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Leicester Comedy Festival



Leicester Comedy Festival, celebrating 30 years, showcases a vibrant mix of over 700 shows, from emerging talents to seasoned professionals. As an open-access festival, it invites performers at all career stages to entertain and engage audiences across Leicester. The festival, produced by the charity Big Difference, aims to blanket Leicester and beyond with the spirit of live comedy. The Festival Hub at Jubilee Square serves as the heart of the event, while the BIG Weekends bring the comedy closer to the Harborough District community. Not to be missed is the UK Kids' Comedy Festival, offering engaging fun for the younger audience. With a host of free and 'Pay What You Want' performances, the festival is a celebration of accessible, communal joy.

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Discover a world of laughter for all ages with the UK Kids' Comedy Festival programme, featuring a user-friendly filter to find shows perfect for tiny tots to teens.

UK Kids' Comedy Festival 2024 Brochure

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Tickets for the Leicester Comedy Festival can be easily purchased online. Simply visit the festival's events programme page, find the show you want to see, and click the “book tickets” link to add them to your basket. To purchase tickets, you'll need to create an account, which is a quick and straightforward process.

Concessionary tickets are available for:

  • Senior Citizens (Over 65)
  • Individuals under 18
  • Full-time Students
  • Registered Unemployed
  • Disabled persons

While buying tickets, you also have the option to donate to the Big Difference Company, the charity behind the festival. Your contributions support valuable initiatives like the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival and educational arts projects.

If you prefer personal assistance or have ticketing queries, the ticketing team is available at 0116 261 6812. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm, and have extended hours during the festival.

A standard booking fee of £1.50 applies to all tickets, which helps maintain the Box Office, with a maximum charge of £10 per basket. Please note, booking fees are non-refundable.

After booking, you'll receive e-tickets for download. If you encounter any issues or have feedback about the ticketing process, please reach out via email at, but remember, tickets are non-refundable once purchased.

For general inquiries unrelated to ticketing, contact


For those attending the Leicester Comedy Festival, a selection of outstanding Leicester hotels have been designated as "official festival hotels," conveniently situated within a short walk from the central festival venues. To enhance your festival experience with comfort and ease, these hotels offer exclusive discounts to festival-goers. For a complete list of participating hotels and their respective promotional codes, please visit the festival's official hotels page.


Leicester Comedy Festival takes place at venues across Leicester. Through the BIG Weekends initiative, the comedy festival extends out to the Harborough District community.

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The Leicester Comedy Festival is committed to inclusivity, ensuring that the joy of comedy reaches everyone. With a history of diverse programming and partnerships, the festival offers a variety of shows suitable for all ages, with clear age guidance provided: Age Guidance List.

For detailed information on venue accessibility, download the access guide or contact the venues directly for specific inquiries.

The festival team is dedicated to continuous improvement in accessibility, welcoming feedback at