Big Difference Company presents

Supported by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University

Leicester Castle Business School
In association with Leicester Mercury

The Leicester Stand Up Challenge returns for 2017 to help demonstrate that Leicester & Leicestershire are fun places to do business!  Held during the Leicester Business Festival at The Y theatre in Leicester city centre the Stand Up Challenge will see  local business people take to the stage and perform their first ever 5 minutes of stand-up comedy, all in aid of charity.  The event is the perfect opportunity to treat your staff, clients and customers to a vibrant and unique networking event and to show your support for the brave contestants.

Meet our brave participants for 2017.

All proceeds from the night will support local charity Big Difference Company (registered charity 1135167), which runs the annual Leicester Comedy Festival each February and aims to improve the health & wellbeing of communities across the UK. Recent projects have included engaging with people living with arthritis to encourage them to live healthy lives and exercise, as well as projects working with older people and children & young people.

Leicester Comedy Festival is the longest running comedy festival in Europe and has an annual economic impact to Leicester & Leicestershire of £3million every year.  The main February festival offers exciting ways for local businesses to associate themselves with “one of the leading brands in the UK public arts” (The Times) and the Stand Up Challenge has rapidly become a key date in the annual business calendar.  The Leicester Stand Up Challenge is supported by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University, in association with Leicester Mercury.

Live Stand Up Challenge show – Wednesday 25th October – at The Y, East Street, Leicester


Doors open at 6.30pm, with the show starting at 7.00pm.

Tables for 10 guests are available at £360 (including VAT) and include a welcome drink on arrival.

Individual balcony seats are available at £21 (including VAT)

If you would like to pay by cheque or bank transfer, please contact to make a reservation and arrange an invoice.

Or if you would like to book and pay by credit or debit card you can do so here on the Leicester Business Festival website:

For information or help please contact:



If you would like to enter the Stand Up Challenge or would like any further information, please contact