Comedy in the Dark

"Destined to become one of the most talked about shows" Time Out

"Comedy in the Dark" is an innovative show which features top comedians performing in the dark. It's the most fun you can have with the lights switched off. Since the show premiered in Leicester 2008 it has visited Edinburgh Fringe, London and Denmark. The show features a rolling line up and past acts have included Marcus Brigstocke, Dan Antopolski, Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi, Reg D Hunter, Josie Long, Phil Nichol, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Porter, Sarah Millican, Andrew Ryan, Seann Walsh, Marcel, Lucont, and Patrick Monahan.

At "Comedy in the Dark", the audience's senses are heightened. In addition, the performers are forced to utilise entirely new skills as the gig is performed in the pitch black. Things look and sound very different in the dark.

"Doctor, Doctor!"

Using the arts to improve public health and address health inequalities across the UK.

We design and deliver projects which tackle issues including smoking cessation, alcohol, sexual health, emotional health & well being and healthy eating. Our clients and commissioners have included Northamptonshire Teaching PCT, Department of Health, Sure Start, Bassetlaw PCT, National Chief Nursing Officers Conference & Leicester City PCT.

Our work has been targeted at different groups including primary children, older adults, men and minority groups. We have delivered activity in social clubs, mining clubs, sports halls, pubs, online, libraries and cinemas.

Leicester Comedy Festival

"More gag filled gigs than anything outside Edinburgh" The Sunday Times

Leicester Comedy Festival started in 1994 with 40 events programmed into 23 venues over 7 days throughout Leicestershire. In 1994 it attracted an audience of 5,000 and enjoyed a modest amount of media attention and a high profile within the community. Since then the festival has grown and is now the longest running comedy festival in the UK. The programme has featured top stand-up names such as Roseanne Barr, Jo Brand, Paul Merton, Jack Dee, Dave Gorman, Tony Slattery, Rory Bremner, Barry Cryer, Alan Davies, Jeremy Hardy, Bill Bailey, Garth Marenghi, Rhona Cameron, Ross Noble, Lee Hurst, Johnny Vegas, Simon Day, John Shuttleworth, Daniel Kitson, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, The Mighty Boosh, Dara O'Briain, Simon Pegg, Lee Mack, Dave Spikey and Harry Hill.

The festival doesn't just focus on stand-up; the programme also incorporates comedy film, poetry & spoken word, comic theatre, photographic and art exhibitions, and children's shows. A history of the festival can be found by clicking this link.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition

"The barometer of the UK comedy industry"

One of the UK’s top comedy competitions, the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition takes place each February. The participants are picked by 5 nominating promoters who choose their favourite new act from the past 12 months. The independent competition is judged by a prestigious line up of journalists, producers and promoters.

Past entrants and winners include:
Jo Enright, Johnny Vegas, Mitch Benn, Reg Hunter, Jason Manford, Jason Whitehead, Miles Jupp, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Greg Davies, Simon Amstell, Marek Larwood, Russell Kane, Carl Donnelly, Henry Paker, Jack Whitehall, Andi Osho, Seann Walsh, Chris Ramsey, Josh Widdicombe, Ben Target & Tom Rosenthal.

Make Me Happy

"They’ve become much more than a comedy festival. They’ve also been able to project comedy as a vehicle for strong community and social messages"
The Times

We have been working with community groups and partners since our organisation was founded in 1994. At first, this work was entirely linked to the annual comedy festival, but soon the programme of work grew and demand for our services now extends across the year. The Make Me Happy programme involves a staggering 20,000 people each year, by giving them the chance to take part in a wide range of cultural activities and events. The programme involves people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities.

"Make Me Happy, gives us a refreshing opportunity to see side splitting laughter from our young people…surf those smiles!!!"

"Taking part in Make Me Happy means that those residents, friends, family and members of the local community who were involved in creating it will be able to come along and see it for themselves"

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