Armstrong & Miller, Ross Noble and Rich Hall are among some of the top comedians appearing at this year's Birmingham Comedy Festival.
The full line-up has now been revealed with 70 shows planned for the festival which runs from October 1-10.
Other acts appearing include some familiar names from television panel shows, including Mark Watson, Stewart Francis and Milton Jones.
Several local acts are also on the festival bill, with appearances from Mrs Barbara Nice, Jo Enright, Karen Bayley, James Cook, Craig Deeley, Funbags, Dr Johnny Facade and many more.
In addition to stand-up comedy, the 11-day event, which is sponsored by Purity Ale, will also feature pub quizzes, films, art exhibitions, new theatre, magic and cabaret across 22 venues in Birmingham.
Birmingham Comedy Festival programme:
(full details at www.bhamcomfest.co.uk)
Thu 30 Sept to Sat 2 Oct: The Armstrong and Miller Show. Alexandra Theatre. £21..
Thu 30 Sept to Sun 3 Oct: The Dinner Lady Man Work in a school dinner hall seems to be the light at the end of a dark tunnel for Bob until his appearance threatens to bring the school to its knees. The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre, 4 Temple Row West. £10-£9.
Fri 1 Oct: Tony Law: Mr Tony’s Brainporium. The Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station St. £10-£8.
Fri 1 to Fri 8 Oct: Comedy Movies A week of special screenings cult classic The Room and the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work. Plus Jerry Seinfeld and (hopefully) The Mighty Boosh. The Electric Cinema. £10-£8.
Fri 1 to Sat 2 Oct: The Best In Live Stand-up Comedy. Lloyd Langford, Dudley’s Sean Percival, Adam Bloom and Marlon Davis. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £18-£7.50. 7.15pm
Fri 1 to Sat 2 Oct: Parannoyance. A fast-paced and interactive show that fuses magic, multi-media and storytelling. Mac, Cannon Hill Park. £7.50-£6.
Fri 1 to Sat 2 Oct: Highlight Comedy Club Kevin McCarthy, Daniel Sloss, Keith Farnan and Peter Johansson. Highlight Comedy Club, 259-262 Quayside Tower, Broad St. £14, £17. 7pm.
Sat 2 Oct: Stuart Goldsmith: The Reasonable Man A white-knuckle, high-octane meander through the worlds of sex, circus and subculture from a nice young man. The Electric Cinema, £10-£8.
Sat 2 Oct: Laffacino Boho New Act of the Year. Hosted by local funny woman MC Rachel Sambrooks (Shape of Evening Mail finalist). Bring your own booze; cakes and coffee on offer. Margarett Rose Cafe Abri, 58 Cheapside, Digbeth. £3.
Sat 2 Oct: Bartley Green FC Comedy Night. Nipper Thomas, Dave Dinsdale, Al Rudge and Johnny Sorrow. A show for all tastes. Bartley Green FC, Jiggins Lane, £10. 8pm. www.clubwebsite.co.uk/bartleygreenfc
Sun 3 Oct: Henning Wehn: My Struggle. Teutonic jolliness to celebrate German Reunification Day. The Electric Cinema. £10-£8.
Sun 3 Oct: A Taste of James and Dan. Stand-up, sketches and improv. The Hare and Hounds, 106 High St, Kings Heath. £3. 8pm.
Sun 3 Oct: Barbara Nice and Gals. With Susan Calman, Shazia Mirza, Francesca Martinez, Ava Vidal and sketch group Lady Garden. Mac, Cannon Hill Park. £12-£9.
Sun 3 Oct: The Brum Pack: Karen Bayley and Friends. Celebrating all things comedic about the city. The Victoria, 48 John Bright St.. £3.
Mon 4 Oct: Josie Long: Be Honourable! Politics, complacency and breakfast as Josie aims to provoke people into changing the world. A ramshackle call to arms. The Electric Cinema. £12-£10.
Mon 4 Oct: Half Moon Comedy Club. Stand-up featuring Karen Bayley, Annette Fagon and Craig Deeley, plus Dan Smith as Ainsley Oliver Thompson: Celebrity Chef. Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote St. £5.
Mon 4 Oct: Off The Cuff Comedy Improv Show The audience provides the suggestions and the improvisers provide the material. With games, singing, and free Jaffa Cakes. Kitchen Garden Cafe, 17 York Rd, Kings Heath. £7.
