Comedy: A hop, skip & a jump

They say that travel broadens the mind, but it also takes you to some darn fine comedy nights

We all know that Brighton is more than a bit brilliant at offering up things to do. With a lovely array of venues – big and small, expensive and free, clean and could use a good wipe – there’s plenty to choose from. Which is why we sometimes forget that there’s even more if we venture just a tiny little bit further afield.
Turning up like a bright shiny penny of an example of this is the incredible treat that is Bridget Christie’s show, which sold out way in advance for every day of its Edinburgh Fringe run. That’s an entire month. Yes, she’s coming to Brighton as a part of the Brighton Comedy Festival, but again those tickets will be going faster than Real Patisserie hot cakes, so it’s great to see that she’s playing at the Ropetackle Centre in Shoreham on Tuesday 16 September with tickets only £14.

Nip on over to The Hawth in Horsham and the month of October is greeted with a visit from Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Katherine Ryan, and Chris Martin (no, not that one – the funny one). If you can’t even wait that long, check out Jon Richardson, taking a break from telly and 8 Out Of 10 Cats to tour again, turning up in Eastbourne at the Congress Theatre with Jimmy Cricket in town on the same night over at the Royal Hippodrome. Plus, over in Worthing, Barbara Nice is in town this Thursday headlining at Matt’s Comedy Club at the Connaught Studio. All it takes is a train ticket and you’re laughing – literally!

However, if you absolutely positively resolutely feel you must see something funny in Brighton and Hove this week (not counting the brilliant woman on the skateboard being pulled along the seafront by her two ‘handbag’ dogs) then put Laughtermarket at The Old Market in your diaries. The return of this boisterous local favourite on Wednesday 17 September boasts a cracking line-up, with Sara Pascoe headlining and some rather awesome support from Paul F Taylor, Phil Jerrod and Sameena Zehra, plus your hosts Sam Stone and Rue Barratt. Loads!

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