Comedians Come to Birmingham for Ten Days of Laughter
Despite its thriving comedy scene, Birmingham is often overlooked as a place to go to for a night of stand-up. But that looks set to change as Birmingham Comedy Festival takes over the city from the beginning of October, and visitors staying in one of Birmingham hotels during this time can have their eyes opened to a whole different side to Brum.
First suggested in 2000 as the best way to raise the profile of comedy within the city and surrounding areas, this year’s festival will not only incorporate stand-up shows, but will also include films, theatre, workshops, new talent nights, club nights, classical music, dance, book readings, visual arts, events for children and performance.
After the ‘Glee Club’ preview on 26th September, the festival officially opens on October 5 with a constant stream of events featuring acts such as John Bishop, the Hairy Bikers, Seann Walsh and The Midnight Beast, running until October 14. Here are some of the highlights:
In the run up to the official festival opening, the Blue Orange Theatre will see Oliver Hume’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic tale of forbidden love, seduction and mischief, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
After taking a break two years ago the Hairy Bikers are bringing their ‘Larger Than Life’ stage tour to the New Alexandra Theatre on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October. Promising to be bigger, bolder, and funnier as well as packed with more food and laughs than ever before, they’re not just putting on a show, but giving you a real night out.
Giving people the chance to make themselves laugh, Birmingham’s premiere improvisation group Box of Frogs is bringing its one day Improvisation Workshop for Beginners to the Blue Orange Theatre on Saturday October 13.
The festival closes on Sunday 14th October with seven events across the city, including ‘The Midnight Beast’ at the O2 Academy. Part high jinks, part music, part comedy and part nothing you've ever heard before, The Midnight Beast are like Flight of the Conchords hanging out with the Inbetweeners in a London high-rise as the Beastie Boys spin some tunes. For more of an idea of what to expect, you can watch a YouTube clip here.
Over the ten days there will be the cream of local talent out in force as well as loads of stuff for under £5 – some events are even free – meaning those on a budget can book cheap hotels and still enjoy what Birmingham has to offer in the way of comedy.