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9:30am to 9:55am
Story Corner Otherplace Productions Ltd

A trip to Story Corner is the perfect way start to your Fringe day. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Stories or book readings from guest readers and performers every day to delight, excite and entertain. Babies, toddlers and well-behaved grown-ups welcome.

10:30am to 12:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world: from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary-shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

11:00am to 4:00pm
Brainwave Swanborough House

Therapeutic arts exhibition and taster sessions. Creative and therapeutic arts can offer a deep emotional experience, renewed life forces, stimulation of brain activity and joy to those who have lost various faculties due to brain injury.

At Swanborough House we offer one-to-one and group activities, in which artistic processes aim to give balance, and may also help rebuild lost self-esteem.

Family, friends, and anyone interested to see and experience how we work with residents, are warmly welcome!

11:00am to 2:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

11:00am to 12:00pm
Baby Laughs Otherplace Productions Ltd

New parent? You're probably in need of a laugh. Bring your baby to special daytime showings of our evening programme, so you can sit back and enjoy some of our best shows. Suitable for adults with babies under 12 months, featuring cabaret, comedy and theatre shows.

Featured shows include:

Privates (9 May)
What Doesn't (Blah Blah) Makes You Stronger (16 May)

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sing for Better Health! Sing For Better Health

Come and discover the joy of singing together, with the Brighton and Hove 'Sing For Better Health' groups. All welcome, no need for any singing ability, just join in! We will combine easy to learn breathing, voice and posture exercises, and singing songs together. Our aim is to improve health and well-being, and have fun! It’s easy!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Babes/Pigs in the City Amy Xander & Ginnia Cheng

What happens when one small-town bumpkin and one third-world brat try to spread their wings and become two cosmopolitan, cool customers? A whole lot of joy, despair, whipped cream and knickers, that's what! Will they become sophisticated babes? Or just two pigs in the city?

Brought to you lovingly by up-and-coming comedians, the silly yet acerbic Amy Xander and the sharp and sassy Ginnia Cheng. Both were 'So You Think You're Funny' semi-finalists in 2018, and Amy has written comedy for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

2:00pm to 2:45pm
Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett library theatre touring company

4 stars Bed Among The Lentils is one of Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologues, and its power lies in Bennett’s ability to capture a series of voices within one speaker. For me, the most entertaining aspect of the play is Susan’s healthy disregard for her husband, Jeffrey, and his “fan club” - who pretend to be in love with God but are actually in love with him, their vicar. Read the full review.

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with ‘Talking Heads’, his award-winning series of 12 monologues.

One of the best known of this series, 'Bed Among the Lentils' features Susan, a frustrated vicar's wife with a fondness for sherry, who distracts herself from her ambitious husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer, Ramesh Ramesh.

“Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, the series is widely regarded as a modern classic“ (The Times).

2:10pm to 3:00pm
All Work, No Play Awk The Clown / Sweet Productions

4 stars Awk The Clown rushes onto the stage, and collapses - literally - behind an office desk. He’s late for work, it seems; he has a report to write, page after page of soul-destroying tedium, a harsh-ticking metronome reminding him of the deadline ahead. There should be more to life than this. There is more to life than this. And over the course of fifty speechless but playful minutes, Awk will do his very best to find it. Read the full review.

I saw this show as a work-in-progress at last year's Fringe, and though it was rough around the edges it held a lot of potential. Drawing on elements of clowning with a dash of physical theatre, the show evokes a burgeoning romance in a monotonous office; the scenario is recognisable and realistic, though the details are sometimes surreal. It was a confident performance with moments of both intensity and tenderness, and I'm hopeful this fully-developed version will realise the clear promise of the original.

We all have to work. Awk longs for a better life outside the shackles of mediocrity, but there’s something that keeps holding him back. Awk is on the clock, and he doesn’t have long until his time is up.

All Awk wants is to impress you and to be loved. He's quite happy if you laugh at him, not with him, as long as he gets the attention he desperately craves. So come and join Awk as he returns for a second year of Brighton Fringe adventures. He may even sing you a little song to say thank you!

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sussex Food Tours Sussex Food Tours

This gourmet food tour takes you through the historical and cultural heart of Brighton. Fun and informative with all food, snacks, desserts and beverages (alcoholic and non), entertainment, sightseeing and guiding included in ticket price.

We will be running two different Brighton-themed food tours so please check our website for dates and more details:

- Vegetarian Brighton Tour
- Great Sussex/British Food Tour

3:25pm to 4:40pm
GROOMED Mankind & Ingenious Purpose

4 stars Groomed is the painfully honest telling of writer and performer Patrick Sandford’s abuse at the hands of David Moorby, one of his primary school teachers. It weaves a complex narrative from myth, historical anecdote and personal experience, to speak important truths about shame and the complexities of abuse. With added saxophone music. Read the full review.

Three times winner at Brighton Fringe 2016, 'GROOMED' is rebooted and back.

How can a truth be told? A betrayed schoolboy, a Japanese soldier and the inventor of the saxophone. Three extraordinary stories are brought together to show how, when a secret is spoken, it can save your life. This show’s emotional power has gripped audiences in Norway, UK and the USA. Intelligent and unmissable.

"One of the most moving pieces I have ever seen. I left the theatre educated and entertained – a most rare experience..." (Sandi Toksvig)
***** Broadway Baby
**** The Guardian
**** Financial Times

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Attendance Mandatory Hubert Mayr & Martin Durchov

A Bulgarian and an Austrian walk into a Fringe Festival. Would you like to hear the punchline to this? Join Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalists Martin Durchov and Hubert Mayr for their debut hour of comedy. That's an order since, much like an appointment with the Home Office, attendance is mandatory.

Finalist - Leicester Square New Comedian of The Year 2018.
Semi-/Finalist - So You Think You're Funny? 2018.
Winner - The Blackout @ Up The Creek Comedy Club.
"Hilarious. Easily the funniest Bulgarian." (Luke Toulson).
"Plenty of black humour." (Chortle).

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Crime Scene Illusion Tracy Wise

4 stars Tracy Wise doesn’t match the stereotype of a showy stage magician. As she strides out of the wings in a no-nonsense trouser suit, she’s every inch the DI from a hard-boiled crime thriller; and of course, that’s exactly the persona she’s aiming to convey. Crime Scene Illusion is a clever genre mash-up, which combines well-executed magic tricks with a satisfying detective back-story, in an impressive hour of crime-themed chicanery. Read the full review.

A unique and innovative performance combining the worlds of forensic investigation, psychological magic, and storytelling. Interactive, engaging, and entertaining.

