Leeds Needs Help: A Council In Session - Leeds International Festival

9 May
19:30 - 22:30

Leeds Needs Help: A Council In Session

Header image credit:
Mark Howe

Self-styled self-help to make you laugh out loud.

From the creators of self-help comedy cabaret ‘You Need Help’ comes a one-off evening of sketches, stand-up, lip-syncs and town-planning.

Self-styled self-help gurus Harry and Jessie have taken it upon themselves to ‘fix’ Leeds and its unsuspecting citizens. After speaking to the people and researching the issues facing the city, they have put together a new vision for a CITY OF THE FUTURE! *repeats ‘future’ in an echoing voice*!! Armed with a misplaced sense of confidence and no legitimate qualifications between them, they will present their ‘vision’ for public consultation – whether the public want it or not.

Leeds Needs Help is an evening of alternative comedy madness with one aim: to help the people of Leeds to “be normal or die trying”. Expect dark humour, sassy musical numbers and a selection of local guest comedy performers designed to leave you feeling fabulous (or at least a little perplexed).

If you’ve ever felt lost, if you’ve ever felt broken by the modern world, or if you’ve ever just got really annoyed on the inner ring road, then this is the show for you. Leeds Needs Help promises to solve all or none of these issues.

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Standard Tickets

Thursday 9 May 19:30 - 22:30
Sheaf Street

Concession Tickets

Thursday 9 May 19:30 - 22:30
Sheaf Street

Additional Information:

Age restrictions: 18+


Harry is a locally grown comedy writer and performer who performs across the North doing stand-up and improvisation. He’s also the co-creator of You Need Help.

Jessica Brooks is a comedy writer, performer and voice-over actor based in Leeds. She’s also the co-creator of You Need Help.

Since 1994 Silky has travelled all over the world from New York to China, from Norway to the Falklands, making people laugh. Hard.
As seen on the Stand-Up show on BBC1, The World Stands Up on Paramount, and The Comic’s Lounge (AUS). 2019 Musical Comedy Awards Finalist.
Double Liverpool Echo Arts & Entertainment Award Nominee. Finalist Leicester Mercury Awards. Finalist BBC New Comedy Awards. Stand Comedy Club ‘Good Egg Of The Year’

Freddie does puppets. “The Freddie Show” is a one-woman puppet show, with tales of dating, drinking and clowns… told by Freddie’s trusty glove puppets and glamorous alter ego: “Doctor Love”. A blur between stand-up comedy and puppetry with anecdotes of intimate meetings and mishaps of Freddie’s not-so-lucky in love, love life.