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10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia

With so many places to go for an evening’s entertainment these days, it can be hard to choose between the pub quizzes and the jazz nights, cabaret shows and the cinema, the theatre and a host of local dedicated music venues. For me though, one of my favourite places to go for gigs (comedy or music) has to be Brighton Komedia and here’s why…

10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia
Ruarri Joseph Live at Brighton Komedia. Photo by Nicola Jackson

1. Good crowd/atmosphere

I don’t think that I’ve ever been to a gig with a bad atmosphere at Komedia. The majority of the events have a really full crowd, often selling out shows before the night, but even the quieter gigs have a great intimate feel that leaves you as an audience member feeling engaged.

2. International artists

For both music and comedy, Brighton Komedia draws in a great crowd of talent from across the world. Over the last year I have seen performers from America, Canada, Iceland and all over the UK. I genuinely think that without Komedia, Brighton would get a lot less attention and visits from international touring artists.

10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia
Live comedy at Komedia, 2014

3. Wide range of local promoters

Some venues seem to have most of their events put on by the same promoters. This can be problematic as venues can fall into a niche which unless you fit into, you can feel quite isolated from the usual crowd. Because the programme at Komedia is so diverse, this is not a problem and there are often gigs by a number of local and independent promoters including Melting Vinyl and Lout. I’ve been to gigs populated by everybody from teens up to grandparents and everything inbetween, and a good time is usually had by all irrespective of their age.

10 Reasons To Go To Komedia
9Bach at Komedia Studio Bar, 2014

4. Ticket prices

A lot of venues, such as Brighton Dome and The Brighton Centre for example, have such high hire costs that ticket prices often soar high above the £25 mark. Whilst this is not the promoter’s fault – they are just trying to cover their costs – it does mean that the audience is slightly limited by this financial barrier. The majority of the gigs at Komedia tend to fall in the UNDER £10 bracket, which is a great price point for students and working professionals alike. There are also regular offers for students for discounted entry to Krater shows, from as little as £5, so “I can’t afford it” is not really much of a leg to stand on any more.

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LAND OF THE GIANTS at Komedia, 2014

5. Local supports

A lot of the shows at Komedia feature local supports. Whether this is because international touring bands are keeping the costs down, they want to see what the local music scene is like, or this is a condition of their contract with the promoter, this is all irrelevant. The fact is, you go to a gig to usually see the headline act only, but at Komedia you get to see some great local acts for free too and you never know who might be your next favourite band, solo artist or comedian.

6. Accurate timings

A lot of gigs have stage times written on sheets of A4 around the venue. For the most part, this is to allow the audience to schedule pit stops and trips to the bar around who they would like to see perform. However, a slight flaw with this plan is that they are almost never accurate. The first support starts half an hour after they were meant to and everything goes off schedule.

At Komedia, the sound team do a stellar job at making sure that things run on time. If they were in charge of our train networks, I am sure that we would be getting to our destinations on time as well! It’s good to know what time things will actually happen.

10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia
Bogan Bingo at Komedia, 2014

7. TV’s and side seating

The main venue downstairs, used for the larger gigs and Krater Comedy Club on weekends, has great side seating and TV screens throughout the venue, so if you’re unfortunate enough to have that 6 ft 6 guy stood in front of you, you should still be able to position to get a view of the stage on the screens if there’s nowhere else to move to. It would be great if there were a little more seating in the main venue for music gigs, but that’s your incentive to get down early and catch the supports!

8. Multiple Venues

If I haven’t mentioned it before, then this is a big thing – there’s not just one venue in Komedia. In addition to the recently added Duke’s Cinema upstairs as you enter Komedia, there are two venues downstairs! The studio bar is the smaller of the two and is usually frequented with SOLD OUT acoustic shows, up and coming comedians and local bands. The main basement bar, the home of Krater is a pretty big space usually populated by world-class comedians, international artists and events such as speed dating or late night electronic music nights.

