That's entertainment

Trying to find what’s on in Leicester? Manhattan34 offers a wide range of live entertainment and events throughout the year, usually with free or pay-as-you-feel entry.

In a city as vibrant as Leicester, we recognise the need to offer our customer’s an experience they won’t forget every time they walk through the door. Besides our fabulous cocktails, we host a range of themed evenings and events throughout the year. So, whether it’s a live music, comedy or a specialist testing session you’re after, Manhattan34 has something for everyone.

Leicester Comedy Festival 2018

We may not be the biggest venue in the UK’s oldest comedy festival, but we’re pretty sure we boast the most comedians! This year all bar one of our comedy shows are either free or Pay What You Want (PWYW) so popping down for a giggle this February will be pretty easy on the pocket.

 

Hannah Silvester

I’m Not Too Bad Thanks

Wednesday 7th February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Hannah Silvester is feeling not too bad thanks. It’s true that she occasionally struggles with the meaningless nature of all human existence when she feels lost in a metaphorical wilderness, but she’s generally not too bad. Join the award-winning comedian as she returns to Leicester Comedy Festival with a new solo show. “A joy to watch” Notts Comedy Review “All round appeal” The Stand

 

Scott Bennett

Scott vs Scott

Wednesday 7th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

A new stand up show from the Amused Moose Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Panelbeaters show regular and tour support for Rob Brydon. Scott is a dad, a husband and a born worrier and now he’s suddenly decided to follow his dreams. In the follow up to his acclaimed debut “About a Roy” he looks at what it means to take a risk later in life, the various roles he has to take on each day and the conflicts with his own self-destructive personality.

 

Paul Savage

Performative Wokeness

Thursday 8th February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Paul Savage is trying to be good. He’s trying to do the best he can. But what’s the point if no one notices how good you’re being? Brand new stand up show about trying from Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut Show nominee (09). Top 10 jokes of the fringe 2017- The Guardian, Mirror, The Week, Esquire, Shortlist. “Genuinely brilliant, an all round hoot” The Guardian

 

Sellotape

Thursday 8th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

CLIVE, dad to me, is a small town convenience shopkeeper eschewing tradition (and convenience) to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams, and marriage, down the drain. There will be tears, porn and potatoes, lots of potatoes.

 

Rob Kemp

Wheel of Shows

Friday 9th February

7pm

Free/PWYW

Rob Kemp has nailed three (definitely finished) show concepts to the WHEEL OF SHOWS, and he will spin it for you tonight, and perform, in entirety, whichever of the shows it lands on! The madman! Will it be: a monologue set in a bookshop; Something involving time-travel; or maybe, Beatlesjuice? Cross your fingers and toes and make a bet on which it will be… It could be any of them, as they are all definitely fully-formed written down ideas.

 

Brennan Reece

Everlong

Friday 9th February

8.30pm

Free

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee (Me) and English Comedian Of The Year (Also Me) returns with a “powerfully entertaining” show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and his Nanna (in a home).

 

Hell to Play

Friday 9th February

10pm

Free/PWYW

Hell To Play is a bad-taste comedy game show set in hell, hosted by the devil. Audiences attempt to save their souls from eternal damnation by tackling games put to them by the damned and cursed. “Hugely fun: a very silly, very funny show”**** THE STAGE “Great fun – Excellent performers doing high quality dicking about” STUART GOLDSMITH, THE COMEDIANS COMEDIAN The award-nominated cult hit show was a sellout at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017

 

Leicester Fridge

Naked Comedy

Friday 9th February

11.45pm

£8

The unforgettable Naked Comedy returns after causing a splash in 2016, then winning the Liberty Award for embodying the spirit of the festival in 2017. Male & female comedians face their biggest fear and perform ‘au naturel’ to raise money for MIND, for better mental health. The line-up’s a closely guarded secret, so you never know who you might end up seeing… Advance tickets only – no door sales. Not for the easily offended!

