Celebrate the 5th Birthday of Brighton’s Best Comedy Fundraiser at Two Special Summer Shows

Charity Chuckle poster July2014 with STEWART LEE


Date: Tuesday 10th June 2014
Headliner: JEN BRISTER
Charity: Peer Action – HIV+ support



Date: Tuesday 8th July 2014
Charity: Fare Share Brighton – food redistribution. Instead of a raffle, Charity Chuckle Fare Share would welcome a harvest festival approach: please bring along a tin of food, dried goods or a packet of biscuits (or Jaffa Cakes) and they will be shared with those in need.


Venue: Komedia Studio
Time: Doors 7.30pm, Show start 8pm.
Tickets: £10 from Komedia Box Office and online. £5 concessions tickets available for June.

(Tickets for July’s Charity Chuckle will go on sale to the public on the 12th June. Audience members at the June show and subscribers to the CharityChuckle.co.uk newsletter will be given a code word enabling them to buy tickets 24hrs before general release.)


“Kerry and Jim closed their eyes and made a wish and when they opened them one of their top favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, had landed in a crisp packet at their door. Hurray!”

Brighton’s unique comedy fundraiser is a remarkable 5 years old this summer, making it one of the longest running nights in town, and the only UK comedy night to donate its proceeds to a different local charity each month. Having raised £14,000 for the community, the promoters of Charity Chuckle, Kerry Herbert and Jim Holland, will be celebrating in the only way they know how: by putting on two special comedy nights with some of the best new stand-up in the country for the benefit of two local charities.

Then they will take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe in the biggest arts festival in the world for a 9-show run to benefit Edinburgh charities, such as the Benevolent Fund for Nurses.

Why do they do it? Because they are curmudgeons and bitter with it. Laughing at others is the only thing that cheers them up.

JUNE’s show features Jen Brister, John Pendal, Suzy Bennett and more for local HIV+ charity, Peer Action. One of Peer Action’s supporters is currently Brighton’s most famous resident, Chris from Gogglebox! Charity Chuckle promoter Kerry said, “I was getting my hair dyed as per instruction from the nuns many moons ago (‘When you leave convent school you can dye your hair sky-blue-pink, until then it’s brown’) when I got chatting to the hairdresser with the gifted multi-coloured fingers. He was about to film a new thing called Gogglebox later that night and his tan was still settling in. Neither of us knew he was on the brink of stardom! When I told Chris about my monthly comedy fundraiser and he told me about the charity he’s involved with, it was as if a lightbulb exploded above both our heads. We got someone else to change it of course, and here, now, is Charity Chuckle for Peer Action! And to top it off, my hair was such a brilliant pink that I got a round of applause on the bus.”

Peer Action has facilitated steering groups and identified that within the HIV community in Brighton and Hove, people are feeling isolated, low in self confidence with lack of peer support. Peer Action has been established to encourage and empower individuals living with HIV to value their health and wellbeing while minimising the impact of loneliness and anxieties.

JULY is an extra special one for promoters Kerry and Jim as both their birthdays fall this month. They closed their eyes and made a wish and when they opened them one of their top favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, had landed in a crisp packet at their door. Hurray!

We will also have new material from Brighton’s very favourite adopted daughter, Zoe Lyons. And because it’s Jim Holland’s birthday the day before, he gets the special birthday treat of performing a set from his debut Edinburgh show, Shoegazing. Compere will be Julie Jepson.

The charity to benefit is FareShare Brighton.

About Charity Chuckle
Charity Chuckle is simply one of the best nights out in Brighton at one of its best venues, the Komedia. The show has become a monthly highlight in the comedy calendar, with a careful selection of the best new stand-up on the circuit for the benefit of a different local charity each month.

May’s Charity Chuckle saw a surprise appearance from The Pub Landlord, Al Murray, as well as hilarious new material from top-notch TV and club comedians. In 2014 alone, this well-loved night has seen appearances from Joe Wilkinson, Nick Helm and Holly Walsh, alongside new comedy award winners Kate Lucas and Alasdair Beckett-King.

Unpredictable, hilarious, outrageous, inspiring, intimate – no two shows are the same – and with proceeds going back into the community it’s a laugh with the feel good factor. With glowsticks.


Thanks, hope you can make it.
Kerry x

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