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Leicester Comedy Festival: here come the girls!

From witty to wacky, daring to dog-obsessed, here's the best female comedians you don't want to miss at this year's Leicester Comedy Festival.

KATHERINE RYAN, Demontfort Hall, 12 Feb

Creator and star of Netflix smash hit The Duchess, this Canadian-Irish comedian is pretty much everywhere atm, From quiz shoes to tv ads, and now back on stage with her brand-new live show, Missus where she chats about her hilarious new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be married.

ANOUSHKA RAVA, The Globe, 4 Feb

Pic via Jack and Jill Talent Agency

Find out what comes out of a Jewish, Muslim and Catholic heritage and see the world through Anoushka Rava’s eyes. The French-Iranian comedian was born in London and raised in Paris and in her show Melting Pot, she tackles current societal matters with lightness and irony.

JEN BRISTER, Peter Pizzeria, 5 Feb

Has the pandemic changed this comedian for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? Find out in her show The Optimist live at the Leicester Comedy Fest this year. She’s toured with Kerry Godliman, Francesca Martinez and Frankie Boyle among others and is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. The Guardian called her ‘furiously funny.’

AIDEEN MCQUEEN, various dates

She’s one of the brightest sparks in the new generation of Irish comics plus, she’s appeared alongside Sean Hughes, Reginald D Hunter, Johnny Vegas, Phil Kay and Frankie Boyle. Join her in her sassy, sexy, saucy and, most importantly, side-splittingly funny solo show, Slutfragette next month.

LAUREN PATTISON, Peter Pizzeria, 6 Feb

Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows and international touring (pre-Covid of course), she’s back with a brand new show. Reluctant to say what it’s about because let’s face it, anything can happen. We suggest you book tickets early.

CATHERINE BOHART, The Big Difference, 9 Feb

For someone who loves control, hates change and is a serial planner, the last few years threw Catherine’s life into disarray! Watch her blisteringly funny new stand-up show filled with horrendous life advice, cheery nihilism and reluctant self-discovery .

SHAZIA MIRZA, FUNHOUSE, Live at the Lodge, Wycliffe Rooms, 12 Feb

Pic: Amelia Troubridge

Catch a whole string of comedians at the Funhouse Comedy night. We’ll be looking out for Brummie and Muslim stand up comedian Shazia Mirza. She’s known for her gloriously non-pc fun so we expect her set to be belly-achingly good!

Sukh Ojla, The Y, 17 Feb

Following her debut solo run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, the lively Sukh Ojla brings her brilliant solo comedy hour to Leicester. In her cleverly named show, Life Sukhs she tries to figure out how to move forward in reverse. From dealing with mental illness to moving back in with her parents. Uhhh ohh!

SOPHIE DUKER, Firebug, 18 Feb

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, and Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, Duker is in town to tell jokes, break hearts and make you LOL in your seats. Not getting a ticket for this would just be silly!

JULIETTE BURTON, The Big Difference, 19 Feb

Celebrate kickass acts of kindness, the punk-rocking power of positivity and the humourous heroism of hope, from comedian and mental health activist Juliette Burton as she explores trauma and how to recover. When your mind can take you to dark places it’s vital to seek out the light. We can’t wait!

LILY PHILIPS, Peter Pizzeria, 20 Feb

Smut was the show that was going to be about feminism but is now going to be about her dog! Woof! Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Runner up and Funny Women Finalist, Lily is still banging on about vagina but now she has a dog who has one too. We’re sure she won’t JUST focus on her dog, but there’s only one way to find out!

TICKLED PINK, The Guildhall, 4 Feb

We can’t forget to mention Leicester’s all female comedic show. This monthly all female comedy night has been growing for the past few years and showcases new female comedians as well as more experienced comedians. Empowering, inspiring and definitely one not to miss!

The Leicester Comedy Festival is on from 2-20 Feb 2022.

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