So You Think You’re Funny | Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club at The Darkhorse Moseley | Tue 21 Jun | 8.30pm | Free
National comedy competitions for new acts can be found roaming around plenty of cities, but none boast a more swaggering ‘bigger, better, laugh louder’ reputation than So You Think You’re Funny? And the Midlands heat is being held here in Birmingham at the Cheeky Monkey comedy club on Tuesday 21st June. For free! Compere is the legendary Geoff Whiting– see his profile at www.comedycv.co.uk
Fat Penguin Comedy Club: The Late Night with Boabby Roaster Show | Patrick Kavanagh | Wed 29 Jun | 8pm | Free
Catch the sell-out The Late Night with Boabby Roaster Show at The Pat Kav in Moseley for free tonight! Brainchild of a bunch of hilarious midlanders, be prepared for bizarre ad breaks and behind the scenes shenanigans, as well as oddball guests such as Jack Marrowfatpeamouth – the world’s smallest mouth singer – and Transylvanian horror star Bellend Lugosi.”
“There are moments here that can go toe to toe with some of the funniest stand up skits I’ve seen” (EdFringeReview.com).
David Cross | The 02 Institute | Wed 22 Jun | 8pm | £25.75
U.S. Comedy Goliath hits our shores with his Making America Great Again! Tour. See our full feature here
EdinBrum Previews | The mac | Thu 23 Jun | 7.30pm | £9/7
The pre-Edinburgh shows are back for a road test at the mac this time with Zoe Lyons’ new Little Misfit show following her successes at the Apollo BBC2, The John Bishop Show BBC1, Mock The Week BBC 2 and on Radio 4’s The News Quiz. See the preview to the July Misfit show at Kings Heath’s Kitchen Garden Cafe here
Caimh McDonnell – Horses Off Courses (working title) also promises an hour of lighthearted, fast paced storytelling.
The Best In Live Stand-up Comedy | The Glee Club | Fri 24 Jun & Sat 25 Jun | 7.45pm | £15
Just what it says on the tin, Jenny Collier, Joe Bor, James Dowdeswell & Al Porter do their bit for the star-lit stand-up circuit this week, doing a turn on both Friday and Saturday night.
Be Festival Comedy and beyond | Various venues/prices | Tues 21 Jun – Sat 25 Jun
A cornucopia of some of the funniest, weirdest most wonderfully obscure and pertinent comedy from across the EU is celebrated in this week-long festival. Acts are mostly edited down versions of full shows so catch a few of these snappy 20-30min sets to take full advantage of the variety on offer. Some highlights include:
Stuff by previous Cirque du Soleil performer Sean Kempton (UK). This new solo show uses an engrossing and playful comedic acrobatic sensibilities to tell a story about love, integrating mime, clown, physical comedy and other physical disciplines.
The Uk Premiere of Transnational Artist by Heidi Blumenfeld by Andrej Tomse (Slovenia). A ‘holier-than-thou mission to redefine high art through kitsch performance and circus’ that plays with sometimes funny, sometimes awkward gender-bending acrobatics too.
You Had to be There by Uncanny Theatre (UK). This funny and clever show delves into the underlying questions about friendship, loneliness, regret and good times, whilst just possibly offering up the most memorable moment of your life. Uncanny Theatre are Total Theatre award winner Matt Rogers and comedy practitioner Natalie Bellingham. See our Be Festival feature here.
Published on: Tue 21 Jun 2016