Join the Crime Scene Illusionist, Tracy Wise, as she guides you on a journey through a world where magic can be murder!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Trash Test Dummies Dummies Corp.

Best Children's Presentation winners at Adelaide Fringe 2016 and 2015, and runners-up for Children's Choice Award 2016, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. "Delightfully intelligent, highly entertaining" ****½ (Herald Sun).

With sell-out seasons and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, this side-splitting slapstick routine takes household wheelie bins to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity! "Circus show perfect for families" ***** (Edinburgh For Kids).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Blue Planet III Bright Buoy Productions

Two idiots at the BBC are making another Blue Planet, but how do you know what a fish is if you've never left your office? Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this children’s comedy show by the “hugely talented” (Chortle) Luke Rollason and the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty.

“David Attenborough meets clowning” (Broadway Baby).
"Take the kids, take the parents, you will all have a laugh" (The Scotsman).

4:30pm to 5:30pm
Mating In Captivity Flo Taylor Productions

It's Annie and Rob's wedding night but Jacob, Rob's ex, needs a place to crash. After a drunken, post-wedding-ceremony phone call, and despite Annie’s pleas for privacy, Jacob manages to wrangle a night at Rob's place where he assumes he won't be doing much sleeping. How much can happen in a single night as trust is lost and gained, corners are fought and skeletons are dragged kicking and screaming from closets? Mating in Captivity is a fast and frenetic screwball comedy that asks: how much can you really know about yourself if you've never tried butt stuff?

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Aquarium History Tour: Sea Life Brighton Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Exclusive after-hours tour, on offer as part of Brighton Fringe in May. A unique opportunity to go off the public route to learn about the past entertainment and the remarkable history of the world's oldest operating aquarium. Illustrated talk, followed by a tour of the Grade II listed building, going behind the impressive Gothic-style Victorian arcade. There are limited spaces and tickets include entry to Sea Life Centre. There are stairs and dark areas.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Bloody Mary: In Service to the True God BCB Productions

2 stars As the audience file in for Bloody Mary, we are presented with a woman in 16th century regal finery, reading a modern newspaper and standing before a banner of recent headlines about Brexit. It’s an arresting and intriguing opening image, presenting the play’s central premise that little has changed in Britain over the intervening 500 years. Read the full review.

Rape, beheadings, burnings, and religious persecution run rife. Speeches made by the Conservative government weave through a text that explores damnation and salvation through the eyes of Mary Tudor. ‘Wolf Hall’ meets ‘Talking Heads’.

"Byrnes cleverly weaves into this character from long ago a thread of authoritarianism, received patriarchal certainty, and quasi-religious soundbiting, which has its analogue in much of contemporary politics" (The Scotsman)

"Bernie C. Byrnes’ clever script provided parallels with more recent characters in British history... right up-to-date" (Pauper’s Press)

5:00pm to 6:00pm
I'm A 7: Work in Progress Sikisa

From South London, Barbadian citizen Sikisa presents her work-in-progress show about being a work in progress. Being seen as a real-life superhero by the people around her, Sikisa explores the brutal but funny truth about her life and herself in which she justifies calling herself a seven! The real question is, are you also a seven?

"She exudes a lively energy" (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
"a rawness to her soul-searching, but an almost elfin delight in the way she relates it" (Mumble).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Mozzz! Brighton Theatre

A highly topical, 5* tour-de-force from Festival Best Production Award Winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane.

A one-day-old male mosquito looks forward to joining the mile-high club. He invites you to donate a sip of your blood to nurture his children. But there's a war on and the most dangerous species on earth is dying by the million. Can science stop the carnage? Whose side is our Mozzz on? Brighton's most exciting theatre company returns home after international work across the arts/science divide.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Pena's 'Unconventional' Gig United Collaboration Project

Alutepena Hughes-John (Pena) is a singer/songwriter that shares her songs about different aspects of her life. Pena's songs range from energetic and quirky, to lamentful and thought-provoking. Accompanied by her ukulele, a female George Formby she isn't, her voice incorporates a mixture of Nene Lovich, Bjork, with a tiny bit of Toyah and Skunk Anansie.

With a mixture of live music, antidote and video, this one woman show will be her first time for this Brighton Fringe 'Virgin'. Audience participation welcome!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Adam Flood and Blake AJ: Joke Boys Joke Boys

Stand-up comics Blake AJ and Adam Flood unpack the funnies in an hour-long show split between them. One has an afro, the other is a cheeky Northerner, but they both have a zest for jest, a thirst for mirth, and a brand new subscription to a thesaurus app.

"Quirky, charming and breathtakingly funny” (Scott Capurro, Perrier Award Winner).

“Infectiously funny” (Oxford Comedy Festival).

Amused Moose New Comic Semi-Finalist 2018, Laughing Horse New Act Semi-Finalist 2018, South East New Comedian Finalist 2018.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

5:10pm to 6:10pm
The Golden Child William Desmond

William Desmond has always considered himself 'The Golden Child'. If you tell yourself you can ride a horse, or down a pint while juggling 5 balls, or play the piano blindfolded then it must be true, right? Will can do all these things.

Will has always been the person that wanted to be the best at everything. Join the newest golden child of comedy cabaret, for an hour of musical theatre, original songs, and other mediocre performances.

As a jack of all trades, but master of none, Will explains why being good at everything often isn’t the answer.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Toucan: Have a Party Toucan

Toucan: Have a Party. Following a sold-out show at the Vault Festival 2018, Sketch Off finalists Emma Hinds and Shae Rooke are back as Toucan. This perky pair are here to party with their featherbrained characters and surreal sketches.

"Stand out sketch of the night... an act to watch" (Beyond the Joke )
"Surprisingly poignant" (Chortle)

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Southwestsiide Takeover SouthWestsiide Takeover

Join us, SouthWestsiide, Brighton's finest all skool hip-hop party band at the Round Georges for our debut Brighton Fringe takeover! Teaming up to deliver an urban soundscape and new platform for local and exciting talent.

Showcasing local talent and promoting the party! Expect to see an eclectic mix of hip-hop, spoken word, reggae, country, blues and much more. A programme full of local talent and spontaneous acts we aim to bring the party to the fringe.

Something for everyone!

6:00pm to 11:00pm
The Spire Festival Bar The Spire

A festival oasis in the heart of Kemptown, an atmospheric bar stocked by the best local suppliers where you can discover experimental art, unusual performances and out of the ordinary music from 9pm. Each visit to The Spire will be a unique experience and it's all totally free of charge.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
David Ephgrave's New Bits Doggett & Ephgrave

The daily blogging comic presents a work in progress for his new show. Among the Daily Telegraph 20 Funniest One-Liners, plus Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News best jokes lists.

