As temperatures start to soar, this month also brings a brand-new comedy event to one of the city’s best-loved open spaces.
On Weds 19 – Sun 23 June, Brighton Comedy Garden bursts into full bloom upon Preston Park, bringing together the brightest comedians the British Isles can provide. Comedy-fans from across the South will be flocking to see a sensational and sizzling series of superbly curated stand-up comedy shows. These feature some of the nation’s best-loved stars, including Alan Davies, the much-lauded resident on QI, multi-award-winning Live At The Apollo star Sara Pascoe, hilariously surreal 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain Sean Lock and host of Channel 4’s ground-breaking The Last Leg – Adam Hills.
Each perfectly crafted evening presents a mood- enhancing medley of the most potent comedic talent anywhere – like man-of-the-moment Nish Kumar, award-hoarder David O’Doherty, the riotously funny Tom Allen, The Mash Report’s viral sensation Rachel Parris, observational maestro Ed Byrne, laughter-master Stephen K Amos and Henning When, star of Would I Lie To You.
There’s also plenty of ground-breaking action to keep everything fresh in the sunshine – such as Rose d’Or winner Bridget Christie or Alan Partridge sidekick Tim Key, along with some extraordinarily exciting breakthrough talent including Edinburgh Comedy Award champ Rose Matafeo, Taskmaster’s Phil Wang, the brilliantly mischievous Rosie Jones and many more unbeatable entertainers.
The event’s organisers are focussed on tailoring every show to give audiences the best possible night, matching established acts with brilliant new ones. It comes to an all-seated big top tent, set inside a boutique-style festival which will be bursting with bars, street-food and plenty more. To get you into the comedy spirit there will be craft beers and summer-inspired cocktails, plus delicious bites from a host of hand-picked street-food vendors. These include delights from Zoe’s Ghanian Kitchen, greek grills from 3 Little Pigs, superfine superfoods from Kurbside Kitchen, steamed buns by You Boa and ethically infused pizza from The Good Slice, plus fair- trade coffee roasters, sweet treats and a whole lot more.
Everything is being produced by 57 Festivals – the people behind the enormously successful Greenwich Comedy Festival, which was dubbed Time Out’s ‘favourite London comedy festival’, and the equally lauded Bristol Comedy Garden. The team have spent a decade delivering consistently superb line-ups and good times. Now they deliver their winning formula for incredible entertainment in a relaxed and fun atmosphere in the heart of Brighton & Hove.
Brighton Comedy Garden comes to Preston Park on Weds 19 – Sun 23 June.