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Delve behind the scenes of the comedy industry to find out how it actually works. What is the psychology of humour, what is specific about Black Country humour and what role does faith have in comedy. We have four sessions for you to enjoy with special guests. Friday 3 November 11.30am – 1pm MAKE ME LAUGH with Brett Mills, University of East Anglia The ‘Make Me Laugh’ project followed members of British TV’s comedy industry for 3 years, to find out how they do their jobs, what gets in the way, and how programmes get made. This session will give you insights…

The Black Country is being invited to Molineux Stadium on Thursday 2nd November to formally laugh at and cheer on well-known local business leaders as they bravely grace the stage for their first ever stand-up comedy performance as part of new festival Funny Things. The ‘wannabe’ comedians have daringly agreed to take part in the Black Country’s inaugural ‘Stand Up Challenge’ presented by Associate Events in association with the Big Difference Company. An exciting line-up of brave business individuals have been coerced into performing a live, five-minute stand-up comedy routine in front of their colleagues, clients, friends and family in a bid to be…

Celebrating the by-gone era of VHS Bollywood video culture and British Asian lives in Wolverhampton during the 1980’s Jambo Cinema comes to Wolverhampton Art Gallery for Funny Things comedy festival from 26th October to 26th November. Jambo Cinema, produced by by award-winning British Asian producer and artist, Dawinder Bansal,  is an Indian-Kenyan living room installation. Audiences are invited to walk through the gallery doors to be transported back in time, to aunty and uncle Bansal’s residence in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. Audiences, who become guests in the space can explore the authentic living room complete with family photographs, memorabilia and original Bollywood VHS films.  The project is inspired by…

Barry Bling and Mr Velvet are two working class ghetto dudes, loveable rogues who are relics from the working club era of free and easy bands and duos that entertained audiences across the Midlands. They are taking their roots to a new level with anarchic comedy and music, fun laughter and chaos guaranteed! Tell us about Barry Bling and Mr Velvet. Bling and Velvet are two larger than life Midland based comedy characters, dripping in Bling, shades and Black Suits. They are guaranteed to get the party started wherever. They use a small keyboard and miniature drum kit and can perform anytime, anyplace,…

The Funny Things team have done their own survey to find out how funny Wolverhampton is with the Joke Exchange. During August they asked people to tell them a joke (and they’d receive one back) and during September the best jokes were displayed on hand-held placards in the city centre, with a different joke on display on the streets of Wolverhampton each day. During the festival, an exhibition of large-scale photographs of the project will be shown in an empty shop in Wulfrun Shopping Centre and the placards will be on display for you to have the chance to get your own photo…

When Creative Black Country were looking for a Guest Director for Funny Things there was, of course, a wealth of comedy talent from the area to choose from but it was one funny woman that stood out. Luckily actress and comedian Janice Connolly jumped at the chance to take part. She might be known to some as the zany and ever-so energetic Barbara Nice while others might remember her playing the adorable Holy Mary in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights but in whichever guise you might recognise Janice one thing is for sure; she is going to do her very best to get the giggles going around Wolverhampton during…

Want to know what we have planned for the very first Funny Things Festival in Wolverhampton? Then the wait is over – read all about it in our brochure! You can read the brochure online here. You can pick up a printed copy in venues across the Black Country including the Light House Media Centre and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Save

Creative Black Country are holding a Funny Market at Light House Media Centre as part of the Funny Things Festival, a new comedy festival for Wolverhampton and the Black Country that takes place 23rd October to 5th November in venues across Wolverhampton. We’re looking for stallholders who have Funny Things to sell, to have a stall on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October between 11.00am and 4.30pm. Do you sell comics? Funny books or DVDs? Joke shop items? Draw caricatures? Anything that makes people smile or chuckle? Or do you have an idea for a stall activity that would make…

The Funny Things team have been very busy behind the scenes over the last month. From new partners, venues and commissions to programme planning and act announcements for Wolverhampton’s newest comedy festival. We have a few to share with you and our partners at Wolves Civic including Henning Wehn, Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, John Bishop, Tom Stade and plenty more to be announced. But Funny Things isn’t all about the big names, with our other partners we’ll be announcing some lesser-known talent and fresh new faces to the programme very soon. In the meantime we’ve launched a new website, facebook…

Last night (Wednesday 25th May) we headed to Wolverhampton Art Gallery for Funny Girls – a night of comedy with BBC DJ Noreen Khan and friends Sukh Ojla, Sindhu V and Shaista Aziz. Covering singletons, marriage, parents and aunties, airport immigration, religion, and plenty inbetween the sold out crowd had plenty to smile about. The event was part of Alchemy Black Country. Thank you to everyone that came along. Top Image: Kerry O’Coy Rest of images: Dee Patel Save

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