Comedian John Bishop will top the bill when the Birmingham Comedy Festival returns with more than 60 shows across the city.
The popular Scouser has added extra dates to his National Indoor Arena run, which now goes from October 11 to 13.
Other performers will include Kings Heath’s Janice Connolly, who will appear as her creation Barbara Nice, punk poet John Cooper Clarke and even cooks The Hairy Bikers.
A festival spokesman said the event, to run from October 5 to 14, would highlight the vibrancy of Birmingham’s comedy scene.
“We have well over 60 shows this year, taking place right across the city, including stand-up comedy, theatre, film, art, sketch shows, puppets, workshops, poetry and music,” he said.
“There’s not only events in big theatres, venues and clubs but also cafes and neighbourhood pubs.”
Other highlights include a free exhibition by fine artist Steve Lilly depicting classic comedy favourites, an examination of the links between art and comedy and a night of extremely low-budget remakes of Hollywood blockbusters called Short And Swede.
And anyone wondering if they have what it takes to become a stand-up comedian can hone their skills at one of two comedy workshops featuring improvisation troupe Box Of Frogs at the Blue Orange Theatre in the Jewellery Quarter.
The festival is backed by National Express West Midlands, and supported by The Arcadian.
The event was founded in 2001 and has grown to become one of the regions’ biggest arts festivals.
Previous headline acts have included Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, The Fast Show, Jimmy Carr.