 

A Silly Hour of Fun

Saturday 10th February

2pm

Free/PWYW

What happens if you cross a whirlwind of fun, a magician of mirth and a Tsunami of song? This show, that’s what! 3 comedians use puns, music & award nominated gags to have childish fun. Not to be missed! Ed.fringe best joke nominee (2016&17) Adele Cliff “Very funny” (FunnyWomen) – Musical Comedy Award 2017 finalist Katie Pritchard “Rather brilliant” (Everything Theatre) – Funny man Chris Norton Walker “Hilarious to watch” (Local Secrets)

 

Hurt & Anderson

Work in Progress

Saturday 10th February

3.30pm

Free

The “incredibly talented and funny” (Scotsgay) Hurt and Anderson are delighted to preview their brand new show filled with all new sketches and songs. From the satirical to the surreal, from everyday observational comedy to the utterly bizarre, this fantastic show is guaranteed to be “a pleasure to watch” **** (Broadway Baby). Work in Progress. “These girls could be the next Mitchell and Webb” **** (Three Weeks)

 

Robin Morgan

Yaaas Queen

Saturday 10th February

5pm

Free/PWYW

The second hour show from Robin Morgan, writer for Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz and The Now Show, warm-up for The Graham Norton Show and tour support for Ellie Taylor. “A phenomenal comic.” (Broadway Baby) “Intelligent and hilarious. I highly recommend.” (Joe Lycett) **** Sunday Times **** Broadway Baby

 

Alexander Bennett

Screams into the Void (You)

Saturday 10th February

6.30pm

Free/PWYW

Rising cult comic Alexander Bennett vents sarcastically about serious topics. Look, I’m funny and i’ll be trying out my new show, ok? I’m a bit odd and can be a bit dark. **** (Stage) ***** (One4Review) “Anarchic… touched with madness. A producer and performer of some refreshingly different material” (Chortle) “Inspired: a comedian with plenty of potential” (Skinny) “Witty, weird and dark; all hail Alexander Bennett!” (Harry Hill)

 

Home Truths

Saturday 10th February

8pm

Free

Kelsey de Almeida: “Blown away by his funny” (Stephen K Amos), “definitely one to watch” (Ellen Asquith, The Stand) and Fiona Ridgewell: Golden Jester, Jokers Joker and Comedy Knights finalist, have teamed up to produce an hour of stand-up based around their experiences on relationships, growing up, and frustrations with people and modern society. Come witness two rising stars of the UK comedy scene perform their unique brands of stand-up!

 

Hell to Play

Saturday 10th February

9.30pm

Free/PWYW
Hell To Play is a bad-taste comedy game show set in hell, hosted by the devil. Audiences attempt to save their souls from eternal damnation by tackling games put to them by the damned and cursed. “Hugely fun: a very silly, very funny show”**** THE STAGE “Great fun – Excellent performers doing high quality dicking about” STUART GOLDSMITH, THE COMEDIANS COMEDIAN The award-nominated cult hit show was a sellout at Leicester Comedy Festival 2017

 

Late Night Jokes on Us

Saturday 10th February

11pm

Free/PWYW

Join compere Alex Hylton as he presents a selection of some of the finest acts of the festival in this late night, no-holds-bar, ‘anything can happen’ showcase at Manhattan34. Leave your inhibitions at the door and find us downstairs. How much is it for this late night delight? It’s Pay What You Want. That’s right. The Jokes’ on Us.

 

(Welsh Man) in Hammersmith Palais/The Full English

Tuesday 13th February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Two half-hour slices of matured comedians, Chris Phillips and Kevin Hudson. Chris is a soft-spoken raconteur, weaving tales from his textile-based history with the product of his vivid Punk IPA-fuelled imagination. ‘This Celtic post-punk comedic contribution is bangin” South Wales Echo Echo Echo. Kevin is exactly what you’d expect from a poet-comedian-accountant, in a show called The Full English just to annoy Chris.

 

Freddie Farrell & Masai Graham

Brand New Jokes

Tuesday 13th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

Freddie and Masai serve up 30 minutes each of brand new jokes. These jokes will either fly or die. Masai has won Best Joke of Edinburgh Fringe and the UK Pun Championships, while last summer Freddie released his debut comedy album Excuse Me While I Burst Into Flames, with American record label Comedy Dynamics. These guys are worth the free entrance fee.

 

Catherine Bohard

Order

Wednesday 14th February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Catherine Bohart (BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, BBC New Comedy Award and Funny Women Award Finalist) is the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Catholic Deacon and she’s got a lot to say about it. An hour of new material from a rising star. “A distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear” Chortle “Pretty much the perfect comedy package” Beyond the Joke This is a Work in Progress Show.

