It’s about a lot more than the headliners.
There’s always more going on at Birmingham Comedy Festival than just the big name acts. So while the likes of Matt Lucas, Greg Davies, Henning Wehn, Joe Lycett, Simon Amstell, Phill Jupitus and Robin Ince, may grab the headlines, we’ve delved a bit deeper to pull-out a a selection of other must-see shows.
EG Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2017
The official launch event for the festival sees five superb up-and-coming especially selected hand-picked acts from across the West Mids slug it out for the prestigious title. Catch the next generation of comedy stars today. Sponsored by Edinburgh Gin, so expect some fine gin-based cocktails alongside the laughs.
Friday 6th October, The Glee Club, Birmingham.
2x Free Half-Dayers
A total of 16 great one-hour shows across consecutive Sundays in two city centre venues. It’s like a mini-festival in itself, with pun-masters and one-liner merchants, observational comics, character acts, sketches, and improv’. Highlights include a revival of classic BBC comedy series Around The Horne and an appearance from Josh Pugh who, since winning the festival’s Breaking Talent Award in 2015, has been crowned English Comedian Of The Year and toured Australia! All shows are free-in too! See as many shows as you like and zip back’n’forth between venues. Doors open 1pm.
Sunday 8th & Sunday 15th October, Cherry Reds & The Victoria, John Bright Street, Birmingham.
Helen and Ellie are the UK’s No1 Kids and Family podcasters. Expect tales of fish-finger sarnies, play dates and farts as they explore the highs and low low lows of parenting.
Saturday 7th October, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield.
Before Manhattan, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and other now iconic movies, Woody Allen was a writer and stand-up comedian. Revisit his classic 1960s stand-up routines in a vivid recreation by Simon Schatzberger.
Wednesday 11th October, The Glee Club.
Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge
The Yorkshire lass attempts to ‘adult’ in the big wide world. Maisie won the prestigious So you Think You’re Funny? award at Edinburgh this summer – only the third female comic to do so in the award’s thirty year history!
Saturday 14th October, The Glee Club.
George Egg: DIY Chef
Desperate for a decent meal while stuck in a succession of budget hotels, George discovered he could rustle up a good meal using just what was available, including a trouser press and hairdryer. Now, the ‘anarchist cook’ turns his attention to the garden shed with a succession of power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies at his disposal. Taste his results at the end of the show! A cookery/ food show with a difference.
Friday 13th October, mac Birmingham.
The numberr one show on Comedy Central in the UK, the US comedy sensations present their brand new live experience!
Thursday 12th October 2017, Arena Birmingham.
Over The Fence
The international touring short comedy film festival comes to Birmingham, featuring a night of acclaimed funny films from around the world, including Not Sophie’s Choice, starring Catherine Tate.
Thursday 12th October 2017, Walkabout, Birmingham.
For full details of the festival visit www.bhamcomfest.co.uk