Beyond a Joke

A series of talks and events exploring contemporary issues in stand-up comedy. These events provide an opportunity to go beyond the laughter with contributions from comedians, industry professionals and academics.

Beyond A Joke is our annual series of debates, discussions and seminars which encourage people to delve a little deeper into issues linked to contemporary comedy.  In partnership with Centre for Comedy Studies Research.

Following the success in recent years, we have increased the number of talks & seminars we are promoting as part of the festival and include An Interview with Jo Brand, David Benson Q+A. Other topics include LGBT comedy, Brexit, Comedy for Kids and classic British comedy.

The Future of Gay Comedy Night – A discussion

Is Brexit it a laughing Matter?

An Interview with Jo Brand

Comedy and Knowledge in Post-Truth Times

Sitcom Geeks – Live Podcast

Voices for Change

An Interview with Andy Hollingworth – Little Museum of Comedy

I Say – The annual comedy conversation featuring Tom Allen

What Makes Kids Laugh?

David Benson Q&A: My Life with Kenneth Williams

Past topics have included issues linked to access, politics, the environment, as well as Q&A’s with guests including Dave Johns, Sara Pascoe, Nicholas Parsons & Alexei Sayle.

The programme of events is listed each year in the main brochure and on-line.  If you have a suggestion for a topic, or would like to speak at an event, do get in touch.