Festival attendance on the rise

Birmingham Comedy Festival 2015

Birmingham Comedy Festival is pleased to announce that over 27,000 people attended 2015 festival events.

The cracking line-up featured the World Premiere of Anita and Me at Birmingham Rep, Grammy-winning US comedy superstar ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, and outspoken Scot Frankie Boyle.

In total, there were over 60 activities across the 10-day October fest’, including a free half-dayer, the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award and an exhibition by artist Steve Lilly.

The festival first made an appearance in the spring of 2001 before moving to it’s now firm autumn spot (the first week of October) in 2002.

In it’s time it’s hosted appearances from some of the biggest names in comedy, including Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Jimmy Carr, Lenny Henry and The Fast Show, quickly establishing itself as one of the most successful independent annual arts events in the West Midlands.

It’s also one of the longest running comedy festivals in the UK.

Plans are already under way for 2016’s festival, the full line-up of which will be announced in the summer.

Festial website: www.bhamcomfest.co.uk

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Notes

The festival recorded a total of 27,282 people attending festival events.

The festival ran from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 October 2015 at multiple venues including The Glee Club, Town Hall, Symphony Hall, mac Birmingham, 02 Academy Birmingham, Old Joint Stock, The Roadhouse, 6/8 Kafe, Cherry Reds, The Victoria and University of Birmingham.

In the region of 200 artists and performers took part.

What the media said about the 2015 festival …

“Epic” – TimeOut Birmingham
“Awesome line-up” – What’s On (Birmingham)
“The festival flourishes with an always-impressive programme” – The List
“Ten days of top entertainment” – WeekendNotes
“A host of stars” – Birmingham Mail
“There are exciting newer acts here too…” – I Choose (guest-editor, comedian Joe Lycett)
“Laugh-out-loud [festival with] some seriously impressive headliners” – Style Birmingham
“Excellent annual jamboree of stand-up from A-listers to local up-and-comers” – BrumNotes
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