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Komedia Main Stage Setup

9. Friendly staff

Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I don’t think that I’ve ever had bad service at Komedia (and I’m there a fair bit). I recognise a few staff by name who are always very friendly to talk to, but the majority of the time, I am served by somebody I have not seen before and despite the busy crowds, the staff seem to cope well under pressure and always provide quick and efficient service. If you’ve ever been rudely treated at a bar – I imagine that quite a lot of people have – then you really appreciate good service when you see it, so kudos to whoever trains the bar staff!

10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia
East End Cabaret at Komedia, 2014

10. Bar snacks

Finally, and this will sound petty, but £1 for a pot of mini eggs mixed with peanuts is enough to get me to come back for more.

Check out the full listings of events on http://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/all-events/

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Krater Comedy Club Review 2015

Upon entering the basement at Komedia where the Comedy Club is held, it was looking a little light on people. But by the time the announcement that the show was getting ready to start and to switch mobiles to silent, the place was packed and buzzing. The staff always seem really busy there, but maintain a friendly tone and good quality service with a smile, which goes a long way and puts you in a great mood for the rest of the night. A personal favourite of mine at the bar is a mixed pot of peanuts and mini-eggs at a steal for just £1!

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015 - Brighton

The compere for the night was the excitable Laura Lexx, a local comedian with more enthusiasm than The Lanes has quirky shops. A lot of her material came from pouncing on the front row people, as is to be expected in comedy shows, so if you’re the shy and reserved type or on a first date, you may wish to choose your seats carefully! Fortunately, on this Thursday night, the front row was filled with mostly 18 year old students who weren’t phased by having their early career choices slightly probed and mocked, all in good humour.

The opener, the unsurprisingly Welsh Rhodri Rhys started with a great joke about espresso before segueing into a set focused on changing his accent as he moved across the country, Cardiff on a Saturday night (which having experienced this myself rings very true), resentment for his successful friends and their “mid-winter BBQs” and mountain climbing. I really enjoyed his set and the audience seemed very responsive to his set. Always a good start to the night.

After an interval, next up was Jesus look-a-like Jay Handley. His resemblance to the Christian deity was uncanny, but I did find myself questioning whether he would have gotten into comedy without being the Lord Saviour’s doppelganger. That said, he really did look like him and his material was very funny. His story about bus companionship “til destination do us part” really cracked me up and I hope to see more of him on the circuit. Here’s a link I found to an interview with him – Jay Handley Interview

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015 - Jay Handley

Third up was Brummie giant Nicholas Clarke. His set was based mostly on his relationship counselling and for me fell a little too much on the dry side of anecdotal, without much comedic reward. After being unable to find any information online apart from his twitter, I can only assume that he may be in the early stages of his career on the comedy circuit, but I hope that he can mix things up in his set with some oneliners to keep the audience’s attention.

After another interval, headliner Romesh Ranganathan came confidently to the stage. I’ve seen him twice before in the last 6 months and both times I really enjoyed his set, so had high hopes for this one as well. His smart casual appearance and quick fire dialogue with the audience came across as confident, like a plumber fixing a sink for the 100th time: they just know what to do! His description of his son as “an unacceptable human being” really hit the spot for me. A lot of his humour was race related, but not dwelling on it and not saying the same kinds of things as other comedians from different cultural backgrounds might say. He advocated teachers and suggested leaving old people to be racist because they have earned it, an interesting and hilarious view when you think about it further. He talks about his veganism “to avoid dinner parties” and his mother’s alleged disgrace with his white attitude beneath his brown skin, or as he described it “coconut”.

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All in all, it was a great night. Everybody brought something different to the stage and the audience left in high spirits. With performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights,, there is always something to go and see over the weekend at Krater Comedy Club. With visiting acts each week, you can check the line up online at www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/krater or you can check out some great January deals here including £6 student tickets for the Saturday late show and Sunday shows.

Check out the full range of shows at Brighton Komedia here including music, comedy, theatre, dance, spoken word and children’s events.

