The Leicester Comedy Festival. Copyright: BBC.

The Leicester Comedy Festival

BBC Radio 7 stand-up. 6 episodes (1 series), 2006 - 2011. Stars Jeremy Hardy, Jason Byrne, Jenny Eclair, Barry Cryer and Jarred Christmas.

Series 1, Episode 5 - The Leicester Comedy Festival 2010

Barry Cryer presents Radio 7's exclusive coverage of the 2010 Festival's Preview Night. Featuring stand-up from Seann Walsh, ventriloquist Nina Conti, local boy Jim Smallman, newcomer Marlon Davis, Patrick Monahan and Rob Rouse.

Further details

The Leicester Comedy Festival. Barry Cryer. Copyright: BBC.

Details from Mary Kalemkerian, BBC Radio 7 Head of Programmes:

This year the compere is the King of Comedy himself, our own Barry Cryer. The veteran comedian strolled on to the stage, insisting that he is "a gag man" and compering was "not his forte", but in fact he was brilliant, regaling the audience with anecdotes and shaggy dog stories, delivering even the corniest of jokes with great panache.

The acts he introduced varied from local stand-up the anarchic Jim Smallman, revealing his many tattoos, to ventriloquist Nina Conti. Ventriloquism on the radio? Well Archie Andrews managed it for many years!

Nina, and her side-kick, a depressed monkey puppet named Monk, were much more daring than Archie though, and their act was intriguing to say the least.

A performer whose set I very much enjoyed was a relative newcomer to comedy, Marlon Davis. His was an engaging and energetic act, peppered with plenty of sharp gags and skilful characterisations. Keep a look out for Marlon, as I believe he is a rising star.

Broadcast details

Saturday 6th February 2010
BBC Radio 7
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Barry Cryer Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Seann Walsh Guest
Nina Conti Guest
Jim Smallman Guest
Marlon Davis Guest
Patrick Monahan Guest
Rob Rouse Guest
Ronnie Golden Self
Production team
Simon Mayhew-Archer Producer

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