Coming up – Romesh Ranganathan, Phil Jerrod, Nick Helm, James Acaster and Aisling Bea

We’ve got an amazing line up of gigs for you in 2015, starting with our March show featuring new material from Jonathan Ross star, ROMESH RANGANATHAN, aka MC Ranga the lazy-eyed assassin.

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Book now at the Brighton Komedia Box Office, 44 Gardner St, tel: 0845 293 8480 or online (which is cheaper). Here’s the link: https://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873485431/events?show_id=873485431

See you there!

Kerry x

Forthcoming shows: 

Tues 14th April: PHIL JERROD “Behind the beard is a comic whose instinctive mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch” The Guardian  Also in April, the wonderful STEPHEN CARLIN.

Tues 12th May: NICK HELM (winner of Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards 2014, the Times Breakthrough Award 2014, nominated for Edinburgh Best Show 2011 & 2013, winner of Dave’s Best Joke 2011, as seen in Uncle, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Russell Howard’s Good News – click for THAT FAT SONG, it’s a classic.) See here for Funny Valentines on BBC iplayer, only available for a couple of weeks so click now! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02j75pt/funny-valentines-nick-helm-elephant

Tues 9th June: JAMES ACASTER, (nominated for Best Comedy Show Edinburgh 2012, Best International Show New Zealand 2013, Best Comedy Show Edinburgh 2013, and Fosters Best Comedy Show nominee 2014).

Tues 14th July: AISLING BEA (British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic 2014, Fosters Best Newcomer Nominee 2013, So You Think You’re Funny Winner 2012, as seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, QI)

NB. Line-ups can change due to circumstances beyond our control.

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2014 – the year that comedy begot.

Happy New Year to you all, and a massive thanks to all the comedians, charities, audience members and staff at the Brighton Komedia and Just the Tonic, who have made this year such a success. Thanks to Ed Moore for tirelessly turning up and taking some of the best photos in the business – most of these are his, below. And thanks to some of the agents who have helped us out, particularly Paul at Glorious Management and Mick at Mick Perrin Worldwide.

Check out the photos in our gallery – there’s some awesome shots.

And now – everyone loves lists right? – to some of Charity Chuckle’s favourite bits of 2014:

1. Al Murray popping in with a tight five and all of us at the back being so excited we could shit – he was brilliant.

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2. Pulling a bull photobomb at Stewart Lee and Julie Jepson and making them giggle like children.

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3. Stewart Lee doing 55 minutes of jaw-droppingly good new material. My favourite bit was the one that caused a collective gasp from the Brighton PC brigade, and the way that he addressed it. Hysterical. Buy his DVD here, on Amazon, and have a good gasp again: www.amazon.co.uk/Stewart-Lees-Comedy-Vehicle-DVD/

(It was a real thrill to be able to benefit the Brighton charity, Foodshare, with this gig: they are a food redistribution service, supplying foodbanks and charities, but they are so small that they couldn’t help to make up the audience numbers, so this sure fire sell-out gig was especially for them.)

4. Joe Wilkinson’s new 10, comprising 7 and a half minutes of him wandering round the stage.

5. Scoring Spencer Jones from the Edinburgh Fringe, and watching as the Komedia bar staff wet themselves laughing as never before.

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6. In February, selling out our first show of the year with Junior Simpson and then following it with another sell-out in March with Stephen Carlin, and April with Nick Helm. Magic!

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7. The October gig, that was just sublime stand-up comedy – one of the best nights we’ve had for the pure beauty of it – featuring Sean McLoughlin, Phil Jerrod, Joe Wells, Roz Ryan, Dave Green, Canadian comics Andrew Johnston and Katherine Ryan, and headliner Damo Clark.

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SEAN MCLOUGHLIN
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PHIL JERROD
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KATHERINE RYAN

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8. Jo Neary‘s swinger in May, and with the Gladrags dressing up box in November – she’s so inventive and hilarious, it’s never less than a delight.

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JO NEARY

9. Zoe Lyons’ sofa story at Christmas. And the photo she sent me afterwards.

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10. In Edinburgh: hanging out with Miss Behave on the sleeper; Sara Pascoe’s new toilet ramblings (don’t wee on the seat, girls); Barbara Nice crowdsurfing the nurses; Luisa Omielan and the 14 year old boy; BOBBY MAIR; Chris Boyd’s A-game; Kerry Herbert rehearsing for 4 hours to do 5 minutes – her first gig in a year; and, Jim Holland taking his shoes off onstage to put on his tap shoes and Seann and Romesh weeping with laughter at the back, big fat tears rolling down Seann’s face.

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Kerry at Just the Tonic Caves, Edinburgh

 

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Comedians Jim Holland, Mark Simmons, Kate Lucas, Phil Jerrod, and some of the Scottish charities at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
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It’s been a great year. We’ve met some lovely people. We’ve laughed a lot. We’re tired now.

Happy New Year and see you next time!

Love, spangles and two-tone shoes. Kerry and Jim xx

PS. Kerry’s Christmas joke:

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus who?

You bloody heathen.

Last seats for Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh 2014

Charity Chuckle Christmas Cracker, Brighton Komedia, Tues 9th Dec

STAND UP TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Comedians: Pappy’s, Zoe Lyons, Kate Lucas, Spencer Jones, Evelyn Mok and compered by the fabulous Miss Behave, Mistress of Ceremonies.

BOOK NOW for the highlight in Brighton’s Christmas 2014 comedy calendar!

Tuesday 9th December, 8pm, Komedia Main Room.

Tickets £15 and £10 concessions. Proceeds to Rise and Survivors’ Network.

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Zoe Lyons

 

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

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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.

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Tues 9th Dec, 8pm, Komedia Main Room: CLICK HERE AND PUT THE SNAP BACK INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY!

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.

http://www.charitychuckle.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter @charitychuckle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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