Dave's Leicester Comedy festival: We're in the mood for laughs
It was a laugh a minute all weekend long as Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival got off to a roaring start.
There were sell-out shows all over the city and hundreds of people enjoyed dozens of comics, including Milton Jones, Norman Lovett and Shappi Khorsandi.
Festival founder Geoff Rowe said: "It's been great. We've sold lots of tickets and had a lot of sold-out shows.
"It's been a great start to the Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival and there are still something like 450 shows to go."
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The Looking Glass, in Braunstone Gate, Leicester, had a busy Saturday night line-up including Leicestershire comic Charlie Chuck and former Red Dwarf actor Norman Lovett.
Charlie said he had some technical problems during his Saturday night show.
"I had my drums on stage and I was going to play but the sound system wasn't working so I got a big bit of wood and smashed the drum kit up on stage instead," he said.
"It was a good crowd and it went all right without the music.
"I've got four more shows over the next two weekends so hopefully things will work okay then."
Antony Hopkins owns the Crumblin' Cookie, in High Street, Leicester, which was voted the festival's best small venue last year and is hosting shows again.
He said: "It was a fantastic opening weekend – the busiest ever. We had Joel Dommett on Friday and that show was sold out, so I'm really happy with how it's going.
"It seemed like everyone had a good time in the audience and several of the comedians liked it so much they came back on Saturday for breakfast.
"This week we've got lots more, including Paul Foot, which will be very busy.
"I expect to have about seven or eight sold-out shows this week.
"This is the fourth year we've been involved and we've had more ticket sales than ever before.
"With the recession and everything people obviously need a laugh."
As well as city centre venues, comics are performing elsewhere across Leicester, and in the county.
The festival continues tonight with comedians including Alun Cochrane, who is performing at Firebug, Leicester at 8pm.
Tomorrow, TV impressionist Alistair McGowan will be on stage at Leicester Cathedral at 6.30pm.
One of the biggest shows of the festival this year is expected to be Alan Davies's appearance at De Montfort Hall on Thursday night.
On Friday, the Royal Oak pub, in Kirby Muxloe, is holding a night of comedy as part of the festival and on Saturday, Andy and Mike's Tick Tock Time Machine will be appearing at Loughborough Town Hall.