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Back in the room for 10 days of mirth
Birmingham's long-running comedy festival is back to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The multi-award-winning annual event, which last year shifted online, runs from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 October 2021 and features sell-out performances from The Tailenders, Russell Brand, Chris Ramsey and influencer Max Fosh.
Also lined up and selling fast are The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs Barbara Nice, Jenny Eclair, Loyiso Gola, Clinton Baptiste and Fin Taylor.
Digging deep into the listings, here's Weekend Note's pick of the fest:
Black Country comedian Danny Clives, who appears as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Free Half-Dayer 2021
BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL FREE HALF-DAYER Sunday 10 October 2021 Cherry Reds and The Victoria pub Eight great one-hour shows and two venues on John Bright Street including appearances from Josh Pugh, Celya AB, the Tea With The Devil podcast and all winding up with James Cook's Board Game Smackdown. Shows run from 1pm to 5pm and are all Free/ PWYW.
James Dangerfield as silent movie comic Buster Keaton.
WHEN YOU ALL FALL DOWN Thursday 30 September to Sunday 3 October 2021 Old Joint Stock Theatre Actor/ writer/ musician James Dangerfield explores the time and times of silent comedian Buster Keaton, whose stunts (even in this age of CGI) remain breath-taking.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE Tuesday 5 October 2021 Old Joint Stock Theatre
Two shows from comic book artist Kev F and his bizarre sock puppet duo. Featuring Eurovision-inspired tunes and Marvel/ DC superhero homages.
Friday 8 October 2021
The Glee Club
One half of All Killa No Filla podcast, and one of the best British comics around. She's popped up on those 'one to watch' lists for some years, and for good reason.
Comedian Dane Baptiste, whose The Chocolate Chip show is on the last day of the 2021 festival.
Sunday 10 October 2021
The Glee Club
Dane may be too old to care about chicken or trendy trainers, but he's still too young to be considered a peer of Trevor McDonald! Dane's TV credits include Sunny D, Bamous and Charlie Brooker's Attack Of The Hollywood Clichés!
Birmingham Comedy Festival 2021 runs from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 October 2021 at venues across the city, including Town Hall, Symphony Hall, The Glee Club, The Old Rep, Old Joint Stock, The Crescent Theatre, Cherry Red, The Victoria, The Prince Of Wales, and 1000 Trades. For full details see: bhamcomfest.co.uk