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Birmingham Comedy Festival, 2-11 October 2020

Unable to stage our planned festival, we're marking the occasion with a series of online interventions, including showcases, radio shows, podcasts and more.

All online activities are available on-demand post-festival. To catch up, see 'Read more' below for links to free streams etc.


Day-by-day listings for the 2020 festival ...

FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020

Birmingham Comedy Festival Sketch Show (Episode 1) starring Josh Pugh, Craig Deeley, Linda Hargreaves, Harvey Hawkins, Jumprov and Mary Flanigan. Watch online [Read more ...]

The Great Larry Stephens Mystery. Birmingham Comedy Festival explores the life of the forgotten Black Country comedy writer and the man behind both The Goons and Tony Hancock's success. Listen online [Read more ...]

BrumRadio: The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast. Join Barbara as she chats to Alex Lowe (aka Clinton Baptiste). Listen online [Read More ...]

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SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2020

Black Patch Park: Birthplace of Charlie Chaplin? Birmingham Comedy Festival heads to the Black Country to explore the possible birthplace of the filmmaking legend. Watch online [Read more ...]

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SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2020

Switch Radio: Objectivity (Episode 1) - Josh Pugh. Listen live from 11pm [Read more ...]

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MONDAY 5 OCTOBER 2020

Charlie Chaplin's The Vagabond (1916). A silent masterpiece with an exciting contemporary score by composer and musician Dan Whitehouse. Watch online [Read more ...]

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TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2020

BrumRadio: The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast. Join Barbara as she chats to comedian Chris Stokes. Listen online [Read More ...]

Switch Radio: Objectivity (Episode 2) - Maureen Younger. Listen live from 7pm [Read more ...]

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WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2020

Board Game Smackdown Festival Special with James Cook, Carl Donnelly and Laura Lexx. Streaming live 7pm [Read more ...]

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THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020

Birmingham Comedy Festival meets ... Foka Wolf. Find out more about the Birmingham street artist everyone is talking about. Watch online [Read more ...]

MY Comedy Chats for Birmingham Comedy Festival with Maureen Younger, Lindsey Santoro, Mary Flanigan and Celya AB. Streaming live 8.30pm [Read more ...]

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FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER 2020

Birmingham Comedy Festival Sketch Show (Episode 2) starring Josh Pugh, Craig Deeley, Linda Hargreaves, Harvey Hawkins, Jumprov and Celya AB. Watch online [Read more ...]

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SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2020

Birmingham Comedy Festival meets ... The Nightingales. Comedian Stewart Lee loves them so much, he's made a film about them! Find out more as we chat to Brum post-punk survivor Robert Lloyd about his band and the documentary. Listen online [Read more ...]

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SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020

Pick Your Own Escapade: Spooktacular. Join Mary Flanigan and Richard Dadd for an interactive adventure, streaming via Twitch from 8pm [Read more ...]

Switch Radio: Objectivity (Episode 3) - Daz Hale. Listen live from 11pm [Read more ...]

COBO: Comedy Of Black Origin - with Kane Brown, Nabil Abdulrashid, Daliso Chaponda, Smash, at The Glee Club, Bham [Read more ...]

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Plus: BrumRadio: The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast. Join Barbara as she has a very special festival chat with Brum punk star and actress, Toyah Willcox. Listen online [Read More ...]


2020: The festival that never was ...

Sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic the full festival we had planned was unable to go ahead.

Here's just a few of the fab shows we had lined up for this year's festival: Jimmy Carr, Joel Dommett, Jimeoin, David O'Doherty, Reginald D Hunter, Kae Kurd, Catherine Bohart, The Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2020, Tom Binns, Free Half-Dayers, Bring Your Own Baby, MY Comedy, Only Fools And Boycie, Myra Dubois, Blowfish Theatre, Fascinating Aida, Adam Buxton, Fancy Dress Murder Mystery, Fat Penguin's Improv', and Laurel and Hardy. And that was just the tip of the comedic iceberg ...

Please note that many of those shows have now been (or are in the process of being) rescheduled for 2021. If you purchased tickets already, please see individual venue websites for further details and/ or new dates.


Future dates:

Friday 1 to Sunday 10 October 2021 - Birmingham Comedy Festival's 20th Anniversary.

Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2022.

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