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Circuit Breakers 2023. Photo credit: Andy Hollingworth

Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers is our comedian development project and features some of the best emerging comedians in the UK. This competition is for anyone who has maybe been gigging for a little while and is ready to make it a more regular thing and break into the big time!  We have been running the project for 6 years and have loved every minute of it – seeing some really talented comedians take part & flourish. Previous Circuit Breakers have included Sian Davies, Charlie George and Shalaka Kurup.

Successful applicants will perform as part of two Circuit Breakers showcase events at Peter Pizzeria on 16th and 17th February. They will have the chance to attend a networking breakfast on the morning on 17th February and a photo shoot with legendary comedy photographer Andy Hollingworth


 Circuit Breakers is the comedian development programme by Big Difference Company, to help emerging comedians to come and perform at Leicester Comedy Festival 2024 for the 1st time. Some of the criteria for applying includes:

  • You don't have a full hour long solo show

  • You are not already regularly doing paid spots across the UK comedy circuit (fine if it is in your home town).

  • You don't have an agent or a manager

Applications are closed for 2024. Please check back next year for the next round of applications.

Thanks for submitting!

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