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 and transphobia, UK festivals, refugees and asylum seekers, mental health and older people.

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.


Event DateTimeVenueLink
Is Comedy Art?Saturday 6th February 20212pm LCF Online EventsStreamed here
Covid-19, The Comedy Industry, and the Live Comedy Association.
Sunday 7th February 202112pmLCF Online EventsStreamed here
The Cultural Economy of Comedy in the East MidlandsSaturday 13th February 20212pmLCF Online EventsStreamed here
Live stand-up to Online sit-down. How comedy has changed this year.Saturday 20th February 20212pmLCF Online EventsStreamed here
Only Joking. Comedy and Covid 19.Sunday 21st February 20212pmLCF Online EventsStreamed here
Can Laughter Unite in a pandemic?Sunday 21st February 20214pmLCF Online EventsStreamed here