Mon 4 to Tue 5 Oct: Sam Wills: The Boy With Tape On His Face The absurdness of Vic Reeves, the physical intonation of Hugh Laurie and the genius of Charlie Chaplin. The Old Joint Stock. £10.
Mon 4 Oct: Men With Bananas: Please Laugh Generously The 5-star Edinburgh Fringe Mighty Boosh-approved double-act. The Victoria, 48 John Bright St. £5-£4.
Tue 5 Oct: Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club. Al Pitcher, impressionist Simon Lipson (Radio 4’s Loose Ends), sci-fi aficionado Norman Cho, and MC Andi Osho (C4’s Stand-up For The Week). The Cross Bar, 147 Alcester Rd, Moseley. £5-£4.
Tue 5 Oct: An Evening with Jimmy Cricket and Barbara Nice. The Laughing Sole Comedy Club, The British Oak pub, Pershore Rd, Stirchley. £7.
Tue 5 Oct: Bad Film Club: The Wicker Man Celebrate the guilty joy of a bad movie as Nicko and Joe lay into the ill-fated 2006 remake of The Wicker Man. The Electric Cinema. £10-£8.
Tue 5 Oct: Milton Jones. Award-winning Mock The Week guest and Newsquiz regular is the king of surreal one-liners. The Comedy Junction, The Station pub, Sutton Coldfield. £10.
Tue 5 Oct: Patrick Monahan. Irish/Iranian/Teesside comedian with an hour of chatty, friendly and quick-witted stand-up. The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre. £10.
Tue 5 Oct: Ross Noble: Nonsensory. Geordie genius spinning forth hilarious - one of the best live comics in the world. Alexandra Theatre. £22.
Tue 5 Oct: Sound and Vision: Comedy Quiz. The Victoria's weekly music and film themed pub quiz ... but with an added comedy twist. The Victoria. £1 per team member.
Tue 5 and Thu 7 Oct: Mrs Nice. Everyone’s favourite Kings Heath housewife, Barbara Nice, is back for a one-woman show. The Electric Cinema. £10-£8
Wed 6 Oct: The World’s Greatest Comedy Quiz. James Cook sets the questions, awards the prizes and administers justice. The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath. £1 per team member.
Wed 6 Oct: Isy Suttie: Love Lost In The British Retail Industry. Acclaimed musical comic Isy (aka Dobby from C4’s Peep Show) performs her multi-character musical love story set in a supermarket. The Electric Cinema. £12-£10.
Wed 6 Oct: The Funbags Comedy Cabaret. A combination of improvised horseplay, original sketches and stand-up. The Old Fire Station, 287 Moseley Rd, Bham B12 0DX. £7.50. www.rogueplay.co.uk
Wed 6 Oct: Elis James: Daytripper. Cardiff comedian becomes obsessed with the things residents often ignore. The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre. £10. 7.45pm.
Wed 6 Oct: The Jekyll and Hyde Retro Comedy Film Night. A rare chance to see the 1944 Frank Capra/Cary Grant black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. The Jekyll and Hyde, 28 Steelhouse Lane, Bham. Free. 7.45pm. www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk
Wed 6 Oct: Laughing Cows Comedy Night. A fab’ all-female line up with acclaimed acts Maureen Younger, Shelagh Martin, Julie Jepson, Berlin cabaret artist Bartuschka and local comedienne Jo Enright. Kitchen Garden Café, York Rd, Kings Heath. £8-£6.
Wed 6 Oct: Rosie Wilby: Further Science Of Sex. Delving into the science of attraction and sexual chemistry with spoof experiments and handmade props. Mac, Cannon Hill Park. £8-£6.
Wed 6 Oct: Rich Hall. A grouchy, deadpan, Emmy Award-winning comic genius. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £16.50-£10
Wed 6 Oct: Comedy Train Open Mic night. The Station Pub, 8 High Street, Kings Heath. £3. www.myspace.com/lovdev
Thu 7 to Fri 8 Oct: Andrew O’Neill: Occult. He’s a metalhead, amateur occultist, musician, vegan, heterosexual transvestite. But not a Goth. The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre. £10.
