Brighton Comedy Festival 2013

Published On September 17, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

4th – 20th October
Various Venues

Brighton Comedy Festival returns this October with 30,000 audience members expected to attend across multiple venues and some of the biggest names in comedy, this looks to be the biggest and best year so far!

The festival will open with the traditional opening night Gala at the Brighton Dome in aid of Sussex Beacon and will be hosted my none other than the wonderful Alan Carr accompanied by an array of very special guests.

Another stellar line up will be performing on the stages of the Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre – Komedia & The Old Market. This 3 week festival see’s the crème de la crème of comedy entertain the crowds of the cosmopolitan seaside town.

Already confirmed for the festival this year include: Sean Lock, Milton Jones, Jason Manford, Jarred Christmas, Nina Conti, Ed Byrne, Andy Parsons, Doc Brown, Paul Merton, Lucy Porter, Josh Widdicombe, Abandoman, Seann Walsh, Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Alexei Sayle, Russell Kane, Tony Law & Lee Nelson along with emerging talent hot off the success of their Fringe runs in Edinburgh.

Ticket prices range from £8 to £25 and full details and bookings can be found at www.brightoncomedyfestival.com

Here we focus on some of acts throughout the festival that are more than just stand-up –

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Highlights

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Max and Ivan: The Reunion

Class of 2003, assemble! Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Foster’s Award-winners Max and Ivan (BBC Radio 4, BBC3) spin a bewitching narrative sketch comedy tale of love, loss and shatterproof rulers. Directed by Tom Parry (Pappy’s). …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
5th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
9.15pm
£12/£10

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The Noise Next Door

The quickest wits in comedy bring their finely tuned brand of anarchy to the Brighton Comedy Festival for the first time. In this jaw-dropping show ‘the guys in ties’ transform audience suggestions into side-splitting gags and mind blowing songs in the blink of an eye.

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7th Oct
Komedia, Upstairs
8pm
£12/£10

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The Committee Meeting

Chris Corcoran (Radio Wales’ Rhod Gilbert Show) and Elis James (BB2’s 8/10 Cats) bring their 21st-century take on working man’s club culture to the Brighton Comedy Festival. Comedy gang show committee style, plus bingo. All members must attend; by reading this you are a member.

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10th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
7.45pm
£12/£10

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The Piff the Magic Dragon Show

He’s played Sydney Opera House. He’s toured with Mumford & Sons. He’s had over 10 million hits on YouTube and performed to over 200,000 people in a year. But enough about Mr Piffles (The World’s First Conjuring Chihuahua™) Piff’s back too. With brand new tricks and a mind-reading fish, Brighton’s favourite Magical Dragon returns!

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10th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
9.30pm
£14/£!2

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Pajama Men: Just the Two of Each of Us

A thrilling, time-warped, layered, joke-ridden tale – musically accompanied on stage. Seemingly unrelated storylines come crashing seamlessly together in a typically breathless Pajama Men fashion right at the very end.


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11th Oct
The Old Market
9.30pm
£14/£12

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Adam Buxton: Kernal Panic

Cult buffoon, award-winning radio host, and tech-lemming, Adam Buxton looks within the soul of his laptop and considers how we present ourselves in the net age (he shows stuff he’s made and reads out web comments). A new show from a man who’s been at the forefront of British comedy for over 15 years.

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11th Oct
Corn Exchange
10pm
£16/£14

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The Umbilical Brothers: Don’t Explain

Simultaneously childish and sneakily sophisticated, this Perrier-nominated duo are a global comedy phenomenon. In this show, he who holds the microphone controls the universe. The only problem: there’s only one mic. You’ll see double-act interplay, cartoon arms races, kung fu flies, underwater horses and tap dancing cowboys.

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12th Oct
The Old Market
7.30pm
£16/£14

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Vikki Stone: Definitely

After her smash hit, sell-out Edinburgh show, comedian, singer and musician Vikki Stone embarks on her debut UK tour. Expect an explosive show full of hilarious stand-up, songs, and silliness!

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12th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
7.45pm
£12/£10

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Nina Conti: Dolly Mixture

Groundbreaking ventriloquist and BAFTA nominated filmmaker Nina Conti introduces her daughter, her handyman, her gran, her oldest friend and a stray dog in a show that refuses to go as rehearsed. Expect a thoughtful meditation on love, life and the edge of existence. And once you’ve bought your ticket, let that expectation go.

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13th Oct
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
7pm
£17.50

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Knightmare Live

Following a sold out Edinburgh Festival run Knightmare, the cult TV show, is live onstage, and offers you the chance to don the immortal helmet of justice. Guided by two top comedians, an audience member will attempt to defeat Lord Fear’s mighty dungeon in the greater game of chance. Riddles, magical characters and hideous monsters…

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13th Oct
The Old Market
7.30pm
£15

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Marcel Lucont Live

Witty, acerbic, magniloquent Frenchman seeks willing, intelligent audience for fun, adventure, maybe something more. Must have own underwear, socks and breath but be prepared to have these charmed off, laughed off and taken away respectively.

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16th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
7.45pm
£13/£11

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Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox

After several years cutting a truly original path between rap music and comedy, Abandoman are stepping up their award-winning game. Now performing as a full band, they’ll innovate mixtape mashups and futuristic jams live on stage, using the history of hip-hop as their blueprint, and you as their inspiration. From Kanye to Jay Z, from country to funk, this show will contain musical, lyrical and comical scenes of a seriously awesome nature.

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17th Oct
Brighton Dome, Studio
9.15pm
£12/£10

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Pappy’s: Last Show Ever

The sold out smash hit returns! Full of Sketches, songs and silliness. ‘A masterpiece of silliness and a hymn to camaraderie and carefree youth.’

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17th Oct
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
9.30pm
£15/£13

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Sanderson Jones’: Comedy Sale

Is a show like no other. Sanderson likes to research his audience and make them part of the show! It also contains: Venn diagrams, social media and Chat Roulette. It’s ‘digital comedy’ (a genre he invented himself).


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18th Oct
Komedia, Studio Bar
7pm
£10/£8

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Simon Munnery: Fylm

Simon Munnery once more stabs at the void between dead film and live theatre, in his latest fylm-tastic live show. A show full of daring and imaginative comedy and live sketches all performed and projected live on screen. This is a master of British comedy in a truly unique and thrilling show.

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18th Oct
The Old Market
7.30pm
£12/£10

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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton, one of the UK’s best-loved performers, and his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off. With surprise special guests!

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18th Oct
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall
8pm
£21/£19

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East End Cabaret: Dirty Talk

The award-winning, internationally acclaimed musical comedy duo return with an all-new array of hilariously naughty original songs. Discovered in a bedsit above a gin joint in East London, Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria will share their strangest, sauciest misadventures, armed with an accordion, a musical saw and a life-sized plastic lobster.

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18th Oct
Komedia, Studio Bar
8.30pm
£10

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