 

Scarlet Sohandsome’s Valentine’s Day Massacre

Wednesday 14th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Valentine’s Day is a sham and everyone you love will die. Celebrate your favourite capitalist construct with UK’s leading Drag Comedian Scarlet SoHandsome. An hour of razor-sharp lovesick stand-up from your new favourite sex symbol. “Devilishly dark” Huffington Post “I’d pay good money to see her” Kerry Katona “A f*cking pro… A top-class on-point example of a Drag Comedian” ScotsGay

 

Ben van der Velde

Sidekick

Thursday 15th February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Some people are life’s heroes: leading men and women full of swash, buckle and daring do. Others just hold their jackets. As the credits roll and the heroes hump, join Ben off-camera as he salutes the Barney Rubbles, Boo-Boos and Dr Watsons of the world. “Sharp and crafty gagsmith.” (Chortle) “He displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” (Fest) Top 50 Jokes of the Fringe (Scotsman, Huffington Post, iNews.co.uk).

 

Classic Joke Club

Thursday 15th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

Join our handpicked curators of comedy as they share classic jokes handed down to them by their family. Chickens, doctors, elephants, Englishmen, Irishmen and Scotsmen all welcome to walk into this bar. Discover the definitive answers behind the number of people required to change a light bulb, what to do with errant mothers-in-law and why three representatives of the British Isles are always getting into such unexpected scrapes.

 

Aside Effect

Friday 16th February

6pm

Free/PWYW

A stand-up comedy show about a man (Winter Foenander) who finds himself in a perpetual state of madness; as he attempts to retrace his steps back to humanity. “If you want a lively evening with lots of talent he’s your man” Peter Barron, Macclesfield Cricket Club “Pace, energy, delivery… a machine gun of improvisation blended exquisitely with well honed material” Luton Comedy Club

 

Fight, A Work in Progress

Friday 16th February

7pm

Free/PWYW

In 2014, Olga Koch’s father got stopped by authorities on the Russian border, which resulted in the most surreal year in her family’s life. This year, the Amused Moose National New Comic Award Finalist will try to dissect this real-life spy drama with nothing but a projector and “a naturally comic mind” (Bruce Dessau).

 

Ben van der Velde

Sidekick

Friday 16th February

8.30pm

Free/PWYW

Some people are life’s heroes: leading men and women full of swash, buckle and daring do. Others just hold their jackets. As the credits roll and the heroes hump, join Ben off-camera as he salutes the Barney Rubbles, Boo-Boos and Dr Watsons of the world. “Sharp and crafty gagsmith.” (Chortle) “He displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” (Fest) Top 50 Jokes of the Fringe (Scotsman, Huffington Post, iNews.co.uk).

 

DMU vs University of Leicester

Stand-up Battle

Friday 16th February

10pm

Free/PWYW

Which is better DMU or University of Leicester? That question can only be settled one way! Through a literal battle of wits. Award winning professional stand ups comedians and ex alumni of each will fight (with puns and jokes and hilarious stories) to try and settle the score once and for all. A Varsity show down like no other. Chose a side, roar with laughter, and pick a winner of the funniest University in the LE postcode!

 

Ultimate Comedy Championship

Friday 16th February

11.30pm

Free/PWYW

The comedic equivalent of a no-holds-barred cage fight. Expect trash talking, grudge matches, joke-offs, winners and losers, comedians going toe-to-toe, armed with their best material. The audience decides who wins! Come and help us on our quest to find the roughest, toughest, meanest comedian on the planet. Hosted and refereed by Damian Kingsley, Jay Neale and Alex Hylton.

 

Warwick Comedy

Stand-up Special

Saturday 17th February

2pm

Free

Warwick Comedy are back with another stand-up special at Leicester Comedy Festival! Having only performed stand-up shows for around 4 years, Warwick Comedy have already produced a number of Chortle Student Comedy and So You Think You’re Funny finalists and semi-finalists, as well as one Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Young Talent nominee. It’s safe to say we produce some of the best young talent in the Midlands – catch them here!

 

Jack Topher

Things I Shouldn’t Like

Saturday 17th February

3.30pm

Free/PWYW

Leicester local Jack Topher brings a fresh take on what it’s like to be a young man in the modern world. Does his love for musicals and cats undermine his passion for beer and football? Let’s find out together. Do not miss this debut show from a local rising star.

 

David McIver

Big Strong Boy

Saturday 17th February

5pm

Free/PWYW

Wow, it’s time for the debut hour of comedy from hot ticket and nice friend David McIver! That’s right girls and boys, your special little man is all grown up and raring to go. Join your big warm buddy for high spirited absurdist nonsense and silly characters. “A refreshing breath of air in every sense.” **** – Broadway Baby. “Unique, silly… a fascinating blend of high nonsense.” **** – The Mumble. Selected for the BBC New Comedy Award 2017.

