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 LGBT comedy, Brexit, comedy for kids and classic British comedy.

Past topics have included issues linked to access, change, politics, the environment, as well as Q&A’s with guests including 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.