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11 - Belly-bostin loffs at Black Country Festival comedy night

Live at the Civic
Live at the Civic

There’ll be belly-bostin loffs when Brierley Hill Civic hosts a Black Country comedy night as part of the region’s Black Country Day celebrations.


The event on Saturday 16 July launches a new series of comedy nights - Live At The Civic!  - and is set to be a highlight of the festival.


The first show of the season will be a triple headline bill featuring three fantastic acts including TV's Doc Brown (Live At The Apollo, The John Bishop Show), Paul Tonkinson (The Big Breakfast, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow) and local legends The Fizzogs, who have more than 118 million Youtube hits for their famous Dancing Grannies sketch. 


For joint-headliner Doc Brown this is just one of three stand-up performances this year. The rapper-turned-comic’s star is very much in the ascendancy – so much so that he is being forced to take a temporary break from regular live performing. He has a major role in the hotly-tipped new ITV drama Brief Encounters, about a group of women in the 1980s who become Ann Summers party reps and next month his face will be all over the big screen when he stars alongside Ricky Gervais in the eagerly-awaited David Brent movie Life On The Road. This is a rare chance to catch this rising star live.


Former Big Breakfast presenter and two-time winner of Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson is fitting the show in in between gigs with Michael Macintyre, with the pair set to head to Australia later in the year. Tonkinson has played the O2 Arena and this is a rare chance for audiences to catch him at a more intimate venue.


Topping off the bill are local favourites The Fizzoggs who have a loyal local following and a huge Youtube fanbase. Audiences won’t be disappointed.


The night, which is part of the Black Country Festival running throughout July, will be hosted by Dudley's Wayne Beese and doors will open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available for £18.50. For tickets visit www.bhillcivic.co.uk/whats-on/comedy or call 0870 320 7000. Follow the upcoming programme on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liveatcivic/ and Twitter: @liveatcivic


James Stevens, chairman of the Black Country Festival organising committee, added:

“The Black Country Festival is being celebrated in so many different ways, through carnivals, family fun days, music and now comedy.


“The people of the Black Country are famed for their warmth and good humour and I’m sure this evening of comedy will go down a storm with local audiences.”


The Black Country Festival runs throughout July and sees events and activities across the borough. The festival will close with the Dudley Beer Festival, a three day celebration of real ale, also at Brierley Hill Civic Hall from July 29-31.


For more on other festival events visit www.black-country-festival.co.uk

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