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cLaRse, one of the free bits of the Brighton Fringe Fest, is tucked away in a room above the Temple Bar in Western Road.

This little show runs until Friday and it's free, so why don't you go, sit yourself down on a sofa, and let Jerrod throw some jokes at you.

The poster features the instantly recognisable silhouettes of Cleese, Barker and Corbett in the 'Class Sketch' from The Frost Report.

Quite an ambitious thing for a small comedy group performing a free gig upstairs in a Hove pub to live up to. Quite brave or quite foolhardy?

A bit of both as it turns out.

Trying their best to make the room guffaw through a tour of the British class system are three local comedians: Alex McClane, Phil Jerrod, and Sonia B.

Whitehawk plasterer McClane is first up, with a stoner delivery that would work quite well if he had just one decent joke. But he hasn't. It's all Jeremy Kyle and the dole. Just. Not. Funny.

Inexplicably, the upper class section of the evening is a set from Sonia B, a semi-finalist of Funny Women last year. I say inexplicably as she is not upper class, doesn't act upper class, and doesn't talk about the upper classes. Nor has she anything to say that is remotely funny.

So let's spool back to the middle class meat in this comedy sandwich and see what Phil Jerrod can do with probably the easiest section of the evening.

Jerrod informs us, deadpan, that he's the most boring man he knows, then riffs off into a fantastic set of perfectly delivered, perfectly timed and perfectly glorious comedy.

Sitting amongst the audience and talking person to person, Jerrod is well at ease with himself and his material, which includes an exploration of why he'd rather be murdered by a 19th century killer than a modern one, his hard upbringing amongst the jam and fetes of Bishops Wartington, and how you can tell which class you are by how many words are in your job title.

Jerrod also has a big Santa beard: always a comedic advantage.

This little show runs until Friday and it's free, so why don't you go, sit yourself down on a sofa, and let Jerrod throw some jokes at you. Can't be bad.

Reviews by Kat Pope

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The Blurb

From the gated communities of the Marina via the housing estates of Whitehawk to the trials of suburban Kemp Town, Alex McClane, Phil Jerrod and Sonia B expose the British class system in each of its disgusting hiding places. Whether you're a cash strapped Sloane-Ranger, a Guardian reading wage slave or a Jeremy Kyle superfan, this show is for you!

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