Funny Things

Laughter is the best medicine (so they say) and Creative Black Country have just the thing to get you chortling. In a bid to prove that Wolverhampton certainly isn’t the unhappiest place in the UK (as stated in a report from the Office of National Statistics), Creative Black Country together with Wolves Civic and Accord present FUNNY THINGS, Wolverhampton’s newest comedy festival.

From 23 October – 7 November Wolverhampton will be home to over 100 events exploring humour and comedy, ranging from theatre and family activities to standup and artist commissions. And of course, Flatpack:Assemble are on hand to throw in a healthy dose of funny film events too…

Silent Clowns: A Slapstick Workshop
Wednesday 25 October
In this workshop, we’ll be introducing a group of budding silent comedians to some of the funniest scenes from the silent film era, and teaching them the tricks of the silent comedy trade through clowning, games, and performing little skits.

Custard Pie Ceremony with Live Score
Wednesday 25 October
In 1909, veteran comic Ben Turpin became the first film actor to get hit in the face with a custard pie. After that, everyone was at it, and it became a staple for silent comedies. We’ll be celebrating the art of throwing the custard pie with a selection of silent and sound shorts and extracts.

A Century of Chaplin with live accompaniment
Saturday 28 October
We’ll be showcasing some of the funniest moments from the Chaplin archive in this short film compilation in honour of Chaplin’s centenary.

What We Do in the Shadows
Tuesday 31 October
Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead whilst maintaining an age-old rivalry with the local werewolves.

Dots & Loops #5 with Louis Hudson & Ian Ravenscroft
Thursday 2 November
Flatpack’s popular short film night is back with a comic twist.

DIY Drive-in: Nature’s Tales
Saturday 4 November
For this family-friendly event aimed at 2-8 year olds, families are invited to join us for a DIY drive in cinema experience. We’ll be building our own cars using scrap and craft materials and then settling in to watch Nature’s Tales.

See also:

Jambo Cinema
26 October – 26 November 2017
Step inside Uncle & Aunty Bansal’s 1980s Indian-Kenyan living room. Curated by Dawinder Bansal, this exhibition was inspired by her upbringing in her parents’ corner shop renting VHS tapes to newly arrived and established Indian and Pakistani migrant communities in Wolverhampton.

The festival takes place 23 October – 7 November in venues across Wolverhampton. For the full programme and to find out more, head over to the Funny Things website.

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"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member