Stand Up Challenge – Thursday 2nd November

The Black Country is being invited to Molineux Stadium on Thursday 2nd November to formally laugh at and cheer on well-known local business leaders as they bravely grace the stage for their first ever stand-up comedy performance as part of new festival Funny Things.

The ‘wannabe’ comedians have daringly agreed to take part in the Black Country’s inaugural ‘Stand Up Challenge’ presented by Associate Events in association with the Big Difference Company.

An exciting line-up of brave business individuals have been coerced into performing a live, five-minute stand-up comedy routine in front of their colleagues, clients, friends and family in a bid to be crowned ‘Wolverhampton Stand Up Challenge Winner’.

The daring, unwitting participants that have already signed up to months of secret preparation and training to boldly take on the 2017 Stand Up Challenge are:

  • Andy Cox, Managing Director at Cox & Plant
  • Jan Denning, Commercial Sales Director at Wolverhampton Racecourse
  • Dawn Owen, Director at Bodykraft
  • Kevin Rogers, Executive Director at Paycare
  • Malcolm Wright, Business Entrepreneur

Jan Denning, Commercial Sales Director at Wolverhampton Racecourse commented: “My tummy is already doing flips at the thought. That aside, I’m looking forward to learning about this art and feeling proud that we did it, a group of local business people working together, having lots of fun and raising some money along the way. I just hope security do bag searches for any rotten tomatoes!”

Entrepreneur Malcolm Wright from South London known locally for his management role at the Wolverhampton Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa and his subsequent impact on the region, commented on his forthcoming participation: “I feel sick to my stomach about doing the Stand Up Challenge but I have agreed to do it to take myself out of my comfort zone. It’s one thing I’m particularly poor at; telling jokes and being in front of an audience with lights shining down on me like something out of Shawshank redemption.”

The evening will be hosted by a special guest comedian and promises to be a night of extreme entertainment, whilst raising funds for local community interest company, Creative Black Country who work with local people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in the Black Country.

Sajida Carr, Programme Director from Creative Black Country said, “This is a great new initiative for the Black Country and one which I am confident will go down extremely well. Creative Black Country is very excited to be involved in such projects which makes the most of the Black Country though arts and culture.”

The Stand Up Challenge, sponsored by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and the Black Country Business Festival, forms part of Funny Things, a new festival to celebrate Black Country Humour that runs from 23rd October to 5th November 2017.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said: “The Black Country has a strong history in comedy and continues to thrive throughout the region today. Initiatives like this bring this sector to the forefront even more. The business community spends its ‘life’ being serious, this is its chance to have a ‘laugh’ in aid of a good cause.

The Chamber is proud to support innovative ideas like this and the Black Country Business Festival. As well as bringing the business community together, they raise the profile of the Black Country by highlighting what a fantastic place it is to live, work and do business. It’s even better that we can show we have a sense of humour at the same time!”

Tickets and further details are available on the Stand Up Challenge website:

Tickets including VAT are priced at £14.50 each or £23.50 including food (consisting of an Indian selection board). Tables of 8 are also available at £108 or £178 including food. Fees apply. Go to for more details or to book. All profits go towards the Creative Black Country CIC, to further the development of cultural and arts activities in the Black Country.

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