Brighton set for some laughs

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Brighton Comedy Festival is now Dave’s Brighton Comedy Festival following a new partnership with Dave, the home of witty banter.

Brighton Comedy Festival artistic director William Burdett Coutts said: “Returning in October with a stellar line-up, Dave’s Brighton Comedy Festival is proud to be the funniest event to happen beside the sea. It’s the festival accompanied by a health warning to watch out for juicy bits falling from the sky as the seagulls guffaw so much they drop their lollipops!

“Booking now, the traditional opening night Gala at Brighton Dome in aid of Sussex Beacon is once again being hosted by the adorable Alan Carr and guaranteed to be a sell-out success. Carr will be accompanied by Jo Brand, the awesome Abandoman, Paul Chowdhry, local boys Seann Walsh and Simon Evans, plus a few more surprise guests to be announced.”

Tickets for the Gala on Friday, October 5 are £25 via www.brightoncomedyfestival.com. The festival continues until October 20.

The festival, which attracts around 30,000 visitors during its 16-day run, will continue its expansion into Hove and beyond this year with events in the Brighton Dome, Pavilion Theatre and Corn Exchange as well as The Old Market and Komedia.

“The festival will also be launching its first-ever comedy new talent competition called The Squawkerswith a series of heats being held throughout Brighton in September in association with Komedia and Jill Edwards Comedy workshops/Comic Boom.”

Shows already confirmed for the festival this year (in alphabetical order) include: Abandoman, Andi Osho, Andrew Lawrence, Ava Vidal, Carl Donnelly, Chris Ramsey, Dara O’Briain, David O’Doherty, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Fred MacAulay, Frisky & Mannish, Greg Davies, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jenny Eclair, Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, KevinBridges, Marcel Lucont, Marcus Brigstocke, Mark Thomas, Mark Watson, Nick Helm, Pappy’s, Paul Chowdhry, Piff the Magic Dragon, Richard Herring, Rob Rouse, Robin Ince, Ross Noble, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Simon Evans, Stephen K Amos, and Tim Key. There are plenty more names yet to be announced. Ticket prices range from £8 to £25 and full details and bookings can be found at www.brightoncomedyfestival.com

William Burdett Coutts added: “Now in its 11th year the Brighton Comedy Festival is delighted to welcome Dave as its headline sponsor. Dave’s passion for bringing comedy to a broader audience anddeveloping the tremendous talent found here in the UK through programmes such as One Night Stand, make them a perfect fit for us. The festival sets out to present the best live comedy of the year and there is no better place in the country to do this than Brighton. The heady air of the seaside combines with some of the world’s funniest people to create a mixture that is unmissable”.

General manager for Dave, Steve North said: “Dave is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Brighton Comedy Festival. The event brings such great heritage and incredible line up of comedians that it allows Dave to reinforce its commitment to supporting stand-up comedy.”