Anniversary festival closes on a high

Birmingham Comedy Festival 2021 concluded on Sunday with a packed Free Half-Dayer featuring appearances from Good Kids, Josh Pugh and the festival’s Breaking Talent Award 2019 winner, Celya AB.

The long-running 10-day annual festival (which ran from 1-10 October 2021) returned to live venues after a Covid-enforced online edition in 2020, with this year marking the festival’s 20th anniversary. Reflecting the times, the festival was slightly scaled back, yet nonetheless included 56 events over the period.

Featuring many sold-out performances, the festival was deemed a remarkable success, with around 17,500 people attending events at such venues as The Glee Club, Town Hall and Symphony Hall, The Old Rep, Old Joints Stock Pub and Theatre, Cherry Reds, 1000 Trades and more.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “In light of what’s been happening in the world, we had no idea how 2021’s festival would be received when we started planning – or even if we’d be able to go ahead. But given it’s our 20th year, we were keen to make it happen, if we could, and were blown away by the response from everyone.

“We’d like to thank all who made the 2021 festival such a success – from the venues and acts, to the audiences, who were so enthusiastic.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better was to celebrate 20 years.”

Birmingham Comedy Festival will be back next year, from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2022.

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