Brighton Fringe: Top 10 Stand-Ups You Shouldn’t Miss:

Renowned for its comedy, Brighton Fringe is the perfect time to discover brand new talents. Here’s our guide to stand-ups you’d be totally crazy to miss.

Loud, unabashedly honest and kind of weird

John Hastings: Works!Caroline of Brunswick, 20-25 May

John Hastings is loud, unabashedly honest and kind of weird, but definitely in a good way. Plus it’s free so there’s no excuse.

Sofie Hagen Tells Some Stories and Tries Out Some JokesThe Blue Man, 8-10 & 15-17 May

Sofie Hagen is a pleasure to watch; self-deprecating but very relatable. Performing at the Blue Man, her stand-up is sure to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Tom Ward: Work In ProgressJunkyard Dogs, 5 & 19 May

Following a hugely successful debut in Edinburgh last year, Tom returns to Brighton. If you’re up for seeing something that’s a little more unusual and off the wall then Tom Ward is the man for you. Plus it’s another free show!

Yuriko Kotani: Work In ProgressThe Warren: Studio 3, 7-8 & 14 May

With several awards under her belt, including BBC Radio New Comedy of the Year 2015, Yuriko expertly dissects differences between Japanese and UK culture.

The Alasdair Beckett-King MysteriesThe Caroline of Brunswick, 18-20 May

Alasdair Beckett-King has a very intelligent, humorous way of looking at the world. It is genuine, charismatic comedy.

Louise Reay: Hard ModeKomedia Studio, 21& 28May

Louise’s playfulness with language, innovative physicality & clowning makes for an engaging performance. Recently won Best Emerging Artist at the Adelaide Fringe.

Ken Cheng: Chinese ComedianThe Quadrant, 3 June

Originally studying maths at Cambridge, Ken dropped out to become a professional poker player. A member of Cambridge Footlights, he directed their international tour, Love Handles. Analytical & logical; not your usual approach to comedy, but excellent nonetheless.

Nicole Henriksen: Techno Glitter PenguinsThe Marlborough, 6 & 12 May

Hailing from down under, this is Nicole’s debut at Brighton Fringe although she’s been a stand up since 2011. Expect to be amazed, and also a bit freaked out, at this delightfully absurd, alternative comedy show.

Athena Kugblenu: Reality CheckThe Caroline of Brunswick, 6, 13 & 20 May

Who better to guide you through life and help you laugh at the horror than Athena Kugblenu? She returns this year with the excellent Reality Check (read our 2016 review here).

Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP), The Warren: Studio 3, 15-17 May

His uncompromising style will leave you full of laughter but also with a lot to think about. Coming hot off his first nationwide tour, this may be one of the last chances you have to see him in a venue of this size.

Articles by Annie North