Venues around Nottingham are going to be filled with laughter as Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival brings big names like Dylan Moran, Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones and Johnny Vegas to the city this week. 

Other comic performers including Stewart Lee, Mark Watson, John Thomson, Simon Amstell and Nina Conti will take to the stages of around 50 venues throughout the city for 19 days from Wednesday to February 22.

The festival opens with an exhibition at De Montfort Hall paying homage to its original patron – comedy genius Sir Norman Wisdom – curated by his son, Nick Wisdom. The exhibition of photographs, handwritten scripts and other personal belongings, including his iconic caps and suits, opens on what would have been Norman Wisdom’s 100th birthday.

With more than 500 events at venues around the city over the next couple of weeks, there will be something for everyone – from the big name comedy stars to up and coming talent, film screenings, workshops and more.

Tom Allen - Dave's Leicester Comedy FestivalOne interesting event is Comedy In A Car with Tom Allen (left), in which he takes his show on the road in a Land Rover Discovery, regaling tales of Leicester to an audience of just four passengers on Saturday, February 14. Probably the most intimate performance of the festival.

Tom will be visiting some of Leicester’s landmarks and meeting some of his friends on the way in the exclusive event in aid of the Big Difference Company.

Returning this year are the wonderful UK Pun Championships hosted by Lee Nelson and the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. New events include Euroversity Challenge – a mash-up of the Eurovision Song Contest and University Challenge, which sees teams of international comedians battle it out to be crowned Cleverest Nation in Europe.

For the full programme of events and ticket information, visit

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