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WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL Welcome to the 9th Brighton Comedy Festival and a feast of entertainment to brighten up your autumn. The Brighton Comedy Festival is now established as the home of the best live stand-up in the country. The popularity of comedy over recent years has grown and grown. It’s a recession-busting remedy to the gloom of turning on the news. So eschew your living rooms and get on down to the wonderful Brighton Dome, which is home to our world of the funny. The festival kicks off with our big opening gala. Once again this will be hosted by Alan Carr, who is joined by a whole gang of comedians including the now more than famous Michael McIntyre. Look out for our ever popular Best of the Fest nights, which we run once a weekend over the three weekends of the festival, bringing a line up of great comedians. The big shows include fantastic names like Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Jimmy Carr, Stewart Lee, Mark Watson and Sean Lock, but also look out for Kevin Bridges whose rise to fame has been monstrously fast, quickly selling out his entire season in Edinburgh before he started; Sarah Millican who is also wowing audiences around the country; the ever wonderful Adam Hills; the lugubrious lovable Rich Hall; Jack Whitehall off the telly; and great names like Ardal O’Hanlon, Julian Clary, Jim Jeffries and the Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner Russell Kane to name a few. There are many more so seek them out across the following pages. The success of the festival is down to several things: the enjoyment of the public, which has grown significantly every year; the support of the comedy industry; and the wonderful home we have in Brighton at the Dome. This is a special event. Don’t miss out – come and join us. William Burdett-Coutts Festival Director

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FRI 8th

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COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA With alan carr, MICHAEL MCINTYRE & Friends A special treat for Comedy Festival fans – Alan Carr and Michael McIntyre make an exclusive appearance this year at the festival opening gala. Alan Carr hosts with special guests Michael McInytre, Adam Hills, Andi Osho, Simon Evans and Phil Nichol plus more guests to be confirmed. A fantastic show with the proceeds in aid of Sussex Beacon.

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7.30pm Fri 8th Oct £30

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FRI 8th

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club

Back with a brand new show. Combining his twin passions: science and bad literature, the Bad Book Club clashes Cliff Richard biographies with evolutionary biology, Dutch astrology with books on how to pick up sexy girls, and spiders from mars are explained away as a scientific impossibility. “T houghtful, provocative and very funny” The Times

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Pavilion 7.30pm Fri 8th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

TOMMY tIERNAN CROOKED MAN

Award-winning Irish comic Tommy Tiernan returns to the Comedy Festival. A fearless force of energy, Tiernan is inspiring and one of the few comics to take his audience on a genuine emotional journey as he continues his constant interrogation of the big ideas – sex, religion and family. “T his man is funny”  Metro “Hilarious”  Chortle.co.uk

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SAT 9th

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SAT 9th

Sarah Millican Chatterbox

2010 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Star of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and if.comedy Best Newcomer announces her debut UK tour. The sweet and filthy Geordie’s stand-up show promises jokes about life, love and what to do when your boyfriend puts a sock on your boob during sex. “Probably the finest female comedian working at the moment” Time Out

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Sat 9th & 16th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

BEST OF THE FEST

Best of the Fest is the biggest night of comedy in Brighton and maybe even the world! It’s a guaranteed night of big laughs, headline acts and stand-up stars. Definitely the only place to be this October!

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SAT 9th

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SAT 9th

ADAM HILLS MESS AROUND

Australia’s triple Perrier nominee returns to Brighton with something a little different. Adam’s throwing the script out the window and devoting an hour to ad-libbing with the audience. No script, no plan, no idea.

 Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 9.30pm Sat 9th Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

Phil Nichol

Welcome to Crazytown Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner. The poems and songs of Bobby Spade. January 19th 1974, the legendary Beat poet performed his magnum opus Welcome to Crazytown at Baltimore’s famous jazz club, Bertha’s. That show ended in near tragedy. Phil Nichol recreates that event. “Beyond brilliant”  Scotsman “Consistently funny”  List

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SUN 10th

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WARNING: MAY CONTAIN NUTS

Supported by arts charity Company Paradiso A taboo-busting evening of comedy, story and song featuring people who have experienced mental health issues (and other people who have not yet). Special guests include: John Hegley – ‘One of the most distinctive voices of his generation, except when he has a sore throat’ and Seaneen Molloy – the blogger behind the awardwinning The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive.

