Birmingham suburb Joe Lycett famously launched a new comedy festival

The avant-garde suburb of Birmingham, where Joe Lycett lives, is launching its first comedy festival this summer. Channel 4 Late Night host Lycett and proud Brummie made Kings Heath famous nationally during his rise to fame, including his local shop Ruprai Food and Wine.

The women behind cult comedy night Hare of the Dog, Alice Rosenthal and Kate Glaze, have now launched the Kings Heath Comedy Festival on the back of its notoriety. They say it will feature some of the most celebrated up and coming acts on the UK comedy scene.

In addition, the organizers said that most of the shows will be on a “pay as you feel” basis, so that the audience can try something new without any risk. There will also be ticketed shows, which go on sale on Monday (May 20).

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The Kings Heath Comedy Festival will run over four days from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July. Shows will take place at much-loved venues from The Hare and Hounds to The Station, Schooners, The Juke, Houblon, Fletchers, Hop and Scotch, How Brave is Wren and Grace + James.

Organizers Alice and Kate said: “We are delighted to bring the Kings Heath Comedy Festival to life. Joe Lycett introduced our community and its vibrant arts scene to the world and this festival will further cement Kings Heath as a cultural hotspot.

“We are excited to provide a platform for both established and up-and-coming comedians and provide an unforgettable experience for comedy fans and the community at large.”

The launch show will be at the Hare and Hounds on July 25, hosted by Celya AB and featuring Barbara Nice and Helen Bauer from Trusty Hogs. It is not known if its famous resident BAFTA-winning Lycett will be coming during the festival.

The line-up includes Northfield’s Princess Lindsey Santoro, Edinburgh Award nominee Kwame Asante, Comedy of the Year winner Brennan Reece, TV star Jo Enright, Aaron Twitchen and award winner Anna Thomas.

Special events range from Rob Kemp’s critically acclaimed show The Elvis Dead to the popular Smackdown board game hosted by James Cook.

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There will also be a variety of compilation shows featuring a mix of established comedians and emerging talent. Saturday night will conclude with a late-night disco hosted by internet sensation Ruth Husko.

To make it fun for the whole family, there is a comedy quiz and a special children’s comedy show.

For more information on the programme, schedule and tickets, visit the Kings Heath Comedy Festival website here or follow updates on social channels @khcomedyfest.

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