Leicester Comedy Festival unveils 2022 programme

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Leicester Comedy Festival is back! The UK’s longest running and biggest comedy festival will be back packed full of live events in 2022 after going online during lockdown.

2022 will see a packed programme of comedy with over 560 shows, over 800 performances and across 64 venues.

As always, the festival hosts TV names, performing solo shows and the 2022 line-up will see a veritable who’s-who of comedy stars take to stages across the city – including Angela Barnes, Ahir Shah, Catherine Bohart, Ed Gamble, Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Maisie Adam, Mark Watson, Nabil Abdulrashid, Nick Helm, Pam Ayres, Rachel Parris, Ria Lina, Richard Herring, Rosie Jones, Ross Noble, Seann Walsh, Simon Brodkin, Stewart Lee, Suzi Ruffell, Tim Key and Tony Slattery.

Leicester Comedy Festival also supports and nurtures new and emerging talent. Working with festival partners De Montfort University, Union JACK Radio and Leicester City Council, Leicester Comedy Festival continues to create opportunities for comedy talent to perform, develop and progress.

leicester comedy festivalAlso returning for its 4th year is the supremely popular UK Kids’ Comedy festival which runs alongside Leicester Comedy Festival and is the UK’s only comedy festival for kids. The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival will present a lively mix of comedy based performances and activities suitable for the whole family – over 45 shows, with over 75 performances in 25 venues across Leicester city and county.

Both Leicester Comedy Festival and The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival are produced by Big Difference, a Leicester based charity whose aim is to improve people’s lives through comedy and laughter, working year-round to deliver festivals, cultural events and projects with communities in Leicester and beyond.

“Every time you buy a ticket for a show, make a donation or engage with the festivals, you are supporting not only Leicester Comedy Festival and The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, ensuring that these brilliant cultural events continue to thrive, but you are also supporting new and emerging comedians and the work with communities young a end old that Big Difference delivers year- round”  Laura Arends Chief Executive Officer, Big Difference.

The full programme is available now from www.comedy-festival.co.uk.