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Pavilion 4.00pm Sun 10th Oct £6 (£3 Conc.)

ANDREW o’neilL Occult Comedian

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SUN 10th

COLIN HOULT

ENEMY OF THE WORLD Colin Hoult’s Enemy of the World is the widely acclaimed follow up to his 2009 hit show – Carnival of Monsters. Colin’s acute ability to snap in and out of a multitude of personas, each as original and unique as the next, has garnered huge critical acclaim amongst the industry and audiences alike. TV credits include BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Shuffle as well as writing regularly for TV and Radio. “Oh boy, Colin Hoult: Enemy of the World is a brilliant and exciting show. He has such a fantastic imagination and performs flawlessly” Edinburgh Evening News “L ewis Caroll meets League of Gentlemen… will draw out laughter from the deepest recesses of your soul” Edinburgh Evening News

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Pavilion 9.15pm Sun 10th £10 (£8 Conc.)

British comedy’s hottest property right now. In 2010 he has toured the world, with appearances at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand Festivals, and the Hollywood Fringe. “Packs in more gags and info than anyone else on the circuit … I doubt you’ll find a funnier (and more thought-provoking) show – a must-see show” Stage

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MON 11th

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FRANKIE BOYLE

I WOULD HAPPILY PUNCH EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE FACE Following his epic record-breaking tour in 2008, star of BBC2’s Mock the Week and one of the hottest and most controversial comedians, is back with an all new live show. “You can forgive Frankie Boyle’s confidence and his apparent belief that he is really that good. That is simply, because he is” Edinburgh Evening News

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Concert Hall 7.00pm Mon 11th & Tue 12th Oct £20

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TUE 12th

Russell Kane

Smokescreens & Castles 2010 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. In his new show, Russell explores self, family, and the consequences of his Dad buying their council house. Sociological silliness and high energy contortions guaranteed. “A gifted, distinctive comic” Chortle.co.uk “Bold, defiant... Shot through with vulnerability” Sunday Times

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Tue 12th Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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TUE 12th

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Kevin Bridges

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out and star of BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Live at the Apollo and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week returns with a brand new show. “Will have you snorting long after leaving the venue” Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 9.30pm Tue 12th Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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WED 13th

Pete Firman Jokes & Tricks

Be amazed and amused by Britain’s leading comedy magician, returning with: “T he best tricks in the universe” Independent “Funnier than most comedians...more magical than Dumbledore on a good day” Time Out “Fusing jaw-dropping tricks with a fast and furious delivery of gags” The List

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Pavilion 7.45pm Wed 13th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

Jason Cook the End (Part 1)

Are you happy in life? Truly happy? What happens at “the End”?
Jason unveils his most ambitious, soul-searching and personal show ever, where you decide 2011’s show. So, come and see The End. This year, it’s just the beginning. “A masterclass in how comedy should be done”

 Time Out

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WED 13th

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Al Murray The Pub Landlord Barrel of Fun

Al Murray The Pub Landlord is back on the road to roll out his Barrel of Fun, a brand new stand-up show. Britain’s best-known Pub Philosopher will be serving up his own special brew of bar room banter at the festival. “T he way he integrates the crowd into the show is awe-inspiring” Times “A national treasure”  Daily Telegraph

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Concert Hall 8.00pm Wed 13th & Thur 14th Oct £25

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THU 14th

ARDAL O’HANLON

Presented by Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live Ltd Award-winning actor, writer, comedian and star of Father Ted, My Hero and Val Falvey. An acclaimed stand-up, Ardal has toured globally to sell-out audiences. “His timing and technique are outstanding. In a world already overpopulated by comedians, he really makes a difference” Stage “Funnier than one could imagine possible” Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Thur 14th Oct £18

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THU 14th

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FRI 15th

PAUL ZERDIN

STEWART FRANCIS

Arguably Britain’s most talented and leading ventriloquist and comedian. Paul Zerdin, stand-out performer of last year’s Royal Variety Performance comes to Brighton. Come and see Paul and friends, Sam, Albert, Baby and a few new tricks up his sleeves...

