Back for a second year, The Birmingham Footnotes Comedy Society present their mix of high energy, almost absurd and delightfully daft sketches. ‘Charming, funny and self-aware in the best possible way’ **** (EdFringeReview.com). ‘They may seem like a bunch of nutters, but the Footnotes are wonderfully adept at making people laugh as much and as hard as possible’ (Redbrick Newspaper).
Birmingham Footnotes present Raw Animal Magnetism at The Amos Room
Written by Alex Blanchard
There is perhaps nothing more pathetic than that sickly, lachrymose laughter that intersperses those mid-day replays of ‘Animals do the funniest things’. It’s as odious as it is patronising, and, as it turns out, wholly misguided – animals don’t do the funniest things. Luckily, the Birmingham Footnotes have found a cure to this abomination in the format ‘People dressed as Animals do the funniest things’.
Consisting of a series of animal-themed sketches, glued with a bizarre video narrative – and hence a wholly indiscernible plot – culminating in a dead horse and a husband that turns into a pig, the Birmingham Footnotes seem to have surpassed the absurdity of any of their past productions.
In our third podcast, hosted by Sarah Wood and Matt Cullane, we hear about the time-travelling exploits of Richard Higgs, the raisin-distributing fun with Hazel Nash, we learn how to tell a story with Darcy Luke, about Jacob Lovick’s ‘interesting’ people and also have an exclusive interview with Josie Long.
Preview: Birmingham Footnotes presents And Now on BBC3
Let’s face it, we as a generation are easily distracted. With the internet, social media, over 1000 channels of digital tv, it’s easy enough to- my teeth feel weird. Should I get them checked up? Maybe it’s normal swelling. Like an ibuprofen could fix it. Or maybe if I- God it gets dark early this time of year. I’ve barely gotten up and it’s pitch black.
Don’t Be a Dickhead 2: Electric BOOgaloo at Bristol Pear
Following the success of its first showcase at the beginning of term, the Birmingham Footnotes Comedy Society returned this week with a second instalment of comedy entertainment, Don’t be a Dickhead 2: Electric BOOgaloo. Compered by the enthusiastic and engaging Matt Saull and Jack Toop, a variety of fresh, innovative and outrageous comedians were welcomed to the stage. As the name suggests this night had one rule only: don’t be a dickhead! In short, this meant no intimidation or heckling from the audience, with the idea of creating a friendly, encouraging atmosphere for students to deliver their comedy.
The Footnotes present: A Comedy Tour of Birmingha-ha-ha
Saturday’s promise of an alternative view on life in Birmingham was music to the ears of anybody sick of being dragged to the same old Broad Street clubs.
As with any other major city, Birmingham has so much more to offer than is usually visible to the unguided eye and Saturday’s tour sought to highlight the very best of this city’s underbelly. Many would be forgiven in thinking that the Bull Ring, New Street and Broad Street represented the extent of what living in Birmingham has to offer but to think like this would be to miss out on the masses of opportunity this city has to offer to those who dare to delve a little deeper.
Redbrick Review: "Footnotes Sketch Off at The Beorma Bar"
What could be more fun than watching some great sketches from your university’s comedy society? Watching them compete with other hilarious pieces in a feisty “sketch off” of course! Thursday night saw Birmingham’s ‘Footnotes’ society take on a London-based duo, ‘The Awkward Silence’ in a battle of wits. The evening showcased a lot of young talent, with some cleverly-written, well-performed pieces from both groups, supplemented by confident and amusing anecdotes from the two compares.
Here is our first ever podcast, hosted by Mikey Brownlee and featuring the comedic talents of a deconstructive Chazz Redhead, a fetishistic Dory Wainwright, the political-impressionist George Court, the man-with-his-cock-out Luke Shepherd and our very own poet laureate ‘Leonard’ as well as sketches, plugs and other silliness.
The high levels of talent assembled in Birmingham University’s Beorma Bar for the Comedy Society’s new material night makes it easy to imagine that the group is nurturing future industry professionals.
Although in part clumsy and unpolished, the night was full of warmth and energy; one may have anticipated nerves when watching a group of amateurs attempting to amuse their judging peers, but in fact the room was brimming with confidence.
Comedy Society Presents…The University of West Midlands at The Amos Room
The University of West Midlands was a charming example of excellent observational comedy combined with a dark and slightly twisted edge that had us chuckling away for the best part of the evening. This well written piece had a few patchy moments but was undoubtedly one of the best shows the Comedy Society has put on this year mocking anything and everything about university life.