Our Leicester Comedy Festival listing seems to get longer every year as the event continues to grow in size and reputation.
The 2012 schedule is the busiest yet with a dizzying array of established and new talent appearing. Below is a selection of eye-catching gigs but there are plenty more on offer (listed lower down).
We have a huge range of tickets available now, with prices starting as low as £3.50 and no higher than £10, even for the top acts. The preview night, hosted by Tim Vine on 13th January, is already sold out.
Take a tour of the hotel's luxurious suites and a variety of intriguing comedy acts. Set in different rooms throughout Hotel Maiyango, this is an interactive show where four comedians perform outside their comfort zones. At the Hotel Maiyango on 3rd, 4th and 17th Feb.
Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave
. A new one-woman comedy show from telling the story of the part she played in two people's blossoming internet romance whilst on her own treacherous search for true love. At the Firebug on Friday 3rd Feb.
Last years' sell-out smash hit show returns for one night only. The Hackney Empire New Act competition and Musical Comedy Award winners will present a hip-hop mash-up of the best of best new tunes that have never previously been written. At the Firebug on Saturday 4th Feb.
Tom Deacon: Can I be honest?
. Radio 1 DJ and stand up returns with a brand new show. Tom, like most people, had some very awkward moments in the last year, mainly brought on by himself. He'd like to be honest with you, if you're ready for it. At the Belmont Hotel on Saturday 4th Feb.
FHM Stand Up Hero Winner and rising comedy star Marlon Davis brings his warped and funny observations to The Criterion for the first time. Marlon has recently supported Alan Carr, Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges on tour. At The Criterion on 8th and 9th Feb.
Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees 2010 and Chortle Award Winners are back with a brand new hour of fast paced, inventive and deliciously dark sketches, inspired songs and, of course, gimps. At the Firebug on Thursday 9th Feb. Strictly no under-16s.
Markus Birdman: A Stroke of Luck
. Globetrotting comedian brings his deeply personal show to the Festival. Life begins at 40. Then you have a stroke... It's about Life, Love and Death. It's about laughing in the face of it all. It's about an hour. At the Belmont Hotel on Friday 10th Feb.
Paul Sinha: Looking at The Stars
. A while ago he became an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. A long time ago he became a doctor. He remains gay, Asian, an all-round good egg and one of the most critically celebrated comedians of recent years. At the Firebug on Saturday 11th Feb (two performances).
Gary Colman is... Still Rarely Rong
. No, not the little guy from Diff'rent Strokes but a new show from the acclaimed Geordie stand-up. A cute, heart-warming show about the eviscerating horror of family life. At The Criterion on 12th and 13th Feb. Gary is also appearing with Amadeus Martin at The Crumblin' Cookie on 18th Feb.
Nominated in 2011 for the Best Show at Edinburgh, Helm is taking two shows to Leicester. The first is an early preview of his new show, 'This Means War!' at Dave's Curry House on 15th and 16th Feb. The second, 'Dare to Dream', is at the Firebug on Saturday 18th Feb.
Sara Pascoe: The Musical!
. The story of a woman who lived from the 1980s until the 2050s, with some catchy tunes and many morals. Sara Pascoe's life includes TV credits such as Channel 4's 'Campus' and 'Free Agents' and 'The Thick of It' and 'Twenty Twelve' on the BBC. At the Belmont Hotel on Sunday 19th Feb.
Jarred Christmas: Let's Go Mofo!
. You've seen him on 'Mock the Week' and all over the telly. He's the guy with the side burns and glasses. He's fast, funny and in demand. He's at the Belmont Hotel on 17th Feb and the Firebug on 19th Feb. Jarred is also compering the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year event at The Y on Saturday 18th Feb.
See below for all other Leicester Comedy Festival dates.