Krater Comedy Club host some of the best nights out in Brighton and this one is no different. Weekend after weekend they bring some of the world’s best talent to its stages. A star shinning line up includes the fantastic Rich Wilson, the wonderfully odd Raymond & Mr Timpkins, MC duties from Mike Gunn and golden buzzer winner – Daliso Chaponda.
The son of a Malawian politician, Chaponda shot to fame when he came third on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. His comedy career started in Canada in 2001, later moving to South Africa and then on to the UK. He’s since established himself on the club circuit, and appeared as part the Big Value shows at the Edinburg Fringe in 2007.
Tues 12 Sept
David Sedaris is back in Brighton and he brings with him a sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. Deemed by The Guardian as “one of the finest comic talents currently living on this planet” his dry and unassuming demeanor always causes laughter to constantly ripple throughout his audience. You’ll be treated to a night of satire as he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris self-deprecating, autobiographical humour includes stories on his family life and middle-class upbringing, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, and obsessive behaviours, as well as his present life in France, London, and the English South Downs.
Weds 13 Sept
Caroline Of Brunswick
Comedian and activist Coltrane returns with Make Love And Smash Fascism. Maybe you feel like you’re at your wit’s end this year with politics. You can’t go another day listening to the horrible goings on in the capital. Nothing is going to change you say, so why bother.
Well hopefully this show will change your mind. Come down, Chris will make you laugh and give you that extra inspiration to keep fighting the good fight. If you love the NHS, public libraries, kindness and joy, this show is for you. World-class punch lines guaranteed from the future of UK political comedy.
THE HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL
Fri 15 Sept
Something a little bit different. The History of Heavy Metal brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess. Wonderfully whimsical transvestite headbanger, dabbler in black magic and Edinburgh Fringe regular Andrew O’Neill has combined his two loves – stand-up comedy and heavy metal – in his latest solo show.
The show brings the audience into the worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music and the cut throat corporate elites ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets and everything in between. Whether you’re a metalhead or not, O’Neill’s exhilarating hour-long comedy history of his beloved musical genre is both fascinating and frequently funny.
THE TREASON SHOW
Sat 23 Sept
Brighton’s legendary satirical comedy goliath, The Treason Show, returns for its record breaking seventeenth year this month with the usual satirical silliness and salacious songs. Founded in 2000 by artistic director, Mark Brailsford, the show has travelled around a bit – running for nine years at Komedia before setting up shop at the Brighton Dome Pavilion Theatre in 2010 – quickly becoming an institution in the city’s vibrant comedy scene.
After a sell-out runs at this year’s Fringe, and a hit musical charting the disintegration of Southern Rail, the Treason team is back at the Ropetackle, with their team of over 40 writers and sketch performers working hard on a show to wow its audiences with fastmoving, gag-a-minute sketches.
Tues 26 Sept
The Californian superstar comedian Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, is on his biggest tour ever! Undoubtedly one of America’s most successful stand-up comics, Iglesias mix of storytelling, parodies, hysterical voices, and incredible sound effects, brings his own personal experiences to life.
This is a unique, extremely animated night, popular with all ages. Iglesias hones his world famous comedic skills to his upbringing. Growing up the youngest of six children, raised by his single mother in Long Beach, he used his humour to overcome the obstacles he faced growing up, however no one would have predicted how rapid his rise to fame and success would be.
Jill Edward Comedy workshops have turned out national comedic stars such as Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, award winning Angela Barnes and television regulars Romesh Ranganathan and Seann Walsh. This show brings comedy newbies back to Brighton as they take their next step towards comedy greatness, for an entertaining night packed full of up and coming comedians.
Comic baby Boom, the second instalmentof Edwards’ comedy shows after her New Act Night, is two exciting one-hour stand-up shows hosted by Comic Boom MC Barry Ferns.
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
Wed 27 Sept
“Are you lost? Is your soul knackered? Are you disillusioned with the current state of things? If you answered yes to one of these then why not come along to see Angelos and Barry? They will identify your weaknesses and then cure you 100%. Like therapists and Gods rolled into one. Throw away your self-help books and join The New Power Generation for a guaranteed life transformation.
Discussing important pressing issues, such as business and the financial sector as well as the bookies, Londis, Crimewarch and whether or not Kim Jong Un cuts his own hair, you’ll be treated to a night of top drawer character comedy and plenty quirky laughs as Angleos and Barry leave their dignity at the door.
Thurs 28 Sept
A 21st century success story. First appearing in the limelight, at age 19, Ben Phillips started making videos on his iPhone while working in his mum’s shoe shop in Wales. Posting videos on social media, Ben pranks is step-brother Elliot who becomes the victim of super glue, chilli and even small TNT wind-ups, as well as other characters within his family.
Since 2015 he has received 128 million views and has gained over three million followers on YouTube alone. What started out as some personal fun quickly became a dream come true, as his humour landed him a book deal, sell-out comedy shows and now a reality TV show in partnership with Comedy Central UK.
COMEDY SANS FRONTIERES
Sat 30 Sept
People of Shoreham rejoice, because Zoe Lyons is spending an evening on the west-side tonight. The star of countless TV panel shows and the darling of reviewers everywhere, she brings an honest, laidback and insightful style to the stage. Generally accepted as the nicest person in Hove, after we’ve told people repeatedly, this Chortle Best Comic Award winner joins a line-up of talent ito raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
She’ll be accompanied by some of the scene’s finest funny-makers, including the evergreen Lynn Ruth Miller, LJ Da Funk and musical comedy from Tamar Broadbent. As ever it’s all fabulously compered by the divine Sami Stone.
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