Comedy in Leeds seems to fall under the radar a little; the big names have toured a few of our theatres, of course, but I don’t seem to hear too much buzz about other events. (If you’re interested, incidentally, you must follow @killforaseat, who knows where it’s at.) Luckily we have Patrick Turpin and Natasha Rosenthall, two graduates of the University of Leeds, currently in the throes of organising their second comedy festival in the city.
Laughter Lines is a week long comedy festival, starting at the end of April, featuring fifteen shows across eight venues. Topping the bill are Frisky and Mannish, Isy Suttie, Paul Foot and Henning Wehn. There’s also a film screening, a showcase of up and coming local talent, clean comedy for families and a show from the world’s only comedy think tank. There’s a huge variety so hopefully there’s something for everyone. The venues include The Carriageworks, Dock Street Market, Hyde Park Picture House, Seven Arts and several of Leeds’ best pubs – so at the same time as having a good giggle you could also find a favourite new hangout.
Remarkably, the festival has been fully crowdfunded via pleasefund.us. If that doesn’t show that there’s demand for this sort of thing in the city, then what does? Let me know if you go along to any of the shows – it would be great to hear what you all think of it.