Catch American comedian Al Lubel in his only visit to Brighton.

Al Lubel

Al Lubel: “Perfectly formed gags in the finest tradition of the dry New York one-liner” The Guardian

On Tuesday in Brighton you have a chance to catch a stand-up set from American comedian, Al Lubel, as part of a stellar line-up helping to raise money for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. This is Al’s only visit to Brighton in this trip to the UK. Joining him will be gagsmith Mark Simmons, TV favourite Zoe Lyons, local resident Sam Savage and the endearingly funny Juliet Meyers, all compered by one of the best character comedians in the country, Jo Neary.

Profits will be donated to local charity, Our Sansar, who’s work in Nepal has already made a real difference to victims of the Earthquake. They already run a children’s home for street children, and this week they have been looking to set up another one in the Gorkha region which was the epicentre of the quake and now has so many homeless children and families.

The gig’s on Tuesday 12th May at the Brighton Komedia. Doors 7.30pm and show start 8pm. Tickets are just £10.


It’s the laugh with the feelgood factor!

Excitement mounts in Brighton as the Christmas silly season comes to town!

Spencer Jones adds a Herbert to Charity Chuckle

We’re excited about the next two Chuckle Chuckles. We think they are going to be the best, funniest, most spectacular vernacular nights out in Brighton. And Charity Chuckle has won an award (the Natwest Venus Awards Brighton & Sussex) so it must be true!  Whether you love comedy, you’re com-curious or you just fancy doing something different – a bit of a laugh – do book now and make sure you’ve got your tickets!

A week from now (Tues 11th Nov) you’ll get the chance to see SPENCER JONES headlining Charity Chuckle in the Komedia Studio. He’s amazing, hilarious, very very funny. Is it his first time in Brighton? It can’t be – let us know. We saw his show in Edinburgh, Spencer Jones is The Herbert, and it cracked us up! Soooo silly. Like John Shuttleworth without the songs, like John Kearns without the monk, like Brian Gittins. He’s a must-see, and the rest of the line-up is fantastic too.

And now we’ve got JO NEARY compering the night with a great big dressing up box supplied by this month’s charity, Gladrags. Who knows what will happen, but it’s going to be so much fun! TUES 11 NOV, 8pm, Komedia, £10 or £5 concessions: CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE


For our big Christmas show on the 9th December we’ve got PAPPY’S headlining. Yes, PAPPY’S! Brilliant!

And with all the added sparkle of a bottle of P-Diddy’s Kristal, we are thrilled to have successfully begged the gorgeous and dangerous MISS BEHAVE to compere. That’s the best sleeper train to Edinburgh with no conditioning in a heatwave we’ve ever got! Her onesie was FAB-U-LOUS!

And ZOE LYONS! And award-winning newer comedians KATE LUCAS (Leicester Comedian of the Year 2014) and SOFIE HAGEN (Chortle Best Newcomer). Plus surprises, and prizes and probably even a meat raffle (the butcher, he say yes!) – HOO-HA!

This comedy benefit is part of the annual campaign, 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women, and money raised will be shared between domestic violence charity, RISE, and a sexual violence support service, Survivors Network, both based in Brighton & Sussex.

Zoe Christmas


More about November’s comedians:
SPENCER JONES  ‘A true silly billy and the biggest wally at this year’s Fringe’ John Kearns, 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner
LOU SANDERS  ‘If Vic and Bob had had a baby back in their heyday, it would have grown up to be Lou Sanders. Bonkers’ BBC Radio
STEPHANIE LAING  ‘Disgusting and delightful in equal measure. She is definitely one to watch.’ Three Weeks
EVELYN MOK  ‘Brutal but funny’ Chortle
BEN VAN DER VELDE  ‘Whipsharp… with an air of mischievous mayhem’ Chortle
DARREN MASKELL  ‘Makes forty short minutes seem like a lifetime’ Three Weeks

Compere: JO NEARY ‘Hilarious off-kilter talent’ Sunday Telegraph. A brilliant character comedian – she was in Ideal with Johnny Vegas and Miranda with Miranda, and oh, loads of stuff. She loves dressing up.

Charity: Gladrags, the local charity bringing over 5000 affordable costumes to community groups, schools and colleges.

Follow us on Twitter @charitychuckle

Charity Chuckle in Edinburgh

Good evening, Chuckle-fans! No doubt you have been wailing and gnashing your teeth for a month at the absence of Charity Chuckle from the Komedia. But we have been making our annual pilgrimage to Scotland to find more great comics for you! (And treat ourselves to lunch at a very nice restaurant).

