Brighton Fringe 2018 Comedy tips from Victoria Nangle (Comedy genius at Latest 7)…
Enjoying the Brighton Fringe doesn’t have to cost you the Earth, in fact there’s plenty of top notch comedy acts in this year’s brochure that aren’t charging you a thing to witness their funny bones in action. Here are just a selection of my favourites. And remember, although there isn’t a ticket price it’s always nice to pop a contribution in the bucket on your way out to show your appreciation.
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Five Comedy Tips – Free
Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure, Laughing Horse @ Caroline Of Brunswick, 6-7 May & 2-3 June, 15.45
Afternoon fun and frolics from Angel comedy founder and Comic Boom regular MC Barry Ferns alongside Alasdair Beckett-King (Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2017). Two impressive comedians in their own rights join forces over the first and last weekends of the Brighton Fringe, leaving you in the driving seat of this interactive comedy show. Promising cloaked villains, moral dilemmas, rebellious robots and the possibility of a different adventure every time, baggsy your seat for the whole run.
Dominic Holland: The Glory Year, Laughing Horse @ Caroline Of Brunswick, 16-17 May, 19.30
Dominic Holland is a veteran of the comedy circuit. You may well have seen him on television, heard him the radio… with the practised hand and confidence of a long-time gag-writer and performer. A guaranteed professional laughter-maker who shares life experiences with his audience of family tribulations, parenthood, and so forth. He continues to share these domestic anecdotes, even though the normality is disrupted somewhat by his eldest son – Tom Holland’s – appearance in Hollywood as the latest Spider-Man in Marvel’s movie series.
A Beginner’s Guide To Bondage, Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, 7, 13 & 20 May, 3 June, 22:15
Late and risqué, something away from the norm, Mistress Venetia (aka Sara Mason) takes you on a romp through the world of BDSM and fetish. An education that perhaps hopes to become an inspiration, take a walk on the wild side and scratch that fetish curious curiosity. Dressed in leather, stockings, suspenders and heels, the Mistress is in and ready to share her secrets.
Lloyd Langford: Big Face Strikes Again, Laughing Horse @ Temple Bar, 2-3 June, 17:00
Familiar to many as seen on the likes of QI, and heard on the lies of BBC Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth, Lloyd Langford’s work in progress show may talk about balconies, robins, terror and acid. A lesson to keep your eye out for work in progress previews from famous comic faces with practised comedy-writing brains, there are plenty scattered throughout the Brighton Fringe and not all in the places you’d expect them. Langford’s should be a highlight.
Sami Stone: Slipskin, Junkyard Dogs, 5, 12, 19, 26 May, 2 June, 20:00 (13:00 on 19 May)
Comprising of that delightful balance of silly and clever, insightful and relatable, long words and made-up words, Sami Stone’s Slipskin swaps broadband for broad beans to reconnect with nature. The follow up to her highly acclaimed Roof show, which not only covered her own time without a home but also the government’s attitudes towards the growing invisible homeless crisis, Stone’s socially aware yet decidedly personal touch continues with another chronicle of her own way of living.
And, of course, there are the ticketed shows you want to make sure you have a seat for…
Five Comedy Tips – Ticketed
Elf Lyons: Swan, Komedia, 22-23 May, 20:30, £10/8
You know that feeling of boundless joy you used to get when you were a kid and were given an awesome balloon? Prepare to get in touch with that. Elf Lyons’ one-woman rendition of Swan Lake utilises her considerable clowning skills – as well as her language smarts – in this fun-filled, intelligent delight. It’s no surprise that this particular show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award last year.
Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead, The Old Market, 30-31 May, 1-2 June, 20:00 (May) or 21:45 (June), £12.50/10
A multimedia marvel from Austentatious’ Joseph Morpurgo (a 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee as a solo performer too), Hammerhead picks up as the post-show Q&A session after a fictitious juggernaut performance of Frankenstein as a one-man play. Described as outlandishly funny, with planted questions, scenes re-enacted, monstrous egos sent up, and generally the whole format of post shows Q&As marvellously spoofed, this is a very clever performer showing off his most excellent comic writing and physicality.
LadyFace, The Warren: The Burrow, 10-13 May, 21:00, £9.50/8
Creating a buzz even before her arrival in town, character comic LadyFace is piquing interest as a leftfield inventive one-woman chameleon. Promising a white-knuckle ride with influences ranging from The Mighty Boosh to Victoria Wood, and with a recommendation from the prince of literary unease, myth and wonder Neil Gaiman, it’s pretty certain there won’t be anyone else like LadyFace in this year’s Fringe.
Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours, New Road, 11-13, 25-28 May, 1-3 June, check for times, £12/9
Step outside the venues and outside of the regular comedy format box for fun, fun, fun in the street, street, street. Guru Dudu is back with his flash mob dance tours, running in the afternoons and evenings over most of Brighton Fringe’s weekends. It’s a roaming silent disco, with onlooker interactions, fun commentary, and happy dance favourites. Perfect for lifting spirits, while getting your aerobic quota in for the weekend without it feeling like a workout.
Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead, Komedia Studio, 7 & 28 May, 20:30, £12/10
The underground success of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this surprise hit led to Rob Kemp living the dream of not only making this his full-time profession but also had him booked for a full run of this remarkable show at The Soho Theatre and nomination for the Best Newcomer Edinburgh Award.The Elvis Dead is where horror classic Evil Dead II meets The King, a physical, musical, cult hit that has quickly gathered celebrity fans and repeat viewings.
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