6th February 2019

Leicester Comedy Festival 2019

The Leicester Comedy Festival 2019! Wowee, it is back for its 26th year, and we are proud to be back as one of the venues offering the most free comedy shows once again! This year you have over 50 shows to choose from here at Manhattan34. More than 95% percent of them are free.


Scroll down to see our listings or check our Facebook events


To celebrate we’ve created a special menu of cocktails inspired by classic comedy and great funny people past and present! These very special drinks will be available throughout the festival. We’ve taken some of your favourite spirits, some exclusive vintages and a dash of the usual Manhattan creativity to make this menu, we know it will knock your socks off.


For example, how would you like to get your laughing gear around this little beauty?


Laurel & Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and American Oliver Hardy (1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy.

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Fig, Sweet Vermouth, Italian Herbs, Black Walnut

Herbaceous, Stone Fruits, Boozy

We’ll let you come in to the bar and discover the rest of the menu for yourself.



Wednesday 6th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Craig Deely: Literally the Joke
9.00pm – 10.00pm Paul Savage: The Mandela Effect

Thursday 7th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm  Ben Van Der Velde – Fablemaker
9.00pm – 10.00pm Fiona Ridgewell: Even Daisy Needs a Day Off!

Friday 8th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm  Archie Maddocks: Matchstick
9.00pm – 10.00pm Leicester Fridge: Battle for Leicester
10.30pm – 11.30pm Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma… Comedian
11.55pm – 12.55am  Leicester Fridge: Naked Comedy £8.00

Saturday 9th February

2.30pm – 3.30pm  Afternoon Jokes On Us
3.45pm – 4.45pm  A Silly Hour Of Fun 2
5.00pm – 6.00pm Chris Kehoe: The Corridor of Uncertainty
6.15pm – 7.15pm Darren Harriott: Work in Progress
7.30pm – 8.30pm An Unexpected Item in the Gagging Area
8.45pm – 9.45pm Jack Campbell: Work in Progress
10.00pm – 11.00pm Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma… Comedian
11.30pm – 12.30am Late Night Jokes On Us

Tuesday 12th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm A Punchline Hour
9.00pm – 10.00pm A Glover Not a Fighter

Wednesday 15th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Alastair Clark: Dear Joananette
9.00pm – 10.00pm A Glover Not a Fighter

Thursday 14th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Aaron Twitchen: Can’t Stop A Rainbow
9.00pm – 10.00pm Fix My Brain

Friday 15th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Cul-De-Sac
9.00pm – 10.00pm Phil Pagett: Live in Concert, Work in Progress
10.30pm – 11.30pm Hell to Play: The New Show
11.59pm – 12.59am Consignia Present: Welcome to the Dungeness

Saturday 16th February

2.30pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Jokes On Us
3.45pm – 4.45pm Robin Morgan: Work in Progress
5.00pm – 6.00pm Sunil Patel
6.15pm – 7.15pm Eric Rushton: Convict
7.30pm – 8.30pm Joe Sutherland: You Better Work (In Progress)
8.45pm – 9.45pm Matt Price: Broken with Hooters and Geezers with Shooters
10.00pm – 11.00pm Hell to Play: The New Show
11.30pm – 12.30am Late Night Jokes On Us

Tuesday 19th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm A Punchline Hour
9.00pm – 10.00pm Kevin Hudson: Poetry and Lies

Wednesday 20th February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Daniel Audritt: Trying To Be Good (Work in Progress)
9.00pm – 10.00pm Adele Cliff: Work in Progress

Thursday 21st February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Hannah Silvester: Unique Child of the Universe
9.00pm – 10.00pm Bring Back the 80’s (Work in Progress)

Friday 22nd February

7.45pm – 8.45pm Damien Kingsley: It Isn’t What It Isn’t
9.15pm – 10.15pm A Rush Of Laughter Showcase
10.30pm – 11.30pm Ultimate Comedy Championship

Saturday 23rd February

2.30pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Jokes On Us
3.45pm – 4.45pm Stuart Goldsmith: Not Even The Word “Untitled” Just Literally No Title
5.00pm – 5.50pm Freddie Farrel: I Wasn’t Born With Enough Middle Fingers
6.15pm – 7.15pm Rob Mulholland: Allegations
7.30pm – 8.30pm Katherine Ferns: Pillock
8.45pm – 9.45pm Josh Pugh: The Hit Charade
10.00pm – 11.00pm Gareth Berliner: I Paid For Another 50 Minutes Of Your Time £5.00
11.30pm – 12.30am Late Night Jokes On Us Free