The Bramall comedy night

As a University of Birmingham alumni I was very excited when asked to do blog on their monthly comedy night at their entertainment venue The Bramall.

I have to admit, as a student I spent more time in bars than at the university’s cultural venues, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to enjoy the eclectic events program the university puts together which I took for granted as a student.

As I arrived on a crisp Thursday evening I was pleasantly surprised to find that parking is free on campus after 4:30pm, so at 7pm I got a space for free no problem, perfect start.

I was met by a member of the Venue Birmingham team to have a catch up over a drink about the extensive events programme they run at the Bramall. Pleasant surprise number 2 came in the form of the on campus Bratby bar which is perfect for a pre-comedy drink. This was no sticky floored student haunt, but a contemporary buzzing bar, full of our fellow comedy goers. I had no idea there was more than just the SU bar on campus. You can also grab some food in the bar as well, though I did not sample it, I can testify the smell was AMAZING!

It was fascinating to discover (via Venue Birmingham) the variety of performances the Bramall had on offer, ranging from comedy nights to classical concerts, so if you’re looking for an evening of entertainment without going into the city centre it’s ideal. After a drink and catch up I made my way to the Bramall building, located next to famous clock tower, it is a truly stunning part of the University and the city. As I entered the building I was struck by the real mixture of ages in the audience, it was great to see not just students there.

I took my seat; I was only 4 rows from the front but hoped this was far enough away that nobody would try to talk to me, a common fear when watching comedy.

Our compare for the evening was the very funny Jake Lambert, who instantly made the audience at ease and constantly entertained with his hilarious gags and stories about how he frequently likes to frighten his niece and nephew. My personal favourite was telling kids the steam coming off chicken nuggets is the chicken's ghost, genius.

Our first in the line-up was young Croydon comedian Elliott Steel, his comedy was pretty close to the bone at points but I have to say I didn’t stop laughing and neither did anyone else in the theatre. I’m going to make a prediction this is a name we will be hearing a lot more of in the future.

Then we were treated to a short sketch by a group of students from the University, I must admit I wasn’t sure about this when it was announced, as an ex drama student I cringe at the thought of some of my student performances, but they absolutely smashed it. They summed up perfectly what has been a very…. interesting 2016 in a comical musical sketch, if anything it made me (almost) yearn for my drama student days.

After a quick break we were ready for our headline act Paul McCaffrey, I had seen some of his previous material so was particularly excited for this. His act did not disappoint, his tales of the dreaded hangover in your 30’s and unwillingness to grow up probably resonated with most of us in the room.

After a fabulous night of comedy my biggest surprise of the evening came when I was told the price of a ticket to the comedy night was a mere £7 for non-students. I couldn’t believe how cheap it was, such incredible value for money, a ticket at most cinemas would cost more, so you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

So my message to all of you adults who want a great night out but without breaking the bank is to head to the Bramall, It's easy to get to and there are a great array of performances to pick from.


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