Thurs 2 Feb
The Old Market
This multi award-winning comedian offers up a new, and most probably ground-breaking, stand-up show. Over the years, he’s drawn a fiercely loyal fanbase with his intricate and inventive comedic mind. From explorations of game-changing work by Danish philosophers, to creating ingenious and slightly useless inventions, he’s unpredictable and brilliant. A British Comedy Award nominee, Perrier Award nominee and Chortle Award winner, Munnery is also the star of Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience and often heard on Radio 4’s News Quiz, Now he’s creating a coherent, well-rounded show which is obviously easy to define in 120 words. Now he promises an opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments.
Sun 5 Feb
For those of you still catching up, Smiley Sunday is a regular charity comedy night, which highlights some of the South East’s best talent. Now this hugely popular and friendly night returns to Doctor Brightons, for a few laughs and to raise some funds for The Rainbow Fund. Admission is recession-busting £3 and all proceeds will be going to a very worthy cause. On the night, there will be a fabulous raffle, plenty of happy hour prices at the bar all night (which includes some tempting buy one get one free cocktails), and a truly unmissable line-up. Amongst the funny folk on hand are: Trev Tokabi, Heather Minor, Carl Carzana, Alex Petrovic, Steve Pepper, Emi d’Escrivan and headliner Victoria Howden. Beat that!
ANNA MORRIS: IT’S GOT TO BE PERFECT
Sun 5 Feb
Winner of Best Show at 2016’s Funny Women Awards and selling out Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and 2016, Anna Morris returns with her effortlessly smart and brilliant show. Star of her very own viral YouTube series; Georgina’s Wedding Blogs, Georgina Francis invites members of the public to attend one of her many wedding rehearsals and help make it PERFECT for the big day. A high energy, semi-improvised show, anything can (and will) happen in It’s Got To Be Perfect. Georgina is on the verge of a wedding related breakdown. Can the audience help her hold it together? With shambolic attempts at entertaining her guests, outrageous wedding plans, ridiculous rules and crazy commands, audience members are roped into playing the most important wedding roles culminating in a shocking finale.
Tues 7 Feb
The Old Market
John Shuttleworth hits the road following appearances on Celebrity Antiques Roadshow and the second series of Radio 4’s John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music for his farewell tour – My Last Will and Tasty Mint. A recent health scare (well, a mild bout of sciatica) has made him focus on his mortality, and the many things he needs to do before the inevitable move into a hospice. Can sole agent, Ken Worthington pull out the stops and make John a star before his retirement? As befits a man living on borrowed time – John considers life’s major issues: the rise in popularity of hi-viz protective wear, the suitability of the plastic lid on takeaway coffee cups, and the excitement he felt when sucking his first mint.
Weds 8 – Fri 10 Feb
The Old Market
With his trademark boundless energy and scant regard for established comedy tradition, James Acaster hits The Old Market with a trilogy of his acclaimed stand-up shows. Recognise, Represent and Reset all perfectly show off his sweeping talents. Nominated for more Edinburgh Comedy Awards than anybody else, he excels at is whimsical observational humour. Creating narratives which meanderingly take in some incredibly clever wordplay and forthright opinions into an intricately imaginative comic narrative. He doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t know what he believes and he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with his life, but now he’s reminding us why he’s one of the nation’s best comedians with a special recap.
Sat 11 Feb
One of the finest stand-ups on the UK circuit presents us with Something Better. It’s a show about optimism and hopefulness – about looking for people and things to look up to. She’s 34, and says she wanted to have kids by now, and be in love, and have a country that didn’t vote with the far-right parties to march us all off a cliff. She wants to be able to do all the awesome stuff that activists do, and thought we would have won by now. Following the international sell-out success of her previous show Cara Josephine across the UK, Europe, in Australia and New York, this sharp and relentlessly self-deprecating star tours her eighth solo stand-up show nationwide.
Sun 12 Feb
While beards are properly back in fashion, peyots and tzitzit remain absent from the heads of most trendy comedy performers. Not if you’re Ashley Blaker though. Reportedly the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish comedian, he returns with Meshuga Frum. From working as a writer and producer on shows like Rock Profile and Little Britain (not sure if I’ve heard of that latter one), Blaker has sprung from behind the scenes and onto the centre stage of stand-up. Now, between working on BBC Radio 4’s Britain Versus the World and Chat Show Roulette he’s out touring with an amazing new show. It looks at the everyday rituals and behaviour of orthodoxy – secular or observant, you’ll love his wry observations of Jewish daily life.
IAIN STIRLING: ONWARDS!
Fri 17 Feb
This fine performer unleashes a new show, exploring the perception of his generation within today’s society, as well as looking at their function within it. Are all young people self-entitled, ego maniacs that can’t get off their phones? He wants you to come to the show and find out… Or just Google it or some shit. Heard as the voice-over artist on ITV2’s Love Island and seen him on award-winning panel show The Dog Ate My Homework, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Drunk History, he brings a fresh and compelling voice to the scene. Bright and wonderfully funny, he’s widely hailed as of Scotland’s hottest newcomers.
Sun 19 Feb
The host of the Comedian’s Comedian podcast, which has over six million downloads, is finally shaking off an invigoratingly misspent youth. Fresh from appearances on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Dave’s As Yet Untitled and in front of packed houses at Edinburgh Fringe, Stuart Goldsmith presents Compared to What – a new hour of funny, not entirely about becoming a parent. Finding himself uprooted from his adoptive city and press-ganged into a pastoral existence by a cunning girl, Goldsmith considers the big questions and wonders: how much compromise is too much? Candid, sharp and very funny, this is one show you’ll want to catch.
Mon 20 Feb
Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War Three? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now gone west. Or south. Or east. Ah – go on. Take a risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out. Or maybe come out dressed in a binbag, top hat and clogs. We could all use a laugh. Some of these things may not even be mentioned in the show, because it is a work-in-progress, but there’s little doubt it’ll be hilarious regardless.
Sun 26 Feb
One of the best comedians in Britain returns with his savage new show – Content Provider. After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, this is his first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. This Olympic-standard misanthrope has elevated himself into the ranks of the greats, with a twisting deconstruction of his form. Consistent, slightly obsessive and brilliant, he tears great holes in the very fabric of comedy. Described, without any irony, as ‘a slime-pit of bitterness’ by Jan Moir in The Daily Mail, he’s doing everything just right.
Tues 28 Feb
The star of Austentatious, The IT Crowd and BBC 2’s Murder in Successville, presents her award-nominated show – Best Laid Plans. It’s a mixture of trademark musical comedy anthems, as heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, and ‘endearingly frank and funny’ stand-up. At its heart is a dialogue about break-ups, children, weddings, sex, and The Samaritans. Not, perhaps, in that order. It is however, an honest, hilarious, and beautifully-crafted look at what happens when your plans suddenly all go down the pan and you have to build brand new ones. A Funny Women Best Show 2016 Nominee – and winner of What’s On London Best Musical Comedy Show 2016 – Parris is an uplifting performer who always delights.