''David Ephgrave was smooth as they come'' (BBC)

''Ephgrave is a refreshingly down to earth comedian... devastatingly witty'' (EdFestMag)

"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... a natural entertainer." (View From The Gods)

"Has an eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Fringe Voyeur)

6:00pm to 6:55pm
Eliza von Poppins presents... A Practically Perfect Guide to Living What Would Julie Do?

Do you want to know how to solve your problems and become practically perfect in every way? Whenever you are in a stew, just ask "What would Julie Andrews do?"

Eliza von Poppins shows you the seven steps to practical perfection in an interactive, showtune-fuelled life-coaching session: "Becoming who you want to be is as simple as 'do-re-mi'" ...until that pesky parrot umbrella starts talking!

"If you’re looking for some self-help and positivity in your life, look no further than to this cabaret gem" ***** (West End Wilma)

6:10pm to 7:05pm
Leebo Luby: The Farucchio Peru Show Teatro Pomodoro

A riotously surreal concoction of clown, kitsch and nonsense from Leebo Luby (London SketchFest 2015 finalist). Farucchio Peru is a one-man army of all-round entertainment extravaganza or... a screwball idiot with ridiculous delusions of international stardom. Or both. This is his show. You be the judge. Devised with and directed by Aitor Basauri; co-produced with Brighton Fringe 2017 award-winners ‘Teatro Pomodoro’ (Cabaret From The Shadows, **** BroadwayBaby). Leebo Luby is a member of Teatro Pomodoro and a Gaulier Graduate.
“Teatro Pomodoro are anarchic theatre at its best” (Fringe Review).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Jacob Hatton: Remake Jacob Hatton

Jacob Hatton tries to make sense of our world by remaking your favourite stories (with no respect for the originals) in a blistering hour of adventurous, hypnagogic stand-up. Those who cherish tradition, beware. Those who want a bloody good laugh, do not miss. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, Soho Theatre Young Company.

"Buzzing to watch" **** (Mumble Comedy).
"Attuned to the human psyche" (Broadway Baby).
"Endorphin milking titterfest" (Mumble Comedy).
"Blessings be upon him" (Three Weeks).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Last Rehearsal The Last Company

Backstage, minutes before their last rehearsal, an explosive debate emerges among the actors: their director has abandoned the play. Will this crisis destroy their faith in art or is this dangerous confrontation, in itself, their best artwork yet?

'Last Rehearsal' is a cross-disciplinary, new writing piece by Maria J Andrade, inspired by the poem ‘Mudanza’ by the acclaimed Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra. The play invites the audience to witness the backstage of theatre, where tragedy and comedy melt into each other to create an electrifying and thought-provoking theatrical experience.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Aaaaaaaargh! It's a Bonanza of Comedy from Around the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

It's a comedy Bonanza!

Back for a second year in Brighton, this stand-up comedy selection is an exciting pack of comedians, with top headliners and the best up-and-coming performers selected from shows all around the Fringe.

See a bundle of comics visiting Brighton from the international comedy circuit, alongside a selection of great acts from around the UK and the very best in hilarious new and local talent.

It's different at every show. You'll see something you weren't expecting, something new and maybe something extraordinary!

The perfect start to your Fringe night!

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Stand-up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated) Junkyard Dogs

Winner of the 2018 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, Janine Harouni brings you a hilarious hour of stand-up comedy about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really, really nicely.

Seen and heard on BBC Three, Comic Relief, Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4.

"The 2018 Laughing Horse title is in a safe, and funny, pair of hands." (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
**** (Evening Standard).
**** (Skinny).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dragprov Revue Tight Five Comedy

We didn't manage to catch this one ourselves on its Edinburgh run last year, but the word on the street was good. This gender-switched double act - a man playing a woman and a woman playing a man - tell the fictionalised story of their lives through speech and song, with the added twist of improvised segments based on audience suggestions. Reviews highlighted the chemistry between the pair, the excellent musicality, and the sharp (and sometimes dark) wit.

Christian Adore and Eaton Messe are the drag double act of Francesca Forristal and Ed Scrivens. Using your suggestions, this lovable soft-boy and sassy queen will create dazzling songs, sketches and raps. RuPaul's glamour meets 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' style improv comedy. With smash-hit shows from the Edinburgh Fringe, serving you wit as sharp as their contours, jinks as high as their brows, memories that will stick with you longer than last night's glitter, we present 'Dragprov Revue'.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Patrick Spicer: Now I've Seen Anything (Work in Progress) Patrick Spicer

Patrick Spicer delivers a work in progress of his first solo show to Brighton fringe. In doing so, he temporarily gains the approval of himself. Expect 45 minutes of offbeat stand-up from a confident new comedic voice, presenting a mixture of anecdotes, silliness, and thinly veiled requests to be liked.

In the last year Patrick has been nominated for the prestigious 'Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year', performed in comedy clubs and festivals across the UK and written and starred in online comedy for the BBC.

"Gloriously, wonderfully silly" (Angel Comedy).

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Good Grief Swallows Theatre

A summer's day at the Lido, an event not to be spoken of. Can the pieces of a fractured family be put back together? When Sam invites his mother and sister to share a meal, their memories may not be what he expects.

Humour and poignant drama combine in this play by award-winning author Edwin Preece (International Playwriting Festival, Cornwall One-Act Play Competition), which was performed to acclaim at Steyning Festival 2018.

Awarded a Brighton Lions Bursary for 2019, Swallows Theatre were runners-up in the Audience Choice Award on their last visit to Brighton Fringe in 2015.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Hove Louise Peskett

Hove has been home to women whose ideas have shaken up our world: from some of Britain’s first women doctors to suffragettes, from social campaigners to boundary-shifting entertainers.

Walk in these women's footsteps, hear their stories, and take in a pioneering women's hospital and game-changing girls' school on this walk with Louise Peskett.

6:30pm to 7:45pm
Son of an African Mixed Blessings Theatre Group

In 1868, a rescued 10-year-old African slave boy, Tommy, is whisked away to Brighton to a lodging house and the home comforts of Eliza and Henry Thompson who become his guardians. It is here he meets their illegitimate great-niece, 11-year-old Mary, stigmatised by her shameful birth and slow mind.

Watching their respective stories told though short monologues, acting and game play, we are witnesses to a brief but powerful friendship that will transcend race, religion and rigid social norms of Victorian England.

Winner of the coveted Irene Mensah Memorial Award 2018.