 

Darren Harriot

Work in Progress

Saturday 17th February

6.30pm

Free/PWYW

After a hugely successful Edinburgh 2017, including a Best Newcomer nomination, Darren Harriott returns with a brand new show exploring more of the issues that keep him awake at night. “Passionate, articulate, witty and bursting with streetwise confidence.” Evening Standard **** The Times **** The Scotsman ****

 

Chris Betts

Work in Progress

Saturday 17th February

8pm

Free/PWYW

New jokes, stories and thoughts from comedian and huge Point Break fan, Chris Betts. Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe -Telegraph. “An enticing prospect”- Independent. “Drolly original reasoning”- Scotsman. “Properly hilarious”- What’s On London

 

Sunil Patel

Saturday 17th February

9.30pm

Free/PWYW

Stand-up comedy from a pampered, sullen oaf with a head like a massive baby. A work in progress show. As seen on BBC’s ‘Asian Network Comedy’, Channel 5’s ‘Borderline’, Viceland’s ‘Bobby & Harriet Get Married’, Sky’s ‘Frightbusters’. Cooler than cool. Icier than ice. Dead inside. Peace & love xx.

 

Late Night Jokes on Us

Saturday 17th February

11pm

Free/PWYW

Join compere Alex Hylton as he presents a selection of some of the finest acts of the festival in this late night, no-holds-bar, ‘anything can happen’ showcase at Manhattan34. Leave your inhibitions at the door and find us downstairs. How much is it for this late night delight? It’s Pay What You Want. That’s right. The Jokes’ on Us.

 

Nathan Willcock

Holland, 1980

Tuesday 20th February

7.45pm

Free

Great comedy guy Nathan Willcock presents what promises to be a work in progress show. In this show, he will try and recreate the 1980 Eurovison song contest in its entirety, on his own. That’s the premise for this show. Really. Nathan was Chortle Student Comedian of the Year runner up in 2013. He is also a member of Consignia, the chaps who were crowned Alternative Comedians of the Year 2016.

 

Eric Rushton and Friend

Tuesday 20th February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

Eric Rushton and his friend (Joe Bowley) attempt to make you temporarily happier for an hour by each performing 30 minutes of their best stand up. They may not succeed, but please bear in mind that they are trying their best. If you’re not enjoying it – maybe take a look at yourself for once in your life. Sick of you. Honestly mate, don’t even come. “Intriguing and amusing” – Chortle.

 

Chris Washington

Everyman (Work in Progress)

Wednesday 21st February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Join 2017 Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee, Chris Washington for an hour of brand new stories, ideas and (hopefully) laughs. Not here to challenge the way you think or tackle any of the world’s big issues, just here to (try his best to) be funny. Tour Support for Jason Manford and Tom Stade . “Gaining big laughs from the really small things in life” – **** The List

 

Graham & David Can’t Go On Like This

Wednesday 21st February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

A couple of embittered, lonely, depressed men somehow, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, think someone out there might give a s*** They’ve written a sketch show about loneliness and unhappiness to take their minds off the crushingly brutal way life has repeatedly let them down. Please be a part of the audience. It’ll be the only genuine human connection they will experience in 2018. Help them feel emotions again by laughing at them

 

James Meehan

Gaz

Thursday 22nd February

7.45pm

Free/PWYW

Who Am I? A brand new stand-up comedy show from multi-award winning comic James Meehan (Gein’s Family Giftshop, Funz and Gamez). “A smart and honest comic, Meehan is fast becoming one of this city’s favourite stand ups” – Manchester Wire “More than great comedy, it is a call to stand up for others and ourselves.” – Ed Fest Mag ***** As seen on Inside No 9, Drunk Histories and heard on NewsJack.

 

The Delightful Sausage

Work-in-Progress

Thursday 22nd February

9.15pm

Free/PWYW

Cult double act, The Delightful Sausage return with another hour of half-baked sketch comedy nonsense. What twisted treats will this work-in-progress show contain? Who knows, right now it isn’t so much a ‘show’ as just the word ‘power’ written on 400 post-it notes. Expect surreal sketches, warped illustrations and there may even be a rap. “One of the best adverts for modern alternative comedy you could ever wish to see.” Ed Fest Mag, ****.

 

Jamie and the Oliphant in the Room

Friday 23rd February

6pm

Free/PWYW

Picked out as “one to watch”(John Connor at The Comedy Store), Jamie has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting and watchable new acts on the circuit. Having recorded for the BBC’s New Comedian on BBC Radio 4 and featured on ITV2 for TVOD with Matt Edmondson, gigging everywhere from London to New York – Jamie will now be taking his debut show ‘The Oliphant In The Room’ to comedy festivals across the UK.