Team Charity Chuckle ventured north to the grand citadel of Edinburgh for the world’s largest arts festival, not only to seek out more excellent comedic talent to bring back to Brighton, but also to put on a series of shows as part of the Fringe – 9 shows, 9 days, 9 charities, 36 comedians!

We did photo shoots with the comics and representatives of the charities:

Photoshoot at the Caves listings with comics and charity representatives.


The otter charity based on the Isle of Skye couldn’t make it so they sent us this chap:




We had our Chalk Board outside Just the Tonic Caves to announce that day’s line-up (providing it survived the rain).


Charity Chuckle Chalk Board

And we put on some fantastic shows!

Our very first line up, on 2 August was compered by Aidan Goatley, and featured Angela Barnes, The Birthday Girls, Katherine Ryan and Sara Pascoe headlining!

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…All for the Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

And our finale on 10 August featured Joe Wells compering and a fantastic line up of Joel Dommett, Romesh Ranganathan, Jim Holland, and Seann Walsh headlining.

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All in aid of the International Otters Survival Fund.

This month we return to the Komedia with another top-notch line up headlined by the fantastic Nathan Caton, who was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival this year.

Let the teeth gnashing be ended!


Stewart Lee storms the Komedia Studio

Stewart Lee hadn’t been in the Komedia Studio for 20 years, since he’d produced the Mighty Boosh. We could have sold the tickets ten times over – they sold out in minutes – but we’d decided to keep the show in the 80-seat Studio so that we could give our Charity Chuckle regulars and true comedy fans a small, intimate, brilliant gig to remember.

Zoe Lyons
Zoe Lyons

And so it was. Zoe Lyons, Jim Holland and compere Julie Jepson entertained, thrilled and charmed the packed crowd. It would have been more than enough. But this night we were also treated to 55 minutes of new and newish stuff from Stewart Lee, and what stonking stuff it was too! He appeared to be enjoying it as much as we were, feeding off the reactions of an audience that was – well, very Brighton.


Everyone went home happy – so happy that we were congratulated in the street in the following days. The comedians got to try out their Works in Progress; local charity, FareShare, collected the dried food, tins and a whole Lidl bag full of shopping that the audience had generously donated, as well as over £450 in money raised; Jim and Julie got to appear on a bill with their comedy heroes; and I watched an amazing, hilarious night of top-notch and topical comedy for free, plus I got my Charity Chuckle poster signed.

Jim Holland
Jim Holland

Loved it. Thank you to Zoe, Stew, Jim and Julie for a truly great night, and the audience for being there. We can’t do live comedy and support local charities without you. And if you missed, well, there’s always Edinburgh!


See you soon,

Kerry x

Photos: Ed Moore at Edshots

Charity Chuckle: Stand-Up to End Violence Against Women – tomorrow, 8pm at the Brighton Komedia!

Unfortunately, Lucy Porter has had to pull out of tomorrow’s gig due to child and hubby sickness (why, winterbug, why?) but we are excited to announce that in her place ANDREA HUBERT will be stepping on that train and heading on down to Brighty!

Andrea’s a bona fide up-and-coming comic having reached the later stages of all the national comedy competitions, and she comes highly recommended by Zoe Lyons and Broadway Baby no less: “Andrea Hubert’s eccentric and dark humour has the audience in hysterics… the charisma and confidence of a natural performer.” Brighton Komedia 2012, Broadway Baby

Can’t wait to see her at Charity Chuckle. Have you got your ticket yet? If not, you can still buy them here (click on link, or below) or on the door at the Komedia. Proceeds will be shared between Brighton & Hove’s domestic violence charity, Rise, and rape crisis centre, Survivors’ Network. We don’t want it to go on but it does, so just by buying a ticket you will be supporting the charities’ vital work. We’re also part of Brighton & Hove Council’s Safe In the City campaign, and we thank them for paying for the venue and some marketing costs (did you see the posters on the seafront?).

See you tomorrow – it’s going to be great. Even the Mayor’s coming!

The “Charity” in Charity Chuckle

Charity Chuckle has been raising funds through stand-up since June 2009.  From single parent families to the long-term unemployed, from sufferers of drug addiction to dicky tickers, even small amounts of money can keep these charities going. In 2011 alone, we raised over £3,000 for local charities.

We’ve organised events to benefit the whole community and the money raised depends almost entirely on the number of people we get through the door, 
so your custom is always extremely welcome!

There’s usually a raffle too, just to add that little extra to the pot.

More than anything, by hosting a live comedy event we hope to provide something a little bit different for those involved in the charitable sector and the local community. But we’re not exclusive… anyone with an irresistible urge to laugh, clap or throw money in a bucket can come too.