6:35pm to 7:30pm
EUAN ChewBoy Productions

We've lost Euan. Euan's gone. No one can know that Euan's gone cus we're sposed to be looking after Euan. And if the boss finds out then she ain't gonna be happy. So we gotta find Euan. Which is all fine, if anyone actually knew what Euan was...

“Downright bewildering, but also bloody brilliant. Most companies don’t have the courage to introduce themselves with something as quirky as this” (viewsfromthegods).

ChewBoy Productions’ five-star, madcap play is back, delving deep into what we'd do to save our own skins in the most bizarre situations.

#WhereIsEuan

6:45pm to 7:30pm
Stop Goofing The Caxton Arms

A stand-up show about being yourself. Winner of the Silver SRA Kevin Greening Award for Creativity 2017, supported by BBC Radio 1. As seen and heard on BBC Wales, Comic Relief, and Talk Radio.

"I cried with laughter. Some of Kostelecky's impressions and accents were pitch perfect like those performed by a young Jim Carrey" (The Founder)
"His charisma and stand up comedy captivated the audience from the moment he stepped onto the stage" (The Orbital Magazine)

7:00pm to 7:45pm
Bed Among the Lentils by Alan Bennett library theatre touring company

4 stars Bed Among The Lentils is one of Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologues, and its power lies in Bennett’s ability to capture a series of voices within one speaker. For me, the most entertaining aspect of the play is Susan’s healthy disregard for her husband, Jeffrey, and his “fan club” - who pretend to be in love with God but are actually in love with him, their vicar. Read the full review.

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with ‘Talking Heads’, his award-winning series of 12 monologues.

One of the best known of this series, 'Bed Among the Lentils' features Susan, a frustrated vicar's wife with a fondness for sherry, who distracts herself from her ambitious husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a local grocer, Ramesh Ramesh.

“Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, the series is widely regarded as a modern classic“ (The Times).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Geminus Blue Devil Productions Ltd

3 stars In the dying days of the Victorian age, British ship the Geminus lies becalmed in some far-off sea. Alone on the deck, the captain hears a splash; a half-drowned man climbs aboard. He’s escaped from another vessel anchored nearby, where he’d been imprisoned for killing a sailor for insubordination during a storm. The captain recognises a kindred spirit and - notwithstanding the man’s apparent crimes - hides him within his own cabin until he can safely put him ashore. Read the full review.

A vivid and compelling voyage of self-discovery through perilous, exotic waters. Joseph Conrad’s 'The Secret Sharer' is retold as a dark romance. Young Captain George Hotson is feeling the intense strain and the isolation of his new command. But he’s about to find solace in an encounter with a fugitive called Leggatt - a handsome and enigmatic stranger with blood on his hands.

An exciting new play from the critically acclaimed Blue Devil Productions.
Written and Directed by Ross Dinwiddy. Produced by Rich Bright.
Starring John Black, Rick Yale, Ben Baeza, Robert Cohen and Christine Kempell

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forgotten Dialogue Penultimate

What do you find in the crevices of your conversations? Where do your words end up after countless accumulation? A piece of experimental physical theatre exploring real words and their relationship to the space. How far can we say that our words are our own...

Centred on the safety of confinement, and inspired by the anonymity an individual has within a public toilet cubicle, Forgotten Dialogue explores how words can find freedom within four walls, but what happens when we leave our words behind. Two entities physically embodying the varying layers of dialogue; the freedom and constraints.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Railed Head First Acrobats

From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018).

Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.

Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Izzy Mant: Polite Club (Work in Progress) Izzy Mant

TV comedy producer Izzy (Peep Show, Toast of London, Harry & Paul) has been pathologically tactful all her life. But tonight, that changes... Come help Izzy conquer her politeness addiction, and reclaim RUDE.

If you’ve ever smiled through a car-crash date, apologised for your boss’s mistakes, or gone to a sex party just out of good manners, join the club. Izzy’s run away from conflict and crashed headlong into mistaken identity, public disgrace and the Zimbabwean ambassador.

The first rule of Polite Club is: You do not talk about Polite Club. Unless someone asks you nicely. Not for Review

7:00pm to 8:00pm
A Long Way Down Dogma Theatre Company

Eva and Billie found each other; searching for someone to commit suicide with. Complete strangers, they travel away together with nothing but a pack of cards and the clothes they are wearing. Join them in their tent as they spend their last night on Earth together, beginning to appreciate the beauty of nature and of each other's company. Might there be something to live for after all?

Directed by Brendan Lucia and devised by the Company, A Long Way Down is a dark comedy which tackles head on the controversial subject of double suicide.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Big Distracting Cats Productions

Society puts a lot of pressure on Fat Girl. All she wants to do is be with her soulmate Pizza. Instead, her mother signs her up for the reality show The 'Only Way Is Pretty'. Will she learn to love herself and what will happen to Pizza when Fat Girl meets Hot Boy?
Big by Urvashi Bohra is a personal ode to pizzas and body positivity.

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Joke Week Heritage Portfolio

West Beach Bar & Kitchen at the BAi360 are proud to partner Joke Club Ltd to bring a week of comedy to Brighton Fringe. Kicking off on Saturday 18 May and closing on Friday 24 May, with doors opening at 7pm each evening. Our evenings will be packed full of stand-up comedy with some well-known headline acts as well as introducing some new faces to our city's incredible Fringe.

7:00pm to 11:00pm
Crystalz Tavern Brownton Abbey

There’s a proverbial sh*t-storm raging out here, but inside Crystalz Tavern exists a secret cabaret party that stops for nothing.

A throbbing neon lighthouse guiding you to a space of safety, away from the jagged rocks of late stage capitalism. A speakeasy that heals the wounded and holds the oppressor to account. Featuring a shifting constellation of the UK's best live art/cabaret performers and guest DJs.

Resist man-made monsters like broflakes and binaries at our cabaret of camaraderie, with artist rebels and allies that refuse to go down quietly; in heels, in binders and in solidarity!

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Amadeus Martin: A History of Pet Hates A Boy From Clapham

Amadeus Martin has arrived home to find his pet dog, Pluto, on the table with his memory stick containing the new material for his Brighton Fringe show in its mouth, chewed up. The dog is staring at Amadeus. Amadeus has two choices; get the dog or write another show. Amadeus could not reach Pluto, now under the sofa, so had to write this show, a list of his ‘pet hates’; starting with Pluto.

With his ferocious, dark humour award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin delivers a sharp-witted take on things he hates including banning sugar in food and emergency texts.

