Belly Laughs was set up by Mark Olver in 2018. Mark had the idea of helping independent food and drink businesses pull punters through their doors in a traditionally quiet month, whilst raising money for charity with his comedian mates. January 2020 saw 35 gigs take place in four weeks, raising £11,000 for the Julian Trust Homeless Shelter and putting an estimated £40,000 back into the local food and drink economy. Belly Laughs at home in 2021 was an online event that raised over £36,000 for Julian Trust, FareShare South West, GWAAC and the Bristol Old Vic. For Belly Laughs 2022 they'll be raising funds for Bristol charities.