RUSSELL BRAND Sun 5 Nov Brighton Dome
Britain’s shyest man returns with another eloquent and uprorious show – Re:Brith. It seems his wild days of sexual incontinence and grandiose political statements are being left behind. Life is now filled with a stable relationship, fatherhood and possibly contentment for Russell Brand. Of course, this has brought with it a new set of challenges and situations. So, he’s turning his philosophical attentions to some universal questions. Like: ‘How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?’
ROB NEWMAN Mon 6 Nov Komedia
The technically-gifted and wonderfully hilarious Rob Newman is testing out A History of Western Philosophy, a brand new (and probably controversial) show inspired by his recent Radio 4 series – Neuropolis. This award-winning programme saw him attempt to decode the mysteries over the human brain and how society can affect behaviour. During the last twenty-five years he has continually surprised audiences with innovations, surprise changes of direction and inspired thinking. This show will be no exception to that tradition. Newman strikes a perfect balance between humour and taking valuable moral questions. Information can be entertaining is probably his point here. Passionate, occasionally chaotic and dazzlingly witty, he continues to tower over British comedy.
BE ORIGINAL WITH LORRAINE BOWEN Sat 11 – Sun 12 Nov
The Marlborough Theatre The Britain’s Got Talent legend returns, so she can share some of her top tips with you! This amazing children’s theatre spectacular will be divulging all her secrets on how to be original. A singersongwriter, performer, and now author, Lorraine invites you into a uniquely creative, colourful world where everything can inspire – from wild animals to apple crumble. Taking the form of workshops and performances, Be Original features quirky songs, interactive games and creative challenges. Children will be encouraged to write catchy choruses and submit them in an online competition, in a thoughtful and in a show which inspires everyone to make their own original music.
ED GAMBLE Weds 15 Nov Komedia
After the huge success of his 2016 tour, the ‘gobby little toe-rag’ Ed Gamble is back with a brand-new lumbering beast of a comedy show. Capable of drawing humour from just about anything, he’s recently been lighting up TV shows like Mock the Week, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. Mammoth brings together another selection of brilliant observational comedy, he’s quick, self-deprecating and unable to supress any internal monologues. From moaning about his ‘Coldplay Face’ to exposing the truth behind his marathon running and fitness regime, he’s a aware and masterful comedian, who cleverly interweaves gags throughout.
THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING Sat 16 Nov Rialto Theatre
Get ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about everything… ever. This silly, surreal and satirical fast-paced comic adventure races through history – from the dawn of time to the present day. From Ancient Rome to the Millennium Dome, telegraphy to the mobile phones, Tudors, Trump and Tory capers, Persians, peace signs and the Panama papers. This is history gleefully explored and filtered at a ferocious pace. Ben Watson makes facts fun, as he sprinkles musical and sketch comedy with cabaret and spoken word poetry. An extraordinarily energetic performance, which covers nearly every age of man in a cleverly-produced show, will not fail to delight.
SIMON AMSTELL Sun 19 Nov Brighton Dome
After a series of critically-acclaimed, sold-out international shows, Simon Amstell begins his fifth UK stand-up tour. What is This? offers a deeply personal, funny exploration of his life and all he holds dear. Turning angst into high art, he recounts moments of personal pain and candidly dissects them. He still feels awkward and alienated, but when a performer is a charismatic and masterful as this the audience is willing to hear him talk through the events which brought him to this point. Now, with intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and some other areas.
KERRY GODLIMAN Weds 22 Nov Ropetackle Centre
Kerry Godliman’s straight-talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment has seen her win plenty of fans. Both an incredibly talented comedian and a phenomenal actor, she’s best known for stellar appearances on Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, along with livening up BBC Radio 4 with slots on the esteemed News Quiz, The Now Show and Just A Minute, as well as her own series Kerry’s List. Now she is back on tour to glare at more of life’s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden centre? Why collect her children’s teeth? And even though she can’t stand aubergines, why is it her favourite emoji? There’s loads to get sorted. Be there. She’ll do all the talking.
MARK THOMAS Tues 21 Nov The Old Market
With too many awards to list in this limited space, the UK’s most influential activist, performer and author unleashes a brandnew show. Few could have anticipated the events of 2016, and even fewer seem to know where they will lead us or where we are going. But fear not! Thomas is setting out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before literally taking a gamble on their outcome. By making futurologists of us all, he will create a fantastical, hilarious and possibly accurate vision of the world. And maybe even make a few quid on the side.
THE TREASON SHOW Thurs 23 Nov Ropetackle Centre
Warm yourselves in these darkening months with a generous helping of goodnatured satire. The fireworks are not just from Bonfire Night. Sparks are flying in parliament as the ‘Maybot’ clings on for dear life and ‘Obi Wan’ Corbyn hovers in the wings. As for the other treats in this topical sketch show, we couldn’t possibly predict them at this early juncture. Although, it’s a safe bet the company’s extravagant orangetinged wig will be getting an outing. Brexit, Trump and all that’s new and unapproved are in the Treason Show’s sights, along with bang up-to-date songs, sketches, and your favourite characters, all in a bumper edition of the UK’s biggest and best live satirical show.
JASON BYRNE Sat 25 Nov The Old Market
The highly acclaimed, versatile and extremely funny Jason Byrne presents a brand-new show –The Man With Three Brains. Apparently, his three brains kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. It’s been a busy few years for Byrne. In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award. As well as fronting his comedy chat show Jason Byrne’s Snaptastic Show for Ireland’s TV3, he’s co-host of Sky 1’s brilliant Wild Things.
Katherine Ryan Thurs 2 Nov Brighton Dome
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Polish a Nerd Sun 5 Nov The Old Market
Iron Clad Improv workshop Every Sun Sweet Dukebox
Stephen Fry Mon 6 Nov Brighton Dome
Community Matters Weds 8 Nov Caroline Of Brunswick
Tea & Toast at No. 9 Weds 8 Nov Sweet Dukebox GOAT Comedy Fri 10 Nov Sweet Dukebox
Nina Conti Fri 10 Nov Brighton Dome
Henning Wehn Fri 17 Nov Brighton Dome
Jo Neary & Friends Mon 20 Nov Caroline Of Brunswick