Reasons to be Cheerful: 15 years of Krater Comedy Club

Published On May 12, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Theatre & Arts Features

Weekend of Krater Comedy shows, 5th – 8th June 2014
Over 50 Edinburgh previews June and July

In June 1999 Komedia formed a partnership with Brighton-based comedian Stephen Grant to open Krater Comedy Club and this new venture quickly became one of the UK’s most successful stand-up comedy clubs, winning the coveted comedy industry Chortle award for Best Comedy Club in the South eleven times. It is now one of a select few clubs in the country that can programme four or five shows every week of the year to capacity audiences.

In 2008 Komedia opened a sister venue in Bath, where its flagship comedy show Krater Comedy Club has been equally as successful as in Brighton and has won Chortle’s Best Comedy Club in Wales and the West award three times.

Komedia has plans to operate the Krater Comedy Club in other cities, with venue partnerships being planned for the autumn of 2014.

“The Comedy Uni by the Sea!” Twenty years of comedy at Komedia 

And the story of comedy at Komedia doesn’t just end with Krater. One of Komedia’s founding principles when it opened in 1994 was that it would nurture new, creative talent and certainly in the field of comedy it has excelled. Since the venue opened in 1994 a host of young, up-and-coming acts – Al Murray, Graham Norton, Omid Djalli, Mel and Sue, Armstrong and Miller, League of Gentlemen, Matt Lucas to name but a fewhave all played at Komedia at the beginning of their careers.

Komedia can be seen as a kind of “Comedy Uni by the Sea” for since 2005 nearly 500 would-be-comedians have enrolled in Jill Edwards’ renowned Comedy Workshops with the most talented graduating at Jill’s regular New Act Night in front a real audience for the first time. The most successful can then get a 5 minute ‘MA’ starter slot at the monthly new comedy night Comic Boom working alongside more experienced comedians and finally, for their ‘PhD’, a chance to appear at the Krater Comedy Club or Zoe Lyon’s regular, gay friendly night Bent Double. Here they will appear alongside top international and UK comedians and then…who knows… break onto the comedy circuit and maybe end up on telly!

Among the comedians that started at Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops are television regulars Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Hal Cruttenden, Francesca Martinez, Simon Evans, Shazia Mirza, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Romesh Ranganathan. 

A Summer of Comedy 

What a summer this is going to be! At the beginning of June Komedia will celebrate Krater Comedy Club’s 15th Birthday celebration with a weekend of Kraters (5 to 8 June); followed by brilliant line-ups for five shows a week until September.

Komedia will also present over fifty Edinburgh previews throughout June and July featuring stars of stand up and the hottest up-and-coming acts in the business.  These include work in progress from Seann Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan, Joel Dommett and Pippa Evans.

And all Komedia’s great regular comedy showsComic Boom, Bent Double, Comedy 4 Kids, Charity Chuckle, Funny Women and in September, Brighton Comedy Festival’s new act Squawker Awards.

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