If you would like to be considered for a Charity Chuckle fundraiser, please email kerry (at) charitychuckle (dot) co (dot)uk

Please see below for details of some of the charities we’ve helped over the years.


Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up against Racism
Tuesday 8th May 2012
MOSAIC is a local community group for Black & mixed parentage families and individuals who come together to develop positive cultural identity and explore heritage.

·        We create safe, supportive environments
·        We empower through mutual support and friendship
·        We educate through representing and providing a voice
·        We stand strong against racism
·        We celebrate the achievements of our community and it’s members

Alala – all for love and love for all

Charity Chuckle
Stand-up for Orphans of Natural Disaster
Tuesday 10th April 2012
you lose all your possessions (all of them…)

and Imagine
you lose all sources of love (parents, family, friends…)

now Imagine
you are a child and all the above happens to you and you are                 
     witnessing a natural disaster (tsunami, earthquake, tornado).
Heart-breaking…Is it not?

IMAGINE WE ARE ALL ONE (John Lennon sings it……)
We aim to raise money to provide therapeutic workshops through Art, Drama ,Music and Dance.
We will provide financial support for sustainable housing, caring and skills through ethical means.
We aim to bring joy, hope and purpose to these children’s lives.

BHIMS – Mediation Charity

Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Mediation
Tuesday 13th March 2012
Since 1993 BHIMS, a registered charity, has worked with residents in the area of conflict resolution to build stronger more cohesive local communities.
We work with anyone who seeks to find a resolution to conflict including, but not limited to:
People having difficulties with neighbours/others in their community
2. People facing conflict within their own family
3. Tenants/landlord
4. Workplace disputes
We do this by:
1. Training our volunteer mediators to a high standard. 
2. Remaining impartial at all times. 
3. Seeking to help & encourage those in dispute to come up with their   
    own solutions and agreements.
4. Raising funds adequate to maintain staff necessary for the smooth 
    running of the service and to pay volunteers’ expenses.
The Service has over 50 highly trained volunteers who can visit those who may be experiencing difficulties or conflict with others in their community.
The Service offers an alternative to police or legal involvement. We are impartial. Our job is to help and encourage those in dispute to come up with their own solutions and agreements. We offer an alternative to legal action. We do not make judgments and have no authority to tell people what to do.

Freddysmile Children’s Cancer Charity

Charity Chuckle Presents… 
Stand-up for Freddysmile
Tuesday 26th February 2012
Freddysmile is a newly formed charity that, unfortunately, has had first hand experience of a child suffering with cancer. We know exactly what the children and their families are going through. We have decided to buy a static holiday home situated at Bunn Leisure in Selsey for children and their families to have a break during treatment. We want to help them create some happy memories during a grueling and very hard time in their lives.
Please get in touch if you feel you are able to support us in any way what so ever, whether it be by sponsorship, a one off donation or a regular payment. So come on board and help us to help some very sick children have a little bit of happiness.

SPIN (Single Parent Information Network)

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Single Parents
Tuesday 14th February 2012
SPIN is a FREE information and signposting organisation based in Brighton, East Sussex, providing regular emails to members about local events and activities relevant to single parent families. If you would like to receive these mailings and access free tickets to the Dome in Brighton, then please become a SPIN member.
Knowing where to go and what to ask is key to getting assistance and that is why SPIN’s main focus is providing information to single parents by single parent volunteers.

Rise and Survivors Network

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up to End Violence Against Women
Compered by JULIE JEPSON
Tuesday 6th December 2011
at the KOMEDIA
As part of the Brighton and Hove 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women.
In Brighton and Hove last year it is estimated that:
• nearly 11,000 women will have experienced domestic violence
• nearly 3,000 women will have experienced sexual assault, and
• nearly 7,000 women will have been a victim of stalking.
(Source: Domestic Violence Needs Assessment 2011)
The Brighton and Hove ’16 Days’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the problem of violence against women, and highlight the connections between women, violence, and human rights. It marks the international 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women that falls between 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
With a cracking line-up of comedians, this comedy night will directly benefit two local domestic and sexual abuse charities, Rise and Survivors Network. All with laughter! It’s fun with the feelgood factor.


Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for disadvantaged communities in 
East Africa
Tuesday 11th October 2011
East Africa Children’s Project is a Brighton kitchen-based charity run by volunteers. It aims to change the future of disadvantaged children, one child at a time.
We support local projects that target the needs of disadvantaged children in East Africa. We help close the gap between their current circumstances and the happy and healthy future that they are entitled to.
Projects that the EACP are running include a women’s sewing machine project  in Kenya (“Give a woman a shirt and you dress her child; give a woman a sewing machine and you dress feed and school her whole family”); a brick making project in Tanzania; and the Joy Children’s Centre.


Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for sick children
Tuesday 13th September 2011
Rockinghorse brings hope to families in challenging times, improving the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable children in Sussex and Surrey.
Many of those who we support are living with life-threatening conditions, profound physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems or have complex medical needs.
Working in partnership with respite centres and children’s hospitals, we strive to make services stimulating, cutting edge and accessible for the many babies, children and teenagers who need them.
Rockinghorse has been helping sick children in Sussex and the surrounding areas for over 40 years. Click here to read our story.
Rockinghorse is based in Brighton and has a small team of eight staff. We recently opened a new charity shop in Hove.


Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for the Samaritans
Tuesday 12th July 2011
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide.
You don’t have to be suicidal to call us. We are here for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone. If you phone, text, write email or visit us we will not judge you or tell you what to do.
You can contact us on 01273 772277 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year. You can also email us at, or visit our local branch in Hove between 10am and 10pm every day to speak to someone confidentially.

“We very much enjoyed the night and were privileged to have such a great line up – lots of variety and talent.  Thank you for all your hard work and help (especially with the raffle tickets!). You have hit on a fun way to introduce Brighton to new comedians and to help local charities – brilliant and well done.  I think I speak for us all when I say we’d love to do it again.” Jo Taylor, Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans

Survivor’s Network

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Female Survivors of Sexual Violence
Saturday 4th June 2011
Survivor’s Network is a Brighton based organisation supporting women who have experienced sexual violence. We understand that the effects of any form of sexual violence can be profound and long lasting and we know that with the right support women can and do heal from their experiences and have full and fulfilling lives. We are here to support every survivor of sexual violence in their healing and empower them for the future.
From the 25th of November 2009 Survivors’ Network has expanded its remit to support all women who have experienced any form of sexual violence. This means that we are now providing a “Rape Crisis” service. If you have experienced recent sexual assault or rape and are looking for support please do get in touch, on 01273 203380.

***Listen to Ruth Mason talking on BBC Sussex Radio on 19th May 2011 with reference to Ken Clarke’s recent Radio 5 ‘serious rape’ comments. The interview with Ruth starts around 10mins into the programme ***


Brighton Festival Fringe 2011
Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Freedom from Domestic Abuse
Tuesday 10th May 2011
Rise is a charity which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.

Rise services include: refuge accommodation, resettlement, crisis appointments, helpline, counselling, housing, legal and financial advice, solicitors appointments, support groups, play therapy, 1-to-1 support and training and preventative education.

* If you are confused, scared or isolated due to a partner or ex-partner.
* If you think you may be in an abusive relationship and need to talk.
* If you are a young person worried or confused about a relationship.
* If you are worried about someone you think may be being abused.
Call Rise:  01273 622 822

Fun in Action

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Children of Lone Parents
Tuesday 12th April 2010
Fun in Action provides a one-on-one befriending service to children from disadvantaged lone parent families in the Brighton and Hove area of East Sussex.
“The service is good because it is aimed specifically at lone parents who can struggle so much with support and finances. It is such an important service and makes such a difference to our lives. It helps to hold my family together and it takes the pressure off me.”
Jane, lone mother of four children under 10.

A recent survey showed that:
88% of parents of befriended children noted a marked improvement in their child’s behaviour
69% of children said they felt much more confident in facing problems
76% of children reported that they had learnt new things and taken on new challenges
In addition, our befriended children show a noticable improvement in school attendance and in their attitude to their studies.
> To learn more about the process of befriending, click here.

> To talk to us now about volunteering, please contact us.

After the event:

Brighton Oasis Project

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Women and their Families
with drug and alcohol problems
Tuesday 8th March 2010, International Women’s Day
Brighton Oasis Project is a women only service that aims to improve the lives and maximise the potential of the diverse range of women, children and young people affected by substance misuse. We seek to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol related harm to women and their families by providing services which offer a continuum of support from harm minimization through to total abstinence, which are complemented by specialist services for children, young people and women working in the sex industry.
Oasis exists as a women only service to provide a welcoming and friendly environment with childcare facilities to try and address the inequality women face in getting help with their substance misuse. We know from asking our service users that they really appreciate the space to look at their problems in a women only environment. Our services for children and young people are non gender specific.

