Birmingham, home of stand-up comedy: a city of laughs

Birmingham, home of stand-up comedy: a city of laughs

It’s no surprise that October’s Birmingham Comedy Festival is overflowing with talent. A host of the UK’s finest stand-up comedians hail from the Midlands: from 70s funnyman Jasper Carrot, to every comedian’s favourite comedian, Stewart Lee. Citizen Khan’s Adil Ray and the darling of US news satire, John Oliver, both started out as stand ups, and hail from our fair city.

You’ll have your own fond favourites for drinks and laughter on a Saturday night. Here are a few of ours.

Joe Lycett

Still living in Hall Green, Joe has become a familiar face from TV appearances on Taskmaster, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Live at the Apollo. His soft-spoken delivery belies his endless irritation at human foibles – and commitment to defeating them, through the power of ‘being weird’. Here’s his response to a friend’s attempt to buy a house from a rather dubious source.

Shazia Mirza

She’s just faced the rigours of Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island, but Shazia is best-known for her unapologetically political routines: her recent tour was inspired by British jihadi-bride schoolgirls. This compilation of her deadpan mockery of prejudice and presumption – for example when being Muslim on a plane –  is brutally funny.

Jo Enright

She’s not only a stand up, which is why you might recognise Jo from TV’s The Job Lot, Life’s Too Short, I’m Alan Partridge – and most recently Dave’s new hospital sitcom Porters. But her amiable, chatty onstage persona is a real treat. Here she is on being short, nice old ladies on Birmingham buses, and failed health kicks.

In the mood for a night out of laughs?

The monthly Bramall Comedy Night returns on Thursday 12th October 2017 as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival, with fresh laughs from Mock the Week’s irreverent Zoe Lyons, and her special guests.



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