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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

Top Picks for Edfringe 2015!

IMG_1687Hello Edinburgh! How’s the weather? Been to the Mosque Kitchen yet? Tried the 10 to 10 in Delhi round the corner? Great food too and lovely warm chai! I’m not in Edinburgh. I’m not even sure if I can make it this year. I have my son’s A Level results to contend with and an 18th birthday party to organise (like Edinburgh, all I have is a venue – my Mum’s – and an overwhelming sense of panic).

IMG_1680I meant to do a top 10 comedy picks weeks ago, but here we are, Preview Day, and some of the shows have already kicked off! So, if I were in Edinburgh this is who I absolutely definitely would attempt to see (in time order):

Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal – what seems like stream-of-consciousness comedy is tightly written, highly original, utterly brilliant. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 19.00

Sam Savage: Looking Out for Linda – award-winning comedian who found a new voice in a wig. Hilarious and warm-hearted. Southsider (Venue 148), 19.00

Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues – just hysterical. Possibly our best character comedian at the top of her game. Here, she’s Celia. Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), 19.45

Sean McLoughlin: Whatever it Takes – powerful, pure stand-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 20.15

Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant – dark. Kills me. Heroes @ the Hive (Venue 313), 20.50

Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in a Proper Job –  a word-of-mouth recommendation at Edinburgh 2014, who I saw, love-love-loved, laughed at, cried at, and booked immediately. Twice. Heroes @ the Hive (Venue 313), 21.00

Mark Simmons: Laugh Yourself Thin – brilliant one-liner merchant. Leicester Comedian of the Year runner-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 21.15IMG_1686

So that’s seven great comedy shows that you could do over 3 days. None of them are on the telly in their own right yet, but I’m pretty sure they will be very soon.

Later in the Fringe (from the 21st), a comedy game show that’s highly recommended – and at lunch-time too – is The Humble Quest for Universal Genius – Assembly George Square (Venue 3), 14.00. The excellent Matthew Crosby from Pappy’s is hosting, and comedians confirmed include Josh Widdicombe, Al Murray, Chris Ramsay, Angela Barnes, Alex Horne, Joe Lycett and Carl Donnelly! It’ll be a corker.

Preview word-of-mouth recommendations are George Egg, Mark Steel and Pat Cahill.

And lastly, where would we be without Katherine Ryan, Jerry Sadowitz, Robin Ince (13th), Nick Helm (2 one-off shows – apparently!), Bridget Christie, Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Tina C (some of the tightest jokes I’ve ever heard), Ivo Graham, Carl Donnolly, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Aidan Goatley, Joel Dommett, Suzy Bennett, the aforementioned Matthew Crosby, Miss Behave,  James Acaster, Mick Ferry, Stephen Carlin, and newer acts Jonny Pelham, Dan Fardell, Stephanie Laing and Larry Dean.

Time’s up – it’s nearly 7pm! Have fun!

Kerry xx

PS. I’m bound to have forgotten people – sorry, have great shows and see you soon. Do let me know who you’ve loved the most: you can find me on Facebook or Twitter @kerryherbert007.