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Friday 3 November

Kids and Family
FILM DAY
11am-3pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Talks
BEYOND A JOKE DISCUSSION SERIES
Chancellors Hall, University of Wolverhampton
A series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in stand-up comedy providing an opportunity to go beyond the laughter with contributions from comedians, industry professionals and academics.
ENTRY FREE (donations welcomed)

1.30am – 1pm MAKE ME LAUGH with Brett Mills, University of East Anglia
The ‘Make Me Laugh’ project followed members of British TV’s comedy industry for 3 years, to find out how they do their jobs, what gets in the way, and how programmes get made. This session will give you insights into the machinations of the industry, and how those who work in it survive. What do they have to go through in order to make you laugh?

2.30pm – 4pm THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMOUR AND ITS LINK TO WELL-BEING with Tracey Platt, University of Wolverhampton
Ask a layperson if they have a ‘good sense of humour’, and they will often report in the affirmative, with more than 90% claiming theirs is ‘above average’. Yet, defining what a good sense of humour is, or more basically, what humour is, is an ongoing task for humour researchers. This talk will explore some of the roots of humour as an academic topic and how psychologists have defined the construct. However, I will argue that understanding the psychology of humour is not simply a historic artefact but that it is highly relevant in the 21st century and our technological world by showing some of the cutting edge work on how humour is being added to avatars. Knowledge found in studies of those who struggle to comprehend humour in social interactions to the point of fearing it, will also be highlighted. Finally, showing the positive impact humour has on our overall well-being.

Stand-up
LINDSEY SANTORO & SARAH JOHNSON
7pm-8pm
Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***
Sarah Johnson and Lindsey Santoro have teamed up to deliver an hour of hilarious stand-up.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS TOUR
7pm
Civic Hall
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.
Tickets £28.50 from Midland Box Office + booking fee.

Stand-up
LEE NELSON – SERIOUS JOKER
7pm
Wulfrun Hall
All profits from the show will be going to Lee.
“YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF” – Sepp Blatter
“GET HIM OUT!” – Donald Trump
“YOU’VE GOT FOUR YESSES.” – Simon Cowell
Tickets £22.50 from Midland Box Office + booking fee.

Stand-up
UPFRONT COMEDY CLUB
8.30pm-10.30pm
Light House Media Centre
Upfront Comedy present a riproaring line up for their Funny Things Festival debut with comedian turned Teletubby John Simmit (aka Dipsy) introducing some of the best Midlands comedians, including motormouth Annette Fagon, the funniest daughter of a Jamaican Leicester based newsagent you’ll ever see, West Bromwich gangster Masai Graham, making the short, mind blowing trip into “enemy territory” with award-winning jokes and Birmingham’s own Shazia Mirza.
Tickets £12 available online or call the Light House box office on:01902 716055

Stand-up
RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, THE FACT IS THIS IS TOM LITTLE
8.30pm-9.30pm
Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***
Tom Little won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015 and was a BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 finalist. These are impressive accolades so, you know, be impressed.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Character Comedy
PRESIDENT OBONJO: THE RISE OF A COMEDY DICTATOR
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Following civil unrest due to the President’s long periods secretly perform stand-up comedy in Britain, there was a military coup in the Lafta Republic. The official line
is that President Obonjo was tried and executed for his neglect of the Laftarian people however, some say it’s a myth… turn up to find out.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.


Saturday 4 November

Kids and Family
PAPER PUPPETS WORKSHOP Age 5-11
9am-10am
Windsor Toys, Penn
In the intimate setting of a toy shop, work with artist Ruth Swallow to create paper puppets and a theatre for them to perform some hilariously bad jokes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £4.50 from Windsor Toys Tel: 07856 692277

Saturday 4 November
SHINY HAPPY SPACE FOR BABIES AND THEIR CARERS – Age 2 and under
30-minute sessions at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm
The Joke Exchange Exhibition Space in Wulfrun Shopping Centre Piazza (next to Poundland entrance)
Relax, take your shoes off and explore the Shiny Happy Space, a sensory tactile, chill-out space for babies and their carers to play and laugh in. There will be lots of fun and funny things to discover.
Tickets £5 per family – email funnythingswolves@gmail.com to reserve a place, or book at the Joke Exchange space in Wulfrun Shopping Centre during normal opening hours between 23rd October and 4th November.

Kids and Family
11am – FAMILY WORKSHOP WITH RITA SUSZEK
3pm – COMEDY PERFORMANCE
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre

Saturday 4 November
AN INTRODUCTION TO CARTOON DRAWING FOR KIDS (AND THEIR GROWN-UPS) WITH LAURA HOWELL – Age 8+ ***SOLD OUT***
1.30pm-3pm
Newhampton Arts Centre (Room 4)
If you like drawing – or even if you think you can’t draw at all – this family-friendly cartooning class with Beano and Regular Show artist Laura Howell is for you. Starting with simple doodles, you’ll uncover your inner artist and be amazed at what you can create. Suitable for ages 8 and over, including the grown-ups! Adults are welcome to accompany children and take part in the workshop but will need to purchase a ticket, as workshop space is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £4 from Newhampton Arts Centre