The Noise Next Door Review – Brighton Komedia – 12th June 2014

With Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club dominating the weekend’s quota for comedy with consistently high standard stand-up, it must be a real challenge for any other comedy act to meet the audience’s expectations. The flip side of this is that Brighton’s comedy attending audiences know how to laugh and how to have a good time. This is particularly important in improvised comedy which relies heavily on audience participation such as The Noise Next Door.

The show was by no means your average compilation of stand-up acts, with a quintet of performers, joined by two special guests, on stage and all participating for the majority of the night. Imagine ‘Mock The Week’ but all the contestants working together to create a coherent two hour show rather than throwing in one-liners to get “points” for their team. By working together, The Noise Next Door are a truly formidable force of creative comedy at the peak of excellence.

The show was divided into three different types of sketch: musical numbers based entirely on audience generated material, physical situational comedy (again generated from audience material) and guest comedians performing stand-up slots before getting involved with the other sketches. These elements were mixed together well like ingredients of a cocktail, shaken up and served over ice with fruit on top to garnish.

The night opened with a hilarious improvised song about a new 70mph speed limit being enforced in Brighton by Mario, by penalty of spanking if caught not complying. With clever rhymes, funny voices and crazy actions it was a great start to the night, swiftly followed by a manic search for a solution to the problem of Tom being stuck to a football by tiramisu.

The first of the two guests was Canadian potty mouth Paul Myrehaug, whose anecdotes about being thrown in a drunk tank for unintentionally assaulting a police officer with a meatball sub and unicorn fantasies were a little out there, but generally received reasonably well. I thought his use of all five microphones to move across the stage was a nice touch however his contributions to the improv later on showed that he was not as practiced as the others in that area of comedy.

After a very skilled piece of physical comedy and mime where Tom (another Tom) and Matt were portraying all the props required in a search for a magic lamp, located in a home for dementia sufferers located on Machu Picchu, the second guest stand-up was Romesh Ranganathan. He talked about Indian culture, veganism and parenting in a side-splitting set, which was followed by a brutal interpretation of what Father’s Day would be like with his family, with the guys from TNND playing him, his wife and his two children, a cross-dressing 4-year-old and a feral 2-year-old, with Romesh sat on the side of the stage, squeaking a dog toy if they were accurate and tooting a horn if not. This was followed by the unexpected welcoming to the stage of his actual family, the children seeming happy and his wife taking it all in good spirits.

After an interval the show continued with much of the same, with the second half starting off by acting out several headlines that were written down by the audience during the break. The highlight of this for me was the three-way comedy carousel that was linking together three different sketches together via the topic of STD’s; A Loose Women show, a reggae song and a film that was Pretty Woman meets Thriller. The juxtaposition of these sketches worked very well and as with the rest of the show, was very well received.

The finale of the show was a boy band song based on the life on an audience member who was brought to sit up on stage to hear her beautiful ballad. The vodka-loving, marmalade-hating Marketing student who had aspirations to go to Thailand was mildly grilled, with criticisms of her “mickey-mouse degree”, the length of her denim shorts and an arsenal or semi-crude sexual puns (not unlike any other boy band song though!). After the initial look of “Get me out of here!!!” she seemed to enjoy it towards the end, before quietly shuffling back to her seat, probably with a thing or two to say to her friends who nominated her to go up.

By far the most impressive part of the show is the speed of which they manage to generate new and genuinely funny material, adapt to unexpected situations verbally and physically and perform in several different accents (some of which were better than others but for me the only thing funnier than somebody putting on a good accent is somebody trying and not quite getting it, so in my eyes that worked to their favour!).

The show is a regular at Komedia, however they will be going up to perform daily at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so will not be back until after the summer. For fans of comedy, stand-up or sitcoms, the show will be sure to tickle your funnybone from start to finish and the best part is that with improvised comedy, every night is a different performance! Check them out when you can! For more information or to buy a DVD, visit their website below.

http://www.thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/
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