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 topics include comedy archives and history, the cultural economy of comedy, puns, the psychology of humour, mental health and older people.

Saturday 5th FebAn Interview with Ahir Shah2pmThe Y TheatreTickets here
Friday 11th FebRachel Parris - I say, the annual comedy conversation7.45pmCurve TheatreTickets here
Saturday 12th FebIt's a Punny old world1pmPETER PizzeriaTickets here
Saturday 12th FebAn Interview with Rosie Jones2pmThe Y TheatreTickets here
Saturday 12th FebMaking a living in Comedy2.30pmPETER PizzeriaTickets here
Saturday 12th FebBritish Comedy Archive4pmPETER PizzeriaTickets here
Sunday 13th FebOlder People & Comedy Seminar1pmPETER PizzeriaTickets here
Sunday 13th FebThe everyday psychology of humour2.30pmPETER PizzeriaTickets here
Sunday 13th FebAn Interview with Pam Ayres3pmCurve TheatreTickets here

Past topics have included issues linked to access, change, politics, the environment, as well as Q&A’s with guests including Milton Jones, Lost Voice Guy, Arthur Smith, Jo Brand, Tom Allen, Andy Hollingworth, David Benson, Dave Johns, Sara Pascoe, Nicholas Parsons & Alexei Sayle.

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