Laughtermarket: Annual Special – Preview

Published On January 20, 2014 | By Jo Sutherland | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Old Market
Wednesday February 19th 2014
£7 Advance /  £8 On the door

Brighton, brace yourself… TOM and Sam Stone’s beloved Laughtermarket returns for a one-off Annual Special with its trademark blend of television names warming up for national tours, rising stars and soon-to-be-discovered comedians. Funny, fair and familiar faces are due to grace The Old Market stage and big name acts will abandon their usual spots on those TV sofas and will instead make their merry way to the Brighton Comedy scene. And who can blame them – Brighton’s where it’s at.

So what can we expect from 2014’s LAUGHTERMARKET? Well, a bombardment of belly laughs thanks to a very impressive line up. We’ve got Katherine Ryan – a punchy Canadian comedian – who you may recognise from the likes of Mock of the Week, QI, Nevermind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Next up – fellow Mock-of-the-Week-ette, Zoe Lyons, who’s appeared next to Michael McIntyre in his Comedy Roadshow (BBC1). Lyons’s sharp sense of humour will have your sides aching. Joe Wells will bid farewell to Alexei Sayle’s tour especially for the evening and James McDonnell is set to sing and laugh us off our seats. And that’s not forgetting the energy-abundant and charismatic MC’s, Rue Barratt and Sam Stone, both of whom will master the ceremony with style and pizzazz a’plenty.

Past shows have been described as having “Taken the residents by storm” (Latest 7), “showed the beating heart of live comedy is in rude health” (On Valentine Special) and a “bit of respite from the daily grind for all (Argus)”… all in all, “You laugh, it’s cheap. It’s a LAUGHTERMARKET!” (Public Review)

Please note: Line-up correct at time of advertising, but please bear in mind that there is always a possibility of last-minute changes.

About The Writer

By day, Jo is a senior public relations professional. By night, she’s a writer. Jo initially trained as an actor at East 15 but she discovered her inner-academic five years later when she decided to study a BA in Arts Management. Jo graduated with a First and was subsequently lucky enough to secure a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Creative & Critical Writing at Sussex University. This enabled her to do three things; 1) improve her writing skills, 2) embrace student life again / regress mentally, 3) move to Brighton! The move was only supposed to be “temporary” but she fell in love with the city. Having spent four years working in broadcast and digital PR, Jo now works for Magenta, a Brighton-based PR agency – and she began writing for as soon as she moved to the coast. Jo has a strong background in theatre, acting and creative writing. As an aspiring playwright, her primary interest lies in new writing theatre and Jo has spent the last five years exploring the London and Sussex theatre scene. And - in her spare time - she’s writing a sitcom.