Final preparations for four-day comedy festival in Stourbridge - starring The Chase star Paul Sinha and Seann Walsh

By Dayna Farrington | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Final preparations are under way for the first ever comedy festival at a Stourbridge pub this weekend – which kicks off tonight with a sell-out show featuring The Chase star Paul Sinha.

Paul Sinha

Fitz Fest will featured 13 acts over four nights from today to Sunday in a specially constructed marquee at Katie Fitzgerald's in Wollaston.

The sold-out opening night is headlined by quiz master Sinha, best known outside of stand-up as the Sinnerman on the popular ITV quiz show.

It will also feature Nick Page, a semi-finalist on this year's Britain's Got Talent.

Tickets are still available for the shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Seann Walsh

Observational comic Seann Walsh, who has appeared on Live At The Apollo and Mock the Week, will top the bill on closing night on Sunday.

Barbara Nice, the housewife character creation of Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly, will headline Friday and popular Black Country comic Jonny Cole on Saturday.

Jonny Cole


The four-day event is being put on by the organisers of the pub's regular monthly award-winning Fitz of Laughter Comedy Club.

It has been running for nearly four years and put on a host of star stand-up names including Joe Lycett, Tom Stade, Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney.

Dudley comic Wayne Beese, who will be compering the shows, said: "We have sold nearly 350 tickets across the four nights and the response has been phenomenal.

"With the performances of the likes of Lost Voice Guy and Robert White in Britain's Got Talent this week, interest in stand-up comedy is through the roof at the minute.


"We've still got a few tickets left for three of the shows and they all feature amazing acts.

Barbara Nice

"So if you're local, and you enjoyed the comics on BGT, we would urge you to come along and give live comedy a try. This festival gives people the perfect opportunity - and who knows, you may see next year's BGT winner first."

Tickets for Fitz Fest cost £15 per show plus booking fees – or two shows for £25.

For more information or to book tickets, visit

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.


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