Brighton Comedy Festival 2015 Highlights
Brighton Comedy Festival returns for it’s 13th year running from the 9th – 24th October. The line-up gets better every year and this year sees the cream of British stand up comedy as well as some exciting up and coming talent. With over 70 performances across 16 days it can be tough to decide what to see, we’ve picked our top 9 shows from Brighton Comedy Festival 2015 to help you choose.
Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Star Gazing Live. Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC2 . Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today. ‘His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up” The Guardian.
Weds 14th & Weds 21st Oct – 8pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £24.50
Patrick Kielty returns to his stand up roots with a brand new show. But he can’t do it on his own – he needs your help. Join the former psychology graduate and star of Live At The Apollo, Dave’s One Night Stand and host of The BBC New Comedy Awards as he attempts to write a modern rulebook for love, life and happiness. Bring him your problems, your lovers and a crayon. He promises to do the rest.
Thurs 15th Oct – 8pm
Komedia, Downstairs – £18 (£16)
That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show! “Comedy’s holy grail…. Go see!” ✭✭✭✭ The Sunday Times, ✭✭✭✭✭ “A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler” SUNDAY TIMES.
Fri 16th Oct – 7.30pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £20.50
Alive in Brighton is a free form improvised show. No games, no audience suggestions, no picking on the front row, just one man, his mind and his mouth spontaneously combusting. Tiernan’s mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not, and here he pushes himself to the very limits of his creativity. “Extraordinary” EVENING HERALD
Sat 17th Oct – 9.30pm
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange – £17.50
Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and 2014, Beardyman is proud to present the debut UK tour of his critically acclaimed show One Album Per Hour. Travelling at the speed of thought in his music production spaceship, the world-class multi award-winning musician and comedian transcends mere mimicry to produce studio quality compositions faster than most could imagine them.
Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd Oct – 8pm
The Old Market – £19 (£17)
Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted
Due to exceptional demand Lee Nelson’s brand new show has been extended into Autumn 2015! You may have seen him host Live at The Apollo, caught him singing on The X Factor, or trying to board the plane to the World Cup with the England squad, now come and experience the world through Lee’s eyes as he takes on the big issues: family, fatherhood, politics… and the true value of the Cadbury’s Creme Egg. “Never less than ingenious” The Times.
Thurs 22nd Oct – 9.30pm
Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange – £21.50
After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally happy now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors? In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we are can ever hope to be or are meant to be truly content. If we were never unhappy would happiness have any meaning? Why do our brains force us to envision the worst possible outcomes?
Fri 23rd Oct – 7.30pm
The Old Market – £16
Yes him 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. 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. ‘Absurdist one-liner masterpieces’ The Times, ‘He’s fast absurd and very funny’ Radio Times, ‘The best one-liner merchant in British Comedy’ Chortle, ‘No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride’ Guardian.
Fri 23rd Oct – 8pm
Brighton Dome, Concert Hall – £25.50
Panic is the mother of invention. The identity of the father of invention awaits a paternity test. Meanwhile Marcus Brigstocke and a rotating case including Pippa Evans, Thom Tuck, Rachel Parris, Ed Coleman, Milly Thomas & Brendan Murphy, will become characters you won’t forget no matter how hard you try. Those characters will meet with reckless abandon and stories will happen. Wrangled live by Deborah Frances-White, from the team behind Voices In Your Head.
Sat 24th Oct – 7.30pm
The Old Market – £14 (£12)