Come and share your stories of comedy in the Black Country with us...

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Did you ever see Black Country comedy legends Tommy Mundon, Aynuk & Ayli or Dolly Allen on the famous Black Country Night Out? Did you get the giggles watching Lenny Henry or Frank Skinner?

 We’re looking for people to share their stories and memorabilia of seeing comedians in an effort to find out just what is so unique about Black Country humour.  

 With your help we’ll unearth stories of comedians and comedy from 1950 to 2000 and produce a new set of performances. 

 We’re also looking for people to help us gather oral histories, find amazing stories through interviews and develop a new set of archiving skills.

 We’re open to ideas; from collections of old tickets stubs; to photos from events or people at comedy clubs; people’s favourite jokes from the comedians; or stories of meeting them. All of the stories will go towards a new piece of work written, produced and performed by Dave Pitt, Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse.

 This month we’re holding drop-in sessions in libraries across the Black Country for people to pop in and share their stories, memorabilia and learn more about the project.

 The drop-in sessions are on the following dates, times and libraries:

 ·         Tuesday 20 August, 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Dudley Library, DY1 1HR

·         Wednesday 21 August, 2pm – 4pm at Wolverhampton Central Library, WV1 3AX

·         Thursday 22 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Central Library West Bromwich, B70 8DZ

·         Friday 23 August, 12.30pm – 2.30pm at Lichfield Street Hub, Walsall, WS1 1TR

 For more information about the drop-in sessions or to share your stories or memorabilia email or call Rosalind Argo on 0121 525 1127.

Finding Our Funny Roots is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.