BRIGHTON FRINGE

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Brighton Fringe 2020 runs from Fri 1 May to Sun 31 May, and as usual we’ve got a packed programme of comedy, with loads of FREE SHOWS!

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May 1 @ 7:00pm – May 3 @ 7:00pm
BEST IN FRINGE COMEDY & CHAT with VLADIMIR McTAVISH @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Fri 1 to Sun 3 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) This is the perfect guide to what comedy to see at the Fringe as host Vladimir McTavish, one of Scotland’s finest stand-ups, introduces[...]
May 1 @ 8:15pm – May 3 @ 8:15pm
NATHAN CASSIDY: OBSERVATIONAL (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Fri 1 to Sun 3 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Award-winning comedian Cassidy with a show about his magical, life-changing year. Nothing was happening, then he joined a new gym and a big,[...]
May 1 @ 9:30pm – May 2 @ 10:30pm
LIAM WITHNAIL: HOT SAUCE! @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Fri 1 & Sat 2 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) Scottish Comedy Award nominee, and winner of Outstanding Show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Liam Withnail has been entertaining international comedy audiences from the[...]
ADULTING (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
May 1 @ 10:45pm – May 23 @ 10:45pm
ADULTING (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
10:45pm
• Fri 1 & Sat 2 May @ 10:45pm • • Fri 22 & Sat 23 May @ 10:45pm • (1 hour) Freya, Sam and Jade are attempting to behave in the characteristic ways of[...]
SHAGGERS @ Upper Lounge
May 1 @ 11:59pm – May 30 @ 11:59pm
SHAGGERS @ Upper Lounge
11:59pm
• Fri 1 & Sat 2 May @ 11:59pm • • Thu 7 to Sat 9 May @ 11:59pm • • Fri 15 & Sat 16 May @ 11:59pm • • Fri 22 & Sat[...]
May 2 @ 12:45pm – May 31 @ 12:45pm
ON THE EDGE COMEDY: BEST OF THE FRINGE (PWYW) @ Upper Lounge
12:45pm
• Sat 2 & Sun 3 May @ 12:45pm • • Fri 8 to Sun 10 May @ 12:45pm • • Sat 16 & Sun 17 May @ 12:45pm • • Sat 23 & Sun[...]
May 2 @ 2:00pm – May 3 @ 3:00pm
NATHAN CASSIDY: ROSES FROM JOE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
2:00pm
• Sat 2 & Sun 3 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) Award-winning comedian Cassidy has the secret of happiness: 40,000 roses from Joe. Wouldn’t it be good if we could wish ourselves away? The[...]
EVELYN MOK (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
May 2 @ 3:15pm – May 23 @ 3:15pm
EVELYN MOK (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
3:15pm
• Sat 2, 9, 16 & 23 May @ 3:15pm • (1 hour) This Swedish stand-up’s honesty and self-referential comedy is unapologetic as it explores topics from dating as a plus size woman of colour,[...]
May 2 @ 4:30pm – May 30 @ 4:30pm
DARREN WALSH: PUNIMAL FARM @ Upper Lounge
4:30pm
• Sat 2, 16 & 30 May @ 4:30pm • (1 hour) Like puns? Think you’ve seen it Orwell before? Join Darren on the farm for a pun-packed, video-abundant, one-liner-heavy, adaptation of George Orwell’s famous[...]
May 2 @ 5:45pm – May 30 @ 5:45pm
WILL ROWLAND: BUTTERFLY (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Sat 2 & 30 May @ 5:45pm • (1 hour) This is for anyone in love. And anyone out of love. And anyone behind, on top of, close to, between, around or under love.[...]
May 3 @ 3:15pm – May 10 @ 2:00pm
JOE WELLS DOESN'T WANT TO DO POLITICAL COMEDY ANYMORE! @ Upper Lounge
3:15pm
• Sun 3 May @ 3:15pm • • Sun 10 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) The news is too horrible to joke about, so Joe’s looking for a new shtick. Support for Frankie Boyle,[...]
May 3 @ 4:30pm – May 31 @ 4:30pm
CASSIE ATKINSON: FUN! (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
4:30pm
• Sun 3, 17 & 31 May @ 4:30pm • (1 hour) Join Cassie Atkinson for fun! She’s written for Comedy Central, BBC Three and Radio 4. Popped up in ITV, E4 and ‘Vic and[...]
