Big Difference Company presents
25th October 2017

Supported by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University

Leicester Castle Business School
In association with Leicester Mercury

Participants 2017:

On Wednesday 25th October 2017, 6 brave members of the Leicester & Leicestershire business community took to the stage and performed their first ever 5 minutes of original stand-up comedy to a sell-out crowd at The Y – all in aid of charity. The event was sponsored by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University and was in association with Leicester Mercury.

The show was hosted by Mark Dolan and all proceeds from the night went towards supporting local charity Big Difference Company (registered charity 1135167).

The overall winner on the night was Andrew Brown

Here is the full line up of contestants who took part in the Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2017:



Scott Knowles

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

The thought of doing a stand up comedy routine terrifies me so therefore it feels like a challenge to be overcome. Plus, I'm kinda funny.

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Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson – Commercial Manager – The Leicester Riders (Leading Basketball Club in the UK)

I felt inspired to take on the challenge to raise funds – to raise the profile of the Club – and to entertain people. I’m feeling excited and nervous in equal measure.

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Andrew Brown

T W Brown and Son

I have done a lot of after dinner speeches and stand up seems like a natural progression. It is a terrifyingly exciting challenge but I am always trying to do things outside my comfort zone. People laughed at me when I told them I was going to do this. They won't be laughing when they've seen my act!

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Alan Millband

Partner Howes Percival LLP

I’m taking on the challenge as my friends and colleagues Chris Rees and Carl Mifflin (who have done the challenge previously) made me do it. They think I can make people laugh. They’re delusional. I want to be part of the Leicester Business Festival, raise what I can in sponsorship for BDC, appear in front of an audience and not have to talk about the law, and not to be fired by my firm after I’ve done the challenge. I’m feeling fine about, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it and have a laugh. Whether the audience does is a different matter.

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Andy Kapadia

International Admissions Administrator, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University

I have chosen to take up the stand up challenge for a number of reasons, the main one being that I see this as a way of pushing myself creatively. Last year I built up the courage to call up a talk radio show and this helped open the creative floodgates and from it I have pushed myself to start my own podcast. I had trying stand up as the next thing to do on this journey, so when this opportunity came I grabbed it with both hands! I also think the fact that I turn 40 next year may be playing some part in my decision to take on the challenge and the dawning of a mid-life crisis, but that could just be coincidental!

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Howard Ebison

Commercial Director – East Midlands Airport, Bournemouth Airport, MAG Cargo

I have a habit of being unable to turn down a challenge...and this is another example! Particularly as it's for a great cause, both the charity and also promoting the broader Leicestershire region. I hope the audience have low expectations to minimise disappointment....

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