Theatre
BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE LOST HANCOCKS: VACANT LOT
2pm-3.15pm and 7pm-8.15pm
Light House Media Centre
Join us for the Birmingham Comedy Festival Production of two long lost radio scripts from the 1950s, written for comedian Tony Hancock by acclaimed comedy writer Larry Stephens.
In 1952, West Bromwich-born Larry Stephens (The Goon Show, The Army Game) convinced the BBC to let him create a new comedy series for his friend, rising radio star Tony Hancock (Workers’ Playtime, Variety Bandbox, Educating Archie). Entitled Vacant Lot, the series focused on life in the dull faded fictional seaside town of Churdley Bay, where the blundering, slightly pompous and barely tolerated Hancock aspires to better his lot.
Despite featuring a supporting cast of colourful characters (and with such actors as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Carry On’s Kenneth Connor all mooted for roles), Vacant Lot lay buried in the BBC archives … until now.
Recently rediscovered, we proudly present the much belated premiere of a forgotten slice of British comedy history from two West Midlands comedy heroes performed live by actors.
Vacant Lot: Episode One – After accidentally auctioning off a prized clock, would-be councillor Hancock’s election chances look grim. Can he track down the buyer and save himself from ruin?
Vacant Lot: Episode Two – In a drive to promote tourism Mayor Ambrose Tripfield calls on Hancock for assistance. But a copywriting gaffe looks set to destroy the reputations of both Hancock and Churdley Bay.
Tickets £12 from Light House Media Centre or Midland Box Office.
2pm show – Tickets available online and via Light House box office on:01902 716055.
7pm show – Tickets available online and via Light House box office on:01902 716055.

THE LOST HANCOCKS Q&A
3.30pm-4.30pm
Light House Media Centre
Find out more about The Lost Hancocks, the story behind their original creation and eventual rediscovery, as well as their belated staging, 65 years after they were conceived. With members of the cast and project team, along with Larry Stephens’ biographer (and cousin) Julie Warren, whose new book, Glarnies, Green Berets and Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens, tells the full story of the Black Country boy who helped reshape post-war British comedy.
Tickets £1 from Light House Media Centre or call 01902 716055

THE PUNCH & JUDY MAN
4.40pm-6.15pm
Light House Media Centre
Cert: U, 1963
Starring Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser, John Le Mesurier, Hugh Lloyd. Directed by Jeremy Summers. Written by Philip Oakes and Tony Hancock.
In a snobbish seaside resort, Delia (Syms), the wife of Punch and Judy man Wally (Hancock), dreams of social acceptance. So when he’s invited to perform at a celebration gala attended by Lady Jane Caterham (Barbara Murray), it looks like Delia may get her wish. But the sullen Wally refuses … Based on an idea by Hancock, his second (and final) big-screen starring role is filled with echoes of his own life – from the south coast location (a background shared with The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot), to marriage difficulties. An understated and introspective comedy, ripe for reappraisal. “Hancock’s finest celluloid hour and- a-half” – TimeOut The original puppets from the film will be on display in the Light House Gallery, on loan from the National Puppetry Archive.
Tickets £5 from Light House Media Centre or call the Light House box office on:01902 716055

Talks
BEYOND A JOKE DISCUSSION SERIES
Chancellors Hall, University of Wolverhampton
A series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in stand-up comedy.

11am – 12.30pm BLACK COUNTRY HUMOUR with Gwendolen Powell, Josiane Boutonnet, Dr Brian Dakin, Brendan Hawthorne, David Tristram & Kate Fox

The Funny Things Comedy Festival has been set up to celebrate the great tradition of comedy & humour across the Black Country.  This inaugural festival contains many local performers and comedians showcasing their work, alongside guests from across the UK. But are there things that make the Black Country’s sense of humour distinct and different from humour elsewhere across the UK?  This panel discussion will explore this using examples such as the character Dooren and the Boonyeds.

Chair of the panel is regular BBC contributor Kate Fox who has made a living as a stand-up poet for ten years and has just completed a research study into class, gender, Northern-ness and solo stand-up performance.

2pm – 3.30pm RELIGION, FAITH & COMEDY with Jo Enright, Bec Hill, Dr Sophie Quirk, David Wright & Yusuf Shafi

What are the roles of comedy in shaping discussions about religion?  What are the relationships between comedy, religion and free speech?  How far is too far for religious comedy?  These questions are more will be hotly debated by a panel of comedians, public figures and academics. 

ENTRY FREE (donations welcomed)

Workshop
AN INTRODUCTION TO CARTOON DRAWING FOR ADULTS WITH LAURA HOWELL
3.30pm-5pm
Newhampton Arts Centre (Room 4)
This 90-minute cartooning session is aimed at budding artists who want to improve their drawing skills, and perhaps learn some new ones. You’ll explore character design, putting together a comic page and more, with the chance to ask Laura Howell (Beano and Regular Show) questions about working as a professional cartoonist.
Age guidance 16+
Tickets £5 from Newhampton Arts Centre

Stand-up
TONY COWARDS: PUNDERDOG
4pm-5pm Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***

‘The best joke writer around’ (GQ) performs his new show bursting at the seams with glorious gags, preposterous puns and witty one-liners. Punderdog is the follow up to last year’s hilarious Daft Pun, which featured in the Top Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe for The Scotsman, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Standard and The I newspaper.
Tickets £5 from Midland Box Office or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
RAHUL KOHLI: NEWCASTLE BROWN TALES
5.30-6.30pm Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***
Ever been pee’d on by a tiger? Accidentally joined a Romani Gypsy Drug Smuggling Ring? Nearly Killed by a fire breathing dragon? Rahul has. Come find out how.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
MILTON JONES IS OUT THERE
6.45pm
Civic Hall
Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. He’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window.
Tickets £29.25 from Midland Box Office + booking fee.

Live Podcast
THE RABBIT HOLE LIVE PODCAST
7pm-9pm
Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***
The Rabbit Hole is a live phone-in podcast recorded before your very eyes! Hosted by Iain Lee (11 O’Clock Show, talkRADIO) and Katherine Boyle (BBC, talkRADIO) it’s a show built from nothing. Anything goes and the conversation is dictated by the audience and the randoms who call in. You can even take part now. Call 0203 286 6370 or Skype HeyRabbitHoleShow and leave a message!
Tickets £11 from Midland Box Office + BF.