Great comedians come in cycles. As seen on Mock The Week , Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart” The Guardian

“Consistently brilliant one-liners...80 minutes of mind-blowing stand-up comedy”

SPONGE FEST REVISITED

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Pavilion 8.00pm Thur 14th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

TOUR DE FRANCIS

“One of a very few stand-ups whose perfectly-crafted gags bear proper comparison with transatlantic greats like Steven Wright and Woody Allen” The Guardian

 Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Fri 15th Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

JOSIE LONG BE HONOURABLE!

2010 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Be Honourable! is about trying to be a saint, strangers, politics, complacency and breakfast. Consider it a safe space to relax while Josie’s soothing estuary tones echo around the cave. Josie is earnest and full of optimism. It’s a ramshackle call-to-arms. “W hat great comedy can be. Inspired and inspiring”

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FRI 15th

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FRI 15th

ISY SUTTIE

LOVE LOST IN THE BRITISH RETAIL INDUSTRY Known as Dobby from Peep Show, musical comic Isy Suttie performs her multi-character musical love story set in a Northern supermarket, with songs and diary extracts in an often difficult quest for ‘The One’. Isy’s unique style contains both comedy and pathos, with a winning stage manner which will leave your heart full of hope. “A voice you want to swim in” Independent

RICH HALL Edinburgh Fringe favourite and Perrier Award winner Rich Hall is back on the road. Rich Hall has most recently been seen wowing audiences as one of the performers at both Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and at the Comedy Benefit in Aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall.

Al Pitcher Picture Show

Fresh from sell-out shows in Australia and New Zealand, don’t miss your chance to catch Al Pitcher’s return to the UK tour with this multi-award winning show.

“Now is the time to grab this chance to see the great man at work” The Guardian

Time Out Sydney People’s Choice Sydney Comedy Festival 2009

“As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show.” Scotland on Sunday

Best Show 2009 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards

“Intelligent, passionate and angry comedy” Evening Standard

Director’s Pick 2009 Newcastle Gateshead Comedy Festival

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Corn Exchange 9.30pm Fri 15th Oct £15 (£13 Conc.)

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SAT 16th

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SAT 16th

JERRY SADOWITZ

COMEDIAN, MAGICIAN, PSYCOPATH! If you like Hitler, you’ll love Jerry Sadowitz! With his incorrigible smile, and a propensity to squirt his penis at audience members, you’ll be so helpless with Stockholm Syndrome, you’ll forget how much money you paid to get in! “I laughed so much I killed a man” Dumfries Examiner There’s also his famous illusions in the show. In one trick, female members of the audience tie him up, dig their heels into him, and spit on him. “he seemed to get very excited by this.” Said a girl in row D. But Its his card tricks which we love the most. They’re so spectacularly useless, you’ll leave the theatre with a strong urge for Sharia law. “Jerry Sadowitz is one of the funniest comedians, most talented magicians, and biggest potential psychopaths you’re ever going to have the honour of watching.”

 Metro “T he most original entertainer in the land… dazzling card trickery.” The Guardian

JIMMY CARR LAUGHTER THERAPY

If you’ve got a sick sense of humour then maybe laughter is the best medicine. Laughter Therapy is Jimmy’s ninth solo show. It’ll be an evening of non-stop jokes, gags and banter. Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition or an overactive moral compass. Recommended dose: one brand new show to be taken annually (I said annually).

