Best of Brighton’s Comedy for July 2017


Tues 4 July

Ropetackle Centre

Kathy Lette

Feminist author Kathy Lette says: “Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better. So, she now invites you to her new show – [Girls’ Night Out]. It’s a psychological striptease taking us from puberty blues to menopause blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage daughter wrangling, ageing, toyboys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic, and close encounters of the George Clooney kind en route!

So, grab your girlfriends and come along. Wit, warmth and full-frontal frankness, guaranteed. (Obviously gentlemen may attend, but entirely at your own risqué!)


Tues 4 July


EDINBURGH PREVIEW Tom Lucy & Shappi Korsandi

Some of the best comedians are bringing previews of their shows to Brighton this month, and here’s two of them. Tom Lucy unveils his new work [Tom Lucy Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends]. One of the youngest professional comedians working in the UK and the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2016, Mr Lucy is one of the most exciting acts on the UK scene right now.

Shappi Khorsandi presents [Mistress and Misfit], a show about one of England’s unsung heroines. For too many years, Lady Emma Hamilton was known as simply ‘Nelson’s mistress’ – a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation!) Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice in.


Weds 5 July


EDINBURGH PREVIEWS Maddy Anholt & Sleeping Trees

Yes indeed! It’s another two-headed Edinburgh preview! Character comedian Maddy Anholt returns, following five-star sell-outs at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Soho Theatre, with a new show – [Herselves]. It’s a hilarious hour which delves into a surreal and sparkly world of outlandish characters.

Before they leave the land of movie genres for good, multi-award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees are taking a quick trip to the kingdom of medieval fantasy, delivering an epic more dense than [The Lord of the Rings] and [Game of Thrones] combined, all in under an hour. After discovering a relatively unknown medieval novel in a urinal on a holiday to Cornwall last year, the trio decided there and then that it was their duty to bring the story to the masses…


Weds 12 July

Caroline of Brunswick

Lucy Porter

It’s another perfectly-formed pair of Edinburgh previews! Distinctive, bouncy and feel-good, Lucy Porter’s upbeat comedy has made her a favourite with audiences everywhere for nearly 15 years. Life’s still got plenty to throw at her. The kids are getting older, as is she, and her husband’s acting roles are causing a lot of concern. So, expect a masterclass in how to develop a tightly-knitted routine and bring a room together with some honest reflections.

Paul F Taylor is a one of the UK’s most original and distinctive stand-ups, with a quirky, offbeat brand of humour. As well as being 50% of double act Helm & Taylor, he’s also an accomplished screen writer and actor. Now, he collides brilliant one-liners with surreal and observational flights of fancy to fantastical effect.


Fri 14 July


Alice Marshall 1 - Blood

The winner of the Best Comedy Award at Brighton Fringe 2017 returns with her critically acclaimed character show, [Blood]. There’s new faces and old favourites as she takes her own brand of vicious comedy to the next level. From the world’s worst relationship guru and the angriest air hostess ever, to a wayward bird of paradise hunting for a mate and a girl desperate to marry (If only she could speak), it’s a bizarre collection of characters.

Alice looks at the world through the eyes of the lonely, the hurt, the angry, the mad, the sad, and the completely unhinged. From the erotic to the downright grotesque, character comedy just got nasty – and there will be blood…


Fri 14 July

Ropetackle Centre

July 17 Image

There’s almost too much to talk about right now, if you’re presenting a topical satire show. But The Treason Show are managing to pack in all the latest gaffes, blinders and idiocy, as well as plenty of adoring audiences.

Fresh from showing solidarity to the city’s commuters with their all-singing, some-dancing [Southern Fail], they return once again with the comedy highlight of the summer. With trademark satirical high-jinx and japery, their sights will be aimed at the world of politics, sport and celebrity. Featuring parody songs and topical sketches from a team of over 30 writers, The Treason Show are a satirical force to be reckoned with.


Weds 19 July

Sweet Dukebox

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

There’s nowhere to hide from the Edinburgh previews, as two more talented performers unveil new shows. Mixing behavioural science, character comedy and storytelling, Maria Peters’ [The Science of Cringe] is unashamed about embarrassment. It asks what makes us cringe, and what could we achieve if we ignored it?

A winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award, Katy Schutte has performed with and written for Brighton sketch satire company [The Treason Show] as well has creating the brilliant [Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show]. Now, this exceptional performer tells us her story of trying to find love, despite being – [Schutte the Unromantic].


Weds 26 July

The Old Market

Mrs Hoover - by Pete Betts

If you didn’t know, Joyce Hoover is Brighton’s leading landlady, or ‘hostmother’, and she has strong views on the subject of British identity, British culture and the importance of learning ‘proper English’. Without leaving her little terraced house in Davigdor Road she has extended the hand of international friendship to all four corners of the globe.

She’s provided confused visitors (and baffled Brits, too) with her plain, no-nonsense guide to the essentials of British life – such as how to hold your tea cup, what to say to the Queen and where to buy a bra for only £1. Now, she’s calling it a day. In a gesture of tolerance and inclusiveness befitting her home town, she extends a warm welcome to foreign currencies of all denominations.


Weds 26 July

Sweet Dukebox

FERN Brady7

Two stars of Viceland’s [Brexit Stage Left] present their new hours of stand-up before heading to Edinburgh Fringe. Fern Brady will offer plenty of acerbic insights into modern feminism and the world of comedy. Bold and thoughtful, she may struggle with appearing sincere and being around other women, but she’s set to be huge on both sides of the Atlantic.

The darkly poetic Sean McLoughlin unveils his [You Can’t Ignore Me Forever] show. It’s going to be an evening of soul-baring peppered with plenty of wonderful punchlines. He might be sharing his pain, but this won’t at the expense of the audience or the laughs. It’s a pitch-perfect blend of anxiety and sarcasm, which never gets tiring. Another one to watch…


Weds 26 July

Marlborough Theatre

Tori Scott

Given her singing ability, it seems odd to place this amidst all the comedy – but this one of the funniest and most heart-warming shows you’ll see. Named one of Time Out New York’s ‘Top 10 Cabaret Artists’, Tori Scott makes her hilarious UK Debut with [Thirsty!] It’s a shameless musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories (and songs written by other people).

Direct from sell-out performances at The Public Theater New York, this gifted performer celebrates her poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka set to the music of Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Miley Cyrus and more. It’s tightly crafted, fast-paced and simply fabulous.

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Sun 2 July



Sat 8 July

Brighton Dome


Sun 9 July

Brighton Dome


Thurs 13 July

The Old Market


Fri 14 July

Caroline of Brunswick


Wed 19 July



Weds 26 July

Caroline of Brunswick




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