Brighton Fringe Shows

Have a look through our selection of shows... we hope we have something you'll want to see in Brighton!


List Shows: By Name | By Start Time

Listings for 18 May, sorted by Start Time

18:00

Kuan-wen: Ilha Formosa

Kuan-wen: Ilha Formosa

Comedy

Kuan-wen: Ilha Formosa

Comedy

The Quadrant / The Folklore Room
MAY 16, 18 at 18:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £3

"Taiwanese force of nature" as per Chortle review, Kuan-wen was seen and heard on BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 and Comedy Central. He embarked on his comedy journey by accident, made possible by a plan devised and executed more than a decade ago - he must flee his beloved island Taiwan to escape his tiger mum. While it sounds like a cliched script for a B-list Hollywood movie, it just so happens to be true. Kuan-wen is a UK chartered accountant and a chartered tax advisor. He decided the best way to honour his professional qualifications is to tell jokes about (but not limited to) VAT at comedy ...


Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty - Platinum Jubilee Edition

Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty - Platinum Jubilee Edition

Cabaret

Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty - Platinum Jubilee Edition

Cabaret

The Temple Bar / Upstairs
MAY 10-11, 16-19 at 18:00 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £4

Affectionate musical comedy on the world’s longest-serving monarch, now sadly bereft of her consort of 73 years. As told by Carole Shaw, the show’s creator and star performer, this is the story of a thoroughly modern, fully empowered female role model. She is a woman heading up a country, after all. This powerful, colourful lady head-of-state finally reveals her “all” to her people - her undying love for her dogs, the men in her life, her single-handed success at forging peace processes, her secret passion for motorbikes, coming out at 96 as a song-&-dance gal. You are regally commanded to...


Happenings

Happenings

Theatre

Happenings

Theatre

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 10-12, 17-19 at 18:45 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £8

If your life is made up of things that happen to you, then what is your value if nothing ever happens? How much would you dare risk to push your life agenda, and how easily can it all fall apart? In these tough times, everything is a struggle. Happenings explores the unfulfilled aspirations and monotonous existences of three 30-somethings, who have the whole world at their feet, but cannot find the way to move forward. Jane wishes that something, anything, would happen to her, to fill the void in her life. Clearly everyone else is happy. One look at any social media feed will tell you that...


19:00

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

Comedy

In Her Shoes

Comedy

The Caroline of Brunswick / Upper Lounge
MAY 16, 18 at 19:00 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £3.50

A split bill between clashing comedians; Farah Sharp, a mixed-race, confidently anxious overthinker and Alex Beighton, a self proclaimed gay and gross hearthrob, bring you an hour of comedy as they examine their differences in a quest for enlightenment, self improvement and eventually world peace. Laugh as Farah worries that everyone secretly hates her, whilst Alex openly hates everyone, ending with the ultimate Freaky Friday challenge - can they write material for each other and perform it with conviction? Simply put - can they walk a mile in each other’s shoes? … Or even a metre? Farah Shar...


Harry Wright: Smalltown Boy

Harry Wright: Smalltown Boy

Comedy

Harry Wright: Smalltown Boy

Comedy

The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 15-18 at 19:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £2

Harry explores their autism and their sexuality, and how these intersect with their class identity, growing up in a deprived area of Yorkshire. Harry has never been able to find a good male role model and examines how sex, relationships and music have helped them become a better man, in theory anyway. Plus, numerous dick jokes. A celebration of queerness and not ‘fitting in’. ...


Come Sit on the Couch with Me

Come Sit on the Couch with Me

Comedy

Come Sit on the Couch with Me

Comedy

The Quadrant / The Folklore Room
MAY 8-10, 15-16, 18 at 19:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

Come Sit on the Couch with Me" Is this a therapy couch or a casting couch and is there a difference? The show is a cocktail of a comical but true look at communication in the western world today, with a good dose of rapping and a big pinch of satire. Did you know 90% of our communication is body language? Yours will be scrutinised at some point in the show...You will leave shaken and stirred, and if not a better person then certainly a more self aware one!' ...


Anthony Jeannot - The Middle Bit

Anthony Jeannot - The Middle Bit

Comedy

Anthony Jeannot - The Middle Bit

Comedy

The Temple Bar / Upstairs
MAY 15-18 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free (Non Ticketed)

One day you're a student at a protest and the next you're a 30 something middle manager who still doesn't know what they want to be when they grow up. The middle bit is a show about realising you're too young to retire but too old to feel like you can make a difference. “Poignant, beautiful stuff... narrative comedy of the highest calibre" ★★★★1⁄2 (WeKnowMelbourne) “a haunted house ride of millennial angst, philosophical in its own manic way... Grim, sharp, hilarious" ★★★★ (ShortCom) “Jeannot is a genuinely funny bloke, whose real sk...


