When reports from the Office for National Statistics stated that Wolverhampton was the unhappiest place in the UK, locals didn’t agree, so in 2017 we introduced Wolverhampton’s newest comedy festival.
Celebrating the Black Country’s great humour the festival, produced by Creative Black Country with partners Wolves Civic and Accord, created opportunities for the local community to participate alongside well-known headline stand-up comedians.
“For the first time Wolverhampton City came together and host over 100 events in the name of humour! We were pleased to see a whole range of events that explore comedy at it’s broadest sense, alongside standup we had artists commissions and events that reflect local voices.” Commented Parminder Dosanjh, Creative Director of Creative Black Country.
Wolverhampton came alive with laughter during Autumn 2017 as venues across the city hosted a whole array of Funny Things including comedy theatre, music, poetry, film, stand-up, family activities, talks and workshops. Festival band, Orchestra of Chaos, popped up wherever anyone would take them while the #JokeExchange (by Redhawk Logistica) gave the public the opportunity to see their joke on a placard in the city centre.
Comedian Janice Connolly was Guest Director of the event. Janice said: “I’m really pleased to be Guest Director for Funny Things. It’s important to have events like this that bring people together to have a laugh and involve the whole community. Comedy really is for everyone.”
To bring the festival to life CBC worked with Big Difference Company – the producers of the hugely successful Leicester Comedy Festival: “It’s been great to have worked with the team at Creative Black Country and provide some support for the first ever Funny Things Comedy Festival”, says Geoff Rowe, CEO Big Difference Company. “The programme looks amazing and demonstrates the support the festival has amongst the local community. Comedy is a great way to unite communities as humour and laughter is something that everyone does no matter what background they are from and I’m sure the festival will help do this across Wolverhampton as well as raising plenty of smiles for audiences that attend the events.”
More laughs, giggles and guffaws to come in 2019 for our next festival which will take place 26th October to the 2nd November 2019. Keep an eye on our website and twitter account for further updates. In the meantime see a link to our commissions below…