As an international magician of mystery, it could be said that I live life at high speed and very much ‘on the edge’. Due to high demand for my act and non-stop personal appearances around the central Birmingham area, it’s not very often that I’m able take my foot off the entertainment pedal. But when cancellations do occasionally happen, I like nothing better than to kick back and relax in front of the tv. If Strictly’s not on, my next favourite thing to watch would be one of my many DVDs. I slip into my fresian cow print onesie, grab a large bowl of wasabi popcorn and settle down to watch a great animation; Madagascar, Ice Age, Ivor the Engine – I love anything that makes me laugh out loud. Well, imagine my glee and delight when the lovely Claire from Small World Animations dropped the Funny Peelings animation into my inbox! I’ve never found bananas particularly funny before (apart from when my neighbour Keith slipped on one in the street, he split his trousers, it was hilarious) but this film completely changed my mind – Funny Peelings – an animation of the highest quality and an even higher vitamin and mineral content, created by Small World Animations, the children of Birmingham and a fruit basket
Nine year old Chelsea is one of the lucky winners of this year’s Gigglefest Make ‘em Laugh Joke Competition. Chelsea is seen here collecting her fantastic reward from the Library of Birmingham’s Children’s Library Manager, Linda Monk. Our friends at Booktrust donated a set of books nominated for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the competition, which book lover Chelsea won a share of. Well done Chelsea! Keep giggling!
Hello gagsters, Amanda Cadabra here with a cheeky little vid, courtesy of the wildly wonderful Isabelle at Comedy Club 4 Kids. MC Jim Smallman is seen warming up the Gigglefest crowd – can you spot yourself in the audience?!
Pop along to the Studio Theatre in the Library of Birmingham at 5pm for a selection of short family films that are sure to get you slapping your thighs and chortling with laughter in the aisles. From hopping operatic frogs to church-going sheep, this selection of films feature all types of creatures getting up to the funniest things. Capping things off will be ‘the great stone face’ himself, Buster Keaton, doing what he did best – making people laugh. The screening will be compered by actor, Sarah Hamilton Baker.
A jolly hello and caps off to you, gigglers, what a wonderful day we’re having! Amanda Cadabra here reporting from Gigglefest HQ on this afternoon’s belly-wobbling acts of wonderment. The Comedy Club 4 Kids was bound to be a sure fire hit – 3 excellent comedians for 1 whole hour, locked in a theatre with almost 300 expectant children and family members – what could possibly go wrong?!
Warming up the audience nicely was MC Jim Smallman. Saying that, he wasn’t a small man at all, in fact, I’d say he was slightly taller than your average comedian. Fresh from this morning’s Comedy Academy workshop he led the whole audience in an explosive Mexican Wave to welcome our intrepid comedy pioneers – the first stand-up in the Library of Birmingham. Would they meet the high expectations of our critical audience? High flyers or belly floppers?
First up was the hilarious Geoff Norcott, who who did fantastic impressions of Golem and Donkey from Shrek!
Ace axesmith (and not really Spanish at all) Duncan Oakley headed the bill. I loved his gato song and so did the audience, who begged for more, more, more. Duncan delivered more musical mayhem with songs about rollerskating naked in the park and a finding a headless bird in the road. Wholesome family entertainment or what?!