Leicester Comedy Festival: Just the Tonic's up-and-coming attractions
Bringing the best acts to the Leicester Comedy Festival has been made easier thanks to the city's newest comedy club.
Just the Tonic, which also has a club in Nottingham, opened its Granby Street venue in March last year, just after the last festival finished.
Having the venue is a big plus when it comes to organising the best possible line-up, according to festival founder Geoff Rowe.
He said: "Just the Tonic has been really positive for the city since it opened last year.
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"It's bringing a lot of shows to the festival and is a major reason why this year's festival is much bigger than before.
"Just the Tonic has a great reputation in the industry and as well as the clubs in Leicester and Nottingham it runs venues at Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
"The club in Leicester is having all-day sketch shows each Sunday during the festival and lots of other great acts, including Johnny Vegas, who was on stage on Sunday talking about his career and was back there last night, too."
The club is hosting acts including Sean Walsh and Shazia Mirza. Shazia, who will be playing the last night of the festival, said: "It's a really well-established festival and Just the Tonic is always good for getting top acts.
Shazia's show, on Sunday, February 24, at 7pm, is "about how I'm apparently deluded for working as a stand-up".
"One of my old friends, whom I hadn't seen for ages and didn't realise what I did, asked me how long I expected to keep doing this for," she said.
"I told him the Rolling Stones were still together and he just said I was deluded.
"He might have been right but I think you have to be a bit deluded to change the world.
"The trouble is all those kids on the X-Factor – they're all deluded and they are giving deluded people a bad name."
Other highlights of this week at Just the Tonic include The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III, otherwise known as Jim Muir, who used to be head writer for controversial comedian Frankie Boyle, and Mark Nelson.
They will both be on stage at the club on Saturday from 6pm onwards.
On Friday night, comedians including Rob Rouse, Mark Little and Bob Slayer will be performing from 6.30pm onwards for the Friday Night Comedy Festival Special.