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 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 and Ken Dodd!
There's also been celebrations of 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!).
While stand-up comedy forms the core of the festival, we've also included a vast range of other stuff, 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, contemporary visual art, photography, workshops, debates ...
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.
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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