January Japes with Belly Laughs x SIFA Fireside

This month, The Belly Laughs comedy festival is launching in Birmingham to raise funds to support Birmingham’s homeless AND banish the winter blues!


This month Birmingham will welcome the comedy festival Belly Laughs for the first time ever. Hosted in independent foodie venues across the city throughout the month of January, Belly Laughs is a comedy and food festival that brings smiles to faces, punters to venues during a quiet month, and money to local charities!

The festival has raised over £100k for local and grassroots charities and put £120k into local food and drink since being founded in Bristol by comedian Mark Olver in 2018.

The Birmingham launch will see contributions from local comedians and familiar faces including Lindsay Santoro, Danny Clives, Andy White, Celya AB and James Cook.

Belly Laughs serves as a lucky dip comedian potluck. You might get a well-known comedian or a rising local star- and that’s part of the fun!

What to expect?

Belly Laughs pop-up comedy gigs partner with independent food and drink venues during the traditionally quiet month of January in order to give the local economy a boost.

Tickets start from £10 and include food and/or drink in the ticket price as well as a brilliant night of stand-up comedy in venues across Birmingham.

Tickets are available through local experiences partner yuup.co.

£5 from each sale will go to support local Birmingham homeless charity SIFA Fireside.

Founder Mark said “We do nights where food, comedy and doing good stuff for others meet together. We’re really excited to be spreading our wings a little and launching in Birmingham which is a great city for comedy.

I’m always blown away by people’s generosity at these events and am sure we can raise some money for SIFA Fireside whilst having a bit of a laugh at the same time”.

About Belly Laughs charity partner SIFA Fireside:

£5 from every ticket sale goes towards supporting SIFA Fireside. SIFA Fireside tackles homelessness in Birmingham. They help both homeless and hidden homeless people rebuild their lives with safety and dignity by providing essential social and health services that help.

Natalie Allen, the CEO of SIFA Fireside said:

Belly Laughs is such a great initiative and we are very fortunate to have it in Birmingham for the first time.

It is a great opportunity for people living across Birmingham to have fun and lots of laughs during the most miserable month of the year, whilst raising awareness and vital funds to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

SIFA Fireside is a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable citizens in Birmingham. Our daily drop is mostly funded by donations and allows us to provide essential support and access to services.

Browse gigs and buy tickets now:


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