Comedy Festival does it again!

The Birmingham Comedy Festival has won TWO best festival awards, for the second consecutive year.

The independent annual event has just scooped Best Birmingham Arts Festival and Best Midlands Arts Festival in the What’s On Readers’ Awards 2020 – voted for by the readers of What’s On Magazine (the region’s largest magazine publisher, who has editions covering Birmingham, The Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and into Shropshire).

Over 68,000 people voted in the awards.

A spokesperson for the long-running comedy festival said: “We were shocked last year when we won ‘the double’, but to win both Best Festival awards two years in a row is just incredible.

“We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us – it’s really appreciated and means a lot to us – as well as everyone who helped bring the festival together.

Referencing the current Covid-19 crisis, they added: “It feels strange to be bigging up the wins at a time when so many independent businesses, comedians and artists are facing a difficult future. However, we were keen to acknowledge the achievements of everyone who contributed to, and supported, the festival last year.”

2019’s Birmingham Comedy Festival attracted in the region of 24,000 attendees across 10-days in October, with highlights including James Acaster, Josh Widdicombe, Henning Wehn, The Impractical Jokers, and Reg D Hunter. Comedian Celya AB, meanwhile, scooped the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2019.

The next festival is set for Friday 2 to Sunday 11 October 2020.

Celya AB, winning the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2019

Celya AB winner of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2019

About Birmingham Comedy Festival

Established in 2001, the annual arts 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 and Mrs Barbara Nice, while the annual regionally-focused Breaking Talent Award was set up to recognise and support fresh and emerging talent.

Unfunded and volunteer-led, the festival is one of the biggest independent multi-site arts festivals in the region, and in 2017 was voted Best Midlands Arts Festival by readers of What’s On Magazine, and was Runner-Up in 2016.

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