We’re back this December and have we got a Christmas treat for you! We’re delighted to welcome the fantastic Bridget Christie as our headliner. This will be first time she’s played the Komedia since winning the 2013 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier)!
The event aims to raise awareness, money and morale for local domestic violence and sex abuse charities, Rise and Survivors Network, as part of the global campaign #16days to End Violence Against Women.
With special guests: Bridget Christie, Jo Neary, Sajeela Kershi, Athena Kugblenu, Laura Lexx, Harriet Braine and MC Jen Brister.
Charity Chuckle presents: Stand Up to End Violence Against Women featuring BRIDGET CHRISTIE
Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016, Venue: Komedia Main Room, 44 Gardner St, BRIGHTON BN1 1UN. Show start: 8pm Doors: 7pm Tickets: £17.50 & £15 concessions from the Komedia Box Office, online or 0845 293 8480.
Please note: line ups are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. If an act can’t appear we will always try to find a suitable replacement and provide a great night out. Any last minute changes will be noted on social media.
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.
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.
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.
2. Pulling a bull photobomb at Stewart Lee and Julie Jepson and making them giggle like children.
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.
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!
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.
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.
9. Zoe Lyons’ sofa story at Christmas. And the photo she sent me afterwards.
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.
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
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:
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).
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!
…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.
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.
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.
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.
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!