, Tony Law, and more to be announced. £10.

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible, De Montfort Hall, 15 Feb

One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton Jones reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or at least a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning? 7.30pm. £29.

Tom Rosenthal: Manhood, Sue Townsend Theatre, 15 Feb

After ten years of being a coward and performing stand-up largely within a mile of his flat, he’s on tour so go see him now. The beaky boy from Friday Night Dinner and TV show, Plebs tell you the story of how he spent his life trying to avenge the theft of his foreskin. Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and nominated for Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards. £16.

BYOBaby Comedy, Attenborough Arts Centre, 17 Feb

Popular lunchtime comedy club is back for parents and extra special as this one is during the half term – perfect for mums who are going up the wall with the kids being at home. Enjoy the funniest comedians at the festival without needing to book a babysitter! With top comedy for mum and dad, and toys, soft flooring and more for baby. Starts at 12 noon. £5.

Jo Brand and guests, De Montfort Hall, 19 Feb 
An exclusive show featuring Jo Brand who will be performing a rare stand up set with very special guests including Arthur Smith, Hal Cruttenden and Phil Nichol. From 7.30pm and tickets £25.

Chris Read: Little Man, Leics 22 Feb 

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Jazz musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and half of globe-trotting Harry and Chris presents his debut hour of comedic songs and soulful ballads, inspired by everything from starfish preservation to becoming a father. 5pm. £5 or PWYW. Tickets are also available to buy on his website, chrisreadmusic

Five-star, total sell out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016-2018 and Vaults Festival 2017-2019. Did we mention the cast are making it up as they go along? Did we mention it’s a musical? Featuring a live band and original, improvised songs. It’s surprising, spontaneous and delightful. 8pm. £12.

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