2 May 2017

My top comedy picks for Brighton Fringe 2017 #Brighton #Brightonfringe @BrightonFringe @LambComedy

Here it is! My favourite time of year and my annual list of comedy picks who you should consider seeing over the Brighton Fringe. I could highlight all your brochures as usual, but to be honest it takes me too long! So here you are... Match these up with the comedy section of the actual brochure or search the shows/names on the Brighton Fringe website.

Firstly, let's start with Lamb Comedy Productions and yes, I'm bias as I'll be with them once again this May/June at the Nowhere Man Cafe in Brighton

My show, 'The House' is a mix of new characters and some ‘Made in Cumbria’ favourites such as Joy Hope. Page 40 of the brochure. The show is set on Derwent House on a secluded Derwent Island in Cumbria. The audience all come to visit and see what goes on behind closed doors. You'll also be able to purchase a original Joy Hope book so don't miss out. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here as last year my show completely sold out.

There is a brilliant line up at Lamb and you should definitely grab yourself a brochure listing all the shows. 

Here are my top favourites at Lamb Comedy all at The Nowhere Man Cafe

Gould & McCarthy: Death, Goths, Kittens & other cute things

Cheekykita: Somewhere in the Ether
(Surrealism and dance at it's best. You will cry laughing I promise)

Donal Coonan: Mr Grebe is taking your class today

Ian Lane: If you lived here you’d be Ian Lane by now

Joe Jacobs: Ripe

Julie Jepson: Randomonuim

Duker & Henderson: Soph Opera

Lamb Chops - A night of a selection of the best from the Lamb brochure

Lambs to the S-Laughter - A selection of new comedy talent

Follow Lamb Comedy on Twitter  so you don't miss out on any shows!

My Brighton Comedy Favourites

About an hour: Julie Oliver, Catherine Heskey & Roz Ryan share an hour 
Broadway Lounge 

Aidan Goatley: 10 films with my dad, his granddaughter, my wife and her mother-in-law
Sweet Dukebox 

Anthony Ayton: Belongings
Sweet Venues at Waterfront 2 

Brodi & Dave: Paranoid
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick  

The Late Show at The Warren, Studio 2 - A brilliant mix of comedians giving you a taste of various shows that are in the Brighton Fringe

Sameena Zehra: How not to steal a llama
Blue Man 

Sean McLoughlin: You can’t ignore me forever
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour
The Warren: Studio 3

Single: Martin Huxter & Rebecca Shorthall

Spectacular Sisters: Sha Wylie

Urges: Ben Carter & James McDonnell

Some of my personal favourite comedians 

Amy Howerksa : Progress (work inn)
Caroline of Brunswick  

Beasts present Mr Brighton 2017
The Warren Main House  

Chick Ass Comedy: Robyn Perkins, Sarah Iles and Ria Lina
Laughing Horse at Quadrant 

Elllie Taylor: Work in Progress
Laughing Horse at Quadrant  

George Egg: Anarchist Cook Part Two ‘Second Helpings’ 
The Warren: Theatre Box  

Funny Women Awards: Brighton Heats
Komedia Studio 
Louise Reay: Hard Mode
Komedia Studio 

Helen & Micky’s work in progress
Junkyard Dogs 

Kitten Killers: Stallions
The Warren: Studio 3 

Super Cally Fragile Lipstick: Cally Beaton
The Blue Man 

Troy Hawke: Milo McCabe
Laughing Horse at The Caroline of Brunswick

Viggo Venn: The life of Pepito
The Warren: Theatre Box

Zach & Viggo: Dream Team
The Warren: Theatre Box 

Zach Zucker: Human Person
The Warren: Theatre Box 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop
Best Comedy Award Brighton Fringe 2016 - This show is a MUST SEE!!
The Warren: Main House 

Haven’t seen full show, but heard great things list

1 woman, a dwarf planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines
This show sold out consistently at Edinburgh Fringe
The Warren: Studio 2

The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Default Friends: Horace
Blue Man

Dignity Off: Matt & Sunjai
Sweet Waterfront 1

Doug Segal: I can make you feel good
Gem Electric, 88 London Road

Guy Wah: Professional Arsehole
Sweet Waterfront 2 

Imaginary Porno Charades 
Sweet Dukebox

The Jest 
The Warren Theatre Box 

John Pendal: How to escape from stuff
Blue Man 

Mad about the boy - Stephanie Laing
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Nicole Henrikson: Techno Glitter Penguins
Marlborough Theatre

