It’s back and ready to tickle your ribs.
Big names including Asian provocateur Romesh Ranganathan, Irish funnyman Jason Byrne, Kerry Godliman, from Ricky Gervais’ Derek, and The Boy With Tape On His Face will line up for a comedy festival in Birmingham.
They will be joined by the likes of Justin Moorhouse, Nathan Caton, Charlie Baker, Solihull’s Mock The Week regular Gary Delaney, Man Like Mobeen’s Guz Khan, the surreal Simon Munnery and Tony Law at Birmingham Comedy Festival.
It will open tonight and continue until October 16 and there will be more than 70 performances across the city. There will also be gigs from Tom Wrigglesworth and the very best acts from Birmingham and the West Midlands.
The festival has been drawing attention to the city’s vibrant comedy scene since 2001, with appearances from Peter Kay, Sean Lock and 40 others.
Since then, it has grown into one of the largest independent arts festival in the region.
Alongside new local acts getting a taste of the big time, the festival has featured such A-list heavy-hitters as Lee Evans, Michael McIntrye, Miranda Hart, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Sarah Millican and Ken Dodd.
While stand-up comedy forms the core of the festival, it has also included events, such as theatre, cabaret, burlesque, folk, classical music, DJ/club nights, pub quizzes, puppet shows, film screenings, dance performances, West End musicals, spoken word/poetry readings, book signings, food and drink.
A spokesman said: “Since its inception, the festival has been unfunded and volunteer-led. It is not run to make money – but to simply celebrate comedy. One of the longest-running comedy festivals in the UK, its original aim to simply highlight some of the many great comedy clubs, venues and acts within the city remains.”
Among the many highlights this year will be John Hegley, who will bring New And Selected Potatoes to the Mac tonight.
Justin Moorhouse will line up tomorrow at The Old Rep with People And Feelings, written after he had finish touring his 2015 show.
Simon Munnery will also feature with Standing Still at the Mac, while The Best In Live Stand-Up will include Darius Davies, Andre Vincent and guests at The Glee Club.
On Sunday at Cherry Reds and The Victoria, will be Hannah Silvester, Danny Clives and Lindsey Santoro, Craig Deeley, Mickey Sharma, News With Jokes, Gareth Berliner and more.
Romesh Ranganathan will feature with Irrational at Birmingham Town Hall before returning on Wednesday, while Paul Richards will bring 50 Ways To Leave Your Drummer to the Old Joint Stock Theatre.
The laughs will continue on Thursday with The Boy With Tape On His Face at mac Birmingham, Patrick Monahan in That 80’s Show at the Old Joint Stock and Nathan Caton in Straight Outta Middlesex at The Glee Club.
The Glee Club also hosts Kerry Godliman on October 14 and Gary Delaney on October 16. Jason Byrne will be at Birmingham Town Hall on October 16. For full listings visit www.bhamcomfest.co.uk
By Andy Richardson