Sara Pascoe is enjoying a year-long, one-woman stag-do. Embracing spiritual retreats, city-breaks, life-drawing classes and football matches; she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. LadsLadsLads is a brand new and probably best-ever show from a comedian you’ve seen dominating on Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster on Dave. She’s venturing into more introspective territory, prompted by a few changes in her personal life. It’s for a reinvention, but the familiar anxieties and waywardness are still just below the surface. Pascoe is an intelligent and often brilliant, performer, who’s discovered a new sense of confidence. As such, this show should further ease her passage into the big time.
Sun 11 March
The world is changing at a dizzying rate. Geoff Norcott is trying to hold modern views, but he worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word. The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo takes to the road with his new show, Traditionalism, following a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you look up ‘complex’ in the dictionary, next to the definition there’s a little picture of Norcott. He’s a nice Tory, with a wealth of balanced opinions. Take a long enough look at Her Majesty’s Opposition, and you’ll realise there’s plenty of good laughs (and points) to be made. Expect an hour or so of charged, clever and occasionally profound comedy. Don’t expect the same old ‘right-on’ jokes rolled out poking fun at easy targets.
ADAM HESS & GLENN MOORE
Thurs 15 March
It’s a top-shelf double bill tonight, with two of comedy’s brightest rising stars. The Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Adam Hess is the star of Tonight at the London Palladium, Live from the BBC and other stuff. Now he returns for another smash-hit show, which promises to be quirkt, thought-provoking and completely unstoppable.
Tipped for great things, Glenn Moore presents his second relentlessly silly, show. This time the Chortle Student Comedy Award runner-up and So You Think You’re Funny finalist is living with his granddad and trying to solve the case of a missing person. With a strong love of wordplay, he’s effortlessly uncool. And we love him for it.
RICHARD HERRING: OH FRIG, I’M 50!
Sat 17 March
The Old Market
“I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with,” says Herring. “And 60% of the people I did have sex with.” He’s careering towards his half century (against all odds) and so looking at how his life has changed in the last decade. It’s a fine excuse for some self-examination, peppered with infantile observations and epic provocation. He’s gone from being an irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to a married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen (though given she will be 140 in 2067, she might forget to send it). Following on from Oh F***, I’m 40!, this is the second (and let’s face it, almost certainly penultimate) instalment in Herring’s once-a-decade examination of ageing.
Sun 18 March
The popular fundraising comedy night returns, to provide some massive laughs and support a great cause. This month’s beneficiaries are the Rainbow Fund, who provide grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove.
For the austerity-busting cost of £3 you’ll be getting a fabulous raffle, happy hour prices at the bar all night, as well as buy 1 get 1 free cocktails, and a truly unmissable line-up of funny folk to tickle you. Raising the roof will be Dan Fardell, Trev Tokabi, Sha Wylie, James Danielewski, Ali Macfarlan, Julie Flynn and headliner Ben Carter. It’s all compered by Rob Dumbrell, and will be perfect way to set you up for the week!
Mon 19 March
The critically acclaimed Tom Houghton presents Class Half Empty, his debut solo show. He delivers a form of silver-spooned rebellion, which hilariously collides with privilege, elite military tradition and outrage. He’s unashamedly posh, but prone to moments of oxymoronic laddish bravado, just to keep the audience on their toes. Here’s yet another rising talent to watch.
As seen on BBC3, BBC1, Channel4 and Comedy Central, this former The Noise Next Door member is completely at home on the stage, able to weave audience interaction in with his bright and pithy anecdotes. A fabulously positive show about taking risks and embracing the unknown with wicked gags and unmatched upbeat charm.
Weds 21 March
The Old Market
Chortle Award nominee Kiri present her new show Appropriate Adult. It’s a masterclass in being passionate, smart and seriously funny. She thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn’t let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids.
Consequently, she’s going to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. This fascinating and raucous show is an immoral comedian’s morality tale about other people’s lack of morals. Jokes come at you from every angle, as this fine performer takes on some weighty issues and wins.
DAVID TERRENCE – MIND READER
Sun 25 March & Sun 1st April
Part of the Hove Grown Festival, here comes a unique live experience. It’s a high-energy performance packed with loads of comical moments. An exceptional mind-reader and stand-up comedian, David Terrence fuses the two crafts together, presenting his audience with an evening unlike any other. Performing internationally for the past 10 years, David is now expanding his repertoire, and brings his solo mind-reading show once again to Brighton. Audience members will be selected, and their thoughts revealed live on stage. This warm and inclusive show will give everyone an opportunity to participate in some way, either during the interactive mind warm up section, or in the amazing psychic mind-control demonstrations.
Sat 31 March
The Old Market
Renegade Plumber is the new stand-up show from British Comedy Award nominee, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Chortle Award winner, Simon Munnery. It features tales of plumbing woes, his attempts at under tent heating, jokes, songs, poems and the ridicule of capitalism.
If you’ve seen him before, you’ll know that plenty of his show defies description. This is a brilliant performer, who pays little heed to comic tradition or tropes. Bizarre, wonderful and often utterly perplexing, this is one comedy genius you should try and see at least once in your life. You don’t get to spend over three decades in this business by being wilfully self-indulgent alone.
Tues 27 March
Following 2016’s 103 date sell-out international run of The Kardashians Made Me Do It and ‘fresh’ from being ravaged by hunger on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island, Shazia Mirza returns to the road. The Observer listed her as ‘one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy’. She’s since performed all over the world, is a regular contributor to The Financial Times and The Guardian. Her brand-new show, With Love From St Tropez, is about nudity and the periodic table, these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Oh, and don’t you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach. This is all about lies, lies and more lies. The truth is so 1980’s.