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FESTIVAL TIMETABLE FRI 8th OCT

SAT 9th OCT

SUN 10th OCT

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SUN 17th OCT

MON 18th OCT

TUE 19th OCT

7:30pm Comedy Festival Gala p1

8:00pm Best of the Fest p3

4:00pm Warning: May Contain Nuts p7

7:30pm Stephen Grant p25

7:30pm Idiots of Ants p28

7:30pm Sarah Millican p4

7:45pm Terry Alderton p26

7:45pm Nick Helm p29

7:30pm Robin Ince p2

7:30pm Phil Nichol p5

7:45pm Andrew O’Neil p7

8:00pm Jimmy Carr p19

8:00pm Stewart Lee p27

9:15pm Tommy Tiernan p2

9:15pm Tommy Tiernan p2

9:15pm Colin Hoult p8

9:15pm Doc Brown p26

9:15pm Neil Delamere p29

9:30pm Adam Hills p6

MON 11th OCT 7:00pm Frankie Boyle p9

TUE 12th OCT

WED 13th OCT

WED 20th OCT

THU 21st OCT

FRI 22nd OCT

7:30pm Russell Kane p10

7:45pm Pete Firman p12

8:00pm Mark Watson p30

7:30pm Shappi Khorsandi p33

7:30pm Zoe Lyons p36

9:30pm Kevin Bridges p11

8:00pm Al Murray p13

7:30pm Julian Clary p31

7:45pm Alun Cochrane p34

7:45pm Sara Pascoe p38

9:15pm Jason Cook p12

7:45pm Terry Saunders p32

9:15pm Simon Evans p34

8:00pm Best of the Fest p3

9:15pm Andrew Lawrence p32

9:30pm 4 Poofs and a Piano p35

9:15pm Friskey and Manish p38 9:30pm Jack Whitehall p37

THU 14th OCT

FRI 15th OCT

SAT 16th OCT

SAT 23rd OCT

7:30pm Ardal O’Hanlon p14

7:30pm Stewart Francis p16

7:30pm Sarah Millican p4

8:00pm Sean Lock p39

8:00pm Al Murray p13

7:45pm Isy Suttie p18

7:45pm Susan Calman p23

7:30pm Alex Zane p40

8:00pm Paul Zerdin p15

8:00pm Best of the Fest p3

8:00pm Jimmy Carr p19

9:30pm Jim Jefferies p41

9:30pm Josie Long p15

9:30pm Rich Hall p17

9:30pm Jerry Sadowitz p20

7:45pm Sean Walsh p42

9:15pm Al Pitcher p18

9:15pm Greg Davies p23

9:15pm Hal Cruttenden p42

11:00pm Maxwell’s Fullmooners p24

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SAT 16th

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SUSAN CALMAN CONSTANTLY SEEKING SUSAN

Let Susan Calman (E4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Radio 4’s The News Quiz) take you on a journey of self-discovery, self-assessment and selfishness. After all, the show is about her, not you. Though she’s sure you’re lovely. “A dead-cert one to watch…comedy gold” The Guardian “Stand-up heaven; not to be missed” Scotsgay.co.uk

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SAT 16th

MAXWELL’S FULLMOONERS Come Howl at the Moon

The unstoppable comedy force that is Andrew Maxwell brings everyone’s favourite late night show Fullmooners , to Brighton for one night only. Hosted by the award winning, self styled ‘Hip-Hop Count Dracula’ that is Andrew Maxwell, the show combines the best in late night comedy, break-dancing, cabaret and all round devilish entertainment. Regular culprits include Sir Timothy Fitzhigham, Lady Carol of the Moon and the exceptionally talented Full Moon Break-dancers, as well as top comedic talent. “…this is the late night show that all others aim to be, Fullmooners blends the kitsch and the comic to perfection…”  The List

Pavilion 7.45pm Sat 16th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

“...the show has developed a cult following…no fillers, no weak spots…this is a well rounded show…”

GREG DAVIES

FIRING CHEESEBALLS AT A DOG 2010 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Mr Gilbert from The Inbetweeners and the most out-of-shape member of We Are Klang brings you the story of one man’s snack-based epiphany. This stand-up show promises to address every single issue important to the human race. But it lies – it won’t address any. Come though, it’ll be funny.

