Stand-ups pack their buckets and spades

Susan Calman
Susan Calman

When Edinburgh is over and performers from the world of comedy are limping their broken and battered bodies back to reality... Brighton is already gearing up for the next big party.

Brighton Comedy Festival, which runs from Friday, October 10, to Saturday, October 25, is the second biggest comedy festival in the UK after the fringe.

Brushing themselves off after a few weeks of sleep, the best of the international comedy circuit pack up their buckets and spades and head down to the seaside to enjoy the last rays of sunshine.

The British Brighton Comedy festival puts a smile on the faces of more than 30,000 people every year, with most shows usually selling out by September.

The multi venue event is now in its 13th year and is a must for comedy fans.

This year comedy favourites Jon Richardson, Simon Amstell and Dave Gorman, among many others, will be delighting audiences with their high brow wit, bonhomie and raconteur.

The Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange, Studio Theatre, Komedia and The Old Market will open their doors for three weeks where the cosmopolitan seaside town will see the crème de la crème of stand up comedy.

Many more acts are to be announced, but the line up so far is an exciting melee of comedy genius.

Tom Stade, Katherine Ryan, Jason Cook, Marcus Brigstocke, Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster, Paul Zerdin, Jason Byrne, Susan Calman, Cardinal Burns, Sara Pascoe, Vicki Stone and Seann Walsh are just a few of the delights.

The exceptional Squawker finalists will also strut their stuff among the seagulls.

Visit to see the full line-up and find out more.bout the festival.