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Birmingham Comedy Festival 2013

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Russell Brand kicks off his World Tour in Birmingham
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Russell Brand - he was married to Katy Perry you know...
Russell Brand is the headline act at this years Birmingham Comedy Festival.

The infamous comic, whose film appearances include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Arthur, Get Him To The Greek, and Despicable Me 1 and 2, launches his Messiah Complex World Tour with a two-night stint at Symphony Hall on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Brand has recently been linked to several prominent society women, including millionaire Jemima Khan, and was also allegedly thrown out of the GQ Men Of The Year Awards party for making Nazi jibes.

The annual festival, which runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 13 October 2013, also features appearances from Adam Hills (Oct 6, Town Hall), rising Birmingham act Joe Lycett (Oct 10, The Glee Club), Terry Christian, the former presenter of cult '90s Channel 4 programme The Word (Oct 8, Kitchen Garden Cafe) and Show Me The Funny's Dan Mitchell (Oct 4, Le Truc).

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Nina Conti
Other acts appearing across the 10-day city-wide festival include Tony Law, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Mrs Barbara Nice, former sex industry worker Miranda Kane, puppeteer Nina Conti, Infinite Monkey Cage's Robin Ince, and Ian Cognito.

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Birmingham Comedy Festival
There's also a visual art exhibition in Great Barr, pub quiz in Harborne, several stand up workshops for aspiring (and experienced) comics from James Cook, and the festival concludes with a Wrap Party! courtesy of The Roadhouse Birmingham featuring comics, music and burlesque, including Dirty Old Folkers, Annette Fagon and Khandie Kisses.

The Birmingham Comedy Festival first appeared in 2001 to highlight the city's great comedy scene. Previous headliners have included John Bishop, Peter Kay, Lenny Henry, The Fast Show, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre.

Although stand-up comedy is the core of the festival, it also embraces film, music, cabaret, spoken word, visual arts and more.

This year there are around 60 shows, with many either free or £5-or-under.
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Why? How doesn't like a good laugh?
Where: Various venues, Birmingham
Cost: Prices vary from free to £35
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