Scotsman

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Pavilion 11.00pm Sat 16th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

“Compelling, memorable and hilarious” Chortle.co.uk “Stunning” Timeout

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Sun 17th

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STEPHEN GRANT FACEPALM

Legendary award-winning Brighton comedian (Chortle.co.uk Best Compere, 2008) – the host of the Krater comedy club – in his annual brand new show, full of forehead-slapping revelations, observations, and ex-wife related red mist. And interaction, pedantry, and laughs. Sell-out 2000-2009. “An absolute humdinger” Scotsman “Brighton comedy legend” The Argus “Exhilarating”  Chortle.co.uk

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Sun 17th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

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SUN 17th

TERRY ALDERTON Following his sell-out tour of the UK, and sell-out runs at the Melbourne, New Zealand and Edinburgh comedy festivals the recordholder for the most encores at the Comedy Store returns to Brighton. Star of Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Comedy Central .

“Spot-on accents, powerful sound effects, impressive beatboxing and instant characterisations delivered with the speed and force of a bullet train. The vocal range is amazing and the energy is irresistable” Chortle.co.uk

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Pavilion 7.45pm Sun 17th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

Doc Brown: Unfamous

Being human, we all have a desire to be special – to leave our mark. But how far would you go to be remembered? What’s so special about human beings anyway? Witness a lifetime of extremes as Doc recalls the remarkable events that for him should have spelt infamy. But only spelt unfamy.

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TUE 19th

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TUE 19th

IDIOTS OF ANTS

THE RED BUTTON

STEWART LEE

Edinburgh Comedy Award 2009 nominees and 2010 Chortle Award Winners. Following their first extensive UK tour and subsequent West End run, Ben, James, Andrew and Elliott are back once more in their comedy home to consolidate their place at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary sketch comedy shows.

Acclaimed writer and comedian presents a vegetable stew of brand new work in preparation for his 2011 TV series. See it live so you can begin the backlash ahead of transmission.

Discover what the actors are really thinking as they perform that critically acclaimed Shakespeare play, learn the secret behind the Mafia’s pearly white smiles and unearth the origins of the song ‘Two World Wars And One World Cup, Do Dar Do Dar’. There’s even a sketch performed in German! (Don’t worry, there will be subtitles).

VEGETABLE STEW

“He’s the most exciting comedian in the country, bar none.”  Times “Trademark brilliance that makes him such a brave, invigorating stand-up”

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Concert Hall 8.00pm Tue 19th Oct £17.50

“Idiots of Ants invest intelligence and showmanship in all they do…you leave utterly elated by this comedy cocktail” The Times

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TUE 19th

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Wed 20th

NICK HELM

MARK WATSON

Comedian Nick Helm is putting his past and his problems firmly behind him in an attempt to help make you appreciate life in a whole new way, whether you want to or not, in an hour of heart murmuring poetry, music, stand up and chutzpah.

Multi-award winning comedian, host of BBC’s We Need Answers , Never Mind The Buzzcocks , and Mock the Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, returns with his most personal, most surprising, and funniest show yet.

KEEP HOLD OF THE GOLD

“Big presence... charming, very funny and a fine showcase for this young comic’s burgeoning career...” Fest

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Pavilion 7.45pm Tue 19th Oct £10 (£8 Conc.)

DO I KNOW YOU?

“A classic observational humorist, a stand-up superstar” Time Out New York

“B y the end, the audience is in danger of collapsing with laughter” Evening Standard

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Concert Hall 8.00pm Wed 20th Oct £16.50

NEIL DELAMERE

One of the most in-demand comedians on Irish television and well on track to repeat his success here in the UK. Best known to UK audiences for a storming appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC ONE, Neil has also appeared on The World Stands Up and Live At The Comedy Store. “t he rising star of Irish comedy and a wryly brilliant live performer” Sunday Times

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WED 20th

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JULIAN CLARY LORD OF THE MINCE

Having already thrilled audiences at sell-out shows across the world, Julian has graciously agreed to extend his tour to bring even more joy to the people of Britain – “I can’t stop now – I’m 50. The shame of it! This will be an intimate evening – a celebration, no less, of my twenty-five years in the camp spotlight: how I got there and why I refuse to leave. Come and see me before they put me in a home for tired old knackers.” “L ots of camp smut and double entendres… side-splittingly hilarious” Daily Mirror

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Wed 20th Oct £20 (£18 Conc.)