Stand-up
AN EVENING WITH PAM AYRES
7.30pm
The Grand Theatre
Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hairtrigger timing, her eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase, combine to make her a true national treasure.
Tickets from £23.50 from The Grand Theatre or Midland Box Office + booking fee.

Stand-up
CHRIS KEHOE
7pm-8pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Would the world be a better place if piratical misanthrope Chris Kehoe was in charge? Without a shadow of a doubt. Join the award winning stand-up as he tackles climate change, racism and asks what would motivate 23 people to leave a review of a pedal bin online?
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
CRAIG CAMPBELL: EASY TIGER
8pm-10.15pm
Slade Rooms
The majestic mountain moose brings his thrilling new show ‘Easy Tiger’ onto the world stage for his 3rd solo tour. Queens and Toms pack some nip and prowl on down to screech and howl the night away!
Tickets £15 from Midland Box Office + BF.

Stand-up
CHRIS STOKES: ETERNALIST
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Brand new stand-up show from award-winning comedian and returning local boy Chris Stokes.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
FRAN GARRITY: SECRET AGENT
10pm-11pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Fran is the only fraud investigating comedian on the circuit. Find out what it’s like gathering evidence, anonymous tip off’s, the interviews and when someone you’re investigating turns up to your gig.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
BRENDON BURNS
9.30pm-10.30pm
Slaters, 41 Queen Square, WV1 1TX ***Please note change of venue***
Australian stand-up comedian and author Brendon Burns commands a devoted following, and has earned critical acclaim through his fearless live solo shows, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2007 for his show ‘So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now’.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Cabaret
PATRICK LIVE AT THE SANDY HOLES HOTEL
10.15pm-11.30pm, Doors open 9.45pm with music from DJ Doris
The Grand Theatre Encore Lounge
Join seaside cabaret legend Patrick as he recreates his summertime spectacular from the infamous Sandy Holes Hotel. This cheerfully anarchic mash-up of new writing, cabaret and stand-up comedy is definitely the worst show you will see all year…in the best possible way.
Age Guidance: 16+
Tickets £12 from The Grand Theatre or Midland Box Office + booking fee.


Sunday 5 November

Workshop

GETTING STARTED IN COMEDY WORKSHOP
1pm-2.30pm, Light House Media Centre
If you’re trying to develop your career in comedy, come and have lunch with comedy promoters, programmers and performers to get some top tips on how to get started.
The panel will include: Professional comedians – Don Biswas (performing at the BBC Asian Network showcase 7pm on Sun 5th Nov) and Janice Connelly (Guest Director of the Funny Things Festival, aka Barbara Nice), Leicester Comedy Festival Director – Geoff Rowe, Director of corporate comedy promoters Cohesion Ltd – Julie Homfray.
Food available from the Light House Cafe, not included in ticket price.
Age guidance 16+.
Tickets £5 in advance or pay what you want on the door

Stand-up
BBC ASIAN NETWORK COMEDY LIVE
7pm-9pm
Light House Media Centre
BBC Asian Network Comedy is coming to the Black Country. The hugely popular comedy night series is back and making a special appearance at Funny Things. BBC Asian Network will host a night of comedy featuring some of the hottest new names in stand-up. You could be there on the night – click below to get your tickets.
Laugh out loud and catch the hugest jokes as we bring another rib tickling evening of comedy with the biggest names of the industry.
Join BBC Asian Network’s Guz Khan as he brings the finest comics on the scene and introduces them to you for a barrel of laughs on stage.
Line-up includes: Don Biswas, Emily Lloyd Saini, Bilal Zafar, Lovdev Barpaga and Kane Brown.
The Asian Network Comedy night from Wolverhampton will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and Red Button. Age guidance 18+.
Tickets £10 plus booking fee from BBC website only

Stand-up
FUNNY THINGS FESTIVAL FINALE
7.30pm-10.30pm (Doors open 7pm)
The Slade Rooms
We’ve got a great line-up for our very own Funny Things Comedy Club to close the festival, hosted by the bostin Barbara Nice. We’ve got stand-up comedy, funny songs and stories from Linda Hargreaves, Boonyeds, Provisional Act, Shaun Hartman, and the winner of Birmingham Comedy Festival’s Breaking Talent Award 2017 – Kai Samra.
Festival band – Orchestra Of Chaos will be closing the night with a very special surprise guest, so we can definitely promise a right good knees up. Entry is from 7pm, swing by at any point.
Age guidance 16+. Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

How to book tickets

There is so much happening at Funny Things, that you could attend lots of events in one day. We have given you approximate finish times to help you plan your festival visit, and addresses for all of the venues are below. Please note some of the venues are just outside the city centre (approximately 10-15 min walk) and others are further afield and will require a car journey or public transport. Please check venue addresses before booking your tickets to make sure you can get between events in time.

MIDLAND BOX OFFICE
Tickets for the majority of events at the festival are available from Midland Box Office.
Get them in person at Wolverhampton Art Gallery or call to book tickets on 0870 320 7000.
Some of the events are priced at £5 in advance or pay what you want on the door. Ticket holders will be given priority entry
to those events, so if you want to guarantee a good seat we advise you book in advance, but you are very welcome to take
your chance and turn up on the night, and you can choose how much you pay according to how much you enjoy the event.
All advance ticket bookings

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Funny Things After The Festival

If you haven’t had enough Funny Things during the festival, then there’s a few more coming up at some of our partner venues after the festival is finished to keep the laughs coming.

