International Weekend of Wellbeing 2019
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 weirding the audience out with his observational, dry style, pitching himself as an intro act to the preceding Change Vibration Movement's Soundbath, where he… not so relaxingly, made the audience endure an entire Tina Turner song find song name!.
The meditative sound bath transformed our audience into a state of complete tranquil relaxation, Rebecca from Change Vibration Movement used her Himalayan singing bowl to entrance the senses complimented by her assistant who gave audience members therapeutic traditional message to full relax the body and the mind.
The fun didn't stop there as our comedy choir popped up in various locations throughout the city to bring barrels of gaggles and giggles to the delight of the people of Liverpool
And that's just the start! On top of our hoard of shows and pop up performances we also hosted a fun for all ages, wellbeing marketplace inside the stunning Courtyard Bar and Kitchen complemented by the backdrop of the infamous St Georges Hall. This included a pedal powered smoothie bike, sound bath and massage experience by Change Vibration Movement, Forest Bathing experience, the wonderful world of Virtual Reality Meditation, Mindfulness Colouring, face painting, DIY stress balls, kids wellbeing crafts....and stalls hosted by The Comedy Trust, Reel Tours, Mersey Forest and Funny Looking.
To top all of that off...(yes even more!) our World's Smallest Comedy Club made an appearance hosting comedy shows to an intimate audience of just 4 people! Our unique comedy experience was then followed by a feature from Danny Bradley in his commissioned Comedy Hypnosis Experience created especially for the Liverpool Comedy Festival! PHEW...and breathe!
And with that we'll leave you with the comedy hypnosis experience itself.....enjoy!
✨Supported by: Liverpool City Council, Culture Liverpool, Mayor of Liverpool
🥰 With thanks: Liverpool's Royal Court, Courtyard Bar & Kitchen, Liverpool's Royal Court Community Choir, Gav Cross: Storyteller / Funny Looking, Chris Jenkins (Aka Top Joe), Liam Hale, Danny Bradley Music, Gary Lunt (Reel Tours), The Mersey Forest, Change Vibration Movement, Urban Smoothie Bikes, Go Hire, Kids stall hosts (Dan Pike, Jackie Pike, Ryan Davies) and lastly The Comedy Trust team Helen Holden, Susie Bennett, Sam Avery Alexander Murphy and Charlene Davies.