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Wolverhampton Stand Up Comedy Challenge is back with new lambs …to the s-laughter

The Wolverhampton stand-up comedy challenge is returning on Thursday 26th April 2018 with a whole new bunch of local business comedy first-timers, willing to try their hand at a bit of stand up comedy as part of the Black Country Business Festival (23 April – 4 May).

These exceptionally daring, business individuals will be performing a live, original, five-minute stand up comedy routinein front of their colleagues, clients, friends and family, in a bid to be crowned the second ever ‘Wolverhampton Stand Up Challenge Champion’.

Having signed up to months of secret preparation and training, the daring, unwitting 2018 Wolverhampton Stand Up Challenge participants are revealed for the first time - in full dramatical, spectacular style - as being:

  • Sarah Bishop, Recruit Recruit

  • Julian Britton, Molineux Stadium

  • Kim Izzard, Brookstreet

  • Paul Lewis, Forces Recruitment Services

  • James Thomas-Horton, Casino 36

  • Iain Watkins, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Paul Lewis, director of Forces Recruitment Services said, “I am ex-Army-turned-business owner, that works extraordinarily long hours in a bid to help ex-forces personnel gain employment. My life is all ex-forces and going to Barmouth to relax.

“I have never done anything like this before and actually, I don’t think I am funny. But I do like a challenge - and quite frankly, just seeing my face on stage will probably make everyone laugh.”

It’s not all in vain because, at the same time, the whole evening is raising money for a great charity – the Big Difference Company – a midlands based organisation that is committed to life changing schemes and projects.

Tickets to the event are available to buy at for anyone wishing to spend an evening formally laughing at the unsuspecting contestants. Hosted by a secret, undisclosed, celebrity comedian, the evening certainly promises to be a night of extreme entertainment.

The Stand Up Challenge is sponsored by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the Black Country Business Festival, Creative Black Country and supported by the Molineux Stadium and is presented by Associate Events Ltd.

Held once again at the impressive Molineux Stadium, this is the second Wolverhampton event following the inaugural challenge in November 2017 which was won by BodyKraft owner, Dawn Owen.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said, “It’s really important that the business community gets behind initiatives such as these which allow people to have a laugh whilst raising money for a good cause.

“It’s one of the more light-hearted events in the Business Festival but it is equally as important because it shows that that the Black Country works hard, plays hard and that this region is a great place to live, work and do business.

Tickets and further details are available on the Stand Up Challenge website and the Calendar of Events section on the Black Country Business Festival website

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