Brighton Comedy Festival 2014 Highlights
Brighton Comedy Festival 2014, which runs from October 10th – 25th, marks the festivals 12th year on the circuit and is set to bring the best of live comedy to Brighton. The heady air of the seaside combines with some of the world’s funniest people to create a mixture that is unmissable!
Dave Gorman: Gets Straight to the Point (Powerpoint)
The wonderfully innovative comedy mind behind Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave TV), Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*… (*The PowerPoint).
Yes. That’s right. It’s a PowerPoint presentation. But don’t worry we think you’re in pretty safe (and funny) hands. You won’t need to take notes and you almost certainly won’t be tested on it later. READ OUR INTERVIEW HERE.
‘…has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria.’ Metro
11th Oct – 8pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £20
Milton Jones and The Temple of Da…. Work in Progress
Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour but unfortunately it isn’t quite ready yet. Don’t panic though he’s a professional, it’s the guy with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.
‘He’s fast absurd and very funny’
‘The best one-liner merchant in British comedy’
An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross.
15th Oct – 7.30pm
Brighton Dome, Studio – SOLD OUT
David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything
The forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O’Doherty presents a new show of talking and songs. Take a ride into the Davidzone.
One man. One small keyboard. With batteries. And a chair. And a mic. And cables. And a sound system. And then a room, obviously. With more chairs. And a lighting rig. It’s surprising how much stuff is involved actually.
‘Whimsical and clever, wise and silly, endearing and honest, David O’Doherty always delivers a first-class performance.‘
‘A warm, funny hour of insightful stand-up comedy. Top quality, popular and deservedly so.‘
16th Oct – 7.30pm
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange – £15
Simon Amstell: To Be Free
Following sold out residencies in New York and London, Simon Amstell embarks on his fourth international stand up tour – ‘To Be Free’.
With intense vulnerability and troubling honesty, Amstell explores freedom, joy, love, death, adventure, art, peace, sex, regret, success, eating, suffering, dreaming, healing, forgiving and other areas.
‘Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous.’ (The New York Times)
Simon (Grandma’s House, Never Mind the Buzzcocks) has won two British Comedy Awards, an RTS Award, a Broadcast Award, a Chortle Award and has been nominated for a BAFTA.
17th Oct – 8pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £21
Jon Richardson: Nidiot
Jon Richardson, the perennial singleton and misanthrope, is determined to become a more easygoing person for the sake of his friends and his future health. Come and find out whether or not a leopard can change its spots, or if they are doomed to be angry forever not to have been given a more uniform and symmetrical fur pattern.
Away from his live stand up, British Comedy Award 2013 Nominee, Jon is best known as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. He is massively in demand for television and radio appearances. His recent TV credits include ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC ONE), ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC ONE), ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC ONE), ‘Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC TWO).
24th Oct – 7.15pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £19.50
Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television
Following a sell-out spring run, Celebrity Juice regular and star of BBC Two’s Hebburn extends his tour into autumn 2014.
After being “sent off” the Soccer AM sofa last year for misbehaving, Chris wonders whether he really is the Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning TV – not to mention, whether he wants to be. Taking his brush with on air censorship as a jumping off point to have laughs on life, mistakes, expectation and offense, he examines what happens when you say the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“A mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” (Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times)
25th Oct, 9.30pm
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange – £16.50
JIMEOIN – IS IT…?!
Hilarious world-class stand-up from internationally acclaimed star of ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’, ‘Ch4’s O2 Comedy Gala’. Hailed as one of live comedy’s masters, Jimeóin’s shows are a fluid mixture of his signature observations and more razor-sharp take on the absurdities of everyday life. No-gimmicks, big laughs and live stand-up at its’ very best.
‘Jimeóin recalls the familiar at a fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess’ (Scotland on Sunday)
‘Comedy of the highest order… Inspired ramblings’ (Independent)
‘Classic nonsense… Stand-up comedy at its best’ (Scotsman)
25th Oct, 8pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £17.50
For more about the festival check out – www.brightoncomedyfestival.com