May 3 @ 5:45pm – May 5 @ 9:30pm
STEPHANIE LAING: BUTTERFINGERS (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Sun 3 May @ 5:45pm • • Mon 4 & Tue 5 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) “Brilliant. Intimate and personal. I laughed the whole way through.” ***** (Will Jefford, comedy.co.uk) “An absolute[...]
May 3 @ 9:30pm – May 31 @ 9:30pm
DAVE FENSOME: DOG EAT DOG (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Every Sunday in May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) After his sell out run here last year with his debut show, ADHDave, local comedian Dave Fensome returns to the Caroline of Brunswick with his[...]
BLINDCRAFT @ Upper Lounge
May 4 @ 7:00pm – May 26 @ 7:00pm
BLINDCRAFT @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Mon 4 & Tue 5 May @ 7:00pm • • Mon 25 & Tue 26 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Building a world with words then painting it impossibly vibrant colours, this is[...]
May 5 @ 8:15pm – May 6 @ 9:30pm
SEAN McLOUGHLIN (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Tue 5 & Wed 6 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Sean McLoughlin performs an hour of supreme stand-up comedy, after opening for Ricky Gervais on his 2019/20 tour. As seen on Comedy Central,[...]
May 6 @ 7:00pm – May 27 @ 7:00pm
CAROLINE MABEY: INDEFINITELY MABEY (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Every Wednesday in May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Rip-roaring off-the-wall stand-up work in progress from one of the silliest people I know. Caroline Mabey is a fringe favourite and one of the most[...]
May 6 @ 9:30pm – May 27 @ 9:30pm
TROY HAWKE: STOP IT! (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Every Wednesday in May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) Milo McCabe brings his cheeky, Scrabble conspiracy-obsessed 1930s throwback for another run of Fringe shows. Watch this space for further details. FREE ENTRY!
May 7 @ 7:00pm – May 10 @ 5:45pm
ANNA MORRIS: KID-LIFE CRISIS (PWYW) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Thu 7 & Fri 8 May @ 7:00pm • • Sat 9 & Sun 10 May @ 5:45pm • (1 hour) Award-winning character comedian Anna Morris (Channel 4’s Lee and Dean) returns to Brighton[...]
May 7 @ 8:15pm – May 31 @ 8:15pm
LILY PHILLIPS: SMUT (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Thu 7 & Sun 31 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) As seen on BBC3 & ITV2, join Pleasance Comedy Reserve Comedian, Funny Women finalist, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalist and[...]
May 7 @ 9:30pm – May 25 @ 3:15pm
MADDIE CAMPION: MAD MONEY @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Thu 7 & Mon 18 May @ 9:30pm • • Mon 25 May @ 3:15pm • (1 hour) In 2008 Katie Holmes chose not to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in the acclaimed[...]
May 7 @ 10:45pm – May 30 @ 10:45pm
ROSS KAMP: 2020 VISION @ Upper Lounge
10:45pm
• Thu 7 to Sat 9 May @ 10:45pm • • Fri 29 & Sat 30 May @ 10:45pm • (1 hour) Queer comedian Ross Kamp invites you to look on the bright side of[...]
May 8 @ 2:00pm – May 9 @ 3:00pm
ROBYN PERKINS: ABOUT RISK (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
2:00pm
• Fri 8 & Sat 9 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) In a competitive world where confidence can outweigh skill, Robyn Perkins (Sydney Fringe 2019 Comedy Award Winner) looks what is confidence, how do[...]
May 8 @ 3:15pm – May 10 @ 8:15pm
PERNILLE HAALAND: SCANDILOUSE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
3:15pm
• Fri 8 May @ 3:15pm • • Sat 9 May @ 7:00pm • • Sun 10 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Norwegian comedian Pernille Haaland (BBC, Soho Theatre, National Theatre) lends her off-[...]
May 8 @ 4:30pm – May 10 @ 4:30pm
SARAH CALLAGHAN: LOVE YOU, MORE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
4:30pm
• Fri 8 to Sun 10 May @ 4:30pm • (1 hour) Award winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from hugely successful tours of Australia and New Zealand, returns to the Brighton Fringe with a brand[...]