Arena Collaborative Theatre Makers Comedy Special
7.00pm, Tuesday 7 November at Arena Theatre
Arena Collaborative Theatremakers (ACT) is a new initiative to allow students, recent graduates and emerging artists the space to develop their own work with support from industry professionals. The collective meet twice a month in the Tilstone Studio at the Arena, and give an opportunity for students to present ‘work in progress’ to a small audience allowing them to develop their projects in a safe, creative space.
Each evening will feature a ‘work in progress’, an interview with an industry professional and a featured piece from an invited performer. Feedback is actively encouraged and sessions are designed to be the perfect environment to network with local creatives. This event will have a comedy focus as part of the Funny Things Festival.
Are you an emerging artist based in Wolverhampton? Are you a student at the University of Wolverhampton studying the Performing Arts or with an interest in any aspect of the performing arts? The Arena are looking for writers, performers, devisers, directors and designers to join us as part of this exciting new project.
If you would like to be involved, come along to this event or contact Shaun Hartman at the Arena on s.hartman@wlv.ac.uk.

John Bishop
Tuesday 7th November at Wolves Civic Hall
Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to Wolverhampton with a brand new show WINGING IT! It will have been 3 years since his last tour and WINGING IT is gearing up to be his biggest and best yet. John is very much looking forward to this new adventure and can’t wait to be back on the road again.
Tickets from £25 from Midland Box Office

Team Viking
7.30pm Thursday 9th November at Arena Theatre
A while ago my best friend Tom died of heart cancer. His last wish was for me to give him a Viking Funeral. So I did. Winner of Vault Festival’s Origins Award. A debut show by James Rowland. For Previous Work: ‘Magnificently clever’ (Guardian). ‘The most dramatic Hamlet, dripping with sweat and rubbing his chest in pain, he yells whilst gurgling milk’ (Daily Mail).
Age guidance 16+.
Tickets £12 full price / £10 concessions from Arena Theatre

Erdington Girl
8.00pm Friday 10th November at Arena Theatre
Jo Enright (Star of ITV’s The Job Lot, Peter Kay’s Phoenix NightsI’m Alan Partridge) brings her autobiographical stand up show to her hometown. With support from Christopher John Hall. For more than a decade Jo Enright has worked with many of the UK’s leading comedy writers and directors. Appearing alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights, with Steve Coogan in I’m Alan Partridge and playing the female lead Sue, in Life’s Too Short, directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Jo has recently received rave reviews for the part of Angela in ITV’s The Job Lot – look out for series 3 soon!
Age guidance 16+
Tickets £12 full price / £10 concessions

 

 


PREVIOUS FUNNY THINGS EVENTS

Monday 23 October

In Conversation
FRANCESCA MARTINEZ IN CONVERSATION WITH BARBARA NICE
7.30pm-9pm
Slade Rooms
We’re kicking off the Funny Things Festival with the fabulous Francesca Martinez in conversation with Barbara Nice about being wobbly in a world obsessed with being ‘normal’, and her brilliant book ‘What The **** Is Normal?!’ which was nominated for the Chortle Comedy Best Book Award. It’ll be available afterwards and she might even sign one if you’d like a copy.
Tickets £12 from Midlands Box Office


Tuesday 24 October

Stand-up
BLUE GIRAFFE COMEDY CLUB FEATURING JACK KIRAN AND FRIENDS
8pm – 11pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Wolverhampton’s very own Blue Giraffe Comedy Club hosts a night of brilliant comedy, with local comedian Jack Kiran and guests.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.


Wednesday 25 October

Kids and Family
COMIC BOOK WORKSHOP WITH TILL LUKAT
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Kids and Family
SILENT CLOWNS: A SLAPSTICK WORKSHOP FOR KIDS – Age 5-11
12.30pm-2pm
Newhampton Arts Centre
In this workshop, we’ll be introducing a group of budding silent comedians to some of the funniest scenes from the silent film era, and teaching them the tricks of the silent comedy trade through clowning, games, and performing little skits. At the end of the workshop, parents will be invited to see a short performance.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £5 per child from Newhampton Arts Centre.

Spoken Word
BINGHAM & WOODALL COMIC POETRY
7.30pm-8.15pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
These local poets have wowed audiences in the Black Country with their topical off the wall, comical and slightly bonkers style. You have been warned.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Spoken Word
WITTY WENCHES
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Witty Wenches are three funny women from Wolverhampton who entertain with sharply-observed topical poetry. Emma Purshouse, Jane Seabourne and Marion Cockin
share stories of flamingos from Dudley Zoo, a man with 100 pairs of
specs and the Wednesbury Mangle Theory.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
FUNNY THINGS STUDENT & GRADUATE COMEDY SHOWCASE
8pm-10pm
The Outback
Come and see the local up-and coming comedy talent from students and recent graduates of the University of Wolverhampton, hosted by professional comedian and alumni Shaun Hartman.
The headline act is another alumni of the University – Gary Tro. As seen on BBC iPlayer and as heard on BBC Radio 4, stand-up Gary Tro is an exciting breakthrough act making waves on the UK and international comedy circuit, proving once again that Wolverhampton produces some great comedians. In addition to regularly performing his joyously angry style of comedy in clubs all across the UK, Gary regularly tours festivals with his own full-length stand-up shows and is currently supporting Tez Ilyas on his national tour.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Variety
SEAN KELLY & THE STARS OF STORAGE HUNTERS: A NIGHT OF COMEDY & CHARITY AUCTION
8pm
Wulfrun Hall
Star of Storage Hunters, Sean Kelly, the ever-smiling, evershouting
auctioneer, has led a crazy life… be prepared to learn a hell of a lot more about his unusual story in this raw and funny show. He will be joined by the show’s other stars; T-Money and Green Mile.
Tickets £21 + booking fee.

Thursday 26 October

Kids and Family
MEME MAKING WORKSHOP WITH KAROLINA KRUPCZYNSKA
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Family Theatre
SIGNOR BAFFO – OH PRODUCTIONS  Age 3+
2pm
Newhampton Arts Centre
An interactive children’s show, there’s chaos in the kitchen when Signor Baffo is left in charge. Expect plates-full of fun, with generous helpings of silliness, mischief and adventure. What’s the best way to mix meatballs with spaghetti? How do you make a chicken lay an egg, and how does a sausage roll? All is revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo’s kitchen.
Tickets £6.50 Adult / £4.50 Child / £20 Family from Newhampton Arts Centre or Midland Box Office.

