Our Top 8 Comedy Shows in Brighton this November

Published On October 22, 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. Below, we have selected some outstanding comedy, where you are pretty much guaranteed an excellent night of hilarity. Whatever your taste we are certain there will be something for everyone in this selection of November’s comedy highlights.


Matt Forde: Get the Political Party Started – Komedia Studio


Following his sell-out Edinburgh 2014 run Matt Forde, now widely acknowledged as the country’s leading political comedian, returns with a brand new show tackling some of the many great questions facing our country in the aftermath of the election….Will we have a second referendum? Will Jeremy Corbyn still be Labour leader by the time this gig happens? As seen on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You (BBC One) Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two) and Question Time (BBC One) and JonRichardson Grows Up (Channel 4). ‘Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up to the minute observations’ Mail on Sunday

Date: Wed 4 November | 7.30pm

Price: £10


Ahir Shah: Distant – The Basment (Pit)


Thoughtful wastrel Ahir Shah does a funny and good stand-up show about the importance of faraway things. Topics include World War One, cigarettes, vegetarianism, Islamism, capitalism, climate change, love and pirates. Shah’s award-winning, incisive brand of stand-up combines lyrical language, emotional frankness and sweet gags. This erudite, philosophical style has seen him earn consistent plaudits and an inconsistent income. DISTANT was performed to packed houses and critical acclaim at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is now being toured around the UK (and Paris for one night for some reason). The venue is well-located. Tickets are reasonably priced. Nice.

‘A questing argument against compassion fatigue and a generational cri de coeur’  The Guardian

Date: Friday 6th November | 8pm

Price: £8.50 | £7


Pam Ann: Queen of the Sky Overview – Theatre Royal


The world’s favourite International Air Hostess, Pam Ann is back in the UK with a new show for 2015. Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off – she’s Queen of the Sky and it’s guaranteed to be a turbulent flight. Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, Pam Ann keeps things lively and nail bitingly unpredictable as she takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of “shoot-from-the-lip” observations.

‘Pam Ann is right up there with Joan Rivers in her spontaneity and the audience loves it’ Times SQ Chronicle, ‘A delicious comic creation’ The Independent, ‘Like being held hostage on a plane filled with laughing gas’ The Telegraph

Date: Sun 15th November | 8pm

Price: £24.90 – £30.90


Paul McCaffrey – Shoreham Ropetackle Centre


As a stand-up, Paul McCaffrey has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new acts around, winning both The London Paper and the Latitude Festival new act competitions, as well as being a regular at the Edinburgh Festival. Paul has been on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour (BBC Radio2), and is a regular guest on The Matt Forde Show (talkSPORT). He has also been studio warm-up for The Morgana Show (Channel 4) and That Sunday Night Show (ITV1) and can currently be seen at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. A top comedy talent promising a night of quality laughs.

‘Likeable, animated, and fluid with a first rate sense of timing’ Chortle

Date: Weds 18th November | 8pm

Price: £12


Titter – 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 with a daunting 3 headed dog’s head hanging over the bar. However step upstairs and you have a 60-seater lounge that offers some great intimate comedy gigs. Titter features the city’s best new comics performing not just stand-up sets but a couple will perform specifically written stories too. So if you like a slightly different format to the norm, then this evening is worth trying. There is always a professional headliner and this month we are treated to Candy Gigi, who recently won the Malcom Hardee award for comic originality.

Date: Sat 21st November | 8pm

Price: £5


comic boomComic Boom – Komedia Main Space

Komedia’s sell-out monthly night of exciting new comedy without the gamble. Although a newer act night, there are no concerns about the quality of this night. Chosen carefully by top Comedy Coach Jill Edwards, acts range from a top headline comic to ‘catch ’em while you can’ rising stars of the comedy circuit. November’s headliner is a special surprise guest, we can’t tell you who it is, but believe us they are definitely worth getting a ticket for.  Plus fabulous MC Mark Simmons.  I also have to confess that I am doing a little 10 minute spot at this night!

‘When Boom is on there is nowhere else to be: it puts the world in a comedy nutshell’ Latest 7

Date: Thurs 26th Nov | 8pm

Price: £9 | £7


Stewart Francis: Pun Gent – Dome Concert Hall


The star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, embarks on a brand new stand up tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show!

‘Perfectly crafted gags’ The Sunday Times

Stewart has headlined all over North America and the United Kingdom. He has also performed in numerous venues worldwide. He was the support act for Ricky Gervais on his Science tour. After his first appearance on Mock the Week as an almost unknown, he was so successful he was asked back three more times in the series that followed.

‘A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard’ The Guardian , ‘Perfectly crafted gags’ The Sunday Times

New dates added due to overwhelming demand

Date: Fri 27th November | 8:00pm

Price: £22


Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Smutty Christmas Songs – Komedia Studio


A sell-out every year since 2008, this night of festive filth is the antidote to the pantomime horrors in every other theatre at this time of year. Adam’s dark re-imaginings of songs have earned him 20 million hits on YouTube (including the iconic London Underground song) and four number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts. He’s won the 2014 London Cabaret Award, written numerous TV shows and is a familiar voice on the Radio 4 Now Show.

‘This made me very, very happy’ Stephen Fry.

‘Bracingly intelligent… enormous fun’ The Times, ‘Brilliant – it left us with eyeliner streaming down our face’ Cosmopolitan.

NB: Adam claims unlike the majority of musical comedy, this is actually funny.

Date: Mon 30 November | 8:00pm

Price: £15 | £13

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.