Friday 8 February 2019

A comedy club for Birmingham parents at Symphony Hall

Getting out and about when you have a baby is really important and now that we are starting to find out feet a little with Sullivan being seven weeks old, I am looking at things we can do together and new experiences to try.

The lovely team at Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham has been keeping me posted on their family friendly events (and other things they think will be up my street), as their proud blogger ambassador, which is how I've learnt about a new comedy club for parents. That's right, comedy events you can go to during the day and enjoy some adult entertainment whilst your baby plays!

It's such a great idea and something different to add to my maternity leave 'must do' list.

Here's all the details in case this is something you'd enjoy going to too...

A new comedy club for Birmingham parents comes to Symphony Hall

Families can enjoy a different kind of day out with Bring Your Own Baby Comedy, the UK’s premier baby friendly comedy club which launched at Symphony Hall on January 24th. 

The opening event was a roaring success with Mums, Dads and little ones from around the region enjoying an afternoon of amazing comedy, with local acts Karen Bayley, who recently supported Joe Lycett on his UK tour, Josh Pugh and MC Chris Purchase.

The show will return to Symphony Hall on 12th March at 12pm with comedians Dana Alexander Harriet Dyer and MC Chris Purchase. Each show includes two acts, plus a compere, with a 15 minute interval, with the whole show lasting approximately 75 minutes.

Soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing are all provided so that babies are happy and parents can relax, have a coffee and be entertained. If parents need to whip out a bum (the babies please!) a boob or a bottle, please feel free and comics won’t mind being heckled by younger guests!

Bring Your Own Baby comedy was ‘conceived’ over a glass of wine, as friends and professional comedians Carly Smallman and Alyssa Kyria were discussing the world of comedy and motherhood.

Mum of one, Alyssa, who suffered with post natal depression after the birth of her daughter, was recounting how nervous she felt about going out with her baby and how she really needed a good old laugh! Would there be good facilities for a little one? Would people judge her for whipping out a boob or a bum?

Co-founder of BYOB, Carly Smallman said;

“Alyssa and I started BYOB when she was having a tough time after the birth of her daughter.  Since then we have wanted to share to laughter with as many new parents as possible.  Our first show at Symphony Hall was a huge success - we absolutely loved it, and loved seeing so many Brummie Mummies (and Daddies!) smiling, laughing and enjoying something just for them.  We are so excited to be bringing more shows to Birmingham and hope the word spreads!”

Programme Manager at THSH, Chris Proctor said;

“We were delighted to welcome Bring Your Own Baby Comedy to Birmingham for their first ever show in the city. We’re constantly looking for opportunities to welcome more people to our venues, and diversifying our programming offer, and this opportunity was too good to miss. From a personal perspective, having become a father for the first time in the last year, I was really taken aback by the approach that Bring Your Own Baby Comedy take towards these kinds of events – empowering new parents to get out and about and to have a bit of fun over a lunchtime - so the decision was an easy one to make! With the first show selling out, we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming shows in March and June, and to developing this new working relationship over the long-term.”

Town Hall Symphony Hall hosts a range of family events including the free monthly Midweek Explorer and Musical Picnic sessions. February’s Musical Picnic features Kora­ playing maverick Jally Kebba Susso who will take you on a journey into past, present and future with his wonderful 21­-string West African instrument.

Musical Picnic with Jally Kebba Susso will be on the Symphony Hall foyer on Saturday 9 February at 10:30am.

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy returns to Symphony Hall on Monday 12 March and 20 June at 12pm. Visit  or call the box office on 0121 780 3333 to book tickets.

*Please note: each comic will be performing their usual adult material, which is why there is a 12 month age limit for little laughers.


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