Improv
IMPROVISATIONS WITH NICHOLAS HOLT
7pm-8pm
The Outback
Dance artist Lewys Holt and comedian/producer Daniel Nicholas will be writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously on stage. Sometimes funny.
Sometimes not. Who knows what will happen? They don’t.
Age guidance 16+
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
TOM STADE: I SWEAR
7.30pm
Wulfrun Hall
Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the Canadian tour-de-force is back with a brand-new show that combines off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holdsbarred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Tickets £17 + booking fee.

Stand-up
BLUE GIRAFFE COMEDY CLUB FEATURING IAN COGNITO
8pm -11pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Blue Giraffe Comedy Club hosts a jam-packed night of brilliant comedians, with headliner Ian Cognito.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
SARAH BENNETTO: ALL MY LIFE’S MISTAKES, CATALOGUED (VOLUME 1)
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Outback
One dimwit comedian’s every dumb decision. Presented in list form. 50 great mistakes guaranteed.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
BEC HILL: OUT OF ORDER
10pm-11pm
The Outback
Stand-up, pop-ups and post-its from the award-winning Australian comedian.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Friday 27 October

FUNNY BONES COMEDY WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
9.30am-12pm for ages 5-10, 1.30pm-4.30pm for ages 11-16
Newhampton Arts Centre
Find your funny bone in these comedy workshops for children led by professional actress and funny woman, Tonia Daley-Campbell. Find out what makes people laugh and discover your own unique funny style. Plus there’s a chance to perform at the Funny Market on 28th and 29th Oct as part of the Funny Things comedy festival.
Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets £3 per child from Newhampton Arts Centre.

Kids and Family
DROP IN WORKSHOP WITH KARINA CABANIKOVA
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Family Stand-up Comedy
HANNAH AND MARIE’S COMEDY FOR WHIPPERSNAPPERS – Age 5-12
2pm-3pm
Molineux Stadium
Who likes comedy? We do! Hannah Silvester and Marie O’Connor have been performing together since they met at university and made each other laugh so much they nearly passed out. They’ve been performing comedy for kids for a while now, and people think they are pretty good at it. Come and see their silly show.
Tickets £5 adult / £3 child from Midland Box Office.

In Conversation
AN AFTERNOON WITH CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS
2pm
The Grand Theatre
Join star guest Christopher Biggins in an afternoon talk about his career on the stage, presented by BBC Midlands Today’s Nick Owen.
Tickets from £15 +BF from The Grand Theatre or Midland Box Office.

Variety
BOONYEDS
7pm-8pm
The Outback
The Boonyeds bring us their own brand of comedy, spoken word and song with traditional tales and weird inventions, be entertained by two Black Country philosophers
through and through.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
JON COLLINGS: THE GREAT EUROPEAN RIB-TICKLE
7pm-8pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Comic tales from Northern Europe. So that means death, deceit, debauchery and the devil. Robust and earthy, but told in the best possible taste.
Age guidance 12+
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
HENNING WEHN – WESTPHALIA IS NOT AN OPTION
7.30pm
Civic Hall
Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration and wonders,
if, generally speaking, people are competent.
Tickets £17 + booking fee.

Stand-up
HANNAH SILVESTER: WILD-ISH
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Hannah Silvester is lost in a metaphorical wilderness, due to a metaphorical sat-nav malfunction. Join her as she battles the forces of darkness and tries to keep on top of the ironing pile.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
FREDDIE FARRELL & MASAI GRAHAM: BRAND NEW JOKES
8.30pm-9.30pm
The Outback
Local comedian Masai has won Best Joke of Edinburgh Fringe and the UK Pun Championships and is one of Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters, while Freddie recently released his debut comedy album.
Age guidance 16+
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
JAY HAMPSON: TERRIFIED
10pm-11pm
The Outback
Jay Hampson hit his 30’s, had a kid and realised that the world is a dark and scary place filled with worry and anxiety, the perfect recipe for comedy gold.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

 

Saturday 28 October

FUNNY MARKET
11am – 4.30pm
Light House Media Centre
FREE ENTRY – some individual events may require an entry fee or invite a donation – please see individual listings

PAPER PUPPETS WORKSHOP Age 5-11
In the intimate setting of a toy shop, work with artist Ruth Swallow to create paper puppets and a theatre for them to perform some hilariously bad jokes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £4.50 from Windsor Toys Tel: 07856 692277

Family
TRADITIONAL POLISH FOLK MUSIC
3-5pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Film
A CENTURY OF CHAPLIN WITH LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT
Films showing: The Adventurer | Easy Street | The Immigrant
2pm-3.30pm
Light House Media Centre
1917 was a stellar year for Charlie Chaplin with three of the funniest two-reelers, including his favourite short, The Immigrant. Flatpack present some of the funniest moments from the Chaplin archive in this short film compilation in honour of Chaplin’s centenary.
Suitable for all ages
Tickets £7 / £5 concessions from Light House Media Centre.
Tickets available online or call the Light House box office on: 01902 716055

Stand-up
STEPHANIE LAING – MAD ABOUT THE BOY
3.30pm-4.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Stephanie’s love life has been a rollercoaster ride of awkward sex, self-sabotage and therapy. Come and hear this lovable little weirdo talk about all the boys she’s done stuff with, including some proper wrong-uns in this eye-wateringly honest show.
Age guidance 16+
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Performance
BOSTIN BOOTS
4pm-4.30pm
Light House Media Centre
This original comedy play, written and performed by local company, Sneaky Beast, follows the escapades of flamboyant sisters, Caitlyn and Beth, and the kooky characters they encounter at a Black Country car boot.
£5 Tickets available online or call the Light House box office on:01902 716055

