Geoff Rowe

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
About The Speaker...

Geoff Rowe co-founded Leicester Comedy Festival in 1994 and has led its development since then. He has been on the judging panel for many UK comedy competitions. In 2013 he was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours, recognising his contribution to British comedy. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University in 2012.

As part of the annual festival, Geoff has interviewed many comedians live on stage, including Sarah Millican, Alexei Sayle, Jasper Carrott, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Jo Brand and Harry Hill.

In 2021 Penguin Books published a collection of pun based jokes I collated in a book titled All Puns Blazing.

Geoff has spoken to many different groups including the Institute of Directors, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), The Business Club and UKPHA Conference. He has contributed to BBC One’s “The Big Question”, presented by Nicky Campbell and was a guest on BBC Radio 2’s The Arts Show, interviewed by Claudia Winkleman. Most recently he was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row as part of a special programme dedicated to Leicester Comedy Festival.

About Their Talks...

My talk is titled “30 Years of British Comedy” and focuses on my work producing live comedy since 1994. I have worked with many comedians, and my talk includes stories about some of them, including Ken Dodd, Sir Norman Wisdom, Victoria Wood and more. I generally don’t use any equipment and talk for around 60 minutes, with additional time for questions if required.


I generally charge around £110 for an hours talk. If the venue isn’t local to me, I sometimes will ask for travel expenses.

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30 Years of British Comedy

I talk about my experience of producing and promoting British comedy, including stories about the development of Leicester Comedy Festival. I also tell anecdotes about performers I have worked with including Ken Dodd, Barry Cryer, Jo Brand and more.


Thank you also for making this so straightforward. I wish all speakers were as accommodating!!

Harborough Culture Café, (March 2023)


Thank you so much for such an entertaining talk; I’m happy to report that the audience loved it.

Kibworth U3A, (November 2022)

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