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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com for details.
Comedy in the dark, Phoenix Cinema, various dates
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.
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.
Chris Read: Little Man, Leics 22 Feb
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