Brighton Comedy

Brighton Comedy: Our Top Six Shows For September 2015

Published On August 24, 2015 | By Julie Oliver | Theatre & Arts Features

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.  To help you out we’ve selected some outstanding shows, where you’re guaranteed an excellent night out. Whatever your taste we’re certain sure you’ll find something to suit you in our guide to September’s Brighton comedy highlights.

Brighton ComedyBent DoubleKomedia Main Space

This monthly night in the main space at Komedia  has been a favourite on Brighton’s Gay Scene for 10 years.  Everyone’s welcome and having won ‘Best Club Night’ in the South & Country! at the Chortle Awards 2015 recently, it’s a guaranteed good pre Monday night out.  Described as an irreverent night of comedy, it’s hosted by brilliant Brighton resident Zoe Lyons, star of numerous TV shows including Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. This month’s headliner is Vikki Stone  “Searing one-liners will have you clinging to the edge of your seat in laughter” (ScotsGay), with support from Susan Murray “A feisty comedy fireball of fun” (Time Out) plus brilliant new comers Sarah Kegworth and Mark Daniels.

“I was crying with laughter from start ’til finish” (Latest 7).

Date: Sunday 6th September 7.30pm
Price: £12/£9 concessions/£5 NUS/Under 26

Brighton ComedyLaughtermarketThe Old Market 

This “Top Notch Comedy Night” (Latest 7) is always worth catching as it hosts a brilliant eclectic mix of established and up and coming artists. With it’s new bi-annual slot, the organisers can afford to be pick and choose the cream of the comedy crop.  Bringing a musical theme to September’s show is the sartorially elegant genius and award winning jazz and bossa-nova smoothie, Earl Okin “multi-talented musical supremo,” (Time Out). Adding some punch to the musical feel of the night is Rachel Parris, an award-winning musical comedian, actress and improviser “like a Glee-Club chick gone wrong,” (The Stage).  And the award-winning Sam Savage nails the genre of character comic with her portrayal of Linda Larkin, with lines that will stay in your head forever “she writes proper jokes” (Jenny Éclair). Plus shorter sets from lovable local comics David Garratt and Fraser Geesin – all held together by resident MC Sam Stone.

Date: Wed 9th September | 8.30pm
Price: Tickets: £8.00 adv. TOM’s Friends: 15% Off. 

Brighton ComedyIain Lee vs RadioKomedia Studio

I’m looking forward to seeing this show.  Apart from being an interesting premise, I used to listen to his LBC show and from what I remember of some of the phone calls I can’t imagine this will be anything other than hugely entertaining.

Iain presents the clips that all radio presenters would rather you forgot, such as why did Nicky Campbell drop himself in it when talking about foxes and what do callers to local radio REALLY think about Mayor Boris Johnson?  Iain also tells his story of how he reluctantly ended up working for some of the biggest (and smallest) radio stations in the country.

Iain’s appeared on various radio and TV shows over the past 15 years including Five Live, Radio 4, XFM, BBC 3 Counties and The 11 O’Clock Show, This Morning, Big Brothers Bit On The Side.

Date: Thursday 10th September | 8pm
Price: £12/£10 concessions 

Brighton ComedyLewis Schaffer: Free Until Famous –  Ropetackle Arts Centre

The title of Lewis’s show really does what it says on the tin.  It’s a free show until he becomes famous!  Combining the comedy genes of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest British comedians, New York comic Lewis Schaffer takes his free-wheeling “jazzy” comedy to Shoreham for a unique and thrilling show.

One of the top comics to emerge from New York City, Schaffer’s short visit to London in 2000 ended in love, marriage, children, and divorce! Now trapped in Nunhead, a suburb of Peckham, Lewis Schaffer is making the worst of a bad situation!

He’s been the house compere of both the Comedy Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in New York, and in London currently holds the longest-running residency at the prestigious Leicester Square Theatre.

“Who better to give it to us straight than this New Yoiker?” (The Independent)

“A bloody good laugh” (Time Out)

Date: Friday 18th September 2015 | 8pm
Price: Free but ticketed so you’ll need to call to book your place. A voluntary collection will be made at the end of the show. 

Brighton ComedyAl MurrayTheatre Royal

Everyone’s favourite pub landlord returns to Brighton. I saw this show in it’s early stages at Komedia during the May fringe and fans are in for a treat.

It’s been Twenty years since Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, embarked on his one man mission as the King Cnut of Common Sense, holding back a tide of bottled beer and ninny state nonsense.

To celebrate this milestone he has embarked on this tour with his brand new show One Man, One Guvnor.

Read 4 star Daily Telegraph review of One Man, One Guvnor here “Murray’s affectionate, double-edged satire feels as fresh as ever”.

“A national treasure” (The Daily Telegraph), “Al Murray has become a bona fide British institution”
(The Independent), “Murray’s interaction with the crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world” The Times.

Date: Saturday 19th September | 7.30pm
Price: £29.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee*

Brighton ComedyAvenue Q Brighton Dome 

This isn’t the style of comedy I would usually recommend, preferring stand-up and sketch, but with so many outstanding reviews such as “The best musical of the decade” (Sunday Times), I’m looking forward to catching it here in Brighton.  Impressively it was the winner of the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Avenue Q is a musical which tells the story of the characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.  Described as hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets. Check out what happened when the puppets came to Brighton for the first time here.

* * * * * Sunday Times, News of the World, Sunday Express, Absolute Radio, Magic FM

“You’d be a muppet to miss it!” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Dates: Tue 22 – Thu 24 Sep 2015, 7.30pm, Fri 25 – Sat 26 Sep 2015, 5pm, Fri 25 – Sat 26 Sep 2015, 8.30pm
Price: Prices vary see The Dome website for details 

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About The Writer

Having given up her life in London as an Ad Agency Account Manager, Julie now, much more enjoyably, works as the Marketing Officer for Komedia. Comedy is her passion, and she has been performing stand-up herself for the last 3 years. Recently getting to the final of the Brighton Comedy Festival Squawkers Competition and The Max Turner Prize, she was also shortlisted for the BBC New Act of the Year Award 2014 and has made the final of Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of the Year 2015. Apart from comedy, she likes to run along the seafront, which is preferable to the South Circular where she used to run in London.