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Mrs Barbara Nice @ Birmingham Comedy Festival 2013

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Have a laugh with the hilarious housewife
Birmingham's favourite housewife plans to take the city's annual comedy festival by storm. Mrs Barbara Nice, the comic creation of Kings Heath-based Janice Connelly, is appearing at three shows during the ten day fun-fest.

Birmingham Comedy Festival Barbara Nice
Nice to see you: Mrs Barbara Nice at Birmingham Comedy Festival

Show one is on Friday, October 1, at Le Truc restaurant in Ladywell Walk. Babs will be compering performances by Dan Mitchell from TV's Show Me The Funny, Craig Deeley and Rob Halden, all taking place while diners enjoy a French meal.

Show two is on Sunday, October 6, at the Glee Club in the Arcadian Centre. This is a fundraiser for Women & Theatre and features a host of female comedy talent.

Show three is on Sunday, October 13, at the MAC in Cannon Hill Park. Barbara, or possibly Janice, will be part of a panel of comics discussing the art of comedy.

Birmingham Comedy Festival Dan Mitchell
French dining: Dan Mitchell joins Barbara Nice at Le Truc

Taking on the Barbara persona, and quickly introducing into the conversation her favourite subject of Birmingham buses, Janice says: ''I am a big fan of Birmingham Comedy Festival. I love the fact that it's all happening on my doorstep and I can use my bus pass to get around. The number 50 bus is very good. Failing that, I can get to most gigs on the 11 or the 8.''

She adds: ''With over 60 events, from cabaret to big household names to up and coming and established local talent, there's something for everyone. The festival takes place all over the city and if you've never seen any live comedy before, this is your chance to give it a whirl.''

The festival fun kicks off with a fringe event on October 3, a Laurel & Hardy film show at the Forget Me Not club in Erdington, before hitting top gear with a series of events on October 4. Top comedians appearing later in the festival, which ends on October 13, include Russell Brand (Oct 7 & 8, Symphony Hall), Adam Hills (Oct 6, Birmingham Town Hall), Tony Law (Oct 4, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath), Joe Lycett (Oct 10, Glee Club).

Birmingham Comedy Festival Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Put a sock in it: Scottish puppet fun at the Old Joint Stock

Other notable shows feature TV presenter Terry Christian humorously recalling his Manchester childhood (Oct 8, Kitchen Garden Cafe), the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre (Oct 11, Old Joint Stock Theatre) and the Birmingham New Comedian of the Year contest (Oct 13, Blue Orange Theatre).

Birmingham Comedy Festival Barbara Nice
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Why? Over 60 rib-tickling shows in ten days
When: October 4 - 13, 2013
Where: Various Birmingham venues
Cost: Various
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