Brighton Comedy: Our Top Shows For July 2015
It’s an exciting month for comedy as the great and the good preview their shows in time for the Edinburgh Festival. As it’s July and Edinburgh starts in August they should be near perfect, so you’ll be able to see great shows without the cost of travelling to Scotland. Below, I’ve selected only Edinburgh Previews, usually double or triple bills. Every comedy taste should be catered for in this list, and they’re usually a fraction of the cost of the usual shows.
Pat Cahill & Stephen Bailey – The Old Market
Pat Cahill ‘Panjandrum’. See such honest turns as ‘Who’s blown an egg?’ and ‘Quite Busy’. He’ll rattle his helmet in your direction and see who takes a bite! “This quirky performer has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs” (Evening Standard)
Stephen Bailey ‘Should’ve Been A Popstar’. The “guilty pleasure” (Daily Record) returns with a show less about becoming a popstar, more about finding your own X Factor. For years, Stephen hid from the spotlight, dreaming of the razzle dazzle, but now he takes to the mic with “warm, affectionate, yet biting wit” (Gay UK)
Date: Monday 6th July 8pm
Price: Donation only on the night
Twisted Loaf, Lou Sanders & Candi Gigi – Caroline of Brunswick
Twisted Loaf ‘Stale Mate’. A year on, none the wiser. Or are they? Funny Women Award Winners Twisted Loaf hurl themselves on the stage with another hilarious hour of overblown ambition and extreme attitude from two of the daftest comedy loafers around. Mixing contemporary clowning and physical characterisation. “Edgy, dangerous, disturbing, confusing and completely unpredictable” (List)
Lou Sanders ‘Excuse me, you’re sitting on my penis again’. A show about a grown women trying to get into Eton College for Boys. “Lovable loon…Deliciously silly stand-up” (Time Out)
Candy Gigi ‘Chicken Soup’. After winning last year’s Malcolm Hardee award for comic originality, and receiving multiple four-star reviews, Candi Gigi brings the most demented Jewish Friday night dinner to Brighton. “As close to a mental case health study as you could get…Once seen never forgotten” (Chortle)
Date: Monday 13th 7.45pm – 11pm
Price: £6.50 (£5 adv.)
Tiff Stevenson ‘Mad Man’. Tiff’s thought provoking and engaging style has seen her consistently play to packed audiences; Tiff’s last solo show ‘Optimist’ received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival 2014.
“Hilarious observations and beautifully written…a touching call to arms for 30 somethings” (The Metro), “Genuinely engaging and brashly hilarious” (2013 New Statesman Vagenda List of the Quietly Awesome)
Carl Donnelly ‘Jive Ass’. 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly’s (as seen on Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News) conversational style, hilarious anecdotes and observations on the state of the world – and how we should be dealing with it – has been called “Gripping, unmissable stand-up” (The Guardian); told from the point of view of “A master storyteller” (Time Out). Don’t miss you chance to see him try out new material for his next Edinburgh show.
Date: Tues July 21st; Tiffany Stevenson: 7.30pm-8.30pm Carl Donnelly: 9pm-10pm
Tom Parry of Pappy’s and BEASTS – Otherplace at the Basement
Tom Parry ‘Yellow T-shirt’. Parry wears yellow T-shirts and can prove that fancy dress makes you live longer.The funniest* third of award-winning Pappy’s (*citation needed) presents his debut laugh-riot** (**citation needed). Star*** of Badults, Miranda, Phone Shop (***correct). “Parry is Lord of Misrule” (Guardian) Chortle Award winner. Two time Edinburgh Award nominee.
BEASTS ‘Live DVD’. Big time sketch heroes BEASTS are returning to Edinburgh to film a live DVD of their best ever show. As heard on BBC Radio 4. “Unforgettably nutty” ★★★★ (Times), “Delightfully entertaining” ★★★★ (Telegraph), “Pure, unabashed silliness” ★★★★ (Metro), “The new breed of sketch show” (Guardian).
Date: Tuesday 21st July 8pm
Price: £4.50/£3.50 concessions
Adam Hess ‘Salmon’. Adam is one of the most exciting new acts in the country, a winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award. He recently supported David Baddiel on his Fame Not The Musical Tour. The BBC even filmed a selection of his tweets as sketches starring him as one of their ‘Feed My Funny’ videos. “Batters the audience into laughter” (Chortle)
Julian Deane. Circuit favourite Julian is celebrated across the country for his ingenious punch lines and perfect delivery. Now the award-winning comedian (ITV’s Stand Up Hero, Laughing Horse winner), and writer (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia) brings his hotly anticipated debut show to Edinburgh Festival. “deliciously twisted… a stream of seriously good gags… quick, sharply written and endlessly repeatable lines” (The Guardian)
Date: Wednesday July 22nd 7.30pm
Price: £ 8