7:30pm to 8:20pm
George Contingency Theatre

George has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with the mysterious J. He says goodbye to his mother, packs his bag, gets a haircut and sets off for the big city. This surrealist, pitch-black piece of physical theatre is an insight into the ways the millennial generation deals with the side effects of ambition. We are more comfortable, yet more insecure than we’ve ever been. As George leaves his home and makes his way through the city, Contingency Theatre’s visually stunning choreography and live music transports the audience into a dystopia that feels all too familiar...

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Shrink Laughing Horse Comedy

By 2020 depression will be the biggest first world problem, but how does this rise affect the mental health work force? Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones shares thoughts from his training. Hear about neurosis, low mood and attachment problems, with stories about his patients too. N.B. Exact details changed to preserve patient confidentiality (and to make them funnier).

Brighton Fringe Best Newcomer Nominee 2018.
Shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award 2018.
**** (Arts Award Voice).
"Perfect and hilarious" (Buzzfeed).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Seven Ages and the Dance of Life and Death The Seven Ages

For Jacques, the journey from cradle to grave is fraught with the negative voices of our culture; but, in our show, Jacques finally gets to see the possibility of hope and life-force in the face of certain death.

Entertaining. Thought-provoking. Funny. With music, dance, drama and drumming.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

7:30pm to 8:45pm
Ghost Walk of the Lanes Ghost Walk of the Lanes

'Ghost Walk of the Lanes' is a 75 minute tour of Brighton's oldest and most haunted quarter where hardly a street or lane does not have a spectral connection. Join Silas, Jasper or Ebenezer, all suitably dressed in full Victorian attire, and hear tales of hideous apparitions, poltergeists, gruesome murders and wandering spirits.

Tours also embrace much of the history of The Lanes. Stories are all based on long-established accounts of hauntings but are delivered with a good deal of comic respite.

7:30pm to 10:30pm
Funny Women Showcase British Airways i360

We've curated a showcase featuring some of the best new female comedy talent in the UK today. See an exciting array of hilarious women who have come through our acclaimed Funny Women Awards ahead of this year’s competition!

Established in 2003, the Funny Women Awards have proven to be a launchpad for many talented performers - come and find out for yourself!

7:30pm to 9:30pm
A Steady Rain Far-Kit Promotions.com

"What Is True Friendship???"

This gritty, witty piece explores complex relationships formed on the tough streets of Chicago. With biting dialogue and a rainbow of emotions, we journey with the two friends and a host of other characters on a fateful journey of love and life.

'A Steady Rain' by Keith Huff
Arts Council multiple-award-winning production

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Open Wide Yes Mama!

It's time for your yearly check-up (an hour of surreal sketch and character comedy, brought to you by real-life identical twins from Brighton - Yes Mama!). We promise it will only hurt a little bit.

"Dawson is an expressive, free-wheeling clown who delights in goading both her co-presenter and the crowd. Nash is the perfect foil; a larger than life character, dipping his toes into the grotesque and a marvellously disruptive influence" (ReviewsHub)
"Side-splittingly funny" (Broadway Baby)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees Find a Performer Ltd

Geoff Robb was the winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award for his solo show. His beautiful meditative compositions blend his classical training and background in healing with his love of Spanish and Celtic music.

He has performed to audiences all over the UK and Europe at venues ranging from Buckingham Palace to Glastonbury Festival and his new compositions are inspired by the trees of Sussex.

If you enjoy beautiful acoustic guitar music then don't miss this award-winning show.

“Very talented, makes the guitar sound like 2 guitars and a piano” (BBC Southern Counties)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl Jack Cherry

'Jack Cherry and Friends from the Fruit Bowl' is a romp of bizarre happenings that explore the completely fabricated lives of the colourful and controversial. In a series of absurdist and satirical monologues tied together with music and 'interpretative dance' this show takes you on a journey from talking pineapples to the biblical and back.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
As a Tiger in the Jungle Cirkus Xanti/Ali Williams productions

Three performers from Nepal ask questions about life, love, poverty and greed. Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, they tell the story of how, against all odds, they survived childhood and created their own destiny. An inspiring, authentic, raw and heart-warming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection.

Produced through an international partnership between Artistic Directors from nofitstate (Wales) and Cirkus Xanti (Norway).

"As a Tiger in the Jungle is a brave, sad, and beautifully staged production that shines with an inner fire" (Circus Diaries)

Supported by the Brighton Fringe South East Dance Bursary.

Information about the show for visually impaired can be heard<b> <a href="https://asatiger.com">here</a> </b>

7:30pm to 9:45pm
BSMS Medic Revue BSMS Medic Revue

We're back! The Medic Revue returns for its 12th year. Written, cast and crewed solely by students at BSMS, the show will take you on an exploration of medicine and the NHS in a way that will leave you laughing for hours.

Containing comedy sketches, songs and videos accessible to all, we'll leave you wondering why we didn't pursue comedy instead...

7:40pm to 8:30pm
Vicki and Pat in Fuerteventura Duck Decanter Productions

Meet Vicki and Pat, two 30-somethings who meet by the pool on an all-inclusive holiday in Fuerteventura. Through sharp, well-observed writing and a pop-filled 90s soundtrack, this hilarious sketch-style piece explores female friendships, relationships and what the rules really are on all-inclusive buffets!

Best New Writing nominee (Buxton Fringe 2018)
"Light hearted and fabulously witty" **** (WestEndWilma)
“Benidorm-come-Carry On barrel of laughs that tugs at your heart strings in all the right places... Ones to watch” **** (LondonTheatre1)

7:45pm to 9:45pm
Hysteria by Terry Johnson New Venture Theatre

Sigmund Freud meets Salvador Dali, and the result is comedy chaos. The serious world of real life and death, the world of art, science and the human mind is swept up in the crazy world of theatrical farce. Terry Johnson’s brilliant creation achieves a rare balancing act. Alarming subjects and events are filtered through high-jinks comedy entertainment. It’s a play that’s always sparkling and witty, often descending into low farce, but somehow it is also thought-provoking and deeply touching. A modern classic and a great experience. It makes you laugh, think and feel, often at the same time.

7:45pm to 8:45pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

8:00pm to 12:00am
Fringe Sessions 2019 Fiddler's Elbow

Intimate live music showcase featuring a selection of Brighton's finest musicians and songwriters. Hosted and curated by BBC 6 Music featured act Warsaw Radio.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
Mark Watson: The Infinite Show Impatient Productions Ltd

Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on 'Taskmaster', half-killed on 'Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island', Watson returns to what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high-joke and rant-per-minute rate.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Man in the Blue Box Matthew Edwards

It is the year 2030 and our hero encounters a crack in the fabric of space and time. Faced with one of the toughest decisions in his life, does he go back to a traumatic and devastating past life, or does he dive into a future that could be fabricated? Stay tuned as our hero comes face-to-face with the scariest thing in the whole universe... death!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Simone Belshaw: Goblin and Fiends Simone Belshaw

'Goblin and Fiends' is a work in progress piece from South Coast New Comedian finalist, and Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist Simone Belshaw. Simone brings her unique brand of silly surreal comedy to explore themes of idiocy, social failures and woodland creatures all with a delightful undertone of cynicism and mirth.

