Like many foreigners who think themselves Britain-savvy and still are always surprised by it, I had no idea what to expect of Leicester when I first went there for its annual comedy festival in February 2014.
The first face I saw as I got off the train was comedian Tony Law smiling at me from a column at the train station alongside other columns adorned with comedians enlarged photographs. Wow, I thought, here’s a city that loves its comedians. I wasn’t wrong. I was welcomes with proper Midlands friendliness everywhere, had an impressive number of audience who came out to see a then completely unknown comedian and gave her their laughs and love, and made new friends who bought me drinks, offered hospitality in their homes, and were absolutely brilliant. Which is why I can’t wait to go there again. This coming Sunday, 12 Feb, i’ll be there with the last ever show of BEGGING TO DIFFER. It is a fiver or pay-what-you-want.