Monday, 4 January 2016

5 Mixed bill showcase events that will help you decide what to see at the Comedy Festival

Face it, folks. The holiday period is over.
The leftovers have been guzzled, the hangovers suffered, the previously fart-filled house has been aired, and a nation is wearily going back to work and grudgingly re-adjusting to normal life.

It's not all doom and gloom though, because it means there's now less than a month to go until Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival starts - HOORAY!!! The fest proper begins on Wednesday Feb 3rd at which point over 700 shows will be occurring in the city and county, for 19 solid days of laughter. You can find official festival brochures all over the city, and all the shows are searchable online at the festival's website

Brochures available at a bar, cafe, takeaway near you!

Obviously it's pretty tough choosing from 700 shows, but luckily for us there are a few mixed-bill showcase gigs happening before then, to help you decide who to see at the festival:

Tuesday 5th Jan: COMEDY & COCKTAILS at Manhattan34
Leicester's longest-running monthly comedy night is back, as always with a highly varied line-up of up-and-coming talent, many of whom will be taking the opportunity to polish their material and plug their festival shows. The January line-up is The Frasco Fools, Jim Kelly, Neil Irving, Jason Neale, Luke Dixon, Bruce Edhouse. As ever, there will also be a 'Debut 5' from someone who's never done stand-up before!
Free Entry (pay what you want on exit), find out more here

Friday 8th Jan: Official DLCF PREVIEW SHOW at De Montfort Hall
This year's annual gala opening will be hosted by Lee Nelson and feature spots by critically acclaimed Nish Kumar, Edinburgh 'Best Newcomer' winner Sofie Hagen, DLCF 'Best New Show' nominee Jen Brister and current Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Tom Little, plus Kai Humphries, George Rigden and special guests.
Tickets are £18 or £25 from here

Leicester Fridge: 17 acts for £6 is perfect for the thrifty punter.

Sat 16th Jan: LEICESTER FRIDGE Preview Show at The Cookie
Back for a second year, Leicester Fridge were nominated for two awards at last year's festival for their events which helped to boost the profile of local talent during the festival. Their first (and biggest) show last year was the epic 18-act preview show, which sold out The Cookie in advance. This year's show has the same format, with a multitude of acts performing short teasers for their full festival shows, and any act who goes over their 5-minute time slot will be shot with a NERF gun! All audience members receive a free tick-sheet with all the acts' details on so they don't forget who they've seen and who they liked.
Tickets are £6 from The Cookie, or £6.60 online from here
Leicester Fridge are putting on several showcase shows during the festival - find out more here.

Wed 20th Jan: CLUB SMASHING at The Cookie
Anyone who missed the Club Smashing Christmas Panto last month missed a real bizarre treat! The city's award-nominated monthly alternative night is back in pre-festival mode, featuring some fine 'alt' acts from around the country, led by superb character acts President Obonjo and The Rev Henry King, with backup from Ishi Khan Jackson, Shaun Turner, James Hately and Pete Prodge. Regular hosts Ian Hall and Bruce Edhouse will be trying to contain the mayhem once again.
Tickets £3 on the door. more info here.

Proper Funny: Does what it says on the tin, really.

Sat 30th Jan: PROPER FUNNY COMEDY at The Criterion
Another regular monthly night featuring a gaggle of comics testing out their festival material, amongst a lively and friendly CAMRA pub atmosphere - featuring Alex Kealy, Patrick Draper, Alex Hylton, Ben Clark-Betts, Stu Woodings and Mike Yeoman, compered as ever by Jason Neale, who was recently nominated for Best Compere at the Midlands Comedy Awards.
Details can be found here.

Hopefully I'll see you at one or more of these shows! In the meantime I'll be compiling some Festival preview posts as usual, to give you even more help in deciding who to go and see next month!
Ta-ta for now,

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