Sunday 10 October 2021
Birmingham Comedy Festival
Eight cracking one-hour comedy shows at two John Bright Street venues, in Birmingham city centre,. All shows are Pay What You Want/ Free/ by donation. No bookings required, just rock up and see as many performances as you like! Doors open 10-15mins before each show starts.
1pm - Kitty Messalina: Is This Thing Turned On?
2.20pm - Josh Pugh: Danger Danger High Loltage
3.40pm - Danny Clives: Benchwarmer
5pm - Wayne Beese: Record Of Under Achievement
1pm - Eric Rushton and Richard Dadd: Tea With The Devil
2.20pm - Mary Flanigan Stands Celya AB Up
3.40pm - Good Kids
5pm - Board Game Smackdown
Kitty Messalina: Is This Thing Turned On?
Salacious stories, lewd laughs and wanton wit.
Kitty is a comedic triple threat – a queer woman of colour. Her unique perspectives on prejudice, promiscuity and polyamory quickly earned her a nomination as a Finalist for the NCF New Act of the Year Award 2019. Expect 'honesty and vivacity' (Notts Comedy Review) as she explores political foreplay, accidental threesomes and lesbian sheep.
She's usually found co-hosting Late Stage Comedy, a platform for new acts and new material. This is a Work in Progress performance of her debut show, Is This Thing Turned On? as she ponders identity politics, problematic crushes and Alexander Hamilton.
Josh Pugh: Danger Danger High Loltage
New show from Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award and English Comedian of the Year winner.
An hour of ideas and stories from the past 12 months of local lad Josh's life. More exciting than you'd expect.
'A classy hour of charming left field comedy' – Chortle.
'Flashes of Genius' - Ticketmaster
Danny Clives: Benchwarmer
After the success of his last show at the festival, Danny began writing lots of new observational comedy about his life experiences. Now he's back to tell us about his most recent misfortunes, including the time he cooked scrambled egg in the microwave and it exploded in his face; how he tried to save his goldfish from choking on a pea; and what it was like being in lockdown whilst still living at home with his mum.
'Turns life's struggles into understated brilliantly observed gags.' - Joe Lycett
Tour support for Guz Khan. Alumni of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve and Soho Theatre Comedy Labs. As heard on BBC Radio 2 and 4extra.
Wayne Beese: Record of Under Achievement
Stories from 1990s school days based around Wayne's original Record of Achievement.
When Wayne Beese left Holly Hall Grant Maintained School in the summer of 1996, as Head Boy and with a clutch of GCSEs, a message from his form tutor in his leaving book said 'the world was his oyster'.
Nearly 25 years and several career changes later, it's not quite worked out to plan. He's never really got further than Telford.
Join Wayne as he uses the contents of his original Record of Achievement to regale hilarious stories from his school days, as well as his journey post-education through football pitches, factories, supermarkets, bingo halls and newspaper offices, to his present home on the stage.
'Truly special talent' - Express and Star
'Had the audience howling' - Dudley News
Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN
Tea With The Devil
Eric summons Satan for a special live edition of the hilarious podcast.
Eric Rushton has a lot on his mind. He's started having regular philosophical chats with the Devil. Or at least he thinks he has. Maybe he's just losing his grip on reality. Either way, he'll be baring his soul (and possibly selling it) in this special live edition of the the surreal Satanic podcast.
Join Eric (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2020) and Satan Himself (manifest within the earthly form of comedian Richard Dadd) for this devilishly funny show.
Mary Flanigan Stands Celya AB Up
Via Belfast and Paris, Mary and Celya are meeting at the exact geographical midpoint, Birmingham, for one night only of whip-smart stand up. Come guess which one's French!
- Celya AB is the reigning Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Winner. She has appeared on Funny Festival Live (BBC TWo), Yesterday, Today and The Day Before (Comedy Central) and is a regular guest on Global Pillage with Deborah Frances-White.
'Sharp and observant, Exciting and promising writer' - Joe Lycett
'Great jokes, a strong comic. Both classy and funny. A thoroughly engaging presence.' - Chortle
- Mary Flanigan is one of the core-writer performers for Quick Comedies (BBC Sounds). She was nominated for the festival's Breaking Talent Award in 2019, and has featured on BBC Radio Ulster, and written for BBC NI and BBC iPlayer. She is a member of BBC Northern Ireland's Comedy Writersroom.
'Smart, pithy, sharp and astute' - Chortle
'Stand-up comedy gold' - Squirrel Comedy
The return of Birmingham's favourite wideboys with an hour of fugly comedy nonsense. Strap in to the backseat of their 1993 Ford Escort RS and prepare to be razzed down the Belgrave Middleway on the joyride of the year. Expect songs, sketches and heavy patter.
When you're old and on the way out, don't have any regrets. Don't look back and wonder what could have been. Enter the lottery of laughter, play the scratchcard of chat and head to the Mecca Bingo in the sky on angels' wings with a smile on your face. We'll see you there. We'll see you square.
Best Alternative Act Midlands Comedy Awards 2019
Nominated Leicester Comedy Festival Best Musical Show and Comedian of the Year 2020
Nominated Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2018
Board Game Smackdown
The cult Edinburgh Fringe hit returns!
Comedians play silly games.
Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, join our panel of funny folk as they play stupid games in an attempt to be crowned Board Game Smackdown champion.
The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN
Please donate to the acts as you leave - they've worked hard! All donations go directly to the acts.
About the venues
Cherry Reds cafe bar and The Victoria pub are just a few yards apart on John Bright Street, in Birmingham city centre - just over the road from Grand Central/ New Street Station. Both venues also serve a great selection of beers and other tipples. For more information, see:
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