Survive your way through 2017’s most depressing month with an abundance of laughs, thanks to Brighton Comedy in January!
Sun 8 Jan
Zoe Lyons’ monthly comedy spectacular shifts away from the first Sunday of the month – as if New Year’s Day was any kind of excuse. Taking centre stage for January is the divine Felicity Ward. While she’s juggling some weighty subject matters, it’s done so with a deftness and congeniality that leaves many other performers in the dust. Thoughtful, joyous, and compelling, Ward proves that comedy can create discussion. There’s always the chance of some chicken karaoke as well. Joining her is some affectionately sarcastic (and rather wonderful) deconstruction from Asher Treleaven and the understated subversives of Catherine Bohart. Now that’s a great way to see in 2017.
Fri 13 Jan
The Dukebox starts 2017 with a new monthly stand-up comedy night, which features an added bonus game-show section. To show there’re no hard feelings towards our continental brethren, headlining tonight is Ingrid Dahle. She’s from Norway and, if you believe her,perfected her English skills by watching daytime bear-baiter, The Jeremy Kyle Show, and as such is perfectly placed to judge our culture. She has a gift for brilliant, immediate, and quirky physical comedy, anyone who caught her at Brighton Comedy Festival 2012 will remember her show-stopping Primark trousers gag. Joining her will be equally able turns from Ali Macfarlan, Alex Mason, Matt Banks, Chris Sav and Jack Harris, with everything held together by MC Ben Robson.
DOUGLAS WALKER & DANIEL NILS ROBERTS
Fri 20 Jan
It’s a double-header tonight, and what a fine one it is. Douglas Walker offers up Komischer, a sketch show about stand-up. He’ll be pushing the very limits of his art-form by taking comedy apart, then putting it back together in a hilarious manner. This Weekly Award winner at Adelaide Fringe 2016 brings a challenging and brilliantly imaginative solo show which is hilarious as it is odd. Joining him is DanielNils Roberts’ The Causeway, which combines a misjudged hour of lecture and iffy reconstruction circling the obscure 10th century Battle of Maldon. It’s a bold gambit from one of the UK’s hottest and strangest new character comics. A part of improv sensations Austentatious and Racing Minds, this is a preview of his fiercely-anticipated second show, which features plenty of wild-eyed abandon. And a sword.
COMEDIANS CINEMA CLUB
Weds 25 Jan
Chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny. Comedians Cinema Club brings together a revolving cast of the UK’s best talent. They’re on hand to create hilarious improvised versions of much-loved films, but in a way you’ve never imagined them. It’s a helter-skelter of geek-dom, packed with confusion over story arcs and a healthy dose of audience participation. In this action-packed hour, everyone is coming along for the ride. Obviously, it’s not a faithful recreation everyone is here to see. What you’ll get is a group of exceptionally talented comedians with a range of different styles, all operating at the tip of their game. Veering away from the plot is common, and sometimes an inevitably, but who cares when an evening is this entertaining?
Thurs 26 Jan
It’s the last Thursday of the month, so you can bet every penny you have that Comic Boom will be at Komedia. But instead of risking those coins, why not put them towards laughing until your sides hurt instead? Always a friendly, high-tempo and hilarious night, Comic Boom brings together some of the scenes rising stars. This month hauls in the irrepressible talents of David Morgan. David Morgan loves a great many things; boys, television, lists of three things… He’d love to tell you about them. You might have seen him getting over-excited on shows like Virtually Famous on E4, Sweat the Small Stuff on BBC Three, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side on Channel 5 or alongside Joe Swash and Laura Whitmore on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!
Sun 29 – Mon 30 Jan
Multi award-winning stand-up comic Jack Whitehall presents At Large, on his biggest tour yet. It’s easy to see how he’s achieved this level of success. His technique is impeccable, as he prances across the stage throwing out quips and excessive over-reactions. It all plays a part in a dynamic show which sizzles in the hands of this exceptional performer. For all his accessibility, he’s not above amusing the audience, and it’s this kind of unpredictability which adds to the sense of drama and spectacle. He’s grown up a lot since starting at 18. Recently hosting the Royal Variety Performance and starring in numerous TV comedies, this is a chance to catch him before he starts block-booking shows at the O2.