The annual Leicester Comedy Festival runs in late January / early February every year for one week and attracts headline acts from the UK and worldwide comedy circuit.  The annual warm-up show showcases some of the acts appearing and is usually scheduled 3-4 weeks before the festival proper.

During the 7-day festival, the city centres bars, restaurants and hotels, not to mention theatres and entertainment venues, showcase new and proven talent every evening & night, acts even appearing in the Cathedral and historic Guildhall.  During the day and at both weekends of the festival there are numerous workshops and seminars for wannabe stand ups and for children wanting to take part.

 Over the past 16 years it has become one of the countries foremost Comedy Festivals.