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A bellyful of pizza and laughs at B Block

A comedy gig at a retirement village? Are you having a laugh? Yet that’s exactly what happened at B Block Pizzeria recently.

More than one hundred guests enjoyed B Block’s artisan wood-fired pizzas and then got to see some of the UK’s top comedians, including Sara Barron, James Trickey, Ed Gamble and Josh Widdicombe from Channel 4’s The Last Leg.

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Belly Laughs

The sold out gig was organised by Belly Laughs founder and stand-up comedian, Mark Olver and showcased an amazing line-up of both comedy and food.

Belly Laughs is a series of comedy gigs that are held every January in restaurants and cafes around Bristol to raise money for the Julian Trust, which supports rough sleepers.

Mark Olver said: “The idea behind Belly Laughs is to do comedy nights in venues that wouldn’t normally host  events and I loved the idea of doing a gig in a retirement village.

“Adrian Kirikmaa was really enthusiastic about getting B Block involved and seeing how they transformed the venue for the night, I couldn’t believe how perfect it was – it felt just like a comedy club.”

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Rave reviews

B Block is located in the former Somerdale Factory, which has been redeveloped by Bristol-based charity The St Monica Trust into a £60 million retirement village.

Since it opened last year, B Block has earned rave reviews from food critics and recently sponsored the relaunched Keynsham 10k.

St Monica Trust’s Food Development Manager, Adrian Kirikmaa said: “It was great to have 120 people in B Block enjoying comedy and pizza. “Mark did a fantastic in organising the event and putting together such an amazing line-up of comedians, which raised £1,000 for the Julian Trust.

"The success of the comedy gig has really shown the possibilities of B Block as a venue for live entertainment. We already hold regular film nights at B Block and hope to be hosting more events like this in the future.”

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Open daily

Open from 7.30am until 9.30pm daily, B Block serves authentic wood fired pizzas, the best coffee from local roasters Brian Wogan and a range of salads, paninis, baguettes and mouth-watering pastries.

For more information on upcoming events at B Block follow the restaurant on social media @BBlockPizza on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.b-blockpizza.co.uk.

Belly Laughs has now finished for 2019, but you can find out more about any upcoming comedy gigs by following @bellylaughs2 on Twitter.

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