Think of a troll, but you know, classier.

Each night will also include a very special guest/fiend comic, local to Brighton, doing something new and possibly stupid.

"Hugely watchable" (Voice Mag).
"Brilliantly offbeat" (Funny Women).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Mocking Birds Fat Kat Comedy

Join Fatiha El-Ghorri (2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist, 2017 Max Turner Finalist) and Katherine Atkinson (2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist) for an hour of stand up as Fatiha smashes Muslim stereotypes and challenges you to re-think what you think you know about Islam and Muslims, and Katherine offers up an acerbic, sideways view of motherhood... if she can be bothered "A comedian so deadpan she makes Jack Dee look like Timmy Mallett” (Steve Bennett, Chortle).

"Fatiha delivers cracking lines with a wicked glint in her eye, one of the funnest acts on the scene" (Funny Women)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Witch-Hunt A&E Comedy

The hell-broth’s boiling and bubbling! Get your coven ready, it’s time to hunt! We’ll be conjuring up weird sisters, over-familiars, DIY enchantments and 'the best' predators in this surreal, hilariously dark and twisted tale.

Directed by Cal McCrystal.

Winner: Best show, Brighton Fringe 2017.

Top pick, Guardian, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 (Enter the Dragons).

***** (Funny Women)
*****(ThreeWeeks)
*****(Broadway Baby)
*****(The Skinny)

"Totally unapologetic, brilliantly outrageous. A flawless show" (Three Weeks)

“Uproariously funny and unexpectedly uplifting " (Funny Women)

8:00pm to 8:50pm
Guy Wah: Triggered Guy Wah

In a world where people lose their shit over everything from politics to pineapple on pizza, Guy wonders if we’ve lost track of what makes us human. Come and join him on his race to the bottom. Suitable for social justice wankers and gammon-faced shitweasels alike.

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Borderline Millennial Kuan-wen

What if you were born on a cut-off point of two generations? What if no one really knows what that bloody cut-off point is? Kuan-wen finds himself jumping on the bandwagon of baby-boomer-bashing, but sides with management moaning about the "snowflake" generation at work. He doesn't fully trust Jeremy Corbyn but neither does he support the uncool Tory. He's just about managing new tech and social media.

This is a show by a neither-nor guy when it comes to generation generalisation, who isn't sure if he is unlucky, opportunistic or just indecisive. Oh, from a foreigner's perspective.

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz) Earnest & Wilde

The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, widely seen as the trigger for the First World War, isn't the most obvious topic for a light-hearted cabaret musical. But Let's Face The Music (And Franz) gets away with that audacity, delivering sparkle and wit between the two performers on stage while telling an intriguing historical story at the same time. Our colleagues at Fringe Review awarded it a teapot in Edinburgh last year - a quirky trophy, to suit an unconventional but engaging show.

An irreverent musical retelling of the life and untimely demise of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. A peculiar, timeless duo invite you into their parlour to regale you with an eminently amusing evening of bombs, brotherhood and Beyoncé, punctuated by vintage jazz covers of contemporary popular music... and Rebecca Black.

"Excellent entertainers" **** (Broadway Baby)
"A rare find" **** (Advertiser)
"Full of energy, colour and expression" (Stage Whispers)

Best Cabaret Award (Adelaide Fringe)
FringeReview Outstanding Theatre Award (Edinburgh Fringe)

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Brodi Snook: Work in Progress Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd

Fast-rising Australian comedian and general smart-arse Brodi Snook takes a break from her career as a foot model (selling photos of her toes to foot perverts for cash) and having panic attacks in train station toilets to return to Brighton Fringe with a brand new work in progress. So You Think You’re Funny and Foster’s Golden Jester finalist, as heard on BBC4 Extra and TalkRadio.

"Vulgar, candid and drier than a popcorn fart" (BN1 Magazine).

8:20pm to 9:20pm
50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh Let's Giraffe

Show about family, taking risks, and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off. The company was closing and she was out of a job! She thought, "If you can be disappointed being practical, why not struggle with doing something you love?" She used her severance package to try a new challenge, and that led her to her second city, the rest as they say, is history! Let's laugh together.

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse United Agents

You've seen her on Comedy Central, you've seen her on the BBC. Now see 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth's debut hour. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means. Think 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' but British, deadpan and in no way similar.

Tour support for Dane Baptiste, Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman. Funny Women runner-up.

"Charming" (Independent)
"Excellently deadpan" (Huffington Post)
"I liked that joke about her fanny" (Sarah Millican)

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Cally Beaton: Invisible Hannah Layton Management

A laugh-laden, unflinching look at the business of being an adult. Cally (as seen on QI) nearly died in Iceland (country, not shop) and here, she relives that journey into snow-capped desolation. Does she have the stomach for radical reinvention? She won't go gentle into that good night. She might go mental - but never gentle.

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

A selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe.

A succulent smorgasbord of fantastically funny stand-up comedy headliners alongside the best in fresh new talent, with five different comics selected daily from shows all around Brighton Fringe. Sell-out shows at festivals worldwide including Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh.

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
The Treason Show Festival Special Treason Productions

Brighton's much-loved, resident satirists with their legendary mix of bang up to date topical sketches and songs, all wrapped up in Brighton Fringe award-winner Mark Brailsford's festival package. Written by a team of over 30 writers and now in its record breaking 19th year, this is one festival show you can't miss.

“Rib cracking, side splitting, gun firing and hard hitting” (Brighton & Hove Independent).

9:00pm to 1:00am
Pussy Liquor: Vulva Las Vegas! Pussy Liquor

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year... Jubilant from a sell-out Bethnal Green residency, cabaret collective Pussy Liquor are eloping with their entourage of fierce, fabulous, feminist felines... where better to drag our guests than Vegas baby!

Join our naughty nuptial MC and a sinful selection of London’s eclectic cabaret artists as we navigate our way down the strip into the chapel! As the ceremony (and bubbly) flows on, the night might become a little unpredictable...

So kittens, take off your collars and dust down your furs - Sin City wasn't called that for nothing!

