Sun 2 April
Made in Britain is Tez Ilyas’ first nationwide tour. After the success of his debut show, TEZ Talks, his new performance looks set to follow in its footsteps having already been critically acclaimed. TEZ Talks saw packed out audiences in 2015 and had huge commercial success at Edinburgh Fringe. He also put on a sold-out run at London’s Soho Theatre, with additional dates at the prestigious Southbank Centre. The show was then adapted into a BBC Radio 4 series, which has been recommissioned to return in 2017. His openness is the key to his performances, whether it’s discussing dating a white girl or his pilgrimage to Mecca. Ilyas provides excellent communication of what it means to sit on the intersection of two cultures.
Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell
Thurs 6 April
Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell (above) come together for their tour Hit The Road, with extra dates added by popular demand. Ruffell performs her third show Common, which explores her dodgy family history and her working-class roots. Since beginning her comedy career at the age of 23, she has supported a host of big names, including Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe. Ruffell is followed by Tom Allen, who maintains his always hilarious, quick-witted, totally unique point of view. Having spent a number of years with the National Youth Theatre, he is no stranger to the stage and has already supported Sarah Millican.
Sun 9 April
Preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe, Phill Jupitus returns to Brighton to try out his newest material – Work In Progress. Jupitus is famed as a stand-up comedian, poet and improvisor. He first found fame as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 1996 and stayed there for 19 years. He’s a regular on BBC Radio 4 and creates documentaries for the channel. As a stand up, he has performed two UK tours: the Star Wars-themed Jedi, Steady, Go in 1996 and Quadrophobia in 1999. Jupitus is fresh off of tour with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where he starred as Baron Bomburst/Lord Scrumptious.
Sat 1 April
Sean Lock comes to Brighton Dome with his Keep It Light tour. He tours once every three years so don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning funny man. Lock is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed comedians and has been on the stage for over 15 years. He pairs his hyperactive imagination with some surreal imagery to create one of his best shows to date. He’s been lucky enough to tour the world with previous shows, appearing in Edinburgh, Melbourne and Montreal. He previously won a British Comedy Award for Best Stand Up, but you might recognise Lock from his long stint as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Sun 9 April
Rob Beckett heads to Brighton Dome with Mouth of the South. The show discusses the big issues, like Kit-Kats and flatbread. His show includes a lot of chat about relationships, as the comic is recently married. He chirpily discusses toilet accidents and holiday meltdowns. The excitable Londoner is currently starring as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats on Channel 4 and hosts Absolute Radio’s Rock’n’Roll Football show. Alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith, he’s part of Dave’s podcast The Magic Sponge. Following his show, Beckett is known to stand at the door and shake the hand of everyone in the audience, a testament to his title as the nicest guy in comedy.
Sun 9 April
The Pub Landlord suggests Let’s Go Backwards Together, on his latest tour. Critically acclaimed Al Murray creates a show that begins a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain. He discusses those all-important, opinion-splitting topics like Europe, the NHS, the Middle East and fortnightly bin collections. Murray is one of the biggest names in comedy and his show is bound to be a sell out. His break came in 1994 when he was invited to compere at Harry Hill’s Edinburgh show Pub Internationale, thus the Pub Landlord character was born. Murray was once ruled out of running for the Perrier Award for being too popular!
Howard Read & Colin Hoult
Tues 11 April
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Howard Read and Colin Hoult (above) bring a double bill of Edinburgh previews to Ropetackle. The first act will be Big Howard Little Howard: Man & Boy. Read is one of the most imaginative and creative performers on the circuit and this show is no different. He brings his cartoon alter ego, first born on a CBBC show, to Brighton. However, this show is NOT for children! A mixture of stand-up, music, animation, cartoon six year olds and disturbing shrieking noises, it may be adults only but Read reserves the right to be extremely childish. The second act is Colin Hoult as the award-winning Anna Mann, a show that is as absurd and unpredictable as it’s predecessor. Colin has previously appeared in Derek, Murder in Successville and Being Human.
Fri 14 April
Is that Chris Ramsey? Of course it is! Everyone knows his face nowadays – being a regular on most TV comedy shows it would be hard to miss him. He’s performed at the Royal Variety Performance and, in complete contrast, is also often on Celebrity Juice. Born in South Shields, the North-Easterner is embarking on his biggest UK tour yet. He has performed five solo stand-up shows at Edinburgh Festival and recently hosted his own TV programme, The Chris Ramsey Show, inviting celebrity pals to come and hang out in his basement for a series of funny challenges. Ramsey exudes enthusiasm and proves pretty dependable when it comes to getting the big laughs.
Weds 19 April
Theatre Royal welcomes Simon Brodkin, Britain’s ‘greatest hoaxer’ and multi-character funny man to the stage. His ever-cheerful Lee Nelson character relentlessly teases the audience, cracking through regional stereotypes and by no means taking the easy route with his council estate persona. Channel 4 recently broadcast a TV series following all of Brodkin’s best hoaxes. This saw him targeting high-profile people, and sometimes getting arrested along the way. This deluge of fearless pranks ranges from his attempts to board a plane at Luton Airport with the English World Cup squad, to invading the stage during Kanye West’s 2015 Glastonbury set and giving out Nazi-themed balls at Trump’s golf club opening.
Sun 23 April
The King of Edinburgh Fringe brings his The Best tour to Brighton. Richard Herring has compiled the best moments of his 12 one-man shows into 90 minutes of comedic excellence. The Metro columnist covers everything from deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to his theory that racists are less racist than Liberals. Intertwined throughout are the best knob jokes in the business. Herring began performing comedy shows in his sixth form common room, before connecting with Stewart Lee and becoming a double act. He has now performed over 38 Edinburgh shows. The tour is a brilliant intro to the influential cult comedian for beginners and a welcome greatest hits for long time fans.