Brighton Insider: Comedy at the Fringe

With close to 300 different comedy shows at the Brighton Fringe, you might find yourself a bit over-whelmed by the choice. There’s over 29 pages of them on the Brighton Fringe website, and we’ve gone from Aaaaaaand… It Is What It Is to Zhara Barri to bring you some of the comedy gems lurking this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Remarkably intricate and engaging murder mysteries created from scratch every night

Murder, She Didn’t WriteSweet Waterfront 1, 5-8 May 18:40

Remarkably intricate and engaging murder mysteries created from scratch every night. It’s a fantastic concept, and it works.


Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your FutureBlue Man, 15, 22, 24-25 May 21:40

The last time we met Lynn Ruth Miller was in a restaurant trading stories of Viagra use and Oestrogen implants. She’s an absolute delight.


Max and Ivan: UnstoppableThe Warren: Studio 2, 29-30 May 18:45

Fosters Comedy Award nominees received four stars from Broadway Baby at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. A hilarious and fantastically well-crafted show.


Beasts27-29 May 20:30, The Warren: Theatre Box

Following their sell-out 2015 show, you’ll be crying with laughter at this outrageously funny show. It’s only a matter of time before they end up on TV so head along and you’ll be able to say ‘I saw them before they were famous’.


Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup, The Warren: Main House (7 May), The Warren Theatre Box (6, 8 May), 6, 8 May 20:30, 7 May 20:00, 

Irish group who have 5 million hits on their YouTube channel.The critically acclaimed group have radio and TV credits under their belt and provide an assured night of comedy sketches.


Beige Agains The Machine, Lamb @ Craft Beer Co, 12-14 May 20:00

David Bailey has been getting some ‘one to watch’ reviews but is he capable of making the jump to the next level? Lamb have a strong comedy line-up this year and will be hoping that acts such as David Bailey help them further their comedy brand.


Fardell & Perry: 100% X-treem Total AdrenalineLamb @ Craft Beer Co, 12-14 May 19:00

When no less than Romesh Ranganathan describes one of your double-act as ‘one of the best new joke writers I’ve seen in ages’ that’s enough to pique our interest.


Debra Stephenson: Night of One Hundred Voices, Republic, 12 May 19:00

A headline act, a household name and an accomplished performer should sell tickets. Debra’s got the ability to sell the 500-seater capacity Republic and the new venue will be hoping she does.


Lucy Porter: Consequences, Republic, 15 May 19:00

Another A-list comic for Republic with Lucy Porter, one of the reigning queens of British comedy. Unlikely to disappoint.


Harriet Kemsley: Good Girl, Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick, 10-11 May 19:45 12 May 22:15 16-17 May 21:00

Her website lists many awards from 2011 and 2012 and then goes rather quiet. We’re hoping for a return to the days where she was mentioned in the same breath as Daniel Kitson and Stewart Lee.


Andrea Hubert: Some work. Some progress, Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick, 9-15 May 18:30

Slick sarcastic sets with a cynical attitude. With a dark and eccentric humour, previous shows have left the audience in hysterics.


C.S.I: Crime Scene Improvisation, Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, 14-15, 21-22 May, 4-5 Jun 16:45

Crime comedy where not even the cast know who the killer is. Improvisational comedy that works if the audience joins in the fun.

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