Our Top 8 Comedy Shows in Brighton this October

Published On September 22, 2015 | By Julie Oliver | Theatre & Arts Features

October is such an exciting month for comedy here in Brighton. It’s a pleasure to be recommending some of the brilliant shows that are coming as part of the 13th Brighton Comedy Festival. Spread across Komedia, Brighton Dome and The Old Market, there’s far too many performers for me to mention everyone that I’d like to, so I’ll leave out the big names you’re most likely aware of already. Many are covered here in this Comedy Festival Special. So, below are my recommendations based on hearing great things about them either from reviews or the comedy scene grapevine.


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I’ve already got tickets for this myself as he was the ‘one to watch’ at Edinburgh this year, plus this show won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award. Sam heads to Brighton for one night only. A return to pure, full throttle stupid, from comedy’s bestest little dickhead.

As well as his win for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show he also won the Barry Award 2015, Underbelly Adelaide Award 2015, Best Comedy Performance and Helpmann Awards 2014. What your dreams look like when you’ve drunk too much absinthe, and I loved it’ The Times. ‘Sam Simmons’ show is a comedy masterpiece’ The Scotsman. ‘It’s not just weird, it’s wonderful too’ Chortle

Brighton Dome Studio

Sun 11th October 7.30pm / £13


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Felicity Ward is a multi-award winning (Best Club Comic 2014 – Chortle Awards, Best Australia Act 2012 – Perth Comedy Festival, Best Comedy Show 2012 – Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Australian stand-up comedian, comic performer, writer and actor. She has won a number of major comedy awards in Australia and appeared on numerous television shows. Felicity comes to the Festival with her brilliant stand-up show about mental illness, irritable bowel syndrome and her search for the nearest toilet. Anxiety can be cruel, but very, very funny. ‘Joyfully Funny’ ***** Edinburgh Evening News.

Brighton Dome Studio

Sun 11th October 9.15pm / £13/£11


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Award winning comedian Tom Allen brings you Both Worlds, direct from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. It’s about being up/down, left/right, happy and other emotions. As seen on Channel 4’s Cats Does Countdown and BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute, as well as live on tour with Josie Long and Sarah Millican, he’s also a favourite of Komedia’s own show Bent Double. ‘Gives the tradition of camp comedy a firmly 21st century twist.’ The Guardian, ‘One of the funniest acts on the circuit…he has continued to storm every gig he does.’ GQ Magazine, ‘Sparkling wit’ The Arts Desk.

Komedia Studio Bar

Thurs 15th October 8.30pm / £8/£10


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My favourite show of the Brighton Fringe. You may have seen her this year in ‘So Awkward’ for the BBC, ‘Young Dracula’, Kevin Eldon’s beautiful silent comedy ‘Brilliant Man’ for Sky Arts or ‘Delivery Man’ for ITV.

Join Jo ‘a Joyce Grenfell of our age’ (The Guardian), as the much-loved Celia; housewife and host. She’s returning, on tour with her Toxborough Village Hall Chat Show, in aid of the Animal Hospital, for a kitten who needs an iron lung. Topical talks, showbiz exclusives, celebrity interviews – plus a local locksmith’s bawdy confessions, a recipe for air soup, and a photograph of a conker.

‘So inspired, and beautifully executed’ The Daily Telegraph

Komedia Studio Bar

Fri 16th October 8.30pm / £11/£9


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I’m old enough to remember Spitting Image and it’s politically incorrect songs, so I’m looking forward to hearing the tales the creator has to tell. Find out what the hell ‘Emperor of the Prawns’ means with the man behind not just Spitting Image but QI, Blackadder, and BBC Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity. ‘A perfect hour of laughter’ ***** The Telegraph. ‘An eloquent raconteur of fine comic timing’ **** Chortle, ‘A thoroughly entertaining show’ **** The Times, ‘Lloyd’s performance is impeccable’ **** The List.

The Old Market

Sat 17th October 7.30pm / £13/£11


-cw4w9j6FlR_pZ73fvMo0iZAyiiCBm1iOAYKajsi1NkMichael Legge: Tell it Like it is, Steve

Michael is a unique comic talent with a background in improvisation, stand-up, writing, compering, hosting, acting and TV warm-up work. He’s warm, lively, and charming – with a bite to keep you on the edge of your seat. He’s written for the BBC, C4 and C5, won a BIMA award and was even nominated for a BAFTA.

As seen on The Alternative Comedy Experience, Michael comes to Brighton with his new show about meeting people and why it’s always awful. Want to meet your heroes? Yes? Considered whether they want to meet you? No? This is the tale about how Michael’s heroes made the mistake of meeting him.

‘Beautifully crafted fury’ The Scotsman, ‘Vitriolic observational stand-up at its finest’ Chortle

Komedia Studio Bar

Tues 20th October 8.30pm / £11/£9


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A totally unique evening of stand-up comedy in association with Baby Cow Productions Ltd and Brighton Comedy Festival.

This established event has previously boasted leading top comedy names such as Jenny Éclair, Noel Fielding, Phil Jupitus, Seann Walsh, Steve Coogan and Nick Helm, to name just a few.

This year’s amazing line-up includes; award winning comic actor and TV panellist Joe Wilkinson stand-up favourite and co-host of ‘The Extra Factor’ Matt Richardson, hilarious ‘Fresh Meat Star’ Greg Mchugh, star of ‘Man Down’ Roisin Conaty and more acts to be announced shortly.

Amaze supports local families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Last year sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Komedia Main Space

Thurs 22nd October 8pm / £18.50


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This is probably your last chance to see him before he gets really really big; he’s already had his own show on the BBC. So see him now and then boast to your friends in years to come about how you saw him in the early days, before he sold out, got shit and went all commercial.

Nick Helm comes to Brighton to deliver truths about life, love and being a living legend with a bod that don’t quit. Go and see it. Enjoy it. Drink it in. But most importantly – grow as a human.

’Pretty f*cking amazing…’ *****The List, ’It ain’t pretty, but it is hilarious.’ **** Time Out, ’A wonderfully crazy funny hour’ ****Chortle, ‘A potential megastar’ The Guardian

Brighton Dome Studio

Sat 24th October 9.30pm / £13/£11


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.