Sarah Callaghan: The pigeon dying under the bush (preview)
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Tom Ward: Work in progress
Junkyard Dogs

Yuriko Kotani: Work in progress
The Warren: Studio 3

Other character comedians I fancy seeing

Alice Marshall: Blood
The Warren: Theatre Box 

Bryony Twindle: Twaddle 
The Warren: Theatre Box 

How to be good at everything: Next best thing - Katie Davison and Jay Bennett
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Northern Power Blouse
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Owen Roberts: The Man who ate too many raisins
The Warren: Theatre Box 

Sagar Mega Drive - Fiona Sagar
Laughing Horse at Caroline of Brunswick

Tracey Tracey: Nicola Cross
The Warren: Theatre Box

Siblings: Maddy & Marina Bye
The Warren: Studio 3 

I am sure I've missed some great shows out, but for now these ones are on my hit list for the fringe. Make sure you try something new, support local talent and if you like something make sure you tell your friends. 

It's not in the comedy section, but I'm also taking part in two of the Smut Slam shows throughout the fringe. Smutty story telling and a variety of performances. 

See all the comedy shows and other categories at https://www.brightonfringe.org/

When I'm not at Lamb Comedy you will no doubt find me with food and a green tea hanging out at The Warren.  Hope to see you at a Brighton Fringe show very soon! 

6 Oct 2016

Bad Book Project is one year old!

The Bad Book Project had it's first birthday at The Marwood Coffee Shop and Studios and we got the original line up back together. (Miles couldn't make it so we had Vince step in).

We celebrated with balloons and party bags for the audience members on Thursday 22 September having lots of fun. Below is Joe reading his bad book choice next to the balloons. Joe has a phobia of balloons. That's commitment.

I’m so pleased with the way this night has evolved and what it has become. The night is made extra special and unique by the talented people who come along to read and the fantastic audience. The audience are able to sit and relax in an intimate environment upstairs at The Marwood. It always gets hot and sweaty! We even have a competition for best bad book which is judged by the audience and there are prizes! No two nights are ever the same and I love the way it’s rough and ready with the audience and the readers always having a brilliant time.


The idea for the night came about by having to read really bad scripts while doing my acting diploma, finding crap books in charity shops and watching, 'Celebrity Autobiography' on Youtube.

The actual inspiration for the night was a video of Kristen Wiig reading from the Suzanne Somers Poem book, 'Touch me'. (I mentioned this is in my first blog over a year ago about Bad Book Project). After watching this video (repeatedly), I ordered the poem book from America years ago (costing a whopping £25) knowing it would one day be read at a night like this and I wrote in my notebook idea for Brighton night, ‘Bad Book Project’. 

When I came to find my notebook years later and wanted to start an alternative comedy night I knew I had to use that title and use The Marwood for a venue. The Suzanne Somers book has been read by various guests throughout the year. It's like the Holy Grail for this night!! 

The night has always been a fusion of ideas from worldwide nights that I think are brilliant such as the American events like 'Moth' and 'Celebrity Autobiography’.

Our readers choose bad sci-fi, celebrity autobiographies, childhood stories or diaries, emails from funny family members, ‘how to’ books, self help and so many more….the only rule - No 50 shades of Grey nonsense!

From researching for my night, of course I know there is also an event called, 'Bad Book Club' run by Robin Ince in London many years ago. I have heard of it, but I have never seen/heard it or read the book about it. When I decided to go ahead with my night I got in contact with Robin Ince on twitter to make him aware of my night and to tell him what I was planning which was different from his night. He replied telling me to go ahead with future night, saying he didn’t invent reading from bad books and wishing me luck. I know also know there is a great night in London called, 'Cringe' where people read out their childhood diaries or stories.

In whatever project I take on I always strive to make it unique and original. I am so proud of this night and look forward to it evolving more, especially with the new ideas I have stashed up my sleeve. It is unlike any other night in Brighton and it's always free!

Make sure you follow us on twitter and Instagram at @BadBookProject and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BadBookProject

You can listen to previous Bad Book Project events on Mixcloud at https://www.mixcloud.com/jane-postlethwaite
We also now have badges so people can show their love for the night!  

Hope to see you at the next one!!


Poster artwork by Billy Mather Illustration 2016