Visit Birmingham Comedy Festival’s Free Half-Day Show Specials

The long-running Birmingham Comedy Festival is returning once again, and best of all, are hosting two free fun-filled afternoons to get you laughing your autumn blues away.

The city’s annual laugh-out-loud festival is heading back this month with another top line-up of comedic talent.

As part of this year’s city-wide arts fest, the spectacle is hosting two free half-day events on Sunday 9th October and Sunday 16th October. Taking place at Cherry Reds café and The Victoria pub, both located on John Bright Street, the half-dayers feature 18 Edinburgh Fringe-style shows from a string of acclaimed acts.

You can expect to see a mixture of podcasts, improv and award-winning stand-up acts, including the likes of Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2015 winner, Josh Pugh.

As well as, the rising Warwickshire comic who was also recently crowned English Comedian of The Year 2016, and Black Country gag-meister Masai Graham, winner of Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe 2016.

Other acts appearing include comic and actor Gareth Berliner (Coronation Street, Doctor Who); Karen Bayely, who’s toured with such names as Joe Lycett and Alan Carr; BBC New Comedy Award 2016 semi-finalist Lindsey Santoro; BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 shortlisted Danny Clives; and Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut Show 2016 nominee, Lucy Thompson.

Besides stand-up, leading improvisers, Foghorn Unscripted, will present An Improvised Murder. On top of topical podcasters, News With Jokes, who’ll dissect the big news stories everyone’s talking about, while James Cook will challenge invited guests to play Board Game Smackdown!

The first belly-chuckling half-day event (Sunday 9 October 2016) starts at 1.30pm with the final two shows beginning at 5.15pm. The second, (Sunday 16 October 2016), starts at 1pm, with the last shows commencing at 5.30pm.

Admission to all 18 shows is free (with donations gratefully received).

Birmingham Comedy Festival runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016. With over 70 performances across the city, highlights include: Romesh Ranganathan, Rocky Horror Show, The Boy With Tape On His Face, and the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award, which features five of the region’s best new acts, and a judging panel led by comedy hero Jasper Carrott!

The Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing attention to the city’s vibrant (and often unsung) comedy scene from 2001. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest independent arts festivals in the region.

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