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WED 20th

Six and a Half Loves by Terry Saunders

Adapted from Saunders’ self-animated YouTube series of the same name (70,000 views) Six and a Half Loves charts the fortunes and misfortunes of three of the most perfect couples who ever existed in the world, ever. Three couples that would make people smile by their very presence. “Creating moving, yet richly funny results” The Guardian

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Pavilion 7.45pm Wed 20th Oct £12 (£10 Conc.)

ANDREW LAWRENCE

THE TOO UGLY FOR TELEVISION TOUR Life’s not fair and the world’s a disgusting place to live. Andrew Lawrence tries to find some consolation. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2006/7. Best UK headline act Chortle.co.uk Award nominee 2010. “L awrence packs more laughs into one of his ninety-second rants than most comics manage in half an hour” Scotsman

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THU 21st

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SHAPPI KHORSANDI THE MOON ON A STICK

Star of BBC Radio 4’s Shappi Talk and BBC1’s Live at the Apollo is back with a brand new show about wanting it all! “On the brink of becoming a household name” Evening Standard

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Thu 21st Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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THU 21ST

ALUN COCHRANE JOKES. LIFE. AND JOKES ABOUT LIFE

An envelope stuffed full of my own hand-chiselled lovingly created jokes, versus a bag of ‘life’ (not insulin: anecdotes, observations). But which is funniest?
Let’s decide together. “F illed with prime laugh-out-loud stupid moments”

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Pavilion 7.45pm Thu 21st Oct £12

SIMON EVANS FRINGE MAGNET

Old “No Eyes” is back and with a brand new show. Veteran performer and highly respected stand-up comedian Simon Evans will be bringing his acerbic wit to the 2010 Brighton Comedy Festival. “Intelligent, supremely well-composed. Observational comedy at its very best ” Scotsman “R ich, complex comedy” Chortle.co.uk

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THU 21st

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FRI 22nd

4 POOFS AND A PIANO

ZOE LYONS

4 Poofs and a Piano have become the nation’s favourite house band thanks to the hugely popular Bafta award-winning, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1.

Zoe Lyons (BBC2’s Mock the Week and ITV’s Paul O’Grady Show) has come to realise that life’s too short and she’s going to try to be happy... although the word ‘try’ sounds like there’s effort involved and she’s not particularly pleased about that.

Smoke and Mirror Balls

In this brilliant new show, Stephen, Dave, David and Ian tear it up with a double helping of frisky footwork and musical madness. Smoke and Mirror Balls sees the boys sizzle with their popular brand of irreverent humour together with lush harmonies. “T hese boys have enough panache to fill an entire jewel box… innovative, funny, genuine talent…don’t miss” Scotsman “...cabaret at its most sparkling” Sunday Times “T hese boys should not be underestimated. They are fun, outrageous and rarely in the best possible taste” Eastern Daily

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CLOWNBUSTING

“Brilliantly acerbic...one of UK comedy’s fastest-rising talents...” The Guardian

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Corn Exchange 7.30pm Fri 22nd Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

Corn Exchange 9.30pm Thu 21st Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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FRI 22nd

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JACK WHITEHALL LEARNING DIFICULTIES

People say you learn from your mistakes. Jack reckons that’s b*ll?*ks and that we stumble through life making the same mistakes over and over again. We just get slightly better at dealing with the fallout! “A wonderfully enjoyable hour of comedy”  Telegraph “Highly accomplished stand-up” Observer “Terrific”  Herald “Quality comedy”  Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 9.30pm Fri 22nd Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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FRI 22nd

Sara Pascoe Vs Her Ego

With a unique style of comedy, Sara fuses high intellect with the surreal and playful. Her razor sharp wit, one liners and hilarious left field view of the world, ensure she is a true original. Television includes, Free Agents; Campus; The Thick of It ; Being Human, and Happy Finish.

