BN1’s June comedy picks

Brighton Comedy Garden

Sean Lock, Sara Pascoe, Henning When, Alan Davies, Rachel Parris, Edbridget_christieByrne all feature in Brighton’s first ever Comedy Garden Festival. The stellar line-up featuring some of TV’s most familiar faces alongside some more of the hottest new breakthrough acts is sure to make its mark this year. It will take place in a big-top tent in Preston Park over five nights, with stalls, craft beer and street-food style dishes being served throughout the festival. The spectacular selection of comedians looks like this new festival is in it for the long run!

Wed 19 – Sun 29, 6.00pm at Preston Park. Buy tickets 

Reginald D. Hunter

Has it been that long? Reginald D. Hunter is going on tour to celebrate his twentieth anniversary of becoming aReginald D Hunter by Kash Yusuf comedian. The UK tour will see him bring his iconic and honest comedic style to forty different venues, including Brighton Dome. After becoming a feature of late-night panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, it’s led him to be regarded as one of the recent comedy greats.

Sat 15 June, 8pm at Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Buy tickets 

Rhod Gilbert 

Fresh off his hugely popular stint on Taskmaster, Rhod Gilbert’s eccentric self is back on stage following a longRhodd gilbert six-year stand-up break. The show explores the hiatus he has had from comedy and what’s since gone on in between, which turns out to be…quite a lot. More personal than ever, he brings a fresh and brutally honest set to the Dome to discuss meeting with a man named John, who apparently changed his life for the better.

Fri 14 June at Brighton Dome Concert Hall. 

Hormonal Housewives 

This comedy sketch show, featuring ‘Allo ‘Allo’s Vicki Michelle takes its audience through the trials and Hormonal Housewivestribulations of modern-day womanhood, all with a glass of wine in hand, obviously. No topic is left untouched; weight loss, men, sex, therapy and even Zumba! The cheeky and camp show is strutting its way into the Theatre Royal this month. It’s expected to be brash, shameless and unapologetically crass.

Wed 26 June, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal Brighton. Buy tickets 

Mitch Benn

An afternoon of one of the country’s best satirist songster’s asking all the important questions; what’re you doing? Why?

Sun 2 June, 3.45pm at Komedia. Buy tickets 

Jen Brister and Sara Barron 

Podcaster and comedian, on the back of a sell-out Fringe shows brings her hard-hitting stand up alongside best newcomer Sara Barron.

Tue 25 June, 7.30pm at Caroline of Brunswick. Buy tickets 


Eleanor Tiernan & Grainne Maguire

Tiernan and Maguire are looking at analysing our daily woes and fears in a detail we could never dream of in these Fringe previews.

Sun 30 June, 7.30pm at Komedia. Buy tickets

John Pendal: Monster 

John Pendal brings his fourth solo stand- up show all about his young Baptist boy childhood and questions; why was it so full of shame?

Sat 15 June, 7pm at Junkyard Dogs. Buy tickets

Simon Evan’s Potted Previews 

As a Brighton regular, Simon Evans is joined by two comedians before they head up north to the face the Scots ahead of Edinburgh Fringe.

Sun 23 & Sun 30 June, 2pm at Brighton Open Air Theatre. Buy tickets 

Josie Long and Rachel Fairburn 

Josie Long is back for her first show in five years, all about motherhood, her unusually cheery approach is often a welcome surprise.

Weds 12 June, 7.30pm at Caroline of Brunswick. Buy tickets 

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