Comedy Planner Feb 2018

JOHN RICHARDSON AND FRIENDS

Tue 6 Feb

Theatre Royal Brighton

World class pedant Jon Richardson takes some time out from his hilarious UK tour to bring together a few buddies and support a great cause. He’s attracted a diverse and stellar line up, including Brighton’s own Joe Wilkinson, Channel 4’s Adam Hills, the indomitable Rob Beckett, and many more. The aim is to raise a few laughs and some money for UK Sepsis Trust, in memory of the late, brilliant Stuart Hudson. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, but it’s easily treated if caught early. The UK Sepsis Trust seek to raise awareness of the condition and work to improve Sepsis care, and aid in prompt diagnosis. By providing simple interventions to all patients with Sepsis, they hope that more lives can be saved.

Jon Richardson (c) Andy Hollingworth Archive MIDRES

LEWIS SCHAFFER

Wed 7 Feb

Ropetackle

New York’s finest presents a fresh and extraordinary show, which will leave you in an emotional spin – but not before he’s made you laugh a few times. Unopened Letters From My Mother follows on from his long running and hugely acclaimed Free Until Famous show, which saw over 400 performances in London alone. The Brooklyn-born comic somehow finds meaning and humour in a family tragedy. He had 23 unopened and unread letters from his late mother, sent before she died alone in New York. But why hadn’t he read them? And what happened when he opened them, some 15 years later?

Lewis Schaffer

BOBBY MAIR: LOUDLY INSECURE

Thurs 8 Feb

Komedia

Thirty years ago, Bobby was put up for adoption. Last year he set out to track down his birth family, one by one. However, to say that his search hit a couple of snags along the way would be an understatement and Bobby still has relatives out there who continue to elude him, except for one distant relative by the name of Justin Bieber. Join Bobby as he recalls the wildly dramatic twists and turns of his quest, including the accidental broadening of his search for next of kin. He’ll also share a couple of other musings he discovered along the way, like his love of strangers, techniques to impress his personal trainer and whether remembering virginity loss is inappropriate.

Bobby Mair - Tour Image

THE TREASON SHOW

Fri 9 Feb

Ropetackle 

Spring has sprung, and so have The Treason Show’s gambling satirists, with their trademark lampooning of the world of politics, sport and celebrity. Featuring all your favourite regular characters and bang up to the minute topical sketch show. Brighton & Hove’s longest serving and best sketch-based satire show is back, plunging headlong into a content rich landscape of public office inefficiency, cultural tomfoolery and bed-bound burger munching. Brexit, Trump and all that’s new and unapproved are in this lot’s sights, along with bang upto-date songs, sketches, and your favourite characters, all in a bumper edition of the UK’s biggest and best live satirical show.

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THE TROUBLE WITH SCOTT CAPURRO

Sat 10 Feb

Komedia 

Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Scott Capurro, known for his work on several TV programs, including The Wright Stuff, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Truth About Gay Animals, heads out around the UK with a fierce, daring and dark new show.

Scott wrangles with rich friends, worthy yoga and the miseries of home ownership. He offers every silver lining is attached to a rather imposing cloud, spinning yarns that are meant to resolve issues, but which oddly have the opposing effect. This provocative new show explores solutions to life that actually make living more difficult. This San Franciscan comic is unafraid to tread on the thin ice of controversy, but will send you home with a plenty to laugh about

Scott Capuro

HOW WE STOP THE FASCISTS 

Thurs 15 Feb

Komedia

Having effectively cured all depression in last year’s smash-hit hour, actress Anna Mann and close ‘friend’ Colin Hoult return for a timely take on the terrifying rise of fascism. Fear not, gentle liberals, Mother Mann is here. This beautifully-written show is a laughter-filled hour of character comedy with a gentle sheen of politics. Packed full of deluded and distracted individuals, it gently suggests that we’re never more than a few footsteps from a fascist, or a few choices from becoming one ourselves. Hoult’s flamboyant alter-ego promises to tackle intolerance wherever it dares appear. From marginalised white males and bewildered misogynists to passive-aggressive lefties and confused well-meaning old ladies, nobody is safe. Totalitarianism can take many shapes.

Colin Hoult - Anna Mann

ED BYRNE: SPOILER ALERT

Thurs 15 Feb 

Theatre Royal Brighton

Byrne originally intended to call the show, I’ll Millennial You in a Minute, but his promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. Now he’s launching into a discussion if life really is as bad as it appears. Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled?

Having spent almost 1,000 years on the live circuit, Byrne is combines the mannerisms of the everyman, with being a well-oiled gag machine. But he’s increasingly aware middle age has left him amidst a sea of self-centred narcissists who expect everything on a plate. It’s time for action. That’s his own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.

ED BYRNE 1 - Please credit Roslyn Gaunt

GEMMA ARROWSMITH: EARTHLING

Sat 17 Feb

Komedia 

In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system. After their mission was complete, they continued into deep space carrying golden phonograph records which contain sounds and images from Earth. This show is about the lifeforms who find those records. And whether they decide to reply. Tracey Ullman show writer Gemma Arrowsmith performs this sketch performance which charts the best and worst humanity has to offer. Posing as an extra-terrestrial lecturer, she explores an initiative from cosmologist Carl Sagan which captured the public imagination like no other space mission would. In doing so she asks some pertinent questions about who we are as a species and how our celestial neighbours might perceive us.

EARTHLING press image KOMEDIA - Copy

GRIFF RHYS JONES: WHERE WAS I?

Tue 27 Feb

The Old Market

The star of Not The Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from his illustrious career. He’s spent 40years travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It’s a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.

A warm and self-deprecating entertainer, his time schlepping round the globe has thrown plenty of interesting moments. From cleaning the windows of a New York skyscraper to filming in Africa for Comic Relief, he’s managed to acquire a rare perspective on mankind and his achievements.

Griff Rhys Jones Autumn 2017 Spring 2018 Web Cropped

ROBIN INCE: PRAGMATIC INSANITY

Weds 28 Feb

The Old Market 

Robin Ince is a unique performer, who is simply bristling with energy and ideas. Last year, he completed a marathon 70 date, record-breaking tour with Brian Cox that concluded at the Wembley Arena, and found time to pen his new book, I’m a Joke…and So Are You.

Now, he presents his first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.

Robin Ince - spring 2017 photo Timothy Ginn

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Sun 11 Feb

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SAMANTHA BAINES

Tues 13 Feb

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MARK STEEL

Weds 14 Feb

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Sat 17 Feb

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