Brighton Comedy: Our Top 5 Shows For August 2015
August is traditionally a quieter month for comedy as hundreds of performers head up to Edinburgh to showcase their talent at the Fringe Festival. However, there is still enough comedy going on in Brighton for those of us that haven’t crossed the border. I’ve picked the shows out that I am sure will amuse you until the weary Fringe goers return from their travels in September.
Krater Comedy Club – Komedia
I know I’ve mentioned Krater Comedy Club before, but come rain or shine, Edinburgh Festival or not, Krater is there for your comedy needs. It’s won best Comedy Club in the South an unprecedented 12 times, so it’s clearly doing something right!
Expect top circuit comedians every weekend alongsides a full menu on the prime time shows, so your whole evening is taken care of. There’s also weekly club night ‘Motorcity’ which takes over Komedia’s main space every Saturday night after the comedy ends, free to Krater ticket holders and £5 on the door to everyone else and playing, Motown, Soul, Northern, Funk and Disco greats.
“The place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” The Independent
Date: Throughout August, Thurs – Sun, 2 shows on Sat night inc 1 in Studio bar
Price: Prices & times vary, see website for details and offers
Edinburgh Preview Double Bill: Amy Howerska and Andrew Watts – Komedia Studio
The last of Komedia’s Edinburgh Previews.
Amy Howerska ‘Sasspott’ Amy was raised by a pack of wild skydivers…In Swansea. With a family consisting of trained killers and extreme sports idiots. Sasspot contains stories of death, skydivers and Swansea “Sharply observed… her comic timing is wickedly accurate”
Andrew Watts ‘How To Build a Chap’
Andrew Watts wants his son to be everything that he’s not. But how do you ensure that your child doesn’t want to grow up to be a comedian? Join him in the follow-up to the five-star Feminism for Chaps “An absolutely superb, hilarious show” (Chortle); “Clever, personal and very funny” (The Scotsman). As seen on ITV’s Stand-Up Hero and Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up.
Date: Sun 2nd August 7.30pm
Edinburgh Preview: Max and Ivan ‘The End’ – Dome Studio Theatre
You may recognise these two from the meetings in BBC1’s W1A, they also have a bundle of 5 star reviews.
Critically-feted character comedy duo Max and Ivan are successful, but which of them is which? Well, Max is the taller one, and Ivan generally has a moustache. And also they try and stand in the right order, like Ant and Dec (they actually do this. It’s pathetic). The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and Melbourne Barry Award-nominees (Radio 4’s Casebook of Max and Ivan) are going to Brighton Dome to tell an epic tale of a small town, on the day of its destruction. As the end approaches, there are choices to be made…”Max and Ivan are the real deal” **** The Guardian.
Date: Sun 2nd August 8pm
Sara Pascoe – Caroline of Brunswick
It’s clearly the month for stars of BBC’s W1A to perform stand-up in Brighton (see Max and Ivan above). What next Hugh Bonneville doing an open mike night at The Dorset?
The panel show regular and award-nominated stand-up (Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Best Show 2014) returns with brand new material. “A lively and super entertaining tour of the inside of her inquiring mind” The Guardian. “One of the best comics around, absolutely no doubt” Three Weeks. Maybe she’ll talk about the time she was on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and stood in line at the identity parade round as a former dancer and back-up singer for entertainer (and Robbie Williams‘ father) Pete Conway.
Date: Tues 4th August 7.45pm
Price: SOLD OUT 🙁
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business – Dome Concert Hall
I’m looking forward to seeing Jimmy Carr as I saw him just before he became famous, and his stand up is phenomenal, even if his laugh is a bit annoying.
At the Dome with ‘Funny Business’ here’s the bumf…Jimmy Carr’s ‘Funny Business’ will be: a) packed with jokes b) rude and offensive* c) a great night out d) £25 a ticket**. If you answered a) b) c) or d) you were right! *If you are easily offended don’t be a dick about it.**The show is not suitable for anyone who hasn’t bought a ticket.
I have no idea what the show is about, but I am sure it ‘does what it says on the tin’!
Date: Sun 30th August 8pm