Brighton Comedy: Our Top Shows For June 2015
With Brighton having such a thriving comedy scene, it can be hard to pick out and keep up with the shows that you really wouldn’t want to miss. This month it’s even harder as the great and the good begin previewing their shows in time for the Edinburgh Festival. Below, we have selected some Edinburgh Previews and some established nights as well. Whatever your taste we are certain there will be something for everyone in this selection of June’s Brighton comedy highlights.
Krater Comedy Club – Komedia Main Space
I may be biased but as Komedia has won best Comedy Club in the South an unprecedented 12 times, it seems like most people agree it’s the first port of call for weekend comedy in Brighton.
The acts are of a consistently high quality with top circuit comedians every weekend. As well as the comedy they serve a full menu on the prime time shows, so your whole evening is taken care of. From June 13th, there will also be weekly club night ‘Motorcity’ taking over Komedia’s main space, running every Saturday night after the comedy ends. Free to Krater ticket holders and £5 on the door to everyone else. Playing, Motown, Soul, Northern, Funk and Disco greats.
“The place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy” The Independent
Date: Throughout June, Thursday – Sunday*, 2 shows on Saturday night. Excludes Sun 7th when gay friendly night Bent Double takes over and Thursday 25th June when rising star night Comic Boom takes it’s place.
Price: Prices & times vary, see website for details and offers.
Edinburgh Preview Double – Bill Paul Sinha and Holly Burn – Caroline of Brunswick
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the wrong place for comedy when you walk into The Caroline of Brunswick. It’s a well-established rock/alternative pub, however step upstairs and you have a 60-seater lounge that offers some great intimate comedy gigs.
Paul Sinha is a Krater Comedy Club audience favourite, so it will be a treat for fans to see his extended set. Best known as a ‘Chaser’ on ITV’s The Chase, he can also be heard on BBC Radio Four’s Paul Sinha’s History Revision, Paul Sinha’s Citizenship Test and The Sinha Carta.
Plus, Holly Burn, a stand up and character comedian, who has recently appeared on ITV2’s Bad Bridesmaid. “Brilliantly mad…Stupidly funny” Time Out. “A gloriously silly woman with a warped mind and a cheerful disregard for shame” – Chortle.
Date: Tuesday 9th June
Price: £10 (£7.50 in advance)
Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model – Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
Kathryn Ryan is one of my favourite comedians, it’s no surprise to me that she’s constantly popping up on TV these days. She’s appeared on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo & Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, BBC Two’s Mock The Week, QI & Nevermind The Buzzcocks, C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and more.
When Katherine broke up with her boyfriend after catching him cheating with a glamour model, rather than wallow in self-pity, she used the heartbreak as inspiration for Glam Role Model.
“We don’t have glamour models in Canada,” she said, “although we do have girls that get their tits out. It’s just not part of the mainstream. These girls go on panel shows, they’re celebrated, they’re role models.”
“Warped wit…striking presence…killer lines…calm confidence” Scotsman
Date: Sunday 14th June 8pm
Edinburgh Preview Double-Bill Tania Edwards & Chris Kent – The Old Market
TOM’s Edinburgh Comedy Previews invites acclaimed and upcoming acts to showcase brand new material.
Tania Edwards with ‘Electrifying’. A new show from Tania Edwards; stand-up comedian (BBC One, Radio Four), and writer (Mock the Week, BBC Two, Stand Up For The Week, Channel Four). “Fantastically seamy side to the material… sublime… brilliant,” Chortle. Plus Chris Kent; Chris questions whether he’s still chasing his dream, or just too lazy to get a proper job. Recently married, Chris resents adulthood, and fears if there is an afterlife, he might not fit in… Voted within the Top Five Irish Comedians (Hot Press, 2013), along with storming the Irish and UK festival scenes. “Breathes new life into anecdotal comedy,” The List.
Date: Monday June 22nd 8pm
Price: Free, Non-Ticketed* (RSVP online for guaranteed entry)
Jo Neary & Friends – Komedia Studio Bar
I’m sad to learn that this is the last night of this particular show, so go and see it whilst you can. Jo Neary (best known as Judith in Ideal as well as numerous other TV character comedy roles, Google her!) was one of the best things I saw in the Brighton Fringe and it should follow that her night with handpicked comedians will be fantastic. Shows so far have featured a dog in a box, TV comedy stars trying new material (sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing) and tons of brand new characters, live music and hysterical crying with laughter. Her confirmed acts are actor and comedian Steve Furst (best known as Lenny Beige and for those Orange ads) and ‘What Would Beyonce Do?’ star Luisa Omelian, plus many more.
Date: Thursday 25th June
Edinburgh Preview Double-Bill Laura Lexx and John Hastings – Komedia Studio Bar
Komedia also has a stellar line-up of Edinburgh Festival previews, so it’s worth checking out their Preview page. Acts include Joey Page, Angela Barnes and many more.
I’ve picked these 2 though as I have seen both of them recently and enjoyed their performances immensely. Laura is performing her debut hour show “Lovely”, a show about finally coming to terms with being happy. Join Laura on an expedition across continents with David Attenborough, to the depths of despair via Walt Disney and to sincere satisfaction courtesy of pesto. Paramount and Chortle Student Competition finalist, “Real comedic steel” Guardian Weekend. Plus John Hastings with ‘Marked From The Start’. Nominated for Martin Sims Award for Best Comedy Show, Perth’s Fringe World 2015, and as seen on BBC Three’s Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular.
Date: Sun 28th June 7pm