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Komedia May Festival 2017 Highlights

Cabaret / Comedy


Musical Bingo
Sat 6 May & Thu 1 June

Just like regular bingo, but with songs instead of numbers! Each round takes on a different theme of song choices, based on either a decade, genre or a just a quirky random topic. Unique cards are handed out whilst one of the fabulously entertaining hosts introduce the rules. Then it’s over to the DJ’s Rapture and Jonny Unknown as they spin a quick fire medley of tunes while players simply mark ‘em off their bingo cards accordingly. You’ll never see bingo in the same way again. Prizes to be won!

‘Taking the club scene by storm’


Scott Gibson
Scott Gibson: Life After Death
Fri 12 – Sun 14 May
One summer, Scott Gibson returned from a friend’s stag weekend in Blackpool and suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. So, Scott did what any self-respecting Glaswegian man would do: he went back to bed and slept for four days, eventually waking up to discover he was now blind in one eye. Life After Death tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever.

Life After Death is a tale of love and pain, and fear and hope. It’s about overcoming insurmountable odds, and how comedy can bring you back to life.

 ‘A natural gifted storyteller’ Frankie Boyle

Theatre / Slapstick

Die die die Old People Die
Die Die Die Old People Die
Sat 13 May

Herald Angel Award and Total Theatre Award Winners, Ridiculusmus return to Brighton Fringe Festival with a new work at Komedia for one performance only. A slapstick comedy about hanging on, dying and grieving played at 33rpm with two ancient insect types. Bring a picnic.

Since 2014 Ridiculusmus has been forging a reputation as a theatre company specialising in transforming complex mental health issues into warm, witty and accessible performance.

‘I swear, you’ll have never seen anything quite like it’ The Independent


Spoken Word

Naked Girls Reading – Featuring Burlexe
Sun 21 May

Join burlesque artist and Naked Stand Up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate, innovative show combining powerful stories, beautiful women and beautiful words.

Naked Girls Reading is a global performance art phenomenon that asks the audience to exalt rather than scandalise the female body.

Joining them for this unique show is the cast of Burlexe, bringing the remarkable stories of burlesque artists past and present to life. 

Comedy / Theatre

Louise Reay Hard Mode
Louise Reay: Hard Mode
Sun 21 & Sun 28 May

Experience life as an artist in an authoritarian regime. Yay!
Imagine how you’d act if you were always being watched? Imagine being an artist in an authoritarian regime? Imagine if the Chinese government bought the BBC? Award winning comedian Louise Reay continues to blaze a trail in ‘Hard Mode’, a provocative new satire about censorship – where comedy meets immersive theatre – and, the audience experience life as an artist in an authoritarian regime.

Nominee – Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker Award 2016
Nominee – Brighton Fringe Award 2016 


James Veitch Game Face
James Veitch: Game Face
Thu 25 May

Responsible for the most popular TED Talk of 2016, James Veitch brings his hilarious new show to Brighton Fringe. Game Face – with more geeky comedy about life, love and enabling Bluetooth. A glorious show of esoteric, anarchic and unashamedly Powerpoint-fuelled comedy from the Independent’s ‘One to watch’.

Expect Donkey Kong, ducks and online dating as James fearlessly (& somewhat inadvisedly) battles the mundane and pointless bureaucracies of the modern world.

‘Screamingly funny’ Fringe Guru



The Starship Osiris (2)
The Starship Osiris
Fri 26 – Sat 27 May

Armed with a cast that despise him and a slim budget; the arrogant actor, writer and director George Vere endeavours to bring you his debut “sci-fi masterpiece”. A new comedy from Willis & Vere.

The twenty first Top Rated Show at the Edinburgh Fringe out of three thousand!

Shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2016

‘One of the funniest shows running at the Fringe!’ ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks



Revan and Fennell: Fan Club
Sun 28 May

Award-winning sketch double act, Revan and Fennell, return to the Brighton Fringe for one night only with their acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show Fan Club. They may not be particularly satirical, edgy or off the wall… but they went to drama school and know how to warm up their voices. Sort of.

Winners of the 2013 Funny Women Variety Award

‘A double act that have the potential to succeed the comedy throne of French & Saunders’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Dance / Physical Theatre

credit: Matt Austin

credit: Matt Austin

We Are Ian

Wed 31 May – Thu 1 June

In Bed With My Brother are going back to 1989 on a dizzying trip through the Acid House movement.

Using anecdotes from their 46 year old friend, Ian, about the glory days, IBWMB naively and hysterically attempt to recreate the party: a messy, multimedia mish-mash of clowning, dance routines and lip-syncing. Scored by Ian’s favourite tracks from the era.

Winners of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2016

Nominated – Total Theatre Award Emerging Company Category 2016


Comedy / Music

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: The Chap-Hop Decade
Fri 2 – Sat 3 June

Mr.B returns to his Brighton Fringe home at the Komedia for a show celebrating a decade of Chap-Hop.

Since 2007 he has travelled the world, from Surrey to Osaka, Banstead to Berlin, Middlesborough to Minneapolis, Norway to New York and the Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury bringing his beats, rhymes and manners. As well as songs about cricket, pipe smoking, high society and interfering with livestock.

‘Hip-Hop comedy genius’ The Telegraph


Kids and Family / Theatre

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure
Sat 3 – Sun 4 June
Following a sell-out run during February half term, Oskar’s Amazing Adventure returns.

Desperate for some fun, puppy Oskar leaves his snowbound house on top of the mountain to try to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? An original, heart-warming play for young children and their families. Full of good humour, adventure, music and song.

‘…the love of theatre for little ones has the potential to start right here’ BN1 Magazine

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