Target TB

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up to Target TB
Tuesday 8th February 2011
TB is one of the world’s biggest killer diseases and it is thriving in developing countries because of poverty. The situation is so serious that the World Health Organization has declared TB a ‘global emergency’ and Target TB was established in 2003 in direct response.
Despite the scale of the problem, TB has been a relatively neglected issue. TB kills as many people as HIV/AIDS (about 4,500 per day), and double that of malaria, yet lacks sufficient funding and prioritisation by donors and policy makers.
Our vision at Target TB is a world free from TB and our mission is to address the health, social and economic impact of the global TB epidemic amongst vulnerable and marginalised groups. We currently work with local partners in 7 countries across Africa and Asia with some of the highest TB burdens in the world.

“I can’t tell you how much fun we all had and how hugely grateful we are,
it’s one of the best things we have ever done.“
Lynn Stevens, Fundraising Manager, Target TB

Grassroots Training

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Suicide Prevention
Tuesday 11th January 2011
Grassroots Training is a Brighton-based community interest company that supports communities to prevent suicide. We are specialists in suicide prevention and we deliver training that saves lives.
Very few, if any of us, are untouched by suicide. We believe that suicide is a community health problem and that suicide can be prevented.
We promote and deliver ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), a two-day workshop that teaches a model of suicide first aid. ASIST has been developed by LivingWorks and has been delivered to over 750,000 people worldwide.
We offer a range of training programmes to complement ASIST, including SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness), One in Four (Mental Health Awareness), Recovery (Mental Health and Recovery) and Self Injury (Working with Self Injury).

Barnardos Real Gifts

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Santa! 
(to get presents for vulnerable children in Brighton and Hove)
Tuesday 14th December 2010
Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Barnardo’s Real Gifts are the perfect presents for friends and family that will also make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children!

Choose from our range of Christmas gifts, which include a warm winter coat and taking a young carer on a special treat to dinner and a panto. The money raised will help our vital work with vulnerable children in the UK!

Sussex Central YMCA

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for the Disposable Teens
Friday 15th October 2010
Sussex Central YMCA helps over 5,000 young people across the City each year.
We offer help to many different young people, but especially those who are isolated and struggling through homelessness, exclusion from school, family breakdown, poor mental health or drug and alcohol problems.
Sussex Central YMCA was first established in 1919 and has been working in the local community ever since. In the last decade we have grown dramatically and now provide a wide range of services across Brighton & Hove. Sussex Central YMCA is a Christian organisation that believes everyone deserves the chance to fulfil their God-given potential. Although we work with all members of the community we particularly aim to meet the needs of young people through a variety of projects and Sussex-wide initiatives.

The Clock Tower Sanctuary

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for the Young Homeless
Tuesday 21st September 2010
The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only voluntary day centre for young homeless people between the ages of 16 and 25 in Brighton and Hove. Since our foundation in 1997, we have helped thousands of vulnerable young people – offering a welcoming and friendly safe space, food and drink, access to computers and the internet, signposting to housing, health, education, employment and social services – as well as practical and emotional support.

Drop In
If you are aged between 16 and 25, homeless or insecurely housed, you can use any of the services available at our drop-in centre.

Brighton Friends Centre

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Friends Centre
Friday 16th July 2010
Friends Centre  is an adult education centre in Brighton and Hove. We have been part of the Brighton and Hove community since 1945.

Each year, Friends Centre provides a place for around 1,600 people from different backgrounds to learn together in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Friends Centre is known for its ability to engage people who find it hard to learn, including people who have been out of education for a long time, those with few formal qualifications, people with mental health needs or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and homeless people. We run a range of projects in partnership with other organisations and funders.

If you are looking for a course for yourself, would like to refer someone else to us, or would like to support our work, please contact us. Our phone number is (01273) 810210 and the reception is open from 9.30 – 3pm Monday to Friday.

Haiti Earthquake Appeal/ Save the Children

Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Haiti and Save the Children
Friday 9th April 2010

We’re working flat out to ensure children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We’re saving lives in emergencies, campaigning for children’s rights, and improving their futures through long-term development work.


Charity Chuckle 
Stand-up for Freedom from Domestic Abuse
Friday 12th February 2010
Rise is a charity which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.

Rise services include: refuge accommodation, resettlement, crisis appointments, helpline, counselling, housing, legal and financial advice, solicitors appointments, support groups, play therapy, 1-to-1 support and training and preventative education.

* If you are confused, scared or isolated due to a partner or ex-partner.
* If you think you may be in an abusive relationship and need to talk.
* If you are a young person worried or confused about a relationship.
* If you are worried about someone you think may be being abused.
Call Rise:  01273 622 822