James Acaster headlines Birmingham Comedy Festival 2019
Birmingham Comedy Festival is back this October for another 10 days of top comedy. From Friday 4th to Sunday 13th October don’t miss out on the good laugh filling venues across Birmingham. The festival will officially lunch with the prestigious Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2019 at The Glee Club, which recognises the very best new talent from the region.
Headline acts include James Acaster, performing on 4th October at Birmingham Town Hall. His previous shows have earned him five Best Comedy Show nominations at the Edinburgh Fringe. His new book, Perfect Sound Whatever, reveals his obsession with music from 2016.
Also on the Comedy Festival stage are The Last Leg’s Josh Widdicombe, performing on 13th October at the Birmingham Hippodrome, and ‘German Comedy Ambassador’ Henning When, performing on the 11th and 12th at the Town Hall.
Other appearances include Broadcaster Jonathan Pie, on stage on the 5th October at Symphony Hall, and Reginald D Hunter, performing on the 10th October at the Old Joint Stock Theatre.
They’re joined by Comedy Central’s Impractical Jokers, on the 11th October at Arena Birmingham, food critic Jay Rayner, on the 6th at The Glee, found video collective Everything Is Terrible, on the 9th also at The Glee, and poet Pam Ayres, who performs on the 6th at the Town Hall.
There’s also plenty of chances to see some of the best acts from the West Midlands, including shows from Josh Pugh, on stage of the 6th October at The Glee and Samantha Pressdee, on the 10th at Blue Orange Theatre as well as Danny Clives and Good Kids, performing on the 8th at Cherry Reds.
The Birmingham Comedy Festival Free Half-Dayers happening on the 6th and 13th October at the Cherry Reds and The Victoria, are also back by popular demand. Featuring 16 free shows in Birmingham city centre on successive Sunday afternoons, the line-up includes Susan Murray, James Cook’s Board Game Smackdown, a new show from the multi-award-winning Rob Kemp, UK Pun Champion 2017 Lovdev Barpaga, Sarah Johnson, and more.
The current improv explosion is reflected in appearances from Jumprov, on stage on the 9th October at Serve and Foghorn Unscripted, performing on the 13th at The Victoria. Apart from this, Fat Penguin’s Birmingham Comedy Festival Improvised Comedy All-Dayer, happening on the 12th October at Patrick Kavanagh, unveils eight troupes from around the UK, culminating in a never-to-be-repeated Improv Jam.
A spokesperson for the festival said: “We’ve got another packed line-up this year with over 80 performances featuring not only stand-up comedy, but also improv’, theatre, music, game shows, fine art, a murder mystery, and loads more. There’s plenty of well-known names – like James Acaster, Josh Widdicombe and America’s Impractical Jokers – but also some great emerging talent, particularly from across the region.”