Jo Neary & Friends – 25/06/2015

Published On June 10, 2015 | By Zazie Clarke | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

25th June

This much-loved monthly series hosted by Jo Neary is coming to an end, and the final show this June is sure to be an extra special celebration. Previous shows have been pleasingly unpredictable, with material ranging from a dog in a box, TV comedy stars trying out new characters, live music and of course a lot of laughs! The specially selected guests joining Jo onstage include Steve Furst, Phil Lucas, Julie Oliver and Dyball and Kerr.

Jo Neary, described as ‘superbly funny’ by the Guardian, is a Brighton-based British comedian, writer and actress. She performs solo character-based stage shows and has made numerous TV appearances including Time Trumpet, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Skins.

Brighton comedian Phil Lucas is the funny man behind the hilarious fake planning notices you may have seen around town as well as our new favourite card game ‘I-Spy Brighton‘. He’s also won numerous awards:  Hastings Comedian of the Year Finalist 2014, Comedy Knights New Act of the Year Semi Finalist – 2015, Gareth Morinan Alternative New Act of the Year Award WINNER – 2014, Max Turner Prize Finalist 2015.

Julie Oliver has been doing stand-up since 2012 and was a semi-finalist is the So You Think You’re Funny competition in Edinburgh in 2013, a finalist of the Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award and the Comedy Virgins 2014 summer competition. She is also in the semi finals of Comedy Knights 2015 New Act of the Year, Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year (both ongoing) and was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedian of the Year 2014. (She also writes our wonderful comedy guide each month!)

Ingrid Dahle is an up-and-coming comedienne originally from Norway but now bringing her quirky outlook and innovative take on physical comedy to the people of Brighton and beyond. In her first 18 months on the comedy scene she won a Brighton Festival Squawker Award and took her first show to Edinburgh. She is now channelling her creativity into short films and a regular podcast, while continuing to hone her hilarious live set and entertaining an ever expanding audience with her ‘distinctive brand of beautiful weirdness’. A combination of quirkiness and deft timing means she should be destined for stardom’  – The Argus

Comedy powerhouse Mathilda Gregory was Komedia New Act of the Year in 2000, a BBC Writers Room Laughing Stock winner in 2011, a Funny Women One to Watch in 2013 and The Erotic Awards Writer of the Year. She writes for the Guardian ‘specialising in feminist reaction to popular culture’, and is currently working on a new solo show How to be Fat, following Werewolf Erotica, She Wrote which was hugely successful at both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. If you like stand up comedy nights that are ‘arty and weird’, then you’ll love Mathilda Gregory and her ‘amazing, ridiculous’ stories!

Character comedy double act Dyball and Kerr met in the nineties doing comedy spots at Brighton’s Komedia. Since then they have toured shows nationally as well as enjoying a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival and in Brighton they have gained a reputation for well crafted, high class, sketch comedy performances. ‘high-class character comedy’ The Observer.

This comedy institution is sure to go out with a bang!

About The Writer

I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Anthropology. Since moving back I have been happily reacquainted with Brighton’s idiosyncratic streets and colourful characters. I like writing and riding my bike around the city hunting for hidden treasures.