Finally, shows and festivals are coming back to life. I won’t bore you with all the welcome back stuff as that is someone else’s job.
A couple of weeks ago, Paul asked me to do some recommendations, highlights and things to look forward to at this year’s Brighton Fringe. So, in no particular order, here is some comedy to look out for.
George Egg: MOVABLE FEAST
George specialises in cooking comedy. His two previous shows, Anarchist Cook and The DIY CHEF were both sell-outs and enjoyed national tours. He is an award-winning comedian, and his shows have won rave reviews.
During MOVEABLE FEAST, George intends to cook a three-course meal using an engine and to turn unexpected roadworks into a picnic. It’s a road themed show. The show’s publicity claims that you can taste the resulting meal, good luck with that.
George’s approach to comedy differs from traditional stand-up. Don’t expect to see a man on stage telling stories about how difficult modern life is.
You can get a taste of George Egg and his approach to cooking and comedy through his website; here and on YouTube, IG, and FB etc.
George Egg is doing two shows at The Warren, on the 23rd and 26th of June 2021. Both start at 7.45 p.m.
Robyn Perkins: MILLION DOLLAR MAYBE
Robyn is an award-winning comedian. In this show she uses true life experiences (laced with science) to tell stories about competitiveness, bisexuality and imposter syndrome.
When you meet a lot of comedians, it is clear that most of them are above average intelligence. It enables them to do what they do. In Robyn’s case, her ‘smarts’ enhance what she does, without ever making you feel like you’re an idiot. While her science background underpins her material, her explanations are simple and easy to understand. I should point out that this is nothing like being back in the classroom. This is funny, clever, and often, educational comedy.
You can get a taste of Robyn’s show, through her website and on YouTube, with her Comedy for the Curious series.
Robyn Perkins is doing five shows at Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant and Laughing Horse @ The Walrus on the 12/19/20/26 and 27 June 2021.
Sean McLoughlin: NIGHTLIFE
Sean McLoughlin has been on my list of acts to see for quite a while. Every time I’ve gone to see him, something seemed to stop it from happening. The last time was in Edinburgh. I was running a bit late and by the time I got there the queue was so long, I never even got to the door.
Sometimes you get a buzz about comics, and there has been a buzz about Sean for a while. His name comes up a lot. He was tour support for Ricky Gervais, and he appeared in After Life. He has multiple stand tv credits and an impressive list of reviews. He’s definitely a comedian who is on the way up.
Find out what the fuss is about, here is a link to his website.
Sean McLoughlin is doing four shows, on 5/6/23 and 24 June, at Laughing Horse @ The Walrus.
Susan Murray: How not to die in a plane crash
Susan Murray brings her unique guide to avoiding dying in an aeroplane, information everyone needs!
I’ve been lucky enough to see Susan a couple of times. She is a very accomplished comedian, delivering her material with confidence. Forthright, in your face and wonderfully frank she offers a unique voice.
With an extensive list of performing, writing and acting credits, backed up by some outstanding reviews, Susan is a comedian well worth seeing. You can see more of her, here.
She is on at Laughing Horse @ The Walrus on the 19th and 20TH of June.
Tez Ilyas: ROUGH DRAFT
Having moved from up and coming to an established name, Tez has gained a strong following.
Since he started out in 2015, Tez has chalked up an impressive set of credits. As well as appearances on Mock The Week, The Last Leg, Live at The Apollo and Man Like Mobeen, he has performed to packed houses up and down the country. He has a national tour booked for the last quarter of 2021.
You can get a flavour of Tez, from his website or on YouTube.
Tez is on at Laughing Horse @ The Walrus, on 21/22/23 and 24th of June. All shows start at 7 p.m.
Marcel Lucont: NO DIX
The bio on the Brighton Fringe website says this, ‘Britain’s favourite French comedian returns with deadpan wit, wry poetry, soaring miserablist chansons and a live band to abuse. An updated version of the hit Edinburgh Fringe show.’
This show was also in the top 10 comedy shows of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, with great reviews from the national media.
I’ve never seen Marcel live, but having watched the trailer on the website, and several YouTube videos, I’ve seen more than enough to make me want to see the real thing.
Marcel Lucont is on at The Warren: The McElderry on the 17/18/19 and 20th of June