Top 6 Brighton Comedy Shows August 2016
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’m sure will amuse you until the weary Fringe goers return from their travels in September. Here are 6 great Brighton comedy shows August 2016.
I know I have 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 13 times, so it’s clearly doing something right.
Performing are 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. Throughout August they have a summer sale where you can get £5 off tickets on Thursday, Friday and Sunday night Kraters from until Sat 27 August. Simply enter the promo code summerlaughs.
‘The place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy’ The Independent
Date: Throughout August, Thursday – Sunday, with 2 shows on Saturday night
Price: Prices & times vary, see website for details and offers
Eric Lampaert ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ & Sarah Kendall ‘Shaken’: Edinburgh Preview Double Bill @ Komedia Studio
Eric is a Franco-British nomad with an American green card that knows no borders; both with his neurotic oft taboo approach to comedy and literally, by sporadically gigging all over the World in various languages.
‘Delightfully weird’ Time Out.
Two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Sarah Kendall previews a brand new hour of storytelling. ‘Shaken’ is set in a small, sleepy town in Australia. It’s a story about a teenage girl who one day tells a massive lie. As the lie gains momentum, the teenage girl becomes a local celebrity. But it all starts to backfire when it leads to the arrest of a local man….
‘Truly brilliant’ Chortle.
Date: Mon 1 August 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
Price: £8 for both shows combined
Carly Smallman sings funny songs. Her unique blend of outrageous impropriety and adorable sincerity has established her as a firm favourite in London clubs and beyond. In 2010 she was first runner up in the Bedford New Comedian of the Year competition, and a Laughing Horse semi-finalist. In 2009 she was an Amused Moose Hot Starlet, and was also shortlisted for the final of the Musical Comedy Awards.
‘A bundle of energy‘ The Sun, ‘Delightfully ebullient… funny, fresh and endlessly creative‘ Time Out, ‘Outrageously inappropriate and rude singing funny lady….I hope she comes back to entertain us again‘ The Archer’, ‘Fantastic’ Rob Brydon.
Date: Thu 4 August, 8.30pm, doors 8pm
The team at On the Edge hand pick acts from the best up and coming comedians from the UK new comedy scene. They’re back again this month with Brodi Snook, Belle Busby, Dinesh Nathan, Heather Minor, Ben Robson and a pro top secret headliner, he’s definitely worth checking out.
The Caroline of Brunswick is rock/alternative bar downstairs with a great 60-seater venue upstairs which has hosted shows by major stars including Rhod Gilbert, Jon Richardson, Josie Long, Richard Herring, Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Joe Wilkinson, Isy Suttie, Katherine Ryan and Josh Widdicombe.
Date: Fri 5 August, 8pm, doors 7.30pm
Broken Biscuits started in April 2016 as a vehicle to promote the Idle Eye book Amateur of Life and Death, but has since morphed into a collaborative, old-school variety event that combines spoken word, comedy, music and animation. Douglas John Thorp & Donald Ross Skinner seek out and amalgamate with some of the brightest talent in order to make themselves look better than they actually are.
The fourth Broken Biscuits comes to Brighton with another stellar line-up: James Cook (music), Jules Oliver (comedy), Kate Tym (spoken word/comedy) and Idle Eye (spoken word/comedy). Dan Laidler’s magniﬁcently bizarre animated mini-series Windy’s Farm will be shown in there somewhere, along with a live AV set from Brighton-based electro-swing pioneer Nick Hollywood.
Date: Sun 21 August, doors 7.30pm
Griff Rhys Jones is airing some thoughts – stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and half-remembered events from a long career with his much missed comedy partner Mel Smith. It’s a ramble through a relationship. Join him on this work in progress complete with previously unseen footage.
Griff Rhys Jones emerged from the Not the Nine O’Clock News team with Mel Smith as one of British television’s most durable double acts. As a solo performer, he has developed into an accomplished comedy actor on both stage and screen, and an enthusiastic presenter of literary and heritage programmes.
Date: Tue 23 August 8pm (doors 7.30pm)