20:00

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 6, 8, 11-13, 15, 18-20, 22, 25, 27, 29, JUN 1-3, 5 at 20:00 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £6

'The Pick of the Fringe' returns to Brighton - an annual selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at the Brighton Fringe! This show is a succulent smorgasbord of fantastically funny stand-up comedy headliners, alongside the best in fresh new talent - with four different comics at each show, all selected from shows all around Brighton Fringe. There's something for everyone - so for the biggest laughs and best comedy acts, this is the show for you! A sell-out worldwide hit show at festivals globally, including Brighton, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hollywood, Singapore...



KingFast

KingFast

Music

KingFast

Music

The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 17-18 at 20:15 (60 min) - Free (Non Ticketed)

KingFast is a Jamaican born and Belfast raised solo artist whose soulful vocals have been gathering traction around the UK. Some more notable performances of KingFast’s include Liverpool International Music Festival, Cannes (during the film festival), Edinburgh Fringe, Nantwich Jazz Festival, Liverpool Sound City and Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day. Since winning Merseyrail SoundStation 2017 KingFast’s audience has grown greatly and his sound developed. It is very apparent upon listening to KingFast’s music that there is a fusion of several genres but seemingly most prominent is a cross betw...


Medico

Medico

Comedy

Medico

Comedy

The Caroline of Brunswick / Upper Lounge
MAY 16-18 at 20:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

Italian NHS intensive care doctor and comedian (yes, she really is both) Dr Stefania Licari (Ecole Philippe Gaulier, East 15, Medical School University of Milan) brings to the stage her comedy alter ego Dr Anna LaRosa (from the multi-award-winning online series 'My Doctor's Advice') for a, by turns, hysterical and moving exploration of the medical world, immigration and what it means to become British. Physical gags, silly jokes and true stories from the medical frontline combine with Stefania's own experience of being an Italian doctor in the UK. You may laugh or you may cry, or ideally both,...


SARA BARRON: work-in-progress

SARA BARRON: work-in-progress

Comedy

SARA BARRON: work-in-progress

Comedy

The Quadrant / The Folklore Room
MAY 18 at 20:30 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £5

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Nominee and star of Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You, and Frankie Boyle's New World Order, Sara Barron returns with a blistering hour of standup. Guilt, desire, smart sex, dumb kids, conception, rejection and wine in a can. These are the targets in a show that asks: Where is the space for self-preservation in the sentence "Family is everything"? “Explosive energy and beautifully crafted, no-nonsense stand-up... a masterful performance. Highly recommended” ★ ★ ★ ★ Sunday Times “A wickedly funny show” ★ ★ ★ ★ S...


You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (WIP)

You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (WIP)

Comedy

You Don't Have to Be Mad to Work Here (WIP)

Comedy

The Temple Bar / Upstairs
MAY 9-11, 16-18, JUN 5 at 20:30 (90 min) - Paid - Tickets from £4

Award-winning comedian and NHS psychiatrist Benji Waterstones has written a book! Is it really a "modern classic" or are his publishers as deluded as his patients? Make your minds up together as he road-tests chapters. 'One of my favourites' (Chortle) ...


21:00

Horseplay: Bareback

Horseplay: Bareback

Comedy

Horseplay: Bareback

Comedy

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 17-18 at 21:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

Absurd character comedy about sex, performance and the afterlife. Would you rather have sex or eternal bliss? What happens when you arrive in the afterlife and realise you made a mistake? A dead divorce enthusiast takes matters into her own hands and organises a sex conference. A talking vagina writes a beat poem. Timothee Chalamet tries to be more adorable. The afterlife is on the brink of collapse. Following their smash-hit Witch Hunt (★★★★★ EdFringeReview), Derek Mitchell & Kathy Maniura turn their character-led narrative style to another kaleidoscopic ...


Autistic License

Autistic License

Comedy

Autistic License

Comedy

The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 15-18 at 21:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets from £5

Most people start comedy because they are funny. Very few have a doctor's note saying they can’t be. Thrust into a world which told him he could achieve anything but connecting with people, Ian perseveres. In a stand-up comedy show exploring diagnosis, relationships, sexuality, creativity and the history of autism, Ian sets out to prove autistic people have more to offer than being good at maths. But can Ian prove it to himself? "A whirling, exciting debut"- Chris McCormack, Feeling Good "Lynam's condescending comic stylings taking vicious aim." Chris O'Rourke, Arts Review ...


Rich Spalding: Look Who Loves Me (WIP)

Rich Spalding: Look Who Loves Me (WIP)

Comedy

Rich Spalding: Look Who Loves Me (WIP)

Comedy

The Caroline of Brunswick / Upper Lounge
MAY 17-18 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free (Ticketed)

This is a show about being loved, and how surprisingly difficult that can be. Rich Spalding brings a work in progress hour of jokes and stories about being loved, by a person and, hopefully, by an audience. Topics covered will include self loathing, self improvement, self esteem and having a drug induced panic attack in a toilet cubicle. It will be very much a work in progress, which is worth bearing in mind when you decide how much to pay and whether or not to boo....