Funny Things

Wolverhampton’s celebration of Black Country humour



What’s coming up at Funny Things


Meet the commissioned artists

Poetic pigeons, Laurel and Hardy, a giant comical automata and a project to find our funny roots. There’s going to be lots happening to get you chuckling over the next few months in the build up to Funny Things 2019.

2019 Line Up

Over the Summer we’ll be announcing our full line-up for Funny Things. Expect hilarious stand-up, fun workshops, improv, theatre, dance, film and kids events.
Whatever tickles your ribs we’ll have something for you.

About Funny Things

Funny Things take place in the Black Country city of Wolverhampton for one week from 26th October to the 2nd November takeing place across 16 venues. After launching the first ever comedy festival in 2017, this year the festival brings you:stand up, live performance, film, poetry, kids comedy, oral histories and tributes celebrating Black Country humour.


Pigeon Pals

Peggy and Penny are two poetic pigeons who will be popping up
around Wolverhampton, asking you to share your funny stories in exchange for
a sample of some of Wolverhampton’s best culinary delights,
provided by food businesses in the city.


Volunteers wanted

Do you know your Tommy Mundons from your Lenny Henrys or your Dolly Allens from your Aynuk and Aylis? Do you have a passion for understanding what makes people of the Black Country ‘av a loff?
We’re looking for enthusiastic comedy lovers to help us shape an exciting new piece of work with collective Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists for this year’s Funny Things festival of Black Country humour.


The Joke Box

If you’ve got side-splitting staff, a chuckling CEO,
a rib-tickling receptionist or a dry-witted doorman
we want to hear their jokes. We’re giving Black Country
businesses the opportunity to host our new JOKE BOX.
The festival team are looking to find 365 jokes, over the next
12 months, to put together the ultimate Black Country Joke Book