For the fourth year in a row now, Midlands Movies takes a look at Leicester Comedy Festival and give our recommendations for some of the best film and movie-related shows that are occurring during the whole of the festival.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the festival takes place place between 7th – 25th February 2018 at various venues around Leicester.
For all info on tickets on the below shows and many many more, please check all the events at the official festival website: http://comedy-festival.co.uk/events/
Saturday, 17/Sunday 18 February 2018 Time: 5:50pm (6:50pm) Doors open: 5:30pm
Entry: £5 OR PWYW Venue: Heroes@The Criterion
Joanna Neary / Celia Cardigan in 'Voting And Not Voting.' Middle class housewife Celia investigates 100 years of votes for some women, and asks "what changed and what's next? All Mrs Clack ever says is 'how do you think the horse felt?' “Joanna appeared in the film Suffragette; she has a credit one above Meryl Streep.
Hurt & Anderson: Come What May
Saturday, 24 February 2018 Time: 6:30pm (7:30pm) Doors open: 6:10pm
Entry: £5 OR PWYW Venue: Just the Tonic at BrewDog
Hurt and Anderson are on the edge. Can they make it through their final performance without self-destructing? Will Laura ever stop sabotaging the show? Will Georgia finally admit the awful truth - she's never liked Laura's favourite film Moulin Rouge that much? Come what may, this will be a laugh-out-loud hour of sketch and musical comedy.
An interview with Dave Johns
Saturday, 17 February 2018 Time: 4:30pm (6:00pm) Doors open: 4:10pm
Entry: FREE Venue: PETER Pizzeria - Violin Room
Dave is one of the most respected comedians working in the UK, however, he almost gave up comedy in order to manage donkey rides at Whitley Bay. Come and listen to what happened when he got a call from film Director Ken Loach and went on to star in the critically acclaimed film "I, Daniel Blake" and won the coveted Palme D'Or Award. An interview with Festival Director Geoff Rowe.
CARRY ON: 60 GLORIOUS YEARS with ROBERT ROSS
Saturday, 17 February 2018 Time: 12:30pm (2:00pm) Doors open: 12:10pm
Entry: FREE Venue: PETER Pizzeria - Violin Room
In 1958 cameras started rolling at Pinewood Studios on a comedy film called Carry On Sergeant. The film would become the third biggest box office success in Britain of that year. Sixty years on the franchise is still going strong. A revealing talk illustrated by rare and hilarious behind-the-scenes footage, from the official Carry On historian Robert Ross.
Heidi Vs Sharks: Work in Progress
Saturday, 17 February 2018 Time: 8:30pm (9:30pm) Doors open: 8:10pm
Entry: £5 OR PWYW Venue: Attenborough Arts Centre - Main Hall
Heidi Regan, winner of BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You're Funny 2016, explores our increasingly confusing world and terrible shark films.
Sunday, 11 February 2018 Time: 2:00pm (3:00pm) Doors open: 1:40pm
Entry: FREE OR PWYW Venue: The Exchange Bar - Downstairs
Two award-losing nerds (Sam Golin & Bisha K Ali) present an hour of geek-culture themed stand-up comedy, fun and games. If you're a gamer, a comic book fan, a sci-fi & fantasy buff or addicted to horror movies, Cult Comics is for you. Join us. Resistance is futile.
Sunday, 25 February 2018 Time: 3:30pm (4:30pm) Doors open: 3:10pm
Entry: £5 OR PWYW Venue: Brood @ Vin Quatre - 2
Clonely is an adventure in existential sci-fi crisis, a blend of bulls*** art house theatre with sci-fi cinema, but on stage and with DIY props. Expect lo-fi aesthetics, an awkward five-minute docking scene and long monologues about how dark and bleak space life is. Are you afraid of dying aclone?
Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead
Thursday, 08 February 2018 Time: 8:00pm (9:00pm) Doors open: 7:40pm
Entry: £9.50 Venue: The Y - Standing/Seating
This hit show returns to where it all started, Leicester Comedy Festival. Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis*. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror... and the King of Rock‘n’Roll. Brilliantly executed: winner of Best Show and Best Musical at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017.
Wizard of Oz
Sunday, 11 February 2018 Time: 5:00pm (7:00pm) Doors open: 4:40pm
Entry: £12.50 Venue: The Y - Row Seating
The "irresistibly anarchic" Oddsocks Productions are bringing another classic adventure to life with a hearty dollop of their trademark comedy: new songs, familiar faces and laughs aplenty! In a brand-new adaptation of L Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz', the Oddsocks troupe invite you to meet Dorothy as you've never seen her before. Join the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man as they travel through the weird and wonderful land of Oz.
Happily Never After
Friday, 16 February 2018 Time: 8:00pm (9:00pm) Doors open: 7:40pm
Entry: £10.00 Venue: Just the Tonic at BrewDog
Award-winning improvisers The Maydays present this skin-prickling tale full of black comedy and haunting music, inspired by the warped imaginations of Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and the Brothers Grimm. Starting with your suggestion, The Maydays take you on a bone-chilling journey, meeting the grotesque and the innocent, weaving a fantastical story that's different every time.
Police Cops In Space
Friday, 23 February 2018 Time: 8:30pm (9:30pm) Doors open: 8:10pm
Entry: £12.00 Venue: Attenborough Arts Centre - Main Hall
Following 3 SELLOUT runs at Soho Theatre with their first production, Police Cops, multi award-winning comedy trio THE PRETEND MEN are back once more with their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2017 TOTAL SELL OUT theatrical blockbuster POLICE COPS IN SPACE; an 80's 'low-fi sci-fi' set in the most dangerous place on Earth... Space.
Mission Impossible Ipswich: The Director’s Cut
Saturday, 10/Friday 23 February 2018 Time: 8:00pm (9:00pm) Doors open: 7:40pm
Entry: FREE OR PWYW Venue: Grays@LCB Depot - Lightbox
Tom Cruise is trying to be a bona-fide Hollywood star, but he's lost his mojo and he thinks a provincial East Anglian town in the 1980s and its strange inhabitants can help him. Join us for weirdness. Join us for sexiness. Join us to sing along to some classic tunes from some classic films! This is the director's cut. We've got more baby oil, more gin, more costumes and more dodgy Nicole Kidman accents! Watch the Suffolk craziness unfold!