Stand-up
GORDON SOUTHERN: LONG STORY SHORT
3.30pm-4.30pm
The Outback
A vital and timely show about family life, how you shouldn’t always meet your heroes and coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Performance
BOARD GAME SMACKDOWN
5pm-6pm
Lych Gate Tavern ***please note change of venue***
Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook, comedians play classic and new board games live on stage.
Age guidance 12+.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Performance
SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK THEATRE DO SHAKESPEARE
6.30pm-7.30pm

Lych Gate Tavern ***please note change of venue***

Back with their hit new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence, taking on The Bard himself. Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo & Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus. Hit routines include their versions of Richard the Third and Othello, an investigation of gender roles in Shakespearean comedies, and a demonstration of how the comedy routines in Shakespeare can be done funny.
Age guidance 12+.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
PAUL SAVAGE IS SET TO SELFDESTRUCT
7pm-8pm (now starting at 7.30pm)
The Lych Gate Tavern
Paul Savage gets himself into good positions, then blows it all up. What is this capacity for self-sabotage, and can he fix it?
Age guidance 18+.
£5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
JOSH PUGH ***Cancelled***
8pm-9pm
The Outback

Theatre
14/48 FOR LAUGHS
7.30pm-10pm
Arena Theatre
14/48 For Laughs sees four short comic plays written, rehearsed and staged in just 24 hours. Hosted by Barbara Nice with support from a selection of local stand-ups, the night throws quick fire challenges at our comedians alongside the speedily produced pieces of comic theatre.
Tickets £7 / £5 concessions from Arena Theatre

Stand-up
CLEAN COMEDY CLUB
8pm-10pm, Doors open 6.30pm for food.
Zuri Coffee
If you prefer clean comedy (without swearing ) with a cuppa in a cosy café, then this night is for you.

Line-up: Comedy Magician Damon Conlan, Ben Van Der Velde and Paul Savage, with Stephanie Laing MC.

Age guidance 12+
Tickets £5 for event.
Food £8.50 (chicken or paneer & spinach prontini and drink) from 6.30pm

Film
SING-A-LONG ROCKY HORROR SHOW
8pm
The Grand Theatre
The Campest Cult Classic of all time gets the Sing-along-a treatment! The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free interactive props bag. A screening of the movie – not a live stage show.
Age guidance 15+
Tickets from £11 + booking fee from The Grand Theatre or Midland Box Office.

Stand-up
BEN VAN DER VELDE: SIDEKICK ***CANCELLED***
9.30pm-10.30pm
The Outback

Sunday 29 October

FUNNY MARKET
11am – 4.30pm
Light House Media Centre
FREE ENTRY – some individual events may require an entry fee or invite a donation – please see individual listings

Kids and Family
GETABOUT THEATRE PRESENTS PUPPETRY PERFORMANCE OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD – for toddlers age 3+
11am
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Talk
CLICKING COMEDIANS – TALK BY PHOTOGRAHER STEVE BEST
12.30pm – 1.30pm, Light House Media Centre
Steve Best tells his story behind the photos he’s taken of Britain’s finest stand-up comedians, the unique access into the comedy world and his Herculean efforts to turn all this into a book. Steve Best’s many years on the comedy circuit has allowed him to build trust with some of the funniest people on earth. This exclusive access has given him an opportunity to take hundreds of intimate, deeply moving images from back stage to front of stage, from the very new comedians, the seasoned professional, to the downright famous. Steve’s exhibition will be in the upstairs gallery at the Light House 23rd Oct to 5th Nov. Steve will be at the Funny Market all weekend, selling his books and prints of his photography.
Tickets £5 or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
SEVEN WONDERS
12.30pm-1.30pm
Bantock House Museum
We’ve all heard the story of the six wives of Henry VIII, but how much do we really know about them? Wouldn’t it be interesting to meet them if they were alive today? Paralleling the lives of these remarkable women with the problems and humour of the modern world Laura Liptrot explains her fascination with each of them.
Suitable for all ages.
Free entry.

Workshop
JAM WITH JUMPROV! IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP
2pm-3.30pm
The Light House Media Centre
Improvisational comedy session for beginners where you will unleash your awesomeness with the power of improv! No previous experience required, just come along prepared to have fun! Booking is recommended.
Age guidance 16+.
Tickets £5 from Midland Box Office.

Comedy Music
ORCHESTRA OF CHAOS
2.30pm-3.30pm
Bantock House Museum in the Tractor Shed
Funny Things Festival Band – Orchestra Of Chaos are making a special appearance at Bantock House as part of their tour to the Four Corners of Wolverhampton.
Free entry.

Performance
BOSTIN BOOTS
4pm-4.30pm
Light House Media Centre
Bostin Boots is an original comedy play written and performed by local company, Sneaky Beast following the escapades of flamboyant sisters, Caitlyn and Beth, and the kooky characters they encounter at a Black Country car boot.
Tickets £5 from Light House Media Centre or Midland Box Office.
Tickets available online or call the Light House box office on:01902 716055

Film
GIRL SHY (1924) – FILM WITH LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT
4.30pm-5.50pm
Bantock House Museum in the Tractor Shed
A great of the silent era Harold Lloyd stars in one of the most important and influential films of all time. A shy tailor’s apprentice with a stutter, he spends his evenings writing ‘The Secret of Love Making’ – a book that advises bachelors how to find a girlfriend. He learns that the girl he loves is about to marry a bigamist which leads to the exhilarating and hair-raising race sequence.
Promoted by Finchfield & Castlecroft Community Association, supported by Black Country Touring
Age guidance 4+.
£5 each, family ticket £15 (2 Adult, 2 Child) from Midland Box Office and from Bradmore Wines, Trysull Road, Bradmore.

