MINDOUT FOR THE LAUGHS
Weds 2 August
Us Brightonians can’t get enough of Pride, so join us for a bumper night of pre-Pride entertainment at the hilarious comedy cabaret fundraiser MindOut for the Laughs. MindOut’s work helps those from the local LGBTQ community suffering with mental health issues. Hosts for the night, Spice, lend their vocal prowess to the shimmering and glamorous lineup of talent, featuring the outstanding vocals of Laura Nixon as Marilyn Monroe, award winning comedian Zoe Lyons, King of cabaret noir Joe Black, Brighton icon Dolly Rocket, the choral delights of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus – and not forgetting super sharp comedian Debra Jane Appelby. Kickstart your month with this unmissable charity event.
Fri 4 Aug
The BLINGO crew are locked and loaded for a night of bingo, breakin’ and booty shakin’ as they bring their hip-hop, R’n’B, comedy game show down to Brighton. After selling out their London launch and receiving an onslaught of ticket requests, they thought it was about time to bless Brighton with the flyest full house party since the Queen’s Jubilee (but with a little more bling). Expect phat prizes, dance-offs and lip-sync battles as old skool MC’s bust the numbers and drop the beats.
Sat 5 – Sun 6 Aug
Critically acclaimed comedy superstar Russell Howard is coming to Brighton Dome on his biggest world tour yet following a three-year break from the live stage. He aims to bring you ‘a giggle in the gloom’, light-heartedly and hilariously sharing his views on political and social truths with a lack of subtlety and a whole lot of vibrancy. Russell Howard is one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up and host of smash-hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News. This time round he offers a night full of passion, emotion and – of course – fantastic humour.
KRATER: ADDY VAN DER BORGH & MORE
Fri 11 Aug
Krater Comedy Club brings you a cocktail of fantastic English stand-up comedians. Including comic genius Addy Van Der Borgh who earned The Guardian’s opinion of “an excellent stand-up with intelligence and wit”. His inventive comedy and physicality means you’re in for a consistently hilarious time. Van Der Borgh is joined by magician/comedian Pete Firman who brings to the stage an electric atmosphere which promises to get you on the edge of your seat as he performs trick after trick while keeping the jokes coming non-stop. Dan Nightingale also joins the gang as he shares the tried and true comedy topics of life through his eyes. Hosted by Stephen Grant who possesses electric energy and intellect, this one will bring in the dynamite laughs all night long.
KRATER: ANDREW BIRD & MORE
Sat 19 Aug
The engaging and loveable Stephen Grant hosts another fantastic comedy night with the Krater Comedy Club. Alongside him will be the popular and experienced Jeff Innocent, as well as exciting rising star Andrew Bird (not to be confused with the musician!). Bird creates an engaging combination of childhood stories and recent anecdotes, “Effortlessly engaging and funny as hell” (Time Out), his inclusive and relatable style gains him laughs of recognition and shared experiences. Voted the UK’s best live comic of 2016, Jeff Innocent demonstrates hugely likeable, thought-out comedy and shares his honest social viewpoints while sustaining the comedy.
JO NEARY & FRIENDS
Mon 21 Aug
Caroline of Brunswick
British comedian, writer, actress and master of the art of creating and sustaining believable characters, Jo Neary, is joined by the likes of Dyball & Kerr, Phil Jerrod and George Egg at the Caroline of Brunswick pub. They’ll bring you a variety of character comedy, sketches, stand-up and intriguing oddities with bags of character, providing an evening overflowing with laughs and energy. Dyball & Kerr are a character comedy duo who have gained a reputation for well-crafted, high-class sketch performances. Phil Jerrod’s humour is straightforwardly observational as he shares relatable stories of his middle-class background, his working life – and his beard. Internationally acclaimed comedian George Egg brings a surreal and bizarre combination of stand-up comedy and prominent innovation into the mix.
KRATER: ALLYSON JUNE & MORE
Fri 25 Aug
Paul Thorne, Allyson June Smith and Steve Shanyaski form yet another unmissable comedy night from the Krater Comedy Club. Paul Thorne’s provocative topical gags and spontaneous wit, not to mention his surreal comedy songs make him a wonderfully assured performer. Joined by Allyson June Smith who uses her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up as well as hilariously insightful commentary to create excellent performances that never fail to make her audiences laugh. She even held a nomination for the Canadian Comedy Award for best live stand-up, which can be credited to her genuine and unique sense of humour. Steve Shanyaski provides whirlwind performances and thrilling routines which have constantly proven a hit, the key to his act being his energy and silliness. The evening is MC’d by dynamic observational stand-up comedian Damian Clark, whose infectious energy and childlike outlook has his audiences in hysterics from the get-go.
SIR KEN DODD
Sun 27 Aug
Theatre Royal Brighton
Presented by a true comedy genius and his guests, come and enjoy Sir Ken Dodd’s famous Happiness Show and you’ll be utterly discumknockerated (that’s Knotty ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarious (fun-filled) evening of laughter and music from ballads to opera. Ken Dodd was made Sir Ken in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The Master of Mirth, he is a comedian of legendary status – an icon and a national treasure who’s been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of laughter and happiness. Sir Ken Dodd knows his audiences and always gives his audiences what they want most, bringing laughs and cheerfulness from beginning to end.
Thurs 31 Aug
Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
Continuing to delight audiences with his live stand-up, Joe Pasquale shows off his good side, his dark side and his back side in this description defying show. He’s been searching for the fabled ancient merkin of Macedonia, once owned by Genghis Khan’s Nan, who used to wear it for special occasions – if she was popping to Lidl on the way home, for example. Watch Joe Pasquale explain the mysteries of why the four horsemen of the apocalypse will arrive on My Little Ponies, or what exactly was held by Action Man’s gripping hands. Pasquale is one of the most hard-working and top-selling comedians in British comedy today, so be sure not to miss this eccentric and unforgettable performance.
KRATER: MC MIKE GUNN & MORE
Fri 1 Sept
Krater Comedy Club delivers yet another set of brilliant comics. MC’d by one of the most sought- after and accomplished comedians in the UK, Mike Gunn, whose original talent – distinguished by his trademark, to the point and lugubrious dark humour, killer punch lines and exemplary delivery – sent him performing sell-out shows around the globe. Presenting Rich Wilson, one of the country’s finest comedians who has the unique ability to tame the toughest audiences with his commanding presence and impeccable timing. The highly entertaining comedy duo Raymond & Mr Timpkins bless the stage with their contagiously animated energy, while Daliso Chaponda (who came third in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent) explores familiar topics with a cynical yet extremely enjoyable tone, having the ability to joke about controversial topics while maintaining a light-hearted feel.