Well… That was a lot of laughs! (If we do say so ourselves)
With Liverpool Comedy Festival 2019 coming to a close, it’s safe to say it’s been another successful year of silliness, laughter and generally outright #WellFunny antics.
We kicked off our annual festivities of laughter with our very own Laugh Mob with thanks to the lovely folk at Liverpool's Royal Court Community Choir, where various groups began spontaneously laughing in the city centre, drawing curious, yet delighted, attention. As the groups put their classically recognisable red noses on and met centrally as one large ensemble, they, led by choir master Jay, broke into song, starting the festival with a bang.
This year, the festival intertwined with the International Weekend of Wellbeing, giving us the chance to display the true connection between mental wellbeing and comedy. Laughter really is the best medicine and it’s all what our cause is about; healing through laughter!
From citywide stand-up, laughter-mobbing with the Comedy Festival choir, to a whole array of weird and wonderful events at the IWOW, including scary story telling with Gav Cross’ Twisted Tales for Terrible Children (and adults!), relaxing timeouts at the sound bath, kids wellbeing themed crafts, face painting, forest bathing (we’ll get into that), 'World's Smallest Comedy Club' experience, comedy hypnosis and a bicycle powered smoothie machine where attendees had to work for their deliciously sweet health kick!
The IWOW kicked off with Gav Cross, where he both terrified and enthralled the kids, with his spooky rendition of the classic story of The Three Little Pigs (with a nasty twist!)
Gav later took to the Mersey Forest's, Forest Bathing Experience, where he told a slightly more adult version of the story, catering to grown ups and kids alike
Liverpool's Royal Court's studio was brought to life by various comedians throughout the day, including The Comedy Trust’s own Sam Avery sharing the benefits of instilling more laughter into our lives to improve our wellbeing, followed by Liam Hale's family friendly comedy fun ("TAPE MUMMY!") and Chris Jenkins (a.k.a. Top Joe's) spiritual (hilarious) conference