Thu 7 to Sat 9 Oct: Doug Fishbone The ‘stand-up conceptual artist’ introduces his warped imagination of recycled outrage and excess. Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth. Screenings Thu noon-6.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm (free); performance Fri 7pm-9pm (£3). www.eastsideprojects.org
Thu 7 to Sat 9 Oct: Glee Club: The Best In Live Stand-up. William Andrews (BBC’s Sorry I’ve Got No Head), veteran John Moloney, Canadian Pete Johansson and the cheeky chatty Dave Twentyman. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £18-£6.50
Thu 7 Oct: The Al Pitcher Picture Tour Of The World. Presenting the best photos taken on his global travels from Mumbai to Milton Keynes to Brum. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £9-£6.
Thu 7 Oct: Half A Dog Comedy Presents: Rock ‘n Relativity Holiday Conspiracy An insight into the mind of a man whose life has become ruled by internet conspiracies. The Jekyll and Hyde, 28 Steelhouse Lane. £5. www.halfadogcomedy.co.uk
Thu 7 Oct: Popcorn Comedy. Videos, short films and stand-up. With Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key and BAFTA winner Will Andrews. The Victoria. £8. www.popcorncomedy.com/tag/birmingham/
Thu 7 Oct: The Brum Pack. Mrs Barbara Nice, Steve Day, Andy White, James Cook, Lee Grant, Craig Deeley, Mickey Sharma and Ryan Gough. Highlight Comedy Club, Quayside Tower, Broad St. £3.
Fri 8 Oct: The Awkward Silence: This Is What Chaos Smells Like. Sketch show. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £7.50-£5.
Fri 8 Oct: Mark Watson. Stand-up star of We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and Radio 4’s Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better. Alexandra Theatre. £17.50.
Fri 8 Oct: The Sheila M Show. With Sheila M and hecklers in the audience! Mixing music and comedy. The Red Lion, 95 Warstone Lane, Hockley. £5. www.sheila-m.com
Fri 8 Oct: Vodka and Shots. Boris Nicoli, ex-KGB mind reader, has been forced into the entertainment biz, reading your mind while the lovely Russianette Dancers blow you away! Mac, Cannon Hill Park. £8. www.macarts.co.uk
Fri 8 Oct: Stewart Francis: Tour de Francis. Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and 8 Out Of 10 Cats favourite. Famed for his deadpan delivery and one-liners. Town Hall Birmingham, Victoria Square. £15. www.thsh.co.uk
Fri 8 Oct: Ticklish Allsorts. Stand-up, improvisation, songs, magic, multimedia, and other mouth-watering delights. Starring Craig Deeley, Ashley Frieze, Funbags Impro, Matt Pritchard, Lee Dempsey and Jo Enright. The Crescent Theatre. £10-£9.
Fri 8 Oct: Upfront Café. Curtis Walker plus Travis J and John Simmit. The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston. £15-£10. www.the-drum.org.uk
Fri 8 to Sat 9 Oct: Highlight Comedy Club. Bob Mills, Matthew Osborn,(English Comedian of the Year 2009), Steve Williams. Highlight Comedy Club, 259-262 Quayside Tower, Broad St. £14, £17.
Sat 9 Oct: The Kings Heath Charity Crawl. Call in at all of Kings Heath’s charity shops, purchasing an item of clothing in each and then donning it for the rest of the crawl. Charity mayhem led by James Cook. Meet in Pound Stretcher car park, (opposite LA Fitness). Free (except for what you’re prepared to spend in the shops).
Sat 9 Oct: Barnstormers Comedy Night. Kevin Precious, Spencer Brown, Caimh McDonnell and Mary Bourke. Solihull Central Library and Arts Complex, Homer Rd, Solihull £12-£10. www.solihull.gov.uk/artscomplex/
Sat 9 Oct: Jarred Christmas Stands Up. A self-confessed nerd with superb sideburns. One of New Zealand’s funniest. The Electric Cinema. £12-£10.
Sat 9 to Sun 10 Oct: The Awkward Silence: This Is What Chaos Smells Like. A comedy sketch-show with attitude. The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre. £6-£5.
Sun 10 Oct: The XXXX Comedy Cabaret. Four of the brightest acts that the area has to offer. Plus James Cook and Ryan Gough. The Hare and Hounds, 106 High St, Kings Heath, Bham B14 7JZ. T: 0121 444 2081. £3. 7.30pm. www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
Sun 10 to Mon 11 Oct Sarah Millican: Chatterbox The sweet and filthy hotly-tipped Geordie. The Glee Club, The Arcadian. £10 7pm. Sun: Sold Out.