Thursday, 12 August 2021


 After a year online, Birmingham Comedy Festival is back in the room for 2021.

Running from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th October 2021, the popular arts festival features over 40 shows, from big-name acts, to emerging newcomers.

When You Fall Down with James Dangerfield as Buster Keaton at The Old Joint Stock

Highlights include the return of the fast-talking comedian-turned-actor Russell Brand (3rd October at B:Music’s Symphony Hall), as well as appearances from Strictly semi-finalist Chris Ramsey (10th October at B:Music’s Birmingham Town Hall) and the Tailenders crew (1st October at B:Music’s Symphony Hall).

10th October – Jenny Eclair

They’re joined by Jenny Eclair (10th October at The Old Rep) who marks turning 60, Dane Baptiste (10th October, The Glee Club), social star Max Fosh (3rd October The Glee Club), Phoenix Nights’ psychic Clinton Baptiste (7th October at B:Music’s Birmingham Town Hall), Rachel Fairburn (8th October at The Glee Club) and South African comic Loyiso Gola (1st October at The Glee Club).

Elsewhere, new stage production When You Fall Down (30th September to 3rd October at The Old Joint Stock) explores the story of silent comic Buster Keaton, while Howerd’s End (6th to 100th October at The Old Joint Stock) reveals the hidden life of post-war British comedian Frankie Howerd.

The festival also features some of the best acts from across the region, including former Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award winners Josh Pugh and Celya AB, plus Mary Flanigan, Danny Clives, Good Kids and Eric Rushton (who won the prestigious Leicester Comedy Festival Comedian Of The Year Award in 2020).

A spokesperson for Birmingham Comedy Festival said:

We’re so excited to be back. The response to last year’s online festival was fantastic, and we’re hoping to continue with a few digital activities, but you just can’t beat seeing comedy with a roaring audience – the laughter’s infectious!

And this year is extra special for us as it marks our 20th anniversary – which we can’t quite believe! We reckon this makes us the second longest running comedy festival in the UK, and one of the longest running independent arts festivals in the West Midlands!”

Birmingham Comedy Festival runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th October 2021 at venues across the city. For more details, including the full programme, see:

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