In no particular order, here are five comedy shows that should be highlights of the Brighton Fringe comedy programme.
The Warren: The Nest, 6-7, 31 May, 1-2 June 19:40, 22 May 21:10, £10 or Under 26s £8.50.
After picking up a gong at last year’s Brighton Fringe Awards for her homage to Victoria Wood – Victorious – Hannah Brackenbury is back with a show dedicated to her adopted hometown. You may already be familiar with her YouTube hit song making her feelings about the i360 pretty clear, but there’ll be new songs and poems in the mix as her wit and heart shine through making you laugh and think and fall in love with our seaside base all over again.
The Caxton Arms, 10 & 31 May at 21:00, 1-2 June at 16:00, free non-ticketed
Something that might’ve fallen under your radar, Phil Jerrod (Winner Best Debut Show Leicester 2015) and Joe Foster (Winner of South Coast Comedian of the Year 2015) have found a corner out of the way to try out new material, play fast and loose with ideas, and generally have a great giggle. Jerrod’s video shorts have been stealthily gathering a following on social media, as well as the Crash Bang Wallop podcast he co-created (with Phil Lucas). And Foster’s debut hour show last year was so popular at the Brighton Fringe they added extra dates due to demand.
The Warren: The Blockhouse, 22-25 May, 21:45, £12 or Under 26s £10.50
Police Cops and Police Cops In Space are shows that had its audiences not only howling with laughter in the aisles but also turning around and coming back to see the same show time and time again. This is the brand new show from the same remarkable lads, this time promising a gritty kitchen sink drama that turns into a vampire slaying horror epic. Packed with creativity, physical comedy and a knowledge and love for the genre they’re sending up, if past shows are anything to go by.
Komedia, 21 May, 20:00, £10
For one night only, this chaotic and anarchic chat show comes to town, with Tom, Owen and puppet Steve as our hosts. Promising multimedia mayhem, special guests, live music, comedy sketches, interviews, videos, games and jingles. Already building something of a cult sensation following to this acclaimed everything-including-the-kitchen-sink show should certainly spring surprises and break out of the comedy format of a man and a mic in style.
Sweet Werks 2, 27 May – 2 June, 20:00, £8.50/7.50
Ever looked for the answer to life, happiness and a peaceful existence? Apparently, it’s right here! Good to know that there’s a place where you can take a break from the hurly burly of the Fringe and Festival step into the building site of a new utopia. Promising jokes and big questions, as well as a tension builder as to whether they’ll make it in time, it’s a positive perspective amongst what can seem like a sea of negative ones in the real world.
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