1. To my knowledge the key local you haven’t pointed out is Jo Enright (very funny, does a great routine about Erdington High Street). She was recently in Lab Rats. She’s at the Crescent on the 5th October on a night called ‘Birmingham Comedy Selection’ so the others on the bill are presumably locals as well.

    The legendary Ted Chippington is a Brummie of course as CIB has previously pointed out. It’s worth repeating though as the man is fantastic. Take a look at Stewart Lee’s Guardian article as well as the video for The Culture Show. Ironman Records stock a CD of Ted’s work. Ted is supported by another local guy, Nadeem Rangzeb. 10th Oct, Hare and Hounds.

    Also, Sean Percival is from Dudley (Glee 9-11th Oct).

    The two Brummies I thought would be at the festival are local stalwart Andy Robinson and now nationally recognised comedian, author and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes. Hey, hang on, I made a documentary 12 years ago about those two gigging around Brum – cue plug: ‘Stand-up Comedy circa 1996’.

    Comedy does seem to get only very rare mentions on CIB which is a shame as its as much a cultural activity as much of the other stuff featured.


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