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Pavilion 7.45pm Fri 22nd Oct £10

FRISKEY & MANISH The College Years

Following their critically acclaimed sell-out run in Edinburgh 2009, and touring Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK, Frisky & Mannish return with their new show. With death-defying lack of restraint, they will twist and shout you through 50 years of pop as you’re unlikely to have heard it before. “Joyous” The Guardian “Wildly talented”  Independent

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Pavilion 9.15pm Fri 22nd Oct £12 (£10 Conc.) 38


SAT 23rd

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SAT 23rd

SEAN LOCK LOCKIPEDIA

Lockipedia - is a brand new stand-up show from the comedian Sean Lock. Lockipedia - is a very unreliable, misleading but highly entertaining information resource. Lockipedia - is Sloppy Knowledge. Lockipedia - is what Sean ‘knows’ about stuff. Lockipedia - can only be accessed live. Lockipedia - is funny.

 The Guardian  Time Out  Evening Standard

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Concert Hall 8.00pm Sat 23rd Oct £17.50

Alex Zane

Just One More Thing Star of Channel 4’s Rude Tube and Balls of Steel , Alex Zane brings his brand new stand-up show to Brighton, straight from a sell-out Edinburgh Festival run. “Marvellously off the wall” The Stage “Setting an example for a new generation of slightly fey men” GQ

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SAT 23rd

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JIM JEFFERIES ALCOHOLOCAUST

Never afraid to court controversy, Jefferies’ forthright and opinionated shows have sometimes divided audiences. But no one ever said being a comedian was easy, even if Jefferies makes it look that way. With five Edinburgh Fringe sell-out shows, numerous TV appearances, an HBO hour-long comedy special and phenomenal critical acclaim, Jefferies is now one of the biggest names in comedy around the globe. “One of the most gratifyingly riotous comedians working today”  List “Better than Jesus” Scotsman

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Corn Exchange 9.30pm Sat 23rd Oct £14 (£12 Conc.)

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SAT 23rd

SEANN WALSH

I’D HAPPILY PUNCH MYSELF IN THE FACE Everybody likes a good moan; Seann Walsh has turned it into an art form. His friends have even stopped asking him for favours, to avoid the fuss. Favours, to him, are just another way of saying, “Can I make your life more difficult?” But this doesn’t stop him from asking other people for things, hence the fact that his friend Robin is writing this for no financial recompense. The only thing Seann actually likes is his hometown, Brighton. “T his generation’s Dylan Moran, with the looks, gags, charm to become something quite special” Time Out

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Pavilion 7.45pm Sat 23rd Oct £10

hal cruttenden

After an extremely busy 2009 supporting Rob Brydon on his sold out UK tour and a critically acclaimed performance on The Royal Variety Show, 2010 looks to follow a similar vein with autumn appearances on BBC TV’s Michael McIntyre Roadshow and The Rob Brydon Show. “Hugely talented” The Times

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DIRECTIONS Brighton Station

Festival Director William Burdett-Coutts

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Production Manager Stu Syme

Administrator Judith Murrell

Thanks! To all the staff at the Dome – Andrew, Felicity, Mathew, Lara, Jen, Carly, Steve and all Front of House, Bar, Box Office and Technical Staff. Neil and Conan at Heehaw Digital. Mel, Ian, Gaby, Sasha and all at Impressive PR. Lynsey, Mags, Sophie, Heather, Rebecca and Shizzle! Illustrations: Dave Neale

BRIGHTON DOME

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Graphic Design Heehaw Digital Public Relations Impressive PR

Church Street

Old Street

Queens Road

Programmer & Producer Alex Rochford

Marketing & Production Coordinator Amy Shirlaw

A23 North Lane

The Lanes

The Sea

The Pier

STAFF AND THANKS

Location

Brighton Dome is situated on Church Street in the heart of historic Brighton, not far from the Royal Pavilion. Brighton Dome comprises three spaces – Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre.

Public Transport

Brighton railway station is 10 minutes walk away, with fast, regular services into Brighton from London (from 52 minutes for Southern trains from Victoria and London Bridge) and elsewhere. There is a frequent bus service from all areas of the city. www.southernrailways.com www.buses.co.uk

Parking

On-street parking is very limited. However there are a number of car parks nearby.



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