After noticing January was a quiet period for both restaurants and for his comedian friends, Mark Olver started Belly Laughs to showcase the city’s food and comedy talent.
For its third annual outing, Bristol24/7 are excited to announce our role as media partner for 2020’s Belly Laughs.
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We are excited to not only support local businesses and comedians, but also encourage social action in Bristol, with profits from ticket sales going to The Julian Trust, a homeless charity.
Belly Laughs with Bristol24/7 will see big-name as well as less-known comedians perform in nearly a dozen food and drink locations in and around Bristol.
The event will not only increase footfall for food businesses at a traditionally quiet time of year but ticket sales will also support The Julian Trust, which runs an emergency night shelter on Little Bishop Street in St Paul’s for homeless people and rough sleepers.
Audience members will book tickets without knowing who is billed to perform. Thirteen venues are currently confirmed, including Hart’s Bakery near Temple Meads and Bean Tree Cafe in Staple Hill.
Most tickets will include not only a night of top-quality comedy, but a meal as well. More dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Taking place during the evening between January 8 and January 22, see more details below:
Belly Laughs at The Curry House: Curry and Comedy, 7.30pm-9.30pm, January 5, The Curry House, 393 Bath Road Brislington Bristol BS4 3EU – SOLD OUT
Back by popular demand, we’ll be pairing delicious curry and comedy at Mark’s local Indian restaurant, The Curry House on Bath Road. Come hungry and prepare to laugh. Indian food buffet included in ticket price.
Belly Laughs at Pata Negra: Pintxos and Comedy, 5.30pm-8.30pm, January 8, Pata Negra, 30 Clare Street, BS1 1YH
Enjoy Spanish tapas and wine at Pata Negra. Included in the £20 ticket is a selection of 4 pintxos and a portion of patatas bravas. Pintxos are Pata Negra’s Spanish equivalent of canapés and four delicious options (three of which are vegetarian) will be served.
Belly Laughs at Severnshed: Sunday Roast and Comedy, 6pm-9pm, January 12, Severnshed, The Grove, BS1 4RB – SOLD OUT
Severnshed is located on the Harbourside and sits within Brunel’s 1843 boathouse. Belly Laughs’ returns for the second year for a meat or veggie Sunday roast and dessert. Tickets are £22.50.
Belly Laughs at The Kensington Arms: Burger and Comedy, 7pm-9pm, January 13th, The Kensington Arms, 35-37 Stanley Rd, Bristol BS6 6NP – NEW
The Kensington Arms in Redland brings you an evening of comedy paired with that classic pub meal – a burger, fries and pint. All to raise money for The Julian Trust Homeless Shelter.
Belly Laughs at Small Bar: Wings Diner and Comedy, 7pm-9pm, January 13th, Small Bar, 31 King St, Bristol BS1 4DZ
Pouring the the worlds best beer since 2013, Small Bar love to support independent business and local causes. Along with Wing’s Diner, who make the best chicken in the south west, they’re excited to host this night of food, beer and laughs.
Belly Laughs at Bambalan: Comedy and Food, 5.30pm-8.30pm, January 14, Bambalan, Podium Level, Colston Tower, Colston Street, BS1 4XE – SOLD OUT
A firm Bristol favourite for relaxed dining and drinking, Bambalan is the perfect space for an evening of comedy with the award nominated Belly Laughs. A £20 ticket includes Ticket includes a classic cheese burger, chicken bab or falafel bab and fries and a drink (choice of beer, cider, small wine or something soft).
Belly Laughs at Woky Ko Kaiju: Ramen and Comedy, 6.30pm-8.30pm, January 15, Woky Ko: Kaiju, Unit 25 Cargo 2, Museum St, Bristol BS1 6ZA – NEW
As part of our grand Belly Laughs evening at Wapping Wharf, Woky Ko Kaiju will be rolling out their ramen + beer alongside a live comedian.
Belly Laughs at Gopal’s Curry Shack: food and comedy, 6.30pm-7.30pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm, January 15, Gopal’s Curry Shack, Unit 2, Cargo 2, Museum St, Bristol BS1 6ZA
Enjoy the intimate atmosphere at Gopal’s Curry Shack with delicious vegan food and excellent comedy. Bring your own booze and tuck into a ‘Fully Monkey’ plate and prepare to laugh.
