Birmingham Comedy Festival announces 2016 line-up

Birmingham Comedy Festival, Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016

The long-running Birmingham Comedy Festival returns this October with another top-flight line-up of comedic talent (Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016).

This year’s 10-day festival features headline appearances from Romesh Ranganathan (9 & 12 Oct, Town Hall), the entrancing silent Boy With Tape On His Face (13-15 Oct, mac Birmingham), and Kerry Godliman, co-star of Ricky Gervais’ Derek (14 Oct, The Glee).

The festival also welcomes Irishman Jason Byrne (16 Oct, Town Hall), topical stand-up Matt Forde (7 Oct, The Old Rep), Nathan Caton (13 Oct, The Glee), Justin Moorhouse (8 Oct, The Old Rep), and Tony Law (14 Oct, Comedy Junction).

Other highlights include Richard O’Brien’s record-breaking rock’n’roll musical Rocky Horror Show (10-15 Oct, New Alexandra Theatre), a new live panel show, Panelbeaters, co-created by Mock The Week’s Gary Delaney (16 Oct, The Glee), and Paul Richards’ 50 Ways To Leave Your Drummer, in which the musician/ comedian recounts being fired from 50 acts, including Frank Turner and Heaven 17 (9 Oct, Old Joint Stock).

The festival officially kicks off with the third Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award (7 Oct, The Glee), and boasts two Free Half-Dayers in the city centre (9 and 16 October). Taking place at Cherry Reds and The Victoria, on John Bright Street, the successive Sunday afternoons see 18 acts perform new shows, among them Josh Pugh, improv’ troupe Foghorn Unscripted, world-ranked board gamer James Cook, podcasters News With Jokes, Karen Bayley, Hannah Silvester, Lovdev Barpag Lindsey and Danny, and Gareth Berliner. 

A spokesperson for the festival, which debuted in 2001, said: “We’re very pleased to be marking our 15th year with such an excellent and varied line-up that mixes seasoned and familiar TV names, with emerging acts and some top newcomers.

“There’s over 70 performances across the city, with our two Sunday afternoon Half-Dayers giving audiences the opportunity to catch some really great acts for free.”

The Birmingham Comedy Festival runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016. For full details see:

Birmingham Comedy Festival 2016 acts


About Birmingham Comedy Festival
Established in 2001, over the last 15 years, the annual festival has welcomed some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, from Michael McIntyre and Peter Kay, to Jack Whitehall and Sarah Millican.

The festival was originally set up to highlight the city’s vibrant, but then largely unsung, comedy scene, and acts from West Midlands have always featured prominently, from Lenny Henry and Stewart Lee, to Joe Lycett.

2016’s festival continues to highlight local talent with appearances from such leading West Mids acts as Gary Delaney, Mrs Barbara Nice, Coventry’s Guz Khan, and previous Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award winners Andrew McBurney (2014) and Josh Pugh (2015).

Unfunded and volunteer-led, the festival is one of the biggest independent multi-site arts festivals in the region, and in 2016 was voted Second Best Arts Festival in the West Midlands by readers of What’s On Magazine.

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