Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016 – Edinburgh Previews Special

Published On July 1, 2016 | By Julie Oliver | Homepage, Theatre & Arts Features

It’s an exciting month for comedy as the great and the good preview their shows for the biggest arts festival in the world. 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 have put together my double bill recommendations, but it’s worth looking at the venues full listings in case one of your favourites are performing.

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Alfie Brown ‘Scissor’ and Damian Clark ‘It’s A Good Day To Damo’ – Komedia Studio

The ever unpredictable Alfie Brown returns after critically acclaimed runs at London’s Soho Theatre with a brand new hour of engaging stand up. Constantly evolving and striving for ways to innovate, Brown is pushing stand up further than his contemporaries dare to.
Quite simply the future of British stand-up’ The List

It’s A Good Day To Damo. It sure is. Nominated for The New Barry Award the Aussie crackerjack returns with his brand new hurricane hour of stand up. Don’t miss this firm festival favourite.
The world’s wittiest machine gun. Let yourself in on one of the funniest secrets in town.’ The Scotsman

Date: Tue 5 July, doors 7pm
Price: £8 for both shows

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Carl Donnelly ‘Bad Man Tings’ and Twins ‘Two Balls in a Bag’ – Caroline of Brunswick

Carl Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment. This is stand-up with valium: near horizontal levels of louche that take the mundane stories of everyday life and turn them into stretches of self-deprecating silliness’ The Guardian.

TWINS is a sketch-comedy double-act written and performed by Jack Barry and Annie McGrath, two of the most laidback people you might never meet. Annie is the curiously endearing half, a fearless navigator of the off-beat. Beside her, Jack takes gormlessness into new territory. ‘Two razor-sharp comedy minds.’ Edfringe Review

Date: Thursday 7 July, 7.45pm
Price: £4 adv (£6 on the door)

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Phil Jerrod ‘Hypocrite’ and Paul McCaffrey ‘Fresh Hell’ – Komedia Studio

Phil Jerrod (Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut Award Winner 2015) is a bloody hypocrite. In this brand new hour of stand-up comedy he bangs on about one thing for a bit and then goes on to say the exact opposite. It’s like he’s got no idea what he’s trying to say. ‘Insightful, despairing wit’ **** The Scotsman.

Paul McCaffrey is the star of ‘Impractical Jokers’ (BBC Three), ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ (BBC Three), ‘Stand Up Central’ (Comedy Central), ‘50 Funniest’ (Channel 4) and ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ (CBBC).
Charm, charisma and success written all over him’ The Evening Standard

Date: Mon 11 July, doors 7pm
Price: £8 for both shows

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Suzi Ruffell ‘Common’ and Tom Allen ‘Indeed’ – Caroline of Brunswick

Suzi Ruffell, official tour support for Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe, presents her third full-length show, Common, in which she explores her dodgy family history and her working class roots.
A real stand-up gem’ The Guardian.
Impressively accomplished, innate stage presence, quality material, a classy set’ Chortle

Tom Allen, the sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley explains why he’s occasionally disgusted with modern life yet delighted with its eccentricities. Recently seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Tom Allen will be bringing his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling to the Caroline.
Has the audience eating out of his palm’ Daily Telegraph

Date: Weds 13th July 7.45pm
Price: £3 adv (£5 on the door)

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Juliet Meyers ‘This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life’ & Sam Savage ‘Looking out for Linda’ –Dukebox Theatre

Juliet Myers (a writer on Sarah Millican’s TV programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog have issues. Hers is a show about unconditional love, anxiety, peeing on things, and being a wolf, mixing silliness with edginess.
Smart and very funny’ The Independent

Sam Savage was Funny’s Funny Female Comedian of the Year 2012 and runner-up in the NATY New Act Of The Year competition in 2013. Go along for some beautifully warped nonsense about love and chaos. ‘A great character. The sort of believable oddball around which sitcoms are built‘ Chortle

Date: Wed July 20th 8pm
Price: Donation

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Pippa Evans ‘Same Same but Different’ and Joey Page ‘Jowie’ – Komedia Studio

A multi-talented and incredibly versatile performer, Pippa performs regularly on BBC Radio 4 institution ‘The Now Show’, as well as making guest appearances on hit TV shows such as Dave’s ‘Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled’ and Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’. She has also featured on BBC3’s sketch comedy show ‘Live At The Electric’ and was one of the regular cast members on BBC2’s comedy impro series ‘Fast and Loose’.

Joey Page, 31, has moved out of his mum’s and is worried about the apocalypse, heartburn and white van men who smoke outside his window. He is in awe of washing machines and wants to escape reality. Have a swim around inside his head for an hour, the water’s fine and there’s a wicked slide. As seen on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC2).

Date: Fri 22 July, doors 7pm
Price: £8 for both shows

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Andrew O’Neill and Fraser Geesin ‘Jack of all Polymaths’ – Caroline of Brunswick

A unique proposition on the comedy circuit, Andrew O’Neill is a cross-dressing, magick-practising heavy metal fan, Jack the Ripper tour guide and steampunk guitarist, who mixes one-liners and flights of fancy in an unpredictable cocktail of entertainment.
Brilliantly inventive… a close second to Harry Hill’ **** (Chortle)

Fraser Geesin took up stand-up comedy in 2011. His original performances soon attracted attention. In 2013 Fraser reached the semi-finals of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition and the finals of the Squawker Awards.

Weds 27 July, starts 7:45pm
Price: £3 adv (£5 on the door)

Brighton Comedy Shows July 2016Rhys James ‘Forgives’ & Lucy Porter ‘Consequences’ – Komedia Studio

Don’t worry about it. Honestly, it’s fine. Just get a ticket to see Rhys James bash out another hour of splash-hit, classic stand-up and definitely cool and not pretentious poetry and all will be forgiven.
Charismatic, clever and self aware… Destined for great things’ Guardian
A cut above his humdrum peers.’ Independent. The Guardian’s Best Joke Of The Fringe 2015 ★★★★★

A hilarious new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from stand-up Lucy Porter. Lucy will cover some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot. Lucy is a regular on TV & radio. ‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes … Genuinely delightful’ The Telegraph

Date: Thu 28 July, doors 7pm
Price: £8 for both shows

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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.