The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, taking place online from February 3 to 21, is set to raise smiles on the faces of children and young people across Leicestershire and beyond.
Produced by the same people who organise the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, the kids festival will include performances, workshops and opportunities for children to get involved in comedy and humour activities.
The festival started in 2019 and this year takes place online for the first time, allowing young people from across the UK to take part.
Children from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to take part in a national Joke Spot Live event on Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, February 20, where comedian Rob Gee will be hosting a free and interactive event on the festival’s Facebook page.
Young people will be able to submit their favourite joke at the event and share it with a global audience.
The event will be filmed in Leicester’s Central Library, but is open to children from anywhere. Further details are available by searching for the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival on Facebook.
Older children who aspire to become stand-up comedians are able to register to take part in online workshops to learn some basic performance techniques and develop their first stand up comedy routine.
The Laugh Term Comedy School is hosted by professional comedians and further details are available here.
A number of schools and community groups working with young people have already signed up to take part in The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival. In addition, the organisers have developed partnerships with Louise Rennison National Funny Award and Showtown, the museum of fun and entertainment based in Blackpool.
Comedians Jonny Awsum (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent) and award winning Paul Currie will also be performing live online shows as part of the festival programme.
Festival founding director Geoff Rowe said: “We are delighted to be able to raise some smiles on the faces of children across the UK this February. We all know that life has been tough for families and young people, so we wanted to continue our festival as much as possible online. There are some fantastic events planned which will broaden the grin across the UK as people can enjoy the festival from wherever they are.”
The UK Kid’s Comedy Festival is produced by registered charity Big Difference Company.
Full details of the programme is available by visiting www.ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk