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.

Zoe Christmas

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

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Cracking line-up for Brighton’s Comedy Festival

TONIGHT! Tuesday 14th October, 8pm at the Komedia. BOOK ONLINE: http://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com

It’s an awesome line-up, with Australian Damo Clarke, Canadians Katherine Ryan (SOLD OUT next door!) and Andrew Johnston, Englishmen and women Phil Jerrod, Dave Green and Roz Ryan, and half-American Sean McLoughlin.  

Unfortunately compere Tom Toal has had to drop out due to illness, but we are delighted that brilliant political comedian JOE WELLS is stepping in. We’ve known Joe for years through his gigs down in Portsmouth, and his show Night of the Living Tories is an absolute barnstormer! He MCed our two last Charity Chuckle shows in Edinburgh and he was hilarious – the crowds loved him! Joe’s doing his full show on the 28th October at the Caroline of Brunswick, but catch him here now, tonight at the Komedia!

Doors 7.30pm, Show start 8pm. (Tickets are available on the door till approx 8pm.)

Tickets £10 or £5 concessions.

BOOK HERE: http://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com

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:

 

Otter

 

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!

Jim

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.

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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.

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!

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See you soon,

Kerry x

Photos: Ed Moore at Edshots

It’s Spring – get the pandas out!

Charity Chuckle SOLDOUT poster Mar2014

Hello! What would you like on a Friday afternoon? A bit of Stewart Lee news? A bit of Nick Helm? A clip or two of Stephen Carlin cos if you haven’t got a ticket yet I’m afraid that boat’s sailed out (BOOM!).

And if you’re out drinking tonight:

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to this blog. I know we’re a bit random with it, but here’s the news: Stewart Lee, probably the best comedian in the world – though currently only 18th best above Russell Kane but below Russell Howard – is coming to Charity Chuckle in July.  We’re really enjoying his Comedy Vehicle Series 3 on BBC2 on a Saturday night. Especially the Shilbottle episode. My friend, who hasn’t laughed since Lee and Herring way back in the 50s, found it so amusing that she repeated Shilbottle 10 times and now she’s a comedian.

So if you’ve signed up to this blog in a moment of loyalty or boredom then tighten your channels because your ships are coming in.  You will get the chance to snap up a crisp ticket or two to see Stewart Lee in the intimate setting of the Komedia Studio Bar before tickets go on general release. He’ll probably doing stuff from his new Edinburgh show, A Room with a Stew. Excited? Yup.

We’re also absolutely thrilled that the March show sold out a week in advance.  February was very close to a full house too. It gives me and Jim Holland a golden glow, like in Cocoon. Or Antonio Banderas.

The show on Tuesday 8th April is headlined by the amazing NICK HELM, star of UNCLE. Also the 2014 New Act of the Year KATE LUCAS, Show Me the Funny runner-up DAN MITCHELL, and up-and-comer JOE FOSTER. Going on recent glories we recommend that you BOOK TICKETS as soon as possible.

Here’s the Like Like You Song from Uncle:

Oh and here’s the pandas. Happy Friday!

Kerry x

Charity Chuckle raises over £10K for the community!

We’ve done it! Over 4 years, gig by gig, joke by joke, laugh by laugh, we’ve managed to raise over £10,000 for local charities and community groups in Brighton, Hove, and the Sussex area. Charity Chuckle even put on a gig for the Sussex branch of the RSPB, and though we couldn’t be sure the birds would stay within the boundaries we’re pretty sure most of them came back!

Let’s hope we can raise even more for Brighton charities Rise and Survivors’ Network at the BIG ONE, the Charity Chuckle 16 Days Christmas Special on Tuesday 10th December! It’s in the main room of the Komedia with a capacity of 292, so please tell all your friends and help us pack it out.

It’s going to be a great night with tip tip comedy and a sprinkle of magic. See you there!

Book here: http://komediabrighton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873501233/events

From Analogue to Digital – Charity Chuckle moves to the Komedia!

David Trent

Charity Chuckle is thrilled to announce a move to Brighton’s award-winning comedy venue, the Komedia. And our first show on Tuesday 10th September will be part of the Brighton Digital Festival, with the fantastic multi-media comedian DAVID TRENT heading the bill!

Once we get the poster done (:{ tickets are sure to sell quickly so snap yours up here or on the fancy WGT link below, or visit the Komedia Box Office. Oh and we are managing our own events on We Got Tickets/Comedy now, so if you’d like to hear about our forthcoming shows then please tick the box to join the mailing list when you buy your ticket. We promise we won’t email you more than once a month (if that – Doctors can be mighty compelling).

Thanks, see you there! xx


Tickets now available for
Charity Chuckle in association with the Brighton Digital Festivalfrom http://www.WeGotTickets.com