May 8 @ 5:45pm – May 31 @ 2:00pm
COLIN CHADWICK: FUNNY T-SHIRTS (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Fri 8 & Mon 25 May @ 5:45pm • • Sat 30 & Sun 31 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) This moron wearing all of his funny T-shirts at once has got layers,[...]
SARA BARRON @ Upper Lounge
May 8 @ 8:15pm – May 21 @ 8:15pm
SARA BARRON @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Fri 8 & Sat 9 May @ 8:15pm • • Wed 20 & Thu 21 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Sara Barron returns to Brighton Fringe with new jokes and stories about motherhood,[...]
May 8 @ 9:30pm – May 29 @ 9:30pm
ALASDAIR BECKETT-KING: NEVERMORE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Fri 8, 15, 22 & 29 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) A new work in progress show from award-winning stand-up comedian Alasdair Beckett-King. Alasdair’s 2019 show was one of the best reviewed at[...]
May 9 @ 9:30pm – May 23 @ 9:30pm
BAD CLOWNS: CULT CLASSIC @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Sat 9 & 23 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) An interactive experience in which the audience finds themselves in the hands of three faces of a demonic cult. Join Sam, Christian, and John[...]
May 10 @ 3:15pm – May 31 @ 3:15pm
SASSY CLYDE: BLUE AND DISHWASHER SAFE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
3:15pm
• Sun 10, 17, 24 & 31 May @ 3:15pm • (1 hour) “Ah Baggage! come on in, perfect timing, we were just about to have a row!” Using a blend of stand-up, spoken word[...]
EXTREME IMPROV @ Upper Lounge
May 10 @ 7:00pm – May 12 @ 7:00pm
EXTREME IMPROV @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Sun 10 to Tue 12 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Do you like to laugh? Do you enjoy fun? If the answer is YES then you should come see Extreme Improv! Extreme Improv[...]
May 11 @ 8:15pm – May 27 @ 8:15pm
DARCIE SILVER: MONSTER (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Mon 11 to Wed 13 May @ 8:15pm • • Sun 24 to Wed 27 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Darcie takes you on a comedy journey with one liners and short jokes[...]
May 11 @ 9:30pm – May 26 @ 9:30pm
IAN LANE: NO MORE TETRIS UNTIL YOU'VE SAVED COMEDY (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Mon 11 May @ 9:30pm • • Tue 19 & 26 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) Hey you! Stop trying to make bricks disappear for 60 minutes. Thanks. Technophobic multimedia comedian and autistic[...]
May 12 @ 9:30pm – May 25 @ 9:30pm
ADAM MORRISON: COUNCIL LIFE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Tue 12 May @ 9:30pm • • Fri 15 & 16 May @ 10:45pm • • Mon 25 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) An insight to married life in your mid-30s on a[...]
May 14 @ 7:00pm – May 28 @ 8:15pm
FRANK FOUCAULT: DRAIN (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Thu 14 May @ 7:00pm • • Thu 21 May @ 9:30pm • • Thu 28 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Hello. Please come in. Welcome. Make yourself comfortable. Thanks for coming. Yeah,[...]
HARRIET KEMSLEY @ Upper Lounge
May 14 @ 8:15pm – May 30 @ 8:15pm
HARRIET KEMSLEY @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Thu 14 to Sat 16 May @ 8:15pm • • Thu 29 & Fri 30 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) It’s a new show in Brighton from Harriet Kemsley (if she can find[...]
May 14 @ 9:30pm – May 30 @ 10:45pm
JANE POSTLETHWAITE & JOE McCARTHY: TERRIBLE PEOPLE (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
9:30pm
• Thu 14 & Sat 16 May @ 9:30pm • • Thu 28 & Sat 30 May @ 9:30pm • (1 hour) A new work-in-progress stand up comedy show from Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women Finalist[...]
ROBIN MORGAN (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
May 15 @ 7:00pm – May 16 @ 8:00pm
ROBIN MORGAN (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Fri 15 & Sat 16 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) A work-in-progress of the fourth hour from Robin Morgan (writer for The Mash Report and The News Quiz, tour support for Ellie Taylor[...]
May 16 @ 2:00pm – May 17 @ 3:00pm
KATIE DAVISON: WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS? (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
2:00pm
• Sat 16 & Sun 17 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) Katie Davison presents her debut character comedy hour. It’s full of people you should definitely be friends with, so like, why aren’t you[...]