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Dan Evans: 20% Dan Evans

Brace yourself for extreme investor-tainment as stand-up comedian Dan Evans pitches his 20% complete business ideas. A rare chance to stare opportunity in the face and see who blinks first.
Contains products, songs, insights and possible disappointing nudity.
'20%' is the follow up to Dan's 2018 sell-out show '10%'.

"Originally ridiculous, silliness taken to the nth degree" (Milton Jones).

"A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" (The Guardian).

9:00pm to 10:00pm
Gareth Cooper: Comedy Songs Gareth Cooper

Award-winning musical comedian and West End song-writer, Gareth Cooper, rocks up to Brighton Fringe with an hour of his annoyingly catchy songs. That are also really funny.

Praise for Gareth's previous work:
????? ThreeWeeks - "Hysterically funny....missing this act would be like skipping Christmas" (Editor's Choice Award)
????? British Comedy Guide - "I left grinning from ear to ear"
????? Broadway Baby - "Bloody marvellous"
???? The List - "Silly songs [that] will buzz around your head for months.....endlessly fun"

9:10pm to 10:00pm
Artificial Intelligence Improvisation Improbotics

Here's one for the geeks: an improvised comedy show, where one of the stars is a robot. As far as we can tell from reviews of previous outings, there's no trickery involved - as well as the two human performers, there really is a computer with an AI brain, listening and contributing to the banter as best it can. To quote our colleagues at Broadway Baby: "It sounds exceptionally strange. It is exceptionally strange." But it sounds kind-of unmissable, too.

An improv comedy show and a live Turing test science experiment: an actual artificial intelligence-based chatbot tries to pass as human as it sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. Our impossible and hilarious challenge is to justify physical and emotional lines that make no sense at all.

Featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist.
**** (Edmonton Fringe, 2018)
“I will stick with artificial stupidity” (Colin Mochrie, Edinburgh Fringe 2017)
“This could be revolutionary” (Broadway Baby, Brighton Fringe 2018)

9:15pm to 11:15pm
The Scrapyard Cinema Otherplace Productions Ltd

An eclectic and exciting array of films playing throughout the festival. Selected and put together by guest curators and collaborators. Shorts, independent features, documentaries, music videos and a sprinkling of old classics. See website for line-ups.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Unknown and Humourless Wayne Lawrence

A comedic commentary on the social, financial and health struggles growing up on a council estate in Birmingham in the 70s and 80s. Wayne's story highlights issues that for many are just as relevant today, so what has really changed?

There is always humour to be found in your adversities... but not everyone is a comedian.

9:15pm to 10:15pm
The Hunters of Ghost Hall Most Curious Productions

Two ghost hunters from a TV show explore a spooky mansion. Two treasure hunters seek shelter in the very same place. They are unaware of each other. What happens next? Who finds what?

This brand new play, written and directed by Tristan Wolfe, features an exciting, engaging and funny cast. Featuring an original score by Adam House.

No ghostly ethereal beings are harmed during the show.

9:25pm to 10:25pm
Bondage Queen Sings the Hits JoJo Bellini / Sweet Productions

A cabaret show that takes you from the salacious to the sublime. With 80s music and saucy stories of kinky escapades beyond your naughtiest imaginings. Your loins will stir as you sing, laugh, and experience the unbridled sass that is JoJo Bellini.

**** (Broadway Baby)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (ThreeWeeks)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Absent Saskia Preston

A work in progress show from professional clothes-wearer Saskia Preston. In this blurb, Saskia will hint that she's a really cool and self-aware model by saying ''professional clothes-wearer'' but really the only thing that's definitely true is that she's a French missionary married to Meghan Markle. This can't be discussed in the show for national security reasons but there will be jokes about dads, mums, friends, girlfriends, dogs and mice instead. Mostly one liners. And occasionally jokes that are longer than 30 seconds. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, writer for The News Quiz and The Now.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Jake Baker: Work in Progress Jake Baker has a company now?

After the success of his debut last year at the Brighton Fringe, Jake presents his highly-anticipated second show. An exploration of moral quandaries and how our ethical ideals can be hard to put into practice. Expect plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and memorable stories.

The Edinburgh Reporter - 'Endearingly offbeat, with great comic timing and an engagingly whimsical mind.’ ****

9:30pm to 10:00pm
Rebekka Turner: Like a Porcelain Doll with a Chainsaw Rebekka Turner

'Porcelain Doll with a Chainsaw' was an audience reaction to an early Rebekka performance and explains her rather well. Awkward on the outside but firing on all cylinders on stage, Rebekka brings her weird and wonderful 30 min show with even more jokes and nonsense! A porcelain doll might be fragile but with added turbocharge she’ll cut you down with wit and chaotic energy.

Brighton Fringe regular and Pebble Trust award-winner Rebekka continues her kooky and erratic commentary on gender, pop culture and social awkwardness with the usual quirky quick fire stories, puns and wordplay.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
Stoned, Stupid, and Stuck (A Californian Fairytale) Sweaty Palms Productions

The plan was simple: steal the drugs, sell the drugs and get out of town. Sequoyah and Rose are tired of living second-rate lives in the watered-down ghost town they call home. Following the guidance of the mysterious (and possibly hallucinated) Chicken Lady, our heroes come face to face with the real problems of their town. As these women stagger through their misadventure they meet a host of talking animals and a mysterious hermit that help them come to terms with the town they live in.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
SASSY! Sassytheshow

Welcome to the very first, the OG, the birth of 'SASSY!' The new cabaret in town showing off the freshest talent. Our mistress of celebrations, Lucy Hopkins, and her sass squad will guide you through a fun night of circus, burlesque, dance, drag, music and more. Join the party and expect the best tunes, top class line-up, drinks, colour, confetti, party outfits and lots of sparkles. We're classy, sassy and a bit bad-assy!

9:40pm to 10:40pm
50% Canadian, 100% New Beginnings, Let's Laugh Again Let's Giraffe

Michelle's second solo show and sequel to '50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh'. The curve balls have continued and she has found herself in a new city, with a new business, and a new hobby. It is not easy starting over, but it is exciting.

After the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, Michelle met a man in a cave, who was a professional poker player. She expressed interest in running her own venue for the festival in a few years, and he said, "Why not this August?" Instead of heading back home, Michelle made a split second decision to stay in the UK, and find a venue. Join her on her new journey.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist Magnificent Bastard Productions

From the pissheads behind hit show Shit-Faced Shakespeare comes this cockney knees-up musical extravaganza. 'Oliver with a Twist' is Dickens' classic tale of the boy who asked for more, with booze glorious booze. Featuring West End hits and highly unpredictable behaviour. With one cast member who’s gotta sink a bottle or two before curtain-up, what could possibly go right? So down your gin and consider yourself well in!

