Brighton is a comedy hub, the UK’s biggest after London. Zoe Lyons, Seann Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan and Max Miller all earned their chops in this seaside town. None of them will be appearing at this year’s Edfringe (to be fair, Max Miller passed on to the great Fringe in the sky in 1963) so it’s time to hail the fresh new talent who will be gracing your TV screens in the near future.
Top 5 Brighton Stand-ups to see at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe:
Phil Jerrod: Submerged
Fresh from supporting Romesh Ranganathan on his nationwide tour, the ‘cynical, astute and impassioned’ (Chortle.co.uk) comedian returns with his third debut show at the Fringe.
Pleasance Courtyard, 8.30pm
Angela Barnes: Fortitude
Stand-up and stories from a reluctant 40 year old with some stuff to say. ‘Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines’ (Scotsman). ‘She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic’ (Guardian).
Pleasance Courtyard, 7.15pm
Anthony Ayton: Belonging
At 6’5, Anthony is probably the tallest black comedian in Edinburgh to have a law degree. His debut show is about class and belonging, with proceeds going to three local charities including one that works with child refugees. ‘Clever, a bit cheeky and bloody funny’ (Angela Barnes).
Sweet Holyrood, Macdonald Hotel, Holyrood Rd, 10pm
Louise Reay: Hard Mode
An immersive comedy show where the audience experiences life in an authoritarian regime. Yay! Based on a dialogue with Ai Weiwei and featuring a team of masked police, this provocative show explores censorship and surveillance.
The Stand 3 & 4, 5.55pm
Sean McLoughlin: You Can’t Ignore Me Forever
Always a powerhouse at the Fringe – it was a firm favourite last year.
Come witness the astonishing resurrection of ‘the best comedian you haven’t heard of yet (Time Out). ‘One brilliant punchline after another… staggeringly high success rate’ **** (List). Support act for Ricky Gervais for his 2017 Humanity tour.
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6.45pm
Also funny and highly recommended:
The HOT ticket, one night only, 15th: The Wrestling
Sweary, possibly musical comedy with the man from Uncle: Nick Helm: Masterworks in Progress – from the 14th
Children’s: Jo Neary & Jody Kamali: Topsy Turvy Hotel
Theatre: Bone Wars by Keiron Nicholson and Nicholas Cooke
Clowning and general awesomeness: Spencer Jones: The Audition