May 16 @ 5:45pm – May 17 @ 6:45pm
SUSAN MURRAY: HOW NOT TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Sat 16 & Sun 17 May @ 5:45pm • (1 hour) Fasten your seat belts for a darkly hilarious and deliciously bumpy ride. How Not to Die in a Plane Crash is the antidote[...]
May 17 @ 7:00pm – May 24 @ 7:00pm
NICK HALL: RESUME (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Sun 17 & 24 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Now facing middle-age, Nick’s reached a bit of a crossroads in life. But is it time to re-brand or just carry on as he’s[...]
May 17 @ 8:15pm – May 19 @ 8:15pm
DIAN CATHAL: SEX ED FOR ADULTS @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Sun 17 to Tue 19 May @ 8:15pm • (1 hour) Did Sex Ed actually teach you what you need to know? I doubt it. Sex Ed for Adults is what it says on[...]
May 18 @ 7:00pm – May 19 @ 8:00pm
SAMANTHA PRESSDEE: COVERED @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Mon 18 & Tue 19 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) The only thing crazier than Sammie was the welfare state supposed to be helping her! Getting your needs met in austerity Britain is[...]
May 21 @ 7:00pm – May 22 @ 8:00pm
BEN VARDY: PUN WORLD - ONE PUN FOR EVERY COUNTRY ON EARTH (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Thu 21 & Fri 22 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) UK Pun Champion 2017 and co-founder of The Wardrobe Ensemble, Ben Vardy, presents a work in progress performance of his brand new solo[...]
BRODI SNOOK (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
May 21 @ 8:15pm – May 31 @ 7:00pm
BRODI SNOOK (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
8:15pm
• Fri 22 & Sat 23 May @ 8:15pm • • Sun 31 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) 2019 saw Brodi support Ardal O’Hanlon on his year-long UK tour, appear on the BBC New[...]
May 23 @ 2:00pm – May 25 @ 2:00pm
ALI & FRAN: INTENSE!! (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
2:00pm
• Sat 23 to Mon 25 May @ 2:00pm • (1 hour) An absurd debut show from two of Brighton’s best-loved (hopefully by someone) comics. Ali Macfarlan and Fran Kissling are polar opposites but one[...]
May 23 @ 4:30pm – May 25 @ 4:30pm
SAM WYATT: I PREDICT A WYATT! (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
4:30pm
• Sat 23 to Mon 25 May @ 4:30pm • (1 hour) Is this TV pilot the break Sam Wyatt has been waiting all his life for ? The chance to become the new MR[...]
May 23 @ 5:45pm – May 24 @ 6:45pm
EMILY McQUADE: IMPISH (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Sat 23 & Mon 24 May @ 5:45pm • (1 hour) Emily McQuade (Finalist – Not-So-New Comedian Competition 2019) has made a stand-up comedy show about the joys and horrors of having an overactive[...]
May 23 @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm
CARR CRASH: FATHER/DAUGHTER COMEDY (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Sat 23 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Ruby’s dad is the last of the Boomer Generation, she’s the first of Gen-Z, they’re both standup comedians. The Carr family are tall and loud, do[...]
May 28 @ 7:00pm – May 30 @ 7:00pm
VLADIMIR McTAVISH: 60 MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD @ Upper Lounge
7:00pm
• Thu 28 to Sat 30 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Global warming, fake news, Brexit, Trump, Britain in shambles, climate change, terrorism, the state of Scottish football. Is the planet on the brink?[...]
PAUL DUNCAN McGARRITY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO VILLAINS AND BASTARDS (FREE!) @ Upper Lounge
3:15pm
• Sat 30 May @ 3:15pm • (1 hour) Everyone wants to be the bad guy, right? Paul Duncan McGarrity has all the attributes to be the perfect villain and he will show you how[...]
May 31 @ 5:45pm – 6:45pm
TOM TAYLOR: MARMIGHTY @ Upper Lounge
5:45pm
• Mon 18 & Tue 19 May @ 7:00pm • (1 hour) Dogs. Trampolines. Peter Rabbit. It’s already quite some set list from award-winning comedian Tom Taylor. Come and see what else he writes on[...]

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