After a successful tour in 2023 which included 4 cities, 100 comedians, 117 gigs, 5046 tickets sold and £33,000 raised for local charities, Belly Laughs is back!
Belly Laughs is a comedy and food festival that brings smiles to faces, punters to independent venues, and money to local grassroots charities. And this side-splitting pop-up comedy festival has returned to Bath and Birmingham for one month only in January 2024.
What can you expect at Belly Laughs?
Each ticket includes a night of comedy from a surprise potluck comedian and food and/or drinks from popular venues.
£10 from each ticket will go to support SIFA Fireside in Birmingham and Julian House in Bath, with all other sales proceeds going to the host venue to help through a traditionally quiet month for the hospitality scene.
Every gig is unique, but one thing remains the same. You’ll be fed and watered, you’ll laugh and you’ll be supporting a good cause. Let’s be honest, what else is this much fun in January? All organisers and comedians donate their time for Belly Laughs.
Belly Laughs team said: “We do stuff in that area where food, comedy and doing good stuff for others meets. We’re really excited to be spreading our wings for a second year and always blown away by people’s generosity at these events and am sure we can raise some money for SIFA Fireside and Julian House whilst having a bit of a laugh at the same time”.
Belly Laughs pop-up comedy gigs partner with independent food and drink venues during the traditionally quiet month of January in order to give the local economy a boost. It gives everyone a chance to feel a bit jolly after the excitement of Christmas has passed and all the decorations have been put away.
About the charities that Belly Laughs is supporting
Julian House operates more than 40 different projects, accommodation sites and social enterprises across the Southwest. These include homeless outreach services and a 20-bed emergency access hostel in the centre of Bath.
SIFA Fireside, a charity that supports vulnerable and at-risk individuals. These include adults experiencing homelessness, escaping domestic abuse, adults with complex needs and people who require support after leaving prison.
They want to build a just society where socially excluded people are supported and empowered to build sustainable, independent lives. Their projects not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why people are forced onto the streets.