WIN tickets to see Richard Herring!

Richard HerringHobgoblin, the official sponsor of the Leamington Spa Comedy Festival, has teamed up with AREA Culture Guide to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Richard Herring perform live at the Royal Spa Centre. Hobgoblin’s sponsorship of the comedy festival is perfect for its ‘Season of Mischief’ which runs throughout the whole of October, continuing its reign as the ‘Unofficial Beer of Halloween’. Join in the fun by clicking ‘Like’ on Hobgoblin’s Facebook to have a go on its Madvent calendar for your chance to win mischievous prizes every day throughout October. Continue reading

Jack Dee – Birmingham Hippodrome, 16 & 17 November

For someone who has made his way through life as a waiter, reportedly dabbled with the idea of becoming a priest, and who has struggled with alcohol abuse and depression before achieving major success as a stand-up comedian, you’d think Jack Dee would look happy. But he doesn’t…and that’s one of the reasons why we still love him.
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Lee Nelson Live 12.11.12 at Alexandra Theatre – WIN DVD’s

12 November: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
18 November: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Since the last series of ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show’ the irrepressible south London wide boy geezer has banged seven birds, if you want to be number eight you can catch him on the road at in Brum and Cov… Qwaliteeeee!!!
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Free comedy course and showcase with Mrs Babara Nice and Jo Enright

Starting March 2nd and running until 30th March, 2011 you can join popular local comedian Mrs Barbara Nice, the stand-up comedy star with TV credits including Phoenix Nights and Coronation Street, on a comedy course that is designed to make stand-up comics out of total beginners. Continue reading

Mark Watson competition

Comedian Mark Watson will be at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on 1st December (see November’s Area Culture Guide for a preview), and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. To win a trip to see the record-breaking stand-up, just answer this question: what is Mark’s record for the world’s longest gig, set in 2006?

a) 24 hours

b) 36 hours

c) 48 hours

If you think you know, email your answer to competitions [@], including your name, address and date of birth. Deadline for entries is 28th November.

Comedy Central at highlight

From November 26


Its name might be more synonymous with episodes of South Park and U.S. sitcoms of varying quality, but broadcaster Comedy Central is stamping its brand on a series of nights at Broad Street’s highlight club this Christmas. Continue reading

Rhod Gilbert & The Cat that looked like Nicholas Lyndhurst

Rhod Gilbert & The Cat that looked like Nicholas Lyndhurst
10th November
Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Ticket £20.00

It’s impossible to have missed Rhod Gilbert over the last year. From appearing on nearly every comedy show the BBC has aired, to persuading us to visit Wales; it seems we just can’t escape the angry Welsh comedian. Continue reading

Tim Vine – The Joke-Amotive

Few comedians can boast to having a Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in one hour – in fact neither can Tim Vine. What he can boast is that he is the former Guinness World Record holder for the most jokes told in one hour – an astounding feat of oratory rapidity. Famed for his fast paced, sharp witted one liners, Vine’s shows are often an assault on the senses, as words are spouted like ninja death stars and props are produced from the unlikeliest of places.

Tim steams into town in his latest enterprise the Joke-Amotive, and as the name suggests this promises to be a speedy joke extravaganza of epic proportion. Not for the dull witted, this silver tongued rogue will have hearts pounding and sweat glands working overtime as audiences try to keep up with the Roadrunner of the comedy world. “All aboard” for a night of intense raucous fun.

19 February – Town Hall, Birmingham,
25 February – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury,
26 February – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton,