Brighton Comedy: Our Top Shows For April 2015
With Brighton Comedy having such a thriving scene, it can be hard to pick out and keep up with the shows that you really wouldn’t want to miss. Check out our guide below which is packed with outstanding comedy, whichever one you pick you’re pretty much guaranteed an excellent night of hilarity! There’s something for everyone in our April comedy highlights.
Krater Comedy Club – Komedia Main Space
When people think of comedy in Brighton, their first thoughts are usually Komedia and Krater Comedy Club. Komedia has won Best Venue in the South an unprecedented 12 times, just in March they retained their title for 2015 and resident MC Stephen Grant has won Chortle Compere of the year multiple times.
The acts are of a consistent high quality with top international and UK comedians every weekend. This April they have Tom Wrigglesworth (just this week seen on Alan Davies Dave TV show), Jo Caulfield, Ellie Taylor, Stu Goldsmith, Nathan Caton, Tiffany Stevenson and Chris Turner to name a few.
As well as the comedy they serve a full menu, so your whole evening is taken care of.
“The place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” The Independent
Date/s: Throughout April Fri – Sun, 2 shows on Saturday night. Excludes Sun 5th when gay friendly night Bent Double takes over.
Price/s: Prices vary, see website for details and offers.
Dylan Moran : Off the Hook – Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Here’s a treat for fans of offbeat noughties sitcom Black Books, Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run, or just excellent live comedy, as Dylan Moran returns to his stand up roots. Back with his first new show in four years, this year marks Dylan’s 23rd in the business – a career he started at Dublin’s Comedy Cellar in 1992 with Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted). Dark, dry and relentlessly sharp, Moran’s sardonic observational style is “stand-up comedy of the first order” and “seriously good fun” The Times.
“Jokes as sharp as barbed wire and a comedy brain quicker than a steel trap… Rarely have the rafters of the Playhouse shook so dangerously to the sound of laughter.” The Scotsman
Date/s: Weds 1st & Thurs 2nd Apr, 8pm
Price/s: £26/24 Concessions
Gina Yashere: Laugh Riot – The Old Market
A former lift engineer, Gina made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 and went on to sell out shows across the world.
She has appeared on various American TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Def Comedy Jam, The Rosie O’ Donnell show, as well as being a staple on The Lenny Henry Show, Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, here in the UK.
After rapturously received shows at The Underbelly Festival last summer, she is back with her new show and a couple of classic stories. From her disappointment at being diagnosed with sleep apnoea despite losing over 5 stone in weight, to finding herself in a brothel in Singapore.
“One of the best comics in the world” The Guardian.
Date/s: Weds 1st April, 8pm
Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In! – Komedia Main Space
If you prefer your comedy to be of the improvised variety then this is the night for you. The sell-out smash by the UK’s Premier Improv troupe has a monthly residency in Komedia’s main space. You can expect a hefty dose of The Noise Next Door’s trademark off-the-cuff madness, two stand-up stars, and comedy curiosities.
After two sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regular shows around the country The Comedy Lock-In is becoming the must see show for comedy fans nationwide. They’ve also just recorded some short videos for the BBC Taster project.
April’s guests are Paul Sinha (Paul Sinha’s History Revision, BBC Radio 4), Tom Allen (Comedy Central’s Threesome). “Hilarious… A superior kind of chaos” The Daily Telegraph. “Comedy gold” The Guardian
Date: Thursday 9th April 8pm
Funny Girls – Caroline of Brunswick
Funny Girls offers a very friendly room for up and coming female comics as well as established performers from the UK comedy circuit. Although the line up is all female, everyone is welcome! This very popular night has been running for three years and is hosted by Brighton favourite Julie Jepson who will introduce one of her many character comedy creations to guest compere the second half of the show. It might be Shannon Crabsticks, the Irish mermaid with a touch of Shipping Forecast Tourettes or Pearl, everyone’s favourite top dog breeder who always wows the crowd with her infamous meat raffle. April’s show includes Brighton’s favourite comedy improvisation troupe The Short & Girlie Show plus Georgia Thorp and the Spanish feel will be provided by the delightful Ariella Souma and Sonia Aste.
Date: Friday 10th April, 7.30pm
Price: £5/£4 Concessions
Anna Morris: Would Like to Thank – Komedia Studio
Since seeing this show in the Brighton Fringe Festival last year I have been a big fan of Anna’s. Anna is a multi-talented comedian, writer and actress. She recently appeared on ITV2’s hit reality show Bad Bridesmaid with two lead characters Francesca and Daisy, and now she’s bringing her critically acclaimed show back to Brighton. Four of Anna’s comedy creations compete for one award, all hosted by her brilliant Bridezilla character, Georgina (from her hit viral web series, Georgina’s Wedding Blogs). Who’ll be crowned Woman of the Year? You decide. ‘Spot-on, darkly comic characters… Morris is comedy gold’ (Huffington Post) “Well-constructed and skilfully performed characters… fearless” The Herald, “Finely crafted and precisely performed creations” The Stage, “Great comedy… beautifully crafted” The Independent
Date: Sat 18th April, 7pm