birmingham comedy festival

The UK’s second-longest-running comedy festival is back between Friday 7 and Sunday 16 October.

Birmingham Comedy Festival is bringing over 80 performances across 10 days this autumn. The independent, volunteer-led, and unfunded, annual event is the largest arts festival of its kind in the West Midlands. Over 17,000 people attended the fest in 2021.

The programme is jam-packed with some great stuff! Highlights include Britain’s Got Talent 2022 winner Axel Blake, the West End production of Sister Act and the improvised play Austentatious, This play is inspired by the works of Jane Austen, and stars some of the UK’s best improvisations.

Meanwhile, over at The Glee Club, you can enjoy Troy Hawke, Dan Nightingale, and Helen Bauer. Brum-based improv group Jumprov! will head to the Birmingham Hippodrome, while the Kamikaze Club will bring a dozen shows to 1000 Trades, including Danny Clives, Tom Mayhew, Alex Hylton and Eric Rushton.

Sister Act (Oct 4-15, Birmingham Hippodrome)
Jumprov! (Oct 8, Birmingham Hippodrome)
Austentatious (Oct 8-9, The Old Rep)

The festival will also include the return of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award. The region’s most comedy prize will be taking place at The Glee Club on Oct 7. There are also the 2x Free Half-Dayers. This event features 16 acts over consecutive Sundays at two city-centre venues.

You can download the festival programme (PDF) here.

Find out more about the festival by visiting the bhamcomfest website.

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