 

Alex Kealy

Leave Them Wanting Not Less

Friday 23rd February

7pm

Free/PWYW

“Marvellous stand-up” (The Skinny) Alex Kealy presents the best 30 minutes of his 2017 show and the best 30 of his 2018 show. As featured in The Evening Standard’s Top Jokes of Edinburgh 2017. “Hilarious… fresh, insightful, and original… a great hour of cerebral stand-up” – **** FringeGuru, “Hilariously funny… a very enjoyable hour of comedy” – **** Theatre Weekly, “Ferociously quick-witted… flawless script” – **** EdFringeReview

 

Archie Maddocks

Illuminarchie

Friday 23rd February

8.30pm

Free/PWYW

IlluminArchie is the hilarious show by “super cool, super smart storyteller” (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard), award-winning comedian, Archie Maddocks. He is described as “poignant, inventive and razor-sharp” (BroadwayBaby.com) and as having “a corking, almost cinematic story” (Chortle.co.uk). Join his Edinburgh hit show which looks at how he wishes someone would take control of his life so he didn’t have to.

 

A Rush of Laughter Showcase

Friday 23rd February

10pm

Free/PWYW

A Rush Of Laughter brings you one hour of comedy featuring three of their amazing acts from their roster. Starring Tony Basnett – “undoubtedly funny with a healthy dose of confidence” Gigglebeats, Tony Wright – “One day I will be paying money to watch you in an arena” – Justin Lee Collins & Lucy Thompson – Best Show & Best Debut Show Nominee, Leicester Comedy Festival.

 

Zahra Barri

‘Zahra: Warrior, Not Princess’

Saturday 24th February

2pm

Free

Zahra has never stood in front of a mirror & taken a Selfie. She’s more likely to stand in front of the mirror and ask herself to make a change. From Kim Kardashian’s Career to Kim Jung Un’s Korea, the world is a constant mix of War and Priss and Zahra really wants to be a Warrior, not a Princess. After all,Mohammed Ali arguably the greatest warrior in the world said ‘My way of joking is to tell the truth, that’s the funniest joke in the world.’

 

A Fish?

Saturday 24th February

3.30pm

Free/PWYW

Recent studies show that when trapped under ice some fish resort to alcohol, which they can produce internally to keep themselves warm. Oh Standfast is not a fish but he does adopt similar methods when trapped in his own head. Well, something like that. A 40 minute outburst courtesy of this self proclaimed reluctant poet and shouter of words. “**** The next generation of offbeat comedy gold” To Do List. Twit: @ohstandfast #ohstandfast

 

Ian Lane

Bodily…

Saturday 24th February

5pm

Free/PWYW

Ever wondered how to get the most out of that capsized gazebo that is your body? Using paint, placards and xylophone sticks, Ian Lane takes you on an annotated, colour-coded and possibly misleading 60 minute tour of all the hidden features, cheat codes and Easter Eggs you never noticed within your body in this work-in-progress fusion of stand-up comedy and live body art. “inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression” (Chortle)

 

Too Many Jameses

Saturday 24th February

6.30pm

Free/PWYW

“a top class comic” – Birmingham Mail “the most enjoyable hour” – BBC News 650,000 Facebook video views A new show from an award-winning comedian, featuring jokes, stories, sarcasm and generally smart-arsery What is the plural of ‘James’ anyway? Jameses? James’? James’s? Jamii?

 

Gareth Berliner

Crossroads

Saturday 24th February

8pm

Free/PWYW

Gareth’s at a Crossroads… A traditional Stand Up for 12 years he’s met a fork in the road. An accidental career in acting has lead him to playing dodgy geezer Macca Hibbs in Coronation Street as well as appearing in Eastenders, a Medieval Drama and Doctor Who… Join Gareth as he takes a cognitive dump on stage navigating his new identity. Expect Magic, mirth & mayhem, will Gareth’s attempts to redefine himself succeed?

 

Mickey Sharma

Club Comic

Saturday 24th February

9.30pm

Free/PWYW

Mickey has been a comic for 8 years and he brings his best material to Leicester Comedy Festival 2018. No feelings, no story arcs, no personal discovery… ..just good solid jokes!!

 

Late Night Jokes on Us

Saturday 24th February

11pm

Free/PWYW

Join compere Alex Hylton as he presents a selection of some of the finest acts of the festival in this late night, no-holds-bar, ‘anything can happen’ showcase at Manhattan34. Leave your inhibitions at the door and find us downstairs. How much is it for this late night delight? It’s Pay What You Want. That’s right. The Jokes’ on Us.