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Top 5 #Brighton Comedians to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

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

A big day for Fringes!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the sun is finally out and Brighton Festival Fringe 2014 has its launch party tonight at the Sealife Centre. Pancakes and stingrays, what could be better?

But I’m not sure what the mood will be amongst Fringe Participants. Many of them will be taking their shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Early Bird registration deadline is fast approaching. As the Adelaide and Leicester Comedy Festivals wrap up and the promoters return, the venue allocation for Edinburgh takes on a frantic pace and with four times the applications that there are spaces for shows, not many will get their first choice.

Location and time slot are obviously important, yet so is word of mouth – it’s probably one of the major influences to drive audiences to a relatively unknown show. Examples: Nick Helm’s Keep Hold of the Gold, and last year, John Kearns’ Sight Gags for Perverts. Nick’s show was so good I was recommended to it almost as soon as I arrived in Edinburgh. I ended up seeing it four times in a row. I know people who did more. And John Kearns last year was a big buzz on the grapevine and sure enough when I squeezed into the show the audience was full of the best up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. We had a ball, he won prizes.

So, key to a successful show:

Firstly, it’s got to be great!
Secondly, it’s got to be really really great!
Thirdly, it’s got to be well promoted.

And that’s where I come in. Enjoy your pancakes, don’t panic, and if you’d like some professional help with the marketing then contact me when you’ve got your time and venue sorted. A nicely worded short blurb in the brochure can make the world of difference, and that’s just the beginning.

Kerry x