Please not there are two gigs taking place on the same evening at Gopal’s Curry Shack, times are 18.30-19.30 and 20.30-21.30
Belly Laughs at Cargo Cantina: Comedy and food 8.15pm-10.15pm, January 15, Cargo Cantina, 15 Cargo 2, BS1 6ZA – SOLD OUT
A well established favourite in Wapping Wharf, Cargo Cantina is excited to be joining up with Belly Laughs to bring you a night of comedy to raise money for The Julian Trust Homeless Shelter. Arrive early and eat with us before the comedy starts at 8.15pm.
Belly Laughs at Gambas: Tapas and comedy, 8.15pm-10.15pm, January 15, Gambas, Unit 12, Cargo 2, Museum Street, BS1 6ZA – SOLD OUT
Spanish tapas bar Gambas is excited to be joining up with Belly Laughs to bring you a night of comedy to raise money for The Julian Trust Homeless Shelter. Arrive early and eat with us before the comedy starts at 8.15pm.
SOLD OUT – Belly Laughs at Bertha’s: Pizza and Comedy, 7.30pm-10pm, January 15, Bertha’s Pizza, The Old Gaol Stables, Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX – SOLD OUT
Housed in The Old Gaol Stables, Bertha’s Pizza is one of the larger Wapping Wharf venues. Dough is their focus, and toppings on their sourdough bases range from the classics to those lead by seasonal local ingredients and homemade ferments. Any pizza is included in a ticket, which costs £18.
Belly Laughs at Little Victories: Comedy on film, 6pm-8pm. January 15, Little Victories, 7 Gaol Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE
Little Victories, sister venue of Small Street Espresso, is teaming up with Belly Laughs and Encounters Film Festival for an evening of comedy on screen. The programme will showcase hilarious short films drawn from the festival’s 25 year history, presenting a bumper buffet of films about food from a smorgasbord of famous faces, alongside a live MC. The venue is donating the ticket price, plus 50 per cent of their bar take and snack sales to The Julian Trust. Tickets include entry, and a drink. Bar snacks and additional drinks available to purchase on the night.
Belly Laughs at Bean Tree Cafe: Food and Comedy, 7pm-9.30pm, January 16, Bean Tree Cafe, 21 Park Road, BS16 5LB
Grano Kitchen and Bean Tree Cafe will bring you an evening of pizza and comedy. Included in the ticket price is one pizza and salad per guest (margherita or marinara). Tickets are £15.
SOLD OUT – Belly laughs at Bristol Spirit: Naasto Baasto Gujurati Feast & Comedy, 6.30pm-10pm, January 17, Bristol Spirit, 86 Whitehall Road, BS5 9BQ – SOLD OUT
Belly Laughs is teaming up with Bristol Spirit, home of the Bristol pop-up and Naasto Baasto to bring you an evening of delicious cocktails, gujurati food and comedy for £15 a ticket.
Belly Laughs at North Bristol RFC: Food and Comedy, 7.30pm-10pm, January 18, North Bristol Rugby Football Club, Oaklands, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury, BS32 4AG
This comedy night teams up with the North Bristol RFC and included in the ticket price of £17 is a burger, pulled pork roll or a vegetarian option and chips.
SOLD OUT – Belly Laughs at Masa + Mezcal: Mexican food and comedy, 8pm-10pm, January 21, Masa + Mezcal, 77 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RD – SOLD OUT
The award nominated Belly Laughs is teaming up with popular Mexican cantina Masa + Mezcal for an evening of comedy and delicious food to raise money for The Julian Trust Homeless Shelter.
SOLD OUT – Belly Laughs at Hart’s Bakery: Food and Comedy, 6pm-9pm, January 21, Hart’s Bakery, 35 Lower Approach Road, BS1 6QS – SOLD OUT
An evening of homemade pastries, pies, cakes and comedy. Included in the ticket price of £15 are savoury and sweet snacks – bring your own drinks.
Belly Laughs at BBlock: Food and Comedy, 7pm-9.30pm, January 22, BBlock,The Chocolate Quarter, Trajectus Way, Keynsham, BS31 2GJ – SOLD OUT
For the third year in a row, award-winning BBlock is pleased to be partnering with Belly Laughs for an evening of tasty rustic pizza and comedy. Pizza and salad are included. Tickets are £25.
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