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Birmingham Comedy Festival, 5-14 October 2018

Friday 5 October 2018

Hit The Ode Comedy Special

With Apples & Snakes

A Comedy Festival Special edition of Hit The Ode, the poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. Each month features one regional, one national and one international poet, alongside open mic'ers.

Expect poems bright like trumpet solos, poems which may require some self-assembly, poems which will bloom if you give them plenty of light and water them well. Good poems. Come and get them!

Guests include...

Joe Cook, aka Cookie, a spoken word artist and musician from Birmingham who has gigged heavily across the UK in venues such as The South Bank Centre, The REP, Birmingham Town Hall, Rainbow Warehouse, Midlands Arts Centre and worked alongside Apples & Snakes, Burn After Reading and Mouthy Poets. Joe was part of BBC 1XTRA Words First series and opened for Holly McNish at Birmingham Town Hall.

Michelle Tiwo, an actor, poet, poet educator and co-founder of Sistren podcast. Her work reflects the effects of being a first-gen British-born queer woman, from Nigeria and Togo via South East London.

Usaama Minhas is a poet, rapper and actor. Usaama started writing in his teens and later spent a year in New York on an actor training conservatory for Theatre, Film and TV. While in New York, he began performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On returning to the UK, Usaama moved to London to pursue a career in Hip Hop. Usaama is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue Hackney Slam Champion and the 2018 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion.

Hosted by the incredible Bohdan Piasecki.

Sign up on the night to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 10 slots up for grabs, maximum three minutes each, selected at random – what have you got to lose?

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Tel: 0844 338 5000
Tickets: £5 adv / £8 on the door
7.45pm
birminghamhippodrome.com

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