Improv
JUMPROV
5pm-6.30pm
The Lighthouse Media Centre
A 90-minute sketch comedy show completely made up on the spot and 100% improvised. Jumprov is is an energetic local collective of diverse talent with Sunny Dhap, Jade Samuels, Adaya Henry, David Jackson, Chantal Erraoui, Jay Droch and Marius Turner.
Age guidance 16+.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
DAMON CONLAN: JOCULAR PRESTIDIGITATOR (COMEDY MAGICIAN)
6pm-6.45pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Come, mortals, and witness the devilish and original legerdemain that Conlan expertly effuses. There will be humour to delight those faced with the harsh realities of a nuclear winter, miracles of a scientific nature, a racoon in peril, and lots of chocolate.
Age guidance 16+.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
STRUAN LOGAN: STRUAN ALL OVER THE WORLD
7pm-8pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Globetrotting Scottish comic shares stories of his gigs and travels through Australia, New
Zealand and south east Asiarecounting his attempts to understand various cultures whilst failing not to make an ass of himself.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
DIANE SPENCER
8.30pm-9.30pm
Lych Gate Tavern ***Note change of venue***
Diane Spencer’s new standup show contains more of her sparkling storytelling that has delighted audiences worldwide. With 7 hit shows on YouTube and multiple 5-star reviews, her mix of personal experiences and unflinching honesty make for a brilliant hour.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Monday 30 October

Family Theatre
SIDNEY’S SHED: RHUBARB THEATRE
7.00pm at Penn Hall School, Vicarage Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP
Maisie is running from the bullies and thinks she’s just found the perfect place to hide. But this is no ordinary shed and Sidney Waffles is no ordinary gardener… Inventor, explorer and winner of this year’s ‘Best-Veg-in-Show’, the potty flower-potter has made some rather unusual improvements to his allotment – Sidney has created the world’s first time travelling shed! Join Sidney and the bravest little girl in Windy-on-the-hill as they take a time-travelling journey to dig up the past and weed out the bullies! This event is being run by Penn Hall School Young Promoters. The Young Promoters Scheme, run by Black Country Touring, brings quality, professional theatre and dance to local venues at a subsidised cost. Age guidance 5+
Tickets £3 Adults / £1.50 Child / £8 Family from Penn Hall School Tel: 01902 558355

Stand-up

RADU ISAC: ONE ROMANIAN ANSWERING QUESTIONS
7pm-8pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Radu Isac started comedy in 2006 in Bucharest where he was known as Romania’s comedian’s comedian. In 2015 he moved to London to be known as an open mic comedian. After about 18 months, eight competition finals and BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Wide appearances Radu is proud to call himself the poorest professional comedian on the UK comedy circuit.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
BRIGHT CLUB
8pm-9.30pm
Arena Theatre
Bright Club is the thinking person’s variety event, where researchers become comedians for just one night. Hear from brilliant academics from the University of Wolverhampton and University of Birmingham tell you funny stories about the fascinating work they do.
The evening will be hosted by professional comedian Paul Duncan McGarrity, who will then be sticking around to perform his show Ask An Archaeologist at 9.45pm.
Age guidance 16+
Tickets £5 from Arena Theatre or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
PAUL DUNCAN MCGARRITY: ASK AN ARCHAEOLOGIST, THE MINORTOUR
9.45pm-10.45pm
Arena Theatre
Paul Duncan McGarrity, the UK’s foremost Stand-up comedian archaeologist, as seen on BBC4’s The Big Dig, is bringing his critically acclaimed sell out Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ to Funny Things. The ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ show does exactly what it says in the title. An Archaeologist (Paul) sits in a room with an audience and answers their questions. Most audiences tend to ask about life in the field, but other questions have been about Brexit, time travel and knitting patterns.
Age guidance 16+
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.


Tuesday 31 October

Kids and Family
DROP IN CRAFT WORKSHOP
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Stand-up
DAVE CHAWNER: MENTAL ***Cancelled***
7pm-8pm
The Outback

Stand-up & film
THE ELVIS DEAD
7.30pm-8.30pm, followed by showing of Evil Dead 2 until 10.15pm
Arena Theatre
Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time
bizarrely fitting. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and
the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea.
Tickets £12 / £10 concessions from Arena Theatre.
Price includes show and film.

Stand-up
HOLT AND TALBOT
7.30pm-8.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Thrown together through financial necessity, without enough material for their own solo shows, Christian Talbot and Rosie Holt will be performing stand-up, sketches and music while barely concealing their mutual contempt for each other.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Film
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
8pm-9.30pm
Giffard Arms
Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead whilst maintaining an age-old rivalry with the local werewolves.
Age guidance 15+
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
BENTLEY BROWNING: TINDER REHAB ***Cancelled***
8.30pm-9.20pm
The Outback

Live Podcast
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME?
9pm-10pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
A podcast hosted by Christian Talbot and Rosie Holt about first loves, relationships, crushes, heartbreaks, unrequited love and bedroom disasters.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Wednesday 1 November

Kids and Family
DROP IN CRAFT CLAY WORKSHOP
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

Stand-up
ANDY WHITE: DADDY FOOL ***Cancelled***
7pm-8pm
The Outback

Stand-up
JIMEOIN
7pm
Wulfrun Hall
Refining a lost art of the commonplace, Jimeoin is a comic with a delightful sense of the absurd and a uniquely low-key style.
Tickets £17 from Midland Box Office, subject to booking fee.

Stand-up
ZAHRA BARRI: ZIG-AH-ZIG ZAHRA
7.30pm-8.30pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Zahra has never stood in front of a mirror and taken a Selfie, despite this she feels qualified to talk about popular culture. From Kim Kardashian’s Career to Kim Jung Un’s Korea, from George Clooney to Wayne Rooney and from Kendal Jenner to Kindle Touches.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Music comedy
BAZOOKA CHICKEN 
8.00pm-8.30pm
Giffard Arms
Bazooka Chicken has been a band since 1994 and haven’t improved at all. Jonny Mongoose Wa is a jazzhand guitarist and Benny Bobble Bibblefish sings but cannot
hit notes.
Age guidance 18+ *Please note that this is a new date.

