The Birmingham Comedy Festival runs for 10 days from October 3 and features 150 acts in 80 performances across the city .

For more information and to book tickets, go to www.bhamcomfest.co.uk .

Other top acts to see include:

Mark Watson

The Mock the Week regular and host of Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better performs his darkest, most personal show yet.

Flaws examines his own battles with mental health and anxiety and how he overcame a breakdown.

* Mac, Cannon Hill Park on October 4.

Tony Law

The surreal Canadian comic with the mad hair is a Birmingham Comedy Festival regular.

He returns with his new madcap show called Enter the Tonezone.

* The Glee Club, Arcadian on October 8.

Barbara Nice

Kings Heath housewife Mrs Barabara Nice , aka Janice Connolly, hosts a night of comedy along with a three course meal.

Expect animal print and audience participation.

* Le Truc, Ladywell Walk on October 3.

James Cook

After a hit Edinburgh Festival run with his show Always Be Rolling, Brummie comedian James Cook is back on home ground.

He entertains audiences with his ideas on how board games can change the world, while playing two games live on stage with members of the audience – Buckaroo, in which he plays the part of the ass bucking off objects, and Hungry Hippos with marshmallows replacing marbles.

The night also includes his other Edinburgh show about his time as a radio DJ, Adventures on Air.

* Mac, Cannon Hill Park on October 10.

Breaking Talent Award

The inaugural Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award will be decided after each of the six up-and-coming contenders have performed.

They include Danny James Clives from Kingswinford, Erdington’s Christopher John Hall, Black Country-based Andrew McBurney, Hannah Silvester from Sutton Coldfield, Lindsey Santoro from Northfield and Dudley’s Wayne Beese.

The night is compered by James Cook.

* Glee Club, Arcadian on October 3.