"Since 2001, Birmingham Comedy Festival has been a huge success for the city ..." - Style Birmingham
"Lots of laughs on the bill ... one of the largest independent arts festival in the region." - NativeMonster / Express and Star
"There are more events than we can recall without losing count" - iChooseBirmingham
"bustling line-up" - i
The Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing attention to the city's vibrant (and often unsung) comedy scene since 2001 when the debut festival hit the road running thanks to appearances from Peter Kay and Sean Lock in a programme of over 40 events.
Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest independent arts festival in the region.
Alongside a vast range of new local acts, the festival has featured such A-list heavy-hitters as Peter Kay, Lee Evans, Michael McIntrye, the cast of cult TV sketch series The Fast Show, Lenny Henry, Ross Noble, John Bishop, Miranda Hart, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Sarah Millican, Russell Brand, Jack Whitehall, Stephen Merchant, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Harry Hill, Greg Davies, Joe Lycett, the legendary Ad' Fab' star Joanna Lumley and even the late Ken Dodd!
There's also been celebrations dedicated to Red Dwarf, Tony Hancock, Ealing Studios, Laurel and Hardy, Monty Python and The Goon Show (the first time a Goon Show script has been officially staged outside of the BBC, we gather!).
We even took The Goon Show out for a mini-tour in 2017 to sell-out appearances and great reviews (read more on our Goons mini-website), and also premiered a forgotten 1950s radio script written for Tony Hancock by The Goons' co-creator Larry Stephens (The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot) - which we revived in 2018 (to more sell-outs!).
While stand-up comedy forms the core of the festival, we've also included a vast range of other activities, such as theatre, cabaret, burlesque, improv', sketch comedy, folk, classical music, DJ/ club nights, pub quizzes, puppet shows, film screenings, dance performances, blockbuster West End musicals, spoken word/ poetry readings, book signings, food and drink, contemporary visual art, photography, workshops, debates, podcasts ...
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.
We like comedy. We hope you do too.
Awards and Nominations:
What's On Readers' Awards 2019:
Winner - Best Midlands Arts/ Cultural Festival
Winner - Best Birmigham Arts Fesitval
What's On Readers' Awards 2018:
Finalist - Best Midlands Arts Festival
What's On Readers' Awards 2017:
Winner - Best Midlands Arts Festival
Runner Up - Best Festival in Birmingham
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What's On Readers' Awards 2016:
Runner Up - Best Arts Festival
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