Birmingham Comedy Festival

PAST EVENT - 4-13 October 2013

 

Birmingham Comedy Festival returns this October with yet another great line-up of established and up-and-coming comedy talent.

 

Among those who’ll be taking to stages across the city between Friday 4 and Sunday 13 October 2013 are Russell Brand, who kicks off his Messiah tour with two nights at Symphony Hall (Oct 7-8). He’ll be joined by The Last Leg’s Adam Hills (Oct 6, Town Hall), Tony Law (Oct 4, The Glee), Robin Ince (Oct 10, mac Birmingham), the former presenter of cult ‘90s late night TV series The Word Terry Christian (Oct 8, Kitchen Garden Cafe), and ventriloquist Nina Conti (Oct 5, Solihull Arts Complex), as seen in BBC2 sitcom Family Tree.

Once again, there’s a huge array of local talent including the fast rising Joe Lycett (Oct 10, The Glee), whose TV appearances include 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Celebrity Juice, new sketch troupe The Lovely Men (Oct 11, mac), featuring stand-up comedian and comedy tutor James Cook, Steve Day (Oct 10, Irish Centre) and Mrs Barbara Nice (Oct 6, The Glee; Oct 13 mac; compere Oct 4, Le Truc), plus Shazia Mirza, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Twitchen, Sheila M, Annette Fagon, Jo Enright, Craig Deeley, Albert Smith…

And if that wasn’t enough, look out too for Laurel and Hardy films, a new exhibition by acclaimed Great Barr artist Steve Lilly, stand up workshops for both those with and without comedy experience, French food, a pub quiz, an evening of spoken word, ‘sweded’ films, burlesque and cabaret, free shows and the return of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre!

A spokesperson for the festival said: “This year have around 60 shows right across the city with some great events in theatres, clubs, arts centres, venues, pubs, cafe bars. There’s also a good mix, from big TV names and returning festival favourites, to new acts just starting out.

“While the big TV names are always worth seeing, we always encourage people to see what’s happening at other venues to get just a taster of the Birmingham’s well established and vibrant comedy scene.”

For the second consecutive year, the festival is supported by the Arcadian.

Free Radio breakfast show hosts, Foxy and Giuliano, who exclusively revealed the full festival line-up at 8am on 12 Aug said: “Everyone loves a laugh – us more than any one – so we’ll certainly be checking out some of the festival shows…”

For full festival listings and ticket details see: www.bhamcomfest.co.uk

Also see: Facebook.com/BhamComFest and Twitter: @BhamComFest

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