What’s on at Funny Things Saturday 4th November

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

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

Kids and Family
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
11am, 2pm and 4pm
Chancellors Hall, University of Wolverhampton
A series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in stand-up comedy. Themes we’ll be exploring include Black Country Humour and Religion in Comedy.
Pay what you want on the door.

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.

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.

 

Daily

The Joke Exchange Exhibition at Wulfrun Shopping Centre
10.30am-4pm
Come and see the Jokes that members of the public submitted during the Summer Joke Exchange. Did yours make it on to a placard?

Centrala Pop- up Gallery at Wulfrun Shopping Centre
10am-5pm
Join Centrala Polish ex-pats for an exhibition of illustration and artworks by Polish artists.

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