Big Difference Company presents
Tuesday 11th June 2024

Sponsored by Howes Percival LLP

Supported by Media Partner Crosscut Media

Participants for Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2024!

Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing who is bravely taking on the Leicester Stand Up Challenge 2024.

You’ll be able to view all of our participant profiles below and sponsor them – to help raise funds to support the continuing work of Big Difference Company charity.

Watch this space!

Minakshee Patel

Minakshee Patel Consultancy

I got a surprise email from Michael Harris-Wakelam, saying someone had suggested that he recruited me for the Stand-Up Challenge. I can't help but wonder who that someone was! To my amazement, I said yes! Stepping onto the comedy stage is like me trying to tap dance - definitely not my forte. Now that I’ve had time to reflect, I'm absolutely terrified. What if my jokes fall flat as pancakes? It's all for a good cause! We're raising funds for the Big Difference Company, which is doing some wonderful work with the communities in Leicester. So, even if my punchlines flop, at least it's for a good reason.

Emma Hanson FCA

Business Adviser - Edge Business Advisory

My friends (you know who you are…) talked me into it. I’m not sure how they got me to say yes, I thought I was years beyond peer pressure, but apparently not! I think they may have mystical powers. I’m really pleased to take up the challenge for The Big Difference. I love stand up, have never done it myself and am currently 50% terrified and 50% excited at the prospect….That’s a lie, I’m 100% quaking in my boots. What on earth was I thinking????? See you all in June! (Very big gulp!!!!)

Matt O' Hara

Wealth Management Consultant - Mattioli Woods plc

I am a big advocate of the Leicester Comedy Festival and the Big Difference charity, so I am excited to be involved in this. Stand up comedy is a real hobby of mine - watching, not doing! I can’t wait though, I will no doubt be petrified by the time it rolls around, the last large group of people I spoke in front of were a bunch of 15 and 16 year olds, so this can’t go any worse… right!?

Graham Irons

Partner - Howes Percival LLP

I’m the latest victim from Howes Percival who have had a long history with the Stand Up Challenge. I’ve been with the firm for 18 years and have always tried to bring a sense of humour into everything I do. This will be the ultimate test and I find myself swinging between excitement and terror, but whatever happens I hope to raise money for a great cause!

Dr Yasin El Ashrafi BEM

Managing Director - HQ Recording Studio

I’m taking part because I love the Big Difference and want to support them and I like to set myself challenges to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been a bit of a clown and I make myself laugh all the time so maybe with a bit of training I can make others laugh and raise some money for a great cause as well.

Mike Denby

Director of Inward Investment and Place Marketing - Leicester City Council

I’m a northerner working in Leicester and can’t wait to entertain a room full of Midlanders! From a young age, I’ve been told I should be on stage or on the tele, although nowadays I’ve got more of a face for radio! If someone said to me, ‘What will your Stand Up Challenge be like?’ I would say ‘Expect a low budget Chuckle Brother’. See you in June!

Tickets now on sale here!