Character Comedy
FUTURE PERFECT PRESENTS ANGELOS + BARRY: NEW POWER GENERATION
8pm
Newhampton Arts Centre
Are you lost? Is your soul knackered? Are you disillusioned with the current state of things? If you answered yes to one of these then why not come along to see
Angelos and Barry in The New Power Generation? They will identify your weaknesses, expose them in front of everyone and then cure you 100% from whatever rubbish you might have. Like therapists and Gods rolled into one.
Tickets £15 + BF from Newhampton Arts Centre or Midland Box Office.

Stand-up
SEAN MORLEY: EARNED HELPLESSNESS ***CANCELLED***
8.30pm-9.20pm
The Outback

Stand-up
SUSAN MURRAY: ‘YA COR SAY THAT’
9pm-10pm
Giffard Arms
Willenhall’s only professional comic comes back to her roots with a bunch of jokes not heard anywhere else in the country knowing full well her Black Country comrades can take her particular brand of dark humour. Strap in cocka.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Stand-up
BEN BRIGGS
9pm-10pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
After sell-out shows at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Ben Briggs brings an hour of confrontational and dark, but always very, very funny stand up comedy to Funny Things.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS: MIDLANDS HEAT
8pm-10pm
Wolverhampton Art Gallery *Please note that this is a change of venue*
Funny Things are working with Funny Women to host the Midlands heat of the National Funny Women Stage Award, with Barbara Nice compering the event.
The Funny Women Awards have left a massive impression on the UK comedy scene. Previous winners and finalists include Bridget Christie, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan.
“I had just started stand-up comedy when I won the award, and loads has changed since then. Funny Women provided me with lots of friends, advice, and exposure.” Katherine Ryan, winner Stage Award 2008.
Come along to this event to see the best local comedy talent, who could be the stars of tomorrow. Register to take part in the Funny Women Stage Award here:
funnywomen.com/awards/stage-award/
Deadline to register for the Stage Award is 30th September 2017.
Age guidance 16+
Tickets £10 / £8 concessions + BF from Midland Box Office. FREE glass of wine on arrival

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Thursday 2 November

Kids and Family
DROP IN CRAFT WORKSHOP
11am-2pm
Centrala Pop-Up Gallery, Wulfrun Centre
Free

STAND-UP CHALLENGE SHOWCASE
7pm-10pm, Doors open 6.30pm for food.
Molineux Stadium
The Stand-Up Challenge arrives in Wolverhampton and is supported by local business people who take up the challenge to write and perform their first ever five minutes
of stand-up comedy. Performing live on stage, in front of their colleagues, clients, friends and family, whilst raising funds for Funny Things in 2019.
After months of preparation and training by a leading comedian, these six well known leaders of the local business community will attempt this amazing feat and one will be crowned the Wolverhampton Stand Up Challenge Winner 2017.
Hosted by a special guest comedian – these brave participants from the business community take centre stage whilst you feast on food included in your ticket price.
Book now to avoid disappointment.
Supported by Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Molineux Stadium, Black Country Business Festival, Ramada Park Hall, BodyKraft, Wolverhampton Racecourse and organised in association with Associate Events Limited.
Age guidance 18+
Individual tickets: £14.50 or £23.50 (inc.food) / Tables of 8 guests: £108.00 or £178.00 (inc. food) available from standupchallenge.co.uk.

Stand-up
MICKEY SHARMA: SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA SHARMA……..COMEDIAN!
7pm-8pm
Lych Gate Tavern ***please note change of venue***
Watch Mickey’s evolution from an Indian teenager to British comedian. Expect stories about travelling, immigration, relationships and offending people unwittingly.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Poetry
WILLIS THE POET’S COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA
7.30pm-9.30pm
Clarendon Hotel
Willis the Poet presents an extravaganza of comic verse and rib-tickling spoken word wizardry by some of the funniest performance poets he knows.
Tickets £5 from Midland Box Office or pay what you want on the door.

Variety
RICH HALL’S HOEDOWN
7.30pm
Wulfrun Hall
Join Rich and his virtuoso musical mates for a gratuitous mash-up of the very best of comedy and music. Performing will be Rich’s regular band of talented yet chronically unemployable urchins.
Tickets £17+ BF from Midland Box Office.

Stand-up
KATIE PRITCHARD: HURRICANE KATIE
8pm-9pm
The Lych Gate Tavern
Like the most memorable of UK gales, Katie Pritchard is blowing over the patio furniture of comedy, partially damaging the garden fence of genre and dropping a large, sturdy branch onto the car bonnet of musicality.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Variety
THE GLANG SHOW
8pm-9pm
Giffard Arms
Earth’s most prestigious comedy anti-competition has landed. Who shall succeed? Who shall perish amidst the fires? Who shall be crowned earth’s champion? The Glang Show is a fully interactive gong show set in an anarchoutopian magical realist feudal theocracy.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.

Film
DOTS & LOOPS #5: SHORT FILM NIGHT WITH LOUIS HUDSON & IAN RAVENSCROFT ***CANCELLED***
8.30pm-10.30pm
The Outback

Cabaret
MAGICAL SCIENCE OF THE DANGEROUS
9.30pm-10.30pm
Giffard Arms
This show is cabaret like you have never seen before. A combination of real science, mischief, comedy and downright dangerousness with two of the Black Country’s Leading performance scientists Martin Khechara and Jon Wood. If you thought that science was boring then think again.
Tickets £5 in adv or pay what you want on the door.