"A hot mess of a musical. I haven’t laughed more at any other comedy to date" **** (The Metro).
"Professionals butcher a classic" ***** (West End Wilma).

9:45pm to 10:55pm
Cinebra: A History of Horror Cinebra

The multi-award-winning show returns! Sophie and Megan invite you to their seminar. Tensions are running high between the 'adorkable' duo since Megan has befriended the most popular girl in college.

As the seminar progresses through scares and song, a threatening supernatural force begins to rear its head. As Sophie and Megan's own horror narrative begins to unravel, they wonder who will be the 'Final Girl'?

A multimedia frenzy featuring live scares and unforgettable songs, this show is a unique, heart-wrenching, hybrid horror/musical comedy that leaves you convulsing in terror and delight!

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Badass Be Thy Name POLICE COPS

4 stars Badass Be Thy Name is the latest offering from the boys that brought us the Police Cops series, the high-octane comedic shows that mash genres with all the fun and vim of a 90s DJ - whilst still maintaining a linear storyline. Police Cops and Police Cops In Space have landed well with both audiences and critics, in both Brighton and in Edinburgh… so there's no small amount of pressure on Badass Be Thy Name on what we later discover is its inaugural performance. Read the full review.

Hot off the back of a total sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre London and 59E59 Theater New York; multi award-winning company 'POLICE COPS' bring you the world premiere of their latest comedy blockbuster.

Manchester 1999. A gritty Northern kitchen-sink drama turns into a vampire slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires than you can shake a stake at.

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I paid £12... I would have paid £13.” (Dara O’Briain)

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour Stamptown

WINNER: Best Comedy - Brighton Fringe (Zach & Viggo)

Fresh off sold-out shows in New York, London and LA, the bad boy of comedy Zach Zucker returns to Brighton with a brand new hour of absurdist, stand-up comedy! Most of the time Zach is funny. This show received 9 standing ovations, 14 walkouts and 3 police complaints at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

"Ridiculous, hilarious, and genius - a must see" ****½ (Kryztoff)
"It is impossible to not become a super fan of this hugely talented human clown" **** (Broadway Baby)

10:00pm to 2:00am
Fringe Club: A Silent Disco Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary Fringe Club returns to the Warren in 2019 with it's own version of the legendary night out, A Silent Disco. With special guest DJs, fancy dress nights, takeovers and more. Everyone's favourite headphone party comes to Brighton's favourite Fringe night out.

SAT 26TH MAY: SuperCharged Brighton's #1 and longest running underground clubbing event presents its sister brand Treatment Brighton whose DJs continue their return and will be spinning the best of vocal, uplifting House and Dance music! DJs Pedro Sedso Boy Hudson

SUN 27TH MAY: Boom Bap Brothers (Funk and Hip Hop) vs DJ SMUDGE Smudge has DJ'd for over 30 years, mostly in the Brighton area but with his own record shop and record label he has been in demand all over. He specialises in Hip hop and drum and bass but has wide musical knowledge and taste. His musical style would be described as noisy but accessible and opens the listener up to new musical avenues.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
The OCD Files Cue Fanfare

The OCD Files "maps" my life as a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Whether you suffer from Mental Health issues or not, the OCD Files is a show not be missed. It's funny and I need to say that three more times! It's funny! It's funny! It's funny!

"Fab night.", "Brill", "Brilliant. Absolutely fab", "Went down a storm", "Magnificent. Still chuckling on route home."

10:15pm to 11:15pm
Divinely Bette: Bette-er Than Ever Another Laurel Production

Divinely Bette is coming back with a brand new show!

With a whole new set list of the classic Bette variety (including 'From a Distance', 'Under The Boardwalk', and more!) as well as jokes and banter from the Divine Miss M herself, Divinely Bette will delight and titillate!

Star of stage, screen, cabaret, comedy, and anything else she tries her hand at, The Divine Miss M entertains all audiences. So will this show!

"A great night out" (West End Wilma)
“Undeniably fun” (Broadway Baby)

10:15pm to 10:45pm
The Sexist Pistols The Sexist Pistols

Brighton-based comedians, Tandy Houghton and Cat Neilson invite those with a committed interest in breathing to come to their show. A succinct synopsis of their lives will be performed with the high level of mediocrity you would expect from two award-winning women stand-ups (but it goes without saying opinions are all relative, so who knows, maybe they are brilliant).

Come and see this fabulous performance of sketch, stand-up and the best Fringe fun you will ever have without cutting your hair badly - a show where ambition meets confused anarchy.

The 30 minute show is a shortened version.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Comic Without a Cause Peter Hose

Peter Hose is a respectable adult, and it’s tearing him apart! He doesn’t know what to do anymore, but he’s gotta do something. In his debut comedy show, Peter shares his attempts to live it up and feel he belongs someplace.

10:30pm to 11:30pm
Imaginauts Imaginauts

The fast paced Sci-Farce returns to The Warren for a second year. Two unlikely heroes fall through an adventure to other worlds and other dimensions to try and save the Earth. A high-energy comedy where four actors play all the roles and your imagination is the limit.

10:40pm to 11:40pm
Sass, Sex and Surrealness King Sammy Silver

King Sammy Silver returns to Brighton Fringe with his award-winning (Pebble Trust Bursary 2018), delightfully queer comedy cabaret, 'Sass, Sex and Surrealness'. Come and join the drag king bear cub as he navigates the highs and lows of the trans, queer experience through song, dance, comedy and much more! Also his annoying sibling, Sally, may make an appearance or two, as they are never too keen on Sammy in the spotlight.

11:30pm to 1:00am
The Late Show Otherplace Productions Ltd

The legendary "slightly soiled bear pit of a show" returns. Join us for the best late-night entertainment every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday of the Fringe. Featuring stand-up, sketch, cabaret and a range of fabulous hosts.

"A great place to wind up at the end of a festival night out... Engaging, fun and you get plenty of value in a gently rowdy night's entertainment!" (G Scene).

11:55pm to 12:45am
Hot Mess: Dirty Stop Outs Hot Mess

Help Anna and Max satisfy the weird stipulations of their overzealous landlord to keep the party alive while ending the night with the best house party in Brighton! Fast-paced sketches and a banging playlist await.
"Hot Mess pumped up the pace with fast sketches...the two actors supporting and flowing with each other beautifully" (Chortle 2018).
“The shrieks of laughter and delight were quite unlike anything we’ve ever heard" (Brainchild Festival).